Arts & Culture

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

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ESTHER SAFRAN FOER - I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC

In conversation with one of her sons -- TBD
Monday, November 9 | 8:00 PM EST 

Opens with Kristallnacht Commemoration -- Rabbi Brian Glusman
Tickets: Free virtual ticket, or one virtual ticket and one copy of book for $35 (includes shipping) 

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JOHN GRISHAM - A Time for Mercy 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Zoom Author Talk + Q & A

Weds. November 11, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
Tickets: $11, or $37 for one virtual ticket (includes one copy of the book and shipping).

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy. 

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MICHAEL IAN BLACK - A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
CLEO STILLER -
Modern Manhood

partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
TWO-AUTHOR EVENT
Wednesday, November 18 8:00 PM EST   

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $32 for one virtual ticket and copy of either book (shipping included), or $50 for one virtual ticket and copy of both books: 

 

Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son 

A poignant look at boyhood, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian, actor, and author, and father Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college, and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love.
 

Cleo Stiller, Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today 

Here are a few self-evident truths: Predatory men need to go, sexual assault is wrong, and women and men should be equal. If you’re a man and disagree with any of the aforementioned, then this book isn’t for you.

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MICHAEL J. FOX - No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

In partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

In Conversation with Harlan Coben
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 

Thursday, Nov. 19 | 8:00 PM EST
Tickets: $36 for one virtual ticket and one copy of the book (includes shipping)

From renowned actor and advocate Michael J. Fox comes a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Heading Home – The Tale of Team Israel  – Free Film Streaming

Free film streaming as part of the Maine Jewish Film Festival  - Co-presented by the JCA 

Available starting Nov. 20th
Order tickets via MJFF at https://watch.eventive.org/2020mjff 

The underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team as they compete for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. With their ever-present 'Mensch on the Bench' mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries and does much soul searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmILVsxSKEs&feature=emb_title 

 

The Maine Jewish Film Festival presents the first Virtual MJFF from Nov. 7 – 22. For the full schedule and to order tickets to access the films, please visit https://2020.mjff.org/welcome 

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MIMI LEMAY - What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation

In partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Friday, November 20 2:00 PM EST   
Tickets: Free, or $35 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includeshipping): 

Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

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Rachel Bloom - I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

Music and Multi-Media Presentation!
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 

Saturday, November 21 8:00 PM EST   
Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket, or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includeshipping) 

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. 

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MELISSA CLARK - Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks 

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A 

Sunday, November 22 1:00 PM EST   
Tickets: Free for one virtual ticket, or $30 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)  

Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

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INA GARTEN - Modern Comfort Food

In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium and the Atlanta JCC 

In conversation with Michael Ian Black, author and actor
Zoom author talk and Q & A 

Weds., December 2 | 7:30 PM EST
Tickets: $45 for one virtual ticket and one copy of the book (includes shipping)  

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicous conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook! 

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The Ninth Night of Hanukkah –  A special family program with author Erica Perl

Sunday, December 6th at 4:00 PM EST 
Advanced registration required by Friday 12/4 at 12 noon

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

Join author Erica Perl for a reading and discussion of her heart­warming picture book with a fresh twist on a Hanukkah celebration: celebrating a ninth night with new neighbors and friends! 

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants on Friday afternoon 12/4. 

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The Book of V. – Zoom author talk with novelist Anna Solomon

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 PM EST 
Advanced registration required by Weds. 2/17

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

The Zoom link will be email to registered participants on Weds. afternoon 2/17, and again on Thursday, 2/18 at 4 PM. 

The Purim story of Esther is often told as the triumph of a Jewish minority over one man’s blinding hatred, through the courage and selflessness of one woman. Anna Solomon’s The Book of V. challenges this simple narrative — asking, what is Vashti’s story? And how do we choose to represent women’s lives, both in the past and today? 

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The Passover Haggadah: A Biography – A Zoom talk with author Rabbi Vanessa Ochs

Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 PM EST
Advanced registration required by Weds. 3/3 

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

“And you shall tell your son on that day….” This simple command in Exodus has led to more than five thousand versions of the Passover story. Ochs recounts its life beginning with various mentions in the Bible and ending with the profusion of Haggadot today; these variations reflect the geographical spread of Jewish communities, the diversity of practice, and historic events. For anyone interested in the emergence and complex evolution of the Haggadah, this biography offers a trove of information in engaging and inviting language. 

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Welcoming Elijah – A Passover Tale with a Tail & Gittel’s Journey – An Ellis Island Story – A special family program with author Leslea Newman

Sunday, March 7th at 4:00 PM EST 
Advanced registration required by Friday 3/5 at 12 noon

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

Join celebrated author Leslea Newman for a reading and discussion of her two recent books: Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail and Gittel’s Journey – An Ellis Island Story. 

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants on Friday afternoon 3/7. 

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The Yellow Bird Sings – A book talk with novelist Jennifer Rosner

Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EST 
Advanced registration required by Weds. 3/31

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

What did Holocaust survivors go through on a daily basis in order to stay alive, and how did these experiences shape their consciousness? Jennifer Rosner’s debut novel attempts to answer these questions as it follows Roza and her young daughter, Shira, who flee the Nazis during World War II. 

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

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

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

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. 

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

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

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted. 

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. 

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