All New Tapestry Weaves Arts and Culture into Day of Jewish Learning

All New Tapestry Weaves Arts and Culture into Day of Jewish Learning

Curious about the link between comic book heroes and Judaism? Wondering how Chabad became such a successful movement around the world? Do you love live music and arts events, provocative debate, and thought-provoking seminars? Then mark your calendar and come to the JCC on Sunday, January 29 for Tapestry: A Day of Jewish Learning.

Tapestry is turning 15 this year and getting a fresh, new look for 2017. With an eye to our busy lives, this year’s event has been designed with ­flexibility in mind, and starts earlier than previous years to coincide with religious school hours. Tapestry 2017 features both morning and anafternoon keynote authors and over 3 dozen speakers, all for just $10 in advance ($15 at the door). Gone is the seated formal lunch, freeing up the Community Hall stage for live arts programming all day. In the Tapestry Café, stop by for a free cup of coffee or purchase a snack, sweet or kosher lunch to support BBYO (cash only) while perusing information about adult Jewish education opportunities available year round in Austin. Additionally, the morning includes 3 hours of compelling topics to be presented in Hebrew. Preview the schedule at www.shalomaustin.org/tapestry and come for one, some, or all of the session times.

The special emphasis on arts this year at Tapestry is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the JCC movement in North America and the contribution Jewish music has made to arts and culture over the last century. Leading up to Tapestry: A Day of Jewish Learning will be 2 weeks of special arts events as part of JAAM Fest 2017, the Jewish Austin Arts and Music Festival, a project funded by a “Make Music Happen” grant from the national organization. JAAMFest organizers put out a call for original musical works inspired by Jewish visual art, and the images and the winning music will be showcased at ”Homemade JAAM Café” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 at Blackerby Stage and Studio, 1111 W. Anderson Lane. For something completely different but also musical, enjoy a JAAM Session on Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. at Kick Butt Coffee, 5775 Airport Blvd. Bring your instrument and join the jam, or sit back and enjoy live improvisational music with a Jewish twist. And for wee children and their parents and caregivers, sign up for one of the ‘Wee Celebrate the Seasons’ events on January 19 and 20 at the JCC, an experiential and sensory arts experience with sound, touch, puppets and more.

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