1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800

Classes and Lectures

Introducing Sparking the Mind Series
Tuesdays at the J

Fact vs. Fiction in Historical Musicals with Professor John Kenrick

Explore the often surprising way that beloved stage and screen musicals have radically reshaped stories based on real life events.  
Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $28, 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 Sound of Music
Tuesday, September 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This arts program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Funny Girl

Tuesday, September 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Seniors in Place, LLC

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Tuesday, October 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Carol Poppel in memory of her mom, a true Yankee Doodle whose family arrived in 1626

The Jolson Story
Tuesday, October 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Carol Poppel in memory of her dad from who Carol learned the Jewish culture

John Kenrick, professor at New York University, Steinhardt School and the New School University, created Musicals 101.com.  He combines a passion for entertainment history with a practical know-how earned while working on both amateur and Broadway stage productions including Pulitzer Prize winning Rent and the revival of Grease.  His goal is to make show business history as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for him.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant

Music appreciation covering a wide variety of topics and musical genres.  
Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $36, 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

Understanding Music
Tuesday, October 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Discussion and demonstration of musical elements including rhythm, meter, tone, color and orchestral instruments.  We will listen to Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra to bring it all together. 

Dance in Music - Part I
Tuesday, November 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Discover the strong influence of dance on music spanning the ages through jazz.  Gain an insight into the connection between the different meters and the human need to experience art through motion and music.

Dance in Music - Part II
Tuesday, November 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
We will continue our discussion on the strong influence of dance on music spanning the ages through jazz.

Music of Epic Classical Dramas - Part I
Tuesday, November 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn how music beautifully depicts specific characters and events in dramas by Shakespeare, Goethe and Ibsen.

Music of Epic Classical Dramas - Part II
Tuesday, November 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
We will continue our discussion on how music beautifully depicts specific characters and events.

Thomas Elefant, accomplished conductor, musician and university lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in 2009.  He served as the musical director of the Intergenerational Symphony in Israel, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in Montana.  He holds a Masters in Conducting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from New York University. 

Series sponsored by the Elinor & Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund 

Adult Drawing and Painting Class

Thursdays • September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21 • 9:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Try something new! This class is a fun, social way to express yourself through drawing and painting.  All levels welcome. Registration required.
Price: $240, Member Price: $195, all supplies and light snacks included      

Mah Jongg for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Thursdays • September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Our experienced instructor will provide instruction, answer questions, offer suggestions, give advice and form groups as needed. Supplies for beginners will be provided. All levels, groups and individuals are welcome. Registration for the entire session required.
Price: $70, Member Price: $55 (5 classes) 

Canasta for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

BEGINNER: Tuesdays • September 24, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Price: $70, Member Price: $55 (5 classes)
ADVANCED BEGINNER: Tuesdays • November 19, 26, December 10, 17 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Price: $56, Member Price: $44 (4 classes)
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. 

Celebrating the New York Yankees with Paul White

Wednesday, October 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The history of the Yankees spans more than a century so in the limited time of 60 minutes, sit back and enjoy some of the Yankees' greatest moments, players, managers, even broadcasters.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon 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 

Learn About Spices with Marty from the Savory Spice Shop in Westfield

Thursday, October 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn about various spices and herbs which increase flavor in cooking without adding much salt.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon 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 

The Confusion Over Chekhov: The Seagull - Comedy or Tragedy? with Professor Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Thursday, October 31 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Many think Anton Chehov's work was serious tragedy, others believe it was meant to be a comedy.  How could such confusion exist over a work by a playwright as talented as Chekhov?  Sponsored by the Westfield Foundation.
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 

A Journey from the Altar to the Bimah with Rabbi Charles R. Lightner

Monday, November 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
Rabbi Lightner will talk about his path from a conservative Roman Catholic home and education through his years of "wandering in the desert" to his conversion to Judaism and ultimately to his ordination as a rabbi at age 57. 
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 Origins and Evolution of Rock 'n Roll with Ron Farber

Wednesday, November 20 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Hear how this music started and changed from its very roots in pop, rhythm & blues and country to become the multi-decade soundtrack of generations!  Sponsored by Seniors in Place.
Followed by a traditional Thanksgiving lunch.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for holiday lunch: $8.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Dixieland Jazz and the Big Band Era with Paul White

Tuesday, December 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Who says the thrill is gone? What is jazz? It was in New Orleans that the bright flash of European horns ran into the dark rumble of African drums…it was like lightning meeting thunder. The local cats took that sound and put it together with the music they heard in churches and barrooms and they blew in a new music called jazz…a wild, jubilant music. Spend an hour and learn about the men and women who made jazz what it is today. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon 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  

Cooking at the J - Not Just Chicken Soup

Tuesday, December 3 • 7:00 p.m.
There's nothing like fresh baked bread and warm winter soups to fill your soul and keep you fueled for the cold weather.  We'll be making a variety of hearty soups and breads to create a perfect meal.  Please bring canned soup for those in need. Register by Wednesday, November 27.
Price: $45, Member Price: $36

Native American Art at the Met with Barbara Tomlinson

Wednesday, December 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A revolution is taking place in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Native American art will be incorporated into the current collection. Come hear the story and see the works that occasioned this amazing change in policy. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.
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 

Elder Abuse with Peter Jacob, LSW

Wednesday, December 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Project CEASSE is a program developed by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ to educate professional and lay community members, and older adults themselves, about elder abuse.  Learn about how you can identify the signs, the different types, how to report and the resources available to prevent elder abuse. 
Price: $16, 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 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


 

 

 



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