Activities and Classes

For programs with course #s, register using the login/register button on the right of this page.   For programs without course #s, RSVP to Simone Klein at 908-889-8800 x214 or sklein@jccnj.org.


From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Series

Tuesdays • 10:00 – 11:15 A
This high level music appreciation program with Thomas Elefant, conductor/musician explores music through a wide repertoire. Sponsored by Elinor and Leonard Gold­man. Member: FREE, Community Partic­ipant: $4/session • lunch additional $3.50 • reservation the Wednesday before each program.
May 20 – Sublime Melodies
June 17 – Rhythm 

Jews on Trial
Wednesdays • 11:15 A – 12:15 P
This program spotlights Jews who were put on trial for various offenses through­out history. We examine each case, learn about the verdicts and discuss whether the Jews were treated fairly. Led by Irwin Katz, educator.
Member: FREE, Community Par­ticipant: $4/session • lunch additional $3.50 • reservation the Wednesday before each program
May 28 - Irving vs. Penguin Books

Folk Singer Mark Levy Will Present a Special Program to Commemorate Yom HaShoa
Monday, April 28 • 11: 15 A – 12:15 P
Cry of Hope: Music of the Holocaust

Yes, we sang and composed during the years 1939-1945.  Songs, poems and orchestral pieces continued to be written and performed even under the deathly conditions in ghettos and camps.  These were collected by survivors, and we'll hear excerpts of the creative effort ot overcome this most terrible tragedy. 
Songs of Hope and Resistance
In April of 1943, Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began an uprising that lasted for months.  This program tells the story of the resistance through song, poem, narrative and even jokes from inside the ghettos and camps.
This program is sponsored by Barbara Rood in honor of her husband Howard's special birthday.
Member: $3.50, Community Participant: $8 • cost includes lunch • reservation by Wednes­day, April 23 

Learn and Lunch
Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived with author Tania Grossinger 25042-05 • Tuesday, April 29 • 11:00 A – 1:00 P
After spending her childhood at the fa­mous Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills, Tania Grossinger was the publicist for the groundbreaking The Feminine Mystique, spent seven years as the Director of Broadcast Promotion for Playboy Maga­zine and the Playboy Club, did PR for the $64,000 Question, lived in Mexico and rubbed shoulders with Ayn Rand, Tim­othy Leary, Jackie Robinson and Hugh Hefner. Come hear her colored story. www.taniagrossinger.com
Learn only – Member: FREE, Com­munity Participant: $8 Learn and Lunch – Member: $3.50, Community Par­ticipant: $11.50 • reservation by Wednesday, April 23

Man of a Thousand Voices: Julian Fortune
Wednesday, April 30 • 11:00 A – 1:00 P
Back by popular demand, Julian will delight us with his impressions of famous singers including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, El­vis and Johnny Mathis. Sponsored by the Bouer Family in honor of their mother El­eanor Bouer’s birthday. Member: $3.50, Community Participant: $8 • cost includes lunch • reservation by Wednesday, April 23

History Alive
Monday, May 12 • 11:00 A – 1:00 P
Watch historical impressionist Peter Small bring Moses, the Lawgiver, to life. See how Moses managed to lead the Israel­ites from slavery to freedom and how through divine revelation and inspiration, he presented the Ten Commandments to his people. Includes Q & A with Mo­ses! Sponsored by Janet and Tony Mayer in honor of their mother Hansy Mayer.
Member: $3.50 , Community Participant: $8 • cost includes lunch • reservation by Wednesday, May 7

Aging Better
Wednesday, May 21 • 11:15 A – 1:00 P
Elizabeth Miller, who has a Masters in Public Health, will share her expertise about ways to live longer and healthier.
Member: $3.50, Community Participant: $8 • cost includes lunch • reservation by Wednesday, May 14 

The Levins - 2011 Winners Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
Wednesday, June 18 • 11:00 A – 1:00 P
Ira and Julia Levin combine harmo- ny-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s with the inten­tion of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. Sponsored by Atria Senior Living, Cranford.
Member: $3.50, Community Participant: $8 • cost includes lunch • reservation needed by Wednesday, June 11

Activities at the J
Sixty+ Men’s Club
3rd Thursday of the month • 10:00 – 11:30 A
Meet with other men once a month at The West 22 Diner, 272 Route 22 in Springfield, and discuss whatever is on your mind: sports, politics, family, you name it! Together you can plan and enjoy group outings. Tom Shanker is the Group Facilitator. Pay for your own breakfast. No advance reservation needed.  For more information on the Sixty+Men's Club, contact Tom Shanker at 908-353-6832.

Mah Jong for Advanced Beginners with Instructor Erica Needle
26016-02 • Classes underway • 1:00 – 3:00 P
Join us for this class designed for those who know some of the basics but want to continue to learn and improve their skills. It’s always a fun afternoon!
Mem­ber: $60, Community Participant: $72 

Supervised Play with Instructor Gil Hollander
26014-02 • Classes underway • 9:45 – 11:45 A
Bid, play and critique hands which have been prepared in advance and designed to help you improve your bidding and playing.
Member: $60, Community Par­ticipant: $72

Improve Your Bridge with Instructor Gil Hollander
26015-02 • Classes underway • 7:15 – 9:15 P
Designed for those who understand the basics of the game, but want to improve their understanding of how to proper­ly bid the hand and learn techniques to improve how they play the cards. This­course is suitable for those who play casu­ally, those who are not very experienced and those who previously played and would like to return to the game. Time will be divided between instruction and supervised play.
Member: $60, Commu­nity Participant: $72

Intermediate Bridge
26018-01 Thursday Mornings from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12
This course is designed for those who have learned the basics of bridge and are interested in improving their knowledge of the game. It also will benefit more experienced players who want to review what they know and also learn about current trends and new conventions.  Time will also be spent each week playing and discussing hands which have been prepared in advanced to illustrate the concepts which are taught in class.  Come join us and have fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Member: $60, Community Participant: $72

“Care” to Knit?
First Monday of each month • 7:30 – 9:00 P
Come improve your knitting skills in the company of fellow knitters and friends and do a mitzvah to boot! Grab your needles and your yarn “stash” and knit/crochet hats, baby blankets, scarves etc. for donation to worthy causes. Do some­thing you love, socialize and benefit those in need. For further information, contact Beth Zaksenberg at bzaks3@hotmail.com.  FREE

Fitness and Wellness For Active Adults and Seniors

Group Exercise Classes
Many of these classes are perfect to help stay fit and limber!
Lo-Impact Cardio Fusion • Tai Chi • Gentle Yoga • Adult swim classes • Check www.jccnj.org 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.

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.

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.

* Members: no charge, Community Participant: $4/class

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

April 21 - 22, 2014
April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm
May 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2014 | 7:00 pm


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