Cultural Arts

Your hub for all things cultural at the JCC!

Welcome to the JCC’s Cultural Arts page, where you’ll find information on upcoming events, previous events, and other useful announcements. We are currently only offering programs online, but we look forward to seeing you in person in the future.

These last few months have been challenging, but we are working hard to continue to offer you world-class at-home programming including discussions with renowned authors, famous actors, international scholars, film directors and producers, and so much more. However, we need your help to keep this programming accessible.  Please consider making a donation to the JCC’s Cultural Arts Fund to help us continue to offer programming at little or no cost to the community. You can also support our programming by shopping at our online book store. We receive 30% of your purchase amount, so feel free to get gifty.

Thank you for being part of the family and enjoy the show!

Jaemi B. Loeb
Senior Director of Cultural Arts
JCC of Metro Detroit


NEWS: We’re moving from Zoom to Live on YouTube.

This will simplify and improve security, reduce the strain on your home internet, and allow you to watch from your smart TV. It will also speed up the process of making event recordings available.

New to Live events on YouTube?

To watch from your computer or mobile device, just click on the link in the event info.

To watch on your smart TV, simply navigate to the YouTube app at or just before show time, search for the JCC of Metro Detroit Channel, and select the appropriate video. (Pro tip: If you visit the channel and find the video in advance, you’ll have the option to set yourself a reminder.)
Click here for directions for setting up YouTube on your smart TV.

To comment or ask a question during the event you must be watching on your computer OR you can text your questions to a number that will be provided at the event.

To streamline your experience, we recommend visiting the JCC of Metro Detroit’s YouTube channel. There you can subscribe, get notifications of new videos, set a reminder for specific videos, etc. If you loose track of a link for a specific event, you can always find it on our channel.

Upcoming events:

Event details will be updated on an ongoing basis.


Monday, July 6, 5pm

Detroit Jewish Book Fair Presents:

National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction Winners Discuss

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Join the most recent winners of the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction as they discuss writing, fiction writing, storytelling, and more.

2018 Award Winner and 2019 Book Fair alum Bram Presser:
Semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, lapsed criminal lawyer and one-time cartoon character, Bram Presser was born and still lives in Melbourne, Australia. For ten years, he schlepped around the world screaming into a rubber chicken with the iconic Jewish punk band, Yidcore, before turning to writing. Since then, his stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Sleepers Almanac and Higher Arc. His debut novel, The Book of Dirt, was released to great acclaim and won the 2018 Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction in the US National Jewish Book Awards, the 2018 Voss Literary Prize and three awards in the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People’s Choice Award.

Click here to purchase Book of Dirt.

2019 Award Winner Sarah Blake:
In her debut nov­el, Naamah, Sarah Blake vivid­ly con­veys the sto­ry of Noah and the Ark from an unusu­al per­spec­tive — that of Noah’s wife, Naamah. Blake writes with strong, sen­su­al, mod­ern lan­guage, and uti­lizes time trav­el and dream sequences to cre­ate a mul­ti­lay­ered sto­ry. With this book, Blake has tak­en one of the best-known bib­li­cal tales and opened it up in ways both inven­tive and provocative. Her next novel, Clean Air, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in Fall 2021. Her poetry books include Mr. West and Let’s Not Live on Earth. Find out more at her website:
Click here to purchase Naamah.

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