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September 2020

September 4th - November 1st

The Shape of Play: A Public Art Installation

Waterfront Park, Boston

Do you feel free to play? The Shape of Play, a new public art installation by artist Sari Carel, commissioned by the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and curated and produced by Now + There, invites us to reflect on the connections between play and the universal search for freedom. An engaging multi-media work debuting in Boston’s Waterfront Park in the North End, The Shape of Play invites people from across Boston to come, play, question, and explore what freedom means…

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October 2020

October 13th, 2020 - March 19th, 2021


Online via Zoom

Welcome to JArts Live -- “JLive” -- our new series of virtual cultural experiences. You can look forward to art on  Mondays, music on Tuesdays, and food on Fridays. Meet some of the best Boston area talent, telling their Jewish story through art. After all, even though  COVID-19 is keeping us apart, art and culture will always keep us connected.   COMING UP THIS FALL SEASON: Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm - Music producer and award-winning composer Jacques Pardo…

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October 15th @ 9:00 am - December 10th @ 10:00 am

Studio Israel: Conversation Series

Online via Zoom

Rimon amulet by artist Esther Cohen This fall, JArts and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) join forces to shine a light on the many facets of contemporary Israel through the lens of art. This peer-led series will bring together artists, academics and community leaders to better understand the nuances of Israel’s social and political landscape through contemporary art. The series is a pilot partnership between HBI, JArts, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and is made possible by generous support from…

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October 23rd - October 24th

Creativity Connects Shabbat

      Imagine a day when synagogues and other Jewish organizations across the region pause at the same time to experience and appreciate an aspect of Jewish arts and culture. Whether a play or a poem, a song or a sculpture, this would be an opportunity to savor the joy of both art and community. JArts, in collaboration with MASSCreative, the statewide advocacy group for the cultural sector, created Arts Matter Shabbat, now known as Creativity Connects Shabbat -…

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October 25th @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Shape of Play Exploration Workshop

    In this family-friendly dialogue, we’re bringing play into your home! Artist Tova Speter and music educator Oren Kaunfer will lead us through an exploration of play through art- and sound-making – the building blocks of the JArts and Now + There co-curated public art installation, The Shape of Play. This workshop will take place on Zoom, and will bring an interactive dimension to the themes of play and freedom featured in The Shape of Play. Register.

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November 2020

November 11th @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Bintel Brief: A JArts TheatreWorks Stage Reading

Online via Zoom

The JArts TheatreWorks group proudly presents a staged reading of “A Bintel Brief.” The Bintel Brief was a Yiddish advice column that started in the early 20th century by Abraham Cahan, the editor of Der Forverts (The Forward). Through letters, advice, and wisdom, this column, which originally connected Jewish immigrants to their community, now asks us: "how do we stay connected despite the distances between us?" Join us for the premiere of these letters reimagined, followed by a Q&A with…

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December 2020

December 9th - December 18th

Hanukkah: Festival of Lights 2020

  For Hanukkah this year, JArts is bringing you multiple ways to celebrate the holiday of lights: virtual programming, as the traditional, beloved Hanukkah celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston goes online; a safe, distanced in-person experience with our Brighter Connected window art project; and a chance to virtually connect with community through an augmented reality candle lighting.   Every December since 2015, JArts has been bringing the Greater Boston community together to celebrate Hanukkah at the Museum…

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