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

Berg-Lieppe Adult Enrichment Program

For a downloadable version of the summer brochure, click here.

While summer will certainly look different this year, we will have the same wonderful programming you’ve come to expect.

ALL WILL BE VIRTUAL... exciting entertainers, interesting lectures and important wellness sessions. In addition, we will continue with our daily exercise before the program each day.

ALL PROGRAMS INCLUDING EXERCISE WILL USE THE SAME ZOOM LINK AND DETAILS EXCEPT WHERE NOTED.  Please contact Alison Rivlin at arivlin@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800 x260 for the Zoom information.

Additionally, if you need any help including how to use Zoom, please contact Alison Rivlin at arivlin@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800 x260.

Senior Exercise

Mondays with Yasmin Ofek
Tuesdays with Helene Baum
Wednesdays with Colby Sheppard
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Boost energy and improve balance while strengthening muscles and halting or reversing bone loss. Stretching, strength training, range-of-motion and endurance work. 

Chair Yoga with Karen Rosen

Thursdays • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. When standing poses are included in a chair yoga class, the chair is used to help with and improve balance. Chair yoga also includes pranayama breathing techniques and meditation to promote focus, mental clarity and relaxation.

Other Ongoing Programs

Art Club Summer Art Class

July 7 – August 13 • Tuesdays and Thursdays • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Art making enthusiasts and novices alike, if you are seeking inspiration, Art Club is the place for you. This weekly get together is a wonderful way to spend time with friends and share ideas. In this class, we’ll be exploring drawing, collage, paper mosaic, watercolor, still life, landscapes and portraits. This is a 6-week class. Materials will be supplied. All skill levels are welcome. Registration required. Please contact arivlin@jccnj.org to register.

Summer Social Worker – Natalie Ross

Meaningful Connections and Conversations
Wednesday, July 29 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Coping with Grief and Loss
Wednesday, August 12 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of NJ and the Jewish Community Foundation.

Please contact Alison Rivlin at arivlin@jccnj.org to arrange a meeting if you’d like to talk to Natalie privately.


Meghan Cary

Monday, July 27 • 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 Lennie Liebes in honor of his birthday.

Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson on Titian

Tuesday, July 28 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Titian’s Poesie: In the mid 1500s Titian was acknowledged the greatest painter in Europe. Phillip II of Spain commissioned from Titian a series of “history paintings” that inspired other artists from Rubens to Velazquez and which ultimately led to the artistic revolution of the Impressionists. This talk will trace this profound artistic link that stretched for 300 years. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.

Landmarks, Memorials and Cool Places in New Jersey with Paul White

Wednesday, July 29 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
There are many fascinating sites, places and monuments to past and present activity in New Jersey that most people are unaware of. Paul will take us on an armchair tour of lesser-known New Jersey spots. Sponsored by Phyllis and Bob Rivlin and Myrna Gordon.

How to Keep Your Immune System Strong with Kathleen Malkiewicz, Senior Nutrition Program Director of the Union County Division of Aging

Thursday, July 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
During this time of global pandemic, how can you help keep your immune system strong with nutrition, exercise and lifestyle? Come join the discussion with Kathleen and learn some important steps to take on the path to healthy living.


From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant: Spring, Summer and Nature

Monday, August 3 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
After this long lockdown, be pampered by inspirational and uplifting music. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund.

Linda Kenyon Portrays Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, August 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Actress Linda Kenyon performs A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt, a one woman show written by Stephen LaRocque. The show will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady and wife to FDR, who became an inspiration to people all around the world. Her life and work has made our country and our world a better place to live. This play illuminates some steps along her journey. 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.

Singer/Guitarist Phyllis Chapell

Wednesday, August 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Phyllis performs an eclectic mix including standards from many decades, Broadway classics, songs in many languages and favorite Jewish music. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in memory of their beloved mother Helen Cohen.

Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson on Lesser-Known Female Painters

Thursday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana were two females who became serious professional artists in the 16th century. So why have we never heard of them? Their work was quite different and looking at them together illuminates many of the difficulties faced by female artists and encourages us to appreciate how differently we view art today. You may wind up loving one of these women! Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.

Bone Health with Dr. Tiffany Toliver, Atlantic Medical Group

Monday, August 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Discussion about osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, the top two conditions affecting bone health in the older adult population. Program will provide a brief overview including diagnosis and treatment.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant: Comparing Performances

Tuesday, August 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Listen to artists singing or playing the same work yet eliciting very different emotional reactions from you, the audience, and judge for yourselves. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund.

Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat: It Keeps on Rolling Along with John Kenrick

Wednesday, August 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Kern & Hammerstein’s epic masterpiece changed musical theatre by dramatizing racism, a family shattered by gambling, and a woman ravaged by alcoholism. John Kenrick offers a multimedia exploration of what has made this powerful musical a worldwide favorite for 93 years. Sponsored by Unicity Homecare and Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

Peter Small Portrays George Washington

Thursday, August 13 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Peter Small believes that it is people who make history happen. Meet the Father of our Country as he separates fact from myth about his life from the cherry tree to crossing the Delaware River. Sponsored by the family of Hansy Meyer in loving memory of their mother.

We look forward to returning to our traditional program described below. 

The Berg-Lieppe Adult Enrichment Program runs 4 days a week Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Participants are welcome to attend one day a week, all 4 days or anything in between.

It includes regularly scheduled exercise and enrichment programming with topics ranging from literature, music, art, theater, current events and wellness. 

It is an excellent option for those looking for ongoing day time socialization.

This program is open to all in the community regardless of religious affiliation.

Membership Options
Membership for this program allows you to attend any or all of the programs each week from September - June.  The cost for the 10 months is $395 and includes all programs.   If you do not choose to become a member, you may come to any of the programs for $8/program.

Kosher-Style Lunch
The program also includes optional Kosher-style lunch prepared fresh daily by the JCC's in-house chef and served Monday - Thursday.  The recommended cost for senior adults is $4.50 and $6.50 for all other participants.  Please note that we need notice at least 24 hours in advance from those planning to have lunch here.  Menus are published one month in advance.  The JCC is a designated Kosher-style nutrition site, funded by the Union County Division on Aging.

As part of the program, round-trip, door-to-door transportation to the JCC is available Monday - Thursday for most senior residents of Union County.  This transportation is provided by the Union County Paratransit System and the JCC.  There is a $3 round trip fee.

Summer Programming
The Adult Enrichment Program runs during July and August at Congregation Beth Israel, just down the block from the JCC.  It offers the same 4-day-a-week schedule, exercise and enrichment programming and lunch.  The summer program is not included in the above membership fee; there is an additional cost. 

For more information, please contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Learn more about our Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult program!  Click here to watch our video.

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Exercise Options

(Senior Social Membership required, $8 for non-members)  

Senior Exercise

Mondays • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Have fun with functional movement including rhythm moves and strength.

Move Better To Feel Better

Tuesdays • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.  
This exercise program is designed to increase strength, balance, flexibility and maintain posture. This total body workout is in seated/and or standing positions and emphasizes active participation with bands, balls and weights.  Stretching is included at both the beginning and end of class.  Classes have a theme each week and there is discussions on nutrition. This is a dynamic workout that can challenge you while allowing each individual to work at their own pace.  A positive way to start your day!  So come join in and gain strength, better health, balance and meet new friends! All fitness levels are welcome.

Active Adult Exercise

Wednesdays • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. 
Light exercises, for all fitness levels led by certified and degree'd fitness professional.   Participate at your own pace in a safe, effective and fun class in either a seated and/or standing position. Chair support is offered so you can perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement.  This class is suitable for nearly every fitness level.  We include toning exercises for muscle and bone strength and full body core strengthening to aide in mobility for the whole body. The class ends with stretching and relaxation moves to get you energized to enjoy your day.

Chair Yoga

Thursdays • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. When standing poses are included in a chair yoga class, the chair is used to help with and improve balance. Chair yoga also includes pranayama breathing techniques and meditation to promote focus, mental clarity and relaxation

Walking Club

Fridays • 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Join Vin, certified personal trainer, every Friday for a gentle stroll around the gym.  Class includes light stretches.