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Screening | Rosenwald

Sun, Oct 19 | 6:30 pm | A Unity Project Offering

Sun, Oct 19 | 6:30 pm | A Unity Project Offering

Rosenwald is a documentary about Chicago philanthropist and founder of Sears, Julius Rosenwald, the son of a Jewish immigrant peddler, who changed the lives of countless African Americans. He helped to build more than 5,200 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.

He also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni, writer Maya Angelou as well as film/theater director George C. Wolfe.

The JCC first screened this film to an enthusiastic audience in March. We have received so many requests to show it again that we are pleased to make it a Taste of the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts.

This Rosenwald screening is made possible through the generous support of Ellen & Richard Shevitz.
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Screening | Attucks: The School That Opened a City

Wed, Oct 26 | 7 pm | A Unity Project Offering

Wed, Oct 26 | 7 pm | A Unity Project Offering

When all-black Crispus Attucks High School was built in the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan ran Indiana and its capital. The governor, the majority of the state legislature, the mayor and the entire School Board were Klansmen or Klan-backed. The school was designed to fail. But it did not fail. For more than 40 years, the students who came of age within the brick walls of Attucks overcame a system designed to belittle them. They became surgeons and teachers, scientists and politicians, world-class musicians and athletes. And over time, these successes and the grace that accompanied them became a grassroots agent for integration, winning over the younger generation of Indy’s white population.

It is not an easy story, but it’s a seminal element of Indiana’s journey. As part of the state’s Bicentennial commemoration, WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films illuminate the story of Crispus Attucks and its students, including Oscar Robertson, Maj. Gen. Harry Brooks, Brig. Gen. Norris Overton, Betty Crowe, Angela Brown, David Baker, Janet Langhart-Cohen and many other Attucks graduates, as well as Gen. Colin Powell and historians James Madison and Richard Pierce.

Join us to view the film and then speak with producer Ted Green, who also produced such films as Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier, Undefeated, The Roger Brown Story and Naptown to Supercity.

This Attucks screening is made possible in partnership with WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films.

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Thu, Oct 27 | 7 pm | A Girls Night Out event

Thu, Oct 27 | 7 pm | A Girls Night Out event

The debut novel by the winner of 2005 World’s Best Short-Story Contest in the Southeast Review.

Her first novel, Modern Girls, set in 1935 in the lower east side of New York, is about a Russian-born Jewish mother and her American-born unmarried daughter. Each discovers that she is expecting, although the pregnancies are unplanned and unwanted, in this story about women’s roles, standards and choices.

Screening | Remember

Sat, Oct 29 | 8 pm

Sat, Oct 29 | 8 pm

A revenge thriller featuring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences.

Storytime with Bubbe & Zayde

Tue, Nov 1 | Noon | FREE EVENT

Tue, Nov 1 | Noon | FREE EVENT

Join some of our dynamic community rabbis for children’s books, art, song and sweet treat – a multi-generational annual program loved by all.

Storytime is made possible in partnership with PJ Library

The Bible Doesn’t Say That by Joel Hoffman

Tue, Nov 1 | 7 pm

Tue, Nov 1 | 7 pm

Acclaimed translator, Bible scholar and author Dr. Joel M. Hoffman explores what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years. The Bible Doesn’t Say That (40 biblical mistranslations, misconceptions and other misunderstandings) covers morality, lifestyle, theology and biblical imagery, proving for example how the Bible doesn’t call homosexuality a sin or advocate for the one-man-one-woman model of the family.

Parenthetical Expressions Exhibit by Phil O’Malley

Wed, Nov 2 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Wed, Nov 2 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Opening reception with light refreshments followed by artist talk.

Phil O’Malley, an Indianapolis-based professional studio artist and designer, has created two and three dimensional works in a wide array of mediums. O’Malley’s work has been displayed at Clowes Hall, Long-Sharp Gallery at the Conrad, Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel, as well as other fine art galleries. He studied Interior Design at the Purdue School of Engineering and earned a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design. Exhibition runs through Jan 2, 2017.

Simplify by Joshua Becker

Thu, Nov 3 | Part of our Tiny House Roadshow

Thu, Nov 3 | Part of our Tiny House Roadshow

The highlight of this year’s festival is an author who is a leading voice in the movement toward minimalist living.

Joshua Becker is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Simplify: The More of Less. He will headline the evening of Nov 3 at the JCC’s Tiny House Roadshow, an event featuring more than 15 tiny houses for people to see and tour. In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, shows the beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

LEGO®palooza

Sun, Nov 6 | 2-4 pm | FREE EVENT

Sun, Nov 6 | 2-4 pm | FREE EVENT

A family celebration of everything LEGO® for adults and kids of all ages!
Bring the family and join us as we celebrate the wonderful world of Legos! Delve into an afternoon of Lego fun and creativity including:

  • Lego free play with both Duplo and Classic Legos
  • Lego architecture building. Work with an actual architect.
  • Watch the Lego Movie
  • Enjoy the Lego reading corner
  • Create Lego arts and crafts
LEGO®palooza is made possible in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Mon, Nov 7 | 7 pm | Our 2016 Community Reads Author

Mon, Nov 7 | 7 pm | Our 2016 Community Reads Author

B.A. Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestselling author The Art Forger. In her latest novel, Shapiro entwines historical and fictional characters to tell the story about a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration who vanishes in New York City in 1940. Some 70 years later, her great-niece uncovers mysterious paintings hidden behind great works of art that may hold the answers to questions surrounding her missing aunt.

Not Just a Game by Doug Zipes

Wed, Nov 9 | 7 pm

Wed, Nov 9 | 7 pm

Not Just a Game is the riveting story of three generations of Olympic athletes as they attempt to survive monumental challenges in the shadow of Hitler and during a rebirth of Nazism. It begins in the dark days of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, carries through to the 1972 Munich Olympics where eleven Israeli athletes were murdered by Islamic terrorists and climaxes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

A richly crafted story of intrigue, sports, politics and love, Not Just a Game is the third page-turning novel by internationally renowned Indianapolis cardiologist Douglas P. Zipes.

The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Green

Thu, Nov 10 | 7 pm

Thu, Nov 10 | 7 pm

Green is a current Guggenheim Fellow, a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and a frequent guest on NPR. This non-fiction book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love presents stories of half a dozen families across the United States who are contending with their children’s special needs and finding the amazing capacity of dogs to offer safe haven, friendship and fun.

Heartland Award Winning Shorts

Sat, Nov 12 | 7 pm

Sat, Nov 12 | 7 pm

Be on the cutting edge of movies as you enjoy a selection of award winning shorts from the Heartland 2016 Film Festival.

Writing Home: Stories of American Veterans in Dance, Words and Theater

Sun, Nov 13 | 10 am & 1:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Sun, Nov 13 | 10 am & 1:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Writing Home may refer to what veterans wrote to their loved ones back home; to what one writes about the concept of home far away, what do they see and think of; to the idea of the pieces of home soldiers carry with them, perhaps their bunk or a photo or what veterans think of home upon their return.

Deep thoughts expressed in spoken word, theater and in movement by veterans, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writer’s Center and Indiana Historical Society will provide a sense of wonder, understanding and appreciation.

Stir by Jessica Fechtor

Mon, Nov 14 | 7 pm

Mon, Nov 14 | 7 pm

At 28, Jessica Fechtor was a newly married grad student when she nearly died from an aneurysm while on a run. Her journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There she drew strength from the restorative power of cooking. Written with intelligence, humor and warmth, Stir is a heartfelt examination of what it means to nourish and be nourished. Jessica’s story is woven through 27 recipes for dishes that comfort and delight.