Daytime Programs

Lunch and Learn - The 2019 Election in Israel: Part Two?
Thursday, September 12 | Noon - 2 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | REGISTER HERE

Learn about Israel's parliamentary system of government and the circumstances that led to Israel holding elections for the second time in 12 months. This is the first time a new Parliament in the country has voted to dissolve itself before a government has even formed. Our speaker is Itai Divinsky, JEWISHcolorado's Israel Emissary (Shaliach). Itai is coming to Colorado with his family from Colorado's sister city Ramat HaNegev. We will also have our team on hand to talk about Boulder's upcoming Community-Wide Trip to Israel in 2020.

OLLI at the JCC: Oscar-Winning Films (1976 - 2007)
Tuesdays, September 17 - November 12 (skips October 1) | 1 - 3:30 pm | REGISTER HERE

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU) is an adult learning membership program designed for inquiring adults, age 50 and "better," who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. We are excited to offer a class that explores 31 years of Academy Award winning films with Bob Magnani. Discussion questions will include what makes a great film, have these movies survived the test of time, and were they the best of their year? Open to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members. For more information and to register beginning August 5.

Lunch and Learn - Voluntourism: Travel with Purpose
Thursday, September 26 | Noon - 2 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door  

Hooked on the adventure of travel and committed to creating positive change in the world, Boulder author Jeff Blumenfeld wrote “Travel with Purpose: A Field Guide to Voluntourism” to alert readers to the possibility of adding volunteer activities to their travel plans. From traveling with the primary purpose of Tikkun Olam – repair of the world – to learning about the community where you are vacationing by spending just a few hours providing a much needed service, Blumenfeld suggests ways to make your next journey more meaningful.

Yiddish Culture Club
Thursdays, September 26, October 31, November 21, and December 5 | 11 am - Noon | FREE | REGISTER HERE

Yiddish speakers who wish to maintain their connection and language skills will enjoy conversation and discussion led by Shirley Hartman.

Lunch and Learn - Music and Social Change: Blues, R&B, Soul, Motown, and Beyond with Cary Wolfson
Thursday, October 17 | Noon - 2 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | REGISTER HERE

Before attending the music@theJ concert “R&B and J: Celebrating the Jewish Songsmiths of the Motown Era” on October 27, learn the history of the music that fused traditions and paved new ground. Cary Wolfson is a well-known musicologist, DJ, and radio producer who started KBCO’s "Blues from the Red Rooster Lounge" in 1985. The longtime Boulder resident is also a photographic artist whose work has won numerous awards and club competitions.

Lunch and Learn - 
From Mountains to Deserts: Photographing the Southwest
Thursday, October 31 | Noon - 2 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | REGISTER HERE

A Boulder resident for more than 40 years, Brian Hooker enjoys finding harmony as well as dissonance in his photographic subjects. He particularly enjoys photographing Colorado and the desert Southwest, and extensive travels overseas have contributed more exotic elements to his portfolio. Color, geometry, and texture all play a part in the visual response he tries to evoke. His photographs span the range from expansive landscapes to a focus on the details of nature.

Special Veteran's Day Screening -
"Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz"
Monday, November 11 | 2 pm | $10 in advance, $15 at the door | REGISTER HERE

Directed by Barry Avrich, 2018, 83 minutes
Talkback with Professor Paul Shankman

Ben Ferencz is a national hero, the chief prosecutor for the US Army at the Nuremberg Trials, and a lawyer whose passion for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today. Now 98, the Romanian immigrant spent a lifetime advocating for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and later fought for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. At 27 years old, the World War II veteran became lead prosecutor in what has been called the biggest murder trial in history. It was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. A tiny but tenacious man with a huge personality and an unexpectedly compelling life story, Ferencz is an immensely deserving film subject.

Theater and Conversation - Ellis Island Stories
Thursday, November 21 | 2 pm and 7 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door  

Written and directed by Amy Feinberg

Early in her career, Amy Feinberg wrote, directed, and produced “Ellis Island Stories” for the National Park Service. Based on oral histories of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924, the short play – an interaction between three immigrants and an inspector - was performed regularly at Ellis Island from 1992-2000 and now tours nationally to schools and festivals throughout the region. The performance will be followed by facilitated discussion.

Lunch and Learn - Pain and the Brain
Thursday, December 5 | Noon - 2 pm | $15 in advance, $20 at the door 

A filmmaker and neuroscientist, Laurie Polisky is finalizing a film about a revolutionary chronic pain study at CU Boulder. This massive neuroimaging study is investigating non-invasive treatments for pain, with surprising results. Joining her on the film team for “Pain Brain” are Mitch Dickman (“Rolling Papers”), Tim Kaminski (“Chasing Coral”), and Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”). Laurie will share clips and discuss the research project headed by Israeli Yoni Ashar, Ph.D.