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The JCC Performance and Lecture Series brings provacative topics together with distinguished performers, scholars, artists, writers and activists to explore Jewish culture and questions of identity in the 21st century.

Upcoming Programs

All events held at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street, Newton) unless otherwise noted.

Israeli Stage presents Never Ever Ever

Written by Sivan Ben Yishai, Starring Jordan Ahnquist

  • Date

    Monday, February 9 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Teen|Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $15; JCC members, students, seniors cost: $12

Description

This touching portrayal of a teenage boy dealing with dyslexia was the winner of four Israeli Assitej Awards in 2013. Yoni runs away from school, from home, from himself. He runs away the moment he’s confronted with the words disabled or dyslexic. In this moving, one-man play, Ben Yishai provides the audience an experience of what it’s like to feel like an outsider, feeling different, being differently-abled, yet, at the same time whole.  Show is performed as a staged reading.
 
Post-performance conversation with actor Jordan Ahnquist , director Guy Ben-Aharon, and Beth Crastnopol and Jen Newman from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Light refreshments.

Israeli Stage is dedicated to exposing audiences to the works of Israeli playwrights, offering high-quality artistic, apolitical programming to help promote Israeli culture in a meaningful way.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 
 
Co-sponsored by Gateways, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, JCC Inclusion and Support Services, Jewish Vocational Service, and Yachad.

Wrestling Jerusalem

Starring Aaron Davidman

  • Date

    Saturday, February 21, 2015 (8pm) and Sunday, February 22, 2015 (2pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $28; JCC members, seniors cost: $25; Students cost: $15

Description

Written and performed by Aaron Davidman; Directed by Michael John Garc├ęs
 
"Remarkable solo performance...yearning beauty...riveting...” -San Francisco Chronicle
 
An old proverb says, An enemy is someone whose story you do not know. Wrestling Jerusalem is a solo performance piece about Israel and Palestine. It’s a personal story. Of grappling. With identity. With social justice. With ethnic allegiance. With history. With spirituality. Drawn from a 30-year journey, the play weaves a tapestry of narratives and gives voice and humanity to a dozen different characters. Set in America, Israel and Palestine, Wrestling Jerusalem reflects on the multi-layered issues that live at the center of a conflict that has lasted generations.
 
Post-show discussion:  Join in a facilitated discussion after the show that will touch on many issues that are raised during the performance.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Israeli Cabaret: A Boston Showcase

Presented by the Boston Jewish Music Festival

  • Date

    Saturday, March 7, 2015 (8pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult

  • Cost

    $20; JCC members, students, seniors: $18; At the door: $25; Light refreshments

Description

A cabaret style evening showcasing four young Israeli musicians living in Boston.

With

Ehud Etun Jazz Trio

Tutti Druyan Contemporary Pop

Tal Silber Classical Pianist

Florie Namir Jazz-Classical Fusion


Jazz, pop, folk, world music and more will all be on display.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Presented in partnership with the
Boston Jewish Music Festival.

Rock and Scroll - The Spirituality of Two Music Icons

A Signature Event of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series

  • Date

    Wednesday, March 11 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult

  • Cost

    $85, $100, $118, $150 ($150 level includes private reception, autograph session and photos with Max and David)

Description

Two superstars of the music world – E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza – will discuss the role of spirituality in their careers. Leading this fascinating discussion will be former Boston Globe music critic Steve Morse

Rock and Scroll – The Spirituality of Two Music Icons is presented as a Signature Event of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series.  Weinberg and Broza will explore how their own spirituality has informed their music, performance and personal journey.  Following the intimate discussion, the evening will culminate with a musical performance.

Max Weinberg is the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He is widely known for his role as bandleader for Conan O'Brien on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. In 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.

International composer, guitarist, and singer David Broza has filled concert halls around the world. A modern troubadour of urban folk-rock, he was featured in the PBS special David Broza at Masada with Jackson Browne and his American debut album, Away from Home, was praised by The New York Times as one of the best pop albums of the year. 

Kinky Friedman

Singer, Raconteur, Author

  • Date

    Saturday, May 2, 2015 (8pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $28; JCC members, students, seniors cost: $25

Description

Richard “Kinky” Friedman styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Outrageous and irreverent but always thought-provoking, Kinky Friedman writes and performs satirical songs and has been hailed as the Frank Zappa of country music. The son of a University of Texas professor who raised his children on the family ranch, Rio Duckworth. Kinky was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for Governor of Texas. An evening of song, stories and surprises.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.


Spotlight

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Two superstars of the music world – E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza – will discuss the role of spirituality in their careers. Leading this fascinating discussion will be former Boston Globe music critic Steve Morse

Leventhal-Sidman JCC