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Mitchell Zuckoff - 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

In conversation with Charles Sennott, Executive Director and co-founder GlobalPost

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, November 23 (11am)

13 Hours presents, for the first time, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Their personal account sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy.  Now optioned for a major motion picture.
 
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University, a New York Times bestselling author, and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

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

Bravo's Andy Cohen - The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

In Conversation with Jonathan Soroff, Improper Bostonian

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, December 4 (7:30pm)

TV producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen talks about his newest book that is honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny.  Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. Nothing is off limits.

Q&A and book signing after the program.

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

Ripped from the Headlines

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, December 9 (7:30pm)

Hank Phillippi Ryan - Truth Be Told
William Landay - Defending Jacob
Kate Flora - Death Dealer

The art of the crime novel. Three bestselling crime novelists talk about their newest books and give you an inside account of what it takes to write a suspenseful crime novel. Their books are full of suspense but we promise not to spoil any endings.

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

JCC Early Learning Center, Hingham Preschool Open House

JCC Early Learning Center, Hingham located at Congregation Sha'aray Shalom, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:30-10:30am

Designed for families with children ages 15 months-five years
A vibrant, engaging learning environment with Jewish values at the core: this is the essence of the JCC Early Learning Center. The Center nurtures children, embraces families, mentors educators, and in every way possible brings out the best in children and in our community. Tuition includes family membership at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. For more information, contact hingham-elc@jccgb.org or 781-752-4000.

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center, Newton Open House

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, December 11, 2014 5-6pm

Designed for families with children ages 6 weeks-five years
A vibrant, engaging learning environment with Jewish values at the core: this is the essence of the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center. The Center nurtures children, embraces families, mentors educators, and in every way possible brings out the best in children and in our community. Tuition includes family membership at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. For more information, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420.

Beer and Books

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, January 15 (7:30pm)

Steve Almond - Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

“…a brilliantly quotable, carefully constructed, emotionally vulnerable tract sure to anger as many as it convinces…” Booklist (starred review)
 
Steve Almond details why, after 40 years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond steps back from the seductive din of the gridiron to ask a series of provocative questions.  He will be joined by a sports writer who will give an opposing argument.
 
After the talk, a craft beer tasting by Hopsters brewery and pub.

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

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Four Part Book Discussion Group

Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel, Tuesdays January 27 and February 3, 10, and 24, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teaching and values as a starting point, the discussion focuses on the issues that arise in families of Jewish or interfaith partnerships who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children. 

$30 per person for the series (includes light appetizers and dessert) Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and the first reading assignment upon registration.

This group will meet on Tuesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 24 | 7:30-9pm.

For more informationa, contact south@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510.

PJ Library Book Swap with the JCC

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, February 1, 2015 (9:30-11am)

For families with children 0- 6 years
Bring your children and your PJ Library books for a chance to hear a story and trade books your children have loved and outgrown.  Decorate your own fabric book bag.

Everyone welcome.

For more information about this event or PJ Library, contact pjlibrary@jccgb.org or 617-558-6587.

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Three Part Book Discussion Group

Restaurant Olivio, Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion group based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teaching and values as a starting point, we will focus on the issues that arise in families built on Jewish or interfaith partnerships who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children.

Participants will receive complimentary copy of book and  first reading assignment upon registration. Includes light appetizers and dessert

Snow date: March 25, 2015

For more information, contact: ifhappenings@jccgb.org or 617-558-6414.

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Four Part Book Discussion Group

Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion group based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teachings and values, discussion will focus on issues that arise in Jewish or interfaith families who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the book and first reading assignment upon registration. Light appetizers and dessert included.

For more information, contact metrowest@jccgb.org or call 508-879-3300.

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