OPEN HOUSE, Rep. Kaufman’s monthly public policy series, was launched in 1995 to provide a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community and Commonwealth. While Rep. Kaufman invites guests with expertise and experience in the policy area under consideration, the public is an integral part of the program, and audience participation typically directs the conversation. OPEN HOUSE has been named the best television series by the Massachusetts Cable Television Commission, and was awarded the cable industry’s Beacon Award as the nation’s best government relations series. OPEN HOUSE is produced in partnership with the Lexington Historical Society and LexMedia, which films the forums for broadcast in eastern Massachusetts.

- Dates for the 22nd Season

- “Open House” Archive

May and June’s “OPEN HOUSE”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s “OPEN HOUSE” hosts:

“Democracy Demands Engagement”

The 22nd season of “OPEN HOUSE,” my public policy forum, concludes with a 4-part series entitled “Democracy Demands Engagement.”  The four sessions will be on May 4th, 18th, and 25th, and June 15th from 7-9 PM at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street in Lexington.   The series is co-sponsored by the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association.

The 2016 campaign sent shockwaves through the nation and world. Since Election Day, many of us asked “What now?” These forums will bring us together to ask this question, to think and learn together, and to explore steps to re-energize democracy and ourselves.

The May 4th session, “Challenging Times/Building Community,” will invite us to identify what moves/concerns us and how to unite around these concerns.  The second session on May 18th, “Identifying and Overcoming Divisions,” will allow us to look behind today’s challenges to identify the systemic roots of our divisions and those who exploit them for political gain. On May 25th, we will reflect on what it means to take “Values-Based/Moral Action.”  In the final session on June 15th, we will look ahead to “What Now?  Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Together.”


Mark your calendars as we explore this challenging territory. RSVP by emailing Jacob.blanton@mahouse.gov.


In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.