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Virtual-J: Adult Enrichment

Even during a pandemic, it's important that we continue to grow as we explore our creativity. Whether you want to revisit an old passion or ignite a new interest, the J is here to help you find your creative spark. Explore our virtual Adult Enrichment events and videos to make good use of your time and express yourself as we guide you through your creative endeavors!  

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In Their Own Words: A Virtual Author Series

Focusing on international best selling authors in conversation with journalists, other authors and thought leaders, these professional, webinar style intimate discussions explore the author's writing process and their relationship with storytelling. Through these events, we hope to encourage reading and doing -- and would love for groups of people to subscribe and form their own book clubs.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Consortium and the Book Fest in Your Living Room series. Books provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop - thank you for supporting local small business!  

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Book your Summer with the Virtual J

July 15, 22, & 28, 2020

Our new summer book series features international best selling authors Daniel Silva, Esther Safran Foer and Adeena Sussman, each in conversation with a family member or friend.  These informal discussions will explore the author's writing process and the relationship between storytelling, research and personal experience.  The book series includes one work of fiction, one memoir and one cookbook, and gives everyone a chance to delve into a Jewish experience from different perspectives. 

Each ticket includes a copy of that week’s autographed book and access to the corresponding virtual event.  We are arranging for safe curb-side pickup of books, whether you order one book or the whole bunch. Books provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop - thank you for supporting local small business! 

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Improv with Baltimore Improv Group

4 Wednesdays, July 29 - August 19 | 7-9pm

Have a blast learning the basics of improv comedy and making new friends all from the comfort of your own home!

Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate. Sessions are designed so students can learn and play in an online setting, without need for tons of personal space. Likewise, the class roster will be limited to twelve students to best accommodate for the digital learning format.

*For BIG's online classes, students will need access to consistent wi-fi and real-time video technology (computer, tablet, phones, etc. with webcams). Students will be emailed an invitation link via Zoom to attend classes but do not need a personal Zoom account to join.

Since 2004, The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) advances the art and appreciation of comedy improv in the Baltimore region through enthusiastic participation and education.  BIG enhances the quality of, expands participation in, and fosters the appreciation for improv throughout Baltimore.

Instructors: Michael Hartwell & Renee Ross |  $90

Use the promo code GordonImprov when registering for 10% off! 

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Featured Class - How to watch a Play with Theater J

5 Thursdays,  July 16 – August 20 ( no class on August 6) | 3:30-5:00pm

What does a theater professional “see” when they watch a play? Deepen and enrich your experience of the live theater with the techniques and approaches that theater professionals use. From evaluating a production’s concept to unpacking the staging choices, develop your theater reviewer’s “toolkit” in lively group discussions. Students will watch recorded productions (from a range of companies across the country) before each class and then unpack them as a group under the guidance of Theater J’s Artistic Director and Associate Producer. Some purchases of online viewing may be required.

Theater J is a nationally-renowned, professional theater that celebrates, explores, and struggles with the complexities and nuances of both the Jewish experience and the universal human condition. Our work illuminates and examines: ethical questions of our time, inter-cultural experiences that parallel our own, and the changing landscape of Jewish identities. As the nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish theater, we aim to preserve and expand a rich Jewish theatrical tradition and to create community and commonality through theater-going experiences.

Instructors: Adam Immerwahr and Kevin Place | $169

Let them know you heard about it here! Please use the referral code Baltimore when registering. This cannot be combined with other discounts or programs. 

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LA Theaterworks Presents The Assembled Parties

Thanks to our friends at L.A. Theater Works, a non-profit devoted to bringing great audio theatre to the world we are able to offer free streaming of Jewish-themed plays to help you get through these long days at home. In The Assembled Parties, it’s Christmas 1980, and inside a sprawling Upper West Side apartment, Faye Bascov is about to throw an opulent Christmas dinner—a tradition for this secular, well-educated Jewish family. But any family gathering is an invitation for old resentments to boil over, as Faye’s sister-in-law Julie and the extended family have plenty to hash out.

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LA Theaterworks Presents The Magic Barrel

Thanks to our friends at L.A. Theater Works, a non-profit devoted to bringing great audio theatre to the world we are able to offer free streaming of Jewish-themed plays to help you get through these long days at home. In The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, a young rabbinical student has a fateful encounter with an enigmatic matchmaker in this classic short story from the author of The Natural. A co-production with the National Jewish Theater. Starring Shelley Berman. Follow L.A. Theatre Works on Facebook and Twitter and visit Be sure to let us know if you are interested in this free audio recording and please share this link with your friends. The link will be available until June 30.

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Donna Lansman's Ceramics 101

You may know student favorite Donna Lansman from her MANY years of teaching at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore but did you know she has been a potter making functional work since 1984? We can't wait to be back in the studio together handbuilding and using the potter's wheel! Until then, learn along with us here.

Jewish Genealogy and Home DNA Testing: A Virtual Discussion

Recorded ZOOM discussion with author, Libby Copeland and journalist, Jennifer Mendelsohn
As the home DNA testing industry hits its 20th anniversary, it has also reached a tipping point, with more than 30 million Americans tested. Both have major implications—not only for those who have been tested but also for those who have not. Learn more by checking out our May 6th discussion with Libby Copeland, author of the acclaimed new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are, and Jennifer Mendelsohn, journalist, founder of the social media movement known as #resistancegenealogy, and Board member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, who joined over 80 participants for a virtual discussion.

Feather Craft with Tracey Robbins

Create beautiful yarn feathers with local artist Tracey Robbins, who will be leading workshops at the J's studio when we reopen!

Recycled Paper Flowers with Tracey Robbins

Using materials you already have at home, create these recycled paper flowers with local artist Tracey Robbins, who will be leading workshops at the J's studio when we reopen!

Make Your Own Hummus

Watch this how-to video with our Senior Director of Community Arts, Melissa Seltzer, whipping up a batch of lemon garlic hummus inspired by our Hummus: The Movie and Discussion Event on April 2. Share your favorite hummus recipes or links to your own how-to videos with us in the YouTube comments!  Learn more about the event