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 Arab Human Development Report: from Development to Disaster
• Beginning a Soul-Searching Process
• Division of Arab Countries – Fragile/Crisis/Failed/Collapsed States
• The Syrian Catastrophe – Six Years, Six Wars
• Iraq after Mosul – Civil War or Unified State? 
• New Turkey: Blend of Islamism/Ottomanism 
• Emboldened Iran’s Continued Expansionism
• Sunni-Shi’ite Schism as Middle East Fault Line
• Kurdish Self-Rule Expands
• ISIS in Decline, Jihadist Terrorism on the Rise


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.


• Mending Fences: the US and the Moslem World
• Beyond the Nuclear Treaty: Iran as Determinant of US Middle East Policy
• Syria: Four Failures Leading to a Fiasco
• Is there "Radical Islamic Terrorism" or just "Violent Extremism"?
• Shift in Priorities: Which is a Bigger Threat to US National Security - Iran or ISIS?
• Trump’s Agenda I: Relations with Russia as Determinant of US Middle East Policy
• Trump’s Agenda II: Checking Tehran's Regional Ambitions and Putting US Relations with the Sunni World Back on Track? 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.


  • Israel: Between a New Regional Landscape and Putin-Trump Ambiguities
  • Multi-Faceted Threats : Russia-Iran-Syria-Hizballa, and Hamas
  • Ending Palestinian-Israeli Deadlock: "One-State, Two-States, I Don't Care"
  • US-Israel Relations: Assessment of Obama, Guesstimate of Trump
  • The Israeli Paradox — a High-Tech, “Start-Up” Nation Vs. Polarized Electorate, Paralyzed Government, and Pulverized Center/Left
  • Shimon Peres—Last of the Founding Fathers

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*Topics are Subject to Change  

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

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