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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
Three Minutes in Poland, Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Film with author Glenn Kurtz
Monday, January 12, 2015  • 11:00 a.m.
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
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.
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.
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
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. 
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.
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 • 7:30 p.m.
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

Is a Two State Solution Still Viable?  What Are the Options Available After this Past Summer's War? with Gil Kahn
Thursday. February 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Following a very difficult summer war in Gaza and a fall distinguished by intense political in-fighting, Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to call for new elections. In the hopes of establishing a better governing coalition, Netanyahu did so two years before it was necessary, risking his own political future as well as that of his party.  As election day now approaches, what are the likely scenarios and outcomes from this unusual political decision? How might the same or different governing coalition in Israel impact on Israel's geopolitical position, peace prospects with the Palestinians and relations with the United States? 

Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater with author Eddie Shapiro
Monday, March 2, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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, November 17 • 7:30 p.m. - The Lie

Beginner and Advanced Beginner Mah Jongg with Supervised Play
Classes underway
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.
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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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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

December 24, 2014
December 25, 2014 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
December 26, 2014
December 28, 2014 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
December 29, 2014
December 30, 2014


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