Upcoming Programs and Events

The Center has some extraordinary programs and events planned for the balance of this year and into the next, with a plan to add even more in the coming months.

Mara Adelman, member at large
Dana Cope, M. Ed.
Wednesday, November 14
Distraction: Screen Distraction for Children/Teens
Mara Adelman, Ph.D. (Professor emeritus, Seattle University) and Dana Cope, M.Ed. in Innovative Learning, President of Cope consulting LLC

Venue: Napa County of Office of Education Conference Center, 2121 Imola Avenue, Napa, CA 94559
Tickets: Free

Children are very susceptible to interfering stimuli or distractions. This 2 hour program is designed for understanding the costs and potential solutions of distraction for our children and parenting. This is a highly participatory Town Hall that will include: 1) Overview of distraction: costs and benefits, 2) Discuss how distractions impacts children, 3) Examine potential solutions to reducing distraction and enhancing attention, and 4) Engage parents in round table discussion regarding issues and solutions.

Spanish Translation Available Upon Request

For more information click here.


Mara Adelman, member at large Wednesday, December 5
Distraction: The impact in our everyday and professional lives
Mara Adelman, Ph.D. (Professor emeritus, Seattle University)

Venue: Napa County Library, Community Room,580 Coombs St, Napa
Tickets: Free

Dr. Adelman will overview some of the concepts, types, and issues regarding distraction; including research on its impact in our everyday usage
in our professional lives. She will also examine it’s counterpart—attention and mindfulness. Audience members, in round table discussions, will be encouraged to share their responses
to issues around distraction in their everyday and professional live

For more information click here.


Dr. Dana Levin Thursday, January 24, 2019
Dr. Dana Levin – Extreme Medicine: Providing Care in the World’s Most Dangerous Environments. The second in a series – “The Road Less Traveled” – moderated by Rabbi Niles Goldstein
Venue: Congregation Beth Shalom
Tickets $25

The Himalayas, Antarctica, outer space–how do doctors keep people healthy and safe in such inhospitable places? As part of NCTC’s “The Road Less Traveled” series, millennial and adventurer Dana Levin, an emergency and aerospace medicine physician at New York’s Columbia University, will speak about the challenges of this field of work, but also about how imagination, creativity, interdisciplinary thinking and international cooperation can help to lead the way toward progress. Dr. Levin’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with Rabbi Goldstein and an opportunity for the audience members to ask questions.


Beregovski Suite Monday, February 18, 2019
Venue: Congregation Beth Shalom
Tickets $55 (VIP); $30 (General Admission)

Alicia Svigals, the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler and founder of the Klezmatics, teams up with Uli Geissendoerfer, jazz and world music pianist/composer, to bring life to the lost melodies from the early 20th-century fieldwork of Ukrainian Moshe Beregovski – and to re-imagine them into something new and alive to pass along future generations of listeners and players.


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Sunday, April 14, 2019

In a rare Napa appearance, the nationally-acclaimed, San Francisco-based orchestra brings to life the Salamone Rossi Project.  The program includes sacred Hebrew psalms, secular madrigals and instrumental trio sonatas and dances, plus interaction between Italian Jewish Scholar Francesco Spagnolo and Music Director Nicholas McGegan, who take the audience through the life of Salamone Rossi and how he shaped the culture in Mantua and Venice for Jews and non-Jews alike.