PAST EVENTS

In Case You Missed it!

Want to bring back a past event or guest? Let us know at info@the-braid.org

CIRCUS JEWS

Historian and performer Stav Meishar shares how in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Circus Jews achieved international fame – until World War II changed their fate.  Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

ELLEN HARPER: Life at the Center of the Folk Music Revival

Jewish folk legend shares heartwarming stories, compelling music history, and her triumph over discrimination. Includes a special dramatic performance plus Q&A with the audience. Moderated by Lisa Rosenbaum.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Click Here for Video Replay // Click Here for Audio Only

GENEALOGY: Our favorite new pastime

An exploration and talk with experts Libby Copeland and Tammy Hepps. Includes a special dramatic performance by 2 Braid actors and Q&A with the audience. Moderated by Arlene Sarner.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

JEWISH MOTHERS: Inspirational, Collaborative & Always Loving

Meet three successful moms and the super children they’ve raised: Lisa & Arline Geduldig; Sherri Morr & Jesse Bernstein; Galya & Shani Sarner.  Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

VISIONARY JEWISH ARCHITECTS: A Conversation with LA’s Acclaimed Creators

Meet Bob Hale and Michael Lehrer, two renowned LA architects who share the stories behind their legendary global projects and the innovative environmental structures they  have created for our city. Moderated by Jodie Mendelson, architect and Braid board member.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN: A True Renaissance Woman

Author, playwright, lyricist and Broadway producer. Sharleen shares stories from her showbiz life. Includes Q&A. Moderated by Arlene Sarner.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

ODD WOMAN OUT: Exposure in Essays and Stories

Melanie Chartoff reads from and discusses her hilarious, heartwarming, and engaging new book, full of candid and comedic tales of a 50-year-old acting career. Includes Q&A with Melanie. Moderated by Maureen Rubin.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Click Here for Video Replay

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Here for Video Replay

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

Click Here for video replay

Audio-only replay not available at this time.

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Audio-only not available at this time.

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Audio-only not available at this time.

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Audio-only not available at this time.

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Audio-only not available at this time.

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

Order Esther’s book by clicking here
Order Jacqueline’s book by clicking here

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

Click Here for Video Replay

Click Here for Audio Only

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

Click Click Here for video replay
Click Click Here for audio replay only

Click Click Here for a Funeral From Afar
Click Click Here for Video of Prayer