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We regret to report that our JCC is closed indefinitely.  At this time, we are also postponing all scheduled programs in April.  Click here to see all recent JCC emails about our closure and COVID-19.  

Welcome to the Virtual JCC!

 


During this unprecedented time, we want to stay in touch! 
Here is some upcoming live programming and resources from the JCC staff. 

Enjoy!
 
Please check back daily as we add new content.


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Updated Sunday, April 5 

Highlights: Week of 4/5


 Zoom Event with On The Map's Aulcie Perry and Tal Brody and Director Dani Menkin 

On the Map is the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv.  
Director Dani Menkin and Aulcie Perry and Tal Brody team members will share their story on the Zoom call.

Watch On the Map Free before Sunday's Zoom call
Password: talbrody
Free link good through Sunday, April 5 

Sunday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Join Zoom meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/14313B1036     
The link is given to you for free, but please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our 501c3 On The Map Foundation, a non for profit for telling good, inspiring, nonpolitical stories from Israel.
http://heyjudeproductions.com/donate/  

Starting Monday, April 6!
JCC Virtual Personal Training

To help you stay on track and keep training, we are offering two Virtual Personal Training options at great prices!

Individual 30-minute Personal Training Sessions via Video Chat*
(Available Trainers: Vin, Eddy, Shane)
Price: $29/session
*Trainer and Client would agree on the video chat option (e.g., FaceTime, Zoom) that works best for them.
Session will be charged to the credit card on file at the time the session is completed. 
Confirmation and receipt emails will be shared among Trainer, Client and Fitness Director.

2-week Written Workout Plan 
(Available Traiers: Debi, Eddy, Chris)
Price: $60
Trainers will send clients 2-3 written customized workouts per week complete with demos.  Trainer and client will agree on an upfront email or phone discussion about goals and equipment availability. Workouts will then be tailored based on that discussion.  There are many exercises that can be done without fitness equipment; our trainers know how to get creative to keep you on track!

Email Fitness Director Jenny Siegel at jsiegel@jccnj.org to get set up!

What Story Will We Tell? Jewish Textual Insights for This Unprecedented Passover with Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

Monday, April 6 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Click here for information and registration

 Zoom Class - Short Stories and Memoirs with Retired English College Professor Barbara Buettner

This session will be a writing Day about 'plagues past'; create coronavirus haiku
 Monday, April 6 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jcnj.org for call-in information

NYC City Winery's Downtown Seder 2020 - Free Live Streaming

City Winery’s Downtown Seders are infamous and sell out every year! In response to the crisis, City Winery has made it available to all, without limitations of space or cost.
Monday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m.
This looks fun!
Click here for the details

Wine and Whine Parenting Series with Robyn Krugman, LCSW and fellow JCC mom

Early Childhood parents, join us as Robyn facilitates this 4-week parenting series on Zoom.  Let’s all pour a glass of wine and feel free to whine with our JCC friends!  Conversations will be guided and touch on relevant topics to help us stay afloat during social distancing and home schooling.  We could all probably use it!
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Second session: April 7
Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact cteicher@jccnj.org for call-in information


Zoom Class - Book Talk and More with Librarian Debbie Abrams 

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!
Thursday, April 9 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jcnj.org for call-in information

JewBelong's Free Virtual Passover Seder

Thursday, April 9 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join JewBelong for humor, connection, tears, songs, wine (BYO), audience participation (we'll never know) and Venmo prizes for afikoman winners!
Click here for more information about the event (another fun one!) and to register

 

Passover 

 

Tablet Seder Academy - Running a Zoom Seder

From Tablet Magazine: The first Passover Seder is less than a week away, which, under the best of circumstances, is not a lot of time to prepare. And we aren't in the best of circumstances! But we are in this together. To help ease your way into it, we're launching a daily Zoom tutorial that we're calling Seder Academy.
Click here for the video

What Story Will We Tell? Jewish Textual Insights for This Unprecedented Passover with Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

Monday, April 6 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Click here for information and registration


NYC City Winery's Downtown Seder 2020 - Free Live Streaming

City Winery’s Downtown Seders are infamous and sell out every year! In response to the crisis, City Winery has made it available to all, without limitations of space or cost.
Monday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m.
This looks fun!
Click here for the details


JewBelong's Free Virtual Passover Seder

Thursday, April 9 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join JewBelong for humor, connection, tears, songs, wine (BYO), audience participation (we'll never know) and Venmo prizes for afikoman winners!
Click here for more information about the event (another fun one!) and to register


JewBelong (for when you feel you don't) Passover Resources

Great website, great tips
Click here


Virtual Passover Resources from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest

Your Greater MetroWest clergy and educators have joined forces to create this selection of videos to help you make this year’s Seders particularly meaningful and enlightening. Feel free to incorporate them into your virtual or personal seders however they work for you.
Click here
 

Two Wonderful Options to Order Your Seder Meal

Deli King in Clark, a long-time JCC partner
Click here for holiday menu
Kosher, but not strictly Kosher for Passover
Order deadline is Sunday, April 5
Delivery, restaurant curbside or in-restaurant pick-up options
When ordering, please note that you are a JCC member

In Thyme Catering, Former Owner of the Chicken Nest from Livingston 
Click here for complete Seder package menu
NOT Kosher
Order deadline is Sunday, April 5
Pick-up in JCC parking lot on Wednesday, April 8
When ordering, please note that you are a JCC member, 10% giveback on any JCC orders

 


Gateways Haggadah: A Seder for the Whole Family

The Gateways Haggadah welcomes families with children of all abilities and disabilities to a Passover celebration that is accessible for the whole family

Purchase your Gateways Haggadahs here
Guide to using Gateways Haggadahs


Get Ready for Passover: Watch the Prince of Egypt!

PG • Musicals, Animation, Kids, Family • Movie • 1998
An epic adventure of two brothers - one the ruler of a powerful empire and the other the chosen leader of his people. Their final confrontation will forever change the world.
Streaming on Hulu - free trial subscription available
Start your free trial and watch now!
Click here for guided movie discussion for Prince of Egypt

Stay in Touch with Your JCC Community 

 

Follow us on:

https://www.facebook.com/jccofcentralnj/
https://www.facebook.com/CampYachad/
https://www.youtube.com/jccofcentralnj1/

Join our JCC communities on Facebook:

JCC Fitness and Wellness
JCC of Central NJ Aquatics, Sports and Rec
After School at the J

Need a YouTube Lesson?  Watch here:

 

Adult Enrichment

Zoom Class - Short Stories and Memoirs with Retired English College Professor Barbara Buettner

Barbara will share interesting written pieces and helps us work on written pieces of our own. All writings are always followed by lively discussion.   
Monday, April 6 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This session will be a writing Day about 'plagues past'; create coronavirus haiku
  Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jcnj.org for call-in information
 

Book Talk and More with Librarian Debbie Abrams 

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!
Thursday, April 9 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jcnj.org for call-in information

After School at the J

After School Activities

 

Hello from After School! with Natalia
Friday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. 

All after school activities are posted on the After School at the J Facebook group.

Click here for the After School video playlist on YouTube

Aquatics

How to Stay Healthy by Maria Hobbie, Barracudas Mom

Click here for the article

How to Maintain Your Swim Strength 

Young Swimmers

Ways to Practice Swimming on Land

 A Practical Guide to Baby CPR

 

Arts & Culture

 Zoom Event with On The Map's Aulcie Perry and Tal Brody and Director Dani Menkin 

On the Map is the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv.  
Director Dani Menkin and Aulcie Perry and Tal Brody team members will share their story on the Zoom call.

Watch On the Map Free before Sunday's Zoom call
Password: talbrody
Free link good through Sunday, April 5 

Sunday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Join Zoom meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/14313B1036     
The link is given to you for free, but please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our 501c3 On The Map Foundation, a non for profit for telling good, inspiring, nonpolitical stories from Israel.
http://heyjudeproductions.com/donate/  

Best of the Fest for Film Festival Lovers!

What do we do when we can't  have our traditional spring Film Festival? 
We ask several of our long-standing film committee members to cull through our Film Festival archives to suggest some favorites!  
Introducing Best of the Fest!

From Jacob Toporek
Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent (2015)

Perhaps in these uncertain times, Rabbi Prinz's example can provide some inspiration and the producers are happy to be able to share this film. Through Sunday April 5 at midnight, the producers of R Squared Productions, along with our distributor Menemsha Films, are making the film available for FREE streaming.
Free stream of the film here

From Janice Weinberg
Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel (2018) and Nicky's Family (2013) 

Heading Home is a feel-good family film about Team Israel, the underdog national baseball team and their first time competing in the World Baseball Classic.
Nicky's Family is the forgotten story of young Nicholas Winston who successfully relocated Jewish children from Czechoslavakia to England prior to WWII.

Click Here to watch Heading Home ($.99) on Amazon

Click Here to watch Nicky's Family on Amazon

From Vivian Toporek
The Little Traitor (2009)

“We showed this charming film about 10 years ago and it was received very well, as I recall. Plus, there are 2 famous, recognizable actors in it. I think everyone would enjoy this.”

Click Here to watch it on Amazon

 From Erica Needle
Dough (2016) and In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2017)

"Dough and  In Search of Israeli Cuisine are two good light choices. I remember giving out mini challahs after Dough, and Michael Solomonov joined us at the JCC for the In Search of Israeli Cuisine screening. It was a great night!”

 Click Here to watch Dough on Amazon

Click Here to watch In Search of Israeli Cuisine on Amazon   

 

SXSW 2020 Official Short Film Selections  

Watch most of this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival’s shorts, for free, online now!  

SXSW in Austin, TX has long been a champion of independent filmmakers, and premiering a short film at the festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for creators to share their vision with the world.  When the City of Austin had to cancel this year’s festival, hundreds of filmmakers lost the opportunity for their work to be seen. Together, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have created a digital home for this incredible slate of short films so you can watch them from wherever you are. 
Official SXSW 2020 Short Films

 

Mulvane Art Museum Student Exhibition

The Mulvane Art Museum’s 2020 Art Student Exhibition features 40 works of art selected by juror Brandi Lee Cooper. Their virtual exhibition is live Visitors to the Mulvane's exhibition page on the website will be able to look through an image gallery of these works and the juror's statement.
Each week we Mulvane Art Museum will be sharing online tutorials and educational resources that are free and accessible. Home with kids? Checkout the links below:
Draw Everyday with JJK
Visit their education page 


Nightly Opera Stream

Metropolitan Opera live streams a wide range of musical and theatrical flavors.  Nightly line-up with supplementary articles, podcasts and videos
Click here for upcoming schedule 


Menemsha Films for 99¢

One of the JCC's favorite film distributors, Menemsha Films, is making some of their wonderful Jewish films available for .99 cents per film through Amazon Prime or the iTunes Store.  Take this time to watch a new film or perhaps watch one of our past Film Festival films a second time!

 Available Menemsha movies:
1945 • 24 Days • Across the Waters • Aftermath • Closed Season • Dough • Fanny’s Journey • Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel • In Search of Israeli Cuisine • Inside Hana’s Suitcase • La Rafle • Let Yourself Go • Mr. Kaplan • Natasha • Nicky’s Family • Once in a Lifetime • Rabin In His Words • Restoration • Run Boy Run • Shalom Bollywood • Shelter • 
Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream • The Art Dealer • The Interpreter • The Light of Hope • The Matchmaker • The Outrageous Sophie Tucker • The Rape of Europa • The Testament • The Waldheim Waltz • The Women’s Balcony • The Zigzag Kid • To Life! • Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort


Online Mah Jongg Games

Consider joining an online mah jongg community – you can play/practice with bots, other players and even with your friends by creating a private table! 
Click here to sign up for 8 free games per day or a small fee for unlimited games.
Instructions for creating/coordinating a private table are on the app, but if you are having any problems, contact Karen Sanders at ksanders@jccnj.org.


Israeli TV Shows and Movies

Here are some great Israeli TV shows and movies.  Enjoy.  Consider.  Discuss.  Debate.

Our Boys, Docudrama, HBO • Fauda, Spy Thriller, Netflix • Shtisel, TV Drama, Netflix • When Heroes Fly, TV Drama, Netflix • The Spy, Action Thriller, Netflix • In Treatment, TV Drama, Amazon, Hulu, HBO • Homeland, TV Drama, Amazon, Hulu, Showtime • Srugim, TV Dramedy, Amazon Prime • False Flag, Adventure, Hulu • Hashoter Hatov  - "The Good Cop", TV Comedy, Netflix • Mossad 101, Action Drama, Netflix • The Operative, Mystery/Spy Thriller, Amazon Prime, Vidu, YouTube, Google Play •
The Spider in the Web, Mystery/Spy Thriller, Amazon Prime, Vidu, YouTube, Google Play • The Angel, Docudrama/Thriller, Netflix • Red Sea Diving Resort, Drama, Netflix
Maktub, Action-Comedy, Netflix • The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch, Dramedy, Netflix


Unorthodox Podcasts

Back in February, when things were a little less uncertain (remember that???), Stephanie Butnick, author of the Newish Jewish Encyclopedia and one of the hosts of the podcast Unorthodox, visited our JCC.  Unorthodox is the world’s leading Jewish podcast - but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it!  Hosted by Butnick and partners Mark Oppenheimer and Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine, each episode features interesting guests (one Jewish and one gentile), News of the Jews, and so much more.
Click here to listen at no charge.


Jewish Book Council

This site contains a list of authors and vir­tu­al expe­ri­ences that will be con­tin­u­ous­ly updat­ed.


Cooking and Baking

Make Toffee Brownies with Kristen Oley, JCC Executive Assistant Connie Oley's, daughter

Make Banana Bread with Audra Negri, JCC Office and Operations Manager

Early Childhood

Daily Enrichments

Friday, April 3 Shabbat with Ms. Debbie
11:00 a.m.
Art Project with Ms. Allie
3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 6 Havdalah with Ms. Debbie
11:00 a.m.
Planting Seeds with Ms. Francine
3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 Yoga with Ms. Tammy
11:00 a.m.

Martial Arts with Ms. Sharon
3:00 p.m.
Contact cteicher@jccnj.org for Zoom call-in info


Wine and Whine Parenting Series with Robyn Krugman, LCSW and fellow JCC mom

Early Childhood parents, join us as Robyn facilitates this 4-week parenting series on Zoom.  Let’s all pour a glass of wine and feel free to whine with our JCC friends!  Conversations will be guided and touch on relevant topics to help us stay afloat during social distancing and home schooling.  We could all probably use it!

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Three sessions remaining: April 7, April 14 and April 21
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact cteicher@jccnj.org for call-in information


Early Childhood YouTube Playlists

Early Childhood: Art Projects

Early Childhood: Stories

Early Childhood: Science Experiments

Early  Childhood: Movement

Early Childhood Shabbat


Bedtime Stories

Let us help you at bedtime with these readings by JCC teachers and staff! 

Click here for Bedtime Stories 


PJ Library

Connect with PJ Library on Facebook

Fitness & Wellness

Join our JCC Fitness and Wellness community Facebook

JCC Fitness and Wellness

Starting Monday, April 6!
JCC Virtual Personal Training

To help you stay on track and keep training, we are offering two Virtual Personal Training options at great prices!

Individual 30-minute Personal Training Sessions via Video Chat*
(Available Trainers: Vin, Eddy, Shane)
Price: $29/session
*Trainer and Client would agree on the video chat option (e.g., FaceTime, Zoom) that works best for them.
Session will be charged to the credit card on file at the time the session is completed.
Confirmation and receipt emails will be shared among Trainer, Client and Fitness Director.

2-week Written Workout Plan
(Available Traiers: Debi, Eddy, Chris)
Price: $60
Trainers will send clients 2-3 written customized workouts per week complete with demos.  Trainer and client will agree on an upfront email or phone discussion about goals and equipment availability. Workouts will then be tailored based on that discussion.  There are many exercises that can be done without fitness equipment; our trainers know how to get creative to keep you on track!

Email Fitness Director Jenny Siegel at jsiegel@jccnj.org to get set up!


Virtual Group Fitness Schedule

 

Recorded Workout Videos from the JCC Fitness Staff

Click here for the JCC staff workout videos playlist on YouTube

 Great variety of workouts including Morning Strength & Cardio, Kickboxing, Yoga, Abs and more. 
New content added daily.
Stay fit!  Stay healthy! 


Les Mills Workout Videos

Les Mills, a leader in group fitness programming, provides a full range of choreographed group fitness classes ranging from strength, cardio, core and dance fitness to mind/body and low impact classes. All Les Mills classes are licensed and feature great playlists. 

 
 
 
The content of the JCC of Central NJ videos are for entertainment only. JCC is not a medical organization and its instructors or staff cannot provide medical advice or diagnosis. Physical exercise in all forms, even without equipment, is a strenuous physical activity. As such, you should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this fitness program or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for you. If you are predisposed to a medical condition that may be worsened by physical exercise, please do not start this fitness program. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.
Please make sure you have appropriate space to exercise.
 If you think you are having a medical or health emergency, call your health care professional, or 911, immediately.


Penn Masters of Applied Positive Psychology

Sharon Danziger (sister of long-time JCC member David Feldman!) shared this wonderful resource (click here) from Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology website which has webinars to help us all understand and deal with all the uncertainty before us. Several of us at our JCC had the good fortune to participate in one of Sharon's seminars; she was so inspirational, thought-provoking and real. Tune in to her and her colleagues at the link below. All webinars are free. There's at least one a day...30 minutes of content followed by Q&A. New webinars put up daily. Thank you, Sharon! 


Health & Wellness Articles 

 

 Inclusion and Support Services

Gateways Haggadah: A Seder for the Whole Family

The Gateways Haggadah welcomes families with children of all abilities and disabilities to a Passover celebration that is accessible for the whole family

Purchase your Gateways Haggadahs here
Guide to using Gateways Haggadahs


SPAN Daily Chat: The Impact of COVID-19 on Our Lives

Statewide Parenting Advocacy Network (SPAN) is offering opportunities for families of people with disabilities to get together and chat twice daily about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. SPAN is a fabulous agency! 
Click here for details 


NJ Department of Human Services Resource Guide

Click here for NJ Department of Human Services agency resources/updates pertaining to services for people with disabilities of all ages  


Department of Education Q&A for Parents

Click here for Department of Education Q&A for parents regarding the provision of educational services to students with disabilities during COVID-19


Coronavirus Social Story

Click here for a great picture-based social story about coronavirus for typical children and people with disabilities 


Boardmaker 30-Day Free Trial

Click here for a website used to make picture schedules, picture choice boards, picture books, etc. 
Great for young children, non-readers and people with disabilities

JCC/Atlantic Medical Group Partnership

We are pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership between our JCC and Atlantic Medical Group (AMG). 

Learn about and access AMG's Telehealth System here

We are also busy planning virtual Q&A sessions with AMG doctors; stay tuned for details.  

Below are some relevant articles from AMG:

Your Health and Safety Is Our Priority

COVID-19 News and Information

Fighting Coronavirus Together - Ways You Can Help

JCC Community Partners

 

Now is a good time to see if you can save on your life insurance premiums

In an effort to mitigate some of the financial impact JCC members have faced during this crisis, JCC Community Partner Erik Wildstein of The Wildstein Group, LLC has offered to review any current life insurance policies that JCC members have to see if they are eligible for premium savings. This is a by phone, no fee, no obligation review.

Additionally, to help the JCC during this difficult time, Erik will contribute half of any commissions derived from this initiative to the JCC.

Erik Wildstein is an independent insurance advisor with access to all major carriers. According to Erik, life insurance rates have come down measurably over time, and it’s fairly common that by doing a simple comparison of existing policies, significant premium savings can be leveraged. Right now, many carriers are waiving physical exams, and rates may be trending up so this is an excellent time for a review.

“We’re all in this together as we navigate these unchartered waters. We hope you find this helpful and meaningful. We are here for you as best we can be.”
- Erik Wildstein, The Wildstein Group, LLC

 

JCC Staff Picks

Jodi Hotra, Membership Director is full of recos!

Netflix: The Five (Suspense) • Safe (Suspense) • The Stranger (Suspense) • The Great British Baking Show (Light) • Bert Kreischer – Comedy/Adult watch only, great for a late night watch with a drink

Nick: Henry Danger – elementary school aged kids

Disney +: Bunk’d

Hulu: Four Weddings and a Funeral (light watch)

Read anything from Harlan Coben my favorite author, especially the Myron Bolitar Series


Courtney Teicher, Youth Program Director

Plot Against America on HBO - Cantor Axelrod of CBI makes a guest appearance!


Jill Callahan, Marketing Director

Younger on Hulu or OnDemand - great "escape" binge right around now

Jojo Rabbit, Parasite - OnDemand - if you haven't seen either yet...both are great, not 'light'


Caren Goldberg, Director of Development and Member Engagement

Grace & Frankie on Netflix - great escape right now, light and good laughs
 
Outlander on Netflix


Randi Zucker, Director of Arts & Culture and Jewish Programming

Another vote for Grace & Frankie on Netflix
 
The New York Times crossword puzzle app
 
Obsessive baking (which requires obsessive eating of those baked goods)!
 

Teens

Character Counts! Why Courage, Creativity and Collaboration Matter in College Admissions

Thursday, April 16 from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
Click here for details and registration

DONATE

If you are in a position to make a donation to help fund our staff for as long as possible while our doors are closed, we would be grateful.  
Donate Here

 

 

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