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 Connie Cirillo Freeman at cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0983.

 

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.

 
Writing Jewish Mystery Characters- What Makes Jewish Protagonists Unique?
Thursday, Feb. 4 • 7:30 p.m.

ZOOM Author's Panel

There are many sub-genres in mystery writing: cozies, noir, historical, hard-boiled detectives, and police procedurals, to name a few. But when the protagonist -- or for that matter, the villain -- is Jewish, how does that change the story, characters, and even the writer’s style?  
Join mystery writers mystery writers Ann Apetaker, Rabbi Ilene Schneider and A.J. Sidransky to find out.

Tickets: Members FREE / Community $15
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 

JTALKS
A new 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. Watch for the announcements of the Book & Author events and the first J-Talks speakers!  

 

VIRTUAL 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. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0983.

Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.
Jan. 1 -  Jun. 25 (No session Feb. 26, Mar. 26, Apr. 2)
Member FREE / Community $75 full series or $5 per session - prices are per household (23 sessions)
 

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. 

Sunday, Jan. 24 • 11:30 a.m • The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel by Pamela Binnings Ewen and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Read one or both books!

All are welcome. There is no charge.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact twilk@awptv.com.

 

VIRTUAL Neshama Yoga
Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini Yoga and Jewish spirituality. These two systems of ancient wisdom share much in common. At their core, they provide the practitioner access to the pathways to connect with G-d on a deep, spiritual level. No prior experience needed. Suitable for all fitness levels. Led by Jackie Tepper.

Fridays, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $228 / Community $252 (12 sessions)
Click HERE to register.

 


 

Book Festival In Your Living Room
Don’t miss our upcoming Virtual Book Festival Events! Join us LIVE on Zoom from the comfort of your home. All are welcome!
Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

  

Wednesday, January 27 | 8 p.m.
Scott Turow, The Last Trial

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket OR $25 for one virtual ticket and one paperback copy of the book (shipping included)
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 

Sunday, January 31 | 8 p.m.
Gabrielle Glaser, American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and The Shadow History of Adoption

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket OR $35 for one virtual ticket and one hardcover copy of the book (shipping included)
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 


 

In partnership with the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

 

Tu B'Shvat Seder
Saturday, Jan. 30 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Please join us as we celebrate the Earth’s abundance (virtually) with a family-friendly Seder accompanied by the exuberant and talented song leader, Adam Feder, live from NYC.

FREE. Registration is required by Jan. 15 to reserve your Seder ceremonial food gift bag (includes: nuts, dried fruit, olives, apples and juice). First come first served. Available while supplies last. Pick up at the JCC on Jan. 28 and 29.
Click HERE for registration information.

 


 

Virtual Offerings In partnership with the OMJCC / National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. 

 

Songs of Dreams: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of MLK Day
Monday, Jan. 18 • 5 - 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous 1963 speech still resonates today. To celebrate this visionary leader, join James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “dreams.” 

Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets. 

 

Still Traveling: Bewitching Broadway
Mondays, Feb. 1 - 25 • 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Would you still like to travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let us whisk you away for an "armchair adventure" on an interesting, educational, fun & live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door. 
“Tours" Include: 
Act I: Broadway's Beginnings (Feb 1)
Act II: The Shuberts & Beyond (Feb 8) 
Act III: "Hamilton": The Real NYC Sites (Feb 15) 
Act IV: Hippies, Discos & Dogs, Oh My! (Jan 25) 

Series Tickets: $50 for full Series
Click HERE for details and to purchase tickets. 

 

Music & Morsels: The Romance of the Violin
Wednesday, Feb. 3 • 4 - 5 p.m.

Bring your dessert & coffee or cocktail & nosh and take your front-row seat for a beautiful & interesting, live musical event with insights and a Q&A! Pianist Ian Scarfe brings another program of classical music and discussion, this time featuring Bay Area violinist Philip Brezina. The duo will present works from their new recorded CD "Violin Romances," including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and more! 

Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets.

 

Cocktails & Cabalettas: Operatic Happy Hours
Wednesdays, Feb. 3 - 24 • 6 - 7 p.m.

B.Y.O.C. and let’s bring some joy & light to the dark winter season! Stir, shake, pour your preferred cocktail, wine or other libation and join popular San Francisco Bay Area Opera Instructor James Sokol for a happy hour of beautiful music, interesting tidbits, and lively banter; maybe a behind-the scenes story or two thrown in for good measure! Who knows, we might even have special guests drop in for a “toast.” Video performance clips bring the magic of opera into our festivities. Come for the music; stay for the fun!

Series Ticket: $20 for all 4 happy hours
Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets.

 

Exploring Opera: The Divas (4-Part Series)
Thursdays, Feb. 4 - 25 • 4 - 5:30 p.m.

“Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies. 

Series Tickets: $50 for full Series
Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets.

  

Songs of the Moon: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of the Lunar New Year 
Friday, Feb. 12 • 2 - 3:15 p.m.

On this day before the first new moon of the lunar calendar, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more!

Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets. 

  

Songs of the Love: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 14 • 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more!

Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets. 

 

Songs of the Victory & Triumph: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Prium 
Sunday, Feb. 25 • 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Celebrate Esther and Mordecai's triumph by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more!

Click HERE for details or to purchase tickets. 

 

 


 

The Center for Arts & Culture Video Archive

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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Virtual Family BINGO

We’re calling your number! Join us for a fun night of family bingo sponsored by Day Camps@The J. Winners will receive Camp themed prizes. All families are welcome to participate. Members FREE / Community $10 per family Click HERE to