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The JArtsTM 2018 Fall Season. There’s always something new—or old—to discover.
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Why leave home? You can google everything from chicken soup recipes in the Settlement House Cookbook of 1901 to the the latest graffiti art in Tel Aviv. You can sit in your favorite chair binge watching anything from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to Making a Murderer. And when you get hungry, you can have food delivered to your front door from Mamalehâ€™s, Whole Foods and just about any other restaurant or market you can think of. JArtsTM offers unique experiences that no Netflix show can match: the opportunity to be with people who share your interests, to hang out with old friends and make some new ones, and to explore thought-provoking ideas, catch new music, or indulge in a foreign cuisine. Our programming brings all types of people together to explore the rich, diverse world of Jewish arts and culture. From a walking tour of Chelsea to dancing at Hanukkah at the MFA, the JArtsTM Fall Season offers you a slew of opportunities to explore the past, enjoy the present, and shape the future of Jewish culture. Consider each event your personal invitation to be part of a community, not just an audience. Welcome to the 2018 JArtsTM Fall Season.
Laura Mandel Executive Director 2
Joey Baron Artistic Director
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ABOUT THE JEWISH ARTS COLLABORATIVE JArts™ shares the rich, diverse, and creative world of Jewish arts and culture—past, present, and future—with the Greater Boston community. From the traditional to the innovative, we present the finest local, national, and international talent creating artistic work with a distinctly Jewish point of view. Why? Because we believe in the power of the arts to bring people and communities together.
WE DEPEND ON YOU Like most cultural organizations, private contributions represent more than 75% of the JArts™ annual budget. If you believe that arts and culture are vital to the Jewish community today and for generations to come, please support JArts by making a donation with your ticket purchase or by visiting jartsboston.org/donate. For additional information, contact Rachael Farber at 617-531-4610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM WOODY GUTHRIE’S HOLY GROUND: THE YIDDISH CONNECTION
A multi-media presentation by his daughter, Nora Guthrie, with music by Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics. The Center for Arts in Natick 14 Summer Street, Natick
Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter
Premium Reserved Seats: $36 before Oct 1 / $42 from Oct 1 Choice Reserved Seats: $30 before Oct 1 / $36 from Oct 1 Who could ever imagine that the boxcar-riding Oklahoma folksinger, Woody Guthrie, would find inspiration from his progressive Yiddish poet mother-in-law, Aliza Greenblatt? Join Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, as she shares photographs, writings, and artwork that illuminate their personal and creative relationship. Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of Grammy-award winning The Klezmatics, will perform Yiddish and English songs with lyrics written by both Guthrie and Greenblatt.
Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of The Klezmatics
#Woodyguthrie #Yiddishpoetry #TheKlezmatics
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 + SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 ARTS MATTER SHABBAT: Show your love for the arts during our annual Arts Matter Shabbat, part of the 5th annual #ArtsMatterDay. Presented in partnership with MASSCreative, the Massachusetts state-wide advocate for the arts. Find inspiration at any of these creative opportunities presented by synagogues and communities across the region. See website for details and reservations.
Support for the arts
Rachel Kadish, author FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Boston Temple Israel, 6:00 PM Studio Shabbat: Art as Prayer Brookline Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 6:00 PM Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat Cambridge Moishe House, 7:30 PM Potluck 9:30 PM Singing Oneg. Sweets and Songs: Dessert celebration with Shabbat songs and niggunim
#ArtsMatter #ShabbatShalom @MassCreative
Annette Miller, actor
Concord Kerem Shalom, 7:30 PM Arts Alive! with artist Ilan Manolson, Cantor Rosalie Gerut, Mostly Music, and Tiferet String Quartet Newton Temple Beth Avodah, 6:15 PM Jazz Kabbalat Shabbat Peabody Temple Ner Tamid, 8:00 PM Shabbat in Song
Sudbury Temple Beth El, 6:00 PM Service, 7:00 PM Dinner, 8:00 PM, Program Exploring Jewish Theater with actor Annette Miller and Tufts Professor, Stuart Hecht Wayland Congregation Or Atid, 7:00 PM My Ladino Journey with Guy Mendilow, musician Congregation Shir Tikva, 6:15 PM She Laughed: Humor, Culture and Identity, a presentation by Joey Baron, JArts Artistic Director
Ilana Manolson, artist
Yedidyah Syd Smart, percussionist
Guy Mendilow, musician SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Wellesley Temple Beth Elohim, 6:00 PM Service, 7:00 PM Dinner and discussion The Weight of Ink, with author Rachel Kadish Worcester Temple Emanuel Sinai, 7:30 PM Shabbat Unplugged with presentation by JArts’ Jim Ball: Lenny, Two Steves, and Salamone: My Jewish Musical Journey
Brighton Russian Moishe House, 2:00-4:00 PM Build your own Havdalah Spice Box with wood craftsman, Eugene Zeleny Jamaica Plain Congregation Nehar Shalom and Moishe Kavod House, 7:00 PM Havdalah and Jewish Rhythms Workshop with percussionist, Yedidyah Syd Smart
Newton Dorshei Tzedek, 9:45 AM Got Shabbat – a Shabbat service with art-based activities for all ages. Kiddish lunch to follow. Taunton Agudath Achim, 9:00 AM Service, 10:45 Aleph Beats, 11:30 Kiddush Musical Visions with the Aleph Beats, Brown University’s Jewish A Capella group
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM A NIGHT WITH HANOCH PIVEN General Assembly Boston 125 Summer St., Boston Hearty apps, beer, and wine provided. Dietary laws will be observed. Tickets: $10 Young adults (age 22-36) - join Israeli artist Hanoch Piven for a night of exploration and creativity! Piven is known for his whimsical portraits made of household objects. We’ll explore Jewish themes and Israeli culture while making our very own “junk” collages. JArts is proud to be part of this evening with CJP’s Israel360 and the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Additional support from Temple Israel’s Riverway Project, the Mem Project, and the Vilna Shul.
@HanochPiven #IsraeliArt @Israel360org
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM CHICKEN S
10 of Boston’s favorite chefs showcase creative versions of Kosher chicken soup. With Congregation Mishkan Tefila 384 Harvard Street, Brookline Tickets: $36 before Oct 1 (includes keepsake mug, all you can eat soup, and wine) / $40 from Oct 1 Kids 12 and under: $10 before Oct 1 (includes a mug) / $12 from Oct 1 What says Fall more than delicious, hot chicken soup? Join us for a kosher sampling of both classic and innovative Jewish penicillin crafted by 10 top local chefs. Fill your keepsake mug with taste after taste; soups will feature kneidlach (matzah balls), kreplach (dumplings), veggies, noodles, and more. Complemented by fresh challah and a sweet bite to end the evening. Presented in partnership with Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Chef Jim Solomon. NCLUDE: e CHEFS I ireplac f The F r e hen m ly o c r t o i f K , s n ’ omo k, Inna Jim Sol Khitric ckpea d Alex bby Chi u h Inna an C , v o t m e h Avi S a Morra ssen skin, L Josh Zi ody’s Delicate ith, Mo Lumiere Josh Sm Bailey, Jordan uniper J , cker atessen Dave Be s Delic Father’ r u O , l el ston Pat McR Awafi Bo
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM SHABBAT DINNER/DISCUSSION:
YIDDISH, MUSIC, AND BOSTON HISTORY Explore a rare Boston Jewish music archive with Cantor Elana Rozenfeld and JHC manager Stephanie Call.
Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston Tickets: $50 before Oct 1 / $55 from Oct 1 An intimate Shabbat dinner and conversation exploring the rich musical archives in the Jewish Heritage Center’s collection – including papers from violinist Percy Brand and singer/playwright Mary Wolfman Epstein. Enjoy classic Yiddish songs performed by Cantor Elana Rozenfeld, with a kosher-style meal.
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@jhcatnehgs #yiddishboston #historicboston
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM, CANDLE LIGHTING, 6:30 PM 5TH ANNUAL HANUKKAH: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Boston’s biggest free Hanukkah celebration for all. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Huntington Ave, Boston Free admission from 4pm (MFA members skip the line). Register – sign up at jartsboston.org and be entered to win a $25 MFA gift card.
Wednesday, December 5 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
DON’T MISS BOSTON’S MOST VIBRANT HANUKKAH HAPPENING! Feel the energy as the MFA comes alive with music, art, crafts, and storytelling at this free night of fun for all ages. Dance to Jim Guttmann’s big band, Bessarabian Breakdown (with klezmer dance lessons), enjoy the Voice of the Turtle Duo’s timeless versions of ancient Sephardic folk songs, the innovative Yiddish music of Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers) featuring Anthony Mordechai Zvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin, and hear stories by local Moth storytelling champion Rabbi Dan Judson. Enjoy art making throughout the museum, try your hand at drawing in the galleries, join gallery talks, go on a Hanukkah themed scavenger hunt, and more. At 6:30pm, join us in the Shapiro Courtyard to light the MFA-commissioned menorah by artist Silvina Mizrahi. New this year – participate in the creation of a glow in the dark multicultural hanukkiah art installation. Families, come early for a PJ Library sing along, face painting, and craft projects starting at 4:30pm. #MFAHanukkah @MFABoston #Miracle
KITCHEN EXPLORATIONS: A JEWISH CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORIC BOSTON JArtsTM presents a new series exploring the role of the Jewish kitchen in the history of Boston. From the West End to the suburbs, Jews and their neighbors have long shopped together and shared recipes. These fusions of food traditions have contributed a special flavor to the rich melting pot that is our great city. Weâ€™ll explore the connections between ethnicity and identity through food and conversation. #JewishFood #BostonHistory #kitchenexplorations
Jewish Learning and Engagement
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 10 AM – 12 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
MONDAY, JANUARY 28 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Walk & Eat Tour of Chelsea Tickets: $20, limited to 20 people
WBUR On Tap Explores Boston’s Jewish Cuisine WBUR Studio, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Free, reservations required
North End Kreplach and Ravioli Making Jim Solomon and Avery Perry The Kitchen at Boston Public Market 100 Hanover Street, Boston Tickets: $50 before Oct 1 / $55 from Oct 1
In the 1920s, Jews made up over 80% of the Chelsea’s population, making it second to NYC as the most densely Jewish city in America. Explore this history during a 2-hour walking tour with Dr. Ellen Rovner, a Boston University cultural anthropologist whose family goes back 4 generations in Chelsea. The tour begins at the famed Katz’s Bagels, family owned and operated since 1938, and ends with Salvadoran pupusas, a delicious staple of today’s Chelsea residents.
Join WBUR reporter Shira Springer, Mamaleh’s co-owner Rachel Miller Munzer, Boston University Gastronomy Department Chair Megan Elias, and JArts Executive Director Laura Mandel to explore the complex and delicious history of Jewish food in Boston. We will discuss Boston’s Jewish markets and restaurants, explore local interpretations of contemporary Jewish food, and bring attention to the history of communities in transition. Food will be provided by Mamaleh’s. Beer and wine will be served.
Dig in and crimp kreplach with chefs Jim Solomon (formerly of The Fireplace) and Avery Perry (Art of Pasta) at this hands-on workshop. Learn to make kreplach and ravioli, the traditional filled dumplings of the Jewish and Italian families who were neighbors in the old North End. Explore the neighborhood’s history with North End tour guide Simona Gilman and hear from Inna Khitrik about her journey to becoming the Boston Public Market’s first Jewish food vendor. Enjoy soup with meat kreplach, vegetarian ravioli (dairy free), and dessert from Inna’s Kitchen.
In partnership with the BU Gastronomy Department, supported by a grant from the Jewish Cultural Endowment of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
JARTS AND THE GALLERY @ MAYYIM HAYYIM
OPENING RECEPTION TO THE LETTER: ALEPH–Z,
Mayyim Hayyim 1838 Washington St., Newton
WORKS BY ARIEL BURGER & MATTHEW CARTER
JArts and The Gallery @ Mayyim Hayyim share a passion for presenting high
The people of the book are also the people of the alphabets.
quality art that inspires. This fall, we launch our new collaboration with a
From the very first scroll, Hebrew letters have been a source of
thought-provoking exhibition, To The Letter: Aleph-Z (Sept 27-Dec 31).
scholarship, debate, and creativity. Roman letters have given shape to Jewish thought and expression for centuries. To the Letter celebrates both forms of writing throught the works of artist/ educator, Ariel Burger and designer/artist, Matthew Carter. Join the artists and author Anita Diamant for a conversation about the work and how the pieces complement one another. Wine and cheese will be served.
“ RITUAL AND ART ARE FRUIT OF
THE SAME TREE. BOTH CAN FREE US FROM THE NECESSARY ROUTINES OF DAILY LIFE, MAKING SPACE FOR PLEASURE, PEACE, WONDER, AND SOMETIMES AWE. NO MATTER HOW ANCIENT THEIR PROVENANCE, BOTH RITUAL AND ART GIVE US ACCESS TO THE WILD AND PRECIOUS PRESENT.” - Anita Diamant, Mayyim Hayyim founding president
JARTS LEADERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS Howard Cohen, Chair Daniel Navisky, Clerk David Orlinoff, Treasurer Lorre Polinger, Vice Chair Sari Rapkin, Vice Treasurer Robert Beal, Emeritus Steven Cohen Ron Druker, Past Board Chair Kerry Epstein Jeff Freedman Lara Freishtat Harriet Goldin Rosalind Gorin Alison Hammer Morris Housen Fred Ledley Bonnie Margulies Hankus Netsky, Emeritus Suzanne Priebatsch Alan Rottenberg Janet Sanders Jim Segel Barry Shrage Paula Sidman Jerry Slavet, Past Board Chair Kevin Steinberg Barry Weisman Chris Wyett
AMBASSADORS Michelle Barmazel Susan Benjamin Joan Blair Ari Davidow Naomi Gurt Lind Rabbi Suzie Jacobson Adrien Khelemsky Amos Lassen Syrille Rosman Shirah Rubin Peter Samiljan Nina Schneider Barbra Sher Terri Swartz Russell Carol Trust Irene Wachsler Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler
ART THINK TANK Yael Alkalay Jessica Alpert Silber Linda Apple Ariel Burger Rabbi Jillian Cameron Karyn Cohen Jessica Coughlin
Kerry Epstein Ariel Freiberg Stas Gayshan Deborah Gerofsky Elisha Gechter Sam Gechter Abby Goldenthal Amanda Goodman Sonya Highfield Randi Hopkins Sidney Hutter Rabbi Suzie Jacobson Cecilia Kremer Liana Krupp Susannah Lawrence Rabbi Darby Leigh Daniel Levenson Joshua Meyer Becky Price Melissa Rosen Aithan Shapira Jonathan Sheffi Jessie Smith Eliana Southworth Tova Speter Allyson Steinmetz Danielle Weinstein Emma-Jean Weinstein
FOOD THINK TANK
Lizzie Bell Rachel Leah Blumenthal Jessica Coughlin Lara Freishtat Jeff Gabel Jennifer Garrett Simona Gilman Emilie Golenberg Stef Groner Rian Handler David Harnik Sonya Highfield Erik Jacobs Alex Khitrik Dena Kowaloff Liana Krupp Michael Leviton Elizabeth Navisky Neisha Newburg Avi Shemtov Julie Starr Jeff Werner
Melia Bensussen Sara Brookner Stuart Hecht Jesse Garlick Barbara Wallace Grossman DeDe Jacobs Komisar Wendy Liebow Joshua Luckens Annette Miller Becky Price
Current and future Board Chairs and Executive Directors.
MAJOR SPONSORS Combined Jewish Philanthropies Julie and Ronald M. Druker The Klarman Family Foundation The Krupp Family Foundation
Laura Mandel, Executive Director
Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen
Jim Ball, Communications Director
Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation
Joey Baron, Artistic Director
Yarden Fanta, Production and Partnership Director
Susan and Jerry Slavet
Rachael Farber, Development Specialist
Millicent C. Starr Charitable Trust
Marissa Kristy, Administrative Manager
Wolk Family & Cross Country Group
1320 Centre Street, Suite 201 Newton Center, MA 02459 617.531.4610 @JArtsBoston
SAVE THE DATES For tickets and information, visit www.JArtsboston.org Sunday, September 23 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday, October 4 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 7 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wed, October 10 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, October 26 + Saturday, October 27
Walk & Eat Tour of Chelsea
WBUR On Tap Explores Boston’s Jewish Cuisine WBUR Studio 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Woody Guthrie’s Holy Ground: The Yiddish Connection
Arts Matter Shabbat
Starting at Katz’s Bagels
To the Letter: Aleph – Z, Opening Reception Works by Ariel Burger & Matthew Carter The Gallery @ Mayyim Hayyim 1838 Washington St., Newton
The Center for Arts in Natick 14 Summer St., Natick
Wed, December 5 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Candle lighting, 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 1 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 4 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, November 16 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A Night With Hanoch Piven
Chicken Souper Bowl
General Assembly 125 Summer St., Boston
With Congregation Mishkan Tefila 384 Harvard St., Brookline
Shabbat dinner/ discussion: Yiddish, Music, and Boston History
10TH ANNUAL BEYOND BUBBIE’S KITCHEN Sunday, March 3 Back Bay Events Center
Jewish Heritage Center 99-101 Newbury St., Boston
SALOME: A WOMAN OF VALOR A Multi-Media Experience Wednesday, March 13 Club Oberon
5th Annual Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights Museum of Fine Arts Huntington Ave., Boston
Monday, January 28 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm North End Kreplach and Ravioli Making The Kitchen at Boston Public Market 100 Hanover St., Boston
REIMAGINING BERNSTEIN: ANNUAL RUKIN MEMORIAL CONCERT Thursday, May 16 Berklee Performance Center 19
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Events and programs for the JArts Fall 18 season.