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Community Read Event at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, October 28 – November 12, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017

Houston, TX – Take your pick! Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston is calling for book clubs around the city to join our “Take Your Pick: Reading as a Community” event by reading one or both books this fall and then hear the authors speak at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, October 28 – November 12, 2017.

This year’s “Take Your Pick” authors Julia Dahl, Conviction and Brian Platzer, Bed-Stuy is Burning will be discussing their new books at the Festival on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

 
Kids On A Mission to Explore their Jewish Journey at the J
Friday, August 18, 2017

Kids On A Mission to Explore their Jewish Journey

Houston, TX – If you’re looking for an enriching after school program for your child then sign up for Jewish-Hebrew Explorers at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston. The program is open to children of any denomination, grades K-2.

“I am very happy that my son, Erez, wanted me to register him for Jewish-Hebrew Explorers again in the fall,” said Aliza Matusevich, mother of Erez. “Since he started attending last year, his curiosity about Hebrew has been awakened and he is now more open to me speaking Hebrew with him at home.”

 
Concert Celebrates the Music of Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston joins in the two-year global celebration of the life and career of Leonard Bernstein with a concert starring David Krohn on September 10, 2017 at

4:00 p..m. Bernstein:  A Life of Music brings Krohn back to the Kaplan Theatre Stage for a retrospective of Leonard Bernstein’s life featuring his classical selections, art song and musicals.

This concert is one of many Bernstein events in Houston, including Houston Grand Opera’s spring production of West Side Story, which will be the first major American opera company to produce it, complete with full rights for Jerome Robbins’ choreography. Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates this 20th century cultural giant with more than 1,000 events on six continents. Bernstein, the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian would have celebrated his 99th birthday on August 25, 2017, which launches the celebration.

 
The J Announces New Season of Arts & Culture
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston announces an exciting and fresh new season of arts and culture that includes live theatre productions, a film festival, book fair, music concerts and art exhibits. More than 25 live events have been finalized for the J’s Season which runs August 2017 through May 2018.

The season kicked off August 20, 2017 with a live music concert, One Voice, One Vibe, One Community focusing on the decimating floods of greater Meyerland—the heart of Houston’s Jewish community. The J became the hub for relief efforts. One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community captured a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community and its viability. The concert featured original music by former Houstonian, Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu, text was written by community member Ellen Leventhal and artistic director Marc Garvin.

 
Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider Joins Daniel Silva Live Program at the J
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Houston, TX - Andrew Schneider has been tapped to conduct the live on-stage interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 601 S. Braeswood, Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m. Andrew Schneider heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state and local elections. He reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, state, county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as HPM’s business reporter, covering the oil and gas industry and other issues affecting the regional and state economies. He also served as the station’s occasional foreign correspondent, reporting from Afghanistan in 2013 and Germany in 2015. Andrew’s work has aired on NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things Considered, and Here & Now, as well as internationally on the BBC World Service. Before moving to Houston, Andrew spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C. as a reporter for The Kiplinger Letter. He holds degrees in history from the University of Chicago and Duke University.

 
Heroes of the Greater Meyerland Super Neighborhood
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston spearheads activation of Super Neighborhood 31 (SN#31) that includes Greater Meyerland in direct response to flooding and crime events. The City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner formally recognized the formation of SN#31 at City Hall on July 25, 2017. Leadership represents nine distinguished Homeowner Associations and several recognized community stakeholders.

“Our goal is to make the Greater Meyerland area a better place to live, shop, work and go to school,” said Harold L. Harris, SN#31 President. “SN#31 represents more than 20,000 individuals. Our strength in numbers will get City Hall to listen and assist us in returning the Greater Meyerland area to the desirable area it was in the past. We wish to thank the J for all their efforts in fostering the development of SN#31 and allowing us to meet in their building.”

 
J Teen Wins Plotkin Scholarship
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and the Plotkin Family annually awards a Team Houston tennis player the Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship to play in the JCC Maccabi Games. Eli Cowan, son of Ben and Jenifer Cowan, was named as this year’s recipient of the scholarship. The 15 year old tennis star attended the Emery/Weiner School and will be a freshman at Bellaire High School this fall.

“Eli was so inspired by Raymond's story and really identified with his passion for tennis as well as his connection to the J,” said Ben Cowan, Eli’s father. “I think the Plotkins could tell how genuinely important this is to him. Eli is determined to represent Raymond and his values, as well as the J, at the Maccabi Games this week and we know he will make us and the Plotkins proud.”

 
Be Part of Something Bigger – Join the Melton Family
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

There’s a growing group of adults who are doing something extraordinary at the J. Once a week they are part of the Melton & More program; Jewish adults who come together in mind and spirit to add meaning to their Jewish identity. Registration is now open for a new year of learning sure to inspire, enrich and add value to your life.

            The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a sophisticated text-based Jewish literacy program developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that explores Jewish traditions, history, theology and ethics in an exciting and thought-provoking environment, but what happens here is much more than something out of the textbook.

 
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