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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. 

Celebrate this special milestone through film, talks, classes and more!

FREE!  Cafe Israel with Michael Levi, community shaliach (emissary from Israel)

Coffee, Conversation and Hot Topics from Israel by Decade

The '90s - The Israeli Plan of Disengagement from Settlements in the Gaza Strip
Thursday, April 26 • 9:30 a.m.

The 2000s - Join us to explore what brought half a million Israelis to protest in the streets of Tel Aviv
Thursday, May 10 • 9:30 a.m.

More About Israel with Michael Levi

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration
Tuesday, April 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a wonderful program related to Yom Ha’atzmaut, a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israel Independence Day.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Farewell to Michael
Thursday, May 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us as we connect the dots of all the sessions throughout the last two years of understanding the Israeli culture, society and diversity. Help us to bid Michael a warm farewell as he goes back to Israel.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Michael Levi is serving as a shaliach (emissary from Israel) to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, Union for Reform Judaism, Camp Harlam and JAFI (Jewish Agency for Israel). This y ear will be Michael's second year serving as a shaliach, bringing Israel to the Reform community of Greater MetroWest as well as to other synagogues and the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains.  He is from a small village in northern Israel, near Haifa, called Gilon.  He has four siblings and two lovely parents.  His mother is a manager at a car leasing company and his father is a third-generation upholsterer.  Michael is looking forward to meeting people at the JCC, building new relationships and strengthening old ones.  He would also like to share the Israel he knows and loves - the fun, warm and beautiful Israel which is about nature, cultures, unity, love and the homeland of all Jewish people.

Jews of the Diaspora Then and Now

Former Social Studies teacher Irwin Katz will take us on a trip around the world to visit fellow Jews.  Explore their roots and how they have maintained their identity.
Monday, March 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free,
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

FREE!  Yom HaShoah Ceremony and Dedication of Daffodil Project Garden

Wednesday, April 11 • 7:00 p.m.
The Daffodil Project aspires to build a living Holocaust remembrance by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support for children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today.  In October, our TASC teens planted 350 daffodil bulbs around the JCC that will bloom this spring.  Click here for more information on the Daffodil Project.

FREE! Family Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration for Israel's 70th Birthday!

Thursday, April 19 • 4:30 p.m.
Let's all celebrate with Israeli jazz musicians, dancing, a falafel dinner and make-your-own traditional Israeli chocolate balls for dessert! 
Registration is required by Tuesday, April 10.  Click here.  Search Birthday
Register early, space is limited to the first 100 registrants!

Trip to the United States Holocaust Museum in New York

Sunday, April 22 • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a transforming experience and meaningful day of learning. A living memorial to the Holocaust, this museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity. For adults and families with children ages 13 and up. Please register by Thursday, April 12. 
Price: $70, Member Price: $54, transportation and snacks provided

FREE! 71 Square Meters Movie Short and Discussion with Michael Levi

Wednesday, May 9 • 12:00 p.m.
Sometimes you have to leave in order to come back.  You have to forget in order to remember. Chezi goes to his deceased parents’ house the day before the bulldozers will razeit to the ground. It is the last 24 hours to remember his mother, his father, Bjorn Borg and an old mezuzah.

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

Our Jewish Partners 

Click here for The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Click here for The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life

Other Jewish Programming

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