Celebrating Women

March 2017

Join us for many fantastic events and activities celebrating women.

Perl: Jewish Indie Rock Band 
Women's Torah Commentary 
Mother/Daughter Challah Bake 
Shabbat Lunch 60+ 
The Israeliot with Herut Gez 
FILM | The Women’s Balcony 
Ladies Night Out 
JCC Night at Turquoise 
An Evening with Dina Hurwitz
Author Talk: Mother, Can You Not?
Author Talk: Girl Walks Out of a Bar 
Community Programs 
How to Survive an Active Shooter 
Self Defense for Women 

All events take place at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC unless otherwise noted. 

Purchase a Series Pass | $50
Includes: Perl: Jewish Indie Rock Band and Author Talks Mother, Can you Not? and Girl Walks Out of a Bar (plus copies of the books)


Perl: Jewish Indie Rock Band

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:00 PM
Perl is an indie rock band created by Bulletproof Stockings lead singer and songwriter Perl Wolfe, featuring cellist Elisheva Maister, violinist Dana Pestun and drummer Gloribel Castro.

Formed in the spring of 2016, Perl’s sound has been compared to Fiona Apple, Florence and the Machine and The White Stripes, and is inspired by Torah and Chassidus.

Learn more 


Woman Holding TorahWomen’s Torah Commentary

Wednesdays, March 1-29 | 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
The weekly parsha taught by women through the lens of women. These classes will go beyond our typical understanding of the biblical stories in the book of Exodus to seek out the feminist perspective and its implications for women in Jewish life today.

  • March 1 | Torah Portion – Terumah with Rabbi Annie Belford, Temple Sinai
  • March 8 | Torah Portion – Tetzaveh with Rabbi Jill Levy, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning
  • March 15 | Torah Portion – Ki Tisa with Laykie Donin, owner of Laykie’s Gourmet, Café at the J
  • March 22 | Torah Portion – Vayakhel-Pekeudei with Dina Hurwitz, motivational speaker, world renowned personality who writes and speaks on the subject of harnessing strength and spirit in the face of coping with challenges.
  • March 29 | Torah Portion – Vayikra with Rabbi Samantha Safran, Assistant Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning


Mother Daughter Challah BakeMother and Daughter Challah Bake

Thursday, March 2
5:00 PM | For girls age 7-12
7:00 PM | For girls age 13-18

Share fun with your daughter as you partake in this special women’s Mitzvah. Laykie Donin with Laykie’s Gourmet will teach you the ins and outs of challah baking and braiding. You will take the challah home with you to bake for Shabbos. This program is for girls and their mother, aunt, grandmother or special women in their life.

A Shabbat art project will be completed with Tobi Arsham. Tobi has been teaching Art at Johnston Middle school for 10 years, and has been the Art Camp Director at the J Camps for the past 8 years.

$8 Member | $12 Public


Chicken with VegShabbat Lunch for Adults 60+

Fridays, March 3–31 | 12:00 PM
Leave the cooking up to us and enjoy a hassle-free Shabbat meal. Reserve a table for you and your friends each Friday as we celebrate Shabbat.

A female clergy from the community will join us each Friday. A traditional chicken Shabbat meal will be served along with wine, challah and a delicious dessert.

Laykie's Gourmet Cafe at the J
Lunch will be prepared by Laykie’s Gourmet Café at the J.

The IsraeliotThe Israeliot with Herut Gez, Our Community Shlicha

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:00 PM
In Israel, we use different words to describe males and females. Israeliot is the Hebrew word meaning Israeli women. In the first half of the lecture we’ll learn about significant and influential Israeli women such as Ada Yonath, Lucy Aharish, Alice Miller and more.

In the second half we’ll have an art workshop and explore the art work style of the Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven. Come and learn about Israel through an Israeli’s eye!

Facilitator: Herut Gez, whose name means freedom, grew up in Haifa. After the army, she led a variety of educational programs for youth and young adults in Israel. Herut is a recent graduate of the Hebrew University, with a major in political science and education.

$15 Member | $22 Public


FILM | The Women’s Balcony

Monday, March 13 | 7:30 PM
A warm, cohesive congregation of Sephardic Jews suffers an accident during a bar mitzvah: the women’s balcony collapses, the rebbetzin is injured, and the beloved rabbi can’t cope.

Enter Rabbi David, a religious fundamentalist who offers to help the congregation. But there is a price tag for his help. 

Learn more


Paint & SipLadies Night Out: Paint and Sip with a Jewish Twist

Tuesday, March 21 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM
Bring a drink and a snack and our instructor, Tobi Arsham, will walk you, step by step, through a fun painting process. Get creative, make friends, and unwind. BYOB optional. Go home with a ready-to-hang Judaic piece of art.

$35 Member | $53 Public

TurquoiseJCC Night at the Production of Turquoise at Next Iteration Theater Company

Wednesday, March 22 | 8:00 PM
Next Iteration Theatre Company presents Turquoise, three plays in one, by Obie Award-winning playwright, Deb Margolin.

With themes of memory, love, symbiosis, and mortality, this award-winning playwright has woven together vignettes that reflect on the simultaneity of everything while capturing the hearts and minds of the audience with relatable simplicity and humorously quick-volleying dialogue.

Tickets can be purchased at  or 713.521.4533. This price will be pay-what-you-can, with a suggested price of $25. Following the show, there will be a talkback with Deb Margolin.


Dina HurwitzAn Evening with Dina Hurwitz:
A Story of Hope and Inspiration

Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 PM

Dina Hurwitz is a proud mother of seven children, whose life was turned upside down when, in 2013, her husband, Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, was diagnosed with ALS. Amidst the battle of her husband’s terrible illness and raising her family, Dina courageously inspires through sharing her honest reflections of faith and hope during the most trying of times.

Dina’s message of devotion, faith, tenacity, motherhood and gratitude will impact you like never before. Her smile lights up the room, and she will make you laugh and cry all in one breath. This special evening is underwritten in honor of the Hurwitz family for the inspiration they provide to so many.

Light bites and delectable desserts is being catered by Laykie’s Gourmet.
FREE | RSVP required

Kim FriedmanAuthor Talk
Kate Siegel & Kim Friedman | Mother, Can You Not?*

Thursday, March 23 | 7:30 PM
Alternate Location: Merfish Teen Center Ballroom | 9000 S. Rice Avenue

Based on her wildly popular Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, Kate Siegel’s essay collection Mother, Can You Not? illustrates life with the woman who redefined the term “helicopter mom” and pays tribute to the woman who invented the concept of drone parenting.

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Lisa SmithAuthor Talk
Lisa F. Smith | Girl Walks Out of a Bar*

Sunday, March 26 | 7:00 PM
Presented in partnership with The Women Philanthropy and Young Adult Divisions of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
At the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Kaplan Theatre

Instead of a cup of coffee, Lisa F. Smith began her day with a bottle of wine and three lines of cocaine. Only then could she head off to work at the high-pressure, international firm where she practiced corporate law. How had it come to this?

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Community Programs for Women

Check out upcoming events in our community: learn to bake a challah, take charge of your finances and more!

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How to Survive an Active Shooter

Monday, March 27 | 7:30 PM
Stephen Daniel, Senior Community Liaison of the Public Affairs Division of the Houston Police Department and an active shooter expert, will present on the reality of an active shooter in our community.

The seminar will cover the following topics: historic overview of active shooting in America, active shooter profiles, police response, Run, Hide, Fight, Priority of Life scale, emergency response plans and developing your own unique survivor mindset. This evening is for women only.

FREE | RSVP Required

Abrielle FuerstSelf-Defense for Women

Wednesday, March 29 | 7:30 PM
Preparation and training can keep people safe, increase safety awareness, and reduce opportunity for injury. This one-hour seminar is designed for women of all ages and experience levels. Learn from Abrielle Sarah Fuerst how to save your life.

You will learn how to escape from wrist grabs and choke holds, how and where to strike to effectively disable an attacker and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Abrielle holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo and experience in krav maga, judo, karate and Brazilian jiu jitsu. There are limited spaces available.

$30 Per Person
Register online

Levy Funeral Directors 

For more information about Women's Month events or to register, please contact Morgan Steinberg at or 713.595.8170.