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Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives

Join editors Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and contributors Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Hara Person, and Dr. Ellen Umansky as they read from and discuss their acclaimed collection of essays. Anne Lamott calls this book “beautiful, profound and deeply touching…a stunning gathering of women, a quilt of rich, wise voices.” Don’t miss this powerful program!


Sun, Dec 7
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$5.00 Member
$10.00 Nonmember
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching our Lives

An Event in Honor of Rabbi Jonathan Slater's New Book, A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev's Kedushat Levi

Find inspiration for a satisfying life of spiritual practice through the combination of contemporary mindfulness meditation and classical Hasidic spirituality. Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, mindfulness meditation instructor at the JCC since 2002 and Co-Director of Programs at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, has published two volumes of selections from the beloved Hasidic text Kedushat Levi, by R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in translation with commentaries. Through these teachings he opens up the possibility of developing a life of spiritual practice which will wake us up to the wonders of the world, help us nurture a heart of compassion and sustain us in times of trouble. Through conversation with Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism and former instructor in Makom, he will bring some of the key themes of R. Levi Yitzhak’s teachings, and share a practice with us to prepare for the coming holiday of Hanukkah.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The event will be followed by a reception and book sales and signing.



Sun, Dec 14
7:00 PM
Free All
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

First Night, First Light

In a new community tradition, gather with our Upper West Side community to light the first Chanukah candle at the JCC. Come in from the cold and enjoy the warmth of our community with a Shira Kline Chanukah sing-a-long, children's activities, a community sustainable menorah project, candle lighting, and much more. Admission to this event is free and open to all ages. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Food available for purchase. Dietary laws observed.

Free programs such as this are made possible by the generosity of donors to JCC Manhattan who deeply believe that there should be community places, spaces and experiences that are accessible to everyone.



Tue, Dec 16
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Free All
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Who Is a Jew?

Jewish Identity and the Cultural and Religious Politics of Israel

Rabbi David Ellenson

This lecture will focus on the Law of Return and the ongoing, pressing questions of Jewish personal status in Israel. Obviously, the ability of Israel to answer these questions has broad implications for Israel-Diaspora relations and speaks directly to the question of inclusion for the Jewish people in Israel.



Mon, Feb 23
6:00 PM
$10.00 Member
$15.00 Nonmember
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Celebrating Global Women

Avivah Zornberg at JCC Manhattan

Celebrate the publication of author Betsy Teutsch's exciting new book 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women and learn about amazing low-cost /high impact paths out of poverty. Joined by Kamy Wicoff of She Writes Press and representatives from tikkun olam initiatives around the world, the evening will be informative--and inspiring!



Mon, Mar 30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free All
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Yom Hashoah: Reading of the Names

For the 17th consecutive year, the Upper West Side community will gather to read the names of those among the six million murdered Jews. The reading will begin on Wednesday, April 15 at 10 pm and continue throughout the night with representatives of Upper West Side congregations and other members of the community. It will resume at 9 am on Thursday, April 16 at the JCC ending with the recitation of the kaddish. Come read or witness by your presence. No registration.


Apr 15
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Apr 16
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Sing Now to God! Miriam + Moses

Avivah Zornberg at JCC Manhattan

The history of Miriam, the prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses, offers an intimate glimpse of the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets. Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship.



Sun, Apr 19
7:00 PM
$25.00 Member
$30.00 Nonmember
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Rayvaya on the Roof

Romemu's Lag Ba'Omer Rayvaya returns to the roof of the JCC. Join Rabbi David Ingber for mystical teachings, Soulfarm for barefoot boogie under the stars, and food to transport your soul.

Soulfarm was founded in Israel by Grammy Award winner lead guitarist C Lanzbom and guitarist and lead singer Noah Solomon Chase. Their live shows are full of Mediterranean flavor with captivating guitar leads, dance rhythms and strong percussion breaks.


Wed, May 6
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$28.00 Member
$33.00 Nonmember
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

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