Distinguished guest speakers share their stories | Thursday nights at Jewish Center of the Hamptons


Jewish Center of the Hamptons will start off its summer season with its highly-anticipated Salon Series.  Each Thursday night at 7:00pm, from June 27 through August 29, noteworthy speakers from around the country will join us for a casual and informative discussion.  Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the guests as they share personal anecdotes from their diverse careers. (Note, there will be no Salon event on July 4)

June 27 | MICHAEL MUSTO, Journalist, Author and RABBI LYLE ROTHMAN, Jewish Chaplain, University of Miami Hillel. 

The Quality of Equality: A conversation about being gay in today’s America

Jewish Center of the Hamptons honors Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with guest speakers, Michael Musto, award winning journalist, author and former columnist for the Village Voice, along with Rabbi Lyle Rothman, a member of Rabbis Without Borders, and the Jewish Chaplain at University of Miami Hillel. Don’t miss this relevant and timely discussion.


July 11 | PAUL GOLDBERGER, Architectural Critic, Author

Goldberger talks about his new book, Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic and educator, and a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair magazine. In his new book, Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, he takes an exhilarating new look at the history of baseball, told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged. He examines how the site details and the requirements of the game–the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands–shaped our most beloved ballparks.


July 18 | LORRAINE BRACCO, Academy Award Nominated Actress, and ANGELA LAGRECA, Emmy award-winning producer and comedian. 

Few actresses have left such an indelible mark in cinema as Lorraine Bracco, both in her performance as Karen Hill, her Academy Award nominated role in Goodfellas, and as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist in the Sopranos. In conversation with Emmy Award winning producer Angela LaGreca, the discussion runs the gamut from the changing role of women in film, and the effect of the Me Too movement in Hollywood.


July 25 | FAITH POPCORN (CEO of Brain Reserve, best-selling author) and SUSAN L. SOLOMON (CEO and Founder of The New York Stem Cell Foundation)  Futurist Popcorn, the “Nostradamus of Marketing” and CEO of Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve, applies her insights into cultural and business trends to develop new strategies and innovate products, services, and experiences. Solomon spearheads the world’s leading independent non-profit research institute dedicated to translating cutting- edge stem cell research into clinical breakthroughs and cures for patients. Together, the two women talk about the brave new world to come.

Additional guests this summer will include, Ron Delsener (Chairman of Live Nation, largest promoter in the New York area since the 60s), Stephen M. Silverman (Twenty-year veteran of Time Inc. and founding editor of People.com), Steve Cuozzo (Writer and New York Post Editor), Terrie Sultan (Director of Parrish Art Museum) andArtist, Ross Bleckner.

Thursday Night Salon is FREE of charge for JCOH Members. Non-members can purchase advance tickets here for $15: https://jcoh.org/salon/


We are the Jewish spiritual and cultural oasis on the East End of Long Island, in Manhattan, and beyond. Rooted in Torah, prayer, and acts of loving kindness, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons shares the joy of the Jewish traditions and deepens our connections to a rich heritage through progressive Jewish values and a diversity of Jewish voices. In our many avenues of learning we seek to bring relevance and meaning to our daily lives. We are a center without walls, connected to Israel, and the Jewish people wherever they might dwell. We welcome each person regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and race, embracing anyone who chooses to join us on our Jewish journey. As a socially conscious congregation, we dedicate ourselves to mitzvot, fulfilling our obligations to God, and to one another. Come find your center, here.

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