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

Classes and Lectures

Adult Drawing and Painting Class

Thursdays • January 30, February 6, 13, 20, March 5, 12, 19, 26 • 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 • February 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12 • 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) 

Musicals 101 with John Kenrick 
Lorenz Hart: "You Make Me Smile with my Heart"

Wednesday, February 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
This lyricist teamed up with composer Richard Rodgers to create some of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook.  We will enjoy stellar performance videos and examine what led this world class songwriter to drink himself to death at a young age. 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.  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

Hospice 101: Everything You Need to Know About Hospice

Tuesday, March 3 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This discussion will define hospice and what it provides to the patient as well as the family. Includes the difference between hospice vs. palliative care; hospice team and its role; qualifications for a person to be put in hospice; cost of hospice; additional benefits of hospice. Sponsored by Fellowship Senior Living Garden State Hospice. 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 

Elder Abuse 101 with Peter Jacobs

Thursday, March 5 • 11:15 – 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 the 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: $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 

Musicals 101 with John Kenrick 
Hal Prince: "Invite Imagination"

Wednesday, March 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
After producing such memorable hits as Pajama GameDamn YankeesWest Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, this New York native made fresh history as director of CabaretCompanyFolliesLittle Night MusicSweeney ToddEvita and even Phantom of the Opera.  We will look at the dazzling career of this true Prince of Broadway. 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.  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

Drama Series with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki Dvorkin on Death of a Salesman

Monday, March 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Explore the impact and meaning of Arthur Miller’s classic. 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.   Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Diversity in the Long Gray Line – Jewish Life at West Point

Tuesday, March 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This documentary celebrates the 1000th Jewish graduate from West Point in 2019 and recognizes the academy’s commitment to diversity. 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 with Fana Horenbein - Working with Matzah

Tuesday, March 31 • 7:00 p.m.
Learn a special technique used to manipulate matzah into an al dente noodle that you can then transform into wonderful food creations such as pie crusts, taco shells, rolled apple strudels, knish crusts and so much more.  Take home unique and simple recipes for Passover.  Please bring Kosher for Passover non-perishable food items to be donated to Kosher Meals on Wheels.  Please register by Tuesday, March 24.  Price: $45, Member Price: $36

Health Talk with Geriatric Care Manager from Unicity Eldercare

Thursday, April 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What does a Geriatric Care Manager do? How can this help you in daily life.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Elizabeth Blume: Newark’s Lady Lawyer with Linda Forgosh

Tuesday, April 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Blume was the first female attorney in New Jersey. She was a suffragist and co-founder of the World Jewish Congress and a “ darn good trial attorney.” This program is made possible in part by a 2019 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, April 8, May 6, June 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An exploration of the greatest films of yesterday and today, and how they became (or should become!) the classics.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Adult Drawing and Painting Class

Thursdays • April 16, 23, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 (make-up June 18) • 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

A Tale of Two Women Painters with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Tuesday, April 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Italy in the 16th century produced two exceptional female painters, Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana who, while very well known in their own day, disappeared from sight after their deaths. This talk will describe the astonishing stories of these two women and illustrate why the work of one seems to have more relevance for the present than that of the other. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Stephen Schwartz: Defying Gravity with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, April 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
For more than four decades, Long Island native Stephen Schwartz has delighted audiences with his scores for Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, yet he has never won a Tony! Learn more about this remarkable songwriter.  This program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART Grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Relationship between Sleep and Memory with Kathleen Malkiewicz

Monday, April 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Is memory loss inevitable as we age?  Are there lifestyle choices that can help retain and enhance memory?  Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena that are not completely understood. However, studies in both animals and humans suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Kathleen is the Director of the Senior Nutrition Program of Union County.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Tips for the Hard of Hearing with Kelly Molnar

Wednesday, April 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An interactive presentation regarding hearing loss including: how to identify it, tips to communicate more effectively in spite of it, and resources to help those who may be impacted by it. Presented by CapTel Captioned Telephones Outreach Experts Inc. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Star Feud: Davis vs. Crawford with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, May 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
The legendary feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford: fact or studio fiction? Sponsored by Carol Poppel’s children. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, May 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Many think Anton Chekhov'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? This program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART Grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mah Jongg for Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Thursdays • May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 • 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) 

The Four Pillars for Happiness with Gail Cassidy

Wednesday, May 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn the ten action steps to experience happiness and serenity every day of the week.  Gail Cassidy works on the premise that everybody wants to feel good every day, no matter what age they are. Gail is the author of Discover Your Passion: An intuitive Search to Find Your Purpose in Life. She is a frequent speaker on ways to make the retirement years happy and productive years. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Gay Pride: More Than a Parade with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, June 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
The story of a human rights movement that caught fire when police raided a Greenwich Village bar in 1969, and still marches on today. Sponsored by Carol Poppel and her children. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cooking for One with Fana Horenbein

Tuesday, June 2 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cooking for one is fun and empowering!  Cook what you want in the portion you want!  Learn a delicious approach to cooking for one with tips and tricks to making it affordable, tasty and inspiring.  Price: $45, Member Price: $36

Medical Marijuana with Pharmacist Brian Pinto

Thursday, June 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn all about medical marijuana, including when it is appropriate to use, what types of ailments it helps, where to get it, various varieties, and the good and the bad. Sponsored by Tiffany Natural Pharmacy. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Rembrandt/Velazquez with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Monday, June 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 In the 17th C Spain and Holland were almost continuously at war. Their politics and societies could not have been more different. And yet each country produced supreme artists whose work was similar in many ways. This startling exhibition pairs paintings from the two countries to demonstrate common threads that were contained in the great masterpieces each produced. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Introducing Sparking the Mind Series
Tuesdays at the J

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant
Let’s Talk about Music to Truly Understand It

Music appreciation covering a wide variety of topics and musical genres.  

Everything You Wanted to Know About Music but Were Afraid to Ask
Tuesday, March 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A robust discussion of the various aspects of music, the making of great performances and more.

Comparing Music of Different Artists
Tuesday, March 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Explore the elements involved in comparing different performers and the criteria used to judge them.

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert Preparation
Tuesday, March 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Discover and learn about two heavenly works by Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 ("Linz"). 

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert, West 83rd Ministry Center, NYC
Tuesday, March 31 • 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Handel Festival Orchestra will present an all-Mozart program featuring violinist and concertmaster Jieming Tang, playing Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 (‘Linz”). Reservations are needed by Tuesday, March 24. Price $55, Member Price: $50, cost includes $10/person orchestra donation, transportation provided

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.

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $20, 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.
Trip to Handel Festival concert not included - see pricing above

Series sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund

Then and Now Speakers Series

The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank with Gillian Walnes Perry
Tuesday, April 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gillian will be speaking about, and reading from, her remarkable book The Legacy of Anne Frank which explores the story through a new lens, how learning about a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust has had a redemptive and healing effect in some of the world’s most violent regions. How has Anne Frank succeeded in bringing together those from different sides in intractable conflicts and breaking down deeply held prejudices against ‘the other’? How has Anne Frank given young people in some of the poorest and most challenging regions aspiration and hope for their own futures?  Gillian will relate fascinating stories about spending a night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood with the heroic helper of the Frank family, how Audrey Hepburn became involved with her charity when it in its early days, and how Anne Frank influenced Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.  

Who Really Elects the President: The Workings of the Electoral College with Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre
Tuesday, May 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works?  In this program, participants will learn about the history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account. Frank Argote-Freyre is an Associate Professor at Kean University. He is a recipient of a NJCH Honor Book designation.  Presented through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities.

1919: The World Series Is Fixed with Evan Weiner
Tuesday, May 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
One hundred years ago, baseball’s World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was enveloped in scandal when several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the games.  Why did it happen and could it happen again? Evan Weiner is a speaker and author with a radio and TV background. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s with Dr. Marc Dollinger
Tuesday, May 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
With issues of race and racism dominating the headlines, American Jews have taken a keen interest, even as their one-time reputation as social justice advocates is now often mired in rising tensions with our historic allies in communities of color. Dr. Dollinger's presentation will offer a roadmap for today’s tensions.  Marc Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goodman Chair in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. He has recently published Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.  Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Woodrow Wilson: Cutting Through The Myths with Eugene Lieber
Tuesday, May 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An in-depth discussion of Woodrow Wilson, including the early days in Virginia, years at Princeton, and the governorship of New Jersey.  Discussion of his presidency will include entry into WWI and its domestic consequences, the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, his last years, and his impact on the future of the U.S. Eugene Lieber is a retired Associate professor of History at Essex County College and in retirement a highly sought speaker. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

From Day to Day – the Holocaust diary of a non-Jew with Timothy Boyce

Tuesday, June 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
From Day to Day, written by Norwegian Odd Nansen, was the number one bestseller in Norway when published in 1947.  It was translated into English in 1949 and received glowing reviews in the U.S. press, but fell out of print and into total obscurity for over 60 years.  In this fascinating discussion, Timothy Boyce brings Nansen’s diary to life. Timothy Boyce is the Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. Copies of the Book will be for sale with all royalties from the book donated:  50% of the royalties donated to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC and 50% to the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies. Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm.

The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Benjamin Dworkin
Tuesday, June 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts, Dr. Dworkin serves as a non-partisan commentator on political developments for media in New Jersey and nationally.  He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers and radio stations, as well as The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Dworkin is the Director, Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II, a concert lecture with Dr. Diane Cypkin
Tuesday, June 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Take an hour’s sentimental journey where Professor Diane Cypkin will transport you to the time of the Greatest Generation. By combining her performing and teaching artistry, Dr. Cypkin skillfully tells the stories of the love songs of World War II in a way that is both entertaining and educational.  Dr. Cypkin is a Professor in the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department of Dyson College of Arts and Science at Pace University. She is the recipient of the Kenan and Carol S. Russet Award for Teaching as well as several prestigious community service awards. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, 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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