he New Center for Arts and Culture celebrates the rich diversity of the Jewish imagination. The only Boston organization of its kind, the New Center explores universal themes through a Jewish lens, presenting world-class thinkers and artists through riveting conversations and performances. Aiming to strengthen the Jewish community and share the vitality of Jewish culture with a broad audience in Boston and beyond, the New Center delves into Jewish thought and culture through three strands of programming:
New Center LIVE!
Our signature series explores the Jewish imagination through provocative conversation. Featuring the most acclaimed and original Jewish writers, artists, musicians, political figures and humorists New Center LIVE! offers lively, revealing conversations about their lives and work and also invites authentic give-and-take with audience members. New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff, New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger, and CNN commentator Bill Schneider in conversation with political statistician Nate Silver and composer Osvaldo Golijov are among the thought leaders sharing their takes on culture high and low.
New Center OnStage
Reflecting the insight, passion, humanity and humor of Jewish culture, New Center OnStage explores the Jewish imagination through inspiring performance. Innovative theatrical, musical, dance and artistic presentations take center stage to unveil a variety of talents: Hershey Felder, channelling Maestro: Leonard Bernstein in the one-man musical play, and A Fine Romance, a medley of classic American songs penned by Jewish songwriters, are among the events taking the spotlight.
New Center NOW
Engaging culturally-curious young adults through spirited and educational activities, New Center NOW explores the Jewish imagination through interaction. The lively mix of events features cooking, art, dance, film, music and assorted pop culture happenings– all with a Jewish twist. Programming runs the gamut from Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen, an annual food tasting with Boston’s favorite chefs adding new zest to traditional Jewish recipes, to the adventures of fabricating glass dreidles and partaking in Jewishly-inspired yoga. All New Center NOW programs are conceived and planned by our young adult leadership.