Arts & Talks at JCCMW

Arts & Talks is the JCC’s unique program for adults interested in the arts, current events, ideas, culture, conversation and more.  Arts & Talks offers adults in Westchester films screenings, book talks with the authors, expert speakers on a range of topics, panel discussions, community events like the annual Challah Bake and more.

Join us to explore culture and ideas, including thought-provoking conversations with leading experts and authors, and film discussions.

Painting & Prosecco: Israel

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Join us for an exciting and fun Israeli-themed paint night. Tap into your inner artist as you drink some bubbly and laugh with friends. Take home your glorious masterpiece at the end of the evening.

March 27 @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$50 (includes painting supplies, canvas, refreshments & drinks)

In partnership with Jewish National Fund

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Understanding the Ballet: Swan Lake

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Enhance your understanding of the classic romantic ballet Swan Lake, which will be performed this summer at the American Ballet Theatre in NYC.  Former Principal Dancer and JCC Dance School Director Kristen McGrew will teach you the language of balletic mime and the history of this tale of sorcery and tragic love, while sharing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s lush score and numerous performances. 

Tuesday, April 2nd @11 a.m -12:30 p.m

In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School

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Spring Literary Salon

Join us for this exciting literary panel of local authors. Books will be available for purchase.

Authors Reyna Gentin, Unreasonable Doubts, and Lynda Loigman, The Wartime Sisters, will be discussing their new books.

Tuesday, April 16th @10:00-11:30 a.m. 
$25 (Light breakfast included)

World Politics with Professor Ralph Buultjens: Israel & Its Neighbors


Join us for our highly popular lecture series about the current global political and economic situation. The challenges of China and Russia and the turmoil in the Middle East take place in the midst of unprecedented technological developments.  This discussion addresses world affairs and America’s relative position as an international leader.

Friday, May 3rd @1:00-2:30 p.m. $36

In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School

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10 Days of National Women’s Health –  May 8-17

Join us for a week-long celebration of women & health.  Programs include:

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Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything by Randi Hutter Epstein

Tuesday, May 14th @10:00 a.m.

Spring Luncheon with Dr.Ruth

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Hear from the legend herself!  How did Dr. Ruth come to be Dr. Ruth?  It’s quite a journey!  Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s new graphic novel-style Young Adult autobiography depicts all the ups and downs of her remarkable life and demonstrates lessons of grit, resilience, and strength that readers can apply to their own lives.

Thursday, June 6 @12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.  
$54 (delicious lunch included)

Books will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Ruth.

Courses and Classes

Course: Philosophies of Eastern Religions

This course will cover Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Shintoism, as followed in China, India and Japan. It will discuss the significance of these philosophies and religions on the political and cultural development of the PRC, India and Japan from their inception to the 21st century.

Thursdays throughout the year (10/11 Taoism; 11/8/18 Hinduism;  2/7/19 Shintoism. All @10:30am. $36 for the series ($10 per class)

Course: Krav Magna

New!!  Krav Maga 

Learn this Israeli self-defense practice with Krav Maga expert Steve Sohn.

Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m.   Open to all.


Course: Beginner Canasta – SOLD OUT

Canasta is back and enjoying renewed interest with people of all ages. Learn the rules, strategies, and scoring with hands on play of this intriguing and challenging game. Attendance at the first class is required.

6 Mondays, starting January 28 – (no class February 18) @1-3 p.m.

$150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor)

In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School 

Course: Beginner Mah Jongg

Bam! Crack! Dot! Come learn the basics of this intriguing ancient Chinese tile game of luck and skill. You will learn the “western” style game of play as sanctioned by the National Mah Jongg League. Experienced instructor will provide all learning materials as well as the current NMJL card.

Supervised Play  
6 Mondays, starting January 14 – (no class January 21 or April 15)  @7-9 p.m.
$150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor)

6 Mondays, starting March 18 (no class 4/15)- 6 weeks @7-9 p.m.
$150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor)

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In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School 

Course: STEM for Adults (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

All of the kids are learning STEM… now it’s your turn!  Join us for this new hands-on program and see what all the rage is about.  A great way to stretch and sharpen your mind.

March 19 and May 21 @ 10:30 am.-12 noon $10 per class

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In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School 

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, please contact Stephanie Balkin at (914) 472-7672 or

Other Adult Programs

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

Volunteering: find out how to support JCCMW

ENGAGE: UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Service Corp Chapter based at JCCMW coordinates volunteer opportunities for boomers across Westchester.

Adult Dance: JCCMW offers Adult Ballet and Tap Classes, Zumba Fitness and Israeli Folk Dancing for adults.

Adult Art:  JCCMW offers a range of classes for adults wishing to try their hand or develop their skills in media such as wheel throwing, life drawing, ceramic pottery, Open Studio Life Painting, and Holiday Workshops.