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Patrons of the Arts: Celebrating Arts, Culture & Education

When you subscribe to Patrons of the Arts, you’re guaranteed tickets to all of the cultural arts events in the POA series, including film, theater, music, dance and the renowned Adolf-Adams JCC Forum.

For over fifty years, the Weinstein JCC’s cultural and performing arts programming has brought our community exceptional events that celebrate essential aspects of Jewish and community culture.

This season has been a huge success, and we can’t wait for all the fun and exciting events heading our way next year! Our 2018-19 lineup will include a Harmony Concert featuring a cappella groups The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, Simply Diamond Musical Performance with a Neil Diamond tribute band, The Fife-Davis Family Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop featuring Georgia Hunter, NY Times Bestselling author of We Were The Lucky Ones and Judge Allan Goodman, author of Father, Son, Stone, as well as Jewish Family Theatre productions of The Rothchilds and Driving Miss Daisy, and more! For more about how to become a Patron of the Arts or to renew your subscription, click here.

Remember: 2 tickets to all events are included in Patrons of the Arts subcriptions. See you next season!

Sponsorship Levels

We offer a wide selection of ways to support the arts at the Weinstein JCC.

Executive Producer – $12,000
Producer – $7,500
Director – $3,000
Promoter – $1,500
Artist – $695
Friend of the Arts – $475

Have you renewed your Patrons of the Arts Subscription for the 2018-19 season? If not, reserve your place today by contacting Lisa LooneyClick here for this year's renewal form.

2018-19 Season Subscriber Level Benefits:

Subscriber FRIEND OF THE ARTS  ■  $475

  • This level includes 2 tickets to each of the Patrons of the Arts events with reserved seats by section, as well as preferred purchasing for the HARMONY Concert (does not include concert tickets).

Subscriber ARTIST  ■  $695

  • Includes all Friends benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $50 each) to the HARMONY Concert. Includes preferred seating, reserved by name.

Sponsor PROMOTER  ■  $1,500

  • Includes all Artist benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $75 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes reception sponsorship of your choice (as available).

Sponsor DIRECTOR  ■  $3,000

  • Includes all Promoter benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $75 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes event sponsorship of one cultural arts event of your choice (as available).

Sponsor PRODUCER  ■  $7500

  • Includes all Director benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $125 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes event sponsorship of one premier cultural arts series or event of your choice (as available).

Sponsor EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  ■  $12,000

  • Includes all Producer benefits as well as 4 tickets (valued at $125 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes title sponsorship for one premier cultural arts event of your choice.

2018-19 Schedule of Events

18 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Hal Horwitz, A Retrospective
28 - POA Season Kick-Off: Mark Nizer 4D

8-18 - The First Annual Jewish Film Festival:
       8 - Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
       11 - Curious George 
       12 - From Philadelphia to the Front
       18 - RBG

8-20 - The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop:
       10 - Martin Fletcher
       11 - Family Event - Curious George
       13 - Allan Goodman
       13 - B.A. Shapiro
       14 - Rabbi Roy Shaffin
       15 - Andrew Gross
       20 - Community Read with Georgia Hunter

29 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Joanna Tyka

6-16 - Jewish Family Theatre: Annie

9-13 - Ninth Annual Israeli Film Festival:
       9 - An Israeli Love Story
       10 - The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel
       12 - Shelter
       13 - The Cakemaker
30 - The Adolf-Adams JCC Forum: An Evening with Randi Zuckerberg

6-10 - Eighth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival:
       6 - Opening Film & Performance: Crooked Beauty & An Anxious Woman
       7 - A Whole Lott More
       9 - Sanctuary
       10 - Kesem Encore
14 - Simply Diamond ROCKS!
27 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Douglas Beecher
27 - Jewish Family Theatre: The Rothschilds

14-25 - Jewish Family Theatre: The Rothschilds
28 - Women's Night Out

2-10 - Jewish Family Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy
18 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Undiscovered Artists & Photographers Exhibit

2 - Yom Hashoah: BIG SONIA
8 - POA Season Finale: Dancing Through the Decades, Bowen McCauley Dance Company
23 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Children of the Weinstein JCC

Make sure to mark your calendars for these exciting events!

Israeli Film Festival 2019 - The Cakemaker

A film by Ofer Raul Graizer | 104 minutes | Drama English, Hebrew, German

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that help her business thrive and her son overcome his grief. The encounter with the unfamiliar reality will make Thomas involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. Pastry dough is far from the only thing that requires—and receives—delicate handling in The Cakemaker, a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief.

View this film's trailer below.

*Mature Content: Recommended for adult audiences; appropriate for persons over 18

Talkback discussion following the film led by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches

The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

JFT Presents: Rothschild and Sons

Book by Sherman Yellen, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Directed by Debra Clinton

Shrewd, charismatic, resourceful and ambitious, Mayer Rothschild and his five sons struggle to overcome the prejudice of late-eighteenth-century European society, as they build a family banking business that takes them from the Jewish ghetto to the courts of the rich and powerful. On the way, they come to dominate European finance, help fund Napoleon's defeat and secure a Declaration of Rights for their people from the Crowned Heads of State. It is truly Europe's most famous rags-to-riches story.

With its engaging and uncompromising book, Rothschild and Sons is one of the boldest book musicals of its time, a heartfelt testament to family, dignity, honor and unflinching tenacity. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, the play is the final collaboration from the incomparable Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). Rothschild and Sons, much like Fiddler on the Roof, is an important, impactful and must-see piece for all audiences.

Sponsored by Chris and Marc Greenberg and Blackwood Development

Douglas Beecher Gallery Opening & Show

The images that Douglas creates reflect the beauty of the places, creatures and people that he encounters from his unique perspective. He enjoys focusing on creating images of organisms and objects that we might take for granted or walk past without notice.

Shows in the Sara D. November Gallery are sponsored by Hirschler Fleischer

Community Read Event with B.A. Shapiro

B.A. Shapiro is the author of seven novels which have sold over half a million copies. These include the award-winning NY Times bestseller, The Art Forger and national bestseller, The Muralist.

In her most recent novel, The Collector’s Apprentice, Shapiro weaves together historical and imagined characters to create a psychological art thriller set in 1920’s Paris and Philadelphia. When nineteen-year-old Paula Mertens finds herself broke, disowned and completely alone, she creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence and exact revenge. In The Collector’s Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

Part of the Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair and sponsored by Sandy Sisisky

In coordination with Hadassah Richmond

Women’s Night Out: “Why You Eat What You Eat”

Join us for a women’s-only interactive program centered around the book, Why You Eat What You Eat by author and acclaimed neuroscientist, Rachel Herz. In her book, Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits. She will share fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption and reveal useful techniques for improving our food experience. Together with curious findings and compelling facts, Herz will reveal how psychology, neurology and physiology shape our relationship with food, and how food alters the relationship we have with ourselves and each other. 

In a talk-show format, POA Women’s Night Out Chair Sylvia Farbstein will facilitate a fun, educational and interactive food panel discussion with our guest, Rachel Herz, and Weinstein JCC Director of Fitness Allison Snyder. Get ready for the event that will keep you talking (and thinking) about food!

Rachel Herz is a neuroscientist specializing in perception and emotion. She teaches at Brown University and Boston College and is a professional consultant. The author of The Scent of Desire and That’s Disgusting, Herz is a world-renowned expert on the psychology of smell and believes that scent is the Rosetta stone for understanding emotion.

Books will be available for purchase at the event:


Now kids can have an arts and culture club all their own! Much like the Patrons of the Arts subscription series currently offered by the Weinstein JCC for adults, POA, Jr. offers kids ages 3-12 years old the opportunity to experience a sampling of programs to include theater, film, music and literature. Along with a gained appreciation of cultural arts, “Jr. Patrons” will also be exposed to people and topics that support the Weinstein JCC’s mission to bring community and culture together.

With their $36 subscription, these budding arts and culture enthusiasts will receive one admission ticket to each of the following youth and family-friendly programs: 

In addition to the admission to the event, subscription benefits include the following exclusive member-only perks:   

  • Meet and greet with world champion juggler and entertainer, Mark Nizer 
  • Autographed copy of a Curious George book plus additional giveaways
  • Meet the cast of Annie following the performance on Sunday, December 9
  • Special "Mister G" musical instrument giveaway

Register today!

To learn more about becoming a Patron of the Arts, check out our 2018-19 Patrons of the Arts Guide or call Director of Donor Relations Lisa Looney at (804) 545-8608.