Arts and Culture

“Creating meaningful experiences in the cultural arts Jewish world”

For more information about cultural arts programs at the JCC, contact:
Shula Banchik, Cultural Arts and Israeli Programs Manager
403-537-8596 or email

We invite you to consult our Jewish Calendar 101 to lean more about the Jewish Holidays. Click here for more information. 

Tribute to Amos Oz 
The Calgary JCC Jewish Book Festival pays tribute to Amos Oz who passed away on December 28, 2018. We invite you to read 10 things to Know about this prolific Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and intellectual. You can also order any of the titles listed here by sending an email to Shula. Sale proceeds will support the 2019 Jewish Book Festival.


Tu B' Shevat Celebration 
January 16-18 and January 20-21 
12 noon, 3 pm and 6 pm 
For the New Year of the Trees celebration taste the traditional seven species and watch the documentary film: Sustainable Nation, about how Israeli visionaries help tackle the world's water-energy crisis. 

Welcome Shabbat - Tu B'Shevat
Friday, January 18
10:30 - 11:00am 
Join us for a special Tu Bishvat celebration: Let the Trees Dance! With Yael Gutman, director of La Pointe Dance Studio.

Betzalel Arts Exhibit: Created 

A solo exhibit by Anna Pederson
January 14 - February 25  | Calgary JCC
Opening reception: January 21, 6-9 pm 

Artist Talk: 7:00 pm with light refreshment


Registration is now open for the 2019 winter session. Register online, in person or by calling 403-253-8600, ext.0

Pre-School Dance Ages 3-5
This introduction to ballet and jazz dance for nursery to kindergarten age will get your child moving and expressing themselves to music. Yael Guterman, La Pointe Dance Studio owner and teacher, will teach children rhythm, body awareness, musicality, and basic dance steps. Boys and girls will gain confidence and enjoyment.
Dress for boys: Any style tshirt with black or navy shorts, and white or black leather ballet shoes with matching ankle socks.
Dress for girls: Pink ankle socks and pink leather full sole ballet slippers with elastic. It is recommended (not mandatory) that hair be worn off the face in a bun, braids, or ponytail.

Israeli Folk Dance Ages 16+
Israeli Folk Dance taught by Israeli RAD certified dance instructor, Yael Guterman from La Pointe Dance Studio. Yael will teach you traditional Israeli folk dance steps, combinations, and modern choreographed variations. You can expect a moderate work out set to music – a fun class to move your body and soul! Dress: Comfortable clothes and non-marking shoes appropriate for exercise (please, no flip-flops or outdoor shoes).

Paint Night
Bring a friend and learn to paint. Professional artist, Sarah Bing will lead you each evening through the creation of a new painting that you can take home with you. You will learn diverse styles and types of painting including landscape, still life, and abstract. Sign up for the entire session and see your skills progress. All supplies are provided. Cash wine bar. Registration is required for all attendees by 9:00pm on the Monday before the class.

Community Klezmer Band
Explore klezmer music and related musical traditions with Frank Rackow. Musicians of any instrument who are able to read and play music at an intermediate level may join this class. You will learn new music and improve your skills while meeting other talented musicians.

Betzalel Arts
Jewish artists working together to support, encourage, and develop artistic professionalism and growth. Professional and emerging photographers are also welcome to join this group.
Professional Development • Solo and Group Shows  •  Art Sales
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