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 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.


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!  


Tuesday, May 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Fran Pastore, Empowered Women Empower Women
Join Fran Pastore, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) for a history lesson on the evolution of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States. Fran will share her journey from being a first-generation college student to launching one of the most successful women’s business organizations in the country. WBDC’s work focuses on the economic empowerment of women because we know, and the empirical data proves that it is the key to economic growth, political stability and social transformation.

Members FREE / Community $15
Click HERE to register. 


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 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, Apr. 11 • 11:30 a.m • White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

Sunday, May 16 • 11:30 a.m • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

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


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.
Apr. 16 – May 14
Member $95 / Community $105 (5 sessions)
Drop-in $25 per session

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


Thursday, May 6 | 8 p.m.
Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

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Monday, May 10 | 8 p.m.
Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

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Wednesday, May 19 | 8 p.m.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, ANTITRUST: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

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The Center for Arts & Culture Video Archive

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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Spotlight on JCC Tzahal Shalom Alumni: JCC Tzahal Shalom 2021

This JCC Tzahal Shalom parlor meeting will take place in your home via zoom, as we hear from past JCC Tzahal Shalom officers who continue to serve Israel and make us proud. The panel discussion features: Amir Yaniv – 2015 Delegation hosted by