Saratoga Jewish Community Arts sponsors films, film discussions, live performances, storytelling and other cultural events on Jewish and social justice topics. SJCA thanks the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York for its generous support and Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs for its sponsorship. Click below to join our email list and receive information about our programs.

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The Braid Presents I Loved Jew, I Loved Jew Not

February 1, 2024 Live on Zoom

The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theater, lays bare antisemitism with true stories by acclaimed writers in I Loved Jew, I Loved Jew Not. It airs "live on Zoom" on February 1 at 7 pm. The production is real, raw and reflective of our times. Whether Jewish or not, audiences will be moved by these stories, finding in them a warmth and a strength that has remained steadfast among the Jewish community for thousands of years. Register below.

Ancestral Journeys: End of Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Scholar-in-Residence

Rabbi Simcha Raphael, February 10-11, 2024

Rabbi Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. explores the unique texts and Jewish legends of our Biblical ancestors in the sacred writings of the Torah and Mishna. Through study and reflection, we will investigate stories reveaing to us how our ancestors dealt with love and loss, grief and bereavement, so that we may discover for ourselves guidelines for responding to end of life transitions and encounters with the unknown in our times..

This Shabatton event will be presented in four locations on February 10-11, 2024. Separate registration is required for each program.

10th Annual Matthew M. Neugroschel

Jewish Storytelling Program

March 3, 2024, 7 pm, Live and Zoom

Named in honor of our dear friend Matthew M. Neugroschel, a most creative and remarkable storyteller, this program features a talented lineup of regional story tellers emceed by Beth Sabo Novik. One of our most popular programs every year! Attend in person at Skidmore College or on Zoom.

The Braid Presents "Yearning to Be Free"

March 28, 2024, 7 pm EDT, Live on Zoom

The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theater, presents an untold drama of leaving one's country and settling in a new one with amusing, profound and true stories.

A Panel Discussion of the film, Colliding Dreams

April 28, 2024, 7 pm on Zoom

"To be a Zionist it is not necessary to be mad," said Chaim Weismann, Israel's first president, "but it helps."

This feature length documentary explores the dream of a Jewish homeland and its impact on Jews and Arabs over 150 years.

A Panel Discussion of the Film, Four Seasons Lodge

May 19, 2024, 7 pm on Zoom

Holocaust survivors gather each summer at an idyllic hideaway in the Catskills where they savor tightly bonded relations, find new love, and celebrate their survival.

Several believe they survived through God's love or because they were poor and knew better than the rich how to survive; others are convinced dumb luck saved them.

The film grew out of a series of articles by New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs.

The Braid presents

"What Do I Do with All This Heritage?"

June 6, 2024, 7 pm Live on Zoom

Join the Braid for a whimsical and thought-provoking journey into the lives of Asian Jews as they reveal their true stories of struggle and triumph, holding two age-old traditions in their heart.

All times are eastern.

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