Arts + Ideas

The hub of Jewish life in greater Seattle is home to eclectic and invigorating Arts + Ideas programs.

2019-20 Season Tickets On Sale Now!
SJCC is thrilled to bring you another amazing season of Arts+Ideas! This season’s artists will make you think, laugh until you cry, consider a different side of things, dance the night away, and connect with your community. Click the image at left to check out the full season brochure.



 Calendar of Events​


 Chef Adeena Sussman: Sababa Cookbook + Tasting Israeli Chef Adeena Sussman
Thu, Nov 21 | 7 pm | SJCC
Meet Israel’s next hot chef (“Sababa”) and taste some of her kosher dishes.
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 Hanukkah Concert + Community Celebration: Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel  Hanukkah Community Concert + Celebration
Sun, Dec 8 | 11 am games/latkes | noon concert | SJCC
Cantorial soloist Elana Jagoda and Seattle’s own Chava Mirel Trio headline the J’s family Hanukkah celebration. Plus: games, food trucks, latkes, and activities!
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 Eight Nights Staged Reading: With Playwright Jennifer Maisel “Eight Nights” Staged Reading
Tue, Dec 10 | 7 pm | SJCC
Book-It Repertory Theatre performs a staged reading of Jennifer Maisel’s new play about immigrants who inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016.
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 Kung Pao Xmas: Film ABE, starring Noah Schnapp Kung Pao Xmas: “Abe”
Wed, Dec 25 | 5 pm | SJCC
Chinese food and a movie! Twelve-year-old Abe cooks to unite his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family.
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 Mamboniks Movie + Dance Class MAMBONIKS Movie + Dance Class
Sun, Jan 26 | 6 pm class | 7:30 pm movie | SJCC
Celebrate the Jewish love affair with Latin music onscreen + on the dance floor.
 Upstanders Film + Panel on Bullying THE UPSTANDERS: Film + Panel on Bullying
Wed, Jan 29 | 7 pm | SJCC
The power of peers to end bullying + the brain science behind it.
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 unexpected "kraut-pleaser" cooking class with firefly kitchens Unexpected “Kraut-Pleaser” Cooking Class
Sun, Feb 2 | 2 pm | SJCC
Firefly Kitchens teaches the art + science of probiotic vegetable fermenting.
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 Film: Ask Dr. Ruth Film: ASK DR. RUTH
Thurs, Feb 6 | 7:30 pm | SJCC
How did this Holocaust survivor become America’s most famous sex therapist?
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 "The Good Adoptee" with playwright Suzanne Bachner “The Good Adoptee”: with Playwright Suzanne Bachner
Sun, Feb 9 | 2 pm | SJCC
Spellbinding solo show about adoption, secrecy, and Jewish identity; Q&A with playwright and adoption experts.
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 Band photo: Beyond the Pale. Klezmer Fusion Music Beyond the Pale: Klezmer Fusion
Sat, Feb 15 | 7:30 pm | SJCC
Concert of contemporary klezmer, Balkan beats, bluegrass + reggae.
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 hamantashen baking class Heavenly Hamantashen Holiday Cooking Class
Sun, March 1 | 2 pm | SJCC
From raspberry to chocolate, add your favorite fillings to this three-cornered Purim treat.
 Israeli singer Noa will perform form her album "Letters to Bach" Noa in Concert: “Letters to Bach”
Thurs, Feb 6 | 7:30 pm | SJCC
The soaring vocal artistry of Israel’s leading international singer and longtime collaborator Gil Dor return with a new album produced by Quincy Jones.
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 Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 25th anniversary 25th Anniversary: Seattle Jewish Film Festival
March 19-29 | April 4-5 | AMC, SIFF Uptown, SJCC + Regal Issaquah
Celebrate SJFF’s silver screen anniversary Hollywood-style. Full line-up coming soon!
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 Silent Movie Monday: THE ANCIENT LAW with live music, including Klezmatics founder, Alicia Svigals 25th SJFF Centerpiece Silent Film + Live Score
Mon, March 23 | 7 pm | Paramount Theatre
STG + SJFF present “Silent Movie Mondays: Special Edition” with THE ANCIENT LAW + a live ensemble with Alicia Svigals (Klezmatics founder).
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 Pastry Chef Laurie Pfalzer shares her new cookbook, Simple Fruit Simple Fruit Cookbook + Desserts Class
Wed, April 1 | 7 pm | SJCC
Pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer’s new cookbook captures fruit at its peak season.
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 Seattle Jewish Theater Company's new play, "Arrivals" Seattle Jewish Theater Company: “Arrivals”
Sun, April 19 | 2 pm | SJCC
An original Romeo and Juliet immigrant love story set in 1900s Seattle.
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 Author Taylor Lustig's "Yes She Can": Stories from women staffers in the Obama White House Yes She Can: Author Taylor Lustig
Thurs, April 13 | 7:30 pm | SJCC
Stories of hope + change from female staffers in the Obama White House.
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 Mark Nizer 4D comedy and juggling show Mark Nizer 4D: A New Dimension of Family Entertainment
Sun, April 26 | 3 pm | SJCC
A new dimension of family entertainment. Outrageous, all-ages comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats. The only live 3D theater show in the world!
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 Israel Story Live Multimedia Podcast Performs at UW Israel Story Live Multimedia Podcast: “B-Side”
Thurs, April 30 | 7 pm | SJCC
Israel’s “This American Life” returns for another magical evening of live radio, music, and multimedia storytelling for Israel Week.
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 Boris Fishman's Cookbook "Savage Feast" Boris Fishman’s “Savage Feast” Cookbook
Sun, May 3 | 4 pm | SJCC
Recipe-filled memoir of food, family, and growing up Jewish in the Soviet Union.
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 Steve Katz from Blood, Sweat & Tears shares his new rock 'n' roll memoir Blood, Sweat & Tears: Steve Katz’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Years
Wed, May 13 | 7 pm | SJCC
Founding member’s memoir—a dizzying, delicious ‘60s tour in stories + song.
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 Shavuot cheesecake making class Shavuot Cheesecake Making Class
Sun, May 31 | 2 pm | SJCC
Decadent + delicious classic and flavored cheesecakes for the holiday, taught by Rachel Almaleh.
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 Comedian Myq Kaplan Comedian Myq Kaplan
Sat, June 6 | 8 pm | SJCC
Smart, observational humor and wordplay from TV + Netflix special stand-up.
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 Dr. Alan Morinis' book Everyday Holiness “All Love, No Lonely” Lecture: Dr. Alan Morinis
Sun, June 7 | 11 am | SJCC


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