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Holidays, Entertainment and Music
September

High Holiday Program and Lunch
Wednesday, September 9 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the High Holidays surround ed by the warmth of community. Cantor Walton will chant beautiful Cantori al music from the High Holiday liturgy, followed by a holiday lunch. Reservations are needed by Thursday, September 3.
Price: $12, Member Price: $8 (cost includes lunch)

Celebrate with Vocalist Jeff Dunstan!
Thursday, September 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have expanded our program from three to four days a week. Join us to recognize our key contributors and to celebrate our first Thursday with one of our favorite singers, Jeff Dunstan. Jeff will perform the music of Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Dean Martin and more. Reservations needed by Thursday, September 3. 
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

Lectures in Song by Fred Miller – Frank Loesser
Monday, September 21 • 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fred performs songs and provides insight into the lives and times of some musical titans. This program focuses on Frank Loesser whose Broadway classics include Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and his songs include It’s Cold Outside and Standing on the Corner. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. 
Reservations for lunch are needed by Wednedsay, September 16.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

From Bach to Sinatra – The Colossal Beethoven
Tuesday, September 22 • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Join this high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conduc tor, musician and educator. This session will be a comparative analysis of Beethoven’s four greatest and most powerful symphonies. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband LeonardGoldman. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, September 16.
Price: $4, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Expanding our Jewish Knowledge withRabbi Blesofsky (Chabad of Union County) – The Power of Joy Amidst Uncertainty
Thursday, September 24 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Sukkot marks the “time of our joy” holiday and celebration. Examine what gives us true joy. What blessings do we have in our lives? With pain and loss around us, uncertainty hanging over us, what is worth celebrating? Reservations for lunch are needed by Thursday, September 17.
Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Meet the Author with Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
Wednesday, September 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Our community’s own Cantor (and author) Matt Axelrod will discuss his humorous, light-hearted look at the eleven most important Jewish holidays highlighted in his book Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder. This book explains the genesis of each holiday and its rituals. Cantor Axelrod’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Thursday, September 24.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

October

American Songbook Broadway Favorites with Amy Toporek
Thursday, October 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Following her acclaimed one-woman show at 54 Below in NYC and her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of Hairspray, Amy will perform standards from the American Songbook and Broadway favorites from the Golden Age to current smash hits. It is always special to enjoy great local talent; Amy lives in Edison and is a long time member of our JCC. Sponsored by the Belfer Family in honor of Dolly Belfer’s milestone birthday. Reservations are needed by Thursday, September 24.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

Lectures in Song by Fred Miller – Jule Styne
Monday, October 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fred will take us through the career of Jule Styne who was equally successful on Broadway and in Hollywood. The song writing team of Styne and Cahn would provide Frank Sinatra and the country with some of the most popular songs of World War II. For Broadway, Styne wrote Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Bells are Ringing and Gypsy. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Reservations for lunch are needed by Wednesday, October 7.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity with Barbara Tomlinson
Thursday, October 15 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Just when you think you’ve considered the work of the Impressionists from every possible perspective, here’s a new one. Consider the clothing. These artists were determined to paint modern life! And just as the city of Paris was changing architecturally, so too was the way people dressed. Come learn how all these changes are reflected in the paintings we all thought we knew so well. Sponsored by Ruth Milgrim, herself an artist, in honor of her special birthday. Reservations for lunch are needed by Thursday, October 8.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

From Bach to Sinatra – Pre-Concert Lecture
Tuesday, October 20 • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
(Concert at St. Peter’s Church, Tuesday, October 27 – see description in Trips)
Join this high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conduc tor, musician and educator. Elefant will provide commentary on the upcoming concert. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard Goldman. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, October 13.
Price: $4, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Heroes of the Holocaust with Irwin Katz
Monday, October 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Righteous, who were not Jewish, risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones to help Jews during the Holocaust. Names you know such as Wallenberg and Schindler stand out, but many others were just ordinary citizens of their countries. This program is taught by former Social Studies teacher Irwin Katz, who previously taught Jews on Trial and U.S. Presidents and Their Relationships to the Jewish Community. Reservations for lunch are needed by Monday, October 19.
Price: $4, Member Price: 
Free, Lunch: $3.75

Meet the Author with Andrew Propst You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman
Wednesday, October 28 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enter the world of Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer and performer, Cy Colemen. Andrew Propst, author of, begins in a Bronx tenement where Yiddish was language and the music was Klezmer. Follow Coleman’s career through the Catskills’ bungalow community his parents owned through jazz and early television to Broadway where he became a preeminent composer. Propst, a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in The Village Voice and Time Out/NY will take us on a miraculous journey. Propst’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, October 21.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Expanding our Jewish Knowledge with Rabbi Blesofsky (Chabad of Union County) – The Natural Jew
Thursday, October 29 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
The mitzvah is a wholly natural deed which belongs to the human physical realms of existence. Mitzvahs elevate human deed to become divine. Reservations for lunch are needed by Thursday, October 22.
Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

November

Meet the Author with Heidi Neumark Heidi Neumark, Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memories and Faith
Wednesday, November 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Pastor Heidi Neumark’s life changed when a few computer keystrokes exposed a generation of family secrets. She discovered a hidden Jewish heritage and uncovered hundreds of questions. Her search for the truth, captured in Heidi Neumark, Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memories and Faith, quickly became more than a personal journey; it also became a spiritual one. What was the impact of World War II on her family, its history and their faith? What was the impact on her 30-year career as a Lutheran pastor? Neumark’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, October 28.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Lectures in Song by Fred Miller – E.Y.” Yip” Hardburg
Monday, November 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Yip Harburg’s story began amidst Jewish immigrant poverty. Often thought of as a difficult man, he produced songs which make you “feel a thought” such as Brother Can you Spare a Dime. He created the score for Wizard of Oz including Over the Rainbow. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Reservations for lunch are needed by Monday, November 2.
Price: $8; Member Price: $3.75 (includes lunch)

The Fog of War: The First Week of World War II – Bob Vaucher
Tuesday, November 10 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, decorated World War II Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Robert (Bob) Vaucher, who has made a unique contribution to the development of military aviation and the course of history, will share some of his experience with our group. Sponsored by Veteran Arthur Rifkin. Reservations for lunch are needed by Tuesday, November 3.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

Uplifting Music by Award-Winning Songwriters – The Levins
Wednesday, November 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, Ira and Julia Levin, combine uplifting harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. Their recordings have garnered invitations to perform in Amsterdam, England and through-out the United States in festivals, synagogues and com-munity centers. They have received numerous songwriting awards in the Jewish, Children’s and Folk categories and their most recent release, TRUST, reached the Top 10 on the Folk Charts in March 2015. Sponsored by the Belfer family in honor of Randi Belfer’s milestone birthday. Reservations for lunch are needed by Wednesday, November 4.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

From Bach to Sinatra – Celebrating Frank Sinatra
Tuesday, November 17 • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Join this high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conduc tor, musician and educator. This session will explore the many elements that made Frank Sinatra unique. Hear music from various periods in his career. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard Goldman. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, November 10. Price: $4, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Remembering Pete Seeger – Spook Handy
Wednesday, November 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a tribute to Spook Handy’s mentor, Pete Seeger. Spook performed over 50 concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger. Join us for this nostalgic event for those who knew and loved Pete Seeger. Sponsored by Senior Bridge, Humana at Home. Reservations for lunch are needed by Wednesday, November 11.
Price: $12, Member Price: $8 (cost includes lunch)

Expanding our Jewish Knowledge with Rabbi Blesofsky (Chabad of Union County) – Hanukkah: The Human Menorah
Thursday, November 19 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Eight steps to building your personal candelabra. Reservations for lunch are needed by Thursday, November 12.
Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Heroes of the Holocaust with Irwin Katz
Monday, November 23 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Righteous, who were not Jewish, risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones to help Jews during the Holocaust. Names you know such as Wallenberg and Schlinder stand out, but many others were just ordi-nary citizens of their countries. Reservations for lunch are needed by Monday, November 16.
Price: $4, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

December

Trip to Atria Senior Living Cranford
Tuesday, December 1 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day visiting our friends at Atria in Cranford. We will share entertainment and a delicious lunch with them. Transportation (including handicap access) will be provided. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, November 24.
Price: $10, Member Price: Free

Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday and Hanukkah Celebrations with Maggie Worsdale
Wednesday, December 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
In honor of Sinatra’s 100th birthday, jazz singer Maggie Worsdale will sing some of Sinatra’s most known and best loved songs. Maggie will also be sharing some stories about Sinatra’s singing career. In honor of Hanuk-kah, she will also perform some apropos songs. Spon-sored by Ashbrook Care and Rehab Center. Reservations for lunch are needed by Wednesday, December 2.
Price: $12, Member Price: $8 (costs includes lunch)

Expanding our Jewish Knowledge with Rabbi Blesofsky (Chabad of Union County) – Kabbalah: Uniting Heaven and Earth
Thursday, December 10 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Is there a way to make sense of the world? Join us to learn about Kabbalah and the search for unity. Reservations for lunch are needed by Thursday, December 3. Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75 

Blood, Sweat and My Rock 'n Roll Years with Guitarist Steve Katz
Saturday, December 12, in the evening
Meet guitarist Steve Katz, founding member of The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears and author of Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘n Roll Years. Steve will perform and share his experiences as a musician during a seminal time in rock ‘n roll history. Stay tuned for details.

Lectures in Song by Fred Miller – Johnny Mercer
Monday, December 14 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Join us for the last of this series. Johnny Mercer is known for songs such as You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, and Fools Rush In. His films include Days of Wine and Roses and Moon River. He was also the founder of Capital Records. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Reservations for lunch are needed by Monday, December 7.
Price: $8, Member Price: $3.75 (cost includes lunch)

From Bach to Sinatra – Music of the Nutcracker Ballet
Tuesday, December 15 • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Join this high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conduc tor, musician and educator. Discover why Tchaikovsky’s ballet music is loved by all and enjoyed annually. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband, Leonard Goldman. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, December 8.
Price: $4, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

One Book, One Jewish Community
The Night, The Day by Andrew Kane
Tuesday, December 15 • 7:30 p.m.
Author Andrew Kane will join us for our 6th annual community read. His book, The Night, The Day, is the story of a psychologist who is treating an enigmatic and evasive hotel magnate who recently attempted suicide. From the streets of Lyon, France – when the Vichy government helped the Nazis ship Jews to concentration camps – to the suburbs of New York City five decades later, The Night, The Day is a thrilling journey from darkness to light as many lives collide. The book will be on sale in advance at the JCC. It can also be downloaded to your mobile device. Stay tuned for more details, and save the date!

Meet the Author with Vincent William Madison Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life 
Wednesday, December 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Remember Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety? Join Vincent William Madison who wrote the first biography about beloved Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn. Madison, a former producer at CBS News, will discuss the career of a star who worked frequently with Jewish writer-directors such as Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich and Gene Wilder. Madison’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, December 9.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Classes

Drawing and Painting for Adults with Debbie Livingston – 8 class series
Thursdays • September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12 • 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.
Price: $235, Member Price: $190 (cost includes all supplies)

Improve your Bridge
Thursdays • October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 • 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Looking to learn new skills and techniques for your bridge game? Instructor Gill Hollander will help advanced beginners take their games to the next level. Minimum class size: 8, Maximum enrollment: 20
Price: $72, Member Price: $60

Mah Jongg – Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Supervised Play 
Tuesdays • October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 • 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 and meet new friends! Instructor: Erica Needle
Price: $72 for 6 sessions, Member Price: $60 (Mah Jongg sets will be available for use)

Fitness and Wellness

Group Exercise and Aquatics Classes
Many of these classes such as Lo-Impact Cardio Fusion, Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga and Adult swim classes, are perfect ways to help stay fit and limber! (Senior Adult Membership required; not available with Senior Social Member.)

Senior Exercise
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Tuesdays • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.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.)
Price: $4/class, Member Price: Free

Senior Yoga
Thursdays • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.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. Price: $4/class, Member Price: Free

Stroke and Aphasia...there's hope!
Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing.  It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury.  This frustrating condition affects a person's ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect.
Adler Aphasia Center Group of Scotch Plains is at the JCC 
This group meets at the JCC 2 Fridays a month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Participants can join this group at any time.  
For more information and to pre-register, contact Wendy Greenspan at 973-530-3981 or wgreenspan@adleraphasiacenter.org.
This FREE aphasia communication group will:
- Help you cope with the challenges of living with aphasia
- Give you the practice with speaking
- Show you alternative communication strategies
- Introduce you to others with aphasia
Learn more about our Senior Adult program!  Click here to watch our video.

All pricing is recommended amount. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

 

Upcoming Events and Dates

September 4, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
September 9, 2015 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
September 9, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
September 10, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
September 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
September 13, 2015 | 3:00 pm

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