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 Festival of Books




 Irwin Katz, a generous
 contribution made in
 memory of his wife, Ann
 This event is made
 possible, in part, with
 support from the Indiana
 Arts Commission and the
 National Endowment 
 for the Arts, a
 federal agency

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 become a sponsor


A Taste of the Ann Katz
Festival of Books and Arts

The Neighborhood of Saturdays:
Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ South Side

In 2010, anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting histories, photographs and other memorabilia from African-American and Sephardic Jewish elders, former residents of what had been one of the most multi-ethnic neighborhoods
in Indianapolis: the Near Southside. The Jewish and African-American communities not only lived side-by-side, they once shared deep bonds of friendship that were renewed when they began meeting with the IUPUI students and one another to share their memories of that beloved time and place.

The students’ work resulted in the publication of a book, The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Neighborhood on Indianapolis’ Southside. It’s an inspiring story that continues on today.

Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by Indianapolis Star columnist Erika Smith. Hear from the students and project participants about this almost-forgotten period in Indianapolis history. Light refreshments including Sephardic pastries, like from the old neighborhood, will be served. Registration is encouraged.

Sun, Mar 30  |  2 pm  |  FREE


In Partnership with Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Award Winning Films at the JCC

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In partnership with JCRC and The Circle:
Jews, Germans and Hoosiers in Conversation
A Liturgy on the Holocaust
As part of the Days of Remembrance, we are proud to invite you to this interactive play. Unlike most plays, in Nightwords the separation between the actors and the audience is eliminated. Join us for this moving experience and become a part of an evening you will not forget. Registration is encouraged.

Tue, Apr 29  |  7 pm  |  FREE