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. 



Virtual 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.

Member FREE / Community $10


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.

Member FREE / Community $10


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. 

Member FREE / Community $10
Stay tuned for more upcoming events!



NEW! Tai Chi Basics

Learn Tai Chi basics to improve personal health and wellness. Tai Chi has been referred to as a moving meditation. We will be practicing traditional Tai Chi movements to exercise and relieve stress. Led by Will Ng, the class will be held by the JCC pond and will not take place if raining. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Schiffman at

Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
May 11 - Jun. 22



NEW! JCC Film Club
Do you love film? Based on a book club format, join other film enthusiasts for a monthly in-person viewing of a film at the JCC followed by a meaningful discussion. Films featured in this series will be Israeli or Jewish themed. For more information, film details or to register, contact Nancy Schiffman at

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
May 10, Jun. 7
Member FREE / Community $70 (drop-in $12)



NEW! Jam Club at The J
Do you play an instrument?  If so, this club is for you. Bring your instrument and join other music enthusiasts for a weekly in-person Jam Sesh. Play songs together, meet new people and jam out! To register, contact Shari Ziegelman at

Thursdays, 7 p.m. 
Apr. 21 – Jun. 9
Member FREE (8 sessions)
Exclusively for JCC members



NEW! In-Person Basics of Judaism Lunch & Learn Series
at The Stamford JCC

Led by Rabbi Moshe Kurtz, Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT and serves as a member of the Vaad HaKashrus of Fairfield County (VKFC). Rabbi Kurtz holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva College, where he received the Steven Gladstein Memorial Award for Service to the Jewish People, and an M.S. from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.

Mondays, 12 - 12:45 p.m.
May 9 • Jewish Conceptions of God and Ritual
May 16 • Interpersonal Interactions: Judaism and Social Conduct in a Fractured World
May 23 • Jewish Peoplehood and Israel

Free to the Community
Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch
Click HERE to register.

For information please contact Rabbi Moshe Kurtz at or contact Nancy Schiffman at



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 Nancy Schiffman at

Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.
Jan. - Jun. (No class Apr. 15, Apr. 22)
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, May 22 • 11:30 a.m. • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

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


Virtual 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.
Member $20 / Community $25 (3 sessions)
Member $8 / Community $10 (1 session)

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.
May 6, Jun. 10, Jul. 1, Aug. 19


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

Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dates TBD
Member $40 / Community $55 (5 lessons) 
For more information and to register, please contact Nancy Schiffman at


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, mahjongg, 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 Nancy Schiffman at

Friday, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jun. 10, Aug. 19
$6 Suggested Donation


Holiday Luncheons*
For reservations or cancellations please contact Nancy Schiffman at





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VIRTUAL Book & Author Conversation w/ Lawrence Shapiro

When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves Moderated by Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD, Psychologist and Adjunct Lecturer, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. In a world in which