PAST EVENTS

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LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Tribute to Music and Literary Legend LEONARD COHEN. In conversation with Michael Posner, author of Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years (Book #1 of Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories. A 3 volume series.) Plus an unforgettable performance of Cohen classics by Broadway star Rena Strober! Moderated by award-winning writer/producer Arlene Sarner.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

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CHAI FLICKS

Heidi Bogin Oshin and Neil Friedman, the duo behind the creation of ChaiFlicks, the “Jewish Netflix,” talk about their new streaming service.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

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NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME
A Conversation with Author Bess Kalb

A Jewish granddaughter-grandmother love story, wisely and hilariously narrated from beyond the grave.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

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IMPORTANT BUT OFTEN FORGOTTEN JEWISH SUFFRAGISTS ARE REMEMBERED

Two prestigious professors, Dr. Ellen DuBois of UCLA and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper of Rowan University, will share their wealth of knowledge about the little-known trailblazing Jewish suffragists who fought for the right to vote.

Sunday, October 23, 2020

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OUR BAT MITZVAH

With great pride and joy, The Braid/Jewish Women’s Theatre invites you to share in the celebration of our Bat Mitzvah – an unforgettable Zoom event where a new salon, “I Am A Jew” will be debuted.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

A TIMELY TALK WITH A TRAVELING POET

Brian Sonia-Wallace traveled America asking strangers, “What do you need a poem about?” He wrote their answers in a new book that will show you how art can build community and empathy, and make you smile in challenging times.  Program includes a brief digital performance and Q&A from Zoom participants.  Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, September 12, 2020

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3 PERSPECTIVES ON FORGIVENESS
Second Day Rosh Hashanah

Guest lecturer Shelley Hébert will lead us in conversation as we explore concepts of forgiveness in philosophy, earn about how the Talmud addresses forgiveness, and discuss how contemporary psychology is developing approaches to help people understand and think about forgiveness in new ways.

Sunday, September 12, 2020

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THE COMEDY OF COPING

Celebrated comedy writers and good friends Cindy Chupack and Annabelle Gurwitch discuss how they mine humor from heartbreak and humiliation, and whether it’s possible to find laughter in the time of Covid.  Moderated by award-winning writer/producer Arlene Sarner.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

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JEWISH WOMEN: AN ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN

Whose are the shoulders we stand on and where can we find their stories? Meet Judith Rosenbaum, feminist, educator, historian, writer, activist and CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive.  Program includes a brief digital performance by Emma Berdie Donson and Q&A from Zoom participants. Moderated by Lisa Rosenbaum.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

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VIRUS TSURIS: MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS

Psychiatrist Shelly Cohen M.D, J.D. and clinical psychologist Anita Siegman Ph.D. will help us understand and manage the responses of our bodies and minds during the pandemic.  Program includes a brief digital performance by Rosie Moss and Q&A from Zoom participants. Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Dressing Hollywood

A talk and Q&A with award winning costume designer Debra McGuire. Plus a photo fashion show of Debra’s work. Moderated by Arlene Sarner. Program includes a Q&A from Zoom participants.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

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Fierce, Funny and Fabulously Alive: Jewish Theater in America


A conversation with Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theatre J, America’s premiere Jewish Theater in Washington , DC and award-winning playwright Alix Sobler. Program includes a brief digital performance by Sean Topps and Q&A from Zoom participants. Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Double Lives: Two Acclaimed Persian-American Authors 


Join us for a conversation with Esther Amini and Jacqueline Saper, authors of 2 new autobiographies that reveal the struggles and triumphs of growing up Jewish and Persian. Program includes a brief digital performance by AJ Meijer and Q&A from Zoom participants. Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

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Straight Talk with Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., MPA (ret)


Rear Admiral Blumenthal will provide trustworthy, truthful medical information as she shares her expertise in women’s health, COVID-19, and other epidemic threats.  Program includes a brief digital performance by AJ Meijer and Q&A from Zoom participants. Moderated by Arlene Sarner.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

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Jewish Soul Sisters: A Conversation with Rabbis Toba August and Naomi Levy

The story of a 30-year friendship between two remarkable rabbis that has deeply influenced each other’s lives and the lives of thousands of people all over the world. Program includes a musical selection by Marnina Schon plus Q&A with Zoom participants. Moderated by Lisa Rosenbaum.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Jewish Nonprofits:Making Mitzvot Across America

Three prominent Jewish nonprofit leaders chat about books, grandparents and Southern Jews.  Join Naomi Firestone-Teeter, David Raphael and Michele Schipper  Program includes a brief digital performance by Sean Topps plus a Q&A session with Zoom participants. Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, May 17,2020

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A Conversation with Angella Nazarian

Angella Nazarian discusses her new book, Creative Couples: Collaborations That Changed History.  The interview will be conducted by Arlene Sarner, who also wrote the script for a brief digital performance by Kate Zentall.   Program includes live interviews with lawyers Nicole Kelly and Josh Ezrin plus a Q&A session with Zoom participants.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

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A Conversation with Rob Eshman-New Virtual Sunday Morning at the Braid

The former publisher of the Jewish Journal and new national editor of the Jewish newspaper, The Forward, talks with author Lisa Rosenbaum.  Q&A session with Zoom participants following.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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Passover 2020 The Un-Loneliness of the Long Distance Seder

Join JWT’s Andrew Fromer and Lisa Rosenbaum, author and JWT writer, for a pre-holiday Zoom chat with Amelia Saltzman, award-winning food and culture author. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

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Deborah’s Daughters: Jewish Women Judges

Meet today’s Deborahs: L.A. Superior Court Judge Renée Korn and L.A. Superior Court Judge Angela J. Davis
Learn about their journeys and daily activities on the bench that allow them to carry on the tradition of scholarship, ability, fairness and achievement.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Includes breakfast, performance, discussion and Q&A.

SILK PAINTING WORKSHOP
Taught by Smadar Knobler

Artist Smadar Knobler provides all supplies including silk scarf, wood frame and paint.  Light lunch included.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Jewish Women’s Theatre Hosts its First-Ever Comedy Club Night:

Three Jews and A Blonde Walk Into the Braid

A night of standup featuring Emmy Award-winning comedian Monica Piper and her very funny women friends.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

Getting Older Without Getting Old:
Jewish Women Gracefully Aging and Still Doing it All

With artist and USC professor Ruth Weisberg, family law attorney Rosaline Zukerman and Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller

Includes light breakfast, Performance, discussion and Q&A, plus book signing by Rabbi Geller

Sunday, November 3, 2019