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The Power of the Collective

The MJCC is inspired by the ideal that there is power in the collective and as such facilitated bringing together a broad group  of organizations from throughout the Memphis area to create a celebration and exploration of exacting social change. We are thrilled to present “The Power of the Collective” during the month of April and are committed to making all these programs free of charge and open to the entire Memphis community.

Event Schedule
Events are free and open to all. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Bryan Terrell Clark | Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, April 2 • 7pm • MJCC

Bryan Terrell Clark is an accomplished actor and singer/songwriter. He recently appeared as George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton. He also starred as Marvin Gaye in “Motown: The Musical.”

Bryan has written for Mary J. Blige and many others. He is also the co-founder of inDEFINED, an initiative launched in 2017 that inspires and teaches young people to use their voices to erase constrictive labels in our society.

Bryan is coming to the Memphis Jewish Community Center to speak about the importance of communities working together to create sustainable social change.


This is Home | Film Screening
Tuesday, April 30 • 7pm • Malco Paradiso

This is Home is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested.

It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles.


Darlene Newman | Art Exhibition
April 1–29 • MJCC Shainberg Art Gallery

Artist Statement:
It seems we are all so busy trying to do and get that we have forgotten to stop and listen – to our neighbors, to our children, to our friends, to our spouses. Sometimes we are too busy to speak up for ourselves, speak out for ourselves, for our benefit, for our mental health.

What if we all listened more to others and to our inner selves? Not just to hear sound, but to process the history, needs, wants, goals, and struggles of others and self? What kind of society would we be living in? Do you want a better world?

Listen to Learn.
Learn to Act.
Act to Change.


Holliday Flowers & Events | Chuppah Installation
April 2-30 • MJCC Lobby

A chuppah is a traditional canopy used in a Jewish wedding to symbolize home and hospitality. It is a symbol of welcoming others into your home and the idea of a chuppah embodies this project. We believe that we are stronger as a community and we are stronger when we work together.

This chuppah installation was created by Heather and Brent from Holliday Flowers and Events.

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 For questions, please contact Marcy Stagner, Program Director for Cultural Arts and Adult Services, at (901) 259-9230 or mstagner@jccmemphis.org.