908-889-8800 Inst P

Activities and Classes

Register using the login/register button on the bottom right.  

Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Adult Summer Camp
Wednesday, August 12 - Tuesday, August 18
Join us for the week filled with actitivites...from Tanglewood and Shakespeare & Co. to the Clark Museum, Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Lenox, Berkshire Botanical Garden and so much more.
Click here for the full itinerary
Click here for the registration form

Beginning in July, summer programs are at Congregation Beth Israel, 18 Shalom Way (1920 Cliffwood Street), Scotch Plains. Come before each program for senior exercise and stay after each program for a delicious freshly prepared cooked lunch. Reservations for lunch are required in advance. Recommended lunch donation is $5.00 and $3.75 for seniors 60+. Fees listed do not include lunch. Member rates for programs are available to JCC of Central NJ Members, Congregation B’nai Israel Adult Forum and Oheb Shalom Simcha Seniors.


Lost Dollar Stories – Charles Kierman
Monday, July 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Nationally renowned storyteller and orator Charles Kierman will narrate a collection of Appalachian tales whose wisdom and humor is woven into the life of a little village stuck way back in the hills. Sign Out Radio Magazine says, “A gifted storyteller with a quick wit and love for the spoken word, Charles will captivate young and old with tales that will tickle your funny bone while they warm your heart.” Sponsored by Bright Star. Reservations are needed by Monday, June 29.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Bams, Dots and Other Thoughts – Karen Goren
Tuesday, July 7 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Author Karen Goren will read excerpts from her Maj Jongg book, Searching for Bubbe Fischer, sharing anecdotes about her experience as a player and teacher. She will also describe the challenges she faced in publishing and marketing the book. No Maj Jongg experience necessary to enjoy the program. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, June 30.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

We Got Rhythm – Larry Ruhl and Ellen Iovino
Wednesday, July 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Be ready for fun and variety! This program includes singing, tap dancing, guitar, boomba, trumpet, steel drum, Great American music and more! Sponsored by The Chelsea at Fanwood. Reservations are needed by 
Wednesday, July 1.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Build Muscle and Sharpen your Focus – Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP
Tuesday, July 14 • 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
We will discuss what you need to add (or eat more of) to your diet that will help tone your body, lose weight and heighten brain power. Jill Gordon became a Health Coach after discovering the power of food to heal her daughter from an autoimmune disease. She has a free weekly newsletter; subscribe at www.JilltheHealthCoach.com. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, July 7.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Life and Works of Jerome Kern – Fred Miller
Monday, July 20 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Singer/pianist/narrator Fred Miller will bring alive the life and music of Jerome Kern who is considered the father of the American musical for giving a revolutionary new sound and legitimacy to American theater music. Kern standards include Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Lovely to Look At, The Night Was Made For Love, Ol’ Man River and many more. Richard Rogers and George Gershwin considered Kern their musical hero. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Reservations are needed by Monday, July 13.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant – A Salute to America
Tuesday, July 21 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Thomas Elefant, conductor and musician, will highlight patriotic American music as well as folk music from America’s rich cultural heritage. Thomas has the ability to bring music to life and is an excellent teacher. This high level music appreciation course has been a favorite. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her husband Leonard. Reservations needed by Tuesday, July 14.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Put the “AM” in Amanut (Am is Hebrew for nation, amanut is Hebrew for art) – Irit Malinsky and Nina Woldin
Wednesday, July 22 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
If you will it, it is not a dream.” These words of Theodore Herzl inspire us as we travel to the beginning of the modern state of Israel. Discover the early art of the Bezalel Art School and then create your own piece in the style that was designed to unite the many voices of the new state. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, July 15.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front
Monday, July 27 • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Don’t miss this coming of age story that everyone is talking about. Follow the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families, and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Sponsored by Rita and Seymour Speigel. Reservations are needed by Monday, July 20.
Price: $8.75, Member/ Partner Price: $6.75

Iconic Photographs of Our Time – Paul White
Tuesday, July 28 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Local historian Paul White has put together 20 iconic and thought-provoking photographs. Some you may recognize, some you may not. Presentation includes both the background of the photograph and also information about the photographer. Sponsored by Knapp Paperwork Partners. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, July 21. Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Great American Songbook with Cantor and Alex Walton
Wednesday, July 29 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Father and son duo, Bill and Alex Walton, brings a varied repertoire of songs and piano music including standards by Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Our seniors have enjoyed Cantor Walton’s voice for Jewish Holiday programs. Here is an opportunity to enjoy his voice in a different type of program. Sponsored by an anonymous sponsor. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, July 22.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75


Soprano International Concert Vocalist – ESTEREdiva
Monday, August 3 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Born in Israel, ESTERE began her career in the Israeli army and as part of the entertainment groups that sang for the soldiers on the borders. She represented Israel in the esteemed European Song Festival The Eurovision and with Alpha-Betha Group, won first place in Paris. She performs in concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe. Sponsored by Goldberg Law Group, LLC, specialists in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning. Reservations are needed by Monday, July 27.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant – Artistry of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Tuesday, August 4 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Thomas Elefant, conductor and musician, will help us to understand why Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is considered one of the truly great singers of the second half of the 20th century. In the field of opera he was outstanding, but as an exponent of Lieder he was without equal, and we will examine his unique interpretations of Schubert Lieder. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her husband Leonard. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, July 28.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Female Spies – Traveling Stage Company
Wednesday, August 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Learn about the women who aided governments as espionage experts, many of whom say they were born with the qualities required to be a successful spy. You can judge for yourself as you listen to Sharon Moran and Mary Ryzuk tell us about the escapades of some of the most memorable female spies. Sponsored by Sisters Helping Seniors. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, July 29.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Life and Works of Alan Jay Lerner – Fred Miller
Monday, August 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Singer/pianist/narrator Fred Miller will bring alive the music of Alan Jay Lerner who is best known for being the lyric writing half of Lerner and Lowe. He wrote the show tune lyrics for My Fair Lady, Gigi and Camelot. He also collaborated with Burton Lane and wrote the lyrics for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and more. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Reservations are needed by Monday, August 3. Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

The Magic of the Keyboard with Marcel Arnalot
Tuesday, August 11 • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Be mesmerized by the beautiful sounds that Marcel, a long time entertainer, can produce with the keyboard. You have heard him as part of the Lucky and Marcel team, and now you will have the opportunity to enjoy him as a solo. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, August 4.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Shiru Nah – Women’s Volunteer Choral Group
Wednesday, August 12 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us as we joyfully celebrate member Helen Cohen’s 100th birthday! Shiru Nah, (Hebrew for “Let us Sing”) has been performing since 1971. Their repertoire includes Hebrew and Yiddish songs as well as Broadway melodies.   Helen Cohen sang as an alto with this group into her early 90s and also often served as narrator. Ronnie Weinstein, the driving force behind this group, and Helen have shared a mutual admiration for over 30 years. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in honor of Helen Cohen’s birthday. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, August 5.
Price: $8.75, Member/Partner Price: $6.75

Register for all of July and August including Martin and Edith Stein Residence at the Wilf Campus and Hunterdon Hills (does not include the Somerset Patriots) Price: $200, Member/Partner Price: $180

Register for all of July and August including Martin and Edith Stein Residence at the Wilf Campus (does not include Hunterdon Hills and Somerset Patriots) Price: $120, Member/Partner Price: $100

In July and August, lunch is extra for both options listed above. The recommended lunch donation is $5.00 or $3.75 for seniors 60+. Please call Simone Klein at 908-889-8800 x214 at least 2 days in advance for lunch reservations to help our staff prepare appropriately.

Social Clubs

Sixty+ Men’s Club
Thursdays once a month • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Participate in this third season of a club for retired men who are looking to spend time with other men, share a breakfast and discussion at a local diner and go on some trips and outings together. Tom Shanker is the Group Fa­cilitator. Participants pay for their own breakfast and the cost of any trips are additional.

Fitness and Wellness For Active Adults and Seniors
Group Exercise 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.)
Click here for the latest schedule.

Senior Exercise
Mondays and Wednesdays • 10:30 - 11:15 A
Summer Hours at Congregation Beth Israel:
Mondays, Wednesdays • 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
(During July and August, no charge if paying for program that day)

Walking Club Fridays • 10:15 – 11:00 A
Join Vin, certified personal trainer, every Friday for a gentle stroll around the gym. Class includes light stretches. Price: $4/class, Member Price: Free
During July and August, Walking Club in the multi-purpose room of Congregation Beth Israel

Arthritis Exercise Tuesdays • 11:15 A – 12:15 P
Exercise to reduce pain and stiffness while maintaining or improving mobility, muscle strength and functional ability. Offered in conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation.  Price: $4/class, Member Price: Free

Stroke and Aphasia...there's hope!
 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

August 19, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
August 24 - September 2, 2015
September 3, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
September 4, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
September 10, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
September 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
September 14, 2015


View All News