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Arts + Ideas to finish unprecedented season with outstanding programs featuring local authors.


Two Virtual Cultural Programs set for May

Dara (Hirsch) Kurtz

On Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. EST, hometown gal, Dara (Hirsch) Kurtz will present her book,I Am My Mother’s Daughter.”

Many years after losing her mother to cancer, Dara discovered a Ziploc bag of letters written to her by both her mother and grandmothers when she was a young child.

They brought back beau­ti­ful fam­i­ly mem­o­ries, taught her many life lessons about the love between moth­ers and daugh­ters, and the wis­dom passed on from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. Dara passed down these fam­i­ly tra­di­tions to her two daugh­ters, who car­ry on the lega­cy con­tained in the Ziploc bag.

Through her book and successful blog, “Crazy Perfect Life,” Dara shares this legacy and the lessons she learned in overcoming cancer with others.  Dara inspires others to make the most of every day of their lives.

Adolf-Adams JCC Forum

Michael Stigner

As the finale for the season, the Adolf-Adams JCC Forum, sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods LLC, will present, “The Tale of the Tee,” based on the award-winning book by Jonathan Blank and B.K. Fulton on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST. 

Michael Signer, former mayor of Charlottesville and author of the book, Cry Havoc,” will moderate the conversation among these two local authors.

“Tale of the Tee” is about how truth and honest conversation allows ordinary people to become the change they seek. B.K. Fulton and Jonathan Blank did not know each other prior to June 14, 2020.

Then, after a series of emails and acts of kindness, the two men, one African American and one Jewish, began a chain of emails and interactions that have resulted into an extraordinary friendship.


A Brotherhood

BK Fulton
Jonathan Blank

This book captures the events that sparked a brotherhood. The two men now carry a memento, a golf tee, to symbolize their bond and the work they must continue to do to advance civil society. “The Tale of the Tee” teaches us that small acts can have lasting ripple effects.

Virtual tickets for these upcoming events can be purchased at weinsteinjcc.org.

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