Virtual Programs



The Journey of Food to Israel

As anyone who’s been to Israel will tell you, one of the defining characteristics of Israeli living is the vibrant and diverse cuisine. Israel's culinary traditions comprise foods and cooking methods that span three thousand years of history, resulting in a rich culinary melting pot. Both local dishes and dishes brought to Israel by Jews from the Diaspora over decades of immigration, are now widely popular all over Israel.

Each dish tells the story of the Jewish people and their difficult journey, turning dreams of moving to Israel a reality.

Each week we will explore the story behind a significant food that originated from another country and found its way to Israel. We will hear the personal stories of those who left their homes and made Aliyah, and learn with them the proper way to cook their favorite ethnic dish.

Join us on Zoom on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm for a fun, educational and tasty program! Come and get to know the interesting history of Israeli immigration through your taste buds!

Weekly Overview:

  1. Yemen (Jan 13)
  2. Soviet Union (Russia/Lithuania/Ukraine) (Jan 20)
  3. Poland (Jan 27)
  4. Iran (Feb 3)
  5. Morocco (Feb 10)
  6. Ethiopia (Feb 17)

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The Jewish Book Festival brings award-winning, Jewish authors to the JCC for interactive sessions with the community. Past guests have been authors of children's books, non-fiction writers, and YouTube stars. You can read the Sun Sentinel's article about our event here, or check out our archive below to see some of the amazing authors we have brought to the community in recent years.

October 2020
February 2019
February 2018
October 2017


Past Events

The concert will also include famous winter holiday songs written by Jewish composers such as Irving Berlin and Jule Styne. A concert not to miss! Come celebrate Hanukkah with a soulful concert of American jazz, Blues, and Spirituals all mixed with old world Klezmer. Joining the KCJO in this concert-celebration will be Clal's Rabbi Irwin Kula who will offer wisdom for anyone seeking light in these turbulent times.

Israel Philharmonic Presents Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration Exploring Music, Movies and Miracles

Featuring Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Israel Philharmonic Music Director Lahav Shani, and special celebrity guests.

December 2020

On December 6, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) and the Israel Philharmonic Foundation will premiere the “Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration,” a multi-disciplinary program of instrumental performances, behind-the scenes interviews, and powerful messages of hope. The event will stream internationally, free of charge, to bring music and holiday light from Israel’s world-class Philharmonic to audiences around the world.

The event will weave together word and song, featuring Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, actress, and star of Fauda Ronalee Shimon, actress and model Dar Zuzovsky, music manager Kenny Hamilton, and other special guests. The Israel Philharmonic and its Music Director Lahav Shani will perform pieces from Mr. Zimmer’s acclaimed works.

The Israel Philharmonic is a shining light for humanitarian principles, artistic freedom, and tireless pursuit of excellence—and for continuing to provide accessible, inspiring digital musical content despite the pandemic,” said Danielle Ames Spivak, AFIPO Executive Vice President and CEO. “we are thrilled that Hans and so many Israel Philharmonic friends are joining us to spread our message of light through music.”

2020 was an extremely difficult year for the Israel Philharmonic. We are making every effort to assist the Philharmonic and I am moved by the heartwarming response of its friends in Israel and throughout the world,” said Tali Gottlieb, Israel Philharmonic Foundation Executive Director. “in an end-of-the-year effort and in light of the exceptional success of our Global Gala this past June, which was viewed by more than 500,000 people worldwide, I hope this event will provide the Israel Phil the support it needs to grapple with the enormous challenges still ahead.

November 2020

Avi Hoffman​, a child of Holocaust survivors, was recently awarded Congressional Recognition and was inducted into The Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements and was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in Yiddish.

As a performer, he is best known for his five decades of work in Jewish and Yiddish culture and his award winning one man shows Too Jewish? (Performer of the Year 1995, NY Press Magazine; L.A. OVATION award 2001 for Best Actor In a Musical; NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations), Too Jewish, Too! and Still Jewish After All These Years. On TV, his shows have been broadcast nationally on the PBS system. He played the recurring character of Sid Raskin in the Starz TV series Magic City, and was featured on Netflix’ Bloodline, USA’s Graceland, A&E’s The Glades and on the NBC series Law and Order.

Avi has performed all over the world, has extensive acting, directing, writing and producing credits, having received multiple awards and nominations. He is currently producing documentary films relating to the worlds of Holocaust and Yiddish and for his work on the Dachau Album: An Interfaith Holocaust Program, Avi was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. It was inspiring and life changing.

Aaron Kula is a nationally recognized conductor, educator, composer, accordionist, and producer, who was awarded a 2018 grant as a Fulbright Specialist to conduct and lecture in Israel with appearances at the U.S. Embassy, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, schools in the Central and Southern Arava, and at conservatories throughout the Western Galilee. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music and pursued graduate studies in conducting, theory, composition, and ethno-musciology with world class musicians including Gunther Schuller, Frank Battisti, John Heiss, the late sitarist Peter Row, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

As an orchestral conductor, Aaron Kula has led orchestras throughout the US, Europe, and Israel. From 1986-2013 he served on the conducting faculty at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and taught at Boston University from 1995-1996. He led high school and college orchestras at Chautauqua Music School in New York from 1990-1995. An active guest conductor, he has worked with Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Erie Ballet (PA), Boston Conservatory Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, Boca Raton Sinfonia, and New Hampshire Ballet.

Locally, he was invited to conduct the Collier (FL) All County Honors Orchestra in Naples during the 2014 season. He has collaborated with renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma/cello, Richard Stoltzman/clarinet, Colin Carr/cello, Denise Graves/singer, David Leisner/guitar, and Avery Sommers/actress, Avi Hoffman/Yiddish actor, as well as artists from the Metropolitan Opera and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As music director of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony from 1986-2003, Mr. Kula led numerous international orchestra tours throughout Europe and Israel and was invited to organize international tours for the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 1998.

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food Virtual Event

In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author

December 2020

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicous conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

John Grisham, A Time for Mercy

November 2020

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time,  returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

Presented with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage, Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook

October 2020

In conversation with Lee Schrager, Founder, South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The New York Times bestselling author of Plenty and Jerusalem teams up with Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Ixta Belfrage to reveal how flavor is created and amplified through 100+ innovative, super-delicious, plant-based recipes.