Beckerman Cultural Arts Series Wraps Up an Illuminating Season

The reviews are in! And we’re proud to report that this year’s Beckerman Cultural Arts Series — which opened in September 2021 and wrapped up in June 2022 — was a hit! And we have so many people to thank — most especially our generous sponsor, David Beckerman, whose ongoing generous support of cultural arts at the JCC has enabled us to greatly expand our impressive roster of programs. This season, the Beckerman Cultural Arts series focused on several important areas: Jewish Traditions and Community, Jewish Disabilities, Cultural Conflict, and many more. The series featured discussions led by 16 distinguished authors, and 48 thought-provoking films, and five discussions on a variety of topics. Most programs were offered virtually only, while several were offered both virtually and in person.

• Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus for leading the discussion on “Jewish Communities and Traditions”
• Michael Storz, president of Chapel Haven for leading the discussion on “Disabilities”
• Rabbi Rona Shapiro for leading the discussion on “Women Breaking Barriers”
• Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic for leading the discussion on "Family Secrets"
• Rabbi Eric Woodward for leading the discussion on "Cultural Conflict"

We encourage you to listen to the recorded author talks, several of which are now available on our website at, under the Cultural Arts tab. The Cultural Arts committee is already hard at work, selecting authors and film for the 2022-2023 series. Stay tuned!

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