JCC Arts & Ideas showcases innovative, world-class events, groundbreaking visual art and inspiring presentations that engage the mind, heart, and spirit.
2017 Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival | Secrets. Journeys. Discoveries.
February 4 – 23, 2017
This year’s festival will light up screens for a month of provocative, humorous, inspiring, and intriguing films across Cincinnati. This often sold-out festival features the best of the thriving independent film industry from contemporary dramas to documentaries, to established and emerging filmmakers, as well as a selection of Jewish-interest films produced outside Israel.
Opening Night Event | February 4, 8pm | 20th Century Theater
Mr. Predictable | 2016 | Comedy/Romance
103 Minutes | Roee Florentin | Hebrew/English
Join us for a night you won’t forget! We’ll roll out the red carpet for the hilarious and touching rom-com, “Mr. Predictable.“ Adi is a thoughtful man that always puts others first. The problem is: no one puts Adi first. But when Adi meets Natalia, a sweet, wild girl, everything changes. Will he be brave enough to chase his dreams for the first time?
Presale tickets to this event are now sold out.
Mayerson JCC Disability Inclusion Awareness Month | Advocacy, Education, Acceptance
The Mayerson JCC will honor Jewish disabilities awareness with a month of educational and inclusive programming. From adventures with Madcap Puppets to a meaningful afternoon with advocate and comedian Pam Schuller, we’ll celebrate the things that make each person unique.
PJ Library Madcap Puppets Party
March 5, 3 – 5 pm
Kaleidoscope: An Inclusive Community Art Exhibit
March 8, 7 – 9pm
Pam Schuller, Inclusion Speaker
March 26, 1pm (Teen event at 2pm)
Comedian and advocate Pam Schuller will take the stage to share her extraordinary story of personal growth and success in the face of Tourette Syndrome. As a graduate of Knox College and Montclair State University, Schuller is a nationally-known advocate that has created improvisational theater programs as a tool for youth with disabilities. Schuller embraces what makes herself unique and calls on communities to view inclusion differently.RSVP
“Gaga” Dance Masterclasses
Come see for yourself why Israel and the Batsheva Dance Company are taking the world by storm as thriving and innovative leaders in contemporary dance. The company’s Artistic Director, Ohad Naharin, has revolutionized modern dance through his creation of “Gaga,” a movement language and pedagogical technique that has defined the company’s training and continues to influence Israeli contemporary dance. These masterclasses are a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn Gaga directly from one of Naharin’s trained master teachers, right here in Cincinnati.
Presented in partnership with Cincinnati Ballet and made possible by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati
Gaga for Dancers
February 19, 6 – 7:15pm | Check-in opens at 5:30pm
Ages 13+ | J Member: $10; public: $12
This Gaga class is intended for participants with previous dance experience. Dancers should wear comfortable attire, either barefoot or with socks. Doors close at 6pm sharp, no late entry will be permitted. This is a closed class.
Participants only, no observers.Register
Gaga for Everyone
March 1, Time TBD
Ages 16+ | J Member: $10; public: $12
No dance experience is required for this class, which will allow the general public to explore the beauty of Gaga’s movement technique. Participants should wear comfortable attire, either barefoot or with socks. Doors close at start time, no late entry will be permitted. This is a closed class.
Participants only, no observers.Register
Rembrandt’s Fascination with Judaism
March 20, 7pm | FREE with RSVP
At Cincinnati Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Shelley Perlove, University of Michigan Professor Emerita of Art History, and author of the award-winning book, Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, will explore the complex relationships between Rembrandt’s art and faith, with a particular focus on the artist’s fascination with Judaism. This lecture accompanies the exhibition Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection”on display at the Skirball Museum from March 5 – April 30. After Dr. Perlove’s lecture, stay to view the exhibition which was organized by the Westmont Ridley – Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA, and features 22 Rembrandt etchings of Jewish and biblical subjects and a drawing by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt’s teacher. Also on view will be two Rembrandt etchings from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum.
Lecture presented by the Cincinnati Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in partnership with the Mayerson JCC
Pianist Eric Himy: Artist in Residence
World-renowned pianist Eric Himy will join the Mayerson JCC as our Artist in Residence for a series of concerts and masterclasses. Himy is a Juilliard graduate and winner of the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris. His compelling artistry has intrigued audiences and received critical acclaim from around the world.
Residency made possible by: JCCA: Making Music Happen Grant
Gershwin in Paris: Pianist Eric Himy in Concert
April 19, 7 – 9pm | Cost: J member: $15; public: $18
Explore this Jewish – American composer’s musical development as it was influenced by the time he spent living and composing in Paris. Through music and storytelling, Himy will demonstrate the diverse American and European influences that impacted Gershwin’s repertoire including performances of Gershwin, Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, and Ibert.
Presented by: Rockwern Foundation
Eric Himy, Recital and Musical Conversation
April 20, 11am – 12pm | Cost: J member: $5; public: $7
Himy will perform works by Gershwin, Ravel, and Debussy.
Eric Himy Piano Masterclass
April 20, 4:30 – 6:30pm | at Willis Music in Kenwood
Open to area piano students of intermediate level and above, by recommendation from an area teacher. Teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a student.
Space will be limited to performers and observers.
Presented by: MTNA/MTNA Foundation Fund
Seduction or Assault? A Discussion of Consent in Mozart’s Don Giovanni
May 8, 7pm | FREE with RSVP
Mozart’s 1787 masterpiece Don Giovanni is a staple of the operatic repertoire. The story is based upon the legend of Don Juan, an infamous and arrogant nobleman who fancies himself quite the seducer. His methods, however, reveal a disturbing pattern of abuse. Queen City Opera will perform selected scenes from the opera, followed by a discussion of consent and assault led by Isaac Selya, Founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Opera and Debi M. Varland, MA MAT ATR of Jewish Family Service.
Presented by Queen City Opera and Jewish Family Service. In partnership with the Mayerson JCC.