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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. 

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

A Tasting Adventure in Israeli Cuisine

Sunday, March 26 • 4:00 pm
In a gastronomical expedition, celebrity chef-restaurateur and James Beard award winner, Michael Solomonov, zigzags Israel to savor a food revolution rooted in centuries-old tradition. Combining a procession of mouthwatering dishes and interviews with chefs, home cooks and farmers of all backgrounds, Oscar-nominated documentarian Roger Sherman presents a diverse portrait of the Israeli people told through the very personal language of food.  Meet Solomonov who will introduce the film and sign his cookbooks which will be available for sale at the event.
Click here to learn more about the film
"Ever since he opened Zahav in 2008, chef Michael Solomonov has been turning heads with his original interpretations of modern Israeli cuisine, attracting notice from the New York Times, Bon Apetit ("an utter and total revelation") and Eater ("Zahav defines Israeli cooking in America").
Price: $25, Member Price: $18  
RSVP by Wednesday, March 22

Israel Roundtable
Israeli Culture

Thursday, April 27 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join our community Shaliach (emissary) Michael Levi, to explore Israeli culture through film, music and the diversity in its society.
Price: $6, Member Price: Free

Israel Roundtable
A Taste of Israeli Politics

Thursday, May 11 ∙ 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join our community Shaliach (emissary) Michael Levi, to explore how the Israeli parliament works and how Israeli politics and government are different than in the U.S.
Price: $6, Member Price: Free

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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Click here for The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life

Other Jewish Programming

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