The JEA and Savannah Jewish Federation are proud to present an array of interesting, engaging, educational and sometimes, just plain fun programs from Savannah and around the country.

 

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  • Broadway Backstage

    Four Thursdays, January 7-28 --- 4:00 PM
    Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits.

  • Exploring Opera: Sensational Seville

    Monday, January 25 --- 4:30 PM
    The glorious capital of Andalusia is the setting of more than 100 operas! Of course, there’s The Barber of Seville with its sparkling vocal fireworks, but there are other works - some very famous, some lesser-known gems - by Bizet, Mozart, Verdi, and others with equally beautiful music.

  • The Untold Story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe ---Free Event

    Monday, January 25 --- 10:00 am
    Join Amb Ron Prosor, Natan Sharansky and Prof Ivan Paryliak to learn the Untold Story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe--80 years since the Babyn Yar Massacre. Seminar includes "The Story of Ukraine's Jewry," "Babyn Yar Massacre," "National Trauma, Suppressed History, and Erased Identities."

  • Your Honor: The Event --- A Free event with Bryan Cranston

    Monday, January 25 ---6:30pm
    Join Bryan Cranston and the creators of the show to discuss adapting Your Honor for American television and the question of how Israel, a tiny country of 8.8 million people with only one TV channel until 1993, became a global storytelling powerhouse.

  • A Jurassic Park Tu B’Shvat Miracle in Israel --- Free event

    Tuesday, January 26 --- 12:00pm
    During the week of Tu B’Shvat, join David Weisberg for a special conversation with Dr. Elaine Solowey and David Lehrer of the Arava Institute to learn about the miracle story of how scientists brought back to life the long extinct Judaean Date Palm and its biblical fr...

  • Women Inspiring Women: Natalie Portman --- Free Event

    Tuesday, January 26 ---7pm
    Born in Jerusalem, Natalie Portman made her first screen appearance at the age of 12, her Broadway debut while in high school and found time to graduate from Harvard in between filming the Star Wars trilogy and acting in Chekhov’s The Seagull. The winner of an Oscar and two Golden Globes, and is a long-time activist on behalf of animals, anti-poverty initiatives and women’s rights. That’s inspiration!

  • BIG BOLD CLIMATE FEST --- FREE EVENT

    Wednesday, January 27 - 31
    Centered around the holiday of Tu b’Shevat – the new year for the trees, the festival is a virtual and collaborative festival by and for people who want to activate Jewish values to move the needle on climate change. All festival sessions are free for all and feature some of the foremost thinkers and leaders in our day.

  • PJ Library Conversations: From Ireland to Dubai and Beyond

    Wednesday, January 27 --- 12:00pm
    From large cities to small towns, PJ Library is now reaching families in 30 countries across the globe. Join us Wednesday, January 27, for an inside look at two of PJ Library’s newest international programs: United Arab Emirates and Ireland.

  • Saul & Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band --- Free Movie Event

    Wednesday, January 27 --- 6:00pm
    At the age of 91, Saul Dreier decided to form a klezmer band comprised of Holocaust survivors. His wife thought he was crazy. So did his rabbi. That’s when he knew it was a terrific idea. You’ll come to the same conclusion after watching the extraordinary documentary film Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, which follows Saul and his bandmate Ruby Sosnowicz from wartime Poland to Florida and...

  • A MUSICAL TU BISHVAT SEDER --- FREE EVENT

    Wednesday, January 27 --- 7:30 pm
    Weaving together traditional elements of the kabbalistic Tu Bishvat seder with music, ritual and sound, Hadar's Rising Song Institute will celebrate the New Year of the Trees with an exciting group of musicians and artists, including Anat Halevy Hochberg, Koach Baruch Frazier, Yoni Battat, Rebekka Goldsmith and Batya Levine. How magnificent that we have a day in the Jewish cycle that honors the new year for trees. Let’s welcome it together.

  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, January 27 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef of Zahav in Philadelphia, Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into peoples homes. This week: FISH SCHNITZEL w/ KATAIFI CRUST, LEMONS & CAPERS AND KONAFI

  • JEA Book Festival: Scott Turow

    Wednesday, January 27 ---9:00pm
    Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder

  • Gay and Orthodox in Jerusalem? Yes. --- Free Event

    Thursday, January 28 --- 1:00pm
    Daniel Jonas is an Orthodox, gay man who is living in Jerusalem with his husband. After the Tel Aviv gay center shooting in 2009, Daniel has set out to make a difference on behalf of the LGBTQ community and religious LGBTQ members in particular.

  • Jews on Broadway - A Virtual Screening ---Free Event

    Sunday, January 31 --- 11:00 am
    This humorous and very entertaining film examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and showcases the work of legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim.

  • JEA Book Festival: Gabrielle Glaser

    Sunday, January 31 --- 8:00pm
    In AMERICAN BABY: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption, NYT bestselling author and journalist Gabrielle Glaser explores the untold story of a predatory, secret adoption system in postwar America through the dual stories of Margaret and the son she never intended to give up.

  • This is What Jewish Looks Like --- Free Event

    Monday, February 1 --- 6:00pm
    A writer, feminist and activist, Rebecca Walker is the author of Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, her account of growing up as the only child of Jewish civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal and Black writer Alice Walker. She’s an author and designer of the podcast and interactive journal What’s Your Story? A Journal for Everyday Evolution.

  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, February 3 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef , Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes. This week: YEMENITE SOUP WITH CHICKEN AND SCHUG

  • The Clint Edwards Show --- Free Event

    Wednesday, February 3 --- 8:00 pm
    Winner of the 2019 Broadway World Award for Best Independent Album Release, CLINT EDWARDS brings you a program of light classical, jazz and Broadway in his solo piano concert. An accomplished pianist and composer, his pieces have premiered in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

  • Food for Thought - Rabbi Robert Haas

    Thursday, February 4 --- 1:00pm
    Grab your meal and open up your computer to join us for Food for Thought-virtually! This week features RABBI ROBERT HAAS speaking on "BIGGEST SMALL PERSONALITIES IN THE TORAH."

  • The Architecture of Route 66 --- Free Event

    Thursday, February 4 ---3:00pm
    Join our friends at JCC Chicago for a tour of the development of various commercial architecture that was designed specifically for the automobile can be traced through three different essentials of travel — gas, food and lodging. This presentation will look at the early development of highways such as Route 66 and the new forms of architecture of the American road...

  • Book & Author Event: Cameron Douglas & Dan Peres -- FREE EVENT

    Thursday, February 4 --- 8:00pm
    Long Way Home is a powerful story of one man’s descent into the depths of addiction and self-destruction—and his successful renewal of family ties.
    As Needed for Pain offers a rare glimpse into New York media’s past—a time when print magazines mattered—and a rarefied world of wealth, power, and influence.

  • Becoming a Soulful Parent --- Free Event

    Sunday, February 7 --- 10:00am
    Parenting is challenging at all times. Parents are searching for the support and message provided by Dasee Berkowitz in her book Becoming A Soulful Parent. Becoming a Soulful Parent will help you ground your floating anxieties about the state of the world outside while giving you the tools to reflect on the state of your world like love, listening, empathy, and curiosity.

  • Building an Ecosystem from Scratch: Jerusalem Study --- Free Event

    Sunday, February 7 --- 1:00pm
    Michael Mizrahi, the head of research, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem, has a visionary goal of transforming Jerusalem into one of the 20 startup leading cities in the world. Michael explores the story of Israel as a startup nation and the different approach the city has towards innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Ebsworth Park --- Free event

    Monday, February 8 --- 12:00pm Noon
    Join the Chicago JCC as we go on a tour of Ebsworth Park, a Frank Lloyd Wright house designed in 1950. Kathryn Feldt, the Exec Dir of the property will take us on a tour of this Kirwood, Missouri gem.

  • ART GALLERY RECEPTION: Nae'Keisha Jones ---Free Event

    Monday, February 8 -- 5:00-7:00 pm
    Nae’Keisha is an illustrator and writer. She graduated from SCAD with a B.F.A. in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. Her work has been featured in Connect Savannah, ShopScad and VoyageAtl. She launched her online stores in mid 2020, ‘Canvas Chats’ on Etsy, and has also partnered with INPRNT to feature high-quality prints of selected pieces. Nae’Keisha is an advocate for creating visual stories while inspiring others to the same.

  • Women Inspiring Women: Nina Totenberg --- Free Event

    Tuesday, February 9 --- 11:30am
    A journalism legend who covered the Pentagon Papers, infuriated J. Edgar Hoover and broke the story of Anita Hill, Totenberg was twice named one of Esquire magazine’s “Women We Love.” magazine’s “Women We Love.” The Legal Affairs correspondent for NPR, she has received two dozen honorary degrees and was close friends with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That’s inspiration.

  • B'YACHAD: A JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH JDC --- FREE EVENT

    Tuesday, February 9 ---12:00 pm
    Come together with JDC on a virtual journey to JERUSALEM, OLD AND NEW: CARING FOR THE ELDERLY. In between touring Jerusalem's rich history, you'll meet members of Israel's oldest generation, one of the first groups JDC worked with in Israel

  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, February 10 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef, Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes. This week: HAND STRETCHED PHYLLO BOREKAS WITH SPINACH AND KASHKAVAL

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT --- MOLLY LIEBERMAN

    Thursday, February 11 --- 1:00 pm
    Grab your meal and open up your computer to join us for Food for Thought-virtually! This week features MOLLY LIEBERMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SAVANNAH'S LOOP IT UP, a creative community art initiative that brings creative art experiences to the children and families of Savannah.

  • MARK HARRIS ON MIKE NICHOLS --- Free Event

    Thursday, February 11 --- 6:30pm
    It’s hard to imagine a 7-year-old boy escaping Berlin just before Kristallnacht, being mocked as the ultimate non-English–speaking outsider and still hitting the high-water mark in 3 areas of American entertainment. But that is what Mike Nichols — Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky — did in his improv with Elaine May, in Broadway hits that won him nine Tonys and in many of our most cherished films.

  • B'YACHAD: A JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH JDC --- FREE EVENT

    Tuesday, February 16 ---12:00 pm
    Come together with JDC on a virtual journey to THE GALILEE TO TEL AVIV: CLOSING SOCIAL GAPS. Travels will take you from the breathtaking north of Israel to Tel Aviv where you will meet with inspiring individuals who are bridging social gaps by promoting employment and inclusion

  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, February 17 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef, Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes. This week: BREAKFAST: SHAKSHUKA, ICED ALMOND MILK WITH ORANGE AND FRESH CHALLAH

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT --- RABBI RACHEL BLATT

    Thursday, February 18 --- 1:00 pm
    Grab your meal and open up your computer to join us for Food for Thought-virtually! This week features RABBI RACHAEL BLATT, speaking on THE AFTERLIFE AND THE GOOD PLACE

  • An Evening with James Patterson --- Free event

    Thursday, February 18 --- 6:30pm
    One of the world’s bestselling authors has created scores of memorable heroes and unforgettable experiences in 147 novels, which hold the record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author. Winner of an Edgar and six Emmy Awards.

  • Book & Author Event: Sue Eisenfeld -- FREE EVENT

    Thursday, February 18 --- 8pm
    In Wandering Dixie, the author travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region's complex, conflicted present. In the process, she discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine.

  • B'YACHAD: A JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH JDC --- FREE EVENT

    Tuesday, February 23 ---12:00 pm
    Come together with JDC on a virtual journey to THE SOUTH: HIDDEN HEROES OF ISRAEL. This part of the journey will take you to Israel's Negev/Southern Region where you will visit unique communities and learn how JDC is empowering children, mothers, and families to build a brighter future.

  • RETURNING TO THE TOWN KNOWN AS AUSCHWITZ --- FREE EVENT

    Tuesday, February 23 ---- 5:00 pm
    The Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC), a Polish satellite location of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is the only Jewish presence remaining in the vicinity of Auschwitz. Join us for the second program in the Center's 20th anniversary series, which will explore the Center's commemoration efforts in Oświęcim and their impact on descendants of the town's Jewish residents.

  • Jake Cohen Upends His Grandmother's Kitchen --- Free Event

    Tuesday, February 23 ---7:00pm
    Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, brims with Jake Cohen's signature enthusiasm and joy. He will not only share his new recipes with us but the tips and tricks he gleaned during his personal culinary journey to modern mensch-ness.

  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, February 24 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef, Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes. This week: SABICH SANDWICH AND T'BIT

  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival --- Kiss Me Kosher ---Free Event

    Sunday, February 28 ---7pm
    A subversive love story between clashing cultures and families, KISS ME KOSHER is a romantic misadventure crossing all borders. When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man. chaos follows. Register to receive the link to watch the film (up to 72 hours in advance)

  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival --- Here We Are ---Free Event

    Wednesday, March 3 --- 7:00pm
    Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. On their way, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. (Register to receive link up to 72 hours in advance)


  • Bringing Israel Home w/ Chef Michael Solomov -Free Event

    Wednesday, March 3 --- 8:00pm ( weekly programs on Wednesdays)
    Digital series with a live-at-home cooking component hosted by 5-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef, Michael Solomonov who will bring Israel's extraordinary diverse and vibrant culinary landscape into people’s homes. This week: PASTEL AND LAMB ROAST

  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival --- Commandment 613 ---Free Event

    Thursday, March 4 --- 1:00pm
    Rabbi Kevin Hale joyfully practices the sacred craft of Torah restoration, bringing new life to scrolls saved during the Shoah. As he works with communities entrusted with the scrolls, he reflects on his own path to faith and practice. (Register to receive link up to 72 hours before the event)

  • Art Gallery Reception: Grenville (Sean) Emmet -- Free Event

    Thursday, March 4 -- 5-7 pm
    (Sean) Grenville Temple Emmet enjoys the use of natural light in capturing the intricacies of form and color. He is often drawn to fall colors in his photography. He is a film enthusiast who enjoys finding scenery from hikes, occasional walks and the simple adventure. In this collection are photos of Savannah never seen this close. The photos of the Greek Island of Santorini and Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island show their beauty in a demonstrable way.

  • Joyce Carol Oates: Women on the Move --- Free Event

    Tuesday, March 9 ---11am
    America’s most prolific and celebrated living author, published her first book at the age of 26, won the National Book Award when she was just 31 and — for her 58 novels and scores of plays, novellas, short stories, poetry and essays . Oates joins us to discuss her newly released volumes, The (Other) You: Stories

  • American Jewish Matriarchs --- Free Event

    Monday, March 15 --- 6:30pm
    Pamela Nadell, author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, will bring women like Abigail Franks, Rebecca Gratz, Rosa Sonneschein and others to life and talk about how Jewish women found their power, and in the process, changed not only their own destinies, but those of their daughters, their community and the nation.

  • Remembering the Notorious RBG ---Free Event

    Thursday, March 18 --- 6:30pm
    Join author Jeffrey Rosen, who captured Justice Ginsburg’s remarkable intellect, humanity, steely determination and sense of humor in Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law, which draws on 25 years of their exchanges about opera, the future of the Supreme Court, the #MeToo movement and the keys to leading a productive life.

  • FOUR GENERATIONS OF INDOMITABLE WOMEN --- Free Event

    Wednesday, March 24 --- 6:30pm
    In Nobody Will Tell You This but Me: A True Story, author Bess Kalb brings her acerbic, no-nonsense grandmother to life by serving as her literary ventriloquist, weaving together a long stream of voicemails, snippets of conversation and decades of a granddaughter-grandmother love story. The result is the compelling tale of four generations of Jewish women who made the leap from Belarus to Los Angeles.

  • Book & Author Event: Michael Ian Black -- FREE EVENT

    Thursday, April 22 --- 6:00pm
    In a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic, Michael Ian Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time.