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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.

Upcoming Virtual Author Events


SEPTEMBER 23 – 8pm

Chris Wallace, Countdown bin Laden

Register for Chris Wallace here

OCTOBER 3 – 8pm

David Rubenstein, The American Experiment

Register for David Rubenstein here

OCTOBER 5 – 8pm

Joe Posnanski: The Baseball 100

Register for Joe Posnanski here

OCTOBER 7 – 7:30pm

Tracy Walder, The Unexpected Spy

Register for Tracy Walder here

OCTOBER 13 – 7:30pm

Mindy Weisel, After: the Obligation of Beauty

Register for Mindy Weisel here

OCTOBER 22 – 1pm

David Grossman, More than I Love My Life: A Novel

Register for David Grossman here

OCTOBER 25 – 8pm

Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, Personal Librarian

Register for Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray here

OCTOBER 27 – 7:30pm

Jasmine Roth, House Story

Register for Jasmine Roth here

NOVEMBER 2 – 8pm

Michael Bar-Zohar, The Mossad Amazons

Register for Michael Bar-Zohar here

NOVEMBER 7 – 3pm

Lucy Adlington, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

Register for Lucy Adlington here


NOVEMBER 8 – 8pm

Nicole Krauss, To Be a Man: Stories

Register for Nicole Krauss

NOVEMBER 9 – 8pm

Dorie Greenspan, Baking with Dorie: A Cookbook

Register for Dori Greenspan here

NOVEMBER 11 – 7:30pm

Andrew Lawler, Under Jersusalem

Register for Andrew Lawler here

NOVEMBER 14 – 7:30pm

Andrew Feiler, A Better Life for Their Children

Register for Andrew Feiler here

NOVEMBER 15 – 8pm

Alice Hoffman, The Book of Magic: A Novel

Register for Alice Hoffman here

NOVEMBER 17 – 7:30pm

Ivan Maisel, I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye

Register for Ivan Maisel here

NOVEMBER 21 – 7:30pm

Wayne Federman & Annabelle Gurwitch

Register for Wayne Federman and Annabelle Gurwitch here

DECEMBER 9 – 8pm

David Javerbaum, The Book of Pslams

Register for David Javerbaum here


Pati's Mexican Table Cooking Demo Event

Sunday, November 14 (time tbd)

Join Moderator, Adeena Sussman (Sababa Cookbook, Hadassah Magazine Food Writer), for a live cooking demo and tasting event with public TV personality, chef Pati Jinich from her James Beard Award-winning show “Pati’s Mexican Table” (the show has been running for 10 seasons on PBS and Pati talking about her Mexican Jewish recipes and heritage, her new cookbook Treasures of The Mexican Table (with a number of Jewish recipes and stories) and her new Southwest US food tour special La Frontera airing on PBS in October.

More details & tickets coming soon

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

Still Traveling: Breathtaking Barcelona

Mondays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 @ 2-3:15pm

Let virtual trip leader James Sokol zoom you to this beautiful, vibrant, colorful city to meet and “tour” with our fantastic, professional, local guide Marta, who will share her passion for and knowledge of different aspects of this exciting city.  “Trips” include: 

  • Introduction: The Country, the Region, the City (Oct 4) 
  • Gaudi: A Modernist Master (Oct 11) 
  • La Sagrada Familia (Oct 18) 
  • The Jewish Quarter (Oct 25) 

For details & tickets, click here

Exploring Broadway: "I Want" Songs

Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ 4-5:30pm

Dancer, choreographer, director, Bob Fosse (think “jazz hands!”), said that most songs fall into two categories: 1) “I Want” songs and 2) “I Am” songs. Explore “I Want” songs in our October series and “I Am” songs in our December series.” 

Usually the 2nd or 3rd number in a musical, the “I Want” song is a way to engage the audience with the main character’s hopes, dreams, goals, or desires, which often propels him/her through the rest of the show.  

Join James Sokol for a journey with audio & video performance clips of these compelling and propelling songs. From soaring ballads to charming ditties, songs will come from the “Golden Age” to recent shows.  Come for the songs; stay for the fun! 

For details & tickets, click here.

Art & Artists: Masters of the Prado

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 2-3:15pm

A new series focused on museums, artists & their creative expressions.

Welcome to our virtual tours about the Spanish masters of painting with works hanging in one of the most important museums in the world: Madrid’s Prado! Let virtual trip leader James Sokol zoom you to Spain for a guided visit of important paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries. With Marta – our professional guide in Spain! –  see and explore the main works of five masters that hang in the Prado museum. Learn to “read” a painting, see the brushstrokes in detail, and hear curious anecdotes and interesting stories of some of Spain’s favorite artists. 

  • El Greco (Oct 5) 
  • Zurbarán and Murillo (Oct 12) 
  • Velázquez (Oct 19) 
  • Goya (Oct 26) 

For details & tickets, click here

Judaism 101 & Beginner Hebrew Classes

Judaism 101, with Rabbi Julia Appel, is an intro to Judaism class for everyone! It welcomes those who identify as Jewish or not, and those who have prior knowledge of Judaism or don’t. The 8-part class explores the foundational topics of Jewish living, including Shabbat, the year cycle, lifecycle events, synagogue, and spirituality.

Virtual zoom class – $200

October 19th-December 7th:

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm 

About Rabbi Julia Appel

Rabbi Julia Appel is the Director of Innovation Training and Curriculum at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and is passionate about making Jewish wisdom accessible to people from all walks of life.

Register here

Start speaking Hebrew! Learn the foundations of Hebrew literacy and pronunciation. Designed for those with no Hebrew background or those who want to refresh their basic Hebrew skills, this course teaches you to read and write the aleph-bet with vowels, basic vocabulary and compose simple sentences.

Virtual zoom class – $250

October 6th-December 8th

Wednesdays, 11-12:30pm

Register here

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

Lifelong Learning Programs

Skill Building Programs

Social Programs

Support Programs