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Work with and hear from accomplished writers, and enjoy the company of other readers and lovers of books and literature.

Classes and Programs

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Reader's Choice - Adults

LSJCC, Start Date: 10/14/2014, End Date: 05/26/2015, Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Monthly facilitated Book Group meets on Tuesday nights. Ranging from fiction, memoir, nonfiction and more, participants choose the books that they will be reading. Special Skype sessions with authors will be planned. Join anytime. Call 617-558-6480. Please come to first session having read "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year. Cost: $10 per session; $60/All sessions JCC member cost: $8 per session; $50/All sessions Facilitated by Talya Sokoll, Master Library Science, MA, English Education

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat

with the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 3:30-5:45pm

Geared for families with young children
Celebrate renewal and our connection to the natural world with planting, fruit tasting, books read aloud in Hebrew and English as well as music and Israeli dancing. Tour the school at 3:30pm and then join us for festivities and fun in the Riemer-Goldstein Auditorium at 4:15pm. Sifriyat Pijama B'America, JCC Grossman Camp and JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp will be special guests at the event. For more information and to RSVP by January 30, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420.

Writing Fiction: Tools for Beginning - Adults - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 02/08/2015, End Date: 02/08/2015, Time: 3:00 PM-5:30 PM

With Randy Susan Meyers Guidelines and tools to help you write a novel. Call (617) 558-6480 to register for both seminars and receive $20 off.

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.

Structural Steps - Building a Novel with Good Bones - Adults - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 03/08/2015, End Date: 03/08/2015, Time: 3:00 PM-5:30 PM

With Randy Susan Meyers A working outline for building the framework for your novel, using the "how do you eat an elephant" approach: one bite at a time. Seminar participants should bring story idea(s), index cards, pens, a computer or notebook and pencil. By the end of the class, participants will have a skeleton on which to build their novel. Call (617) 558-6480 to register for both seminars and receive $20 off.

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.

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner - All Fall Down

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, March 19 (7:30pm)

Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of 11 books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes (made into a major motion picture), and The Next Best Thing, talks about her newest book All Fall Down, her writing process and her views on the publishing industry. 

Co-sponsored with Hadassah.

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


Special Reception with Jennifer Weiner (6pm)

Meet Jennifer in an intimate setting prior to her program at the JCC.  Includes light hors d’oeuvers, priority seating, and signed copy of her book.  Cost: $75