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Classes and Lectures

Canasta for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

ADVANCED BEGINNERS: Tuesdays • May 21, 28, June 4, 11 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Another JCC favorite! For those of you who have never played, canasta is easy-to-learn, but challenging.  It’s a great way to socialize with friends too!  Registration for the entire session required.
Price: $56, Member Price: $40 (4 classes)    

Mah Jongg for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Thursdays • May 16, 23, 30, June 6 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This is the perfect way to learn this ancient game.  Our experienced instructor will provide instruction to beginners and advanced beginners, answer questions, offer suggestions, give advice and form groups as needed. Supplies for beginner players will be provided. All levels, groups and individuals are welcome. Registration for the entire session required.
Price: $56, Member Price: $40 (4 classes) 

Memoir Writing a Legacy with English Teacher and Writer, Barbara Buettner

Monday, May 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Barbara will teach easy ways to write some of your life experiences for your family.  Work is shared and assignments are given at each session.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant
Dvorak 

Tuesday, May 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
This session we will examine the works of Dvorak, the master composer, including the interesting folk elements inserted in his melodies. Sponsored by Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, May 22 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. (Full schedule is January 23, February 27, March 13, April 3 and May 22.)
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, May 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.   
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Highlights of the Newark Museum

Thursday, May 23 • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a docent tour exploring some of the highlights of the Newark Museum including the American Collection, Decorative Arts, Arts of Asia, Jewelry, Tibet and Its Treasures and more. Free time to visit the wonderful gift shop. Reservations needed by Thursday, May 16.  
Price: $55, Member Price: $45, lunch on your own prior to the trip

Musical Theater and Film with Professor John Kenrick
Stephen Sondheim 

Tuesday, May 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
A protégé of Oscar Hammerstein II, brilliant composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim became known for writing innovative musicals.  Frank Rich of the New York Times described him as “now the greatest and perhaps the best-known artist in American musical theater." His best known works include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,  Sweeney Todd,  Into the Woods and the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.  We will consider his acclaimed career and his rarely discussed personal life. John Kenrick teaches theater at NYU and brings his lifetime of theater experiences to this class. This arts program is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Learn About Israel with Israeli Student Intern Juana Schnapp 

Wednesday, May 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Juana will provide an insight into her life in Israel, her family and her perspective on Israeli issues. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

The Current State of State (and National) Politics with Professor  Ben Dworkin

Thursday, May 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
In the aftermath of the 2018 midterms, the road to the White House and the 2020 presidential run has been paved.  Both of the major parties are going through significant identity crises.  These national dynamics and debates have their roots in states like New Jersey, where similar tensions are localized.  This talk and discussion will focus on how the politics that are happening here help shape the nation. Dr. Dworkin is Founding Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan University. This arts program is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Monday, June 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews.  Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Clips from Flicks - Grease and Bye Bye, Birdie

Tuesday, June 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, June 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, June 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

 

From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant
The Great Handel

Tuesday, June 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Discover the colorful and imaginative writing in Handel's most popular work, The Messiah. Sponsored by Rita and Amy Spiegel in memory of Seymour Spiegel.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, June 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

AARP Smart Driver Course

Friday, June 14 • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches valuable defensive driving strategies and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. You may qualify for a multi-year automobile insurance discount by completing the course. (Check with your auto insurance agent for details.)  Sponsored in partnership with Arbor Terrace Mountainside.
Price: $20, AARP Member Price: $15, lunch included

Adult Summer Program

Location and Fees

Summer programs are at Congregation Beth Israel, 1920 Cliffwood Street in Scotch Plains. Come before each program for senior exercise and stay after each program for a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Reservations for the program only are encouraged but not required. Member rates for programs are available to JCC members and JCC partners, Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation B’nai Israel Adult Forum members. Reservations for lunch are recommended in advance of the program. (Lunch price is listed separately.)

Full Summer (all of July and August)
Community Price: $150
Summer Member/Partner Price: $125, does not include lunch, transportation or trips

Individual Programs
Price: $8
Member/Senior Social Member (non-summer)/Partner Price: $8
Summer Senior Social Member: Free

Lunch
The recommended lunch donation is $4.50 for seniors 60+ or $6.00 for all others. Please call Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 preferably a week, but at least two days, in advance for lunch reservations.

No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

July

The Very Creature of Excitement: Mary Todd Lincoln with Laurie Gaulke

Monday, July 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Take a close look at a woman history has often maligned and misunderstood – the high-spirited, clever and charming Mary Todd Lincoln. Laurie presents an intimate portrayal of a woman whose eccentricities, intelligence and political skills propelled her out of the traditional womanly sphere and into the unrelenting criticism of the Victorian era. Gain a better understanding why Abraham Lincoln fell in love with her…and never fell out of love. Sponsored by Healthlink Advocates, Inc.

Lorraine Hansberry, America’s Sweetheart: The Prophetic Success of A Raisin in the Sun with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Wednesday, July 3 • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is famous for its vivid characters and its dignified portrayal of a struggling black family in the late 1950s. Come listen in to this lecture about the inspiration for this great play and about the young genius writer who penned it. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Box lunch to take home; program ends at 12:00 p.m.

The Beatles with John Paul Groom

Monday, July 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Paul is a native of the City of Liverpool and witnessed the rise of the Beatles. Paul attended the same high school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison, the same Sunday school as John Lennon, the Youth Club where John met Paul, and he lived in the same village as John and George. He will touch on the Beatles infancy during WWII, the influence of Liverpool, the family life of each Beatle, their initial musical influences, their musical development, trips to Scotland and Hamburg, getting a manager and a recording contract and making a No. 1 hit. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant: A Sinatra Celebration

Tuesday July 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Listen to selected songs of Sinatra and walk away with a new appreciation of his talent. Sponsored by the Goldman family in memory of Elinor and Leonard Goldman.

Puns with Musician Skip Unger

Thursday, July 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this original clever presentation which will make you laugh and groan. Get involved in trying to solve some of Skips puns. Here’s a sample: “Why couldn’t Mark ever get together with his brother? Because never the Twain shall meet.”

Jewish Harlem with Licensed NY City Tour Guide Marty Schneit

Monday, July 15 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Before the great black migration from the south, Harlem was the third largest Jewish settlement of the world. This lecture will include information about why the Jews settled in Harlem in the 1880s. Marty will talk about the following Harlem residents: Oscar Hammerstein I and II, Richard Rodgers, Milton Berle and more. And learn about Mt. Olive Baptist Church which was originally Temple Israel, the largest, most influential synagogue in Harlem. Sponsored by an anonymous supporter of the senior program.

Justice for All with Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D.

Thursday, July 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Is it better to set a guilty person free or lock up an innocent person? How certain must guilt be to justify punishment? If you were on trial, would you trust the criminal justice system to treat you fairly? This session explores the U.S. justice system – how it works and what can be done when it doesn’t work. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Promoting Better Sleep with Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP

Monday, July 22 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
If you’re like one of the 50-70 million Americans who regularly experience issues with sleep-related disorders, then this program could be the perfect way to change your life! Learn more about our energy levels (where they come from and how to maximize them) to promote better sleep. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund. Jill Gordon became a Health Coach and Digestive Health Specialist after discovering the power of food to heal her daughter from an autoimmune disease in 2005. She has a free weekly newsletter where you can subscribe at www.JilltheHealthCoach.com.

Summer Focus on Women with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, July 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The 18th century was a Golden Age for women in the arts including some of the most striking images you’ve never seen. Maria Sibylla Merian, Rosalba Carriera and the women who painted the Davids. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

The Artful Easel with Lori DeVine and Jolie Tartini

Monday, July 29 • 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Last summer we had so much fun creating our own painting to take home, that we’re doing it again! Everyone and anyone can do this! Note, those participating in this program will not attend exercise class on this day to allow enough time to complete the project. Reservations one week in advance in order to have a canvas ready for you. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Wednesday, July 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Following up on DeVorkin’s lecture on A Raisin in the Sun, we’ll be looking at Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park – a spin-off of Hansberry’s classic work. What are some of the important issues related to race, class, suburban sprawl and urban decay that Norris is exploring? How does he use Hansberry’s original play as a jumping off point? Is there a trend of playwrights writing ‘response’ plays? Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

August

Baseball in the American Culture with Evan Weiner

Thursday, August 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy a fun summer morning learning about baseball through literature, song, movies, the stage, radio and TV. Evan Weiner, speaker and author with a radio and TV background, will be a presenter with Celebrity Cruises this fall.

Wellness: A Multi-Faceted Approach with Kathleen Malkiewicz, EdM, DTR

Monday, August 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
What does “wellness” mean? How can we best achieve it in our lives? Wellness is not just about feeling good or an absence of illness. It involves many aspects, can mean different things to different people and requires a multi-faceted approach including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Come participate in a discussion on achieving optimal wellness in your life! Sponsored by the Union County Division of Aging.

Safe and Sound in the Hospital with Lorie Gardner and Lucille Plantemoli, Health and Wellness Coaches

Tuesday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Becoming a patient today in a healthcare facility can be very overwhelming and frightening. Become empowered and learn important strategies on how to avoid complications such as falls, infections and “near misses” when hospitalized. We’ll discuss the importance of bringing a family member or advocate to the hospital and provide resources such as a pre-hospitalization checklist. Program presented by L. Plantemoli, RN, MPH, NBC-HWC, Healthlink Advocates, Inc. and is offered through Campaign Zero, a national safety program.

Frieda Kahlo with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, August 8 · 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion and bold, vibrant colors. Learn about how her life experiences influenced her painting. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


 

 

 



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