The JCA J Institute is the place in Jacksonville for adults of all ages to learn, explore, socialize and grow.

J Institute provides the unique opportunity for members and the community to develop new skills, explore the world, improve personal wellness and socialize with others of varying interests. We offer an ever-changing array of innovative classes, programs and events to inspire and educate. With cultural arts offerings, enrichment opportunities, inspirational speakers and exceptional entertainment, there’s something for everyone.

J Institute guest speakers and panel discussions highlight issues of importance to the Jewish community and the community at large. Through insightful lectures, members and guests gain an understanding of challenges facing the world and possible solutions.

J Institute has an assortment of art classes to introduce JCA members and the community to modern and traditional art techniques, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink and pastel painting, beginner through advanced pottery, print making, drawing, flower arranging, candle making, photography and more. Other cultural arts programming, activities and special events include annual festivals, concerts, artist talks, film series, book clubs, author readings and other opportunities to explore your creativity, meet renowned artists and writers and share in a culture of artistry with others in the Jacksonville community.

J Institute brings physicians and other wellness professionals to the JCA for discussions on an array of health and wellness related topics. Sit and Get Fit weekday chair exercise classes keep our mature adult members fit and social. Other programs cover topics such as prostate cancer, gastrointestinal health, autoimmune disease, spinal health, stress and emotional health, cancer wellness and more.

J Institute is committed to bringing the Jacksonville community exceptional enrichment and cultural arts programming and has been recognized twice with Innovation Awards by the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. See for yourself and experience the difference that the J Institute can make in your life!

The JCA offers year-round art classes and workshops that utilize an assortment of media and techniques. If you’re a new artist, experienced creative looking for community or just want to explore your creative side, cultural arts at the JCA offers a variety of classes throughout the year. All classes offered are for beginners and up.

Pottery: The JCA has a pottery studio and kiln onsite where you can learn clay forming basics or fine tune your handbuilding or wheel throwing skills. High-fire glazing techniques are also taught. Craftsmanship, creativity and an appreciation for the elements of well-made, functional pottery are emphasized. Clay is provided.

Oil Painting: Local artist instructors help you explore basic painting techniques while developing visual awareness and artistic self-expression. Principles in 2-D art, use of materials, painting techniques and color mixing are studied through a variety of subject matter.

Drawing: Learn to draw through inspiring exercises and a variety of drawing media and techniques with professional, experienced staff.

Pastel Painting: Local artist instructors teach the basics of painting with pastels as well as methods and techniques for working with the medium.

Chinese Ink Painting: This class introduces you to basic through advanced techniques of Chinese brush painting. Explore simple brush strokes and take inspiration from flowers, small animals and landscapes to create an evocative painting.

Art in the Afternoon: These monthly art workshops explore various forms of arts and crafts such as art journaling, Shibori tie dye, candle making, wreath making and button art.

The Berman Family Young Concert Artists Series at the JCA

Berman Family Endows JCA Concert Series

Edith and Milton Berman were known for their love of classical music. As JCA charter members, the Bermans sponsored the JCA’s original concert series, which brings exceptional, but unknown, young artists from around the world to Jacksonville. The series was continued after Edith and Milton’s passing by their son, Charles, and his wife, Eleanor. Now, more than thirty years later, Edith and Milton’s granddaughter, JCA Board Chair Rochelle Stoddard, and her husband David, have endowed the series to ensure it will remain at the JCA in perpetuity. Now known as the Berman Family Young Concert Artists Series at the JCA, the program has and will remain free and open to the entire community thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family.

For more information, contact Heather at heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

 

  Sun, Jan 10 | 3pm | Do-Hyun Kim, pianist

Pianist Do-Hyun Kim is a captivating, powerful artist establishing himself for displaying incredible depth of artistry in a wide range of repertoire. After presenting him with a prize for best performance in the Semi Final round of the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Maestro Valery Gergiev personally invited him to return to St. Petersburg to perform on a special winners’ concert this past season, and Yamaha to invited him to appear at a “Rising Stars Pianists Concert” in Tokyo. Winner of First Prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Kim debuted at Merkin Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Originally from Korea, Mr. Kim moved to the United States to earn his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with HaeSun Paik and Sergei Babayan. He continued his studies with Mr. Babayan at The Juilliard School, earning a Master’s in 2019, and heads back to the Cleveland Institute this year to pursue an Artist Diploma.

 

 

 

  Sun, Feb 14 | 3pm | Xavier Foley, double bassist

A native of Marietta, GA, Xavier Foley is an alumnus of the Perlman Music    Program, and earned his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music working with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. Mr. Foley won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes and a Paiko Foundation Fellowship, and First Prizes at Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx’s 2014 Competition, and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition. In 2018, he made his acclaimed New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on the Young Concert Artists Series. The program included two of his own compositions. Mr. Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument.  Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs.

 

 

 

  Sun, Mar 14 | 3pm | Jonathan Swensen, cellist

Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música conducted by his father, Joseph Swensen. Mr. Swensen has captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen currently studies with Professor Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

JCVA: Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts
Jan 7 – Feb 3

This exhibit will feature work from JCVA members that includes both recognized and emerging artists from a variety of specialties.

Mission Statement:
JCVA is to be a driving force promoting visual arts in Northeast Florida by…

  • Providing information, support & opportunities to established & emerging artists of all specialties.
  • Arranging high quality exhibitions, workshops and developing community programs.
  • Providing programs for the under-served arts community, especially children.

We are currently involved with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Florida Community College.

 

Artwork by: S BARRE BARRETT

The JCA Sunday Film Series offers a fantastic collection of movies each season that are selected to reflect the range of human experience and for their cultural and entertainment value. All showings are free and open to the community.

In addition to the Sunday Film Series, other movie nights and film screenings are planned throughout the season. We hope you will join us to enjoy our latest showings!

Each November, the JCA celebrates its annual Jewish Cultural Arts Festival with literary, film and arts events, including films, theatrical performances, a book club, family events and its signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival, which showcases renowned authors you won’t see anywhere else in Jacksonville!

This year the festival will be entirely virtual, featuring programming streamed live through Zoom. In order to practice safe physical distancing, we’re excited to share with you this new format, filled with the even more events, authors, and streaming performances than before.

The festival also includes a pop-up bookstore with visiting authors’ books for sale, and a great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council is available for a nominal donation to the JCA.

All festival events are free and open to the entire community. For additional details about the festival or how to get involved, contact Lior Spring at (904) 730-2100 ext. 318 or lior.spring@jcajax.org.

 

To donate to cultural arts programming at the JCA, click here.

To view a list of JCA virtual programming, live videos and resources, please visit here.

Art Classes

The JCA offers year-round art classes and workshops that utilize an assortment of media and techniques. If you’re a new artist, experienced creative looking for community or just want to explore your creative side, cultural arts at the JCA offers a variety of classes throughout the year. All classes offered are for beginners and up.

Pottery: The JCA has a pottery studio and kiln onsite where you can learn clay forming basics or fine tune your handbuilding or wheel throwing skills. High-fire glazing techniques are also taught. Craftsmanship, creativity and an appreciation for the elements of well-made, functional pottery are emphasized. Clay is provided.

Oil Painting: Local artist instructors help you explore basic painting techniques while developing visual awareness and artistic self-expression. Principles in 2-D art, use of materials, painting techniques and color mixing are studied through a variety of subject matter.

Drawing: Learn to draw through inspiring exercises and a variety of drawing media and techniques with professional, experienced staff.

Pastel Painting: Local artist instructors teach the basics of painting with pastels as well as methods and techniques for working with the medium.

Chinese Ink Painting: This class introduces you to basic through advanced techniques of Chinese brush painting. Explore simple brush strokes and take inspiration from flowers, small animals and landscapes to create an evocative painting.

Art in the Afternoon: These monthly art workshops explore various forms of arts and crafts such as art journaling, Shibori tie dye, candle making, wreath making and button art.

Young Concert Artists Series

The Berman Family Young Concert Artists Series at the JCA

Berman Family Endows JCA Concert Series

Edith and Milton Berman were known for their love of classical music. As JCA charter members, the Bermans sponsored the JCA’s original concert series, which brings exceptional, but unknown, young artists from around the world to Jacksonville. The series was continued after Edith and Milton’s passing by their son, Charles, and his wife, Eleanor. Now, more than thirty years later, Edith and Milton’s granddaughter, JCA Board Chair Rochelle Stoddard, and her husband David, have endowed the series to ensure it will remain at the JCA in perpetuity. Now known as the Berman Family Young Concert Artists Series at the JCA, the program has and will remain free and open to the entire community thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family.

For more information, contact Heather at heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

 

  Sun, Jan 10 | 3pm | Do-Hyun Kim, pianist

Pianist Do-Hyun Kim is a captivating, powerful artist establishing himself for displaying incredible depth of artistry in a wide range of repertoire. After presenting him with a prize for best performance in the Semi Final round of the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Maestro Valery Gergiev personally invited him to return to St. Petersburg to perform on a special winners’ concert this past season, and Yamaha to invited him to appear at a “Rising Stars Pianists Concert” in Tokyo. Winner of First Prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Kim debuted at Merkin Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Originally from Korea, Mr. Kim moved to the United States to earn his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with HaeSun Paik and Sergei Babayan. He continued his studies with Mr. Babayan at The Juilliard School, earning a Master’s in 2019, and heads back to the Cleveland Institute this year to pursue an Artist Diploma.

 

 

 

  Sun, Feb 14 | 3pm | Xavier Foley, double bassist

A native of Marietta, GA, Xavier Foley is an alumnus of the Perlman Music    Program, and earned his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music working with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. Mr. Foley won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes and a Paiko Foundation Fellowship, and First Prizes at Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx’s 2014 Competition, and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition. In 2018, he made his acclaimed New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on the Young Concert Artists Series. The program included two of his own compositions. Mr. Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument.  Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs.

 

 

 

  Sun, Mar 14 | 3pm | Jonathan Swensen, cellist

Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música conducted by his father, Joseph Swensen. Mr. Swensen has captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen currently studies with Professor Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Vandroff Art Gallery

JCVA: Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts
Jan 7 – Feb 3

This exhibit will feature work from JCVA members that includes both recognized and emerging artists from a variety of specialties.

Mission Statement:
JCVA is to be a driving force promoting visual arts in Northeast Florida by…

  • Providing information, support & opportunities to established & emerging artists of all specialties.
  • Arranging high quality exhibitions, workshops and developing community programs.
  • Providing programs for the under-served arts community, especially children.

We are currently involved with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Florida Community College.

 

Artwork by: S BARRE BARRETT

Film Series

The JCA Sunday Film Series offers a fantastic collection of movies each season that are selected to reflect the range of human experience and for their cultural and entertainment value. All showings are free and open to the community.

In addition to the Sunday Film Series, other movie nights and film screenings are planned throughout the season. We hope you will join us to enjoy our latest showings!

Discover Culture

Each November, the JCA celebrates its annual Jewish Cultural Arts Festival with literary, film and arts events, including films, theatrical performances, a book club, family events and its signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival, which showcases renowned authors you won’t see anywhere else in Jacksonville!

This year the festival will be entirely virtual, featuring programming streamed live through Zoom. In order to practice safe physical distancing, we’re excited to share with you this new format, filled with the even more events, authors, and streaming performances than before.

The festival also includes a pop-up bookstore with visiting authors’ books for sale, and a great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council is available for a nominal donation to the JCA.

All festival events are free and open to the entire community. For additional details about the festival or how to get involved, contact Lior Spring at (904) 730-2100 ext. 318 or lior.spring@jcajax.org.

 

To donate to cultural arts programming at the JCA, click here.

Virtual Programming

To view a list of JCA virtual programming, live videos and resources, please visit here.