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It’s hard to believe this is just the fourth season for the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Our goal is for each season to be more inspiring and thought-provoking than the last. More fun, too. Doing so requires that we balance the traditional and the unexpected, the established and the unknown, the awe-inducing and the irresistibly entertaining. This fall, we invite you to dance on the Greenway, dine with the Food Flirts, spend an evening with a graphic novel genius or a Sunday brunch with a poet laureate and his jazz musician friends. From a compelling novel on Israeli politics to lost music salvaged from the flames of Kristallnacht, you’re sure to find something that sheds new perspectives on the Jewish experience. As Boston’s premier presenter of Jewish arts and culture in its many forms and influences, JArtsTM thanks you for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon, often, and for many seasons to come.

Laura Mandel Executive Director

Joey Baron Artistic Director

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ONLINE Visit and click on the events you want to attend. There is a BUY TICKET button for all paid events and a RESERVATIONS button for free ones! BY PHONE Tickets can be purchased by calling 617.531.4610 Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM BUY SEVERAL EVENTS AND SAVE SAVE 10% when you purchase tickets to 3 different events. Use code SAVE10 at checkout. SAVE 15% when you purchase tickets to 4 different events. Use code SAVE15 at checkout. Discounts applied at checkout. Online purchases only. Free events and those ticketed by other organizations are not eligible. Please note that you will be transferred to the City Winery site to purchase tickets for the POEMJAZZ brunch and to the Burren for the Book of J performance.

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Tuesday, September 12 5:00 – 6:30 pm Comix, Jews ‘n Art? Dun’t Esk: A Conversation with Art Spiegelman Sanders Theater 45 Quincy St. Cambridge

Sunday, September 17 3:00 – 5:00 pm Let’s Dance Boston: Klezmer Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express and Dancer Steve Weintraub Dewey Square Rose Kennedy Greenway Boston

Tuesday, October 3 7:00 – 9:00 pm Meet the Brass Sisters – A Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen Pop-Up Stonehurst 100 Robert Treat Paine Dr. Waltham

Friday + Saturday, October 27-28 Arts Matter Shabbat: Multiple locations

Saturday, November 4 5:00 – 8:00 pm The Break: A Shabbat Experience Brooklyn Boulders 12A Tyler St. Somerville

Tuesday, November 14 6:30 pm dinner, 8:00 pm concert The Semer Project, Alan Bern, Music Director Granoff Music Center Tufts University Medford

Sunday, November 19 Seating 11:00 am, performance Noon to 1:30 pm Robert Pinsky’s POEMJAZZ Brunch City Winery 1 Canal St. Boston

Wednesday, November 29 7:30 – 9:30 pm Nathan Englander: Reading and Conversation Temple Israel The Riverway Boston

Wednesday, December 13 5:00 – 10:00 pm Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave. Boston

Thursday, December 14 doors 6:00 pm, concert, 7:00 pm The Book of J Backroom at the Burren 247 Elm St. Somerville

Monday, December 18 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm JArts TheaterWorks: A Reading of Bar Mitzvah Boy Fenway Community Center 1282 Boylston St., #123 Boston

January 14 – 23, 2018 Culinary Tour of Israel

Tuesday, September 12

• 5:00 - 6:30 PM COMIX, JEWS ‘N ART? DUN’T ESK: A CONVERSATION WITH ART SPIEGELMAN LOCATION: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall 45 Quincy St, Cambridge $5 online convenience fee 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. JArtsTM 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

“Comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” - Art Spiegelman

contributions to comic book history.

Made possible with support by the Doft Lecture and Publication Fund


Sunday, September 17

• 3:00 - 5:00 PM

LET’S DANCE BOSTON: KLEZMER ALICIA SVIGALS’ KLEZMER FIDDLE EXPRESS & DANCING WITH STEVE WEINTRAUB LOCATION: Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway Atlantic Ave. & High St., Boston FREE Get ready for a Sunday afternoon of klezmer music and 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 3–103. Check out the entire Let’s Dance Boston line-up, one of the largest, free outdoor dance and music parties in town at

’s Dance LetBOSTON 6

“This is what Boston needs. Young and old, all nationalities, dancing and having a good time.” - Let’s Dance participant

Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00 - 9:00 PM MEET THE BRASS SISTERS: A BEYOND BUBBIE’S KITCHEN POP-UP LOCATION: Stonehurst: The Robert Treat Paine Estate, Waltham 100 Robert Treat Paine Dr., Waltham $25 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. Meet this remarkable pair, view the first episode of The Food Flirts, and taste a bit of what you see. Enjoy samples from some of the local chefs featured in the show including Mamaleh’s, Dosa-n-Curry, Mainely Burgers, Tazo Chocolates and Petsi Pies to go along with an Israeli wine tasting.

"There is nothing that tastes as good as something baked by someone who loves us, unless it is something we have baked and shared with someone we love." – Marilyn and Sheila Brass 7

Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28 • Multiple Locations ARTS MATTER SHABBAT: Arts matter. Join with thousands of art lovers and advocates across the state for 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 show our community’s support for the arts. These events are open to all.

Support for the arts


Friday, October 27 Boston Temple Israel, 6:30 pm, Studio Shabbat: Art as Prayer Brookline Congregation Ohabei Shalom, 7:00 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat Reggae Style Temple Sinai, 7:00 pm, Author Anita Diamant Needham Temple Aliyah, 6:00 pm, Services and Shabbat dinner, Jewish Food, Jewish Memory with PBS’ The Brass Sisters Newton Temple Beth Avodah, 6:30pm, Kulanu: An Art Shabbat for Families with Cantor Susan Bemel Glickman and Ian Simpson (suggested for families with 2nd graders and older) Sudbury Temple Beth El, 7:00 pm, Lenny, Steve, and Salamone: A Musical Journey with Jim Ball

Swampscott Shirat Hayam, 6:00 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat with Neshama Carlebach Wayland Congregation Or Atid, 7:00 pm, My Jewish Journey with Anthony Michael Russell, Yiddish singer and social activist Wellesley Temple Beth Elohim, 6:00 pm, Israeli Poetry: The Dream, The Hope, The Reality with Rachel Korazim, Israeli Educator One Table Dinners JArts Food Think Tank at Mei Mei, Brighton ($30) 8:00 pm Moishe House, Cambridge Saturday, October 28th Boston Nehar Shalom and JP Kavod House, 6:30 pm, artist Jessica Tamar Deutsch and her illustrated Pirkei Avot

Anita Diamant, Author

Neshama Carlebach, Singer

Anthony Michael Russell, Yiddish singer and social activist


Saturday, November 4 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM THE BREAK: A SHABBAT EXPERIENCE LOCATION: Brooklyn Boulders 12A Tyler St, Somerville Discount Brooklyn Boulders Admission: $25 The Break is all about the separation between the everyday and the holy, about taking a break once a week to reflect. Join us for a multi-sensory evening of climbing, meditation, and decompressing at a whole new kind of Shabbat experience. 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 creations with Mem Teas, Union Square Donuts, and contribute to a one-of-a-kind Brighter Boston light show – culminating in an alternative Havdalah experience that just may change the way you view “the break” that is Shabbat.

Trybal Gatherings

Made possible with support from a CJP Strategic Initiatives grant.


Climbing is optional (and encouraged!). If not already certified, Brooklyn Boulders will quickly certify you upon entering.

Tuesday, November 14 • 6:30 PM Dinner, 8:00 PM Concert

THE SEMER PROJECT, ALAN BERN, MUSIC DIRECTOR LOCATION: Granoff Music Center, Tufts University 20 Talbot Ave. Medford RESERVED SEATING: Dinner Package: $125 includes Premium seating, pre-concert dinner and discussion with Alan Bern Preferred: $45 Upper Level: $25 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 popular singers to local cantors, Semer Records covered it all: cabaret, klezmer, folk songs, novelty numbers, religious music—even arias. On Kristallnacht, the Nazis destroyed it all, burning thousands of records, arrangements, and master recordings. The music was thought lost forever. Ethnomusicologist Rainer Lots spent the better part of the 1990s tracking down nearly the entire catalog. Now, the music of Semer Records lives again thanks to an international all-star ensemble including Alan Bern (Brave Old World), Loren Sklamberg (Klezmatics), Daniel Kahn (The Painted Bird), and other noted performers. Together, they create an unforgettable evening of songs and stories. Concert features Yiddish supertitle translations.

A joint presentation of the Music Department and Hillel.


Sunday, November 19 • Seating from 11:00 AM, Performance 12 - 1:30 PM ROBERT PINSKY’S POEMJAZZ BRUNCH LOCATION: City Winery 1 Canal St, Boston $20 (Performance fee only. Brunch menu available.) 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), Stan Strickland (saxophone, flute), Catherine Bent (cello) and Syd Smart (drums), 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.

“In jazz, as in poetry, there is always that play between what’s regular and what’s wild. That has always appealed to me.” - Robert Pinsky 12

Fun fact: Given his dedication to highlighting poetry’s place in American culture, Pinsky is the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on both The Simpsons and The Colbert Report.

Wednesday, November 29 • 7:30 - 9:30 PM NATHAN ENGLANDER: READING AND CONVERSATION LOCATION: Temple Israel, The Riverway 477 Longwood Ave, Boston $28 (includes copy of Dinner at the Center of the Earth) 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. Conversation features WBUR’s Jessica Alpert. Dessert reception and book signing follow.

“These are hopeful stories for hopeless times.” - Nathan Englander 13

Wednesday, December 13 • 5:00 - 10:00 PM HANUKKAH: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS LOCATION: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston Free (MFA members skip the line) Hanukkah music and storytelling throughout the galleries, Judaica talks, art making and drawing, an interactive scavenger hunt, a celebratory community menorah lighting, and more - don’t miss the fifth annual JArtsTM and MFA Hanukkah Celebration. Performances throughout the galleries include Ilene Stahl’s Klezperanto, Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg’s Book of J, and singer Sarah Aroeste’s interactve reading of her new Ladino book for children, Ora De Despertar (Time to Wake Up).



Thursday, December 14 • 6:00 PM Seating, 7:00 PM Concert THE BOOK OF J LOCATION: Backroom at The Burren 247 Elm St., Somerville General Admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door Fervor, faith and action! Book of J is where old-time religion meets radical politics: songs that started life in black and in 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 West Coast’s most thoughtful and talented creators of innovative Jewish music.


Monday, December 18 • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM JARTS THEATERWORKS: A READING OF BAR MITZVAH BOY LOCATION: Fenway Community Center 1282 Boylston St., #123, Boston Pay what you wish, suggested donation $18 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 – winner of the 2017 Jewish Plays Project. Get a taste of this cross generational tale, directed by Becky Price and featuring local professional actors.

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January 14-23, 2018 CULINARY TOUR OF ISRAEL $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 and taste leaders of Israeli food. Highlights include brunch by Israeli food star Gil Hovav, dinner with Uri Buri’s renowned chef Uri Jeremias, indulging in a Bedouin goat roast, private museum tours and so much more. Salivating? Contact Jen Marmer, CJP Missions Officer, for additional information and application at or by calling 617.457.8666.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS Howard Cohen (Chair)

Fred Ledley

Ari Davidow

Carol Trust Zalman

Lorre Polinger (Vice Chair)

Bonnie Margulies

Susan Benjamin

Naomi Gurt Lind

David Orlinoff (Treasurer)

Hankus Netsky

Joan Sobel Blair

Susan Bemel Glickman

Sari Anne Rapkin (Vice Treasurer)

Suzanne G. Priebatsch

Barbra Sher

Lorel Zar-Kessler

Dan Navisky (Clerk)

Alan Rottenberg

Irene Wachsler

Robert L. Beal

Janet Sanders

Susan Epstein

Barry Bluestone

James Segel

Adrien Khelemsky

Steven Cohen

Barry Shrage

Amos Lassen

Ronald M. Druker (Past Chair)

Paula Sidman (Past Chair)

Syrille Rosman

Lara Freishtat

Gerald Slavet (Past Chair)

Shirah Rubin

Leslie Gaffin

Kevin Steinberg

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Harriet Goldin

Barry Weisman

Terri Swartz Russell

Rosalind Gorin

Howard Wolk

Peter Samiljan

Morris Housen

Chris Wyett

Michelle Barmazel

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Jessica Alpert

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman

Lizzie Bell

Melia Bensussan

Linda Apple

Cecilia Kremer

Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Sara Brookner

Sarah Berry

Liana Krupp

Josh Brooks

Jesse Garlick

Jesse Brackenbury

Susannah Lawrence

Jessica Coughlin

DeDe Jacobs-Komisar

Ariel Burger

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Jeff Gabel

Wendy Liebow

Rabbi Jillian Cameron

Dan Levenson

Jennifer Garrett

Annette Miller

Karyn Cohen

Joshua Meyer

Emilie Golenberg

Becky Price

Dina Deitsch

Becky Price

Stef Groner

Barbara Wallace Grossman

Rabbi Cherina Eisenberg

Rafi Segal

David Harnik

Kerry Epstein

Aithan Shapira

Rian Handler

Sam Gechter

Jessie Smith

Alex Khitrik

Debbie Gerofsky

Eliana Southworth

Amanda Kulick

Abby Goldenthal

Tova Speter

Neisha Newburg

Sonya Highfield

Dani Weinstein

Avi Shemtov

Randi Hopkins

Graham Wright

Dena Zigun

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STAFF Laura Mandel, Executive Director Jim Ball, Director of Communications Joey Baron, Artistic Director Marissa Gross, Production Director Kara Kirby, Administrative Coordinator

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COMING THIS SPRING Sunday, March 11, 2018

February - April, 2018



You’re sure to enjoy what we cook up for the 9th annual Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen, Boston’s premier Jewish food

Internationally acclaimed social sculptor Julia Vogl will be in Boston throughout the winter to

tasting event.

create Pathways to Freedom, a dynamic public art project commissioned by JArtsTM as a creative reflection on the universal and timeless themes of Passover. Get involved – Julia will be working with many community groups to bring this project to life.





Beal Family Combined Jewish Philanthropies Julie and Ronald M. Druker The Klarman Family Foundation Krupp Family Foundation Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen Polinger Family Foundation Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation


Paula Sidman Susan and Jerry Slavet Wolk Family & Cross Country Group



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Jewish Arts Collaborative - Fall 2017  

An overview of a wide range of innovative Jewish events taking place this fall across Greater Boston.

Jewish Arts Collaborative - Fall 2017  

An overview of a wide range of innovative Jewish events taking place this fall across Greater Boston.