Jewish Education Upcoming Events

From Sinai to Seinfeld

April 25, 2017, Tuesday
10:00-11:30am & 7:00-8:30pm

When the Pew Research Center, in its 2013 survey of American Jews, asked,
"What does it mean to be Jewish?" 43% said, "having a good sense of humor."
That's more than those who answered "being part of a Jewish community" and
"observing Jewish law." Join us for 9 sessions as we delve into biblical passages,
the Talmud, folk takes, midrash, fiction, cartoons and transcripts for discussion and
analysis on Jewish humor.

From Sinai to Seinfeld AM Price: $180;  JCC Member Price: $145 Add to Cart

From Sinai to Seinfeld PM Price: $180;  JCC Member Price: $145 Add to Cart


Art, Stories and Movements

March 7, 21, 28; April 4, 2017 Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Explore various art history topics from early Israeli artists Nachum Gutman and Reuven Rubin who documented with their art the story and the history of Tel Aviv, to Marc Chagall, the most reknowned Jewish artist of the 20th Century. Other artists featured include Leonardo da Vinci and the history of the Reniassance in Italy, along with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and the history of Mexico.

Art, Stories and Movements Price: $80;  JCC Member Price: $68 Add to Cart


Distinguished Speaker Series

Lawrence Family JCC

Professor Jacob Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Middle East politics, and is a former Senior Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israel and the U.S., including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Monday, March 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

“ARAB WINTER” CHAOS IN FULL SWING: Six Years and Counting

  • The state of the Arab world—fragile, failed, and collapsed states
  • Sunni-Shi’ite schism, the new Middle East fault line
  • Iranian-Saudi wars by proxies
  • The Syrian fiasco—one civil war, six conflicts
  • Iraq after Mosul: return to civil war or to a unified state?
  • Erdogan creates a new Turkey-Kurdish self-rule
  • ISIS in decline but Jihadist terrorism on the rise
  • Refugees as political pawns


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

IN THE AFTERMATH OF AMERICAN FAILURES — TRUMP'S MIDDLE EAST DILEMMA: Continue Obama’s Retreat or Re-engage?

  • Scrap the Iran nuclear agreement?
  • Let Putin call the shots in Syria? 
  • Shift in American priorities— Is Iran or ISIS a bigger threat to US national security?
  • Check Iran’s regional ambitions? 
  • Adopt a new strategy against Islamist Jihadism?
  • Put American-Saudi relations back on track?
  • Try to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process?



Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

ISRAELI OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN A CHAOTIC MIDDLE EAST: Trump as an Enigma, Putin as a Challenge

  • Trump as a dilemma
  • Putin as a challenge
  • A new regional landscape—growing cooperation with the Sunni block
  • Iran – the “dormant” strategic threat
  • The immediate military threats—Hezbollah and Hamas
  • What if the Syrian war ends in a Putin/Assad/Iran/Hezbollah victory? 
  • Palestinian-Israeli deadlock—between Intifada and a Bi-National State
  • Israel as a paradox—a high-tech, “start-up” nation vs. a paralyzed political establishment and absence of statecraft
  • Shimon Peres—the last founding father

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David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

General Admission
Ticket Price Per Lecture: $18.50; JCC Member $15.00
Goldberg 3-pack: Price $50.00; JCC Member Price $40.00


Jacob Goldberg Lectures Underwriters

Beth & Danny Dabby • Phyllis & Morris Gold • Lucy Goldman • Sandra & Arthur Levinson • Viterbi Family

In Formation as of February 1, 2017


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Jerusalem 50

Tuesdays, March 7, 21, 28, and April 4, 2017
10:00-11:30am

As we celebrate 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem — we ask ourselves: What is our connection to the Holy City? What is the origin of Jerusalem? Explore and discuss the various approaches and feelings connecting us to Jerusalem through prayers, poems and songs. Instructor, Elisheva Edelson, was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and has been a Jewish Educator and performer of Jewish folk and popular music for over 40 years.

Jerusalem 50 Price: $80;  JCC Member Price: $68 Add to Cart