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Arts & Talks

World-class arts & culture programs 

Arts&Talks is our JCC’s unique adult programs for those who are interested in all things arts & culture. Arts&Talks offers adults in Westchester films screenings, author talks, expert speakers, panel discussions, travel programs, cooking programs, guided tastings, theatre and music programs, community events like the annual Challah Bake and much much more.


Arts&Talks Sponsorships

Arts & Talks Sponsorships help the JCC of Mid-Westchester produce a season filled with enriching events for the community. Position yourself or your organization as a community leader by sponsoring our arts & culture season. For sponsorship opportunities, click here to make a donation online.

Arts, Culture & Learning Adult Programs in partnership with Osher Marin JCC

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Still Traveling: Italy's Campania Coast

Mondays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31 @ 2-3:15pm

Back by popular demand with an all-new series, our delightful, professional, local guide — Antonella — offers four virtual “trips” to discover favorite areas beyond her hometown of Napoli (Naples), which is the gateway to interesting and beautiful treasures for those who venture beyond it.

Visits include: Captivating Capri (Jan 10), Enchanting Ischia & Picturesque Procida (Jan 17), Along the Sorrento Coast (Jan 24), Along the Amalfi Coast (Jan 31) 

Details & Tickets , click here

Still Traveling: Superb St. Petersburg

Mondays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ 2-3:15pm

Founded in 1703, St. Petersburg was built in “extravagant Italian and French architectural styles, showcasing Russia’s European identity while maintaining its traditional character.” The city has blossomed into the country’s cultural capital, filled with interesting and beautiful things to see and do. Let James Sokol zoom you to Russia to join our charming, local, professional guide – Polina – in her dynamic hometown. Details & Tickets, click here

Still Traveling: Venerable Venice - The Heart & the Hidden

Mondays, March 7, 14 & 21 @ 2-3:15pm

Since her first series on Venice last year, countless guests have asked for more from our terrific, local guide Laura. This spring, she is back with two new mini-series – one in March, one in April! In this special mini-series, join James Sokol to zoom to Venice for three virtual “trips” with our beloved, professional guide Laura. A native Venetian, Laura provides interesting insights into the heart of the city – the Piazza San Marco – but also into lesser-known, hidden gems: Castello, the Arsenale and Rialto.    

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Exploring Opera: Compare & Contrast

Thursdays, January 13, 20 & 27 @ 4-5:30pm 

Who was better Sutherland or Sills? Domingo or Pavarotti? The answer is complex; it depends on the role, the moment in each career, especially on the listener’s preferences, and more! Still, to compare and contrast the same aria sung by different voices can be very interesting, sometimes illuminating, usually beautiful. Join James Sokol for this special mini-series filled with popular arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans.  Come for the songs; stay for the fun! 

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Exploring Broadway: Melodies with Meaningful Messages

Thursdays, February 3 & 10 @ 4-5:15pm 

Musical theater may be stereotyped as light, frothy, romantic, even silly. But, from its earliest days, the art form has taken on serious issues within the confines of a lighter style, often making challenging subjects more palpable. From looking at racial & religious prejudice to gender roles, sexual orientation, political practices, and more, songs provide a unique approach to dealing with major social issues. Join James Sokol on a journey with audio & video performance clips through songs of protest, social commentary and others with meaningful messages. Come for the songs; stay for the fun!    Details & Tickets, click here

Exploring Broadway: Pitter Patter

Thursdays, February 17 & 24 @ 4-5:15pm 

The “patter song” has been a staple of theater since Mozart, gaining in popularity in 19th-century comic opera and operetta. In the time since, these delightful, fast-tempo, tongue-twisting songs have wended their ways into 20th-century musicals.  Join James Sokol on a journey, which includes audio & video performance clips, of these potentially scene-stealing songs from Broadway’s “Golden Age” gems to contemporary favorites.  Come for the songs; stay for the fun!    Details & Tickets, click here

Exploring Broadway: Shall We Dance?

Thursdays, March 3, 10, 24 & 31 @ 4-5:15pm (no program March 17)

Dance became an integral part of musical theater with choreographer Agnes de Mille’s groundbreaking “Dream Ballet” in Oklahoma! In the time since, Bennett, Fosse, Robbins, Stroman, Tune and many others have created magical moments of movement from the intimate expressions of individuals to the energetic showstoppers of group production numbers. Journey with James Sokol through various dance numbers of an array of genres – ballet, jazz, Latin, rock & roll, tap and more – from “Golden Age” classics to contemporary classics. Video performance clips bring these exciting numbers into the discussion. 

Come for the dances; stay for the fun! 

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Daring Discussions: Making Sense of LGBTQ+

Tuesday, March 8 @ 4-5:15pm

Join in our new series in which we open Pandora’s box to discuss topics that some consider challenging, uncomfortable, maybe taboo, but always interesting and important.  

So many letters! So many terms! Join moderator James Sokol and special guest Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder to get the latest information and language relating to sexual orientation (who we’re attracted to) and gender identity (our maleness, femaleness, or combination of the two). Understand how these two important parts of who we are relate to and are different from each other. Receive specific guidance on how to be supportive of friends and family members of all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

No need to be shy….ask your burning questions anonymously via private chat with our moderator & special guest! If you’re wondering about something, most likely, so are many others. 

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Other Adult Programs

In addition to the Arts & Talks program, the JCC has a number of other classes and events for adults:

Adult Dance

Judaic/Culture Programs

Volunteering