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. Stay tuned for upcoming programs!

Member FREE / Community $10



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. Watch for the announcements of the J-Talks speakers!

Member FREE / Community $10



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



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, August 8 • 11:30 a.m. • Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

All are welcome. There is no charge.
Click HERE to join.
To RSVP and get location, 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)


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




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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Our Community CAN Make a Difference Food Drive

Contactless Drop-Off at the Stamford JCC The Stamford JCC’s JCares will be holding a canned food drive to benefit the Schoke Jewish Family Service and the Freedberg Family Kosher Food Pantry of Fairfield County. The food pantry serves the