kalbMarty Kalb Artist Showcase

The JCC will feature artwork by Marty Kalb through September and October in the JCC Main Lobby. This exhibition will include paintings from Kalb’s “Land and Sky” series. There will be an artist reception at the JCC to kick off the exhibition on Sept. 11.  Kalb will speak and greet the community and there will be light refreshments. For more information contact Melanie Butter at (614)559-6233 or mbutter@columbusjcc.org.

Gallery Players

The 68th season of Gallery Players kicks off this fall with the incredible untold story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer in “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain, Sept. 24-Oct. 1. The play recounts her journey from being orphaned in Nazi Germany to becoming a Haganah sniper in Jerusalem to struggling as a single mother in the United States. Full of humor and honesty, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” brings to life the spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.”

In December, Gallery Players will present “13,” as written by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Thirteen-year-old Evan Goldman grapples with his parents divorce, a recent move from New York City to small-town Indiana, and his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The musical which runs Dec. 3 – 18 will feature a cast entirely made of teenagers.

The Gallery Players season will continue in the spring with the classic musical “Ragtime” at the end of February and Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in May. Season tickets are available for purchase at jccgalleryplayers.org.


The JCC’s Jewish Bookfair 2016-2017 season begins Sept. 18 with a humorous, light-hearted look at the holidays by Cantor Matt Axelrod, author of “Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays”. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong visits the JCC Sept. 20 to talk about her book “Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything.”

The JCC will partner with Columbus Historical Society on October 13 to feature Linda Kass and her book “Tasa’s Song.” On Oct. 20, Julie Tarney, author of “My Son Wears High Heels,” will share her experience parenting a child who does not fit the expected norm. There will be various programs throughout the day Oct. 30 featuring local authors and Benny Zelkowicz, author of “The First Book of Ore,” a fantasy novel for young readers. On Dec. 7, Laurie Wilson will discuss her complete biography of the iconic sculptor, “Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow.”

Bookfair will continue year-round, so keep looking for more information about winter and spring events! For more information, contact Cheryl Dritz at cdritz@columbusjcc.org or (614)559-6238.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival

The Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 12th year November 6-20, and will bring to Columbus the best in international and independent narrative and documentary films.  Films from Israel, the US, Germany, France and other countries will presented in venues all across central Ohio.  Many films are accompanied with the filmmakers, directors, producers, panel discussions and other guest speakers. For more information, contact Emily Schuss at 614-559-6205 or eschuss@columbusjcc.org.


The Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation is the lead underwriter of Gallery Players, Jewish Bookfair and the Jewish Film Festival.