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

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program

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

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! Open to all adults. A well balanced Kosher meal is served.       

INTRODUCING Sparking the Mind Series
Tuesdays at the J 

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant

Music appreciation covering a wide variety of topics and musical genres.  

Understanding Music
Tuesday, October 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Discussion and demonstration of musical elements including rhythm, meter, tone, color and orchestral instruments.  We will listen to Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra to bring it all together. 

Dance in Music - Part I
Tuesday, November 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Discover the strong influence of dance on music spanning the ages through jazz.  Gain an insight into the connection between the different meters and the human need to experience art through motion and music.

Dance in Music - Part II
Tuesday, November 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
We will continue our discussion on the strong influence of dance on music spanning the ages through jazz.

Music of Epic Classical Dramas - Part I
Tuesday, November 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn how music beautifully depicts specific characters and events in dramas by Shakespeare, Goethe and Ibsen.

Music of Epic Classical Dramas - Part II
Tuesday, November 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
We will continue our discussion on how music beautifully depicts specific characters and events.

Thomas Elefant, accomplished conductor, musician and university lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in 2009.  He served as the musical director of the Intergenerational Symphony in Israel, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in Montana.  He holds a Masters in Conducting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from New York University. 

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $36, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Series sponsored by the Elinor & Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund  

Great Art Exhibits You May Have Missed with Art Historian Barbara Tomlinson

The Extraordinary Saga of Sergei Shchukin
Tuesday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 21 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Learn how Sergei Shchukin brought modern French painting to Russia. A sold-out exhibition in Paris last year recreated this collection for the first time. Now you too can see what astonished Muscovites at the turn of the century.

David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh
Tuesday, January 28 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Just when you thought there was nothing left to say about Van Gogh that was new, it turns out, there is. This recent exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam documents the profound influence Van Gogh's work has had on the work of British artist David Hockney.

Snow Scenes from Breughel to Monet
Tuesday, February 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Let's hope all the snow stays in the paintings from this marvelous exhibit at the Phillips Gallery in Washington. 

Dr. Barbara Tomlinson retired from Kean University 20 years ago and has been presenting cultural history lectures in locations all over the state ever since. Her goal is to demonstrate why and how works of art are created and how they help exemplify the society from which they came.

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $28, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Series sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant

Let’s Talk about Music to Truly Understand It

Music appreciation covering a wide variety of topics and musical genres.  

Everything You Wanted to Know About Music but Were Afraid to Ask
Tuesday, March 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A robust discussion of the various aspects of music, the making of great performances and more.

Comparing Music of Different Artists
Tuesday, March 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Explore the elements involved in comparing different performers and the criteria used to judge them.

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert Preparation
Tuesday, March 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Discover and learn about two heavenly works by Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 ("Linz"). 

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert, West 83rd Ministry Center, NYC
Tuesday, March 31 • 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Handel Festival Orchestra will present an all-Mozart program featuring violinist and concertmaster Jieming Tang, playing Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 (‘Linz”). Reservations are needed by Tuesday, March 24. Price $55, Member Price: $50, cost includes $10/person orchestra donation, transportation provided

Thomas Elefant, accomplished conductor, musician and university lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in 2009. He served as the musical director of the Intergenerational Symphony in Israel, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in Montana. He holds a Masters in Conducting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from New York University.

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $20, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.
Trip to Handel Festival concert not included - see pricing above

Series sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund

November

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Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, November 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by the Westfield Service League.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, November 25 • 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

INTRODUCING Sparking the Mind Series
From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant

Music of Epic Classical Dramas - Part II
Tuesday, November 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
We will continue our discussion on how music beautifully depicts specific characters and events.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  
See full description above
Series sponsored by the Elinor & Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Wednesday, November 27 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making.
Price: $16, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

The Accusation Blood Libel with author Edward Berenson

Wednesday, November 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A chilling investigation of America’s only alleged case of blood libel, and what it reveals about anti-semitism in the United States and Europe.  On Saturday, September 22, 1928, Barbara Griffiths, aged 4, strayed into the woods surrounding the upstate village of Massena, New York. Hundreds of people looked everywhere for the child but could not find her. At one point, someone suggested that Barbara had been kidnapped and killed by Jews, and as the search continued, policemen and townspeople alike gave credence to the quickly-spreading rumors. The allegation of ritual murder, known to Jews as “blood libel,” took hold.  To believe in the accusation seems bizarre at first glance—blood libel was essentially unknown in the United States. But a great many of Massena’s inhabitants, both Christians and Jews, had emigrated recently from Central and Eastern Europe, where it was all too common. Historian Edward Berenson, himself a native of Massena, sheds light on the cross-cultural forces that ignited America’s only known instance of blood libel, and traces its roots in old-world prejudice, homegrown antisemitism, and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Residues of all three have persisted until the present day.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 
Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council 

December

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, December 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.  This week we will focus on memoirs.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Dixieland Jazz and the Big Band Era with Paul White

Tuesday, December 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Who says the thrill is gone? What is jazz? It was in New Orleans that the bright flash of European horns ran into the dark rumble of African drums…it was like lightning meeting thunder. The local cats took that sound and put it together with the music they heard in churches and barrooms and they blew in a new music called jazz…a wild, jubilant music. Spend an hour and learn about the men and women who made jazz what it is today. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Native American Art at the Met with Barbara Tomlinson

Wednesday, December 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A revolution is taking place in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Native American art will be incorporated into the current collection. Come hear the story and see the works that occasioned this amazing change in policy. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, December 9 • 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Celebrate Hanukkah with Phyllis Chapell

Tuesday, December 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An eclectic mix including standards from many decades, Broadway, songs in many languages and Jewish and Hanukkah songs.  Sponsored by the Ashbrook Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Wednesday, December 11 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making.
Price: $16, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Elder Abuse with Peter Jacob, LSW

Wednesday, December 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Project CEASSE is a program developed by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ to educate professional and lay community members, and older adults themselves, about elder abuse.  Learn about how you can identify the signs, the different types, how to report and the resources available to prevent elder abuse. 
Price: $16, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Clips from Flicks with Bob Rivlin - Everybody Thinks They Can Dance

Overlooked Dancers
Thursday, December 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, December 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.  This week we will focus on memoirs.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Movie Day

Tuesday, December 17 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Movie TBA
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

January

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, January 6 • 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Local New Jersey Pianist Dave Schlossberg

Tuesday, January 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dave Schlossberg, a professional musician from Monroe, NJ, specializes in interpreting, composing and performing Jewish music. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Musicals 101 with John Kenrick
Songs of World War II

Wednesday, January 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
America has fought many wars, but none inspired as many hit songs as World War II.  Enjoy a great video of period performances and rarely told background stories.  Be sure to bring your singing voice for a nostalgic celebration.  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.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Glaucoma Awareness with Kathleen Malkiewicz, EdM, DTR

Thursday, January 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Important discussion about glaucoma: what causes it, how it affects sight and what treatment options are available. Sponsored by the Union County Division of Aging. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, January 13 • 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.  This week we will focus on oral and written memoirs.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Monday, January 13 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

Sparking the Mind Series
Great Art Exhibits You May Have Missed with Art Historian Barbara Tomlinson

The Extraordinary Saga of Sergei Shchukin
Tuesday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 21 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Learn how Sergei Shchukin brought modern French painting to Russia. A sold-out exhibition in Paris last year recreated this collection for the first time. Now you too can see what astonished Muscovites at the turn of the century.  Series sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.  Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $28, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant
Music of the Winter

Wednesday, January 15 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Listen to music depicting winter from Baroque through Romantic periods. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, January 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by the Westfield Service League. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.

MLK Day - No program

Monday, January 20

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant
Musical Acrobats

Wednesday, January 22 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Explore how composers wrote virtuoso works for both solo instruments and symphony orchestras. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Thursday, January 23 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Learn about selected bestsellers and other good book choices. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Conversations with Authors
The City Game with author Matthew Goodman

Monday, January 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The City Game tells the thrilling and heartbreaking story of the City College Beavers which in 1950 became the only team ever to win the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year.  This college, known for intellectual achievement, not athletic prowess, fielded a team made up of all Jewish or African-American players.  Unfortunately, scandal and corruption followed.  Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Monday, January 27 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

Sparking the Mind Series
Great Art Exhibits You May Have Missed with Art Historian Barbara Tomlinson

David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh
Tuesday, January 28 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Just when you thought there was nothing left to say about Van Gogh that was new, it turns out, there is. This recent exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam documents the profound influence Van Gogh's work has had on the work of British artist David Hockney.  Series sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.  Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $28, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Fred Miller’s Lectures In Song – Rodgers and Hammerstein

Wednesday, January 29 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy selected hit songs from this prolific team who wrote songs for Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, the King and I, Flower Drum Song, Sound of Music and more. Learn about the story behind the shows. Sponsored by the Forman family in memory of Helen and Herman Forman. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Drama Series with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki Dvorkin - Death of a Salesman

Thursday, January 30 • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Who is the protagonist?  In this classic tale of the failure of the American dream many people argue over who the play is actually about?  Is it Willy Loman or his son, Biff?  In this talk, we'll explore how either could be the lead character and discuss which one you think holds the central, final message. 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. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

February

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, February 3 • 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Sparking the Mind Series
Great Art Exhibits You May Have Missed with Art Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Snow Scenes from Breughel to Monet
Tuesday, February 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Let's hope all the snow stays in the paintings from this marvelous exhibit at the Phillips Gallery in Washington.  Series sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.  Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $28, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Tuesday, February 4 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, February 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
An exploration of the greatest films of yesterday and today, and how they became (or should become!) classics. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Health Talk: Myths on Aging

Thursday, February 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Debunking the myths of getting old. Sponsored by Unicity Eldercare. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, February 10 • 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.  This week we will focus on oral and written memoirs.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Tuesday, February 10 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

Heart Questions Answered

Tuesday, February 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Scotch Plains cardiologist Dr. Sidney Glassofer will talk about symptoms and prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Interactive, questions welcomed. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Megan Cary

Wednesday, February 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Megan’s unabashed willingness to connect with her audience brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high energy tunes, masterful story-telling and personal lyrics that resonate universally. Sponsored by Susan and Peter Klein in honor of Peter’s birthday. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

A Jewish Tour of Paris

Thursday, February 13 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Paris-based travel writer and tour consultant Gary Lee Kraut presents an illustrated presentation examining the Jewish history of Paris as a traveler might encounter it through various sights and neighborhoods in the French capital.  Gary will speak about major Jewish figures in French history and contemporary Jewish life in the City of Life. Great for armchair travelers or those planning a trip to France. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

President's Day - No program

Monday, February 17

Celebration of the Roaring '20s with the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo

Tuesday, February 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
In addition to the live performance, group members will talk about the music, composers, musicians, instruments and techniques of the Dixieland era.  The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo was formed in 2012 by then nine-year-old Florian Schantz.  Now 17 years old, Florian and his band have delighted audiences in hundreds of venues across NJ, NY, CT, PA and Germany.  Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Ask the Social Worker

Wednesday, February 19 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
An opportunity for individuals to talk to Social Worker Melissa Bressler, MSW, LSW regarding non-medical questions and concerns about aging and aging in place. Sponsored by Unicity Eldercare. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante Jr.

Thursday, February 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by the Westfield Service League. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.

Conversations with Authors
Tehran Children with author Mikhal Dekel

Monday, February 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tehran Children is the extraordinary true story of Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran. Rather than perish in Nazi-occupied Poland, more than a million Jews escaped east to the Soviet Union.  There they suffered extreme deprivation but many survived and continued on to Iran.  Dekel fuses memoir with historical investigations in this account of the all-but-unknown Jewish refuge in Muslim lands.  Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.

Singer Theodore Chletsos

Tuesday, February 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
Enjoy this outstanding tenor who has performed in Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, in Broadway revues and in Carnegie Hall. Sponsored by Carol Poppel’s children in honor of her special birthday. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.

Musicals 101 with John Kenrick 
Lorenz Hart: "You Make Me Smile with my Heart"

Wednesday, February 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
This lyricist teamed up with composer Richard Rodgers to create some of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook.  We will enjoy stellar performance videos and examine what led this world class songwriter to drink himself to death at a young age. 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.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Thursday, February 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Learn about selected bestsellers and other good book choices. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

March

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, March 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260

Hospice 101: Everything You Need to Know About Hospice

Tuesday, March 3 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This discussion will define hospice and what it provides to the patient as well as the family. Includes the difference between hospice vs. palliative care; hospice team and its role; qualifications for a person to be put in hospice; cost of hospice; additional benefits of hospice. Sponsored by Fellowship Senior Living Garden State Hospice. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Tuesday, March 3 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, March 4 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
An exploration of the greatest films of yesterday and today, and how they became (or should become!) classics. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Drama Series with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki Dvorkin - Desire Under the Elms

Thursday, March 5 • 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. 
Eugene O'Neill, the playwright who put American theater on Europe's radar, wrote this scathingly complex and highly dramatic play at a time when melodrama and vaudeville were still ever-popular.  We'll explore this play, its metaphors and the impact O'Neill had on American theater.  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. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, March 9 • 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.  This week we will focus on oral and written memoirs.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Sparking the Mind Series
From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant - Let’s Talk about Music to Truly Understand It

Everything You Wanted to Know About Music but Were Afraid to Ask
Tuesday, March 10 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A robust discussion of the various aspects of music, the making of great performances and more. Series sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $20, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Melodies of Memories and Miracles: Broadway Classics with James Michael

Wednesday March 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
James Michael keeps the sounds of his Broadway childhood idols alive as he enchants us with his world-class baritone voice and brings us Broadway classics. Sponsored by Carol Poppel’s children in honor of her special birthday. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Health Talk: Poop Matters

Thursday, March 12 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Learn about the causes, treatments and how to live a constipation-free life. Sponsored by Unicity Eldercare. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Conversations with Authors
Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle 1950-1972 with author Ken Sutak

Monday, March 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This stunning sequel mainly covers 1950-1972, illustrated with more than four hundred four-color, high definition images of Jewish heroines, heroes and history taken from the breathtaking movie poster art of the generation-long rise and fall of the post-war cycle of spectacular epic films. Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Sparking the Mind Series
From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant - Let’s Talk about Music to Truly Understand It

Comparing Music of Different Artists
Tuesday, March 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Explore the elements involved in comparing different performers and the criteria used to judge them. Series sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $20, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Tuesday, March 17 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

Ask the Social Worker

Wednesday, March 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
An opportunity for individuals to talk to Social Worker Melissa Bressler, MSW, LSW regarding non-medical questions and concerns about aging and aging in place. Sponsored by Unicity Eldercare. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Cultural Events and Controversies with Robert Galante

Thursday, March 19 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning history teacher Robert Galante Jr. takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by the Westfield Service League. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj. 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, March 23 • 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.  This week we will focus on short stories and other written works.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Sparking the Mind Series
From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant - Let’s Talk about Music to Truly Understand It

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert Preparation
Tuesday, March 24 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Discover and learn about two heavenly works by Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 ("Linz").  Series sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $20, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org.

Musicals 101 with John Kenrick 
Hal Prince: "Invite Imagination"

Wednesday, March 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
After producing such memorable hits as Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, this New York native made fresh history as director of Cabaret, Company, Follies, Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita and even Phantom of the Opera.  We will look at the dazzling career of this true Prince of Broadway. 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.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Thursday, March 26 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Learn about selected bestsellers and other good book choices. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs

Monday, March 30 • 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.  This week we will focus on oral and written memoirs.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Diversity in the Long Gray Line – Jewish Life at West Point

Tuesday, March 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This documentary celebrates the 1000th Jewish graduate from West Point in 2019 and recognizes the academy’s commitment to diversity. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

Handel Festival Orchestra Concert, West 83rd Ministry Center, NYC

Tuesday, March 31 • 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Handel Festival Orchestra will present an all-Mozart program featuring violinist and concertmaster Jieming Tang, playing Violin Concerto no. 4 and Symphony no. 36 (‘Linz”). Reservations are needed by Tuesday, March 24. Price $55, Member Price: $50, cost includes $10/person orchestra donation, transportation provided 

April

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Tuesday, April 21 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)

Exploration in Art with Aimee Jayinski

Monday, April 27 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Create works of art using a variety of media.  Projects include stoneware clay, batik fabri decoration and jewelry making. (Please note, projects may take multiple classes.  Full class schedule is Monday, January 13 and 27, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 10, Tuesday, March 3, 17, April 21, Monday, April 27.)
Price: $16, Member Price: Free

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.

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Membership Resources

Transportation

Round-trip, door-to-door transportation to the JCC is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 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 roundtrip fee.

Kosher Lunch

The JCC is a designated Kosher nutrition site, funded by the Union County Division on Aging.  Kosher lunches are served to seniors on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The recommended cost for Seniors is $4.50 and $6.50 for all other participants.  Please note that we need notice at least 24 hours in advance for seniors planning to have lunch here.  Menus are published one month in advance.  This program is open to the community. 

Membership Options

Contact Jodi Hotra, Membership Director, for Membership options and pricing

Services & Referrals

The JCC works closely with Jewish Family Services, the Union County Paratransit System, the Union County Division on Aging and other agencies to provide a full range of services to senior participants.

 

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