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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.

Coming this fall...
From Bach to Sinatra
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

United States Presidents and their relationships to the Jewish Community with Irwin Katz
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

Learn and Lunch
Pete Rose, An American Dilemma with author Kostya Kennedy

Monday, December 15
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75

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 
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75

Beginner and Advanced Beginner Mah Jongg with Supervised Play
Check back for the next scheduled classes 
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

The Studio for Art & Soul at the J
Our Studio for Art & Soul is a place to stretch your imagination, express your creativity and learn about art in the comfortable setting of the J.
Drawing and Painting for Adults
Tuesday, December 2 - January 20
Learn to express yourself through drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and collage mediums will be explored. All levels are welcome. 
Price: $230, Member Price: $185 • all supplies included in cost

Social Clubs
JCC Book Group
Open to everyone.  Book group meetings are once a month on Mondays.  For more information, contact Amy Warsh at awarsh@jccnj.org.

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

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 will be at the JCC
Friday, December 12, 26 • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Join this group at any time
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
For more information and to pre-register, contact Wendy Greenspan at 973-530-3981 or wgreenspan@adleraphasiacenter.org.

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.

Managing the Aging Process - Practical Advice for Adults with Aging Relatives
Tuesday, December 2 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Learn about the resources and tools available to help effectively manage the difficult dynamics often associated with the aging process. This open Q&A format welcomes those who are currently caregivers to an aging relative or those who want to prepare ahead.   This event is free.  A light dinner will be served.  RSVP required by Tuesday, November 25.  Please RSVP to djudd@jccnj.org.

Chris Kaiser, Jewish Family Services, Director of Older Adult Services
Kaiser has been with Jewish Family Services Central for 20 years, starting first as a case manager, then later Assistant Director and supervisor of home care workers.  Kaiser currently oversees all of the older adult services, provides task supervision for the social workers and runs intake for the department.  She has a Bachelors in Social Work from Stockton State College and ten years experience in mental health case management.
Family Services
655 Westfield Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Dr. Michele Morandi, D.O., Center for Hope
With a special interest in Geriatrics, Morandi is board certified in Hospice and Family Practice.  She has been in practice since 1995 and spent over ten years as Medical Director for The Center for Hope and Ashbrook Nursing Home.  She also is in private practice at Roselle Park Medical Associates 

Donna Farrell, Union County Department of Human Services
Farrell has worked with the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging for 25+ years. In that time, Farrell has implemented and promoted many successful outreach programs and educational initiatives and has effectively channeled her focus to advocating for the health and well-being of senior citizens throughout Union County and to facilitate positive outcomes.  In her tenure, Farrell has assisted in handling crisis and challenging life situations by responding to inquiries from seniors and caregivers, discussing benefits administration procedures and providing information to groups and individuals through public speaking engagements, home visits and publications. Her vast skill set, developed by her innate passion, commitment and dedication, provides for the necessary support and advocacy the seniors of Union County are seeking. 
Union County ADRC
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Toll Free: 888-280-8226
Fax: 908-659-7410

Dale L. Ofei-Ayisi, MA, LCSW, COPSA, Rutgers University BHC
Ofei-Ayisi has over 39 years of post-Masters’ clinical and administrative experience in medical and behavioral health social work, with direct practice expertise in geriatric and dementia care, critical care, rehabilitation, intervention with family caregivers and professional and community health education. She is currently Coordinator of Community Services and Program Supervisor of the E.A.R.S. for Caregivers Program of COPSA Geriatric Services (Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare), and was recipient of the UBHC “Excellence Award” in July 2005. Ofei-Ayisi has specialized in geriatric assessment and dementia care for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since 1991, including development of psychosocial and educational services for family caregivers. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University in 1973 and an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1975. Ofei-Ayisi has been a member of numerous local, county and state advisory committees, including those for the N.J. Division of Aging and Disabled Services (DHHS), the N.J. Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NJ). She is a former member of the Board of Directors for both the Alzheimer’s Association (Greater N.J. Chapter) and Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and was inducted to a three-year term as a Board Member on the State Board of Trustees for NAMI-NJ on June 15, 2013. Since March 2014, she has been a member of the Services Subcommittee for the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission convened by the Office of the Governor. She was also awarded a 2014 NAMI-NJ Award for Multicultural Program Development for her work with the NAMI-NJ AACT-NOW African American Mental Health Outreach Advisory Committee.
Behavioral Health Care
Edison Outpatient Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
100 Metroplex Drive, Suite 200
Edison, NJ 08817-2665
Fax: 732-235-8395 

Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq., Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC
Ershow-Levenberg is the managing Attorney and Principal of Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC. She handles the legal problems of the elderly and of people young and old who have disabilities, by protecting access to government benefits and planning for life-long care with whatever tools may be needed. She joined Stan Fink and Gene Rosner as a partner in 1999.  Ershow-Levenberg has been certified in Elder Law (C.E.L.A.)* by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1999, is the past chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder & Disability Law Section and is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (C.A.P.) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Ershow-Levenberg has been teaching courses on elder and disability law to attorneys, other professionals and the general public since 1997 through a variety of sponsors including the Rutgers Law School Institute for Professional Education (IPE), NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the NJ State Bar Foundation and National Business Institute (NBI).  Along with practicing law, Ershow-Levenberg is involved in hosting and mentoring Douglass College (Rutgers University) externs annually since 1988. She coached teams for Princeton Moot Court competitions and judges High School Mock Trial Competitions. She is a mentor to members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Ershow-Levenberg earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Douglass College (Rutgers University), Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Newark.  She and her husband David Levenberg received the YM-YWHA of Union County Community Leadership Award in 2013. They have four children.  Ershow-Levenberg also volunteers with the Darfur Refugee Resettlement Project, the YM-YWHA, Jewish Family Services, Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim and NJ-NAELA.
Fink, Rosner and Ershow-Levenberg, LLC
Elder and Disability Law Attorneys
1093 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066
732 382-6070



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