Arts & Culture

The JCA is proud to present our annual Arts and Culture Series, featuring scholars, authors, films, photography and musical performances.

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The JCA presents Book Festival in Your Living Room

DANIEL LEE - The SS Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Sunday, April 11th | 2 PM ET
Tickets – free virtual ticket, or $35 for event ticket plus book and shipping:  

One night at a dinner party in Florence, historian Daniel Lee was told about a remarkable discovery. An upholsterer in Amsterdam had found a bundle of swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing. They belonged to Dr. Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked at the Reich's Ministry of Economics and Labor in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war. An expert in the history of the Holocaust, Lee was fascinated to know more about this man--and how his most precious documents ended up hidden inside a chair, hundreds of miles from Prague and Stuttgart. In The S.S. Officer's Armchair, Lee weaves detection with biography to tell an astonishing narrative of ambition and intimacy in the Third Reich. 

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The JCA presents NATIONAL JCC ADULT & SENIOR ALLIANCE Online Events

JEWISH ARGENTINA 

Presented in partnership with the Osher Marin JCC

Sundays, April 11 & 18 2:00-3:30 PM EST   

For this special double-header, let James Sokol zoom you to meet a local guide who specializes in the Jewish history of Argentina. Part I focuses on the immigration & history of the Jews in Argentina between the 16th-century and WWII. Learn about the inquisition in Latin America, Jewish gauchos (re: cowboys) and a pogrom in Buenos Aires.  Part II looks at the country during WWII through today, including the Nazis and Eichmann, terror attacks, the political and economic crisis, emigration waves, antisemitism and Jewish life and culture today. Available only as a 2-part series. 

Early Bird Ticket ($30) - available until 48 hour prior to the series start
Regular Ticket ($40) - available until 15 min. prior to the series start 

*Please select “ME - JCA of Southern Maine - Portland” when asked through which program partner you learned about this event. 

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ALL STAR MUSICAL YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION

An online concert presented by the JCA’s Cantor Kurt Messerschmidt Memorial Fund  

Sunday, April 11th | 3 PM 

Join Jewish Rock Radio for a celebration of Israel Independence Day featuring Israeli superstar, David Broza, Josh Nelson, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Rick Recht, Shimon Smith, Laurie Akers, Rabbi Lisa Silverstein, teens and college students from Israel and special guest leaders including Dan Shapiro (Former US Ambassador to Israel), Rabbi Eric Fingerhut (President and CEO of JFNA), and more! 

Free! Advanced registration required by Sunday April 11th at 12 noon to receive the Zoom link.

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The JCA presents Book Festival in Your Living Room

TOVAH FELDSHUH - Lillyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Thursday, April 15th | 8 PM ET
Tickets: Free virtual event admission, or $36 includes the book and shipping  

A heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress, Lilyville tells the story of a mother and daughter whose narrative reflects American cultural changes and the world's shifting expectations of women. 

From Golda to Ginsburg, Yentl to Mama Rose, Tallulah to the Queen of Mean, Tovah Feldshuh has always played powerful women who aren't afraid to sit at the table with the big boys and rule their world. But offstage, Tovah struggled to fulfill the one role she never auditioned for-Lily Feldshuh's only daughter. 

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The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine – A book talk with author Yousef Bashir

Thursday, May 6th | 7 PM 
Advanced registration required by Weds. 5/5

Bashir offers a powerful memoir of love, growth, survival, and unfashionable generosity of spirit inspired by his father. This is not an exploration of the broader socio-political context, but rather a personal narrative which contains some hints at the larger landscape. 

 

The JCA is pleased to offer virtual programs so that they are accessible to all. Financial support from community members like you makes this programming possible; we encourage you to pay what you can. We appreciate your support, which will help ensure that we can continue to offer programs like these in the future.

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The JCA presents Book Festival in Your Living Room

JUDY BATALION - The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Monday, May 10th | 8 PM ET
Tickets: Free virtual admission, or $36 includes the book and shipping  

 One of the most important stories of World War II: A spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of the brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters, a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled. A gripping, poignant tale of extraordinary female agency, The Light of Days reminds us of the importance of recognizing the control we have over our own selves even during the darkest times. 

 

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The JCA presents Book Festival in Your Living Room

PAULA SHOYER - The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Thursday, May 13th | 7:30 PM ET
Tickets: $6 virtual admission, or $30 includes the book and shipping  

 Live cooking demo for Shavuot with Paula Shoyer, "the Kosher Baker"!! 

 Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it's NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don't need an Instant Pot to participate -- all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own! Both recipes are at available at the link if you'd like to purchase your ingredients in advance and cook along with Paula!

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My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory and Meaning – A book talk with author Naomi Baum

Sunday, June 6th | 10:00 AM EST
Advanced registration required by Friday 6/4

In this profoundly honest and revealing memoir, psychologist Dr. Naomi L. Baum invites us to journey with her as she says Kaddish, the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, in the year following her mother’s death. When experiencing loss, we are often without words to describe how we are feeling. Finding a place to rest the pain, this book travels through the seasons of grief and will resonate with anyone who has lost someone dear. Dr. Baum, an international consultant on trauma and resilience, draws on both her personal and professional experience to navigate this uncharted territory, as she takes a new look at tradition and discovers both emotional and spiritual sources of comfort in unexpected places. 

 

The JCA is pleased to offer virtual programs so that they are accessible to all. Financial support from community members like you makes this programming possible; we encourage you to pay what you can. We appreciate your support, which will help ensure that we can continue to offer programs like these in the future.