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.
Journey through the Jewish Holidays with Violinist Dr. David Podles
Tuesday, July 2 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. An endearing and joyful journey of all Jewish holidays. From the celebratory songs of Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah to the touching and moving pieces of Yom Kippur and Passover, take in the devout festivity of the Jewish holidays. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Fund.
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.
Trip to Arbor Terrace
Wednesday, July 10 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We have been invited to visit Arbor Terrace Assisted Living, a new facility in Mountainside. We will enjoy an activity with the residents, take a tour and have lunch. Transportation provided. No charge for this program. Reservations needed 3 days in advance.
Dylan Tribute with Gary Solomon
Tuesday, July 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Enjoy this solo tribute to one of the most beloved songwriters of modern music. With acoustic guitar and harmonica, Gary takes it down to the fundamental singer-songwriter format from which most of these songs originated, allowing Dylan’s compelling lyrics and beautiful melodies to flow direct and unadorned. Sponsored by Atria of Cranford.
Reminisce with Vocalist Jeff Dunston
Wednesday, July 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Jeff, one of our favorite vocalists, will entertain us with his beautiful voice singing many wonderful songs from our past. Sponsored by Dolores Sagalow and her family in honor of her special birthday.
Folk/Rock Music with Robinson Treacher
Tuesday, July 23 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Robinson Treacher’s emotionally dramatic songwriting style is matched only by his deeply passionate vocals. Steeped in what can only be labeled as a “traditional” songwriting format, Treacher has taken fibers from all genres including folk, country, rhythm and blues and rock and woven them into a distinct tapestry. Born and raised in New York, his honesty and grit reflect his eclectic musical influences. Sponsored by Care One at the Highlands.
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse – I Do! I Do!
Wednesday, July 24 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do, I Do, an intimate, nostalgic and funny work by the authors of The Fantasticks. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day and traces their life together over 50 years. We watch them go through life to the strains of a tuneful and charming score. Show is preceded by a delicious lunch and dessert buffet. Registration required by Friday, June 14. Price: $106, Member Price: $96, includes transportation, lunch, and show, pick up at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains and Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.
Tuesday, July 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Meghan’s unabashed willingness to connect with her audience brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling and personal lyrics that resonate universally. Sponsored by Care One of the Highlands.
Milton – A Songwriter’s Songwriter
Wednesday, August 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Milton is known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, folk and country. Milton first gained notoriety in his hometown New York City when his song In the City became a hit on New York’s WFUV. Milton has toured extensively throughout the states and has four full-length albums. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in memory of their beloved mother Helen Cohen.
Split Level Concerts and the JCC present Willie Nile
Tickets are on sale now!
Saturday, November 2 • 8:00 p.m. • doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, beer and wine available for sale
The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones LP as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”
Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”
In November 2014 he released an album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to universal critical acclaim. “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” said The New Yorker. No Depression raved “Willie Nile’s artistic renaissance continues unabated.”
His 2016 album World War Willie appeared on numerous year end top ten lists. As American Songwriter said "Nile cranks up the volume and tears into these tunes with the same hunger, passion and exuberance he displays in his legendary sweat-soaked shows." World War Willie was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville Magazine and the song “Forever Wild” was named “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven's Underground Garage. In 2017 he released the critically acclaimed album Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan.
Willie has toured across the U.S. with the Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: "His live performances are legendary." His 12th studio album Children of Paradise was released in the summer of 2018 to universal acclaim. He is currently bringing his dynamic live show and amazing rock and roll band to enraptured audiences worldwide.