SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)

Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment (SAJE) provide year-round, community-wide learning opportunities of the highest quality that connect people to Judaism. SAJE is endowed by a generous gift from Cis Maisel Kellman and is supported by Carol & Ronald Fogel and Sophie Pearlstein through the JCC's Pillars of Light program. 

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Program Updates Due To COVID-19: SAJE events postponed.  

Due to complications for traveling speakers, and for the safety of our JCC community, SAJE programs scheduled for March 17 (Justin Cammy) and March 25 (Eve Jochnowitz) at the JCC have been postponed. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.
Current ticket-holders will be refunded. Call 248.432.5459 for more info.


Yiddish Glory at The Berman has been postponed

Due to complications for internationally traveling speakers and performers, and for the safety of our JCC community, Yiddish Glory, scheduled for March 29, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
Current ticket-holders will be refunded. Call 248.661.1900 for more info.


Justin Cammy: Translating the Holocaust 

Tuesday, March 17 | 7:00 p.m.

In 1945, Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever published a memoir describing his personal account of the destruction of the Vilna Ghetto. Historian and translator, Justin Cammy, explores the legacy of Sutzkever’s account and the challenges of translating such a work for the 21st-century reader.

Free. Registration recommended.
Supported by: The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan


Eve Jochnowitz - The Almighty Salad: Jewish Vegetarianism and the Backlash in the Yiddish Press 

Wednesday, March 25 | 7:00 p.m. 

In the first half of the 20th century, many Yiddish speakers looked to vegetarianism as a way of creating a better world. Some Yiddish writers embraced radical eating, many looked upon the growing enthusiasm for vegetarianism as a threat to Jewish tradition. Eve Jochnowitz, Yiddish instructor and cultural historian, examines the historical critiques surrounding vegetarianism in the last century.


Free. Registration recommended.
Sponsor: The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan


Yiddish Glory - A Lecture & Live Concert

Sunday, March 29 | 4:00 p.m. | The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

As World War II raged through Europe, Soviet Yiddish scholars embarked on an ambitious project to preserve Jewish music of the 1940’s. Unpublished, their work was thought to be lost. Professor Anna Shternshis discovered this historic treasure trove and worked with Russian musician Psoy Korolenko to bring these songs to both academic and popular audiences. The result is the Grammy-nominated album, Yiddish Glory.

Join us for a lecture and live concert featuring Shternshis, Korolenko and the rest of the band to hear the lost voices of Soviet Jews who were thought to be silenced by Hitler and Stalin.

Tickets: $18

Major sponsors: Sarah Gottlieb, The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation

Sponsors: JCC's The Active Life, JCC's Russian Jewish Life

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Knock Knock. A Dramatic Play

Sunday, April 26 | 7:00 p.m. | The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

How would you raise your child if you knew that one day their turn will come to hold a rifle? In this one-person play, writer and performer Niv Petel weaves a vivid story about the effects of Israel’s National Service on everyday life. Inspired by real life situations, and with humor, Knock Knock cuts through the thick curtain of politics to tell a story about parenthood, friendship, love and sacrifice.

In Observance of Yom Hazikaron 
Our community-wide Yom Hazikaron event will take place prior to Knock Knock in Handleman Hall at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets: $18
Presented in Partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit - Israel & Overseas

Sponsors: The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies & Community Engagement at Oakland University

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