Programs and Classes

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Learn and Lunch

Part of our Good Reads 2013-2014 Series!
Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived by Tania Grossinger 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
After spending her childhood at the famous Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills, Tani a Grossinger was the publicist for the groundbreak­ing The Feminine Mystique, spent seven years as the Director of Broadcast Promotion for Playboy Magazine and the Playboy Club, did PR for the $64,000 Question, lived in Mexico and rubbed shoulders with Ayn Rand, Timothy Leary, Jackie Robinson and Hugh Hefner. Come hear her colored story.  

Learn only – JCC Member: FREE, Community Participant: $8
Learn and Lunch – JCC Member: $3.50, Community Participant: $11.50
For all Learn and Lunch programs, register at www.jccnj.org or RSVP to Simone Klein at 908-889-8800 x214 or sklein@jccnj.org.

The 5th Annual University Lecture Series
Join us and our professional speakers for intellectual conversation and stimulating debates on subjects of Jewish content and/or relevance. This year’s University Lecture Series is a five-part program and, for the first time, two of the five programs (featured here) will include authors who will come to speak about their book, their experiences and their research. 

Panic at the Pump: America in the 70s with Meg Jacobs, Visiting Associate Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University
25039-04 • Tuesday, April 29 • 7:30 P
In the 1970s, Americans lined up at the gas pump and paid four times as much for gas as they had in the past. Richard Nixon said we had to put in place a national policy to end our energy dependence. Jimmy Carter pledged to solve the energy crisis. But by the end of the decade we were consuming more energy and getting more of it from the Middle East. What went wrong?

Change in the Dynamics of Family Life, Priorities and Tastes through the Lens of Theatre and Music with Michael Kownacky and Ted Otten
25039-05 • Thursday, May 8 • 7:30 P
Kownacky and Otten draw on their combined experience as hosts for 30 years of WWFM’S program, The Dress Circle, and as professors at Mercer County Community College. They contend that younger generations are missing a lack of history of the arts. Older generations know how music and theatre evolved to their present states. Today’s grandparents, mostly, and parents know more than the high school and college-aged generation. Kownacky and Otten look back on their youth and explore their older relatives who introduced them to and gave them a love of the arts. They will explore how great performers and performances are being lost, forgotten and ignored in spite of today’s technological advantages.

Member/Senior 62+: $14/session, Community Participant: $16/session
Series Cost (all 5 sessions)
25039-06 • Member/Senior: $45, Community Participant: $52

Gold: $180 (receive tickets for 2 people for the five lectures)
Silver: $126 (receive tickets for 2 people for the five lectures)
Copper: $65 (receive tickets for 1 person for the five lectures)

Also part of this year's University Lecture Series...
How to Increase Your Enjoyment of Music with Conductor and Musician Thomas Elefant
This high level evening music appreciation series will give listeners a thorough understanding of music by discussing and examining the various elements of music using examples from a wide repertoire. Enhance your listening experience with a deeper and greater understanding of all forms of music.

The Colossal Beethoven
25039-09 • Thursday, April 17 • 7:30 – 9:00 P
What elements in Beethoven’s style of writing made his music so revolutionary during his time and why is his music so powerful and relevant to us today?

Great Virtuoso Performers
25039-10 • Thursday, April 24 • 7:30 – 9:00 P
Listen to and compare the past’s great virtuoso performers with present day virtuosi. You’ll be treated to legendary violin, trumpet and other performers.

Member/Senior 62+: $20/session, Community Participant: $24/session
Series Cost (all 4 sessions)
25039-11 • Member/Senior 62+: $70, Community Participant: $86

JCC Book Group
Part of our Good Reads 2013-2014 Series!
Open to everyone.  Meets once a month on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.  The next month's date is selected at each meeting (typically the date that works best for the majority).  Book selection is rotated among all the members.   For more information contact awarsh@jccnj.org. FREE

Spring Film Festival at the Rialto Digiplex Theatre in Westfield
Wednesday, May 7 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Running Time: 107 minutes
Includes violent scenes

A tense and gripping thriller inspired by actual events, Aftermath caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in Poland’s history. As two estranged brothers struggle to rebuild their relationship, they uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and of their Polish hometown. This devastating story involves Jews - yet not a single Jewish character appears on screen. Instead there are Poles, grappling to different degrees, with a history that is as difficult as it is complex.

Los Angeles Times Critic’s Pick One of the Best Films of the Year!
**** “Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.”

Tuesday, May 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Vincent Bal
Language: Dutch, English and French with English subtitles
Running Time: 95 minutes 

The first 20 teens to purchase tix will get a $5 CONCESSION COUPON!

Based on a famous book by the renowned Israeli author David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid is a delight for everybody old and young and in-between. Growing up without a mother has made life challenging for Dutch 13-year-old Nono Feierberg. Nono yearns to learn more about his mother’s mysterious fate. Riding on a train one day, he receives a mysterious letter, sending him on a secret, Hitchcockian mission to discover what happened to his long-deceased mother. And only days before his bar mitzvah! This endearing film includes a stellar performance by the great Isabella Rosellini.

“A charming period picaresque…a rollicking adventure.” – Variety

Stick around! Post-film discussion led by teens

Double Feature
Wednesday, May 28 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Malcolm Clarke
Language: English
Running Time: 38 minutes 

The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. Alice Herz-Sommer, a remarkable optimist, mother, musician and oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, had a long, extraordinary life At age 109, she was still able to recall so many historical events and was willing to share her experiences as she discussed the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

2014 Academy Award Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject

Director: Tamar Tal
Language: Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Length: 58 minutes

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when The Photo House, her late husband Rudi’s life’s work, was destined for demolition, this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed to save it. Miriam and her grandson, Ben, forge a special relationship as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. 

Ophir Academy Award (Israel’s Academy Award) for 2012 Best Documentary 

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Ticket Information
In Advance:
JCC Members/Seniors 62+/Students: $12
General Public: $14
Series (3 nights) Members/Seniors 62+/Students: $33
Series (3 nights) General Public: $39 
At the Door:
General Admission: $15

In fall 2014, we are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary!  Become a Film Festival sponsor for the 10th Annual Jewish Film Festival! 

KINDERBLOCK 66: Return to Buchenwald 
Sunday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 30
From our partners at Digiplex Destinations, this exclusive run will be presented by the Digiplex Cranford Theatre at 25 North Avenue, Cranford
Visit www.digiplexdest.com for show times and ticket information

This is the story of four boys desperate to live....they survived as boys and came back as men to tell their story. The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany was a Nazi slave labor camp where thousands of Jews were killed. As teenage European Jewish boys were being transferred to Buchenwald, the German Communist-led underground there made a conscious decision to protect them. These teenagers did not work and were cared for and protected by the block leaders, who saw in these boys the hope for the future. These leaders strove until the last days of the war to keep them from danger. On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated, and nearly 1,000 boys survived.

Enjoy dinner before the movie with one of our Restaurant Partners!
Mention the Film Festival and take part in these special offers
Thank you to these restaurants who are all supporters of the Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ.

Cosimo’s Italian Restaurant 118 East Broad Street (down the block from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Receive 10% off your dinner bill Monday-Thursday during the Film Festival weeks

Jeffrey’s of Westfield 114 Central Avenue (across from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Receive 15% off your dinner bill on the nights of the Film Festival

Limani Seafood Grill 235 North Avenue West (down the block from the Westfield train station) • Receive 15% off your dinner bill Tuesday-Thursday during the Film Festival weeks

Westfield Diner 309 North Avenue East (a short walk from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Dine at the Westfield Diner on any Film Festival night, and 15% of your dinner bill goes to the JCC 

“Care” to Knit
First Monday of each month • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Come improve your knitting skills in the company of fellow knitters and friends and do a mitzvah to boot! Grab your needles and your yarn “stash” and knit/crochet hats, baby blankets, scarves, etc., for donation to worthy causes. Do something you love, socialize and benefit those in need. For further information, contact Beth Zaksenberg at bzaks3@ hotmail.com. FREE

Instructor: Gil Hollander

Intermediate Bridge
26014-03 Thursday Mornings from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12
This course is designed for those who have learned the basics of bridge and are interested in improving their knowledge of the game. It also will benefit more experienced players who want to review what they know and also learn about current trends and new conventions.  Time will also be spent each week playing and discussing hands which have been prepared in advanced to illustrate the concepts which are taught in class.  Come join us and have fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Member: $60, Community Participant: $72 




Upcoming Events and Dates

April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm
May 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2014 | 7:00 pm
May 22, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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