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

Due to a necessary power shut-down by PSE&G, the JCC will need to close at 4:45 pm on Friday, January 19.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Senior Living

Learn more about our Senior Adult program!  Click here to watch our video.

Now Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! Open to adults 65+. A well balanced Kosher meal is served. We will also have a social worker who will be on-site once a week through a Grotta Foundation Grant. 

January

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesdays • January 24, February 21, 28, March 14, 21 • 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Work on substantial projects which span several weeks.  Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show.  All levels welcome. Not appropriate for a single class.  Sponsored by The John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $10/class, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Canasta for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Tuesdays, • January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for this JCC favorite.  Canasta is easy to learn and challenging!  Great way to socialize with friends.  
Price: $14/class, Member Price: $10/class • all supplies included • pre-registration required
Click here to register.  Search Canasta

Memoir Writing a Legacy with Retired English Teacher Edie Scher

Wednesday, January 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Come meet our newest instructor, Edie Scher and learn easy ways to record some of your life experiences for your family.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Israel @ 70: Celebrate this special milestone through film, talks classes and more!
FREE!  Cafe Israel with Michael Levi, community shaliach (emissary from Israel)

Coffee, Conversation and Hot Topics from Israel by Decade
The '60s - The Integration of Mizrahi Jews in Israel
Thursday, January 18 • 9:30 a.m.

More About Israel with Michael Levi

Tu B'Shevat (New Year for Trees) Seder
Thursday, January 18 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free, 
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

SpotLight Speakers
Brunch with Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage in the Face of Evil

Sunday, January 21 • 10:00 a.m.
Corporon grew up listening to her grandmother's stories about how the people of the small Greek island Erikousa hid a Jewish family - a tailor named Savvas and his daughters - from the Nazis during World War II.  Seventy years later, she sets out to track down the family's descendants.  At once a very personal memoir and an ambitious account of the untold history of the Greek Jews, Something Beautiful Happened is a nuanced story about the power of faith, the importance of kindness and the courage to stand up for what's right, no matter the cost.
Sponsored by Gitterman Wealth Management.
Price: $25, Member Price: 18, price includes brunch
Click here to register.  Search Something Beautiful

Yvette Manessis Corporon is a three-time Emmy Award winning writer, author and producer.  Her debut novel When the Cypress Whispers has been translated into 14 languages and is an international best-seller.  A veteran television producer, Yvette is currently a senior producer with the syndicated entertainment new show Extra.  In addition to her Emmy Awards and several Emmy nominations, Yvette has also received the Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism and the New York City Council and Comptroller's Award for Greek Heritage and Culture.  Yvette lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Wellness Workshop with Social Worker Naomi Kreutzer, MSW, LCSW
What's Your Issue?

Monday, January 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
In this discussion group, raise and discuss issues that are important to you and your fellow senior adults.  Sponsored by Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and The Jewish Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ's Iris Teen Tzedakah Program.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Conversations with Authors
Bad Rabbi and Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press with author Eddie Portnoy

Tuesday, January 23 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Stories abound of immigrant Jews on the outside looking in, clambering up the ladder of social mobility, successfully assimilating and integrating into their new worlds. But this book is not about the success stories. It's a paean to the bunglers, the blockheads, and the just plain weird — Jews who were flung from small, impoverished eastern European towns into the urban shtetls of New York and Warsaw, where, as they say in Yiddish, their bread landed butter side down in the dirt. These marginal Jews may have found their way into the history books far less frequently than their more socially upstanding neighbors, but there's one place you can find them in force: in the Yiddish newspapers that had their heyday from the 1880s to the 1930s. Disaster, misery, and misfortune: you will find no better chronicle of the daily ignominies of urban Jewish life than in the pages of the Yiddish press. An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With true stories plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers, Eddy Portnoy introduces us to the drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print. There's the Polish rabbi blackmailed by an American widow, mass brawls at weddings and funerals, a psychic who specialized in locating missing husbands, and violent gangs of Jewish mothers on the prowl—in short, not quite the Jews you'd expect. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world that was.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles and Poetry

Wednesday, January 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English professor Barbara Buettner shares written pieces followed by lively discussion.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Drawing and Painting for Adults with Debbie Livingston

Thursdays • January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 8, 15, 22 (make-up if necessary March 29) • 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Learn to express yourself through drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and collage media will be explored. All levels are welcome.  We recommend you “dress for mess” in these classes! 
Price: $235, Member Price: $190 • all supplies & light snacks included 
Click here to register.  Search Drawing 

Is It Art? with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson
Maurice Sendak: Creator of Visual Poetry

Thursday, January 25 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Maurice Sendak is known for his popular children's books such as Where the Wild Things Are.  Is such work real art?  Come see the pictures, read the text and decide for yourself.  Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Jews of the Diaspora Then and Now
or Book Discussion with Librarian Debbie Abrams (please call in advance to confirm program)

Monday, January 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Former Social Studies teacher Irwin Katz will take us on a trip around the world to visit fellow Jews.  Explore their roots and how they have maintained their identity.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free, 
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • 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
Josephine Baker: "I Listen to Music and Do What It Tells Me"

Tuesday, January 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Born to abject poverty, her eccentric dancing led to stardom in the nightclubs of Paris.  She smashed racial barriers, infuriated bigots and fought the Nazis.  Rare photos and film clips are featured in this look back at her glamorous career and stormy personal life.  Sponsored by the Westfield Foundation.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Rat Pack Favorites

Wednesday, January 31 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gifted vocalist Van Martin, who has appeared in the showrooms of the most prestigious casinos in Vegas and Atlantic City, treats us to Rat Pack favorites.  Sponsored by Jerry and Diane Forman in honor of Helen Forman's birthday.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

February

Sing-a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, February 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs.  Song sheets will be provided.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Wellness Workshop with Social Worker Naomi Kreutzer, MSW, LCSW
Ready, Set, Meditate!

Monday, February 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for an hour of mindfulness practice and stress reduction. Sponsored by Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and The Jewish Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ's Iris Teen Tzedakah Program.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation with Thomas Elefant
Love Duets

Tuesday, February 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, listen to and learn about some of the most beautiful love duets! Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard Goldman.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

A Salute to the Boston Red Sox and Boston with Paul White

Wednesday, February 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
This program will highlight some of the Boston Red Sox players who were also veterans such as Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Dorr.  Learn about the history of the team, Fenway Park, and Boston landmarks.  Sponsored by The Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cultural Events and Controversies

Thursday, February 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Book Discussion with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Monday, February 12 • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews.  Participants can also recommend good books that they are currently reading.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

There is Always Another Side to the Story with Storyteller and Musician Sandy Schuman

Monday, February 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this live performance by Sandy Schuman, a storyteller and musician who tells stories about songs, songwriters, personal adventures, stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition and more.  Sandy was winner of the Jewish Storytelling Contest at the 2015 St. Louis Jam.  Sponsored by A Place for Mom.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Conversations with Authors
Matzo: 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long with Chef David Kirschner

Tuesday, February 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Let's honor the Streit family and bring matzo into the modern food conversation!  Kirschner witll take us through the Streit's storied history of manufacturing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Michelin-trained chef David Kirschner spent years honing his skills in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants before becoming the Executive Chef at Tasting Table and now the owner and Executive Chef of his own private dining company dineDK.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

NEW! Cover2Cover

Fiction reads with authors in an intimate discussion setting!
Book signings too.
Perfect for book lovers, book clubs...even the occasional reader!
Plan your book selections months out!

Conviction with author Julia Dahl

NEW DATE!  Tuesday, February 13 • 7:30 p.m.
New York City 1992: a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Brooklyn, a black family is brutally murdered in their Crown Heights home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on. Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: I didn't do it. Frustrated with her work at the city’s sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City ― not even Saul Katz, a former NYPD cop and her source in Brooklyn’s insular Hasidic community.  So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect.  From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society’s darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre’s sole survivor, Julia Dahl's Conviction examines the power ― and cost ― of community, loyalty, and denial.  
Wine and snacks included.
Price: $14, Member Price: $10

American Songbook Broadway Favorites with Amy Toporek

Wednesday, February 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Amy, who played Tracy in a national tour of Hairspray and who starred in a one-woman show, Once in Love, will delight you with her performance and range.  Sponsored by Susan Klein in honor of Peter Klein's birthday.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Israel @ 70: Celebrate this special milestone through film, talks classes and more!
FREE!  Cafe Israel with Michael Levi, community shaliach (emissary from Israel)

Coffee, Conversation and Hot Topics from Israel by Decade
The '70s - Bus Line 300
Thursday, February 15 • 9:30 a.m.

More About Israel with Michael Levi

A Taste of Israeli Society: Current Israeli Hot Topics and the Politics Behind Them
Thursday, February 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free,
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mah Jongg for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Thursdays • February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn this ancient game played by millions in today’s world. Perfect for those who want to learn or brush up on their skills. This is a great opportunity to exercise your mind, socialize with friends and meet new ones!
Price: $70, Member Price: $50 (5 sessions)
Click here to register. Search Mah Jongg

Clips from Flicks - The Changing Face of Comedy Through the Years

Tuesday, February 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
How has comedy evolved?  Do we laugh at the same things in the 21st century as we did in the 20th century?  Take a look back at some of the great comedies with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.
The Silent Clowns II - The other silent comedians - slapstick or still funny?
Sponsored by a JCC of Central NJ Teen Action Service Corps (TASC) grant.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Celebrate Presidents' Day with Ulysses S. Grant's Friendship with President Lincoln as reenacted by Ken Serfass

Wednesday, February 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ken will share intimate stories regarding this time in history when the lives of these two men became forever entwined.  Ken is an expert on the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant as both general and president and will be speaking at Grant's tomb in New York.  Sponsored by Atria Senior Living Cranford.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Is It Art? with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson
Saul Steinberg: Along the Lines

Thursday, February 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
No artist of post World War II observed, recorded and commented on the diversity and visual culture of Americans as did Saul Steinberg in The New Yorker.  Is this real art?  Sponsored by The Union County HEART Grant.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Conversations with Authors
Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist with author Linda Forgosh

Monday, February 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Louis Bamberger (1855–1944) was the epitome of the merchant prince as public benefactor. Born in Baltimore, this son of German immigrants built his business — the great, glamorous L. Bamberger & Co. department store in Newark, N.J. — into the sixth-largest department store in the country. A multimillionaire by middle age, he joined the elite circle of German Jews who owned Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Filene’s. Despite his vast wealth and local prominence, Bamberger was a reclusive figure who shunned the limelight, left no business records, and kept no diaries. He remained a bachelor and kept his private life and the rationale for his business decisions to himself.  Yet his achievements are manifold. He was a merchandising genius whose innovations, including newspaper and radio ads and brilliant use of window and in-store displays, established the culture of consumption in twentieth-century America. His generous giving, both within the Jewish community and beyond it, created institutions that still stand today: the Newark YM-YWHA, Beth Israel Hospital and the Newark Museum. Toward the end of his career, he financed and directed the creation of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, which led to a friendship with Albert Einstein.  Despite his significance as business innovator and philanthropist, historians of the great department stores have paid scant attention to Bamberger. This full-length biography will interest historians as well as general readers of Jewish history nationally, New Jerseyans fascinated by local history, and the Newarkers for whom Bamberger’s was a beloved local institution.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • 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
Hamilton: The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon

Tuesday, February 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
How did the life story of America's most controversial founding father become the basis for one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of the 21st century?  Sponsored by the Union County HEART Grant.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles and Poetry

Wednesday, February 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English professor Barbara Buettner shares written pieces followed by lively discussion.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

March

Sing-a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, March 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs.  Song sheets will be provided.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Book Discussion with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Wednesday, March 5 • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews.  Participants can also recommend good books that they are currently reading.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation with Thomas Elefant
Mozarts Requiem: Preparation for the NJSO March 15 Performance

Tuesday, March 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Obtain a genuine appreciation of this hauntingly beautiful unique work.  Click here for details about the trip to the NJSO concert.  Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard Goldman.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories and Essays, Newspaper Articles and Poetry

Wednesday, March 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English professor Barbara Buettner shares written pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Israel @ 70: Celebrate this special milestone through film, talks classes and more!
FREE!  Cafe Israel with Michael Levi, community shaliach (emissary from Israel)

The '80s - Tikvah - the Month of Hope
Thursday, March 8 • 9:30 a.m.
We will discuss the story of Alice Miller who was one of the most influential pioneers to bring equality and hope for women serving in the Israeli army.

More About Israel with Michael Levi

Hatikva (The Hope): Explore the Importance, Roots and Perceptions of the Israeli National Anthem
Thursday, March 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free, 
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

NEW! Cover2Cover

Fiction reads with authors in an intimate discussion setting!
Book signings too.
Perfect for book lovers, book clubs...even the occasional reader!
Plan your book selections months out!

Leaving Lucy Pear with author Anna Solomon

Friday, March 9 • 10:00 a.m.
One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle's house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-World War I America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea's hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. She returns to her uncle’s house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea's abandoned child — now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.  In mesmerizing prose, award-winning author Anna Solomon weaves together an unforgettable group of characters as their lives collide on the New England coast. Set against one of America's most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom and the meaning of family, establishing Anna Solomon as one of our most captivating storytellers  
Continental breakfast will be served.
Price: $14, Member Price: $10

Wellness Workshop with Social Worker Naomi Kreutzer, MSW, LCSW
JFS Nurse

Monday, March 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Jewish Family Service nurse Karen Giordanella will discuss coping with chronic illness.  Sponsored by Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and The Jewish Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ's Iris Teen Tzedakah Program.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

NEW! PBS Broadcast Discussion with Retired Social Studies Teacher Tom Shanker

Tuesday, March 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Memoir Writing a Legacy with Retired English Teacher Edie Scher

Wednesday, March 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn easy ways to record some of your life experiences for your family.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mah Jongg, Canasta, Mai Tais and More!

Wednesday, March 14 • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
A JCC favorite - always a great time!  Bring your friends, bring your sets, bring your winning spirit as we play socialize, wine and dine. All levels are welcome.  Open to the community!  Dinner and drinks included.
Price: $26, Member Price: $20
Click here to register.  

Cultural Events and Controversies

Thursday, March 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Wellness Workshop with Social Worker Naomi Kreutzer, MSW, LCSW
Changing Friendships

Monday, March 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Let's talk about how friendships evolve and change over time and how this affects us.  Sponsored by Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and The Jewish Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ's Iris Teen Tzedakah Program.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Clips from Flicks - The Changing Face of Comedy Through the Years

Tuesday, March 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
How has comedy evolved?  Do we laugh at the same things in the 21st century as we did in the 20th century?  Take a look back at some of the great comedies with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.
Comedy of the '30s and '40s: The Great Teams - Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello
Sponsored by a JCC of Central NJ Teen Action Service Corps (TASC) grant.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Handel Festival Orchestra conducted by Thomas Elefant

Tuesday, March 20 • 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Share a magical evening of music at the West 83rd Ministry Center in NYC.  Octorino Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances from Suite III and Mozart - Concerto for oboe and orchestra.  Reservations are needed by Tuesday, February 27.
Price: $55, Member Price: $50, cost includes $10 orchestra donation, transportation provided

Broadway Trip to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Wednesday, March 21 • 11:00 a.m.
Carousel, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan.  This revival features Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry from Hamilton as Billy Bigelow and opera star Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler.
Price: $135, Member Price: $115
Includes brunch at the JCC, a rear mezzanine ticket and roundtrip transportation on luxury coach bus.  
Please register by Wednesday, February 21.  Click here.  Search CAROUSEL 

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories and Essays, Newspaper Articles and Poetry

Wednesday, March 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English professor Barbara Buettner shares written pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Is It Art? with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson
Carpet as Art

Thursday, March 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contemporary artist Faig Ahmed is making carpets intended to embody ideas and issues relevant for today's world.  You have to see it to believe it!  Sponsored by The Union County HEART Grant.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Jews of the Diaspora Then and Now
or Book Discussion with Librarian Debbie Abrams (please call in advance to confirm program)

Monday, March 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Former Social Studies teacher Irwin Katz will take us on a trip around the world to visit fellow Jews.  Explore their roots and how they have maintained their identity.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free, 
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • 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
Mel Brooks: It's Good to Be the King

Tuesday, March 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Brooklyn native, Mel Brooks, became one of the most influential comic writers and filmmakers of our time.  A humorous look at the life and career of a man who discovered how to offend and amuse generations of admirers.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

SpotLight Speakers
A Night of Laughter and Comedy with Alan Zweibel, author of For This We Left Egypt?  A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

Tuesday, March 27 • 7:30 p.m.
This parody of the Passover Haggadah dishes up humorous explanations of Passover rituals accompanied by very funny anecdotes.  
Sponsored by Gitterman Wealth Management.
Price: $18, Member Price: 15
Click here to register.  Search Zweibel

Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer and has won five Emmy Awards for his work including Curb Your Enthusiasm.  He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays.

Passover Seder with Cantor Bill Walton

Thursday, March 29 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional Passover Seder lead by Cantor Walton highlighted by beautiful cantorial music and a delicious Seder lunch.  Reservations are needed by Wednesday, March 21.  Sponsored by Ashbrook Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Price: $12.25, Member Price: $8.25 (cost includes lunch)

NEW! Cover2Cover

Fiction reads with authors in an intimate discussion setting!
Book signings too.
Perfect for book lovers, book clubs...even the occasional reader!
Plan your book selections months out!

The Patriots with author Sana Krasikov

Wednesday, May 2 • 7:30 p.m.
When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn College for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow — and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Many years later, Florence’s son, Julian, will make the opposite journey, immigrating back to the United States. His work in the oil industry takes him on frequent visits to Moscow, and when he learns that Florence’s KGB file has been opened, he arranges a business trip to uncover the truth about his mother, and to convince his son, Lenny, who is trying to make his fortune in the new Russia, to return home. What he discovers is both chilling and heartbreaking: an untold story of what happened to a generation of Americans abandoned by their country.  The Patriots is a riveting evocation of the Cold War years, told with brilliant insight and extraordinary skill. Alternating between Florence’s and Julian’s perspectives, it is at once a mother-son story and a tale of two countries bound in a dialectic dance; a love story and a spy story; both a grand, old-fashioned epic and a contemporary novel of ideas. Through the history of one family moving back and forth between continents over three generations, The Patriots is a poignant tale of the power of love, the rewards and risks of friendship and the secrets parents and children keep from one another Wine and snacks included.
Price: $14, Member Price: $10

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Series at NJPAC in Newark
Special Senior Subscriber Series

Thursdays • 1:30 p.m. • includes roundtrip luxury coach bus

Tickets can be purchased by individual show if available.
Contact Terry Campbell, NJSO Group Sales at tcampbell@njsymphony.org or 973-735-1717.

Mozart's Requiem
Xian Zhang, conductor
Thursday, March 15, 2017

Bach's Complete Brandenburgs
Eric Wyrick, leader and violin soloist
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Shaham Plays Brahms
Xian Zhang, conductor • Gil Shaham, violin
Thursday, June 7, 2018 

Senior Social Program

Social Worker

Mondays • 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Each Monday during the program season, we will have a social worker available to meet with individual seniors one-on-one or to lead group discussions on relevant topics. Sponsored by The Grotta Foundation.

Senior Exercise

Mondays - Wednesdays • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Boost energy and improve balance while halting or reversing bone loss and strengthening muscles.  Stretching, strength training, range-of-motion and endurance work.  (Available to both Senior Adult and Senior Social Members.)

Senior Yoga

Thursdays • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Relax and relieve stress and tension through guided stretches and breathing. All moves practiced in chairs.

Walking Club

Fridays • 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Vin, certified personal trainer, every Friday for a gentle stroll around the gym.  Class includes light stretches.

Cost for all Senior Adult Programs: Price: $7, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $4.25

Senior Social Membership Resources

Transportation

Round-trip, door-to-door transportation to the JCC is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for most senior residents of Union County.  This transportation is provided by the Union County Paratransit System and the JCC.  There is a small fee per trip.

Kosher Lunch

The JCC is a designated Kosher nutrition site, funded by the Union County Division on Aging.  Kosher lunches are served to seniors on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please note that we need notice at least 24 hours in advance for seniors planning to have lunch here.  Menus are published one month in advance.  This program is open to the community; The recommended cost is $4.25. 

Services & Referrals

The JCC works closely with Jewish Family Services, the Union County Paratransit System, the Union County Division on Aging and other agencies to provide a full range of services to senior participants.

Program Costs

The program cost for non-members is $7.  

 

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