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MJCC Jewish Literary & Cultural Arts Series


About the Series
The Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Series at the J is home to Memphis’ most outstanding Jewish arts, entertainment, and educational events! Come gather with friends and community to enjoy this incredible season of Books, Theater, Food, & Film!

Event Information

The Matzo Ball Diaries
Presented by Jewish Women's Theater

Saturday, November 16 • 8:00 pm
$20 Non-member/ $15 Member

The Matzo Ball Diaries is a show that shares the secret stories of food and home. Audiences will laugh, cry, and discover the power of food to nourish, heal, and move us to action.

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Global Day of Jewish Learning: Speaking Volumes
with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Sunday, November 17 • 5:00 pm

Rabbi Telushkin is a spiritual leader and scholar, and the author of 15 books, including Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values. He is also a senior associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; a board member of the Jewish Book Council; and the Rabbi of the Los Angeles-based Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He lives in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States.

To learn more about Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and for a schedule of additional learning opportunities to come, go to jccmemphis.org/globalday.


Celebrating Empowered Women Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20 • 11:30 am
General $45 Non-member/ $36 Member
Gold $138 Non-member/ $118 Member
Diamond $180

Join us in opening our hearts and minds as we welcome Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador and former President of American Jewish World Service, in conversation with our very own Rachel Shankman.

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"A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America"
Sunday, December 8 • 2:00 pm

Join us for a chat with author Kirsten Fermaglich, author of "A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America". This event is in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Midsouth.

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Intersectionality Panel with writer and speaker, Marra B. Gad
Tuesday, January 14 • 7:00 pm
$15 Non-member/ $12 Member

Join us for this powerful panel discussion on intersectionality with Marra B. Gad, author of "The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl."

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"We Love Anderson Cooper"
Short Stories, Small Bites, Short Film

with R.L. Maizes
Sunday, February 23 • 5:30 pm
$25 Non-member/ $20 Member

R.L. Maizes, author of the wonderful short story collection, We Love Anderson Cooper will take us through some of her stories while we enjoy delicious small bites! We will go into a dynamic short film immediately following.

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"Confessions of an Innocent Man"
with David R. Dow
Thursday, May 7 • 7:00 pm

Be on the lookout for more information on this event!

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Current Passport to Discovery Patrons

Mike and Sharon Goldstein
Temple Israel
Donnie and Shelley Levy
Pace and Aileen Cooper
Ken and Jill Steinberg
Scott and Suzanne Baum
Elkan and Laurie Scheidt
Wendy and Morris Thomas
Sandy Goldstein
Mike and Sharon Goldstein
Pamela Perchik
Jerome and Evelyn Makowsky
Eileen Posner
Marilyn Notowich
Mitch and Jeri Moskovitz
Pat and Janis Finan
Lester and Roslyn Lit
Rubin Salant


Literary Series Committee

Mimi Grossman, Co-Chair
Jill Notowich, Co-Chair

Lisa Frisch
Susan Labovitz
Jackie Mandell
Jeri Moskovitz
Elissa Taub
Joy Wilk
Jennifer Ross
Sandy Goldstein

Become a Passport to Discovery Patron of the Arts and receive tickets and VIP seating to events!

Questions about the Series? Contact:

Marcy Stagner
Program Director for Cultural Arts & Adult Services

(901) 259-9230


Jeremy Weiser
Chief Operating Officer
(901) 259-9235

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