Center for Arts & Culture

The Center for Arts & Culture offers programs, classes and events that seek to encourage members of The J and the Stamford community to explore the many aspects of culture and the arts that are found here in our diverse neighborhood.

For more information or to register, contact Nancy Schiffman at or Connie Cirillo Freeman at


Book & Author Conversations
Join us for fascinating conversations with prominent authors. Featuring fiction and non-fiction writers of topical and compelling books, the discussions promise to educate, enlighten and entertain. 


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with Alan Zweibel
Laugh Lines
My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier
Saturday, Nov. 13 • 7:30 p.m.

Multi-Emmy, Writers Guild & Tony Award-winning comedy writer for SNL and a who’s who of comedians and comedies.
In partnership with UJF.


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with Andrew Feiler
A Better Life for their Children
Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America
Tuesday, Jan. 18 • 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by JSAC.


Virtual Book & Author Conversations with Lisa Scottoline

Tuesday, Feb. 15 • 7:30 p.m.

NY Times best-selling author of 32 novels with 30 million copies in print.
In partnership with UJF.


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with Janice Kaplan
The Genius of Women
From Overlooked to Changing the World
Tuesday, Mar. 15 • 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with UJF.


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with Joanne Samuel Goldbum
Broke in America
Seeing, Understanding and Ending U.S. Poverty
Tuesday, Apr. 26 • 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with UJF.
Co-sponsored by JCRC and JSAC.


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with Lawrence Andrew Shapiro
When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People
How Philosophy Can Save Us From Ourselves
Tuesday, May 24 • 7:30 p.m.


In-Person Book & Author Conversations with David Page
Food Americana
The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes
Thursday, Jun. 16 • 7:30 p.m.

Two-time Emmy winner and creator of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.


Stay tuned for full registration information!


A series designed to showcase highly accomplished individuals, within the Stamford Jewish community and the community at large, who have contributed to the growth and richness of our daily lives for being champions of unique innovations, community initiatives or other groundbreaking ventures across a wide spectrum of achievements from science to the environment to philanthropy to community and public service. 

Stay tuned for more upcoming events!



NEW! JCC Film Club
Do you love film? Join other film enthusiasts for a monthly viewing of a film followed by a meaningful discussion led by a facilitator. Film genres and topics will vary.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 10, Jun. 7
Member Free / Community $100 (drop-in $15) (8 films)



NEW! Beginners’ Acting Technique Class for Adults

Ever wonder how actors create the magic of a fictional reality? This class introduces adults to acting’s foundational challenge: “creating truthful behavior in imaginary circumstances.”

In this class, you’ll engage in lively physical and vocal warmups, theater games, improv and partner work. You’ll learn about such acting fundamentals as objectives, actions, and emotional truth. So, leave your inhibitions at the door, your phone in your bag, and open your mind and heart to a new kind of creativity!

Your teacher, Amy Greenberg, performed in NYC, summer stock and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, playing leads in such works as ‘Night, Mother, Uncommon Woman and Others, Barefoot in the Park and On Golden Pond. She did TV and radio commercials for The Daily News, Hertz, PSE&G of NJ, Dristan and other clients. Amy taught technique and scene study classes for aspiring and working actors, coached singers in “the song as monologue,” and coached actors for auditions.

For more information or to register, contact Nancy Schiffman at

Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm
Oct. 20 - Dec. 15 (No class Nov. 24)
Member $100 / Community $180 (8 sessions)


Taste of Torah
Featuring Parsha of the week.
Join us every Friday, virtually, for a discussion on the Torah portion. Our conversation will focus on the timeless life lessons of our tradition, gleaned from both traditional and modern commentaries. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Led by Jonathan Fass, Managing Director, Educational Technology and Strategy at The Jewish Education Project. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at or 203.487.0983.

Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.
Sept. - Dec. 
Member FREE / Community $75 full series or $5 per session

JCC Book Club
Love to read? Enjoy meaningful discussions? Interested in getting to know people in a different way? The JCC Book Club will meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. It’s a great way to make new friends and engage in interesting conversation. Facilitated by Tania Wilk Weiss, Executive Director, Cancer Support Team.. 

Sunday, October 24 • 11:30 a.m. • The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

All are welcome. There is no charge.
To RSVP and for more information, please contact


Brain Fitness
Want to stimulate your brain power? Brain Fitness offers games and puzzles in a casual setting to inspire confidence and exercise your brain. Topics covered include memory, attention, organization, language, etc. All sessions have new material. Come join us and explore playful ways to reach your personal goals. Led by Dr. Toby Lazarus, Director, Schoke Jewish Family Service Brain Fitness Program.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Series #1
Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct 20
(3 sessions)

Series #2
Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17
(3 sessions)

Series #3
Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15
(3 sessions)

Member $20 / Community $25 (3 sessions)
Member $8 / Community $10 (1 session)
Click HERE to register.

Let’s Talk
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people or deepen friendships with those you already know, as we engage in meaningful conversation on a variety of topics that are important in our lives. Topics range from living a fulfilling life, creating healthy relationships, savoring our cherished memories, to embracing changing life circumstances. All will be encouraged to express their feelings and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Led by a counselor from Elaine and James Schoke Jewish Family Service.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 6, Jun. 10, Jul. 1, Aug. 19


Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Learn to play this classic game from our resident mah jongg masters. All levels welcome. Participants will need to bring a 2021 National Mah Jongg League card.

Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dates TBD
Member $40 / Community $55 (5 lessons) 


Learn to Crochet
Always wanted to learn how to crochet? Now in only three sessions you can learn how to crochet a scarf or hat.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Dates TBD
Member $24 / Community $33 (3 lessons)
plus cost of materials (purchased separately)


Games & Gab
We welcome you to bring your game of choice - bridge, Scrabble, canasta, mah jongg, etc. - or drop in to join a game (if openings available).

Dates & Times TBD
Members FREE / Community $15 daily guest pass



Welcoming in Shabbat
Come together to celebrate Shabbat with your JCC family and enjoy a hot kosher meal.

Reservations required by Monday the week of the luncheon.
Cancellations: Call as soon as possible.
For reservations or cancellations please contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at or 203.487.0983.

Friday, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Jun. 10, Aug. 19
$7 Suggested Donation


Holiday Luncheons
For reservations or cancellations please contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at or 203.487.0983.

Thanksgiving Luncheon
Friday, Nov. 19 • 11 a.m. Entertainment / 12 – 1 p.m. Lunch

Enjoy entertainment and a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Generously provided by Marsha Kaiser Shendell and family in memory of Dr. Daniel and Edith Kaiser.

RSVP required by Friday, Nov. 12
$7 Suggested Donation

Chanukah Luncheon
Friday, Dec. 3 • 11 a.m. Entertainment / 12 – 1 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored though the generosity of the JCC’s Mah Jongg Tournament Players and Supporters.

RSVP required by Friday, Nov. 26
$7 suggested Donation




The Center for Arts & Culture Video Archive

LIVE Virtual Tour! The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv

Virtual Book & Author Conversations: Dr. Herron Gaston

JTAKS with Fran Pastore

Sylvia Plotkin Annual Mah Jongg Mania: Session 2 Kick-Off

JTALKS with Brian Kriftcher

Book & Author Conversations: America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today with Dr. Pamela Nadell

Sylvia Plotkin Annual Mah Jongg Mania: Session 1 Kick-Off

Shared Legacies: Black-Jewish Relations and the Civil Rights Movement Virtual Panel Discussion

Virtual Book & Author Conversations with Cooking Demonstration: Ronnie Fein

Virtual Book & Author Conversations: Writing Jewish Mystery Characters

Book & Author Conversations: Nice Jewish Boys by Sarah L. Young

Book & Author Conversations: The Interpreter by A.J. Sidransky

For the Love of The J: Neshama Carlebach In Concert To Benefit The Stamford JCC

Q&A: The Keeper (2020 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County)

Q&A: The Rabbi from Hezbollah (2020 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County)

Q&A: Shared Legacies (2020 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County)

Q&A: Box for Life (2020 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County)

Q&A: Crescendo (2020 Jewish Film Festical of Fairfield County)

Q&A: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2020 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County) 


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