1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800
Please note that the JCC Cafe will be closed on Sunday, July 22.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program

Learn more about our Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult program!  Click here to watch our video.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! Open to adults 65+. A well balanced Kosher meal is served.  

July

During the summer months, our programming moves to Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street in Scotch Plains) – but the program still offers the same variety, time with friends, fun and delicious lunch!  Come before each program for senior exercise and stay after each program for a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Program-only reservations are encouraged but not required. Reservations for lunch are required in advance of program. 

Full Summer of Programs
Community Participant Price: $150
Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $125

Individual Summer Programs
Community Participant Price: $8/program
Current Full Member, Current Social Member, Congregation Beth Israel Member, B’nai Israel Adult Forum: Price: $7/program

Summer Lunch Price
The recommended lunch donation is $6.00 or $4.50 for seniors 60+, please call Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 preferably a week (but at least two days) in advance for lunch reservations to help our staff prepare appropriately.  

Trip to the Lester Senior Housing in Whippany

Monday, July 23 • 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We have been invited to visit Lester Senior Housing (home to several of our members). We will enjoy an activity with the residents, take a tour and have lunch. Transportation provided. No charge for this program. Reservations needed three days in advance.

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick 
Singin’ in the Rain: What a Glorious Feeling

Tuesday, July 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
How did this hilarious film, acclaimed as the most brilliant Hollywood musical of all time, reach the big screen? John Kenrick offers fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and delightful video clips in this celebration of a cinematic classic. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Superfoods that are Healing and Delicious with Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP

Wednesday, July 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)

Superfoods have gained the reputation as being expensive and only available at health food stores. However, you may be surprised at how accessible they are at your local grocery store or even how many you already consume on a daily basis! Learn how to incorporate them in your diet and how they can optimize your health! Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.

The Sweet Legacy of Weequachic with Phil Yourish and Jacob Toporek

Thursday, July 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
From 1933 to the mid ‘60s, Weequahic High School in Newark, predominantly Jewish, was the number one academic secondary school in NJ. Following civil unrest in Newark and the exodus of Jewish families to the suburbs, the high school population became primarily African-American. In 1997 its Jewish and African-American alumni joined together to create one of the largest, most active, and successful high school alumni groups in NJ with a mission to provide more opportunity for the current students. A donation will be made to The Weequachic High School Alumni Association.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant
A Musical Journey to Norway and Finland – Two-Part Series

Monday, July 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Discover the connection between the majestic landscapes of these two countries and the programmatic music written by Grieg and Sibelius. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory
of her late husband Leonard Goldman.

August

Song and Dance of the Roaring Twenties: Ain’t We Got Fun with Christine DeLeon

Wednesday, August 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Christine will share the joy of song and dance from the Roaring Twenties – the Jazz Age – when vaudeville was the best show in town. Treasured songs like Blue Skies, Button Up Your Overcoat and Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue will make you smile as “ the whole world smiles with you!” Sponsored by Tara Grey, Technology Tutor.

Solid Gold Hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with Jerry Castaldo

Thursday, August 2 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Welcome Jerry back for a fun morning! The New York Times says, “He brings talent, enthusiasm and energy to his work.” New York Post says, “One of the best all-round entertainers in New York City.” Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Simon.

Foods that Maintain Good Eye Health with Kathleen Malkiewicz, EdM, DTR

Monday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Since this week is National Farmer’s Market Week and August is Eye Health month, we will focus on foods – mainly fruits and vegetables – that help maintain eye health. Sponsored by the Union County Division of Aging.

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick 
Mae West: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful

Tuesday, August 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
This Brooklyn native conquered Broadway and Hollywood with her outrageous comedies. We’ll celebrate her memorable moments and learn how she battled against censorship and hypocrisy. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Sing-a-Long to Everyone’s Favorites with singer Pete Custode

Wednesday, August 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
End the summer program on a high note. Pete’s repertoire includes songs from artists such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis and many more from the ‘50s, ‘60s, Doo Wop and country. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in memory of their beloved mother Helen Cohen.

Violet Oakley : America’s Greatest Mural Painter with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, August 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • at Congregation Beth Israel (1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains)
Violet Oakley was America’s greatest mural painter and one of America’s greatest female artists. Working at the turn of the 20th century, she was the first woman to get a commission to paint all the murals in a major public building (the Pennsylvania State Capital). She was also a leading member of the “Red Rose Girls” a group of unmarried professional artists who made, not only a good living, but headlines! Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.  

September

Clips from Flicks - Show Boat and Anything Goes

Tuesday, September 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Wednesday, September 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews.  Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, September 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Program Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, September 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, September 12 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation.
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org         

High Holiday Program and Lunch with Cantor Bill Walton 

Thursday, September 13 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the High Holidays with the warmth of community and beautiful Cantorial music. A traditional holiday lunch follows.  Reservations are needed by Wednesday, September 6.  
Price $12.50, Member Price: $8.50

Conversations with Authors
Timeless Travels: Tales of Mystery, Humor, Intrigue and Enchantment with author Joseph Rotenberg

Monday, September 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Just as Sholom Aleichem did more than a hundred years ago describing Russian Jewish life, Joseph Rotenberg tells tales that inform and entertain by uncovering events and personalities that have impacted the American Jewish world.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
Beautiful Music of Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 18  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Program Closed for Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19 

NEW! Introduction to Oral History with Gail Meyer

Thursday, September 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Learn the value and art of creating your own oral history and preserving your story, which if not recorded or written will be lost.  Gail was inspired by her own dad who told her his story many times. Gail was trained at workshops at Columbia University in Community Based Oral History Projects and Implementing and Designing an oral History Program. Participants will be invited to sign up to record their own stories on Thursday mornings. Sessions will be private.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Flu Shots Administered by Tiffany Natural Pharmacy

Monday, September 24 • 8:15-10:30 • Weinberg C
Bring insurance card.

Memoir Writing a Legacy with English Teacher and Writer, Edie Scher

Monday, September 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Edie will teach easy ways to write some of your life experiences for your family.  Work is shared and assignments are given at each session.  Writing assignment for the first class: You have just received mail and exclaim, “This is the best day of my life!"  Write about this experience. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick 
Gene Kelly: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 

Tuesday, September 25 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
John Kenrick teaches theater at NYU and brings his lifetime of theater experiences to this class. This session we will learn about the tough fisted kid from Pittsburgh who became Hollywood's dancing personification of masculine grace. How did someone who swore he'd never work for MGM become that studio's longtime star?  Sponsored by Peace Aging Care Experts.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, September 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Newark Museum Speakers Bureau 
Decorative Arts

Thursday, September 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This presentation highlights an array of household objects from the United States and Europe from the sixteenth century to the present day.  Included are superb examples of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textiles. The centerpiece of the presentation is the Museum’s Ballantine House – a 19th century National Historic landmark and former home of the celebrated Newark beer brewing family. We'l take a virtual tour of the family’s Victorian home to sample the decorative arts that grace it. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

October

1968: the Year That Shook Our History with Professor Jess Velona - Part One

Monday, October 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history – all that, and 1968 wasn’t half over. In this two-part lecture, Jess leads us through the most tumultuous year in recent history, which alternated passionate hopes and searing tragedies on an almost daily basis.  Jess  has practiced law for more than 25 years, is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and has a master's degree in history from NYU.  As a onetime candidate for public office in Manhattan, surrogate campaign speaker for Bill Clinton and an aide who drafted speeches for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jess loves sharing his fond appreciation of the most inspiring and dramatic moments in political history. Sponsored by the Irwin Katz Memorial Fund.  (Part two is on Monday, November 5.)
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Clips from Flicks - Porgy and Bess and a Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical

Tuesday, October 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, October 3 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

The Mediator, an Israeli Film              

Wednesday, October 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This film is in honor of Zalman Tzoref, a great man who arrived in the Holy Land 2000 years ago and is renowned for his achievements of rebuilding the Hurva Synagogue and for creating a bridge between the Sephardi and Ashkenazi factions. The film is narrated in English.  Independent film producer Orna Bird and filmmaker Omr Lior will answer questions after the film.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, October 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

POV Documentary with Tom Shanker 

Monday, October 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
View a selected stimulating documentary with retired social studies teacher Tom and participate in a discussion of the film.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

NEW! Drama Series with Professor Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin
Father of Modern Drama: Henrik Ibsen and A Doll House

Tuesday, October 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Why is A Doll House so popular and why did Ibsen denounce the idea that it was a feminist play?  Come look inside this powerful masterpiece and its author in this talk about Ibsen and his heroine, Nora. Hannah is a theater director and professor who will be leading a series of discussions on theater. For each play, she will review the plot, show images from productions, provide backstage and insider gossip about the writer and share some entertaining reviews.  Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, October 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Have you Met Newark? Tour

Thursday, October 11 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating hop on/hop off bus tour of Newark and learn about its rich history, its Jewish history and current vibrancy.  This tour, customized for our group, will include the Newark Public Library, the renovated Hahnes & Co. building, Ahavas Shalom, the oldest synagogue in Newark, the Weequahic Historic District and much more. We will get off the bus to explore. Lunch at Hobby’s Delicatessen. This tour is organized by two young transplanted urban planners, Emily Mantz and partner Antonio VallaReservations are needed by Thursday, October 4. 
Price $85, Member Price: $75

Visit Paris: The City of Lights with Paul White

Monday, October 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Take a flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and attend the Chanel couture show at the Grand Palais. Then take a stroll along the Champs Elysees and the Seine to the Musée D’Orsay and enjoy one of the great impressionist art collections. Join us for a couple of other stops in the City of Light.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
Mozart the Performer

Tuesday, October 16  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Newark Museum Speakers Bureau 
Highlights of the Newark Museum

Wednesday, October 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Get a taste of all the museum has to offer.  Discover the sacred and everyday objects of African art, Asian treasures including a consecrated Tibetan altar and ancient classical artifacts. Let art transport you through more than 200 years of history in Picturing America.  See science made exciting through interactive displays and vivid exhibits in the Dynamic Earth gallery and the state of the art Dreyfuss Planetarium. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, October 18 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Memoir Writing a Legacy with English Teacher and Writer, Edie Scher

Monday, October 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Edie will teach easy ways to write some of your life experiences for your family.  Work is shared and assignments are given at each session.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

What You Need to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment Period with Elyse Drucker 

Tuesday, October 23 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What are the new options for Medicare Advantage Plans? What are the new options for prescription drug coverage? What changes have been made to existing plans?  Is your coverage still the best option for you in 2019? Please e-mail or call Alison Rivlin at arivlin@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800 x260 by Friday, October 12 if you would like individual time reserved for you after this session. Bring a list of all your prescriptions.  Sponsored by SHIP of Union County. SHIP is sponsored by the NJ Dept of Health and Senior Services with major funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Handel Festival Orchestra conducted by Thomas Elefant

Tuesday, October 23 • 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. • West 83rd Ministry Center
Join us for Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major with 14 year old prodigy soloist pianist Johnson Li and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5 in D Major.  Reservations are needed by Tuesday, October 16. 
Price: $55, Member Price: $50. Cost includes $10/person orchestra donation, transportation provided

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, October 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Medications: The Things They Don’t Tell You with Pharmacist Brian Pinto of Tiffany Pharmacy in Westfield

Thursday, October 25 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Brian will review how the side effects of some medicines can actually bring on more problems.  Brian is the owner of Tiffany Natural Pharmacy in Westfield. His specialties include special medicine compounding, diabetes education, orthopedic shoe and compression stocking fitting and natural and homeopathic medications.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

A Place Beyond Words: New Visions of Classic Jewish Melodies with pianist Dave Schlossberg

Monday, October 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Come enjoy and celebrate one of our favorite musician’s release of his new CD. Hear familiar Jewish synagogue music performed in new and exciting ways. Dave will lend his own inimitable touch to famous Jewish and Israeli favorites. Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Simon.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick
Louis B Mayer: Hollywood’s Lion King

Tuesday, October 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
How did a garbage dealer become the mogul who created the glamour factory MGM? To some he was “Pops” – to others a maniacal tyrant. An entertaining look at a dazzling and complex show business icon.  Sponsored by Peace Aging Care Experts.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Sentimental Journey: Music of Doris Day with Patty Carver

Wednesday, October 31 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Patty Carver presents a delightful and entertaining tribute to the music of Doris Day! From Doris Day’s best known hits such as Sentimental Journey to pop hits such as Everybody Loves a Lover, Patty offers a program filled with tidbits of trivia and lots of happy nostalgia! Patty has been given the nod of approval by Doris Day herself.  So get ready to sing along and enjoy some musical memories. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

November

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, November 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

1968: the Year That Shook Our History with Professor Jess Velona - Part Two

Monday, November 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history – all that, and 1968 wasn’t half over. In this two-part lecture, Jess leads us through the most tumultuous year in recent history, which alternated passionate hopes and searing tragedies on an almost daily basis.  Jess  has practiced law for more than 25 years, is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and has a master's degree in history from NYU.  As a onetime candidate for public office in Manhattan, surrogate campaign speaker for Bill Clinton and an aide who drafted speeches for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jess loves sharing his fond appreciation of the most inspiring and dramatic moments in political history. Sponsored by the Irwin Katz Memorial Fund.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Clips from Flicks - Oklahoma and Carousel

Tuesday, November 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, November 7 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, November 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, November 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Fresh, Fabulous and Inspiring Flowers with Floral Designer Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop in Scotch Plains

Monday, November 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   
Learn about how to care for and maintain your flowers.  Get tips for creating pretty arrangements and be introduced to different flowers.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

NEW! Drama Series with Professor Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin 
McCarthyism and Theatre: Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Tuesday, November 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What inspired Arthur Miller to write his famous play about the Salem Witch trials and how was the play received at the time?  This informative talk will provide insight into one of America's most famous and popular plays. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Folk Revival with Folk Singer Spook Handy

Wednesday, November 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Let’s get together and once again experience the passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music. Spook studied under and performed alongside Pete Seeger. Spook throws in some of his own songs that share the message that we can continue to make the world a better place. Spook’s originals have charted as high as No. 2 on the International Folk Radio Charts. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside and Phyllis Bernstein and Robert Kuchner.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

POV Documentary with Tom Shanker 

Monday, November 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
View a selected stimulating documentary with retired social studies teacher Tom and participate in a discussion of the film. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Newark Museum Speakers Bureau
Arts of Asia

Monday, November 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Arts of Asia presents an overview of some of the most beautiful and significant objects of Asian art in the museum. Through these examples, the talk will discuss the religions and cultures of India, Tibet and China and their influence upon Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Southeast Asia.  The arts of porcelain and pottery, textiles and other decorative arts are represented as well as paintings and magnificent works of sculpture.  Sponsored by the Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
Rhapsody in Blue and Firebird Suite

Tuesday, November 20  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Wednesday, November 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews.  Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Program Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22 

Memoir Writing a Legacy with English Teacher and Writer, Edie Scher

Monday, November 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Edie will teach easy ways to write some of your life experiences for your family.  Work is shared and assignments are given at each session.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Conversations with Authors
The Many Deaths of Jew Suss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew with author Yair Mintzker

Tuesday, November 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Joseph Süss Oppenheimer -"Jew Süss" - is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Württemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Württemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial and condemned him to death for unspecified "misdeeds." On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart.  The Many Deaths of Jew Süss is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer's life and death as told by four contemporaries. What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace.  Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of "Jew Süss" in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, November 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Melodies of Memories and Miracles: Broadway Classics with James Michael

Thursday, November 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
James Michael keeps the sounds of his Broadway childhood idols alive as he enchants us with his world-class baritone voice and brings us Broadway classics. Sponsored by June Fischer and her family  in honor of her birthday.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

December

The Power of Humor with Paul White

Monday, December 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy and smile with this fun presentation about comedians who have made us laugh and smile. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Clips from Flicks - South Pacific

Tuesday, December 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Worldbeat: A Concert of American and Jewish Song with Laura Wetzler

Wednesday, December 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Laura Wetzler tours the world singing original songs, worldbeat Jewish music from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and favorites from the great American songbook. Laura is a critically acclaimed recording artist. Sponsored by Ashbrook Care and Rehabilitation Center and Royal Home Care.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, December 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Conversations with Authors
The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story with author Ellen Friedman

Monday, December 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ellen Friedman always knew that she was born to Polish-Jewish parents on the run from Hitler, but her family did not describe themselves as Holocaust survivors since that label seemed only to apply only to those who came out of the concentration camps with numbers tattooed on their arms. The title of the book comes from the closeness that set seven individuals apart from the hundreds of thousands of other refugees in the Gulags of the USSR. The Seven, a name given to them by their fellow refugees, were Polish Jews from Warsaw, most of them related. This story provides a glimpse into the repercussions of the Holocaust in one extended family who survived because they were loyal to one another, lucky, and endlessly enterprising. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
The Mighty Beethoven and His Tender Soul

Tuesday, December 11  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, December 12 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, December 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, December 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at NJPAC in Newark
Special Senior Subscriber Series

Thursdays • 1:30 p.m. 
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and subscribe now for a series of five concerts at NJPAC for fall 2018/spring 2019. 

Programs:
Featured violinist Augustin Hadelich, Christoph Konig conductor - November 1
Rhapsody in Blue and the Firebird, Joshua Weilerstein conductor - November 29
Debussy Masterwork, Jun Markl, conductor - March 7, 2019 
Xian Conducts Mozart, Xian Zhang conductor - April 25, 2019
Art of the Double Concerto, Xian Zhang conductor - May 16, 2019

Five-Concert Subscription Series Price: starts at $155 (full subscription required)
Roundtrip Transportation from the JCC: $25/person (for entire series)
To register contact Terry Campbell, NJ Symphony Orchestra Group Sales, at tcampbell@njsymphony.org or 973-735-1717 

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Exercise Options

(Senior Social Membership required) 

Senior Exercise

During July and August Senior Exercise is at Congregation Beth Israel

Mondays - Wednesdays • 10:15 - 11:15 a.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.)

Senior Yoga 

During July and August Senior Yoga is at Congregation Beth Israel

Thursdays • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Relax and relieve stress and tension through guided stretches and breathing. All moves practiced in chairs.

Walking Club

No Walking Club during July and August
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.

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Membership Resources

(Senior Social Membership required)

Transportation

Round-trip, door-to-door transportation to the JCC is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for most senior residents of Union County.  This transportation is provided by the Union County Paratransit System and the JCC.  There is a small fee per trip.

Kosher Lunch

The JCC is a designated Kosher nutrition site, funded by the Union County Division on Aging.  Kosher lunches are served to seniors on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please note that we need notice at least 24 hours in advance for seniors planning to have lunch here.  Menus are published one month in advance.  This program is open to the community. 

Services & Referrals

The JCC works closely with Jewish Family Services, the Union County Paratransit System, the Union County Division on Aging and other agencies to provide a full range of services to senior participants.

 

 

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