Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series

All events take place at the New Orleans Uptown JCC and are free and open to the community unless otherwise noted. For questions, contact Judy Yaillen.

Upcoming Events

Martin Fletcher, former head of NBC TV's Tel Aviv Bureau, will will speak about his new novel, PROMISED LAND.  This is a sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love, a devastating love triangle set against the tumultuous founding of the State of Israel.  It is at once the gripping tale of a struggling family and an epic about a struggling nation.

Wednesday, October 3
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Shelter" is a film about an Israeli Mossad agent who is sent to Germany to protect a Lebanese informant as she recovers from plastic surgery to assume a new identity. The two weeks they spend together in a quiet apartment becomes a game of deception as their fate takes a surprising turn in this neo-noir film.

Wednesday, November 7
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Community Chanukah Celebration
Come and celebrate the last night of Chanukah at the JCC! We'll light the menorah, nosh on latkes & more and enjoy the wonderful Bluegrass music of Nefesh Mountain. Learn More

Sunday, December 9, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 PM

"Sammy Davis Jr: I've Gotta Be Me" is the first major documentary to examine Davis' vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during the 20th century in the U.S.

Thursday, January 10
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Cathy Barrow is the author of the cookbook: "Pies Squared."  She will speak about slab pies, which are pies baked on a sheet pan and can easily serve a crowd of people.  The book has sweet and savory pies and all will be able to taste them after her presentation.

Tuesday, February 12
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Rachel Kadish, author of the award winning book "The Weight of Ink" will speak about her"electrifying and ambitious" novel which takes place in London in the 1660's and in the early 21st century.  Toni Morris has said she is a "gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuances, narration, and the politics of passion."

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein will be discussed by the author, Jamie Bernstein.  The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Past Events

Book Talk - Francine Klagsbrun,  author of more than a dozen books, joins us to talk about her newest work, Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Keep Quiet" is the fascinating true story of a former far-right, anti-semitic member of the Hungarian Jobbik party who discovered he was Jewish. This is the journey his life has taken and leaves us with more questions than answers.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"The 90 Minute War" is a mockumentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. What if there were a simple solution? One 90-minute soccer game when it's over the winner gets to stay and the loser leaves forever!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Apples from the Desert" is the story of a young orthodox woman in Jerusalem who is unhappy with her life and secretly exposes herself to the secular world. We are witness to the journey she takes to escape the potential marriage her father is arranging with a man twice her age with three children.

Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Book Signing with Alon Shaya. Chef Alon Shaya will speak about his newly released memoir/cookbook.  The books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"The Pickle Recipe" is a movie that makes you rethink what family means to you. It's a fun movie that also has heart.

Monday, April 30, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

"Sabena Hijacking: My Version" is a powerful docu-drama that shows us that reality is often more gripping than fiction. This film fuses interviews with archival material and dramatic reenactments of what took place on May 8, 1972.

Monday, May 14, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM


National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!


Finding Your Fit Foods

Creating a lifestyle, rather than a diet, will give you the flexibility to make healthy choices while still enjoying what you eat. Sometimes the hardest part about eating healthfully is simply knowing what will taste good without packing on the pounds. Check out some of the healthy recipes recommended by Metairie Wellness Director Alexis Boudreau to get started and get cooking!


Alon Shaya Lead 2018 Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer 2018 by spreading kindness at the second annual Kindness March, held June 7 at the Uptown JCC. Famed chef Alon Shaya and his wife Emily, along with the New Creations Brass Band, led the march around the JCC’s historic building on St. Charles Avenue.


JCC Dedicates New Expansion

It was "A Sweet Celebration in Song" on May 24 as the JCC dedicated its new $9 million dollar expansion.  Featuring a performance by Azi Schwartz, the internationally recognized cantor from the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the event brought the community together to celebrate the new addition to the Uptown JCC and recognized and honored the lead donors who made the expansion possible. 


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