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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!  

Lunch and Learn
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me with author Lucinda Franks Morgenthau
Wednesday, March 11 • 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 • 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 meet authors and experts who come to speak about their books, their experiences and their research.  It is sure to generate stimulating conversation and debate.

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 Kean University Professor 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 • 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 • 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 • 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.

Single Session
Price: $16/session
Member/Adult 52+ Price: $14/session

Series Pricing
Price: $52 for 5 sessions
Member/Adult 65+ Price: $45 for 5 sessions

Be a University Lecture Series Sponsor!
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)

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 and Lexington 
Tuesday, March 3 • 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Join us as Thomas Elefant, our music appreciation educator, conducts the Handel Festival Orchestra. 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, February 24.
This concert is not included in the series price.
Price: $45, Member Price: $40

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

Beginner and Advanced Beginner Mah Jongg with Supervised Play
Tuesdays through February 10
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.
Winter Session:  Tuesday, February 17 - April 14 (no class on March 3)
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

March 9, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
March 9, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
March 14, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 17, 2015 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am
March 19, 2015 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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