The Center will CLOSE at 6:00PM on Wednesday, November 27 (Pools close at 5:30PM) and will be open from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM (pools close at 12:30PM) on Thursday, November 28 in obervance of Thanksgiving. Please see the flyers posted around the Center or the online Group Exercise schedule for abbreviated fitness schedules for November 27 & 28. Thanks!

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The Center Plate - A Cultural Culinary Experience Presents Alon Shaya


The Center Plate creates a uniquely moving and delicious experience by taking guests on a coursed dinner that pairs with an interactive narrative. By merging the worlds of food and storytelling, the evening fosters community and moves guests through a singular culinary journey. The second annual event will feature award-winning chef Alon Shaya, with food and stories inspired by his cookbook/memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel.

Born in Israel and raised on cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, chef Alon Shaya calls New Orleans his home. In 2017, Alon formed Pomegranate Hospitality to foster opportunities for colleagues, partners, and friends where cultural differences are celebrated. In March 2018, Alon published his debut cookbook, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel (Knopf). Nominated for five James Beard Awards, he has been named “Best Chef, South” and won “Best New Restaurant.” He was named one of the “50 People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living magazine, and one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in America” by The Forward. Chef Shaya currently has two new restaurants, Saba in New Orleans and Safta in Denver. 

The evening festivities will include cocktails, a coursed dinner, and opportunities to give back during the Tzedakah portion of the evening and connect and strengthen our community.

Individual ticket: $180 • VIP ticket: $250 • Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000

Click here to purchase tickets.

For more details about the evening, please contact Jennifer Adams, Special Events Manager, at 545-8659.

Proceeds from this signature fundraiser help support the Weinstein JCC’s mission to ensure that our programs, resources and services are accessible to all in our community.

For more information about all of the events happening at the Weinstein JCC, please call (804) 285-6500.