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

Camp Yachad Meet the Staff and Parent Orientation is on Sunday, June 24.   Limited parking will be reserved for fitness users but please expect high parking lot volume from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on that day.  Thank you for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience!

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program

Learn more about our Berg-Lieppe 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. 


Sing –A-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday June 7 • 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

NEW! PBS Broadcast Discussion with retired Social Studies teacher Tom Shanker
PBS Documentary TBA

Monday, June 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Watch and discuss interesting PBS documentaries.
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 

Engaging Jewish Spiritual Music with Rebecca Teplow 

Tuesday, June 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
End our program year with Rebecca’s haunting as well as soothing music.  Her songs resonate on a deep emotional level and echo in one’s soul. The most profound element in the music is its intensity. Most songs are in Hebrew, but people can gain an image of what the music is about without reference to Hebrew because the words are so vividly linked to the music. Rebecca will be accompanied by a pianist. Sponsored by Royal Home Care.
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

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, June 13 • 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

Book Discussion with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Wednesday, June 13 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.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 

Cultural Events and Controversies

Thursday June 14 • 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


During the summer months, our programming moves to Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street in Scotch Plains) – but the program still offers the same variety, time with friends, fun and delicious lunch!  Come before each program for senior exercise and stay after each program for a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Program-only reservations are encouraged but not required. Reservations for lunch are required in advance of program. 

Full Summer of Programs
Community Participant Price: $150
Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $125

Individual Summer Programs
Community Participant Price: $8/program
Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7/program

Summer Lunch Price
The recommended lunch donation is $6.00 or $4.50 for seniors 60+, please call Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 preferably a week (but at least two days) in advance for lunch reservations to help our staff prepare appropriately. 

Kick off the Summer with Jeff Dunston

Monday, July 2 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Jeff, one of our favorite vocalists, will kick off our summer with his beautiful voice and many wonderful songs from our past. Sponsored by members of the Adult Enrichment Program in memory of our beloved member Sid Lieppe.

Experience Music Like Never Before with Matthew Fishteyn

Tuesday, July 3 • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Matthew reinvigorates old songs with a new twist. His performances include some ragtime, swing, boogie-woogie, rock and roll and blues. Matthew also draws upon his Jewish roots including well known Jewish songs and his own compositions. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside. Program closes early for holiday – Box Lunch 

Wednesday, July 4 – no program; closed for the holiday

New York City during World War II with Licensed New York City Tour Guide Marty Schneit

Thursday, July 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
New York City is one of the most powerful cities on Earth and one of the most vulnerable cities in the world. More than 800,000 New Yorkers served in the armed forces during World War II. Marty, through his illustrated lecture, will discuss the Manhattan Project, Stage Door Canteen, Rosie the Riveter, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and more. Sponsored by Memorial Funds in honor of Samuel Shanker, beloved brother of William, Tom and Michael Shanker.

Yankee Greats with Tom Shanker

Monday, July 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Behind-the-scenes stories of Yankee greats with an amazing collection of Yankee memorabilia. Sponsored by Nancy Gard in honor of Jerry Gard’s 80th birthday.

The Yiddish Soul with Concert Violinist Dr. David Podles

Tuesday, July 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy the wonderful playfulness and poignancy of Yiddish music which is the heart of the Jewish soul – from songs of childhood years to momentous celebrations to songs about families and relatives. This performance will make your heart soar with sweet and joyful memories. Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Simon.

Learning New Jersey – One Building at a Time – with Dr. Gabrielle Esperdy

Wednesday, July 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sometimes when we see something all the time, we don’t really see it! In the Garden State, ranging across 21 counties and five centuries, we are literally surrounded by unique and historically significant landscapes. In this session, while examining images of New Jersey buildings, participants will consider different aspects – aesthetics, cultural and economic perspectives and values and meaning – to develop skills for reading everyday landscapes in order to better understand community and place and why they matter. Sponsored by New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Summer Game Night!

Wednesday, July 11 • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Mah jongg, canasta, bridge, board games!  Bring your friends and your winning spirit as we play, socialize, wine and dine!  All levels are welcome. 
Price: $26, Member Price: $20, drinks and dinner included. 

The Art of Chocolate with Barbara Moran

Thursday, July 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

The State of New Jersey State Politics with Professor Ben Dworkin

Monday, July 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

Lectures in Song: The Other Jewish Songwriters with Fred Miller

Tuesday, July 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

The Artful Easel with Lori DeVine and Jolie Tartini

Wednesday, July 18 • 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

Wartime Quilts with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, July 19 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

Trip to the Lester Senior Housing in Whippany

Monday, July 23 • 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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.

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.
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.

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

Wednesday, July 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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.

The Sweet Legacy of Weequachic with Phil Yourish and Jacob Toporek

Thursday, July 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

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.
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.


Song and Dance of the Roaring Twenties: Ain’t We Got Fun with Christine DeLeon

Wednesday, August 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Christine will share the joy of song and dance from the Roaring Twenties – the Jazz Age – when vaudeville was the best show in town. Treasured songs like Blue Skies, Button Up Your Overcoat and Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue will make you smile as “ the whole world smiles with you!” Sponsored by Tara Grey, Technology Tutor.

Solid Gold Hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with Jerry Castaldo

Thursday, August 2 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Welcome Jerry back for a fun morning! The New York Times says, “He brings talent, enthusiasm and energy to his work.” New York Post says, “One of the best all-round entertainers in New York City.” Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Simon.

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

Monday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.

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.
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.

Sing-a-Long to Everyone’s Favorites with singer Pete Custode

Wednesday, August 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
End the summer program on a high note. Pete’s repertoire includes songs from artists such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis and many more from the ‘50s, ‘60s, Doo Wop and country. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in memory of their beloved mother Helen Cohen.

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

Thursday, August 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.  

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Series at NJPAC in Newark
2018-19 Special Senior Subscriber Series 

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
Subscribe now for a series of five concerts at NJPAC for fall 2018 – spring 2019.

Augustin Hadelich Returns, Christopher Konig conductor • Thursday, November 1
Rhapsody in Blue and The Firebird, Joshua Weilerstein, conductor • Thursday, November 29
Debussy Masterworks, Jun Markl, conductor • Thursday March 7, 2019
Xian Conducts Mozart, Xian Zhang, conductor • Thursday April 25, 2019
Art of the Double Concerto, Xian Zhang, conductor • Thursday, May 16, 2019

Price: Starts at $155 for all five concerts
Bus transportation ($5/trip with subscription, $10/trip for single concert) will be provided If enough people from this area subscribe.
Questions? Contact Terry Campbell, Group Sales NJSO, 973-735-1717 

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Exercise Options

(Senior Social Membership required) 

Senior Exercise

During July and August Senior Exercise is at Congregation Beth Israel

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 

During July and August Senior Yoga is at Congregation Beth Israel

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

No Walking Club during July and August
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.

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Membership Resources

(Senior Social Membership required)


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. 

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.