1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800

Classes and Lectures

 

 

The Art of Chocolate with Barbara Moran

Thursday, July 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
It’s safe to say chocolate is a common favorite among candy and dessert enthusiasts all over the world! Its rich, burnished flavor and melt-in-your-mouth goodness create irresistible treats for its devotees. Come find out some interesting and fun facts about this sweet confection beyond those boxes and foil wrappers and enjoy a treat or two. Sponsored by Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The State of New Jersey State Politics with Professor Ben Dworkin

Monday, July 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
2018 has been a fascinating year in New Jersey politics – and we’re only half way through it! A new progressive governor takes over and has to navigate the never-ending demands of special interests, elected officials, the voters and others – all during the Age of Trump, which places him in uncharted political terrain. This discussion will focus on how things are going so far and why we should be even more hopeful for the future, both as New Jerseyans and Americans. Sponsored by June Fischer and Arthur Rifkin.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Lectures in Song: The Other Jewish Songwriters with Fred Miller

Tuesday, July 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Immediately responding to the American spirit of free enterprise, Jews powered the entertainment industry. Meet several outstanding but less prolific Jewish songwriters: Arthur Schwartz, Burton Lane and Sammy Frain. Pianist/singer/narrator Fred Miller focuses on the lives, careers and most significantly, the enduring songs of these three great musical artists. Among the many familiar songs: Arthur Schwartz´s That´s Entertainment, Burton Lane´s Broadway scores for Finnian´s Rainbow and Sammy Fain’s Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing. This tribute to Jews in songwriting concludes with a sing-along tribute to Al Jolson. Sponsored by Carol Poppel.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The Artful Easel with Lori DeVine and Jolie Tartini

Wednesday, July 18 • 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Last summer we had so much fun creating our own painting to take home that we are going to do it again! Everyone can participate in this fun and rewarding class! Please let us know one week in advance if you will be participating so we are sure to have a canvas ready for you! (NOTE: those participating in this program cannot attend exercise class on this day because of the time it takes to complete the painting.)  Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Wartime Quilts with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, July 19 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
The name of this program doesn’t begin to capture the beauty and excitement of the dazzling quilts that were on exhibition at the Folk Art Museum in New York in late 2017. The stories of how and why these amazing works were created are even more surprising and varied. Colors, shapes, events explode off the wall in a way seldom seen in museums. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Trip to the Lester Senior Housing in Whippany

Monday, July 23 • 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
We have been invited to visit Lester Senior Housing (home to several of our members). We will enjoy an activity with the residents, take a tour and have lunch. Transportation provided. No charge for this program. Reservations needed three days in advance.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick 
Singin’ in the Rain: What a Glorious Feeling

Tuesday, July 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
How did this hilarious film, acclaimed as the most brilliant Hollywood musical of all time, reach the big screen? John Kenrick offers fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and delightful video clips in this celebration of a cinematic classic. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Superfoods that are Healing and Delicious with Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP

Wednesday, July 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Superfoods have gained the reputation as being expensive and only available at health food stores. However, you may be surprised at how accessible they are at your local grocery store or even how many you already consume on a daily basis! Learn how to incorporate them in your diet and how they can optimize your health! Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The Sweet Legacy of Weequachic with Phil Yourish and Jacob Toporek

Thursday, July 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
From 1933 to the mid ‘60s, Weequahic High School in Newark, predominantly Jewish, was the number one academic secondary school in NJ. Following civil unrest in Newark and the exodus of Jewish families to the suburbs, the high school population became primarily African-American. In 1997 its Jewish and African-American alumni joined together to create one of the largest, most active, and successful high school alumni groups in NJ with a mission to provide more opportunity for the current students. A donation will be made to The Weequachic High School Alumni Association.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant 
A Musical Journey to Norway and Finland – Two-Part Series

Monday, July 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Discover the connection between the majestic landscapes of these two countries and the programmatic music written by Grieg and Sibelius. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory
of her late husband Leonard Goldman.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Foods that Maintain Good Eye Health with Kathleen Malkiewicz, EdM, DTR

Monday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Since this week is National Farmer’s Market Week and August is Eye Health month, we will focus on foods – mainly fruits and vegetables – that help maintain eye health. Sponsored by the Union County Division of Aging.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick 
Mae West: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful

Tuesday, August 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
This Brooklyn native conquered Broadway and Hollywood with her outrageous comedies. We’ll celebrate her memorable moments and learn how she battled against censorship and hypocrisy. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cooking @ the J

Wednesday, August 8 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn from our very own chef, Adam Schwartz, of Schwartzies Kitchen, how to create a delicious dinner in puff pastry with healthy and unique side salads.  Sure to be a fun, hands-on cooking experience that will give you new recipe ideas. Space is very limited. Pre-registration is required by August 1.
Price: $65, Member Price: $55

Violet Oakley : America’s Greatest Mural Painter with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, August 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Violet Oakley was America’s greatest mural painter and one of America’s greatest female artists. Working at the turn of the 20th century, she was the first woman to get a commission to paint all the murals in a major public building (the Pennsylvania State Capital). She was also a leading member of the “Red Rose Girls” a group of unmarried professional artists who made, not only a good living, but headlines! Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.  
Price: $8, Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7
Stay for lunch - Price: $6, Senior Price: $4.50 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



Top