1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800
Please note that the gymnasium will be closed for Jewish Federation's "The Big Give" from 1:30pm on Friday, December 2 and will reopen at 6am on Monday, December 5.  Thank you.  

Jewish Living

As a Jewish Community Center, we are committed to affirming and strengthening Jewish values and fostering an appreciation of our heritage and identity.  We strive to make the JCC a dymanic center for Jewish life. 

FREE Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner

Friday, December 16 • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Camp Yachad Chaverim and Yeladim families!  Celebrate Shabbat with us Camp Yachad style.  Hanukkah fun, Shabbat dinner and the rockin' Shabbatones!
Dinner will be chicken nuggets for all, roasted potatoes, broccoli and a gluten free/vegetarian option too.
Click here to register

Celebrate Hanukkah with Oneg Shemesh

Wednesday, December 21 • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Gifted vocalist, lyricist and musician Oneg Shemesh represents a fresh and innovative sound in Jewish music. His engaging and interactive style is sure to invigorate your soul and your feet. Sponsored by Homewatch CareGivers .
Price: $12, Member Price: $8 • lunch is included (Please note that lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m., and the program will start at 12:15 p.m.)

Screening of Be and Upstander: The Fred Heyman Story
Join us for this truly amazing film

Monday, January 9 • 7:00 p.m.
Be an Upstander is about Fred Heyman, a local Holocaust survivor, who has done extraordinary things within his community, impacting many lives for the better.  His story describes the Jewish people's darkest times while sending an incredibly powerful message of hope and kindness.   At it's core, Be an Upstander is a story of survival during the Holocaust, of recognizing those who offered help along the way, and of practicing what you preach.  Fred is a key member in the "twin with a survivor" program, started by the United Jewish Council MetroWest Holocaust Council.  This program provides B'nai Mitzvah students the rare opportunity to make personal connections with Holocaust survivors.  Fred has a way with younger generations, and a huge part of his story is about connecting with his "twins."  He has amassed 40+ "twins" over his ten years in the program!  This documentary, the culmination of a long relationship between Heyman and Howard Goldberg, its executive producer and one of Fred's many "twins," is suitable for all ages, and more importantly, has huge impact for all ages. Q & A with Fred and Howard following the film.
Refreshments will be served.

Israel Roundtable
The Situation in Syria from an Israeli Perspective

Wednesday, January 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Join our community Shaliach (emissary) Michael Levi, who will help us understand the civil war in Syria: how it all started, it’s complication and the Israeli perspective on it.  No charge for this program. Bring your lunch, and we will provide the dessert and drinks. In partnership with Temple Emanu-El

Israel Roundtable
Building Israeli Identity Throughout the Years

Thursday, February 9 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join our community Shaliach (emissary) Michael Levi, to get a better understanding of what it is like to build a national identity that is unique and has never existed before. 
Price: $6, Member Price: Free

Israel Roundtable
The Relationship Between Israel and America

Thursday, March 9 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join our community Shaliach (emissary) Michael Levi, to understand the importance of the relationship between Israel and the U.S. and how it affects our daily lives.
Price: $6, Member Price: Free

The Israeli Story through Charoset

Thursday, March 23 • 7:30 p.m.
at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield
Our community Shlichim (emissaries) will share their families' Seder charoset recipes complete with how each recipe tells their story of Israel.  Make your own family version to enjoy at home!  This program is free.
In partnership with Global Connections Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Temple Emanuel, Westfield

JCC Maccabi and Junior Maccabi Games

Click here for more information about the JCC of Central NJ Delegation
Click here for the JCC Maccabi Games website

The JCC Poland Israel Experience
A Journey from Darkness to Light

We are thrilled to announce that the first bus on our “Journey from Darkness to Light” trip to Poland and Israel, scheduled for April 22 – May 2, 2017 is now full.  While we have reached capacity for one bus, we are currently taking names for a wait list. There is a possibility that some spots may open up OR if there is great interest, we would consider adding a second bus to the trip.

Please click here to register for the wait list. No deposit will be charged until space becomes available for the trip.

We can’t change our past, but together we can shape our future. Join the JCC of Central NJ for an extraordinary journey from Poland to Israel. Together we will march in the faded footprints of our ancestors, and trace the path that took the Jewish people out of one of our darkest chapters in history (the Holocaust) to one of the brightest (the birth of the State of Israel).

Our journey from darkness to light will begin in Poland. We will explore the richness of Jewish life that existed in Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw at the start of the 20th century. We will take a walking tour through the Warsaw Ghetto and other Jewish quarters, and visit the hallowed grounds of Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will strive to discover the remnants – and in some cases, the revival – of Jewish life through visits to the new Museum and to a Polish JCC that is inspiring connections for a new generation of young Jewish adults.

Coming out of Poland, we will travel together to Jerusalem as we make aliyah to Israel. With heavy hearts and a new appreciation for all that was lost from our history, we will arrive in time to experience the solemnity of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), and share that quiet moment with Israel. Then, just as quickly and with a renewed spirit and lightness that comes from seeing modern Jewish life in Israel, we will experience the jubilation of their Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) alongside American soldiers in the Israeli army.

On this journey, we will learn, share stories, gain understanding, mourn together, celebrate together, and become inspired.

Join us as we learn from yesterday to build a better tomorrow.

For more information, contact Sharon Rockman at jccpolandisrael2017@gmail.com or by cell phone at 908-347-7785. 

Our Jewish Partners 

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Other Jewish Programming

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