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Wednesdays at the JCC for Senior Adults - Yearly Individual

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/17/2014, End Date: 06/10/2015, Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

A full day program is available to members on Wednesdays. Membership includes discounts to all senior adult programs and Travel club events. Each week offers a variety of activities including lectures, fitness, discussion groups, entertainment and more. Typical courses include current events, Jewish history, play reading, nutrition, Yiddish, Art, choral group and more.   To reserve a Kosher lunch on Wednesdays, please call 617-558-6596 by 12pm the Monday before the Wednesday program. There is a $3 suggested donation for lunch and full day program.   If you are a Brookline or Brighton resident, transportation is available on Wednesdays. For transportation reservations, please call 617-558-6596.   Full day programs planned from September 17, 2014 to June 10, 2015. Summer semester program begins on June 17, 2015 and is limited to the use of all indoor PE facilities.

Wednesdays at the JCC for Senior Adults - Yearly Couple

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/17/2014, End Date: 06/10/2015, Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

A full day program is available to members on Wednesdays. Membership includes discounts to all senior adult programs and Travel club events. Each week offers a variety of activities including lectures, fitness, discussion groups, entertainment and more. Typical courses include current events, Jewish history, play reading, nutrition, Yiddish, Art, choral group and more.   To reserve a Kosher lunch on Wednesdays, please call 617-558-6596 by 12pm the Monday before the Wednesday program. There is a $3 suggested donation for lunch and full day program.   If you are a Brookline or Brighton resident, transportation is available on Wednesdays. For transportation reservations, please call 617-558-6596.   Full day programs planned from September 17, 2014 to June 10, 2015. Summer semester program begins on June 17, 2015 and is limited to the use of all indoor PE facilities.

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 Boston Globe NFL/Patriots writer Ben Volin, 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.

Annual Comedy Cabaret

Smart, hip comedy featuring Tony V, Dan Naturman, Dan Crohn

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Saturday, January 17, 2015 (8pm)

In 1986 Tony V (pictured) was named “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” by Showtime television. He quickly rose to national headliner status as he performed on HBO, Comedy Central, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, A&E and MTV. Along with being a popular headliner at clubs and colleges throughout the world, Tony V has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, and Adam Sandler.  
 
Dan Naturman is known to his fans as the “real winner” of Last Comic Standing 2, and was the favorite of celebrity judges Drew Carey and Brett Butler. Dan’s charming combination of self-deprecation and outright grouchiness has had audiences howling from coast to coast and has earned him spots on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (seasons 2 and 7), the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Comedy Central.
 
Dan Crohn has been performing stand-up comedy in and around Boston for years. A semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and the Laughing Skull Festival, his stories of family and friends have entertained audiences throughout New England.

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

Jewish Impact on Broadway

With Professor Stuart Hecht, PhD, American theatre historian

Congregation Kehillath Israel, Thursday, February 5 (1-3pm)

The Jewish contribution to the development of the American musical over the past century has been significant.  Luminary composers such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim have left an indelible mark on Broadway. Dr. Hecht will discuss the Jewish impact on the American musical and demonstrate elements from songs as part of his presentation.

Stuart J. Hecht, PhD
Associate Professor of Theatre, Boston College
Editor, New England Theatre Journal

For reservations and more information, contact 617-558-6439 or seniors@jccgb.org.

JCC Without Walls is a collaboration of Congregation Kehillath Israel, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Temple Ohabei Shalom and Young Israel of Brookline to serve the needs of senior adults with generous funding by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Israeli Stage presents Never Ever Ever

Written by Sivan Ben Yishai, Starring Jordan Ahnquist

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, February 9 (7:30pm)

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.
 
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

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Saturday, February 21, 2015 (8pm) and Sunday, February 22, 2015 (2pm)

Written and performed by Aaron Davidman; Directed by Michael John Garcés
 
"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.

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

JCC Wellness Expo

Wellness and fitness activities for the entire family

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, March 22, 2015 (1-4pm)

Free wellness and fitness activities for the entire family. Moonwalks/bounce houses, photos with Wally the Green Monster, Beth Israel Hospital "Ask the Doctor," massages, nutritious food samples, giveaways, discounts, and more. 

For details, contact 617-558-6459.

Co-sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham.

FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY READ

Randy Susan Meyers - Accidents of Marriage

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, April 9 (7:30pm)

For Madeline Illica, the love of her husband Ben is her blessing and curse. Brilliant and charming when he chooses to be, Ben turns into a raging bull when crossed—and despite her training as a social worker Maddy is never sure what will cross him. She kept a fragile peace until Ben’s temper gets the best of him and the consequences leave Maddy in the hospital, fighting for her life. Exploring emotional abuse, traumatic injury, and children lost in the shuffle of recovery with unblinking honesty, Accidents of Marriage is an account of life inside of a marriage and how the unexpected gift of clarity can make the difference between living in hell and salvation.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.
 
Facilitated discussion prior to Meyers’ program on April 9
Tuesday, March 31 (7pm)
With Talya Sokoll
No cost. Registration required. Contact arts@jccgb.org or 617-558-6480.

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