Previous Performances

Matan Koch, Inclusion Speaker

Matan KochMay 6, 10am

What does Judaism say about inclusion? How can we make our community more inclusive? Come to this important and informative session with renowned speaker and educator Matan Koch, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School who served under President Obama on the National Council on Disability. Hear him share ideas and strategies to promote the universal inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

“By making our inclusion practices universal, we not only benefit from the participation of people with disabilities already in our midst, but are also prepared for those we have yet to encounter.” – Matan Koch

This event is funded in part by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and The Milton and Frances Schloss Special Needs and Services Department at the J.

The Exodus in Art & Music

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April 14, 8pm – Concert
April 17, 2pm – Pre-concert talk with Isaac Selya, 3pm – Concert

You won’t want to miss this inspiring introduction to the Passover holiday! An orchestra and chorus will perform a libretto derived entirely from Old Testament texts recounting the Exodus story. The lamentations of the Israelites upon the death of Joseph; a musical illustration of the ten plagues; vand then the Song of the Sea that the Israelites sing after departing Egypt. The depiction of the plagues in particular is incredible: rapid passagework in the violins depicts the plague of lice, and springing rhythms accompany the plague of frogs. Projection design by Lizzy DuQuette.

Age-Old Wisdom for Modern Millennial Parents

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April 12, 7pm

Award-winning educator, journalist, and internationally syndicated Jewish parenting columnist Sharon Duke Estroff, MAT, will apply Jewish teachings to the complexities of raising children in the digital age.

Estroff is the author of Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah? (Random House, 2007). Her parenting articles appear in over 100 publications including Scholastic Parent and Child, Parents, Good Housekeeping, and Woman’s Day. She is also a parenting blogger for Huffington Post.


Jewish Genetic Education and Screening

Jewish Genetic Education and ScreeningApril 3, come anytime between 10am – 3pm

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 individuals of Jewish descent are a carrier for 1 of 19 specific genetic conditions?  Whether you are thinking about having a baby soon, or in the more distant future, this important event will provide you with more information about genetics, carrier screening and options.  This event will begin with Amber Volk, certified genetic counselor, discussing genetics, the importance of genetic testing, genetic conditions more prevalent in the Jewish population and options for those individuals who test positive. Light brunch will be served. Attendees may receive testing provided by NXGEN MDX, in partnership with Dr. Ellen Feld, Gynecologist, Associates in Women’s Health. Bring your insurance card.

Jennifer Teege

Author Jennifer TeegeMarch 31, 7pm

Inside a Hamburg library at the age of 38, Jennifer Teege uncovered a secret that changed her life forever: She is the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, the sadistic Nazi commander.

Teege was born to a German mother and Nigerian father. Finding her relation to Goeth made her realize that her own grandfather would have thought her less-than-human.

She processed the shock of her discovery, gathered her thoughts and over the next two years, realized that this connection to a horrendous history didn’t define her.

She went on to write the best-selling memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me. Since then, Teege has appeared on C-SPAN, BBC and many more.

In this engaging discussion at the Mayerson JCC, Teege, will speak about the process of writing her book and what she’s learned about humanity in the wake of her discovery.

Stay for a meet and greet and book signing with Jennifer Teege.

In partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.

CCM Showcase Performance: Broadway Now and Then

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January 31, 4pm

Prepare to be WOW-ed by this fabulous show produced, choreographed, and performed by the Broadway-bound seniors of the CCM Musical Theatre program! Musical numbers, narration, and monologues are blended into some amazing show-stoppers!

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Bike for Light

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December 9, 6pm

Ride, sponsor a team, or just come and enjoy this Hanukkah* spin on a charity event. Bring the family! The kids can take a spin on the JCC’s tricycles at their own Trike for Light activities. Cheer the riders and enjoy the Latke & Vodka Bar. Deposit new unwrapped gifts for less fortunate children and teens in the collection barrels at the Welcome Desk.

Proceeds will be donated to a local charity and Etgarim, an Israeli organization that serves children and adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Latke & Vodka Bar

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December 9, 6pm

Get in the Hanukkah spirit and cheer on Bike for Light participants, cocktail in hand. The vodka and latke bar will be open all evening. Enjoy potato latkes (pancakes) with traditional and non-traditional toppings.


Sustaining Israel: Zionism, the Environment and Peace

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November 9, 7pm

Dr. Jeremy Benstein will deliver a fascinating talk about Zionism, the environment and the impact on the possibilities for peace in the region. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati Lichter Lecture series.

PROJECT Trio Master Classes and Performance

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PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY, blending classical training with an original sound, and masterful performing skills. The Mayerson JCC is proud to bring these artists to Cincinnati for an artist in residency, as well as a performance.

The group engages audiences of all ages by combining classical repertoire with elements of hip-hop and popular music, bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture. PROJECT Trio has been featured on NPR, MTV, and has played along side the St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and schools across the country. PROJECT Trio has over 80,000,000 views on YouTube!

“The PROJECT Trio really has it all. They combine the fire and refinement of the finest classical chamber ensembles with the stage presence and energy of rock stars.” – Adam Luftman, Principal trumpet, San Francisco Opera.

J Member: $10; Public: $15; Student (w/ ID): $5

PROJECT Trio Educational Outreach/ Master Classes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 

The Mayerson JCC is proud to announce an artist in residency with PROJECT Trio, and is excited to connect local schools with these masterful performers through an opportunity to be part of a day of free Master classes. Master classes and classroom engagement by request and availability.

PROJECT Trio is dedicated to galvanizing artistic awareness through performance, education and community engagement, believing that there is a direct correlation between artistry and scholastic achievement. The group engages audiences of all ages by combining classical repertoire with elements of hip-hop and popular music, bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture.

Master classes and engagement with area schools will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Betsy Singer-Lefton at for more information about bringing PROJECT Trio to your school, to participate in Master classes, or to bring a group to the JCC.


Under One Roof Collaborative Art Show

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On display: September 28 – October 11
Step inside our 1,300 square foot sukkah highlighting works from over 40 organizations from around the city. View large multimedia fabric panels exploring this years theme “Food for the Body, Food for the Soul” in the Mayerson JCC courtyard displayed in celebration of Sukkot.*
Art Reception
October 1, 6:30pm
Enjoy appetizers and beverages as you view the art hung in celebration of Sukkot.* Hear stories and the process behind each piece from organization representatives.

Strangers in a Jewish Land, Migrant Workers & Refugees in Israel

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October 8, 7:30pm At the Adath Israel Congregation

In Israel, immigration is a complex issue. Dr. Adriana Kemp will examine the politics and history at the source of this increased immigration and discuss the challenges. This event is part of the Israelity series and in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Israeli Scouts Concert: Tzofim Friendship Caravan

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The J welcomes the Israeli Scouts for a concert on July 1, 2015 in the Amberley Room for a free event the entire family will enjoy.

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is celebrating over 40 years of bringing excitement, energy and friendship to North America! Founded in 1973, the first Caravan came to the United States to bring a message of hope and peace for Israel. Since that first Caravan, the program has grown to three different Caravan traveling across North America, from New York to California to Wyoming and Tennessee.

ISRAELITY: Noa and Mira Awad: In Conversation: June 29, 2015

Monday, June 29; 7pm

Discussion: There must be another way

Join Noa and Mira Awad to hear their personal perspectives on coexistence and peace.

In 2009, Jewish-Israeli Noa and Arab-Israeli Mira Awad represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, singing their original song “There Must Be Another Way” for an audience of millions. They co-wrote the duet in Hebrew, Arabic and English as a call for hope, understanding, and respect of our common humanity.

Achinoam Nini (known as Noa) is Israel’s leading international singer-songwriter, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. Noa co-wrote and recorded the theme song for the Academy Award-winning filmLife is Beautiful. She was the first Jew to perform at the Vatican, and the only leading Israeli artist to agree to perform at the historic rally where Yitzhak Rabin was murdered. Noa dedicates much of her time to promoting peace and dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

Mira Awad is an Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, and actress. She has performed with internationally known musicians such as opera star Andrea Bocelli and king of improvisation Bobby McFerrin, and has appeared in multiple films and TV shows, including the Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars. From an early age, Awad has been an outspoken activist for women’s rights, environmental awareness, and equal citizenship for Palestinians living in Israel.

ISRAELITY: Noa and Mira Awad: In Concert: June 28, 2015

Sunday, June 28; 6pm

Social innovators will give first-hand accounts of life in an unknown and unshown Israel — their personal ISRAELITYs.

Join Noa and Mira for their public performance with their band at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.

Summer Film Week: Dough: June 25, 2015

Summer Film Week: Dough

Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm

2015 |Comedy/Drama | 94 Minutes | John Goldschmidt |United Kingdom | English

An old Jewish baker’s failing business gets an unexpected boost when his young Muslim apprentice, also a part time cannabis dealer, accidentally drops a load of dope in the dough, and the customers suddenly can’t get enough of his bread.

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Summer Film Week: Apples from the Desert: June 23, 2015

Summer Film Week: Apples from the Desert

Tuesday, June 23 at Kenwood Theater at 7:30pm

2014 | Drama | 96 Minutes | Arik Lubetzky & Matt Harari | Israel | Hebrew with English Subtitles

Rebecca Abarnabel, a single daughter born into an Orthodox Jewish family, is tired of the lifestyle that her father, Reuven, has forced upon her. She and her mother, Victoria, go on a life-changing journey between worlds.

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Summer Film Week: Above and Beyond: June 22, 2015

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Monday, June 22, 7:30pm

2014 | Documentary | 90 Minutes | Roberta Grossman | US | English with subtitles

It wasn’t their country, but they made it their war. In secret and at incredible personal risk, this band of brothers turned the tide of Israel’s War for Independence. They were the Machal – volunteer pilots from abroad – that answered a call for help and embarked on a one of a kind journey.

Awards: Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema- Bevie Audience Award

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ISRAELITY: Smadar Dekel Naim, Jewish Pluralism: May 12, 2015

ISRAELITY: Smadar Dekel Naim, Jewish Pluralism

Tuesday, May 12, 7pm

Smadar Dekel Naim talked about her work promoting religious pluralism and diversity, as well as current efforts to reform Israel’s marriage laws.

Cincinnati Opera Presents: Pursuing the Dream: May 6, 2015

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Wednesday, May 6, 1pm-3pm

Through narration and song, this inspiring program from Cincinnati Opera will explore important issues found in Morning Star, a world premier new opera.

Yom HaAtzmaut: April 23, 2015

Cincinnati Celebrates
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Israel Independence Day

Thursday, April 23 • 5pm

Bring the family to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the formation of the State of Israel! There will be activities for all ages to celebrate Israeli culture and history.

Yom HaZikaron: April 21, 2015

Cincinnati Honors
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Israel Memorial Day

Tuesday, April 21 • 6:30pm

Join us as we remember those who gave their lives in defense of the State of Israel. A memorial service will honor the fallen soldiers, victims of terror, and the lone American soldiers who passed away last summer during Operation Protective Edge.

Yom HaShoah: April 19, 2015

Cincinnati Remembers
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Day of Holocaust Remembrance

Sunday, April 19 • 2pm

The annual commemoration of the Shoah includes a candle lighting by survivors, prayers, and a moving program that remembers the lives lost during the Holocaust and honors the lives saved.

The Rockin' Adventures of Peter Rabbit: March 15, 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 1pm

Beatrix Potter’s most famous long-eared character grows up into a rambunctious teen

2015 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival: February 7 - February 27, 2015

The Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival returns with ten award-winning films from ten different countries. Learn more about the 2015 Film Festival here.

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Hungry Clothes: February 26, 2015


Hungry Clothes: A Puppet Show of Folktales:

Thursday, February 26, 10:30am

Fifth and sixth grade students from Rockwern Academy, present a puppet show they have created and adapted from traditional Jewish folktales on the Jewish value of KAVOD (respect).

Josh Nelson Project: November 23, 2014

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One of the most popular performers and composers in modern Jewish music, Josh Nelson brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality to stages across the globe.

Join us live in concert when Josh shares his high-energy, captivating performance style with the Cincinnati community. A classically trained musician who is equally versed in rock, jazz, and world music, Josh combines his broad range of influences into a breathtaking musical style that is accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Josh Nelson is a completely engaging, multi-talented performer, whose music is inspiring Jews around the world. At the URJ Biennial a few years ago, he proved to be a very entertaining warm-up act, holding the attention of thousands of Jews while they awaited the President of the United States!”—Amy Katz

In partnership with Wise Temple.

Lichter Lecture Series: Gefilte Fish & Couscous: November 9, 2014


Internationally renowned cookbook author Claudia Roden will explore the cultural connections between the history of food and Judaism in this illuminating cross-disciplinary discussion.

In addition to authoring several Jewish cookbooks, Roden works as a food intellectual and cultural anthropologist.

ArtReach Cincinnati Children's Theatre performs: Anne Frank: November 2, 2014


Join us for an afternoon of enlightening, interactive education. The program will begin with a riveting adaptation of Anne Frank’s iconic diary, followed by the moving story of a local Holocaust survivor. Afterward, participants will have a chance to honor the legacy of Anne Frank by creating their own journal in a special diary-making workshop. A traveling exhibit entitled “From the Children, About the Children, For the Children: Art of the Holocaust” will also be on display courtesy of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.

PJ Library Presents: Pajama Party with Rick Recht: October 26, 2014


Join us for an interactive children’s pajama party concert with Jewish musical sensation, Rick Recht!
Rick Recht has 13 hit Jewish music albums, including two children’s albums, Look at Me and Free to Be the Jew in Me. Rick’s concert in Cincinnati is presented by PJ Library, Jewish Family Service and the Mayerson JCC. Hosted by Adath Israel.

What is a Hero? A Night of Heroic Music & Celebration: October 12, 2014


View the sukkah art exhibit and participate in family art activities. Then, join us for a hero-themed program, including a performance by a CSO string ensemble, speakers from TEDxCincinnati and moving stories from real-life heroes.

Come early and share a meal with us to celebrate Sukkot*!

*Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, is celebrated by building a temporary dwelling called a sukkah. The holiday focuses on welcoming guests, caring for the environment, and taking time to be joyful.

What is a Hero? Community Sukkah Art Exhibit: October 8 - 19, 2014


Celebrate Sukkot* and visit this open air, community-driven art exhibit, featuring a 1,300 square foot sukkah adorned in mixed-media panels created by 40+ local organizations depicting their visual answer to the question “What is a Hero?”

*Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, is celebrated by building a temporary dwelling called a sukkah. The holiday focuses on welcoming guests, caring for the environment, and taking time to be joyful.

JCC Fresh! Farmers Market for a Healthy New Year: September 14, 2014

Stock up on apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and browse a variety of produce from local farms at the many other booths! Dozens of vendors will be on hand selling everything from challah and artisan breads to coffee and soaps. Carriage House Farm and Andy’s Backyard Bees will be giving honey tastings at the event, and an orchardist from Backyard Orchards will be offering apple tastings.

JCC Fresh Farmers Market will include healthy cooking demos, chair massages and other engaging programs that promote health, well being and environmental responsibility.

This event is a partnership between the Mayerson JCC and the Wyoming Farmer’s Market.

Summer Cinema Series: Films about Jewish culture & Israeli life: June 24 - June 26, 2014

6-24-14_Summer_Film_FestivalThree nights of Jewish and Israeli films! This festival includes an encore of the audience favorite from the winter 2014 JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, Kaddish for a Friend, and two new films in this hot summer mini festival.

Israel out of the Closet: Yaniv Waizman, Founder of: June 22, 2014

6-22-14_Isreal_out_of_the_ClosetWhile in some Middle East countries, being gay is grounds for execution, Israel is one of the more progressive countries in the world for its legal protections and cultural acceptance. But full equality is not yet a reality. Yaniv Waizman is the special advisor on LGBTQ affairs to the mayor of Tel Aviv, which hosts over 100,000 for its annual pride celebration.

An Evening with Groucho: Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx: May 15, 2014

5-15-14_GrouchoAward-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

Accompanied by his onstage pianist,  Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer.

Gal Lusky: Founder of Israeli Flying Aid: April 30, 2014

4-30-14_Gal_Lusky_3Led by the belief that times of crisis are not times for religion or politics, Gal Lusky’s Israeli Flying Aid (IFA) works to help anyone in need, even those whose governments are hostile to Israel.

Lusky will keep you on the edge of your seat as she recounts her sometimes lifethreatening missions into areas where others won’t go—including Indonesia, Kashmir, and Darfur—driven by IFA’s motto: Nobody asks permission to take a life; we don’t ask permission to save one.

After her brother was injured at war, Gal Lusky dedicated her life to helping victims of disasters and territorial conflicts around the world. In 2005, she founded Israeli Flying Aid (IFA), a non-governmental organization that aims to provide relief in countries that lack diplomatic relations with Israel or whose governments prevent the entry of formal humanitarian organizations.

When Slavery Hits Home: Not Just History But Here and Now Art Exhibition: April 3 - April 23, 2014

4-3-14_When_Slavery_Hits_HomeSlavery, both historic and modern day, is explored through artwork, short videos, lectures and films. This ground-breaking exhibit features art through the ages, and is open to the public for the first time. This exhibit is open to the public during the JCC’s regular business hours. It will be closed on Friday, April 11 and will reopen on Sunday, April 13.

In partnership with The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Supported in part by donations made to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

In Conversation with Victoria Morgan: April 10, 2014

4-10-14_In_Conversation_Victoria_MorganThe artistic director and CEO of the Cincinnati Ballet — celebrating it’s 50th anniversary — shares some exciting news and her favorite stories.

She will discuss memorable performances, backstage stories and the 50th anniversary of the Ballet.

Dancer Abby Morwood will also perform a short demonstration.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents: Sleeping Beauty for families: April 6, 2014

4-6-14_Childrens_Theater_Sleeping_BeautyAn enchanted spindle curses Sleeping Beauty to 100 years of sleep.  Although protected by her fairy godmother, will anyone be able to save her?  ArtReach brings the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault to life in this enchanting adaptation.

presented by Art Reach: a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Opera Rap - Carmen: March 26, 2014

3-26-14_Cinci_Opera_CarmenWith its bounty of well-known melodies, vivid characterizations, and a glimpse of life in 19th-century Seville, “Carmen” is one of opera’s true blockbusters. Cincinnati Opera’s managing director Chris Milligan shares the story of how “Carmen” came to be, why it continues to enchant today, and what will make Cincinnati Opera’s production this summer a must-see.

The hot sun of Seville made her neck glisten beneath her dark curls. Even among scores of senoritas, she was spell-binding. Carmen, as she was known, saw the restrained officer as an intriguing challenge. She approached, and he melted. But in short order Carmen’s attention strayed. Furious, the officer insisted she return to him. And in her reply, Carmen sealed her fate.

The Doo Wop Project: Jersey Boys cast members: March 8, 2014

3-8-14_Doo_Wop_ProjectThe Doo Wop Project features leading cast members from the Tony Award Winning Broadway smash, Jersey Boys. The night included songs mixed with individual stories and references to their upbringings and experiences in the business, particularly backstage at The August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys, where the idea for the group was conceived.

Bigotry & Beauty Queens: Shimon Solomon: March 6, 2014

3-6-14_Bigorty_Beauty_QueensIn 2013, Yityish Aynaw was crowned Miss Israel and Shimon Solomon was elected to the Israeli parliament. But such success is not the norm for Ethiopian Israelis. Many have not been able to integrate into society or find long-term employment, and they face racism and mistrust. Solomon will tell the story of his life-threatening pilgrimage from Ethiopia to Israel at age 10, and explain how it has fueled his work advocating for Israel’s Ethiopian community.

Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Fest: films about Jewish culture & Israeli life: February 8 - 27, 2014

2-8-14_Film_Festival8 award-winning Jewish and Israeli films at 4 locations around Cincinnati


Hanoch Piven, Illustrator and Mixed-Media Artist: February 11, 2014

2-11-14_Hanoch_PivenMixed-media artist Hanoch Piven described his artistic process and allowed participants to experiment by using his fun and easy collage technique to create self-portraits by reinventing the meaning of everyday objects.

Madcap Puppets presents: “Aladdin & Friends” for families
: January 19, 2014

1-19-14_Madcap_PuppetsPopping out from the pockets come hilarious puppets and actors who use the coat as a magical setting for their marvelous tales.  With giant puppets and audience participation the stories presented are: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Middle-Eastern folk tale) and The Girl and the North Wind (Norwegian).

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical: December 7, 2013

12-13-13_Brodways_Next_H!t_MusicalIt’s like Second City meets “Whose Line Is It Anyway” meets Broadway! Every lyric, melody and jazz hand is made up on the spot from audience suggestion, to create a show that is spot-on, energetic, and absolutely hilarious.  The show’s first act is an award ceremony spotlighting songs from four “Best Musical” nominees based on audience-created song titles, and the second act is the ENTIRE musical based on the winning song from act one.  Be a part of the improvised musical comedy you’re bound to love – after all, you created it!

Correcting Injustices in the Legal System: Tuesday, November 19

11-19-13_Correcting_Injustices_Mark_GodseyMark Godsey, co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, works to exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Godsey and an exoneree will share their stories.

Ethan Bortnick: 12 year old piano prodigy, seen on “Oprah” and “Jay Leno”: November 7, 2013

11-27-13_Ethan_BortnickOver 250 people enjoyed Ethan Bortnick at the JCC. Ethan’s show was lively, interactive and powerful. He engaged the crowd with questions and composed songs on the spot with audience input. He played pop culture favorites and classical songs.

Ethan Bortnick is a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, actor, musician and one of the youngest philanthropists in the world. This 12 year old child sensation began playing a keyboard at the age of three and was composing music by the age of five. He has been featured on National and International television programs including “Oprah” and “Jay Leno.” Ethan has helped raise nearly $30 million for charities around the world.

Playhouse in the Park presents: Fake Flowers Don’t Die for families: October 27, 2013

10-27-13_Playhouse_in_the_ParkWinner of the Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences

Three students discover a magic lamp that may or may not grant them three wishes in this thought-provoking and touching world premiere play. While a pile of money or a winning Cincinnati Reds season might seem more obvious wish choices, what if you have an ill relative, a sibling with disabilities or a new stepparent? Picking a wish might not be so easy. The friends must negotiate shifting relationships and new responsibilities as they step up to the challenges they face.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days with Young Professionals Choral Collective
: October 13, 2013

10-13-13_Daniel_Pearl_World_Music_DaysDaniel Pearl World Music Day uses the universal language of music to encourage fellowship across cultures.This year’s concert featured Cincinnati’s Young Professionals’ Choral Collective, a group of energetic singers between the ages of 21-45 who live and work throughout Cincinnati. This new group was founded by Kelly Ann Nelson and Christopher Eanes who act as the artistic and managing directors.  The repertoire for the concert will include music from many different countries, further instilling the idea of “Harmony for Humanity.”

Peter Sagal: September, 17, 2013

9-17-13_Peter_SegalPeter Sagal: Comedic host of “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” and “Constitution USA” on PBS. Over 350 people enjoyed an uproarious and unforgettable evening with the witty host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” and “Constitution USA” on PBS. They heard his colorful commentary on current events and the stories that wouldn’t or couldn’t be broadcast! Sagal has been a writer for the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine’s “True-Life Tales” column.