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-style meal is served.       

INTRODUCING Sparking the Mind Series
Tuesdays at the J   

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 

Then and Now Speakers Series

The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank with Gillian Walnes Perry
Tuesday, April 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gillian will be speaking about, and reading from, her remarkable book The Legacy of Anne Frank which explores the story through a new lens, how learning about a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust has had a redemptive and healing effect in some of the world’s most violent regions. How has Anne Frank succeeded in bringing together those from different sides in intractable conflicts and breaking down deeply held prejudices against ‘the other’? How has Anne Frank given young people in some of the poorest and most challenging regions aspiration and hope for their own futures?  Gillian will relate fascinating stories about spending a night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood with the heroic helper of the Frank family, how Audrey Hepburn became involved with her charity when it in its early days, and how Anne Frank influenced Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.  

Who Really Elects the President: The Workings of the Electoral College with Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre
Tuesday, May 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works?  In this program, participants will learn about the history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account. Frank Argote-Freyre is an Associate Professor at Kean University. He is a recipient of a NJCH Honor Book designation.  Presented through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities.

1919: The World Series Is Fixed with Evan Weiner
Tuesday, May 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
One hundred years ago, baseball’s World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was enveloped in scandal when several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the games.  Why did it happen and could it happen again? Evan Weiner is a speaker and author with a radio and TV background. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s with Dr. Marc Dollinger
Tuesday, May 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
With issues of race and racism dominating the headlines, American Jews have taken a keen interest, even as their one-time reputation as social justice advocates is now often mired in rising tensions with our historic allies in communities of color. Dr. Dollinger's presentation will offer a roadmap for today’s tensions.  Marc Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goodman Chair in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. He has recently published Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.  Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Woodrow Wilson: Cutting Through The Myths with Eugene Lieber
Tuesday, May 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An in-depth discussion of Woodrow Wilson, including the early days in Virginia, years at Princeton, and the governorship of New Jersey.  Discussion of his presidency will include entry into WWI and its domestic consequences, the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, his last years, and his impact on the future of the U.S. Eugene Lieber is a retired Associate professor of History at Essex County College and in retirement a highly sought speaker. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

From Day to Day – the Holocaust diary of a non-Jew with Timothy Boyce

Tuesday, June 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
From Day to Day, written by Norwegian Odd Nansen, was the number one bestseller in Norway when published in 1947.  It was translated into English in 1949 and received glowing reviews in the U.S. press, but fell out of print and into total obscurity for over 60 years.  In this fascinating discussion, Timothy Boyce brings Nansen’s diary to life. Timothy Boyce is the Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. Copies of the Book will be for sale with all royalties from the book donated:  50% of the royalties donated to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC and 50% to the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies. Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm.

The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Benjamin Dworkin
Tuesday, June 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts, Dr. Dworkin serves as a non-partisan commentator on political developments for media in New Jersey and nationally.  He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers and radio stations, as well as The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Dworkin is the Director, Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II, a concert lecture with Dr. Diane Cypkin
Tuesday, June 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Take an hour’s sentimental journey where Professor Diane Cypkin will transport you to the time of the Greatest Generation. By combining her performing and teaching artistry, Dr. Cypkin skillfully tells the stories of the love songs of World War II in a way that is both entertaining and educational.  Dr. Cypkin is a Professor in the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department of Dyson College of Arts and Science at Pace University. She is the recipient of the Kenan and Carol S. Russet Award for Teaching as well as several prestigious community service awards. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.

Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

March

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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 

Elder Abuse 101 with Peter Jacobs

Thursday, March 5 • 11:15 – 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 the 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: $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. 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 Todd Goodman

Thursday, March 19 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality. Sponsored by the 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 

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

Monday, March 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Explore the impact and meaning of Arthur Miller’s classic. 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, lunch 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

Passover Seder with Cantor Bill Walton

Wednesday, April 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy a beautiful Seder and delicious holiday lunch. Sponsored by Ashbrook Care and Rehabilitation Center.  Reservations are needed by Wednesday, March 25.
Price: $12.50 Member price $8.50, includes holiday lunch 

Health Talk with Geriatric Care Manager from Unicity Eldercare

Thursday, April 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What does a Geriatric Care Manager do? How can this help you in daily life.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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 with Barbara Buettner

Monday, April 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Elizabeth Blume: Newark’s Lady Lawyer with Linda Forgosh

Tuesday, April 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Blume was the first female attorney in New Jersey. She was a suffragist and co-founder of the World Jewish Congress and a “ darn good trial attorney.” This 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, April 8 • 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!) the classics.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Adult Enrichment Program closed for Passover Week

Thursday, April 9 - Thursday, April 16

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs with Barbara Buettner

Monday, April 20 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

A Tale of Two Women Painters with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Tuesday, April 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Italy in the 16th century produced two exceptional female painters, Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana who, while very well known in their own day, disappeared from sight after their deaths. This talk will describe the astonishing stories of these two women and illustrate why the work of one seems to have more relevance for the present than that of the other. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, 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.)

Stephen Schwartz: Defying Gravity with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, April 22 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
For more than four decades, Long Island native Stephen Schwartz has delighted audiences with his scores for Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, yet he has never won a Tony! Learn more about this remarkable songwriter.  This program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART Grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Cultural Events and Controversies with Todd Goodman

Thursday, April 23 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org    

Relationship between Sleep and Memory with Kathleen Malkiewicz

Monday, April 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Is memory loss inevitable as we age?  Are there lifestyle choices that can help retain and enhance memory?  Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena that are not completely understood. However, studies in both animals and humans suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Kathleen is the Director of the Senior Nutrition Program of Union County.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, 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 

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

The Surprising Global Legacy of Anne Frank with Gillian Walnes Perry
Tuesday, April 28
Gillian will be speaking about, and reading from, her remarkable book The Legacy of Anne Frank which explores the story through a new lens, how learning about a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust has had a redemptive and healing effect in some of the world’s most violent regions. How has Anne Frank succeeded in bringing together those from different sides in intractable conflicts and breaking down deeply held prejudices against ‘the other’? How has Anne Frank given young people in some of the poorest and most challenging regions aspiration and hope for their own futures?  Gillian will relate fascinating stories about spending a night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood with the heroic helper of the Frank family, how Audrey Hepburn became involved with her charity when it in its early days, and how Anne Frank influenced Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.  Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

What is Chabad? with Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky

Tuesday, April 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn about Chabad from Rabbi Blesofsky, a warm, caring and energetic individual, who grew up in Brooklyn and, since moving to Scotch Plains, has brought a new level of energy and color to the local community. The rabbi's approach is that Torah must be presented and experienced in a modern, relevant context and made available to each individual on their own level.   Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org    

Tips for the Hard of Hearing with Kelly Molnar

Wednesday, April 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An interactive presentation regarding hearing loss including: how to identify it, tips to communicate more effectively in spite of it, and resources to help those who may be impacted by it. Presented by CapTel Captioned Telephones Outreach Experts Inc. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, April 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews. Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org    

May

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs with Barbara Buettner

Monday, May 4 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

Who Really Elects the President: The Workings of the Electoral College with Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre
Tuesday, May 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works?  In this program, participants will learn about the history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account. Frank Argote-Freyre is an Associate Professor at Kean University. He is a recipient of a NJCH Honor Book designation.  Presented through a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, May 6 • 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!) the classics.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Mandir Hindu Temple

Thursday, May 7   • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Mandir, a Hindu temple, was founded in 1982 and is located in Robbinsville, NJ. We will tour this architecturally breathtaking temple, learn about Swaminarayan Hinduism and observe a mid-day worship service. Then we will enjoy lunch at Witherspoon Grill in Princeton . Afterwards visit The Princeton University Art Museum, which has two special exhibits: Life Magazine/the Power of Photography and Cezanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, or explore Princeton on your own.  Price: $80, Member Price: $75. Bus leaves from JCC of Central New Jersey and Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs with Barbara Buettner

Monday, May 11 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org   

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

1919: The World Series Is Fixed with Evan Weiner
Tuesday, May 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
One hundred years ago, baseball’s World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was enveloped in scandal when several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the games.  Why did it happen and could it happen again? Evan Weiner is a speaker and author with a radio and TV background. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Star Feud: Davis vs. Crawford with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, May 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
The legendary feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford: fact or studio fiction? Sponsored by Carol Poppel’s children. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

The Confusion Over Chekhov: The Seagull - Comedy or Tragedy? with Professor Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Thursday, May 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Many think Anton Chekhov's work was serious tragedy, others believe it was meant to be a comedy.  How could such confusion exist over a work by a playwright as talented as Chekhov? This program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART Grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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 with Barbara Buettner

Monday, May 18 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s with Dr. Marc Dollinger
Tuesday, May 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
With issues of race and racism dominating the headlines, American Jews have taken a keen interest, even as their one-time reputation as social justice advocates is now often mired in rising tensions with our historic allies in communities of color. Dr. Dollinger's presentation will offer a roadmap for today’s tensions.  Marc Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goodman Chair in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. He has recently published Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.  Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Broadway and Cabaret  Duo Jo Ann Roberts and Louis Vanaria

Wednesday, May 20 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a fun musical duo who entertain us with Broadway songs, oldies but goodies,  Sinatra favorites and more. You may recognize this duo as they have appeared many films. Sponsored by Diane and Jerry Forman in honor of their mother Trudy Garshofsky’s birthday. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Cultural Events and Controversies with Todd Goodman

Thursday, May 21 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Memorial Day – Adult Enrichment Program closed

Monday, May 25

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

Woodrow Wilson: Cutting Through The Myths with Eugene Lieber
Tuesday, May 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An in-depth discussion of Woodrow Wilson, including the early days in Virginia, years at Princeton, and the governorship of New Jersey.  Discussion of his presidency will include entry into WWI and its domestic consequences, the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, his last years, and his impact on the future of the U.S. Eugene Lieber is a retired Associate professor of History at Essex County College and in retirement a highly sought speaker. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The Four Pillars for Happiness with Gail Cassidy

Wednesday, May 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn the ten action steps to experience happiness and serenity every day of the week.  Gail Cassidy works on the premise that everybody wants to feel good every day, no matter what age they are. Gail is the author of Discover Your Passion: An intuitive Search to Find Your Purpose in Life. She is a frequent speaker on ways to make the retirement years happy and productive years. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, May 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews. Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

June

Short Stories and Written/Oral Memoirs with Barbara Buettner

Monday, June 1 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

From Day to Day – the Holocaust diary of a non-Jew with Timothy Boyce
Tuesday, June 2 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
From Day to Day, written by Norwegian Odd Nansen, was the number one bestseller in Norway when published in 1947.  It was translated into English in 1949 and received glowing reviews in the U.S. press, but fell out of print and into total obscurity for over 60 years.  In this fascinating discussion, Timothy Boyce brings Nansen’s diary to life. Timothy Boyce is the Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. Copies of the Book will be for sale with all royalties from the book donated:  50% of the royalties donated to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC and 50% to the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies. Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Gay Pride: More Than a Parade with Professor John Kenrick

Wednesday, June 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
The story of a human rights movement that caught fire when police raided a Greenwich Village bar in 1969, and still marches on today. Sponsored by Carol Poppel and her children. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Medical Marijuana with Pharmacist Brian Pinto

Thursday, June 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Learn all about medical marijuana, including when it is appropriate to use, what types of ailments it helps, where to get it, various varieties, and the good and the bad. Sponsored by Tiffany Natural Pharmacy. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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 with Barbara Buettner

Monday, June 8 • 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, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Benjamin Dworkin 
Tuesday, June 9 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts, Dr. Dworkin serves as a non-partisan commentator on political developments for media in New Jersey and nationally.  He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers and radio stations, as well as The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Dworkin is the Director, Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch 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, June 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Debbie will highlight selected books on the bestseller lists and other good choices and share reviews. Participants are encouraged to recommend good books that they are currently reading.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Cultural Events and Controversies with Todd Goodman

Thursday, June 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Todd Goodman, a private tutor and former NBC/MSNBC writer and producer, takes us beyond current headlines to explore fundamental American principles under the constitution: freedom, justice and equality.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Rembrandt/Velazquez with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Monday, June 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 In the 17th C Spain and Holland were almost continuously at war. Their politics and societies could not have been more different. And yet each country produced supreme artists whose work was similar in many ways. This startling exhibition pairs paintings from the two countries to demonstrate common threads that were contained in the great masterpieces each produced. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation. Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Spotlight Speaker Series
Then and Now Speakers

While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II, a concert lecture with Dr. Diane Cypkin
Tuesday, June 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Take an hour’s sentimental journey where Professor Diane Cypkin will transport you to the time of the Greatest Generation. By combining her performing and teaching artistry, Dr. Cypkin skillfully tells the stories of the love songs of World War II in a way that is both entertaining and educational.  Dr. Cypkin is a Professor in the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department of Dyson College of Arts and Science at Pace University. She is the recipient of the Kenan and Carol S. Russet Award for Teaching as well as several prestigious community service awards. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Price: $8/class, Subscription Price: $56, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

The Cine Files with Jennifer Harrison

Wednesday, June 17 • 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!) the classics.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org  

Jazz Pianist and Composer Vince di Mura

Thursday, June 18 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join us for an innovative and lively piano concerto. Vince is Princeton University Residential Musical Director and Composer for the Lewis Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Seniors in Place.  Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, lunch reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

July

Hunterdon Hills: They’re Playing Our Song by Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch

Thursday, July 23 • 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist was a hit musical upon release in 1979. Come enjoy the show along with a delicious lunch and dessert buffet. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, June 30. Price: $90, Member Price: $85.  Bus leaves from JCC of Central New Jersey and Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.

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-Style Lunch

The JCC is a designated Kosher-style nutrition site, funded by the Union County Division on Aging.  Kosher-style 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 Barbara Weisbart, Adult Enrichment 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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