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Foodshed Alliance Wine & Food Festival at Alba Vineyards

Milford, NJ
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Wine, food and music!
Sunday, September 28 • Bus Transportation leaving the JCC at 11:00 a.m. and returning at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Alba Vineyard and Wegmans, to benefit the Foodshed Alliance, the Garden State’s best wineries will join forces with the state’s premium wine wholesalers to pour their finest estate wines at Alba Vineyard.  The festival is the vineyard's largest charitable event with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Foodshed Alliance, an organization dedicated to integrating local food systems that nourish people, sustain farmers, respect lands and build a resilient food economy.  Only the best commercial wineries in the state who are truly producing wine from the grapes they are growing from within the Garden State are invited along with some of the most storied wineries in the world today. This year's all-star line-up includes Alba Vineyard, Cape May Winery, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Unionville and Vineyards. World renowned feature wineries include Robert Mondavi and Napa Valley.  In staying true to the Foodshed mission, the event will also feature an unparalleled line-up of some of New Jersey's most reputable chefs who will be presenting cooking demonstrations, lectures and samples. The line-up continues with local celebrity cookbook authors as well as farmers who will all be on hand in the demo tent presenting information related to locally produced food and farming in northern New Jersey. Agriculturally related vendors will be on hand as well.  Great area bands will provide live music. Come enjoy wine tastings, great food from Country Picnic and wood-fired pizza from Sanducci's Trattoria, or bring your own picnic lunch. Local agricultural-related vendors will be in attendance with food for purchase as well.
Price: $80, Member Price: $75
Reservations needed by Monday, September 15
www.foodshedalliancewineandfoodfestival.com

10th Anniversary!
Annual Jewish Film Festival of Central New Jersey
Join us for great films and special celebrations!
10 Years = 10 Films (fall 2014 and spring 2015)
Click here for full details on all films, dates, cost

It's not too late to be a film sponsor!  Click here.

Good Reads at the JCC 2014-2015
It's always more enjoyable and fulfilling to read the same book as a friend (or group of friends!) and be able to talk about it afterwards...or better yet, hear the author speak!  Put these books on your reading list and these dates on your calendar!  

Learn and Lunch
The Late Starters Orchestra  with author Ari Goldman
Wednesday, September 17 • 11:00 a.m.
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Imagine what happens when a middle-aged professor with a bad back decides to take up the cello again after 25 years. Ari Goldman is that professor. He joins the Late Starters Orchestra of New York City, an amateur orchestra for beginning or recently returning adult players, whose motto is “if you think you can play, you can.” Along the way Goldman is reacquainted with his very first cello that with a band of friends beside us, anything is possible. Reservations needed by Wednesday, September 10
www.arigoldman.com
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, September 10

Learn and Lunch
In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War with author Itzhak Brook, M.D.
Tuesday, September 30 • 11:15 a.m.
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Dr. Brook will discuss his transformation from a civilian to a wartime doctor in 1973.  He will share his own doubt and misgivings of being a physician facing the daily struggle of survival.  Expecting to heal his soldier's physical combat wounds, he finds he must address his soldier's psychological battlefield trauma instead.  He will share his perspective of a war that shaped his own life an his nation's fragile identity. 
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, September 24

The Memory Box with author Eva Natiello
Wednesday, October 1 • 7:30 pm
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Read The Memory Box and then join us as local Westfield author Eva Natiello talks to us about her new psychological thriller. You won’t be able to put this page-turner down!

In this gripping thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. When curiosity has Caroline Googling her maiden name—which none of the others know, the hits cascade like a tsunami. With every click, she is terrified as the revelations grow more alarming, upending her blissful family life.  With its twists, taut pacing and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions:  Be careful what you search for.  Price: $18, Member Price: $15  Wine, cheese and dessert reception included. 

Signed copies of The Memory Box will be given away weekly through the end of September. Visit www.goodreads.com to enter to win.  

Good Reads Partners - together with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim
The Legend of Red Klotz, How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World 14,000 Times with author Tim Kelly
Tuesday, October 7 • 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, 338 Walnut Avenue, Cranford
Despite never topping 5’7”, Red Klotz overcame his diminutive size, anti-Semitism, the Great Depression and World War II to succeed in basketball. During his storied career, Red helped introduce basketball to 116 countries and became an ambassador for America and the Jewish people. Born and reared in the “Jewish basketball hotbed” of South Philadelphia, Red was denied entry to Temple University because of a quota on Jewish ballplayers. Instead, Red starred with his Jewish best friend, Herman Drizen, at (Catholic) Villanova University. In 1948 Red became the shortest player to win an NBA championship with the Baltimore Bullets. During a career spanning eight decades, Red Klotz, one of basketball’s greatest pioneers, opposed the Harlem Globetrotters 14,000 times, beating them just once—on his winning shot.
In Advance: $15 • At the door: $18
For questions about this event and to register, contact Susan Lemerman at 908-276-9231 x10 or slemerman@tbemc.org.

5th Annual One Book/One Jewish Community
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Thursday, December 11 • 7:30 p.m.
This year’s selection is The Lie by Hesh Kestin.  The Lie is a gripping, morally complex thriller about a woman torn between idealism and maternal devotion in present-day Israel.  Dahlia Barr, an attorney infamous for defending accused Palestinians in Israeli court, is jolted when her son Ari is kidnapped by Hezbollah, and she must decide whether to alter her principles in order to save her son.   Stephen King says The Lie is “a page-turner that will engage your mind and emotions in a way few novels do. The narrative is headlong, the issues have never been more current, and the characters come alive from the page.  The Lie is what great fiction is all about.”  If you have not yet read it, make it your  next book and then join us for what is sure to be an engaging and provocative discussion.  Dessert reception included.  Open to the community. 
Price: $15

Learn and Lunch
Pete Rose, An American Dilemma with author Kostya Kennedy
Monday, December 15  • 11:00 a.m.
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Kostya Kennedy explores one of the most provocative and fascinating athletes of modern times, Pete Rose, a talented baseball player who wound up with more base hits than anyone in baseball history. But his shameless gambling on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds led him to be permanently barred from the game and from baseball’s Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years later, Kennedy’s book explores moral questions: What is the price of sin? And what is the nature of forgiveness? Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame? Today, that remains perhaps the most provocative question in sports. www.kostyakennedy.com
Learn
only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, December 10

Learn and Lunch
Three Minutes in Poland, Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Film with author Glenn Kurtz
Monday, January 12, 2015  • 11:00 a.m.
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Five years ago, Glenn Kurtz discovered three minutes of color footage shot by his grandfather on a trip to the Polish village of Nasielsk. The year is 1938, and Glenn’s grandfather inadvertently captured a world that did not exist one year later. When Glenn showed the footage to an archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, he discovered what a rare find he had made. What he had thought was a family memento is the only known footage of Nasielsk before its annihilation. This story chronicles Kurtz’s search for Nasielsk’s lost history and for the identities of those captured on film. www.glennkurtz.com
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, January 7

Good Reads Partners - together with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network with author Allen Salkin
Sunday, January 25, 2015 • 10:30 a.m. at the JCC
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In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, earns over half a billion dollars a year in profit and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family’s. Based upon extensive inside access, documents and interviews with hundreds of executives, stars, bit players and employees all up and down the ladder, Allen Salkin takes us inside conference rooms, studios, homes, restaurants and after-hour meetings in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food and the American audience. All this talk about food will work up an appetite…light brunch will be served!
In Advance: $17 • At the door: $20
Online registration for this event is available through www.jccnj.org.
For questions about this event, contact Amy Warsh at 908-889-8800 x205 or awarsh@jccnj.org.

For Middle and High Schoolers
Read The Well’s End and join author Seth Fishman to discuss his book
Monday, February 9, 2015 • 7:00 p.m.
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Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish’s small town of Fenton, Colorado is known for three things: the world’s tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken thigh eating contest and one of the ritziest board ing schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she’s only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special. Unless Mia’s willing to let the whole town succumb to a strange, fatal illness that ages people years in a matter of hours, she’s got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds and out smart armed soldiers to uncover the truth. www.sethasfishman.com
Price: $10, Member Price: $5

Learn and Lunch
Knish, In Search of the Jewish Soul Food  with author Laura Silver
Wednesday, February 18, 2015  • 11:00 a.m.
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When Laura Silver’s favorite knish shop went out of business, she sprang into action, embarking on a round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish. The iconic potato pie leads the author from Mrs. Stahl’s Bakery in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey—and on to a hunt across three continents for the pastry that shaped her identity. With good humor and a hunger for history, Silver mines knish lore. www.knish.me.com
Learn
only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, February 11

Lunch and Learn
Timeless, Love, Morgenthau and Me with author Lucinda Franks Morgenthau
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • 11:00 a.m. 
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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks interviewed Robert Morgenthau, and before she walked out his door the two had fallen in love with each other. Morgenthau was one of the most prominent Jews in America, and he was twice Lucinda’s age. This is an intimate story of their 35-year marriage in which they shared early success, a love of Jewish culture, a visceral horror of the Holocaust and a determination to build the city’s first Holocaust museum. This memoir brings the reader on a journey through their lives filled with criminals, corporate crooks, the great and the rich and the famous.
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, March 4

Learn and Lunch
Between the Lines, Reflections on the American Jewish Experience with author Gary Rosenblatt

Monday, May 4, 2015 • 11:00 a.m.
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Here for the first time is a collection of some of Gary Rosenblatt’s award-winning last two decades on a wide range of topics from hard-hitting reporting to witty satire. As editor and publisher, Rosenblatt is often described as “the dean of Jewish journalism.”   He writes of his own struggles to be both a loyal member of the community and an independent and sometimes critical voice.
Learn only Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free
Learn and Lunch Price: $11, Member Price: $3.75
Reservations needed by Wednesday, April 29

The 6th Annual University Lecture Series
Join us and our professional speakers for intellectual conversation and stimulating debate. Part of this year’s University Lecture Series will, again, include authors who will come to speak about their book, their experiences and their research.

The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles With America with author Joseph Berger
Thursday, February 19, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
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As the population of Hasidim mushrooms to astonishing proportions, The Pious Ones by veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger takes us inside their insular world to explore their origins, beliefs, struggles—and the implications of their expanding presence in America. Berger analyzes the Hasidim’s codified lifestyle revealing its fascinating secrets, complexities and paradoxes and delves into the controversies that have embroiled Hasidim—from sexual abuse to financial scandals to conflicts over housing and gender roles. www.josephbergerbooks.com

Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater with author Eddie Shapiro
Monday, March 2, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
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Nothing Like a Dame is a collection of exclusive interviews with 20 of the greatest leading women of Broadway and dozens of photographs, by Jewish journalist Eddie Shapiro. It is a must-read for theater lovers and features women who have won at least one Tony Award. Nothing Like a Dame includes Shapiro’s experience interviewing Elaine Stritch, chatting with the 84 year old Angela Lansbury and asking Patti Lupone about her start in acting. Each interview is guided by Shapiro’s expert knowledge of these women’s careers, Broadway lore and the details of some of Broadway’s most famous (and infamous) musicals.

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof  with author Alisa Solomon 
Thursday March 12, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
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Award-winning drama critic Alisa Solomon will trace how and why the story of Tevye, the milkman, made its way from the humble New York Yiddish stage to Broadway and a major Hollywood picture. It has had an astonishing global impact and has been beloved by audiences the world over. Alisa will show that audiences everywhere found resonance in Fiddler’s themes: the fraying of tradition, generational tension and the loss of roots. Her presentation is rich, entertaining, original and offers a history as captivating as its subject.

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n’ Roll Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen with author Liel Leibovitz
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 10:30 a.m.
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At 80, Leonard Cohen is as popular as he’s ever been, with a chart-topping new album and songs like Hallelujah gracing blockbuster movie soundtracks. To understand the reasons behind Cohen’s unlikely career surge is to understand what makes him one of the more intriguing artists of our time, a powerful mixture of spirituality, desire, compassion and humor. Granted access to Cohen’s private papers, Liel Leibovitz delivers a look not only at the inner man but also at the environments that shaped him, from the rock scene of New York in the 1960s to the remote Zen monastery where Cohen spent years later in life.

For pricing, more information and the additional University Lecture Series programs and dates, check www.jccnj.org or contact Barbara Weisbart, Adult Enrichment Director, at 908-889-8800 x207 or bweisbart@jccnj.org.

JCC Book Group
Open to everyone.  Book group meetings are once a month on Mondays and book selection is rotated among all the members.
Upcoming meetings:
Monday, September 15 • 7:30 p.m. - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Monday, October 20 • 7:30 p.m. - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Monday, November 17 • 7:30 p.m. - book not yet chosen

Classes
Beginner and Advanced Beginner Mah Jongg with Supervised Play
#26016
Tuesday, September 16, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Join us and learn to play mah jongg, hone your skills or just have some supervised playing time.  It’s always a fun afternoon spent with old and new friends! Price: $72, Member Price: $60

The Studio for Art & Soul at the J - Drawing and Painting for Adults
Our Studio for Art & Soul is a place to stretch your imagination, express your creativity and learn about art in the comfortable setting of the J.
Tuesday, September 30, October 7, 14, 21, November 4, 11, 18, 25
#25045-01 • 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.
#25045-02 • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Learn to express yourself through drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and collage mediums will be explored. All levels are welcome. 
Price: $230, Member Price: $185 • all supplies included in cost

Bridge - Supervised Play with Instructor Gil Hollander
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Thursday, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20,December 4 • 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Bid, play, and critique hands which have been prepared in advance and designed to help you improve your bidding and playing.  Price: $72, Member Price: $60 

 

 

Upcoming Events and Dates

October 1, 2014 | 7:30 pm
October 2, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 3, 2014 | 3:00 pm
October 4, 2014
October 5, 2014 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
October 5, 2014 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 8, 2014 | 6:00 pm
October 9 - 10, 2014 | 12:00 am

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