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News & Happenings

Here's where you'll find highlights of some of the lastest happenings and upcoming events going on at the Center. Check back regularly as something new and exciting is always in the works!

Attention Members!

  • In order to most effectively communicate any urgent needs or changes related to the Center and our programs, we are implementing a new messaging service that allows us to send short customized notifications by text, voice, app, email, and other channels to keep you as up-to-date as possible. In order to opt-in for this new service, please go to our online sign-up form where you will enter your name, email and cell phone number, as well as choose what department(s) you would like to receive messages from. Please note: this system is in addition to our regular Center communications and will only be used for emergency alerts and other important messages.

  • Members have the option to opt-out of this service at any time, but it is our hope that this added form of communication will allow us to more quickly and directly let you know of any changes you need to be aware of, including weather-related delays/closings, program cancellations or other high priority messages. Thank you for signing up for this new service to allow us to more effectively communicate Center changes with you!

NEW! Fitness Friday Videos

Have you seen our new Facebook Fitness Friday videos? We'll post videos of our Certified Personal Trainers doing targeted workouts, offering exercise tips and more every Friday. Make sure to check them out on our Fitness Videos page or on our YouTube Channel!

Upcoming Events

Undiscovered Artists & Photographers Gallery Showing

Interested in having your work featured in the Undiscovered Artists and Photographers Exhibit? Submissions are due to the Weinstein JCC by April 10 at 5PM. For more information, contact Erin Mahone at 545.8644 or

National Poetry Month Writing Workshop, Poetry Reading and Slam Competition

In the writing workshop, participants are invited to work with award-winning poets Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Emi Mahmoud. For the poetry reading, featured poets/slam judges Willis-Abdurraqib, Emi Mahmoud, and Sarah Lawson will read selections of their work. And for the slam competition, 12 local poets will compete for the honor of being named the winner!

These events are presented in partnership with Commonwealth Slam.

Featured Poets and Slam Judges:

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Sarah D. Lawson is a DC-based queer writer whose poems are rooted in self, exploring themes of body, love, sexuality & gender. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry & Everyday Feminism, and published by Write Bloody Press, FreezeRay Press, Beltway Poetry Quarterly & Drunk In A Midnight Choir, amongst others. She is the founder of the Beltway Poetry Slam in Washington, DC.

Originating from Darfur and raised in Philadelphia, Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud was the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and one of BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women of 2015. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies Anthropology and Molecular Biology at Yale in the hopes of one day alleviating structural disparities on maternal and child health in disadvantaged communities the world over. Outside of academics, Emi contributes to an international research initiative and teaches spoken word poetry in order to empower youth with the power of voice in various communities.

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Bad Jews

The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

For all the latest news & happenings, call the front desk at (804) 285-6500.