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National Center for Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, May 12 – Tuesday, May 21 | Times Vary | Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

The National Center for Jewish Film presents its annual film festival. The festival will include the screenings of 8 different films including “Seven Blessings”, the story of a 1990s Israeli-Moroccan-Jewish wedding and the Israeli contender for the Oscars and “Revenge: Our Dad the Nazi Killer,” a murder mystery documentary about three brothers in Australia investigating a rumored family secret.

The Seltzer Factor: Film Screening and Conversation with Writer and Director Paloma Valenzuela

Saturday, May 25 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM | Central Library in Copley Square

Join 2022 CJP x JArts Community Creative Fellow and Boston-based filmmaker Paloma Valenzuela for a matinee screening of her film The Seltzer Factory. This short documentary follows Paloma as she investigates her family history and explores her identity as a biracial Latina Jewish-American, piecing together the connecting events that shaped her family’s story from Marghita to Oradea, to Cleveland to the Dominican Republic to Boston.

The film will be followed by an audience Q&A with Paloma.

Studios Without Walls

Saturday, May 25 | 12 – 4 PM | Riverway Park, Brookline 

This exhibition of site-responsive sculptures, including the work of many of our favorite JArts artists, is back for its 25th year! Experience the art through self-guided tours & art treasure hunts from May 25 – September 2. Join for an opening reception on May 25.

The Dybbuk, a Mystical Yiddish Folktale

Thursday, May 30 (Premiere) – Sunday, June 23 |The Vilna Shul

The Dybbuk is an ancient, fantastical, mystical Yiddish folk tale; a story of love, family, displacement, and the restless Jewish soul, set in the heart of the historic sanctuary of The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture on Beacon Hill.  Steeped in folklore and cultural tradition, it is the latest project undertaken by Arlekin Players Theatre as part of their Jewish Plays Initiative. Get tickets for the U.S. premiere of the show.

Jewish Culture Fest

Sunday, June 2 | 11AM – 6:30 PM | Dwares JCC

Jewish Culture Fest will feature live musical performances from Ezekiel’s Wheels, Jacob’s Ladder, and RAZA; a dance performance and workshop from Rachel Linsky; storytelling from Mark Binder; stand-up comedy from Myq Kaplan; a family-friendly Kid Zone, community art exhibit, food, beer garden, whiskey tasting, an open-air artisan market and more!

David Broza Concert

Sunday, June 2 | 7 PM | Shalin Liu Performance Center

Join Internationally renowned singer-songwriter David Broza for an evening of his signature sound bringing together the influence of Spanish flamenco, American folk, rock and roll, and poetry. 

The Rabbi’s Family Band Concert

Thursday, June 6 | 8 – 9:30 PM | Hebrew College, Newton

The Rabbi’s Family Bandmade up of Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer, and son Zachary Mayer, come from long lines of rabbis and cantors and bring the most beautiful and authentic nigunim— wordless melodies– to the concert stage, the dance floor or to the Sabbath table.

Steeped in tradition but with a fully modern and inclusive sense of Yiddishkeit, the trio has performed all over the world, headlining and teaching at music festivals from Cracow Poland, to Jerusalem, across Canada, and from New York to California. Their unique combination of scholarship and musical virtuosity blends Hebrew, Yiddish, Klezmer and Jazz with poignancy, humor and joy!

Summer Soiree and Creative Showcase

Monday, June 17 | 7 – 9 PM | The Vilna Shul

Join us for an evening of creative inspiration and cocktails showcasing the work of our 2024 CJP x JArts Community Creative Fellows.

Selected in Fall 2023, the 4th cohort of Community Creative Fellows have spent the past past year honing their crafts and working in residence with community organizations across Boston. Now, join us to experience the work they have created at a celebratory evening of music, art, and poetry – a beautiful and creative approach to the season of Shavuot. 

Through the support of our community, these artists are evolving the Jewish cultural canon. We hope you’ll join us for a festive evening to experience and celebrate their work!