Arts and Culture Events



Beginner Needle Felting Workshop

  • Sunday, April 2
  • 11:00am - 3:30pm
  • Ages: 16 and up
  • Price: $60
  • JCC MVP: $52

Students will learn the basics of needle felting which includes an introduction in the different types of wool batts, roving and tops, needles, and other tools. Students will learn how to make basic shapes from which to create a fanciful fish. Kits will include everything you need to needle felt and embellish your fish. The class is taught by local artist, Stacy Hortner. No prior experience necessary. Advance registration is required. Limited to the first 8 registered. Deadline to register: Tuesday, March 14.

film festival: "TO LIFE!"

  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC/KI Members: $7

Showing at: JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  Kline Auditorium  |  702 N. 22nd Street Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 86 minutes

Co-sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel

Fate introduces the aging Jewish cabaret singer Ruth, who is running from her past, and the confused young, non-Jewish Jonas, who is running from his future. Together these wounded souls manage to reaffirm life for each other in this moving drama. Introduction and discussion with Dr. Hartmut Heep, associate professor at Penn State Schuylkill.


  • Sunday, April 9
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC Members: $7

Showing at: JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  Kline Auditorium  |  702 N. 22nd Street Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 107 minutes

Co-sponsored by Eva and Larry Levitt

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a young Polish boy’s struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and maintain his Jewish faith through his intrepid will and the kindness of others. Winner of several Audience Awards at film festivals across the country. Introductory remarks by Eva Levitt


  • Thursday, April 20
  • Thursday, May 18
  • Thursday, June 15
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Price: $7/class

Join other adults for a fun, creative, hands-on project. Classes taught by Stephanie Bennett. Advance Registration encouraged. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.


  • Thursday, May 18
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Price: FREE

Glass creations by Ken & Sue Berkenstock, Mosaics/Mixed Media by Barbara Kozero. Exhibit will run from May 18 - June 30. All Art Gallery Openings at the JCC are free and open to the community. Refreshments and live music.

Stagemakers presents FAME JR.

  • Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 21 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, May 28 at 2:00pm
    (at Temple Covenant of Peace in Easton, PA)
  • Tickets:
    Children: $11 | Adults: $15
    JCC MVP Children: $8 | Adults: $11

Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame Jr. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.


  • Sunday, June 4
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC/ArtsQuest Members: $7

Showing at: Steel Stacks  |  Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema  |  101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Running Time: 95 minutes

Presented in Partnership with ArtsQuest

Academy Award® nominated director Atom Egoyan creates a thrillingly fast-paced revenge story that, in a highly original and deeply intimate way, deals with the aftermath of one of the most deplorable and significant events in recent history. With an incredible lead performance from Christopher Plummer as the frail but unstoppable Zev, Remember manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats while giving them something to think about long after the film is over.


  • Tuesday, June 6
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC Members: $7
  • Civic Members: $6

Showing at: Civic Theatre of Allentown  |  Theatre 514  |  527 N 19th St, Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 73 minutes

Presented in partnership with Civic Theatre of Allentown

For seven decades, foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news…she made it! The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ruth passed away in November, 2016 at the age of 105.

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