Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture

Mother Lear
with We Players

Sunday, October 8, 5 PM
Tickets: $25 Members / $35 Non-Members

Join us for a stunning theatrical event under the JCC’s sukkah, followed by a community discussion. A brilliant Shakespeare scholar, descending into dementia, believes herself to be King Lear and will interact only in the language of that play. Together, she and her caretaker daughter deploy the humor and poetry of Shakespeare to navigate the struggles of family, aging, and mortality. Following the one-hour performance, Shoshana Berger, editorial director of IDEO, will facilitate an intimate conversation on the ideas around death and dying sparked by the performance.

We Players presents site-integrated performance events that bring communities together, reclaiming local spaces for public discourse and civic celebration through art.

Shoshana Berger got her start writing for a magazine called Bikini, which led to writing for The New York Times, SPIN, and WIRED. She is the founder of the National Magazine Award finalist ReadyMade. She has been the editorial director of IDEO since 2013.

Click here to learn more about We Players. 

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KlezCalifornia Cabaret by the Bay!

Sunday, November 5, 4 – 6 PM

Celebrate Yiddish culture with klezmer band The Gonifs, Yiddish vocalist Gale Kissin, vaudevillian clown Moshe Cohen, klezmore hip-hop storyteller Ariel Luckey, and dancing led by Bruce Bierman. Join us in moving a vibrant Yiddish culture into the 21st century!

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Hot Mess Kitchen: A Book Party
with Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman

Thursday, December 14, 7:30 PM

Entertaining is the best way to feel like you have your act together (even when you definitely do not). Gabi and Miranda will demonstrate how to wow family and friends as you host your first Hanukkah celebration. Prepare to become the perfect party host with readings from their new book, Hot Mess Kitchen, a latke bar, a demo on making cheap wine taste expensive, and much more.

Miranda Berman is a writer from New York City. She has spent the majority of her career climbing the ranks at The Mindy Project. Gabi Moskowitz is the editor in chief of the nationally acclaimed budget cooking blog Broke-Ass Gourmet, the author of four cookbooks, and the coproducer of Young & Hungry, inspired by her life and writing.

Event takes place in Oakland. Stay tuned for more information and ticket sales!




Past Programs:

Little Stones
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bending the Arc
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Body and Soul: An American Bridge
A Jewish Film Fest Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay
Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Stay Amazed
with Berkeley Arts Ambassador Susan Duhan Felix
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017

What We Carry With Us: A Refugee Storytelling Lab
with Guest Curator Citizen Film
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrating Brit Shalom 
with Lisa Braver Moss
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jewish and Indigenous Communities: Lessons from Standing Rock
With Lehrhaus Judaica
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies, and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S.
A Bay Area Book Festival Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money
A Bay Area Book Festival Event
Sponsored by the JCC East Bay
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 

More Courage
with Jewish Women's Theatre
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Kvetchy Cowboys Ride Again! 
with Gerry Tenney and Arje Shaw
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

No Way Out: a Play by Susan Printz Shear
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sanctuary for All: Refugee Crisis Community Update
with Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beyond Bubbe: A Taste of the Old East
with Reboot and JIMENA
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Roomies: Living Together
with Israel Story and Jewish National Fund
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Amy X-Perience
with Guest Curator Amy X Neuburg
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 

In the Belly of the Beast
with Jay Michaelson
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 

Jewish Winemakers
with Guest Curator Alix Wall
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 

Barry in Context: Film Screening and Discussion
with Adam Mansbach and W. Kamau Bell
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017