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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!

Updated Monday, June 22
 
 

Click here for A GUIDE TO USING ZOOM

 

Highlights: Week of 6/22

    

Introducing Outdoor Fitness and Outdoor Personal Training! 

Yoga, Zumba with all your favorite instructors,
Athletic Training and Power Hour
Classes must be booked in advance.

Book an appointment with JCC of Central New Jersey using SetMore
 

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!
Wednesday, June 24 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jccnj.org for call-in information 
 

Parenting through the Pandemic - Summer Edition 

In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), The Sheva Center is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity from our friends and partners at Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education.  Dasee Berkowitz, Director of Ayeka’s Becoming a Soulful Parent program, will lead this Zoom series for parents of young children.   

  Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Living Joyfully: Returning play to our lives
Click here to register
 

Meet the Author

In partnership with

Don’t let the challenges of social distancing, keep you from enjoying a good author talk!  Join us for live talks over the next few weeks featuring award-winning authors, debut novelists and more!   And if you miss the live presentation, all talks will be recorded - just register for the event, and you’ll be sent a link to the presentation that you can watch at your convenience.

Discussion with Melanie Benjamin author of Mistress of the Ritz
Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.
Click here for the registration form; Zoom link will be send after submission
Click here to purchase or download Mistress of the Ritz. 

Detroit Jewish Book Fair Presents Jamie Bernstein and Ted Chapin in Conversation                      

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here to watch the event Live on YouTube
Broad­cast­er, film­mak­er, and con­cert nar­ra­tor Jamie Bernstein (who visited our JCC in January) trav­els extensively, speak­ing about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bern­stein.  In addition to writing her own scripts and narrations, Jamie writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Town & Country, Gourmet, Opera News, and Musical America. Jamie’s film doc­u­men­tary, Crescen­do: the Pow­er of Music, is view­able on iTunes and Amazon Prime and her most recent book, Famous Father Girl, is available at the Detroit Jewish Book Fair’s online store.

Ted Chapin, is president of Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has spearheaded many Broadway productions during his tenure, including Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the first time the 1957 CBS television-commissioned show has been seen on Broadway, and in a newly adapted version. His father, Schuyler Chapin, was General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera and colleague and friend to Leonard Bernstein.

Zoom Room Challah Bake with Tiffany Shlain

Friday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
JCC Association is partnering with Let It Ripple Film Studio and filmmaker/activist Tiffany Shlain to bring you a weekly Zoom Room Challah Bake. Tiffany, her daughters, and special guests gather, pre-Shabbat, to bake and engage in deep and delightful conversations about change, hope, and Jewish ritual and community. Invite your communities to join as Shlain encourages each attendee to “knead all of your love into your bread and knead all of your stress from the week away.”  

June 26 Special Guest Baker: Angela Duckworth, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

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/
Instagram: @jcccentralnj 

Join our JCC communities on Facebook:

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

Adult Enrichment

 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!
Wednesday, June 24 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Join Zoom Meeting
To join, contact arivlin@jccnj.org for call-in information 

Senior Exercise

Click here for exercise videos on YouTube

 

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ presents an ongoing Job Finder's Group

Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:00am with Susan Reeves, SPHR, JFSCNJ Career Counselor
Kindly RSVP to sreeves@jfscentralnj.org to register and receive ZOOM invitation

After School at the J



After School Activities

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

 Try These Workouts to Help You Get Back in the Pool

Click here


How You Should Approach Getting Back in the Pool

Click here

Should Swimmers Lunge?

Click here

Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers

 
 

Go Swim TV

Become a better swimmer during social distancing!  Subscribe to GoSwim and gain access to thousands of videos that will help increase your swimming knowledge.
It's free right now!
Click here to subscribe
 

Kid Exercises for Different Parts of the Body

Click here

Arts & Culture

Meet the Author

In partnership with

Don’t let the challenges of social distancing, keep you from enjoying a good author talk!  Join us for live talks over the next few weeks featuring award-winning authors, debut novelists and more!   And if you miss the live presentation, all talks will be recorded - just register for the event, and you’ll be sent a link to the presentation that you can watch at your convenience.

Discussion with Melanie Benjamin author of Mistress of the Ritz
Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.
Click here for the registration form; Zoom link will be send after submission
Click here to purchase or download Mistress of the Ritz.
 

Detroit Jewish Book Fair Presents Jamie Bernstein and Ted Chapin in Conversation                      

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here to watch the event Live on YouTube
Broad­cast­er, film­mak­er, and con­cert nar­ra­tor Jamie Bernstein (who visited our JCC in January) trav­els extensively, speak­ing about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bern­stein.  In addition to writing her own scripts and narrations, Jamie writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Town & Country, Gourmet, Opera News, and Musical America. Jamie’s film doc­u­men­tary, Crescen­do: the Pow­er of Music, is view­able on iTunes and Amazon Prime and her most recent book, Famous Father Girl, is available at the Detroit Jewish Book Fair’s online store.

Ted Chapin, is president of Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has spearheaded many Broadway productions during his tenure, including Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the first time the 1957 CBS television-commissioned show has been seen on Broadway, and in a newly adapted version. His father, Schuyler Chapin, was General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera and colleague and friend to Leonard Bernstein.

Zoom Room Challah Bake with Tiffany Shlain

Friday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
JCC Association is partnering with Let It Ripple Film Studio and filmmaker/activist Tiffany Shlain to bring you a weekly Zoom Room Challah Bake. Tiffany, her daughters, and special guests gather, pre-Shabbat, to bake and engage in deep and delightful conversations about change, hope, and Jewish ritual and community. Invite your communities to join as Shlain encourages each attendee to “knead all of your love into your bread and knead all of your stress from the week away.”  

June 26 Special Guest Baker: Angela Duckworth, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
 

Jewish Book Council

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

Early Childhood

Parenting through the Pandemic - Summer Edition 

In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), The Sheva Center is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity from our friends and partners at Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education.  Dasee Berkowitz, Director of Ayeka’s Becoming a Soulful Parent program, will lead this Zoom series for parents of young children.   

  Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Living Joyfully: Returning play to our lives
Click here to register

These groups empower parents to listen to their inner wisdom, they create deep connections for parents who are often ‘too busy’ for new friends, and they open up pathways for personal and spiritual growth.  Becoming a Soulful Parent is for those who want to take time out of their busy lives to tune in to the parents they want to become.

Dasee Berkowitz is the director of Ayeka’s Becoming a Soulful Parent program. Her unique approach to parent education combines Jewish wisdom, personal reflection and meaningful peer based conversations which she has been bringing to hundreds of parents throughout North America via local trainings, webinars and podcasts. Her upcoming book, “Becoming a Soulful Family: Listening to the Wisdom Within” will be coming out in 2020. Dasee lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and three kids.

Dasee is a master facilitator and has an incredible way of making Jewish text and spirituality accessible, helping both practitioners and participants harness Judaism as a powerful tool for self and soul care - something we all sorely need right now. 


Early Childhood YouTube Playlists

Early Childhood: Art Projects

Early Childhood: Stories

Early Childhood: Science Experiments

Early  Childhood: Movement

Early Childhood Shabbat


PJ Library

Connect with PJ Library on Facebook

Fitness & Wellness

Join our JCC Fitness and Wellness community Facebook

JCC Fitness and Wellness   

Virtual and Outdoor Group Fitness Schedule


Click here for a downloadable version  
 

Book Outdoor Fitness Class Here
Book an appointment with JCC of Central New Jersey using SetMore


Outdoor Personal Training

Our Personal Trainers are now scheduling outdoor sessions. Please contact your trainer about scheduling. If you are a new client or having trouble reaching your trainer, please contact Jenny at jsiegel@jccnj.org. 

We will be adding more outdoor Group Fitness classes, but we want to be sure we continue to stay connected with all of you and help you maintain your fitness routines so we will STILL offer our virtual Group Fitness classes and virtual Personal Training too.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUTDOOR FITNESS RULES AND REGULATIONS

  
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!  

 

JCC Workouts on YouTube

Workout at your convenience with the JCC Fitness Staff! Everything from kickboxing and yoga to Debi's morning workouts and strength workouts.  Plus so much more! It's an awesome menu!
Click here

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.
 

Virtual Meditation Group with JFSCNJ Social Worker Alyssa Reiner LSW, RYT200

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
A weekly 30-minute group focusing on relaxation and anxiety-reduction
Please email Alyssa Reiner at areiner@jfscentralnj.org to register and receive FREE ZOOM invitation
  

 
 

 Inclusion and Support Services

  

 

Dealing With Anxiety, Grief, Loss And Stress - Mental Health & The Covid-19 Crisis 

Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health is quickly emerging as a crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. People all across the country are reporting high levels of emotional distress from isolation to anxiety to excess drinking. The coronavirus has touched many areas of our lives. Many have reported that worry or stress related to the pandemic has led to at least one negative mental health effect. Join Trinitas RMC experts as they discuss how to correctly identify and manage these emerging mental health concerns.
The webinar will cover topics like grief, loss, family stress, parent/child issues, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Register here

The No Barrier Summit

Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27
This free two-day online event brings together people of all abilities and backgrounds to break through personal barriers and create a community of individuals seeking to change themselves, and the world, for the better. The No Barriers Summit — with fully accessible activities, world-famous speakers and renowned performers — challenges attendees to find their invincible selves. Whether someone has a disability, faces discrimination, has lost a loved one or struggles with illness, the annual No Barriers Summit helps attendees redefine what is possible.
 

Ways to Get Your Child to Wear a Mask

 

Wheelchair Friendly Hiking Trails in North Jersey

 

Space Farms Zoom and Museum

 

Turtle Back Zoom

San Diego Zoom Kids

Greater MetroWest Resources and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Click here

NJ Self Advocacy Project 

NJ Self Advocacy Project, a program of the ARC of NJ, has many upcoming events.  Staying Healthy at Home, Online Resources to Keep You Engaged, Preparing for Post COVID Employment and more.  Click here for details on these programs and more.

 

Unexpected - A Graduation Speech

Click here

Virtual Meditation Group with JFSCNJ Social Worker Alyssa Reiner LSW, RYT200

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
A weekly 30-minute group focusing on relaxation and anxiety-reduction
Please email Alyssa Reiner at areiner@jfscentralnj.org to register and receive FREE ZOOM invitation

ARC of New Jersey 2020 Newsletter

Click here

The Extra Burden for Parents of Children with Special Needs
NY Times Article

Click here

The Boggs Center Updated Resources Related to COVID-19

Click here

 

Introducing Accessible Places on Google Maps

Click here


Child-Friendly Masks-Are-Important Story

Click here for child friendly social story to help prepare kids to wear a face mask during outings.

 

ARC of New Jersey News and Events

Calendar of free webinars on a variety of topics
Click here


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 

Israel Programming

    

JCares

Jewish Family Service (JFS) Kosher Food Pantry Food Drive

No one should go hungry during this crisis or any other time
The Jewish Family Service (JFS) Kosher Food Pantry is here to help anyone struggling to purchase food in Union County.

Help us help JFS address this important issue of food insecurity by donating non-perishable and toiletry items.

Please consider adding these much-needed items to your grocery list.

Cereal, rice, pasta
Canned goods: tuna, beans, fruits and vegetables
Jelly, jam, pasta sauce, peanut butter
Personal care & toiletries
Household items
Diapers, wipes and other baby care products 

We have set up drop-off sites for donations throughout our community at the following addresses. Please drop your items in the front porch collection bins.

19 Poplar Place, Fanwood

1956 Parkwood Drive, Scotch Plains

610 Shackamaxon Drive, Westfield

JCC/Atlantic Medical Group Partnership

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

 

AMG Resources

Learn about and access AMG's Telehealth System here

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

 

Youth and Teens

 

DONATE

 

If you are in a position during this time to make a donation to ensure the continuity of the JCC, our community would be grateful. 


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