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Enjoy the work of outstanding actors, comedians, dancers and other performers at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC and other venues.

Classes and Programs

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Lucky Day Music Class with Stacey Peasley

Geared for children ages 0-3 years with adult

Temple Israel of Natick, September 16 - November 4, Tuesdays (9:45-10:30am)

Geared for children ages 0-3 years with adult
Popular children’s entertainer Stacey Peasley is thrilled to combine her love of young children with her musical talents into a lively class that engages kids and creates fun sing-alongs. Using instruments and props, kids will move to music ranging from pop and rock to children’s favorites and Stacey originals.  All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

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

Young Author's Club - Grades 3-6 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/21/2014, End Date: 11/16/2014, Time: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

(Grades: 3-6) Do you enjoy making up stories? The Young Author’s Club is a place for kids to have fun exploring the craft of writing. Under the guidance of an award winning published children’s author, children will learn new skills and techniques and share work with fellow writers. Instructor: Jane Kohuth

Showstoppers Youth Theatre - Seussical - Ages 8-12 yrs - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 10/19/2014, End Date: 01/25/2015, Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

(Ages: 8-12 yrs) Children will work with an experienced team of theater professionals to learn the elements of creating a musical theatre production. The program concludes with a public performance for friends and family to enjoy. Everyone has apart in the final show. Rehearsals: Sunday, October 19-January 25 2-4pm Performance: Sunday, February 1 3pm

From Conflict to Peace – Lessons of Diplomacy from other Nations

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, October 21 (7:30pm)

A night of critical reflection with NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Given the current political climate in Israel, can models of diplomacy from places like Northern Ireland and South Africa help light a way forward?  Can the legacies of nations once beleaguered by genocide, tribal warfare, apartheid and oppression point a path to a lasting peace and a future of shared progress and development?
 
Esteemed panelists impart their wisdom about what we can learn from memory, truth and reconciliation: 

Dr. Fran Buntman grew up in South Africa. She teaches in the areas of criminal justice, punishment, and law in the Sociology Department at George Washington University. She is also the director of the school’s interdisciplinary Law and Society minor. Her publications include Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid (2003) and "Therapeutic jurisprudence, apartheid's victims, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission" (2011). Her current research projects examine the relationships between forgiveness and reconciliation and between destruction and resistance.

Dr. Francis Costello is a native of the U.S. who has lived and worked in Belfast for the past 15 years. He is a business consultant who focuses on economic development and building partnerships. He served in the U.S. Government during the Clinton Administration and as Chief of Staff to Rep. Joseph Kennedy. Dr. Costello holds a doctorate in Irish Studies from Boston College. He is the author of three books of Irish interest, including The Irish Revolution and the Aftermath

Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers and a founding board member of the Social Ventures Network, a network of businesses committed to social change. He is a co-author of Bearing Witness: A Zen Masters Lessons in Making Peace.
 
Tom Ashbrook, moderator (pictured), is the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s On Point, produced by WBUR Boston. He previously served as an editor at The Boston Globe and as a foreign correspondent based in India, Hong Kong and Japan.

The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series brings together distinguished scholars, artists and activists to engage in unique exchanges around controversial and difficult subjects. Nationally, and often internationally, renowned panelists are led by expert moderators through respectful and thought-provoking discussions.

Through this series the JCC serves as a community living room - a place where people who hold divergent opinions and perspectives come together, share ideas
and gain understanding. Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations is ground-breaking in that it creates an opportunity for intellectual and emotional exchange, and makes a space for passion, insight and creativity to take root.

The series is named in memory of and in honor of Jonathan Samen, past chair of the JCC Governing Board whose legacy of leadership includes his unique ability to bring together people from different sides of an issue to work together to achieve positive results. 

The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series is underwritten by generous donor support.

Rock-A-Baby

Geared for children ages 0-3 years with adult

Sharon Community Center, Fridays, October 24 - December 19, 2 Classes: (9:30-10:15am or 10:30-11:15am)

Geared for children ages 0-3 years with adult
Your child has a chance to be “in the band” with Rock-A-Baby. With a trio of musicians, three zany puppets, dancing, instruments and music ranging from classical to jazz to children’s songs to rock ‘n roll, Rock-A-Baby gives your child a stimulating and educational musical experience.  All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

PLEASE NOTE: 9:30AM CLASS IS FULL.
REGISTRATION IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE 10:30AM CLASS.


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

From Within – Songs of Healing and Renewal

An interfaith concert featuring Jodi Blankstein

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Saturday, October 25 (7:30pm)

Join Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein (pictured), Minister of Music Laura Weiss and guitarist Adam Dehner for an interfaith concert featuring soulful songs of healing, renewal and resilience. Born out of an interfaith musical relationship, the concert is filled with beautiful melody and rich harmony that will lift your spirit. Visit jodichants.com to hear samples of this inspiring music.
 
Jodi has served as the cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel in Andover since 2011. Beginning this fall, she will begin leading Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Newton and the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont in weekly song and prayer. Minister of Music Laura Weiss is the Director of Music Programming, Organist, Choir Director, and Children’s Choir Director for South Church in Andover. Adam Dehner is a founding member of the popular contemporary Jewish band Yom Hadash. He is a studio musician, record producer and guitar teacher in Boston.
 
Co-sponsored by JF&CS Jewish Healing Connections, Mayyim Hayyim, and JCC Interfaith Connections.

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

Comedian Richard Lewis

With Mike Jacobs

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Saturday, November 1 (8pm) and Sunday, November 2 (2pm)

Perhaps Mel Brooks put it best when he said, “Richard Lewis may just be the Franz Kafka of modern day comedy.”
 
Comedy Central has recognized Richard Lewis (pictured) as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all-time. GQ Magazine named Lewis one of the ‘20th Century’s Most Influential Humorists.’ Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form. Lewis remains addicted to performing before live audiences and is on a continuous Tracks of My Fears stand-up tour. In live performance he is often compared to a jazz musician for his wild riffs that fly out into space but always find a way to float back into rhythm as they splatter recurring themes against a spiraling, lyrical backdrop. Don’t miss this rare Boston appearance!
 
Mike Jacobs’ edgy brand of autobiographical comedy traces its roots to the north end of Hartford where he was voted “funniest kid” in his 6th grade class. His stories of “life” are hilarious, relevant to everyone…and true. Mike is a regular at the top comedy clubs in New York City.

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

The Amazing Max Magic Show

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (11am and 1pm)

For ages 3 and older with adult
The Amazing Max show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation.  

Tickets for Magic Ark performances are available online below or by phone at 617-965-5226 or 866-811-4111. 

Get on board as we set sail for another exciting season of family entertainment. View the complete Magic Ark lineup at bostonjcc.org/magicark.

JCC MAGIC ARK PERFORMING ARTS SERIES FOR FAMILIES
A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts and PJ Library® 

Story Soup

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, November 16 (11am)

Geared for families with young children
A fun, interactive storytelling performance of the popular Jewish folktale, Bone, Button, Borscht. Children can be part of the action in a lively, dramatic presentation of the story of a poor beggar who helps a town learn about the power of sharing. Join in post-show activities such as a ‘soup sing-along,’ apron decorating, and soup making. Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.  

In partnership with PJ Library.

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

Circo Comedia

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, January 4, 2015 (11am and 1pm)

For ages 3 and older with adult
Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of CIRCO COMEDIA starring the fantastic duo Jean Saucier & Patrick Côté from Montreal - performing their distinctive style of humour, acrobatic tricks, daring feats, magic and eccentricity.

Tickets for Magic Ark performances are available online below or by phone at 617-965-5226 or 866-811-4111. 

Get on board as we set sail for another exciting season of family entertainment. View the complete Magic Ark lineup at bostonjcc.org/magicark.

JCC MAGIC ARK PERFORMING ARTS SERIES FOR FAMILIES
A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts and PJ Library® 

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