JCC to present 2016-17 season of cultural arts

WOODBRIDGE >> The JCC of Greater New Haven will present the 2016-2017 Cultural Arts Season, featuring Jewish authors, theater productions, music and films.

Tickets and events schedules are available at jccnh.org/rsvp.

Season subscriptions are available at two levels, with benefits such as tickets to every event, and recognition in the Jewish Federation’s publication, Shalom New Haven.


Fans of the Jewish news magazine, Tablet, and its podcast, “Unorthodox,” can attend a live recording Sept. 19 with the cast of the show at the JCC.

Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet editor at large of New Haven, presents the weekly program with deputy editor Stephanie Butnik and senior writer Liel Liebovitz. The cast will be joined by Colin McEnroe of NPR, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman to weigh in on the election.

The Jewish Author Series continues with fictional and nonfictional texts focusing on a variety of topics from late October through November.

Elyssa Altman will present “Treyf” at R.J. Julia Book Sellers in Madison on Oct. 26.

Supreme Court scholar and Yale professor Linda Greenhouse will discuss “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right” on Oct. 27 at the JCC.

Susan Silverman’s “Casting Lots,” a story about her Jewish journey and family adoption structure, will be presented Oct. 30.

David Gerber will discuss his portrait of his father’s life as a Holocaust refugee and manufacturing genius in “The Inventor’s Dilemma,” on Nov. 3.

Photographer Marissa Scheinfeld will present her images and text from “The Borscht Belt,” an area of the Catskills that was once highly populated by Jewish vacationers.

theatrical productions

The JCC will also bring several theatrical programs to the area.

On Dec. 3, comedian and actress Rain Pryor, daughter of the comedian, Richard Pryor, will present her show “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” which is the story of Pryor’s Jewish and African-American experiences about growing up as an African-American Jew in the 1960s and 1970s.

Storyteller Matthew Dicks will bring his “Speak Up” show to the JCC, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15. Dicks is a 23-time champion of the Moth storytelling series, and a 17-time GrandSLAM champion.

Most recently, Speak Up partnered with Voices of Hope to help the children of Holocaust survivors tell their stories.

events in 2017

Events include a lecture by Sesame Street Workshop executive Lewis Bernstein, whose work has taken him into the global television market, and producing educational content for children through traditional curriculum subjects as well as diversity, social skills, ethics and humanity.

He also developed Israeli and Palestinian shows that took on challenges of cultural conflict and peacemaking.

The JCC will present a brunch with sports commentator and NPR contributor Frank Deford, brunch June 11, 2017 to discuss his newest book, “I’d Know that Voice Anywhere.”

Deford has recorded more than 2,000 commentaries, and his book discusses everything from sex scandals and steroids to Americans’ perennial nostalgia for Joe DiMaggio and why, in a culture dominated by celebrity, sports is the only discipline on earth where popularity and excellence thrive in tandem.