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WINTER/SPRING 2016-17

Dear Friends

Exclusive Magazine Sponsor of the 2016-17 Season

For many years, local enthusiasts of Jewish-themed films have been traveling as far south as Miami and as far north as Palm Beach Gardens to enjoy the newest films, and some of our friends head to Telluride, Sundance, Toronto, New York or Cannes to immerse themselves in the world of Jewish film.

We know it “takes a village� to create and support such a major undertaking and we believe that our Boca Raton community has a vested interest in seeing this incredible new program succeed and grow in the future. Please contact Ellen Safran, 561-852-3237 for more information and about ways that that you can get involved!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the new Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival. Our inaugural BRJFF will take place March 19th - 26th at the Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton.

Warmly,

The full line-up of films and schedule will be announced shortly. This year promises to be very exciting showcasing premieres of many films from Israel, France, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Wendy Honig, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Artistic Director

Leslie Rich, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Production Director

Susana Flaum, Levis JCC Sandler Center Director Ellen Safran, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Director

Arts & Learning Membership 2016-17

Give the gift of Art, Culture & Learning Gift Certificates, available in any denomination, can be used for membership or tickets to any event.

Call 561-558-2520 to purchase.

A&L Platinum Membership ($500) and A&L Gold Membership ($75) is offered on a yearly basis, September 1 - August 31. Gold Members enjoy significant discounts and Platinum Members enjoy a vast selection of programs at no cost. Combined Levis JCC Sports & Wellness and A&L members enjoy special discounts. For membership details and a complete list of benefits, call the Sandler Center at 561-558-2520. Membership is not required to attend any Sandler Center Programs.

Table of Contents Dear Friends.................................2 Arts & Learning Membership....2 Travel.............................................3 Special Events..............................4 Literature: Authors & Their Books...............5

Adult University: Lectures, Courses and Programs........... 6-7 Live Theater..............................8-9 Art........................................... 10-11 Film......................................... 12-14 Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival................... 15

Art, Culture & Learning programs are sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

Rose Merry L. Plough Media Resource and Reading Center Bringing the joy of Judaic books and knowledge to the community. We are a lending library. Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm every day except Tuesdays.

Hours & Information

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Levis JCC Sandler Center office hours 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, daily. All programs are held at the Levis JCC Sandler Center unless noted.

All programs are subject to change or cancellation. Tickets are non-refundable.

Box Office 561-558-2520

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TRAVEL

Travel with the Levis JCC Cuba: Culture, History and Jewish Community

15 YEARS

OF EXPERIENCE TOURING CUBA

March 1-6 (limited space) New! 4-Day Trips: March 29 - April 2 April 19-23 Experience Cuba’s rich history and culture at this historic moment! Immerse yourself in fascinating history and enjoy the country’s warm hospitality on this wonderful tour of Havana, led by Sandler Center professional staff. Highlights include: • Panoramic tour of the city • Daily lectures on a variety of interesting topics • Tour Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in the outskirts of Havana • Visits to museums, art galleries, artist studios, and schools of art • Explore Havana’s Botanical gardens • Enjoy dance rehearsals and music • Visit a vintage car garage performances • Shop at Havana’s crafts market • Guided walking tour of For more information, call 561-558-2520. the Old City

Attention Past and Future Travelers to Cuba!

Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm Join Susana Flaum, Silvia Wilhelm, and special guest Uva De Aragon FIU professor, journalist and writer, to gain a greater understanding of the changing Cuban landscape. For more information and to RSVP, call 561-558-2520. $10 per person (refreshments served)

Sight, Sounds, and Flavors of Spain & Portugal July 1-14, 2017 Led by Levis JCC Sandler Center Director Susana Flaum, this spectacular trip features 3 nights in Madrid, a 7-night Douro cruise, followed by 3 nights in Lisbon. On board, enjoy spacious accommodations, fine dining, entertainment, and so much more. Excursions include tours, tastings, and sightseeing. Plan now to travel with us next summer! For details and to reserve your space, call Sam Aron, 561-369-5881 or email sam@aircruisesavings.com or visit www.aircruisesavings.com

Informational Meeting

Tuesday, January 31 at 3:30 pm With Susana Flaum, Sandler Center Director, Sam Aron from AirCruiseSavings, and Diane Curchy Horan, AMA East Coast Sales Manager. Receive prices and gifts if you have registered prior to or at the meeting. RSVP by calling 561-558-2520.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Special Events The Fourth Annual International Ladino Day

The Secret of Chabad: Inside the World’s Most Successful Jewish Movement

Sunday, January 15, 3:00- 5:00 pm

with Rabbi David Eliezrie

Join us for International Ladino Day, a celebration of the glorious Sephardic Ladino heritage. Levis JCC partners with Balkan Jewish Communities, the Sephardi Federation of Palm Beach County and Chabad of Salonika for the Fourth Annual International Ladino Day celebration. Join us for a joyous and educational celebration! Call for more information 561-218-4480.

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 pm, Zinman Hall

Suggested donation $10

With Kate Siegel & Kim Friedman

WordPlay: Jewish. Stories. Music. with Caren Neile and Randi Fishenfeld Thursday, March 9, 7:30 pm It’s haimish. It’s hip. It’s melody melting into story, and story into melody. Violinist Randi Fishenfeld and storyteller Caren Schnur Neile perform reimagined shtetl tales and a true-life tragicomedy about officiating at a beloved niece’s dualfaith wedding. It’s almost too good to be true. $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free

A Book in Concert; Tasa’s Song Friday, March 17, 2:00 pm A unique literary afternoon with author Linda Kass, accompanied by musical selections from her novel performed by internationally acclaimed Carpe Diem String Quartet. $30, A&L Gold Members: $25, A&L Platinum Members: Free Generously underwritten by Susan & Seymour Applebaum.

Considered one of the most influential movements in modern Judaism, writers have speculated for decades about the unparalleled success of Chabad Lubavitch. Rabbi David Eliezrie depicts the events, philosophies, and personalities that have made Chabad Lubavitch a worldwide phenomenon. All tickets: $15 Co-sponsored with the Chabad of East Boca Raton

Mother Can You Not? Thursday, March 30, 2:00 pm At B’nai Torah Congregation No one understands the delicate mother-daughter dynamic better than Kate Siegel—her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Join this hilarious mother/daughter team for a hilarious, loving, moving and insightful afternoon! General admission $25, B’nai Torah Members, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $20 Special Mother Daughter Discount: $36 for both Co-sponsored with B’nai Torah Congregation

I Shall Not Be Silent Documentary film about Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a leader of the civil rights movement, and a talk by Dr. Irving Berkowitz, Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College.

Thursday, April 20, 2:00 pm VIP Reserved Seating: $36, General Admission $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free In partnership with the Boca Raton Symphonia

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LITERATURE: AUTHORS & THEIR BOOKS

A Literary Afternoon Personal appearances by distinguished authors, discussions and book signings. Learn about their works and the creative process.

Tuesdays, 2:30 pm Individual Programs: $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free Coffee, fruit and pastries served.

Armando Lucas Correa, The German Girl

January 10 This novel sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp Photographer: Tina Valant of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11. Based on a true story of the German transatlantic liner, the St. Louis, that sailed from Hamburg to Havana, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

Ellen Feldman, Terrible Virtue and Jennifer Brown, Modern Girls

This debut novel sketches the historical context of two Lower East Side women’s domestic tribulations, alternating between their stories, reflecting upon the social consequences faced by women in different generations.

Thursdays at 10:30 am

February 2

$8, A&L Gold Members: $6, A&L Platinum Members: Free

March 2

(Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Photographer: Jim Pogozelski

Eileen Pollack, A Perfect Life

March 7 Jane Weiss, a research scientist at MIT, investigates the genetic makeup of a neurodegenerative disease, a quest made more Photographer: Michele McDonald urgent because her mother died of the disease and Jane herself has a 50 percent chance of having it. Pollack expertly and sensitively focuses on the nuances of ambivalence and on the human dilemma of what to do in the complex ethical situations that arise from genetic research.

Irina Reyn, The Imperial Wife

March 28 The discovery of a historic Russian artifact kicks off a dual narrative of two women separated by centuries but united Photographer: Aslan Habib Chalom in grit and ambition. The stories of two eras and two marriages are related in evocative language steeped in keenly observed details. The Levis JCC is a member of the Jewish Book Network sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

February 7 This is the story of the mother Photographer: Laura Mozes of birth control, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and an American champion of women around the world, Margaret Sanger, as she herself might have told it.

Levis JCC Book Club

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This series is generously underwritten by Charna Larkin, the Myrna Lippman Literary Fund and Boca Raton Regional Hospital

A monthly review and lively discussion of books.

Terrible Virtue, Ellen Feldman, 2016 Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, 2016

April 6

History of the Rain, Niall Williams, 2014

May 4

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara, 2015

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ADULT UNIVERSITY

Marlene & Herb Levin

ADULT UNIVERSITY

Generously underwritten by Marlene & Herb* Levin, Nina & Martin Rosenzweig, and VITAS *Of Blessed Memory

Series price: Pick any 5 Lectures for $75, A&L Gold Members: $50, A&L Platinum Members: Free Individual lectures: $18 per lecture, A&L Gold Members: $12, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder; Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities with Claudia Kalb Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 pm

In this surprising and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gives us a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture.

The Comedy of Aging: A Laughing Matter with Ira Epstein, Ph.D. Thursday, January 19, 2:00 pm

There may be nothing that we can do about growing old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it! Examine the aging process through comedy routines of Robert Klein, Rita Rudner, Phyllis Diller, Ellen Degeneres, Danny Kaye, Jerry Seinfeld and others; and through songs and cartoons dealing with growing old. Dr. Ira Epstein served as professor and chairperson of the Communication Skills Department at LaGuardia Community College, C.U.N.Y. and as assistant professor in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y.

Jews and Opera: Jewish Folk Tales that have Become Operas with Dr. Joseph Gilbert Thursday, January 19, 7:30 pm

This visiting professor is back to present another in his series of lectures on Jews and opera. Dr. Gilbert will explore how Eastern European Yiddish folk tales and legends from the late 19th and early 20th Century, such as The Dybbuk and The Golem, became the makings of extraordinary operas.

Presidential Leadership Throughout American History; The Greats, The Mediocre and the Failures! with Ronald Feinman, Ph.D. Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm Ronald Feinman presents a lecture in which the leadership of American presidents is surveyed considering various factors used by historians and political scientists. Presidents from Washington to Obama will be examined and discussed.

The Legal and Historical Evolution of Genocide with Irving Berkowitz, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm Examine the infamous genocides of the 20th Century, how the concept of genocide evolved in international law, and deconstruct the legal definition adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with David G. Dalin, Ph.D. Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm Rabbi, historian, author, co-author or editor of 11 books on American Jewish history and politics, Dalin’s writing has appeared in numerous publications. His forthcoming book, The Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan – Their Lives and Legacies, will be published by Brandeis University Press in March 2017. Dalin will explore the increasing diversity of the composition of the Supreme Court and the tradition of a “Jewish Seat” that began with the historic appointment of the first Jewish Justice, Louis D. Brandeis in 1916.

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ADULT UNIVERSITY

Courses

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Ongoing Programs Programs are pay at the door, no pre-registration required

Memory Matters: Memory Retention and Brain Fitness with Barbara F. Klau, M.S.

Israeli Dancing with Steve Weissman

Ongoing Mondays, 7:30 - 10:30 pm Chassidic to Yemenite. All levels welcome.

Mondays, 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Session I: January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Session II: February 27, March 6, 13, 20 Pick up some fun, interactive, and challenging memory enhancement strategies that will help you feel more empowered and sharp. 4-week session: $80, A&L Gold Members: $65, A&L Platinum Members: $50

$10, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free

The Ladies Room with Trudy Berlin, M.A.

Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:00 -11:30 am Discuss women’s issues relating to finances, relationships, family dynamics, women’s rights and more. Refreshments served.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Brett Ferrigan

$8, A&L Gold Members: $5, A&L Platinum Members: Free

February 24 free trial class, March 3, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 A practical, scientifically-supported program to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Fee includes audio downloads of guided meditations, body movement and body scan exercises; all materials and a personalized mindfulness based stress reduction manual.

Ongoing Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm An invigorating discussion of current events and the important issues of our times. Refreshments served.

Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

6-week session: $120, A&L Gold Members: $100, A&L Platinum Members: $75

Ongoing Wednesdays, September - May, 2:00 - 3:00 pm An expedition to the essence of our Jewish heritage and tradition, from Genesis to the present.

Ongoing Wednesdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Share, explore and support one another through intelligent and heartfelt conversation.

Must bring your own iPad. Fridays, by appointment only, call 561-558-2541.

$13, A&L Gold Members: $10, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Life’s Ground Rules: Essential Elements of a Meaningful Life with Marilyn Charwat

$35 per lesson

Ongoing Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Grandma Googles: Technology Made Easy

Free. Registration is required. Class size is limited.

Torah for Our Times with Rabbi Eli Rabovsky

The Wisdom Circle with Liz Sterling

iHelp for iPad (Private Lessons)

• How to send and receive email • Use Skype and FaceTime to video chat with friends and family • Explore the internet for a wealth of information • Movies, books, and music at your fingertips

$8, A&L Gold Members: $5, A&L Platinum Members: Free

$5, A&L Gold Members: $3, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Technology 6 Fridays, 11:00 am -12:00 pm January 13, 20 and 27, February 10 17, and 24

Psychology of the News with Trudy Berlin, M.A. and Sharon Segal

Sponsored by VITAS

$13, A&L Gold Members: $10, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Games

Mah Jongg and Canasta Lessons

Small class environment. Two consecutive weeks, 2 classes per week. Pre-registration required. Call 561-558-2520 for information. $75, A&L Gold Members: $55, A&L Platinum Members: Free

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LIVE THEATER

These professional and community theater productions feature preferred seating, concessions and no service charges.

Professional & Community Theater Words … Alive!

Theater at the Levis JCC Sandler Center is generously underwritten by Phyllis & Gerald* Golden

Founded by Eunice Bernard and Carol Clarke

*Of Blessed Memory

• Loving Frank

Thursday, January 12, 2:00 pm

An adaptation of Nancy Horan’s novel about Frank Lloyd Wright performed by Carol Clarke, Barbara Bradshaw and Phyllis Spear

$20, A&L Gold Members: $15, A&L Platinum Members: Free

• Remembering Joan Rivers

Founded by

Eunice Bernard & Carole Clarke

Performed by

Carole Clarke, Barbara Bradshaw & Phyllis Spear

Thursday, February 23, 2:00 pm

Performed by Carol Clarke, Barbara Bradshaw and Phyllis Spear

$20, A&L Gold Members: $15, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Levis JCC in Association with

Bye Bye Birdie

Presents

Thursday, January 12, 7:30 pm Saturday, January 14, 7:30 pm Sunday, January 15, 2:00 pm Levis JCC Zinman Hall Teen idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the Army and teenage girls around the country are heartbroken. Meanwhile aspiring chemist and struggling song writer, Albert Peterson is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if Conrad kisses a high school girl good bye on the Ed Sullivan show. The scheme works, with Kim McAfee chosen, but no one counts on jealous boyfriend Hugo! VIP Seating: $36, Reserved Seating: $28, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free Bye Bye Birdie is presented by special permission of Tams-Witmark

Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 7:30 pm Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 2:00 pm In mid-century Atlanta, elderly Jewish widow Daisy Werthan is deemed too old to drive, so her son Boolie hires Hoke Colburn, an African-American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled pairing, blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship transcending the societal boundaries placed between them. VIP Reserved Seating: $40, General Admission Seating: $30, A&L Gold Members: $25, A&L Platinum Members: Free Driving Miss Daisy is presented by special permission of Dramatists Play Service

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LIVE THEATER Online, VIP and group ticket sales available. Call the Box Office at 561-558-2520 or visit levisjcc.org/theater.

Uncle Philip’s Coat Saturday, February 25, 7:30 pm Sunday February 26, 2:00 pm There is more than meets the eye with Uncle Philip’s coat. This special coat has a very unusual history —it literally saves Philips life, and in turn, becomes a metaphor for man’s road to self-realization. Though a seemingly worthless garment, the threads of the coat hold together family stories and journeys of the human spirit. The coat everyone in this family once wanted to destroy becomes a precious artifact…the coat of dreamers. Winner, Best Production of a play in the 2015 United Solo Theater Festival in New York. VIP Reserved Seating: $40, General Admission Seating: $30, A&L Gold Members: $25, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Jewtopia by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson Thursday, March 2, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday, March 4, 7:30 pm Sunday March 5, 2:00 pm Christian O’Connell has met the girl of his dreams in Alison Marks. Unfortunately, Christian told Alison that his name was Avi Rosenberg, and that he was Jewish – neither of which is true. Desperate to keep up the illusion, he turns to his childhood best friend, Adam Lipschitz , to teach him how to “act Jewish”. But Adam has problems of his own, with a non-Jewish fiancée pushing him closer to a mental breakdown as their wedding approaches. With the best intentions, Adam and Christian attempt to help each other out, but things quickly go completely wrong when cultures collide and chaos ensues! VIP Reserved Seating: $36, General Admission Seating: $28, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free Jewtopia is presented by special permission of Samuel French

Love, Loss & What I Wore by Nora & Delia Ephron

Thursday March 16, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday March 18, 7:30 pm Sunday March 19, 2:00 pm Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit. This intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman uses clothing and accessories as a time capsule of a woman’s life to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. VIP Reserved Seating: $36, General Admission Seating: $28, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free Love Loss & What I Wore is presented by special permission of Dramatists Play Service

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FILM

Sunday Morning Israeli Film Series with Dr. Mort Plotnick

Presentation and discussion of award-winning Israeli films. Bagels and coffee served. All films subject to change.

Sundays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm All 4 Sundays: $50, A&L Gold Members: $40, A&L Platinum Members: $18

Individual films: $16, A&L Gold Members: $14, A&L Platinum Members $6

Manpower, 2014 January 15

Immigration police officer Meir, returns from a tour of Buchenwald concentration camp, a prize for decorated policemen, to a brutal deportation of African labor immigrants. A story of manhood in crisis, Manpower is an ironic yet compassionate film about belonging and upheaval, exile and immigration, home and family.

Einstein in the Holy Land, 2015 February 12

In 1923, Albert Einstein visited Palestine, travelling to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was a visit that would have a profound impact on the legendary scientist, who struggled with an inner conflict: he was a Zionist, but one who intensely disliked nationalism. This documentary, based on Einstein’s personal travel diary, presents the world with the firstever insight into Einstein’s thoughts during his trip to the Holy Land. Never before has the story of Israel’s formation been told from the perspective of one of history’s greatest minds, who turned down the opportunity to be Israel’s first president.

Matinee Movies with Myrna Loman Foreign, American and Independent films followed by discussion.

Peter the Third, 2015 March 12

This is the story of Peter, a 65-year-old widower. Peter decides to run for the Knesset so as to receive a Knesset member’s pension. With help from Alona, a 28-year-old talented waitress who writes blogs, they set up The Widows and Widowers Party. They both start out on a journey which removes them from their loneliness and exposes them to new worlds that will help them leave their pasts behind them.

Dawn, 2014 April 2

Dawn is a psychological drama behind closed doors, in which four comrades in arms pressure the young Elisha to overcome his moral qualms and fully commit to the armed struggle. The story is set in Palestine in 1947, during the British mandate period. A member of the armed Jewish underground has been sentenced to death by the British authorities. In return, the resistance has kidnapped a British officer. The insurgents spend the night together, waiting for the outcome of the negotiation. If the British hang their friend at dawn, one of them will shoot the British officer held as a hostage. Based on the novel by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Generously underwritten by Bobbie & Michael Drukman and Marlene Levin.

First and Third Wednesdays of the Month, Through May, 1:00 pm $10 per film, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Visit levisjcc.org or call 561-558-2520 for dates and film titles.

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Women Making Movies Award winning films by women directors, followed by discussion with moderator Linda Horowitz.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm $10, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

What Happened, Miss Simone? a film by Liz Garbus, 2015 January 11

An Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist. The film combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friends.

The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America, a film by Gabriela Bohm, 2007 March 8

The story of a small group of South Americans whose European Jewish ancestors were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Rejected by local Jewish communities, the group seeks the guidance of a Brazilian American rabbi who helps “lost Jews” reclaim their identities. Though the new converts’ dreams are partially fulfilled, they face an uncertain future.

Dancing in Jaffa, a film by Hilla Medalia, 2013

Brave Miss World, a film by Celia Peck, 2013

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Ballroom dancing bridges gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel. Celebrated ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, a veteran of a tremendously successful interethnic program in New York, returns to help his hometown of Jaffa, which he fled as a 4-year-old in 1948. Starting with a seemingly impossible situation, marked by deep cultural restrictions and war-forged trauma, the film traces a slow but inexorable process of change as enemies learn to tango, rumba and meringue together.

February 8

Weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World pageant, Linor Abargil was held captive and raped by her travel agent while heading home from a modeling assignment. This documentary is about one woman’s quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.

From Stage to Screen! Filmed presentations of the best in live performances of opera, ballet, symphony and theater from around the world.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm $10, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Encores! Great Performances at the Met January 25

An Evening with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater February 22

Great Opera Arias: A Gala Concert from the Royal Opera House March 22

Sondheim: The Birthday Concert April 26

The Original Three Tenors Concert May 24

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ART

2017

Exhibitions

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday by appointment Admission is free and open to the public

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery at the Levis JCC Sandler Center

Winter Exhibition:

FootWear Art by Kobi Levi January 8 – March 3 Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi makes his U.S. debut and reveals his two newest designs! Thirty pairs of hand-made custom shoes created and constructed personally by Kobi will be on exhibit and for sale. Explore the artist’s process with an inside look at the concept, design, and production of the final shoe in the accompanying visual images from inside his studio to his most recent fashion shoot in Milan.

Exclusive! Palm Beach Sandal

Opening Reception Sunday, January 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Artist’s Talk by Kobi Levi: 2:00 pm

Free. Reservations required, call 561-558-2520. Support for this exhibition is provided in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Arleen Roberts. Judi & Allan Schuman

Spring Exhibitions

Opening Reception

March 12 - May 11

Free. RSVP 561-558-2520

The Contemplative Series Mark Forman’s series of contemporary abstracts draws the viewer into an introspective mood of contemplation and inspires meditative observation.

Sunday, March 12, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Levis JCC Pottery Guild Exhibit Utilitarian, sculptural and decorative works of ceramics created by members of the Levis JCC Pottery Guild and instructor Marilyn Wander will be on display and available for sale.

The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery is generously underwritten by The Sylvia Rosen Fund and supported by Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Endowment Fund, Beatrice “Buddy” Mayer and Phyllis & Gerald* Golden

*Of Blessed Memory

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Art Workshops SPLASH Art Class

Monday, February 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Palm Trees)

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Flowers) Create and complete your own 11” x 14” painting with the guidance of artist Nicole Merritt. Laugh, learn, and enjoy time with friends as you create a step-by-step work of art. No experience necessary. Includes a glass of wine. $40 per class (includes all materials)

The Art of Coloring with Sue Harrington, Gallery Director

Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Capture the magic of adult coloring with designs by Johanna Basford, originator of Secret Garden and Magic Forest. A popular adult activity, coloring is relaxing and creative. Learn about basic color theory, techniques to bring personality to your coloring, and how colors affect or represent emotions. Each participant receives one Basford book and a set of 24 colored pencils. Includes a glass of wine. $35 per class (includes coloring book and pencils)

Silk Scarf Painting - Salt Technique with Constance Byrd Thursday, January 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Make your own distinctive design using the salt technique. Learn the basics of choosing your color palette, manipulating the paint and water on silk, and adding variation to enhance your scarf.

$45 per class (includes one small scarf and supplies) $65 per class (includes one large scarf and supplies)

Beaded Jewelry with Cara Zimmerman

Thursday, February 2, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm During this day-long workshop you will have the opportunity and time to learn how to bead from master beading artist Cara Zimmerman. Cara’s jewelry is influenced with the vibrant colors of the Peruvian women. Learn the intricate art of beading and leave with your own completed piece—this beautiful and elegant bracelet. Fine motor dexterity and the ability to see tiny things are required for this class. There will be a break for lunch (not included). $60 (includes all materials)

Linocuts—the Art of Block Printing with Bill Farran

Thursday, February 16, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Monday, February 27, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Remember making linoleum prints as a schoolchild? Re-experience the thrill of cutting your linocut design and printing your unique block print—choose from simple or complex designs. Start a family tradition with a hand-blocked Chanukah card or make your own custom notecard. No experience required. $50 per class (supplies included)

Silk Scarf Painting -Designs with Constance Byrd Wednesday, February 22, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, March 9, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Expand your experience and explore adding a design to your silk scarf. $45 per class (includes one small scarf and supplies) $65 per class (includes one large scarf and supplies)

21050 95th Avenue South | Boca Raton, FL | www.levisjcc.org | 561-558-2520


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ART

Art Talks

The World of Art presented by the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Series price: $60, A&L Gold Members: $50, A&L Platinum Members: Free Drop-in price: $18, A&L Gold Members: $12, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Art Talks and Art Workshops are generously underwritten by Beatrice “Buddy” Mayer

Passion & Zeal: Artists as Advocates

The Art of Block nd Linocut Printing

The Magic Moment: The Miracle of Photography

January 23 This lecture investigates dynamic works in the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection. Topics include the environment, addiction, honor and other social/political issues. Discover the artwork of Andy Warhol, Georges Rouault, Sebastião Salgado, Patrick Nagatani, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and others.

February 6

March 6 Explore a subject that is captivating, the history unique—the story of the invention of photography and its impact on world affairs, specifically in the 20th century—as groundbreaking and exciting as the legends of Buck Rogers or Dick Tracy and as gripping as a good mystery novel.

With Madeline Siegel, Boca Raton Museum of Art docent

With Bill Farran, artist and historian An ancient method of printing which originated with the Chinese, block printing is the art of relief cuts using wood. Farran’s talent with the medium, and his passion for the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe, combines his love of history, geography, Jewish genealogy and art.

With Fred Rosenberg, photographer and speaker

Pottery Classes Pottery on the Wheel, Hand Building and Clay Sculpting with Marilyn Wander and New Teacher To Be Announced Learn techniques of hand building and throwing from our experienced instructors. Advanced students sharpen skills. All levels are welcome. All sessions include free studio time. Basic tools available for student use. Clay available for purchase. Additional $20 supply fee per session.

Winter Session:

Mondays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm January 9 - March 27

(no class 1/16, 2/20)

$350 per 10-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $320

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm January 3 - March 28

$455 per 13-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $416

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm January 4 - March 29

$455 per 13-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $416

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm January 5 - March 30

$455 per 13-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $416

Spring Session:

Mondays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm April 3 - May 22 (no class 4/17)

$245 per 7-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $224

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm April 4 - May 23 (no class 4/11, 4/18) $210 per 6-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $192

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm April 5 - May 24 $245 per 7-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $224

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm April 6 - May 25

$280 per 8-week session, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $265

The Sylvia & Jerry Wolens 2016-2017 Cultural Season at the Levis JCC Sandler Center


BOCA RATON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Experience the Diversity of Jewish Life & Culture Through Film Be a part of the inaugural Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival at the Cinemark Palace 20, featuring an eclectic collection of 27 feature films, documentaries and short films from the United States, Israel and many other countries including the four titles described below. Visit bocajff.org for additional films and festival information. For sponsorship opportunities call 561-852-3237.

March 19-26 Festival Passes Available at several levels including: - Supporting Cast: $600; Film Circle: $365, Film Buff*: $136; Individual Tickets: $10 (Detailed information about pass and ticket sales and pass benefits available online.)

Our Father Palm Beach Premiere

Directed by Meny Yaesh, Israel, 2016, 108 min, Drama This is a story of fatherhood. Ovadia is the strongest and most violent doorman of Tel Aviv night clubs. His biggest dream for 5 years is to become a father, without any luck. Ovadia is offered a lucrative job as a debt collector with a small time gangster to earn money for an expensive fertility treatment. As soon as his wife gets pregnant, he decides to stop working for Shalom. It’s not that easy. A powerful, poetic gangster film with award winning performances. Nominated for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards; Winner of 2 Ophirs

Serial Bad Weddings Palm Beach Premiere

Directed by Philippe de Chauveron, France, 2014, 94 min, Comedy A breakout hit in France. The Verneuils are Catholic, well-off and well-educated. They struggle with three daughters who have married, successively, a Jewish man, an Arab man, and an Asian man, so when their fourth daughter falls in love with a Catholic, they’re delighted. But things don’t go as planned and soon the three brothers-in-law are enlisted to prevent the next wedding. Goya and Lumiere Awards; French box office sensation

Past Life Palm Beach Premiere

Directed by Avi Nesher, Israel/Poland, 2016, 109 min, Thriller Inspired by a true story, Past Life tracks the late 1970’s odyssey of two sisters - one an introverted ambitious classical music composer and the other a combative politics and scandal sheet editor. As they delve into the dark mystery of their father’s former life in Poland during World War II, they try to unravel a mystery that has shadowed their whole lives, and realize that freedom requires painful sacrifices and forgiveness. Past Life will occupy thoughts and conversations long after the credits roll.

Persona Non Grata Palm Beach Premiere

Directed by Cellin Gluck, Japan, 2016, 139 min, Drama The audacious true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination gets a sweeping, big-screen treatment in this epic biopic. Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by a treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Chiune Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees, to help more than 6,000 Jews escape to Japanese territory. Chiune Sugihara is the only Japanese person recognized and honored at Yad Vashem.

*Film Buff passes will be available on February 20.

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February 2-19, 2017 at the Levis JCC Sandler Center

Tickets on sale at levisjcc.org/theater or call 561-558-2520 Art, Culture & Learning programs are sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

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Levis JCC Sandler Center Art, Culture and Learning Brochure Winter Spring 2017