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Programs and Classes

Meet the Author

Meet the Author with Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains
Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
Wednesday, September 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Our community’s own Cantor (and author) Matt Axelrod will discuss his humorous, light-hearted look at the eleven most important Jewish holidays highlighted in his book Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder. This book explains the genesis of each holiday and its rituals. Cantor Axelrod’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Thursday, September 24.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Meet the Author with Andrew Propst 
You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

Wednesday, October 28 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enter the world of Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer and performer, Cy Colemen. Andrew Propst, author of, begins in a Bronx tenement where Yiddish was language and the music was Klezmer. Follow Coleman’s career through the Catskills’ bungalow community his parents owned through jazz and early television to Broadway where he became a preeminent composer. Propst, a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in The Village Voice and Time Out/NY will take us on a miraculous journey. Propst’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, October 21.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Meet the Author with Heidi Neumark Heidi Neumark
Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memories and Faith

Wednesday, November 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Pastor Heidi Neumark’s life changed when a few computer keystrokes exposed a generation of family secrets. She discovered a hidden Jewish heritage and uncovered hundreds of questions. Her search for the truth, captured in Heidi Neumark, Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memories and Faith, quickly became more than a personal journey; it also became a spiritual one. What was the impact of World War II on her family, its history and their faith? What was the impact on her 30-year career as a Lutheran pastor? Neumark’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, October 28.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

Blood, Sweat and My Rock 'n Roll Years with Guitarist Steve Katz
Saturday, December 12, in the evening Meet guitarist Steve Katz, founding member of The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears and author of Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘n Roll Years. Steve will perform and share his experiences as a musician during a seminal time in rock ‘n roll history. Stay tuned for details.

Meet the Author with Vincent William Madison 
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life 
Wednesday, December 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Remember Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety? Join Vincent William Madison who wrote the first biography about beloved Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn. Madison, a former producer at CBS News, will discuss the career of a star who worked frequently with Jewish writer-directors such as Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich and Gene Wilder. Madison’s book will be available for purchase at the JCC prior to and at the event. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, December 9.
Price: $7.25, Member Price: Free, Lunch: $3.75

One Book, One Jewish Community

The Night, The Day by Andrew Kane

Tuesday, December 15 • 7:30 p.m. Author Andrew Kane will join us for our 6th annual community read. His book, The Night, The Day, is the story of a psychologist who is treating an enigmatic and evasive hotel magnate who recently attempted suicide. From the streets of Lyon, France – when the Vichy government helped the Nazis ship Jews to concentration camps – to the suburbs of New York City five decades later, The Night, The Day is a thrilling journey from darkness to light as many lives collide. The book will be on sale in advance at the JCC. It can also be downloaded to your mobile device. Stay tuned for more details, and save the date!

Classes

Drawing and Painting for Adults with Debbie Livingston – 8 class series
Thursdays • September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12 • 9:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Learn to express yourself through drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and collage media will be explored. All levels are welcome. Price: $235, Member Price: $190 (cost includes all supplies)

Improve your Bridge
Thursdays • October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 • 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Looking to learn new skills and techniques for your bridge game? Instructor Gill Hollander will help advanced beginners take their games to the next level. Minimum class size: 8, Maximum enrollment: 20 Price: $72, Member Price: $60

Mah Jongg – Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Supervised Play 
Tuesdays • October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Learn this ancient game played by millions in today’s world. Perfect for those who want to learn or brush up on their skills. This is a great opportunity to exercise your mind and meet new friends! Instructor: Erica Needle Price: $72 for 6 sessions, Member Price: $60 (Mah Jongg sets will be available for use)

 

Upcoming Events and Dates

September 3, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
September 4, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
September 9, 2015 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
September 9, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 10, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
September 10, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
September 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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