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Mini Ann Katz Festival

Thu, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 and Mar 5, 2020

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Photo by Paul Morigi
Thu, Feb 13  |  7 pm  |  $10
E.J. Dionne Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

Bestselling author, Washington Post columnist and NPR politics commentator Dionne will be at the J in conjunction with the release of his eighth book, Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save the Country (comes out one week before his visit). Code Red provides a blueprint for uniting progressives and moderates through shared goals of social tolerance, economic justice and democratic values.

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“Jonah: The Vortex” by Claudia Labin

Thu, Feb 20  |  5:30 pm  |  FREE
Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

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In partnership with IUPUI.

Thu, Feb 27  |  7 pm  |  $10
Joy Ladin The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective

Dr. Joy Ladin is a nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity. A highly respected poet, author and blogger, as the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, she is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her book The Soul of the Stranger helps readers see some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of the transgender experience, transforming understandings of the Torah’s portrayals of God, humanity and the relationships between them. Part of the J’s Gender Journeys series. 

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In partnership with Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and Indy Pride.


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Wed, Mar 18  |  7 pm  |  $20
Jazz at the J: Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen is one of jazz’s new superstars. From his European tour to his five-day gig at the legendary jazz club Birdland, Cohen proves why he won the 2019 American Pianist Awards/Cole Porter Fellowship. His accessible music swings with a unique creativity, lyricism and just a touch of humor.

Join Cohen and his trio as they explore the intersection of Jews and jazz, leading us into the life and work of some of the most important composers and, of course, playing their music.

Followed by a free after-party with the musicians.

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A Unity Project program. Sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and Leslie M. Jackson

In partnership with the American Pianists Association and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

After party provided by Gadi Boukai , Realtor/Broker – F.C. Tucker Company


Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts

Oct 23-Nov 13, 2019

The JCC’s 21st annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, is made possible in part by generous ongoing support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund.

Please note: Tickets are available for purchase at the door unless the event is sold out.

See more, save more of the three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, films and filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists, with the Festival Pass. Just $60 and good for general admission to all events.*

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*Festival Pass does not include Tiny House events, Fiddler on the Roof jazz concert or VIP programs.