Jewish Community Center
of Greater Kansas City
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Jewish Life & Learning: Adult Programs


Upcoming Special Events:

Radical Amazement: Art and Spirituality

October 7, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Jewish Community Campus Social Hall
Free and open to the community

Nationally acclaimed writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist Arlene Goldbard

Almost all spiritual traditions teach seekers to value others as they value themselves. For many people, the path to this Golden Rule is art. Giving ourselves over to a piece of film, music, performance or visual art, we experience a state of wonder that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel called “radical amazement." Surrendering certainty, we connect with experiences and feelings very different from our own.

"Arlene Goldbard is the most respected person in the field of community-based arts...and the most intelligent optimist I have ever worked with in 35 years in this field." --Linda Fry Burnham, Co-founder of Art in the Public Interest. 

Join Arlene Goldbard in exploring art as a form of spiritual practice and discovering the personal and communal benefits of seeing, hearing and understanding like an artistFollowing her presentation, Arlene will sign and sell her most recent publications.

Shanghai Ghetto on the Eve of World War II

We are proud to present to extraordinary programs relating to the Shanghai Ghetto on the Eve of World War II. Both programs are free and open to the community.

Music and Memoirs

October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
White Theatre

Join us for an evening of sights, sounds, stories and savory bites:

  • View the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum traveling exhibition
  • Hear live music from the era: Klezmer, Jazz, Classical and Chinese Folk
  • See portraits and listen to the personal tales of local refugees
  • Enjoy a presentation of Yiddish literature of the Shanghai Ghetto
  • Learn from award winning educator and playwright Jodi Hirsh
  • Taste ethnic fare from the era

Presented by the Confucius Institute and Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Kansas; the Jewish Community Center and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Best Selling Author Nicole Mones

October 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Campus Social Hall

Shanghai in 1936 was home to a rich multicultural scene and an influential moneyed crowd. It was also on the verge of Japanese occupation...could there be a more terrific setting for a new novel by Nicole Mones?

"Night in Shanghai, an intelligent historical romance, shows off with forceful insight, terrific characters and a telling sense of detail. And, folks, it swings." -Alan Cheuse, NPR

Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner

November 2

We are proud to host this annual potluck event. Kashrut and dietary restrictions accommodated - watch for more details!

Sponsored by the Heartland Alliance of Divine Love in Cooperation with the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and the interfaith community.

From Sholem Aleichem to Larry David:
The Rise of Jewish Comedy in America

November 3

A week prior to our production of Fiddler on the Roof, Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber provides an entertaining homage to its creator, Sholem Aleichem, the man he says "did nothing less than create modern Jewish literature, modern Jewish humor, and a modern Jewish homeland in literature."

Tangled Roots: Voices, Visions & the Spirit of Home

December 7: Art Opening

Over the course of the summer and fall of 2014, eight prominent artists are gathering to explore Jewish sources on the many aspects of HOME. Join us in viewing the visual and performing arts pieces reflecting their shared experience.

To meet the artists, watch their progress and contribute to the conversation visit

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