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Theatrical Premiere of The Chosen May 11 - 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and Theater LaB Houston co-present the regional premiere of The Chosen adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok May 11-21, 2017 at the J’s Kaplan Theatre.

This award-winning adaptation is about a complicated friendship between two Jewish boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities in 1940s Brooklyn. The main characters are first and second-generation Jewish immigrants living in New York at the end of World War II. 

 
Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family at the J
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sing For Your Life:  A Story of Race, Music, and Family

Author Daniel Bergner and opera singer Ryan Speedo Green in conversation at the J

Houston, Tx - Ryan Speedo Green rose from a tough upbringing amid the urban wastelands of southeastern Virginia to win a nationwide competition hosted by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, beating out 1,200 other talented singers.  Today he is a rising star performing at the Met (Colline in La Boheme 2016) where The New York Times declared him “a show stopper.”  A bass-baritone, Green will make his Houston Grand Opera (HGO) debut in Mozart’s comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio, playing the role of Osmin.  Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of the novel Moments of Favor and four books of non-fiction.  His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The New York Times Book Review.  His new book, Sing for Your Life, chronicles Green’s unlikely, suspenseful, and powerfully emotional journey from solitary confinement to stardom.

 
300 Houston Jewish Teens Serve the Community on April 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

300 HOUSTON JEWISH TEENS SERVE THE COMMUNITY ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOUTH SERVICE, APRIL 2nd

Houston, TX– 300 Houston area teens, along with nearly 13,000 Jewish teens in 90 communities across 20 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve, an International Day of Jewish Youth Service on April 2, 2017. This year marks the thirteenth year that Jewish youth from around the world will turn out in force for J-Serve in an effort to encourage community building and connections across religious and societal lines. Since it’s beginning in 2005, and through 2016, J-Serve experienced extraordinary growth: a 150% increase in community participation, a 240% increase in teen engagement and an 850% increase in countries involved. 

 
Jazz pianist Gadi Lehavi returns to Houston with his own Trio
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jazz pianist Gadi Lehavi returns to Houston with his own Trio

Houston, TX - One year ago, a then 20 year old Gadi Lehavi wowed the audience gathered in the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Kaplan Theatre when he performed with the Eli Degibri Jazz Quartet.  Lehavi returns with his own trio Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 PM.

 
Exploring Your Faith in Israel
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston invite you to be part of an once in a lifetime trip to Israel September 3-14, 2017. This trip is for adults 55 and older to travel to Israel to explore, discover and experience the country, the people and each other. For some, this is the opportunity to cross this item off their bucket list.

 
Jazz pianist Gadi Lehavi returns to Houston with his own Trio
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One year ago, a then 20 year old Gadi Lehavi wowed the audience gathered in the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Kaplan Theatre when he performed with the Eli Degibri Jazz Quartet.  Lehavi returns with his own trio Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 PM.

 
Oscar-nominated film shows at Houston Jewish Film Festival
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents Life, Animated, the academy-award nominated film about autism at the 13th Houston Jewish Film Festival March 5-19, 2017. The festival showcases 27 of the best Jewish and Israeli films from around the world. Life, Animated will be screened on the last day at The Emery/Weiner School on Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. The documentary film is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate through the world of classic Disney films.

 
Not Your Bubbe’s Yiddish
Thursday, February 16, 2017

If you thought Yiddish was a dying language, think again. YidLife Crisis, a popular web series featuring two 30-something secular Jewish friends, Chaimie and Eli, comes to the J Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The comedy duo will defy all your preconceived notions of Yiddish and Yiddish culture through an evening of skits, film clips and hilarious comedic banter.

 
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