Jewish LIFE Programs
Falafel and Short Israeli Films Presented by the Ma’Aleh School of Television and the Arts in Jerusalem
- Thursday, April 6 | 6:30 pm
- Fee: $12/person advance, $15/event day (includes falafel dinner)
Eyal returns home from a trip to India. While traveling he has made the decision to become religiously observant. Initially he delays revealing this to his family but soon he can no longer hide it from them. His secular parents are scared and shocked by the change in him. The transformation is hardest for Eyal’s father, who has long planned that his son will join him as a partner in his successful law firm. No longer able to bear conflict and pain at home Eyal leaves to take refuge in a Breslov Hassidic community. It is in this totally unfamiliar environment that he must somehow build the bridge that will lead him back to his family.
It is nearly Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), and the synagogue is still short of a tenth man to make up the quorum for communal prayer. Schwartzman has no idea what to do. Rosa, his wife, has a solution - to bring Menachem, their special needs son, to the synagogue. Menachem is 30, but he has never taken part in communal prayers.
A young activist who is also a filmmaker begins a personal campaign to elect the head of Histadrut Street, a small road in the center of Jerusalem. The very concept and the campaign disrupt the daily routines of the area residents and people who wander by.
This program is supported by the Irma Horowitz Endowment Fund.
Jewish Vocal Concert featuring Bryce Emily Megdal
Join us at the JCC for a concert filled with original Jewish melodies and popular Passover music sung by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and cantorial student Bryce Emily Megdal.
Open to the entire community!
All ages are welcome!
Please RSVP by call 908-443-9018
Instagram Sensations: Kim Friedman and Kate Siegel
Mother, Can You Not?
- Wednesday, April 19 • 7:00pm
- Fee: $5
There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made?
Kim Friedman is an Emmy-nominated director of primetime television, including Beverly Hills 90210, Star Trek Voyager and more. She is also a distinguished theater director, having received two Obie nominations and two LA Drama Critics Awards. Kate Siegel is a writer and social media guru behind the Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom. She has been featured on Buzzfeed, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Nightline and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Club Gelbe Stern, Cabaret at the J! Berlin’s Last Starlit Night
Step back in time to the 1930’s
Conceived by Alexis Fishman Directed by Sharone Halevy. Written by Alexis Fishman and James Millar
- Saturday, April 22 • 7:30pm
- Fee: $25 Show and Dinner
It is 1933 in divinely decadent Berlin. Erika Stern is the queen of the Weimar Cabaret scene. Feisty, sassy and always provocative, her show embodies the excess and daring of her time. But as the Nazi’s rise to power, tonight’s performance will be her last. The lights go down and the audience holds their breath. Club Gelbe Stern tells the story of Erika Stern, a fictional Jewish Chanteuse living and performing in Berlin as the Nazis take power. Erika is provocative, sassy, feisty, and above all determined to give a magnificent performance to her loyal audience.
Josh Aronson, Orchestra of Exiles
The Story behind Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the 1,000 Jews He Saved From Nazi Horrors
- Thursday, April 27 • 7:00pm
- Fee: $5
As a teenager, violinist Bronislaw Huberman toured Europe and received invitations to play for royalty. But as an adult, witnessing the rising threat of Nazism, Huberman conceived an ingenious crusade the that would become his greatest legacy: forming the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which would become the lauded Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Huberman arranged the safe passage of hundreds of Jewish musicians and their families out of Nazi controlled territories. His tireless campaigning for the project saved nearly 1,000 Jews from the approaching Holocaust. Huberman’s triumph of art over cruelty was heard around the world.
Josh Aronson is an Academy Award nominated documentary and film writer, producer, and director. He has worked with Showtime, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others and his films have won awards all over the world. He is also a concert pianist who regularly performs chamber music New York.
Q & A with the director to follow the screening of the film.
Mache M. Seibel, The Estrogen Window
The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced- Through Perimenopuase, Menopause, and Beyond
- Thursday, May 10 • 7:00pm
- Fee: $10
Dr. Mache Seibel, an international health expert on women’s wellness and menopause, presents ground breaking research explaining how every woman has a window of opportunity to begin estrogen replacement. If begun at the right time, estrogen can lower the risk of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, while minimizing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and more. The Estrogen Window will eliminate your confusion, calm your fear, and help make you a more informed partner with your healthcare providers.
Judy Batalion, White Walls
A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between
- Tuesday, May 16 • 7:00pm
- Fee: $5 (includes bagel “and”)
Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with piles of junk and layers of dust, suffocated by old magazines, swivel chairs, and VHS tapes obsessively gathered by her hoarder mother. At the first chance, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity - made of order, regimen, and clean white walls - until she found herself enmeshed in life’s biggest chaos: motherhood. Confronted with the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood, Judy reflected on her upbringing and the lives of her mother and grandmother, both Holocaust. What she discovered astonished her. Told with heartbreaking honesty and plenty of humor, Judy’s poignant account of stuff and survival explores navigating the messiness of motherhood, how trauma passes through generations, and the indelible marks that others and daughters make on each other’s lives.
Judy Batalion studied at Harvard and worked as a curator and comedian in London before settling in New York. She was a columnist for the New York Times and has appeared in numerous publications and magazines.