Inaugural Queer Jewish Arts Festival

June 1-13, 2021

This summer, the Mayerson JCC is proud to partner with the JCC of Greater Baltimore and the Gordon Center on their Inaugural Queer Jewish Arts Festival – a new series of programs celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories and experiences through film, theater, music, literature, and dance.

This festival will highlight queer Jewish artists who are making art with Jewish content.

The events will amplify intersectional identity and creative expression.

Explore the virtual events in the lineup and all of the Artists, Partners, and Sponsors that are making this Festival possible.

Panel Discussion on Indecent and Scene Reading of God of Vengeance with Iron Crow Theater
Thursday, June 3 at 7:30pm

Join Queer Theory Professors, Dr. Helen Lewis and Dr. Natka Bianchini for a discussion of Indecent, a filmed production of the Tony Award-winning play inspired by the controversial 1923 Sholem Asch’s play, God of Vengeance. Iron Crow Theater will perform a reading of a section of God of Vengeance.

Dance and Identity: An Intersectional Presentation and Panel
Monday, June 7 at 7:30pm

An evening exploring the creative expression and intersectional identity with premier dancers and choreographers from around the country.

Shaping Worlds with Words: Two Emerging Queer Jewish Writers in Conversation
Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30pm

Join Rachel Sharona Lewis and Mónica Gomery for a conversation about writing at the intersection of Judaism and queerness. The authors will reflect together on the creative process, their latest projects, and the shared themes that run between their work.

Éléonore Weill, Zoe Aqua and Ira Khonen Temple from Tsibele
Thursday, June 10 at 7:30pm

A virtual performance with Tsibele, {pronounced “tsih-beh-leh,” meaning onion in Yiddish} a new-traditional klezmer band based in Brooklyn, New York. Their repertoire comes from Moldovan/Bessarabian music and the music of Jewish migrants from Europe to America as well as original songs.

Name Game – Premiere of a Zoom Play
Sunday, June 13 at 7:30pm

A cross-country {Oakland and NYC} performance collaboration between veteran performance artists/writers Sara Felder and Yehuda Hyman on naming, Jewish identity, re-inventing/claiming yourself, and how to do that crazy dance in the Zoom box. Commissioned by LABA: A Global Laboratory for Jewish Culture.