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September 2017
September 12th @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Comix, Jews, ‘n Art? Dun’t Esk: A Conversation with Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman
Memorial Hall @ Sanders Theatre

From Bazooka Gum to New Yorker covers, from Maus to In The Shadow of No Towers, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon artist and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. JArts™ is proud to partner with the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies on Art's engaging and entertaining multi-media presentation exploring the many Jewish contributions to comic book history. "Comics echo the way the brain works. People think in…

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September 17th @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Let’s Dance Boston: Klezmer

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway – Dewey Square

Get ready for a Sunday afternoon of klezmer and Eastern European folk dancing on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Featuring violinist extraordinaire, Alicia Svigals, and Steve Weintraub, the ‘Pied Piper of Yiddish dance.' Alicia and her all-star ensemble perform classic klezmer and Eastern European folk songs while Steve provides simple follow-along dance instructions. No experience necessary. Recommended for ages 2–92. Check out the entire Let’s Dance Boston line-up, one of the largest, free outdoor dance and music parties in town at…

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October 2017
October 3rd @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet the Brass Sisters: Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen Pop-Up

Stonehurst: The Robert Treat Paine Estate

        The Food Flirts, Marilyn and Sheila Brass, are PBS's newest food stars – and these Cambridge based sisters are the most charming yentas you can find. Come meet this remarkable pair, view the first episode of The Food Flirts, and taste a bit of what you see. Once you meet these loveable ladies, you’ll know why even the most secretive sous chef will offer them their most prized recipes. In the spirit of our annual Beyond…

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October 27th - October 28th

Arts Matter Shabbat

Join with thousands of art lovers and advocates across the state on Friday, October 27 in celebration of art on the 4th annual Mass Creative #ArtsMatterDay. A diverse array of artists will explore Jewish journeys through the arts at local synagogues and organizations, a theme most fitting for the week’s Torah portion, Lech l’Cha, which describes the start of Abraham’s spiritual journey. Join any of the participating groups to help rally the community around the arts. These events open to…

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November 2017
November 4th @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Break: A Shabbat Experience

Brooklyn Boulders – Somerville

  Take a break from the week at Brooklyn Boulders. Climb, meditate, and decompress from a week’s worth of seemingly infinite scrolling in a phone-free zone. Stretch your woes away in yoga classes. Connect to disconnect with VR meditation. Skip the Small Talk and engage in meaningful conversation. Enjoy acoustic music, art making, Jewish tarot card reading, custom tea creation with Mem Teas, and all sorts of other unplugged activities – culminating in an alternative Havdalah experience that just may…

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November 14th @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Semer Project

Granoff Music Center @ Tufts University

Pre-Concert dinner (for Dinner Package ONLY) will begin at 6:30pm. Concert begins at 8:00pm.  In the 1930s, when even the most popular Jewish musicians were banned from public performance, the owner of Berlin Germany’s Hebrew Book Store set out to record the songs of his community. From cabaret stars to local cantors, Semer Records covered it all: cabaret songs, klezmer, German folk songs, novelty numbers, religious music and arias. On Kristallnacht, (11/9/1938) the Nazis destroyed it all, burning thousands of…

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November 19th @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Robert Pinsky’s POEMJAZZ Brunch

City Winery – Boston

Savor your Sunday with three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and POEMJAZZ, his innovative dialogue between poetry and music. Featuring Hankus Netsky (piano), and Stan Strickland (saxophone, flute), POEMJAZZ intertwines language and instruments, emphasizing the physical and melodic qualities of voice, as well as the way jazz improvisation can sometimes seem to speak. The result is an organic new sound and sense experience. Fun fact: Given his dedication to highlighting poetry's place in American culture, Pinsky is the only member of…

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November 29th @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Nathan Englander: Reading and Conversation

Temple Israel

Pulitzer prize finalist, best-selling short story writer, and New Yorker writer, Nathan Englander discusses his new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth - the story of Prisoner Z, an American Jewish boy who winds up a Mossad spy and later, a traitor to his adoptive country. It is a powerful, suspenseful dramatization of the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Dessert reception and book signing to follow. "These are…

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December 2017
December 13th @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Don’t miss the fifth annual JArts and MFA Hanukkah Celebration open house. Hanukkah music and storytelling throughout the galleries, Judaica talks, art making and drawing, an interactive scavenger hunt, a celebratory community menorah lighting, and more. This year's performers include Ilene Stahl’s Klezperanto, Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg's Book of J, and Sarah Oroeste's special reading of her new Ladino book for children, Ora De Despertar (Time to Wake Up).  This event is presented by JArts in partnership with the…

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December 14th @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Book of J

The Burren

Fervor, faith and action! Book of J is where old-time religion meets radical politics: songs that started life in black and white religious communities and were later adopted by organizers for racial, economic and social justice. In the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, the songs ask for devotion and righteousness and offer power beyond what one still small voice can effect. Book of J features Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) and Jeremiah Lockwood (Sway Machinery, Balkan Beat Box), two of the…

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December 18th @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

JArts™ TheaterWorks Presents: “Bar Mitzvah Boy”

Fenway Community Center, Boston

A non-observant Jew in his sixties (or older) decides he needs to have his Bar Mitzvah ASAP and finds his faith during classes with a Rabbi who’s losing hers. This is the premise of Canadian playwright Mark Leiren-Young's newest work, Bar Mitzvah Boy – to be produced in Spring 2018 as winner of the 2017 Jewish Plays Project. Get a taste of this cross generational tale, directed by Becky Price and featuring local professional actors. Special thanks to the Jewish…

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January 2018
January 14th, 2018 - January 23rd, 2018

Culinary Tour of Israel

Jewish Arts Collaborative

January 14 - 23, 2018 $10,000 Includes air fare, 4 star accommodations, and all tour expenses. Israeli cuisine is as hot as the Negev in July. Join chef Michael Leviton and food writer Louisa Kasdon for an incredible opportunity to eat, drink, and enjoy the Israeli food scene. The deliciously immersive itinerary showcases the diverse influences that makes Israel the ultimate culinary melting pot. From wineries to cheese makers, professional chefs to agricultural techies, we'll be meeting with the thought…

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