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Programs and Classes

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

Monday, May 4 • 11:00 a.m.
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

10th Annual Jewish Film Festival
Click here for details on Spring 2015 films

Insight into Music with Conductor and Educator Thomas Elefant
Enhance your listening experience with a deeper and greater understanding of all forms of music.   Using a wide range of musical styles, Elefant will help us gain a thorough understanding of music by examining and discussing various aspects in music.

Concert at St. Peter’s Church on 54th & Lexington
Tuesday, June 2 • 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Share another special evening enjoying Thomas Elefant conducting the Handel Festival Orchestra and featuring piccolo soloist Mindy Kaufman from the NY Philharmonic. Transportation on a chartered bus is included. Participants can have a light dinner at the JCC café (buy your own) before the bus departs. Price includes a small donation to the orchestra; additional donations at the performance are welcome. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, May 26. 
This concert is not included in the series price.
Price: $45, Member Price: $40

The Basics
Tuesday, June 9 ∙ 7:30 p.m.
Obtain a solid understanding of music's main elements and learn how to identify the key element when listening to music of different genres.  

The Great Handel
Tuesday, June 16 ∙ 7:30 p.m.
Ludwig von Beethoven said, "To him I bend the knee.  For Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived."  Discover what made Handel such a unique composer and why the Hallelujah chorus remains one of the most thrilling moments in music.

The Colossal Beethoven Part II
Tuesday, June 23 ∙ 7:30 p.m.
Beethoven's monumental influence on music was felt well beyond his lifetime.  We will examine his most famous, Symphony no. 5, the earth-shattering Eroica Symphony no. 3 as well as his intimate musical compositions for piano.

Classical or Jazz?
Tuesday, June 30 ∙ 7:30 p.m.
Could there possibly be a connection between an arrangement of Quincy Jones and a work of Beethoven?  We will examine how jazz influenced classical works of music, and we will hear examples of classical concepts appearing in jazz.  Once you realize the similarities between them, you might listen to Frank Sinatra differently.

Two concerts at St. Peter's Church are priced separately (see above).

Price: $24/session 
Member/Adult 65+ Price: $20/session

Series Savings
Price: $86 for 4 sessions
Member/Adult 65+ Price: $70 for 4 sessions

For more information on the University Lecture Series including Music Appreciation, 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, November 17 • 7:30 p.m. - The Lie


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.
Spring Session: Tuesday, April 21 - June 9
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


Upcoming Events and Dates

April 12 - 26, 2015
April 29, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
May 3, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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