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SJCC Talks

Words to the Wise Series: Intriguing Authors & Conversations

The SJCC Cultural Arts Department welcomes noted speakers on a variety of topics during our season. Previous speakers include Broadway and Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch, former Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz, MASH star and author Alan Alda, Millie Perkins, star of George Stevens’ acclaimed 1959 film, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and many more!

Purchase tickets online or contact our box office: 206.388.0832 | M-F during regular business hours.

Upcoming Talks

CANCELLED Making Mensches, Building Character in the Digital Age

**You can still catch Tiffany on Sunday night! Grab tickets now for our Seattle Closing Centerpiece and REEL Difference Award Reception.**

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s Workshop for Families, Educators, and Future Do-Gooders
Sunday, March 18 | 10 am | bagels served
$10 adults | $5 youth/educators

An interactive, educational workshop for parents, teens, educators, and future do-gooders with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, public speaker, and internet pioneer, who creates films that spawn global social initiatives (Character Day, 50/50 Day). Explore the intersections of technology and (Jewish) identity that build connection while also building strong relationships, global awareness, and character.


So You Want to Make a Documentary?

lisa-hurwitz-automat-webThursday, March 22 | 7 pm
6:30 pm doors open & light refreshments

Seattle Public Library – Central Branch
1000 4th Ave


Learn what it takes to make an independent documentary film from start to finish, and how a first-time Seattle filmmaker got wrapped up making one. THE AUTOMAT (in post-production) about Horn & Hardart’s cafeteria chain, where people of all races, classes, and backgrounds sat side by side, features original music by Mel Brooks and interviews with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Film Festival and Seattle Public Library and 4Culture.

Alon Shaya: Creole Cocktails & Cookbooks

shaya-webSaturday, March 24
7:30 pm cocktail hour | 8:30 pm chef talk
$15-35 (bundled tickets w/cookbook or talk-only tickets available)
Book sales and signing

“Alon’s journey is as gripping and as seductive as his cooking . . . Lovely stories, terrific food.” –chef Yotam Ottolenghi

Meet James Beard Award-winning chef and rising star Alon Shaya, whose New Orleans restaurants – combining Israeli traditions with creole ingredients – have been hailed as the country’s best and most innovative (Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Esquire magazines). He will talk about his debut cookbook, AN ODYSSEY OF FOOD, MY JOURNEY BACK TO ISRAEL. All tickets include a drink ticket – choose from an Alon Shaya signature cocktail (21+ w/ID) or non-alcoholic option. Bundled tickets include talk and discounted book – individual books day of show are retail price ($35.)

High Noon Tea & Cookbook Talk with Nigella Lawson

Wednesday, April 25 
11 am VIP tea SOLD OUT
noon chef talk
$45 general admission (includes talk and cookbook*)

Home cooks and fans of ABC’s THE TASTE will delight as we welcome British cookbook author, cultural icon, and TV personality Nigella Lawson for a lunchtime event in celebration of her new cookbook, AT MY TABLE. A lucky few can purchase VIP tickets and join Nigella in our Kesher Community Garden (weather permitting; or our theater reception space) for a private signing and catered high tea featuring light lunch bites and specialty teas from local Sholom Tea Company. Cultural conversationalist Warren Etheredge moderates.

Gary Shteyngart Reading Group with UW Professor Sasha Senederovich

Sunday, April 29 | 2:30 pm | J Café

In advance of the 2018 UW Stroum Lectures (May 7 and May 9, 2018) with the bestselling author, New Yorker contributor, and satirist Gary Shteyngart, read excerpts from his memoir Little Failure and engage in an illuminating discussion facilitated by UW Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies Professor Sasha Senderovich.

Little Failure is a a humorous, touching, and deeply honest exploration of Shteyngart’s family history, delving into the 20th-century experience of Jews in the Soviet Union through immigration to the US. 

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and immigrated to the United States seven years later. He is the author of three bestselling novels and a memoir; his newest novel, Lake Success, will be published in 2018. 

Sasha Senderovich is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He writes and teaches on Russian and Soviet Jewish culture. Learn more.

RSVP and downloadable book excerpts coming soon.

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: Hollywood's Stand Against Anti-Semitism

cecilia-peck-webSunday, May 20 | 4 pm
$15 | $12

Cecilia Peck, daughter of the film’s star, Gregory Peck, shares her father’s personal story behind making GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, and his social justice calling throughout his career. Historian Claudine Stevens analyzes the impact of the groundbreaking book and movie through a riveting presentation of clips and research about novelist Laura Z. Hobson and all those involved with the film, and how it paved the way for more hard-hitting films to follow.

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