Activities and Classes

For programs with course #s, register using the login/register button on the bottom right.  

For programs without course #s, RSVP to Simone Klein at 908-889-8800 x214 or sklein@jccnj.org.

You can also register using the registration form.  Click here to download the summer registration form.

Click here for an at-a-glance calendar of all summer activities

Entertainment and Music
All summer programs are at Congregation Beth Israel, 18 Shalom Way, (1920 Cliffwood St.), 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 3 days in advance. Recommended lunch donation is $4.00 and $3.50 for seniors 60+. Fees listed do not include lunch.

The Jewish World: How We Have Changed and What We Will Look Like in the Future with Dov Ben Shimon
Monday, July 21 • 11:15A – 12:15P
In this fascinating and informative presentation, Dov will look at the trends that the Jewish world is facing, how the Jewish world has changed in the last 20 years and what we can expect in the years to come. Dov is the Executive Director of the Strategic Partnership on the American Jewish Distribution Committee and was just named Executive Vice President/CEO of the Federation of Greater MetroWest. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Visit with Anais Lieberman, Young Israeli Emissary
Tuesday, July 22 • 10:15 – 11:15A
Come learn more about Israel today and the issues that it faces as seen through the eyes of Anais Lieberman who is part of the Rishonim program in the Greater MetroWest area. After a year in the states, Anais will share some of the impressions of the cultural differences between Israel and the USA and Jewish life in both countries. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

I Never Knew the Knife Man’s Name with Rona Mann
Wednesday, July 23 • 11:00A – 12:15P
This is a one woman nostalgic and humorous look back at the days and hours that are long gone, but the seconds and moments that linger forever. Re­member poodle skirts, rotary phones, Dumont-Philco-Sylvania black and white TVs? Rona will bring back your memories, make you think, laugh and even tear up a bit. Sponsored by Zounds Hearing. Price: $10.50, Member/Partner Price: $8.50

Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas with Grayce Covielle
Monday, July 28 • 11:00A – 12:15P
At the inception of the 20th century, Sophie Tucker, a bigger-than-life singer and performer emerged on the Vaudeville scene and revolutionized the enter­tainment industry. Learn about her life and hear her eclectic selection of songs from jazz to ballads to comic numbers. Presented by the Traveling Stage Company. Sponsored by Home Instead. Price: $10.50, Member/Partner Price: $8.50
In the fall, this show will be performed at the Bickford Theater.

You May Love Sugar, But Does It Love You? with Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP
Tuesday, July 29 • 10:15 – 11:15A
Jill Gordon, a Digestive Health Specialist and certified Holistic Health Coach, will discuss the ups and downs of sugar and how it affects your body along with other alternatives. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

A Tribute to Jimmy Durante with Grover Kemble
Wednesday, July 30 • 11:00A – 12:15P
This show is a rollicking, nostalgic jaunt through the life of singer, actor, comedian and ever-popular entertainer Jimmy Durante. Sponsored by Ruth Milgram and Keep Safe Medi-Alert. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

The Borscht Belt with Marty Schneit
Monday, August 4 • 11:15A – 12:15P
Born and bred New Yorker, Marty, a licensed tour guide, will bring to life the history of the Borscht belt, and some of the sites, the big hotels including Grossing­ers, Concord and Kutschers and the comedians who entertained there. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Great Movie Musicals with Rick Busciglio
Tuesday, August 5 • 10:15 – 11:15A
Former broadcast executive, radio disc jockey, televi­sion presenter and international cruise entertainer Rick Busciglio will present an interactive presentation using audio and video to take us down Memory Lane recall­ing the Great Movie Musicals. Sponsored by Sabin Elder Care Solutions/Wendy Sabin, LCSW, LLC. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Sing and Dance Along with Jeff Dunstan
Wednesday, August 6 • 11:15A – 12:15P
Hear Jeff sing the music of Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Dean Martin and more. Sponsored by Nightingale Concierge Caregivers. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant - Famous Operatic Arias Sung by the World’s Most Glorious Voices
Monday, August 11 • 11:15A – 12:15P
Explore famous operatic arias with conductor/musician Thomas Elefant and learn about some of the famous people who sing them. Sponsored by Elinor and Leonard Goldman. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Hula/Polynesian Duo
Tuesday, August 12 • 11:00A – 12:15P
Transport yourself to Hawaii for a morning with the beautiful mixture of hula and Polynesian dances. Learn more about their culture in a Q and A session following the performance. Sponsored by Solana Roseland. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Cool Jewish Music with Eric Komar
Wednesday, August 13 • 11:00A – 12:00P
End the summer on a high with singer/songwriter/ guitarist Eric Komar and his unique brand of invigorat­ing and inspiring Jewish music. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in honor of Helen Cohen’s birthday. Price: $8.50, Member/Partner Price: $6.50

Register for 
• Entire summer including Hunterdon Hills and lunch at the Stein Residence (Does not include Somerset Patriots and Lucky Me) Price: $200, Member/Partner Price: $180
• Entire summer including lunch at the Stein Residence (excludes Hunterdon Hills, Somerset Patriots and Lucky Me) Price: $120, Member/Partner Price: $100
Fees listed do not include lunch
Recommended lunch donation is $4. Seniors 60+ $3. 50
Please call Simone (908-889-8800 x 214) at least 3 days in advance for lunch reservations to help our staff to prepare appropriately.  

Coming this fall...
From Bach to Sinatra
Tuesday, September 9 • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  – The Gypsy Music of Hungary
Tuesday, October 21  • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. - St. Peter's Pre-Concert Lecture (click here for information about St. Peter’s Church concert)
Tuesday, November 18  • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. – Divine Melodies
Tuesday, December 16  • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. – The Beloved Swan Lake Suite
Join this high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conduc­tor, musician and educator. Explore music through a wide repertoire. Sponsored by Elinor and Leonard Goldman.  Reservations for lunch are needed the Wednesday before each program. Price: $4/session, Member Price: Free, lunch is an additional $3.75

Learn and Lunch
The Late Starters Orchestra with author Ari Goldman

Wednesday, September 17 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Details coming soon

High Holiday Program and Lunch
Tuesday , September 23 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the High Holidays surround­ed by the warmth of community. Cantor Walton will chant beautiful cantori­al music from the High Holiday liturgy followed by a holiday lunch.  Reservations are needed by Wednesday, September 17. Price: $11, Member Price: $8 • cost includes lunch

United States Presidents and their relationships to the Jewish Community with Irwin Katz
Monday September 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Abraham Lincoln
Monday October 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Woodrow Wilson
Monday November 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Herbert Hoover
Monday Dec. 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Former Social Studies teacher Irwin Katz will present an overview of several presidents of the United States and their relationship to the Jewish community. We will examine the positive and negative attitudes of our presidents as it impacted American Jewry.  Reservations for lunch are needed the Wednesday before each program. Price: $4/session, Member Price: $2/ses­sion, lunch is an additional $3.75

Louis Armstrong presented by Ricky Riccardi and Brendan Castner
Wednesday, October 8 • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In the morning, Ricky Riccardi, an expert on the life and works of Louis Armstrong, will bring Armstrong alive through rare video footage and stories. Following an early lunch, Ricky and Brendan Castner will perform a one-hour tribute to this musical legend. Sponsored by Ruth Milgram in honor of her birthday. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, October 1. Price: $11, Member Price: $8 • cost includes lunch

Tribute to Broadway by Vocalist Dan Yates
Wednesday, November 19 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a mixture of Broadway standards and a few classical favorites. Program includes background information about the music and writers. Composers include Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.  Sponsored by Provident Home Care.  Reservations are needed by Wednesday, November 12. Price: $11, Member Price: $8 • cost includes Thanksgiving lunch

Learn and Lunch Pete Rose, An American Dilemma with author Kostya Kennedy
Monday, December 15 Details coming soon

Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter Liable Ben Moshe
Wednesday, December 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Celebrate Hanukah with a Jewish folk singer who combines his love for music with his love for Judaism. This is sure to be a festive and fun way to kick off the holiday season. Followed by a special Hanukah lunch with latkes and doughnuts. Sponsored by Ashbrook Care and Rehab Center.  Reservations needed by Wednesday, December 10. Price: $11, Member Price: $8 • cost includes Hanukah lunch

Learn and Lunch

Three Minutes in Poland, Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film with author Glenn Kurtz
Monday, January 12, 2015 
Details coming soon

Beginner and Advanced Beginner Mah Jongg with Supervised Play
Tuesday, September 16, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Join us and learn to play mah jongg, hone your skills or just have some supervised playing time.  It’s always a fun afternoon spent with old and new friends! Price: $72, Member Price: $60

Bridge - Supervised Play with Instructor Gil Hollander
Thursday, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20,December 4 • 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Bid, play, and critique hands which have been prepared in advance and designed to help you improve your bidding and playing.  Price: $72, Member Price: $60

Social Clubs
JCC Book Group
Open to everyone.  Book group meetings are once a month on Mondays. 
Upcoming meetings:
Monday, September 15 • 7:30 p.m. - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Monday, October 20 • 7:30 p.m. - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Monday, November 17 • 7:30 p.m.  

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
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

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

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

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 price.


Upcoming Events and Dates

July 23, 2014 | 7:00 pm
July 24, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
August 1, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
August 3 - 8, 2014
August 3, 2014 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
August 18 - 29, 2014 | 12:00 am
September 10, 2014


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