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

Berg-Lieppe Adult Enrichment Program

We will begin our program calendar VIRTUALLY this fall and change to in-person programming at the JCC if it becomes safe to do so. We will also continue with our daily exercise before the program each day. When we resume at the JCC, well-balanced Kosher lunches will be served. All programs including exercise will require a Zoom link.  Please contact Alison Rivlin at [email protected] or 908-889-8800 x260 for that Zoom information.

Additionally, if you need any help including how to use Zoom, please contact Alison Rivlin at [email protected] or 908-889-8800 x260.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Join us for all or pick and choose!
Open to community and adults of all ages

All virtual programs are free. If you are in a position to make a donation, our community would be grateful. Donate online to the Senior Adult Program at www.jccnj.org or mail your donation to JCC of Central NJ, Attn: Barbara Weisbart, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Thank you for your support.

When in-person programming resumes at the JCC, the prices are as follows: Price: $8/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are requested three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or [email protected]

Sparking the Mind Series
Female Show Business Legends with Professor John Kenrick 

Angela Lansbury: Ever Just the Same, Ever a Surprise

Tuesday, October 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lansbury, a versatile Hollywood character actress, became one of the most beloved stars of the musical stage – then managed a third career as a television superstar.

Dinah Shore: America’s Jewish Sweetheart

Tuesday, November 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Born in Tennessee, Shore’s sweet voice made her a recording radio favorite during World War II. Her good looks and personal warmth made her a longtime television star as celebrated for her singing as for her genial interviews. A multimedia celebration of someone we so often welcomed into our living rooms.

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.

The Show Business Legends series is sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Sparking the Mind Series
Then and Now

A variety of diverse and relevant topics from yesterday and today.

The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Ben Dworkin

Tuesday, October 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This talk will cover the key dynamics at play in the upcoming national election, with a particular focus on the presidential race, the fight to control Congress, and New Jersey’s central role in these battles. Dr. Dworkin serves as the Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship. He is considered one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts.

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s with Dr. Marc Dollinger

Tuesday, November 10 • 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.

1919: The World Series is Fixed with Evan Weiner

Tuesday, November 17 • 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.

The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank with Gillian Walnes Perry, MBE

Tuesday, November 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn about how a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust have 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 Walnes Perry is co-founder and honorary Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK.

From Day To Day: The Holocaust Diary of a Non-Jew with Timothy Boyce

Tuesday, December 1 • 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, 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. Boyce is the Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. He most recently served as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm.

The Then and Now series is sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Art Club

Fridays • September 11 - December 18 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 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 will explore drawing, collage, paper mosaic, watercolor, still life, landscapes and portraits. All skill levels are welcome. Please contact [email protected] to register. Registration for the entire fall season is required. Class size limited to 10 people. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation. 

October 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, October 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor Barbara Buettner shares interesting written pieces and helps us work on written and oral memoirs – all followed by lively discussion.

Then and Now
The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Ben Dworkin

Tuesday, October 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This talk will cover the key dynamics at play in the upcoming national election, with a particular focus on the presidential race, the fight to control Congress, and New Jersey’s central role in these battles. Dr. Dworkin serves as the Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship. He is considered one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Billy Joel Tribute with Karl Dietel

Wednesday, October 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A pianist since age 6, Karl Dietel is a 20-year veteran of the tri-state area live music scene. Karl’s flair for the melodic inspired his most recent challenge of recreating Billy Joel’s The Stranger record in its entirety. The project was so well-received that it gave birth to We May Be Right: Billy Joel Tribute Band. Sponsored by JCC members in memory of Harmony Weisbart.

Gilbert and Sullivan with John Kenrick

Thursday, October 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gilbert and Sullivan brought wit, melody and sophistication to musical theater, creating shows that have delighted audiences for more than a hundred years. Sponsored by the Rivlin family in honor of Bob Rivlin’s special birthday.

Meet with Our Social Worker Natalie Ross

Monday, October 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Social distancing, fear of the pandemic, the upcoming election and more have made these particularly stressful times. Meet with our social worker to process some of these experiences as a group and receive some help in dealing with them. Sponsored by The Jewish Community Foundation and Healthcare Foundation of NJ. Please contact Alison Rivlin at [email protected] to arrange a meeting if you would like to talk to Natalie individually. 

Female Show Business Legends with Professor John Kenrick
Angela Lansbury: Ever Just the Same, Ever a Surprise

Tuesday, October 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lansbury, a versatile Hollywood character actress, became one of the most beloved stars of the musical stage – then managed a third career as a television superstar. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Fashioning Art from Paper with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Wednesday, October 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Does anyone remember paper dresses? Isabelle de Borchgrave has made an illustrious career making fabulous clothes from paper. Her work has been exhibited all over the world. Come see what she does and how she does it. It’s amazing. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

Feast Your Eyes with Author Myla Goldberg

Thursday, October 29 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Feast Your Eyes is a daringly inventive parable of female creativity and motherhood” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season, about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood – a balancing act familiar to women of every generation. Proud Partner of the Jewish Book Council.

November

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, November 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor Barbara Buettner shares interesting written pieces and helps us work on written and oral memoirs – all followed by lively discussion.

Female Show Business Legends with Professor John Kenrick
Dinah Shore: America’s Jewish Sweetheart

Tuesday, November 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Born in Tennessee, Shore’s sweet voice made her a recording radio favorite during World War II. Her good looks and personal warmth made her a longtime television star as celebrated for her singing as for her genial interviews. A multimedia celebration of someone we so often welcomed into our living rooms. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, November 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Watch and discuss interesting movie clips with a screenwriter and true film buff! 

Book Talk with Debbie Abrams

Thursday, November 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion as Debbie takes us through selected bestsellers, popular good book choices and all things pop culture. Always with enjoyable conversation!

Can Robots Be Jewish? Inspirational Rabbis Answer Pressing Questions of Modern Life with Author Amy E. Schwartz

Monday, November 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
When Moment Magazine arrives every other month, loyal readers turn to its long-running “Ask the Rabbis” feature. In this column rabbis of dif­ferent denominations – Independent, Humanist, Jewish Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Sephardic, and Chabad – consider some of the most provocative questions of the day. Their responses span the range of modern Jewish thought. Sometimes they agree but not often. Proud Partner of the Jewish Book Council.

Then and Now
Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s with Dr. Marc Dollinger

Tuesday, November 10 • 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. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Lecture with Paul White

Wednesday, November 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Paul White is one of our favorite lecturers. He brings each of his topics alive with a Power Point presentation. Each topic presents intertwisting insights. Topic TBA. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund in honor of Myrna Gordon’s birthday.

Current Events with Todd Goodman

Thursday, November 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, November 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor Barbara Buettner shares interesting written pieces and helps us work on written and oral memoirs – all followed by lively discussion.

Then and Now
1919: The World Series is Fixed with Evan Weiner

Tuesday, November 17 • 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 Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Armchair Tour of Brooklyn with Licensed New York City Guide Marty Schneit

Wednesday, November 18 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Brooklyn Bridge represented the change from rural to urban America and symbolized modern America. Brooklyn Heights was the first commuter suburb in the United States and has some of the most outstanding brownstones in New York City. Marty will also talk about the first great battle in the American Revolution, The Battle of Brooklyn, which occurred at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Eli’s Promise with author Ronald H. Balson

Thursday, November 19 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning author Balson explores the human cost of war and the strength of family bonds in his new masterful work of historical fiction, Eli’s Promise. Proud Partner of the Jewish Book Council.

Meet with Our Social Worker Natalie Ross

Monday, November 23 • 11:15 - 12:15 p.m.
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask our social worker questions and to discuss relevant issues of our times. Sponsored by The Jewish Community Foundation and Healthcare Foundation of NJ. Please contact Alison Rivlin at [email protected] to arrange a meeting if you would like to talk to Natalie individually.

Then and Now
The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank with Gillian Walnes Perry, MBE

Tuesday, November 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn about how a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust have 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 Walnes Perry is co-founder and honorary Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

The Splendor of Italy’s Musical Heritage – Part III with Thomas Elefant

Wednesday, November 25 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The genius of Verdi’s arias and elements that make them unforgettable. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

No program Thursday, November 26

Crosswords with Steve Manin

Monday, November 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As a group, we will complete a difficult New York Times crossword puzzle with the guidance of Steven Manin, an expert who goes from JCC to JCC completing crossword puzzles! Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

December

Then and Now
From Day To Day: The Holocaust Diary of a Non-Jew with Timothy Boyce

Tuesday, December 1 • 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, 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. Boyce is the Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. He most recently served as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

A New Look at Frida Kahlo with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson 

Wednesday, December 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The recent opening of a formerly sealed archive of personal effects has enabled scholars and art historians to take a fresh look at an artist we thought we knew very well, Frida Kahlo. Especially revealing is the degree to which Kahlo fashioned her public, artistic persona around the clothes she wore. If “clothes make the man,” Kahlo artfully demonstrated that clothes could also make the woman. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

We Came Here to Shine with Author Susie Orman Schnall

Thursday, December 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Vivi Holden is closer than she’s ever been to living her dream as a lead actress in L.A., but an unfair turn of events sends her back to New York. She has one last chance to get back to Hollywood by performing well as the star of the heralded Aquacade synchronized swimming spectacular at the World’s Fair. Maxine Roth wants nothing more than to be a serious journalist at the iconic New York Times. Instead, she’s landed a post at the pop-up publication dedicated to covering the World’s Fair. When Max and Vivi’s worlds collide, they forge an enduring friendship. One that shows them to be the daring, bold women they are, and one that teaches them to never stop holding on to what matters most, in the most meaningful summer of their lives. Proud Partner of the Jewish Book Council.

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, December 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor Barbara Buettner shares interesting written pieces and helps us work on written and oral memoirs – all followed by lively discussion.

Book Talk with Debbie Abrams

Tuesday, December 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion as Debbie takes us through selected bestsellers, popular good book choices and all things pop culture. Always with enjoyable conversation!

Jews in American Theater: A Legacy Like No Other with John Kenrick

Wednesday, December 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As Spamalot put it, “You just won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews.” How did people whose religion had long forbidden performance become a dominant force in the American theater? John Kenrick takes us on a joyous and insightful trip back in time, tracing how Jews took their place among Broadway’s leading producers, creators and performers. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Talk with Dr. James Kostek from Atlantic Health System

Thursday, December 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Kostek, a Family Medicine physician, will talk to the group about why it’s important to have a primary care doctor no matter what your age is. He will discuss preventive care, the importance of screenings and how to do all of it safely during these uncertain times. Great opportunity to meet with a doctor in our community that is sure to be educational and relevant.

Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South with Author Sue Eisenfeld

Monday, December 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
For Sue Eisenfeld’s mother, the concept of “southern Jews” was almost an oxymoron. Jews were leftists, refugee immigrants to the northeast in the late nineteenth century. But when Eisenfeld moved from her native Philadelphia to Virginia – and, impelled by her interest in history, began going to Civil War reenactments, museums and old cemeteries – she came across a series of gravestones for antebellum Jews. With so much of Judaism based on the concept of social justice, why would any Jew willingly remain in a region steeped in injustice? To get some answers, Eisenfeld planned a series of road trips to a variety of historic sites in the South. She lets herself be changed by what she learns on her journey. Proud Partner of the Jewish Book Council.

Mighty Beethoven with Thomas Elefant

Tuesday, December 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A look at the tender and comical side of the legendary composer. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund.

Ballparks and Stadiums with Paul White

Wednesday, December 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ballparks and stadiums are some of the most magical places in the world, and everyone should experience them at least once. So, if you haven’t been to Wrigley Field, Lambeau Field, Fenway Park or other iconic sports venues...no problem, we’ll grab some tickets and hit the turnstiles! Sponsored by Andrea Harris in honor of Larry Forman.

Current Events with Todd Goodman

Thursday, December 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Senior Exercise

Virtual Program Price: Free (donations appreciated)
In-Person Program Price: $8
JCC Member Price: Free

Exercise with Yasmin Ofek

Mondays • 10:15 - 11:00 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.

Exercise with Helene Baum

Tuesdays • 10:15 - 11:00 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. All fitness levels are welcome.

Exercise with Colby Sheppard

Wednesdays • 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Participate at your own pace 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. 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. All fitness levels are welcome.

Chair Yoga with Karen Rosen

Thursdays • 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. When standing, 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.

Ageless Grace with Kara Hodes-Wechsler

Fridays • October 16 - November 13 • 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain health fitness program based on the stimulation of neuroplasticity to support cognitive function and activate all five primary functions of the brain. These brain-changing movements also focus on the 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function, such as mobility, balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. The program is designed to be practiced in a chair to stimulate the brain and body. Join Kara Hodes-Wechsler, Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and Trainer, and play with simple, natural movements to music. Anyone can participate at their own level of ability. Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. 

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.

Transportation
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 [email protected]

 

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