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SeaJAM 2019: The Maccabeats Concert

Get ready to dance at this family concert from a capella stars combining Jewish music and playful pop parodies.

SEAJAM 2019

The Maccabeats Concert

Sunday, September 15 | 5pm
SJCC, Mercer Island
Tickets: $15-25 
On standby – any remaining tickets released at the door

Originally formed as a Yeshiva University student vocal group, the Maccabeats are a Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon with a massive fan base, over 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and four successful albums. With little more than their unadulterated voices, a little Jewish humor, and a philosophy of integrating traditional and secular wisdom, they entertain and inspire audiences of all backgrounds and ages with an eclectic repertoire of Jewish and Israeli songs, pop hits, and signature mash-ups. 

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Prices & Details

Prices
On standby – any remaining tickets released at the door
Adults: $25
Seniors 65+: $20
Students: $20
Youth under 13: $15

Event Schedule
4:30 pm box office opens
5 pm show

Jewish Music + A Capella Phenomenon: The Maccabeats

Originally formed as a Yeshiva University student vocal group, since the breakout success of their 2010 “Candlelight” Hanukkah song parodying Taio Cruz’s hit “Dynamite, the Maccabeats have become a Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon with a massive fan base, over 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and four successful albums featuring traditional songs, pop hits, and their signature Jewish versions and mash-ups.  

Often traveling with little more than the shirts on their backs and the ties on their necks, the Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to New Zealand. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers connects with fans of all backgrounds and agesThey’ve been invited to perform at Gracie Mansion by NYC’s mayor Michael Bloomberg and at the White House by President Barack Obama. 
 
The Maccabeats aren’t your grandfather’s synagogue choir, but their values and identity play an important part in what they do. Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American (Sephardic and Ashkenazic) and Israeli songs. Their breakthrough piece, Lecha Dodi, is the epitome of this synthesis, combining some of the most beloved words of Jewish liturgy with Leonard Cohen’s meaningful and melodic Hallelujah.  

Over the course of time, their adventures and opportunities imparted upon the Maccabeats an important lesson: with great a cappella comes great responsibility. It is with much humility and gratitude that the group takes the mission given to it and shares its music with the world. 

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SeaJAM 2019: Brunch + Banter with Chef Joel Gamoran

Join us for a delicious brunch and talk with chef Joel Gamoran, Sur La Table’s national chef, author of Cooking Scrappy, and host of A&E’s hit series Scraps.

SEAJAM 2019

Chef Joel Gamoran: SJCC 50th Anniversary Celebration Brunch, Banter, and (Cook)Books

Sunday, September 15 | 10:30 am
SJCC Mercer Island
Tickets: $100 (includes brunch and signed book)
Chef Joel Gamoran wants you to love what you eat without wasting food. The National Chef of Sur La Table and host of the hit A&E show Scraps will show us how to make vibrantly delicious food from his trailblazing cookbook, Cooking Scrappy, that reshapes the way we look at ingredients in our kitchens and world. Raised in Seattle (yes, he attended SJCC’s Early Childhood School!) and trained at The Culinary Institute of America, Joel’s embrace of the “scrappy attitude” also embodies the Jewish value of not wasting. We are thrilled to welcome Joel back to Seattle and back to the J for our 50th anniversary and a celebration brunch of his wonderful dishes preceded by onstage banter and signed books for everyone attending.

In support of SJCC’s 50th anniversary, Joel is donating a private cooking class for seven lucky people that will take place in his new test kitchen.

 

 

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Prices & Details

Prices
$100 (includes brunch and signed copy of “Cooking Scrappy”)
$1,000 table of 10
$1,000 donation for private cooking class with Joel (limit 7)

Event Schedule
10 am box office opens
10:30 am-1 pm brunch + banter

National Chef + Trailblazing Cookbook Author: Joel Gamoran

“In Cooking Scrappy, many recipes … remind me of my mother and aunts’ cooking when I was a child. … Joel teaches you how to save money and respect ingredients while creating wonderful dishes!” — Jacques Pépin, author and host of “Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way” and “Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft”
 
“Cooking Scrappy is one of the best cookbooks I’ve read in years. Gamoran is an ingenious chef with an exuberant voice who draws you into the kitchen. This book’s recipes and underlying message couldn’t be more timely.”— Michael Ruhlman, author of “The French Laundry Cookbook,” “Ratio,” and “Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America” 
  
Did you know that 40% of the food in the United States is wasted (not to mention that the United States has more food waste than any other nation on Earth!) and 20% of the food we buy never gets eaten? Chef Joel Gamoran wants you to love what you eat without wasting food. The National Chef of Sur La Table and host of the hit A&E show Scraps will show us how to make vibrantly delicious food from his trailblazing cookbook, Cooking Scrappy, that reshapes the way we look at ingredients in our kitchens and world. Raised in Seattle (yes, he graduated from SJCC’s Early Childhood School) and trained at The Culinary Institute of America, Joel’s embrace of the “scrappy attitude” also embodies the Jewish value of not wasting. We are thrilled to welcome Joel back to Seattle and back to the J for our 50th anniversary and a celebration brunch of his wonderful dishes preceded by onstage banter and signed books for everyone attending. 

In support of SJCC’s 50th anniversary, Joel is donating a private cooking class in the new test kitchen he is building for seven lucky people.   

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SeaJAM 2019: An Evening with Debra Messing

Emmy-winning star of NBC’s Will & Grace discusses the show’s successful revival, her advocacy work, and Jewish identity onscreen and off.

SEAJAM 2019

An Evening with Debra Messing

Saturday, September 14 | 8 pm
Benaroya Hall, downtown Seattle
Tickets: $36-100 (limited VIP tickets available)*

Debra Messing is best known for her role on NBC’s Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Will & Grace. She will discuss her award-winning work in TV, film, and theater, including the recent reprisal of her role as Grace Adler after 11 years, her advocacy as a Global Health Ambassador, the Women’s March, LGBTQ causes, and being a positive example for Jewish women and moms onscreen and off.

 

 

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VIP Reception

7 pm
Join us before event for a pre-show meet-and-greet and photos with Debra Messing, refreshments and lite bites, and best-of-house reserved seats. Limited tickets available!

Prices & Details

Prices
VIP ticket: $100 (limited to 50 on sale)
General admission ticket: $36-50

Event Schedule
6:30 pm box office opens
7 pm VIP reception
7:30 pm doors/happy hour (cash bar)
8 pm show

Jewish Comedian + Activist: Debra Messing

Debra Messing is best known for her role on NBC’s Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Will & Grace. She will discuss her award-winning work in TV, film, and theater, including the recent reprisal of her role as Grace Adler after 11 years, her advocacy as a Global Health Ambassador, the Women’s March, LGBTQ causes, and being a positive example for Jewish women and moms onscreen and off.

In Fall 2017, Messing reprised her role as Grace Adler after 11 years on NBC’s revival of Will & Grace, alongside the entire original creative team. Season one of the revival series premiered to over 10 million viewers, prompting an early season 2 and season 3 pickup. The series is currently shooting its third season. Messing was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy, as well as a 2019 Critics Choice Award in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series on behalf of her role.

Other TV credits include starring in the NBC series The Mysteries of Laura, for two seasons and as Julia Houston in NBC’s Smash (2012-2013), a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. In 2007, Messing starred in the successful acclaimed miniseries, The Starter Wife, for the USA Network, which then returned as a regular series in 2008. She received a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for her performance as Molly Kagan. Additionally, in 2017, Messing starred in ABCs three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing, as Marjorie Houseman.

In 2018, Messing starred in the feature film thriller Searching, alongside actor John Cho. The film, directed by Aneesh Chaganty, won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her other film work includes the box office hit Along Came Polly and The Wedding DateThe Women and the family comedy, Nothing Like The Holidays. She co-starred in Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending, and The Mothman Prophecies. Messing won a Best Featured Actress Award for her work in the 2015 Indie drama Like Sunday Like Rain.

In 2014, Messing made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles Pulitzer Prize finalist Collected Stories, and Paul Rudnick’s Off-Broadway play The Naked Truth. In the Spring of 2020, Messing will return to Broadway in the New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s play, Birthday Candles, at the Roundabout Theatre.

Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI) focusing on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in DC. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with The Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.

Photo © Sami Drasin

ntributions to the LGBT community.

Photo © Sami Drasin

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SeaJAM 2019: The Great Challah Bake Contest

As the SJCC celebrates decades of bringing community together, it seems fitting—and tasty—that we host a challah baking competition to kickoff SeaJAM during this pre-shabbat event.

SEAJAM 2019

“Challah” for the J: The Great Challah Contest

Friday, September 13 | 4:30-6 pm
Free to attend pre-Shabbat gathering
$18 challah entry fee

As the SJCC celebrates decades of bringing community together, it seems fitting—and tasty—that we host a challah baking competition to kickoff SeaJAM during this pre-shabbat event. Bake your challah at home and bring it to the J for expert bakers to pick their favorite. (See contest rules below). Register for contest HERE.

Before Shabbat begins, everyone is invited to enjoy the competition, sing Shabbat songs, have a nosh, toast the J, and take a home complimentary challah home for your own Shabbat celebration. 

If you are between the ages of 21 and 39, and interested in hosting or joining as a guest at a OneTable Shabbat dinner somewhere within the Greater Seattle area? Contact Talya Kurland at TalyaK@sjcc.org.

After the challah bake contest, join the Friday night dinner you registered to be a part of through OneTable, or celebrate Shabbat in whatever way is most meaningful to you.

Don’t fall within the OneTable age demographic, and still interested in hosting or joining a dinner as a guest? Contact Dana Weiner at DanaW@sjcc.org.  

What is OneTable? OneTable is an organization that empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. OneTable is a national nonprofit funded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience.

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Contest Rules

  • Drop off your challah at the challah table between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Friday, September
  • Register HERE.
  • Judging will begin at 4 pm. Thank you to our expert judges:
    • Robin Wehl, Owner and Baker at Hello Robin Cookies
    • Erica Olson, Chief Pastry Chef at Macrina Bakery & Café
    • Shawn Huffman, Owner and Baker at Shawn’s Café & Bakery
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