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 JCA Concert Series for 2023

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 JCA Concert Series, 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.

For details on exhibiting or the upcoming artist schedule, to purchase, or if you have questions, please contact Heather at ext. 265 or email, heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

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. This includes films, theatrical performances, a book club, family events and it’s signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival, now in its 26th year.

All festival events are free and open to the entire community. For additional information about the festival, contact Rachel Sandler at (904) 730-2100 ext. 271 or rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or Heather Terrill at (904) 730-2100 ext. 265 or heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

To donate to cultural arts programming at the JCA, contact Kendall Sisisky Valliere at (904) 730-2100 ext. 231.

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.

The Berman Family JCA Concert Series

 

The Berman Family JCA Concert Series for 2023

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 JCA Concert Series, 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.

Vandroff Art Gallery

For details on exhibiting or the upcoming artist schedule, to purchase, or if you have questions, please contact Heather at ext. 265 or email, heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

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!

Cultural Arts Festival

Each November, the JCA celebrates its annual Jewish Cultural Arts Festival with literary, film and arts events. This includes films, theatrical performances, a book club, family events and it’s signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival, now in its 26th year.

All festival events are free and open to the entire community. For additional information about the festival, contact Rachel Sandler at (904) 730-2100 ext. 271 or rachel.sandler@jcajax.org or Heather Terrill at (904) 730-2100 ext. 265 or heather.terrill@jcajax.org.

To donate to cultural arts programming at the JCA, contact Kendall Sisisky Valliere at (904) 730-2100 ext. 231.

Virtual Programming

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