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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!

The Matzo Ball Diaries
Presented by Jewish Women's Theater

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.


Global Day of Jewish Learning: Speaking Volumes
with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

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


Celebrating Empowered Women Luncheon

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.


"A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America"

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.


Panel Discussion: How We Define Our Personal Identity

Join us for this powerful panel discussion with writer and film producer,
Marra B. Gad, Jonathan Ealy, Director of Opera Memphis, and Russell Grant, community member. In this panel, we will hear about how race, religion, and sexual orientation are intertwined with our panelists’ personal identities.


Short Stories, Small Bites, & Short Film
Short Stories, Small Bites, Short Film 
with R.L. Maizes

At this fun event, we will watch the touching and entertaining shorts, "Gefilte" and "Sushi, Meatballs, and Everything" before we enjoy small bites and hear from R.L. Maizes, author of We Love Anderson Cooper.


An Evening with Liel Leibovitz
Co-host of the Unorthodox podcast and Senior writer for Tablet Magazine. Liel is the author of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, available for purchase at our Member Services Desk!
Thursday, June 4 • 7:00 pm

Join Live Session

In partnership with


This event has been canceled until further notice.
S. Perry Brickman, D.D.S.
author of Extracted: Unmasking Rampant Antisemitism In America’s Higher Education
Free and open to all

Join us for a discussion and questions facilitated with Professor Daniel Kiel of the University of Memphis
School of Law.

In partnership with
Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South


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