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Jewish CultureFest: Celebrating Our Heritage
Friday, November 16, 2018

With live music, Judaica, specialty foods and art and mitzvah projects, the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents a jam-packed, fun afternoon at its 2nd annual Jewish CultureFest, held this year on Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 6 p.m., at Levy Park.

God of Vengeance Staged Reading with Live Music by Grammy winning artist, Lisa Gutkin
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Start with the Kaplan Theatre stage at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (the J).  On that stage, put eleven of Houston’s finest professional actors performing a Staged Reading of Sholem Asch’s 100+ year-old play, God of Vengeance (which was shut down for obscenity during its 1923 Broadway run).  Stir in exciting new Klezmer music composed especially for this performance, combined with pieces originally composed for the Tony Award-winning play, Indecent - all written and performed live by Grammy Award-winning violinist, singer and songwriter Lisa Gutkin of the Klezmatics, along with local musicians.  Combine all of these on Saturday, November 10 for one night only and what do you get?  A thought-provoking evening of Theatre and Music, reverence and irreverence, and love and repression that will haunt audiences long after the final words and notes have been echoed. 

Evening Art Classes at the J
Friday, September 28, 2018

Do you have an interest in learning how to paint with watercolor or watercolor pencils or create ceramic pieces? The perfect opportunity to learn these skills is now! Do you work and cannot make it to a daytime class? The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC (the J) has several night time offerings in water color or water color pencils with Susan Wingfield and wheel throwing with Caitlin Scott. 

Master Dance Class and Informal Studio Showing with Ido Tadmor
Friday, September 28, 2018

On Saturday, October 13 from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC will host Ido Tadmor, former Artistic Director of Israel’s Ballet and internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, in a Master Dance Class and Informal Studio Showing. Tadmor will teach and practice classic ballet technique or contemporary dance skills based on works from his repertoire.

Jewish Book & Arts Festival Kicks Off With Comedy
Friday, September 28, 2018

From a peek into the inner workings of the TV industry, to a staged reading of a controversial Yiddish play, this year’s Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival brings Houston book lovers a wide variety of literary greats and their inspiring and entertaining stories.

Exploring the Artistic Process - Adult Art at the J
Friday, September 21, 2018

Explore one’s artistic side and discover new talents with two new adult art programs at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC (the J). 

Led by instructor Stacy Kuropata, the Journey through Art History lecture series will feature a wide variety of artists from the beginning of the Paleolithic Period all the way to Neo Classicism and Pop Art. Through viewing sculpture, painting, drawing and more, Kuropata will discuss the elements and principle of art.

Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

One of television’s few female writers opens this year’s Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival with a peek into the inner workings of the TV industry.

The funny and timely Nell Scovell takes the stage during opening night of the 46th  annual festival featuring literary greats to speak on her new memoir, Just the Funny Parts:… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club. This year’s festival will run from November 3-13, 2018. Scovell is best known for her work on The SimpsonsLate Night with David Letterman—in the 1990s, she was the only woman in the writer’s room—NCIS, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She co-authored the best-selling book Lean-In, with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Scovell made a splash with her 2009 essay in Vanity Fair, “Letterman and Me,” after news broke of the late-night talk show host’s sexual relationships with other staff members. During her Saturday, November 3 talk at 8 p.m., Scovell will give an inside look to the television industry and will touch on the #MeToo movement. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Popular Tapestry of Dance Workshops Continue at the J
Monday, September 17, 2018

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC continues its successful Tapestry of Dance Workshops series with an Introduction to Bollywood on October 4 followed by a six-week Introduction to Flamenco Workshop October 7 through November 11.

In the Introduction to Bollywood Workshop on October 4 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, instructor Nabeel Jawad will teach participants a fun dance routine. No Bollywood dance experience is required. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move and have fun.

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