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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 adults 65+. A well balanced Kosher meal is served.    

November

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, November 1 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

1968: the Year That Shook Our History with Professor Jess Velona - Part Two

Monday, November 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history – all that, and 1968 wasn’t half over. In this two-part lecture, Jess leads us through the most tumultuous year in recent history, which alternated passionate hopes and searing tragedies on an almost daily basis.  Jess  has practiced law for more than 25 years, is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and has a master's degree in history from NYU.  As a onetime candidate for public office in Manhattan, surrogate campaign speaker for Bill Clinton and an aide who drafted speeches for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jess loves sharing his fond appreciation of the most inspiring and dramatic moments in political history. Sponsored by the Irwin Katz Memorial Fund.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 - Oklahoma and Carousel

Tuesday, November 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, November 7 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, November 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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, November 8 • 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. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Fresh, Fabulous and Inspiring Flowers with Floral Designer Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop in Scotch Plains

Monday, November 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   
Learn about how to care for and maintain your flowers.  Get tips for creating pretty arrangements and be introduced to different flowers.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Canasta for Advanced Beginners

Mondays • November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10 • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
These sessions include instruction, strategy, tips and variations for the returning or experienced player.  Groups and individuals of all levels are welcome. Pre-registration for the entire session required.
Price: $70, Member Price: $50 (5 classes)

NEW! Drama Series with Professor Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin 
McCarthyism and Theatre: Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Tuesday, November 13 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What inspired Arthur Miller to write his famous play about the Salem Witch trials and how was the play received at the time?  This informative talk will provide insight into one of America's most famous and popular plays. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Folk Revival with Folk Singer Spook Handy

Wednesday, November 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Let’s get together and once again experience the passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music. Spook studied under and performed alongside Pete Seeger. Spook throws in some of his own songs that share the message that we can continue to make the world a better place. Spook’s originals have charted as high as No. 2 on the International Folk Radio Charts. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside and Phyllis Bernstein and Robert Kuchner.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

POV Documentary with Tom Shanker 

Monday, November 15 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
View a selected stimulating documentary with retired social studies teacher Tom and participate in a discussion of the film. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Newark Museum Speakers Bureau
Arts of Asia

Monday, November 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Arts of Asia presents an overview of some of the most beautiful and significant objects of Asian art in the museum. Through these examples, the talk will discuss the religions and cultures of India, Tibet and China and their influence upon Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Southeast Asia.  The arts of porcelain and pottery, textiles and other decorative arts are represented as well as paintings and magnificent works of sculpture.  Sponsored by the Westfield Foundation.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
Rhapsody in Blue and Firebird Suite

Tuesday, November 20  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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

Wednesday, November 21 • 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: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Program Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22 

Memoir Writing a Legacy with English Teacher and Writer, Edie Scher

Monday, November 26 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Edie will teach easy ways to write some of your life experiences for your family.  Work is shared and assignments are given at each session.  
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 Many Deaths of Jew Suss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew with author Yair Mintzker

Tuesday, November 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Joseph Süss Oppenheimer -"Jew Süss" - is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Württemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Württemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial and condemned him to death for unspecified "misdeeds." On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart.  The Many Deaths of Jew Süss is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer's life and death as told by four contemporaries. What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace.  Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of "Jew Süss" in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, November 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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

Thursday, November 29 • 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 June Fischer and her family  in honor of her birthday.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

December 

Visit Paris: The City of Lights with Paul White

Monday, December 3 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Take a flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and attend the Chanel couture show at the Grand Palais. Then take a stroll along the Champs Elysees and the Seine to the Musée D’Orsay and enjoy one of the great impressionist art collections. Join us for a couple of other stops in the City of Light.  Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 - South Pacific

Tuesday, December 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Discuss Broadway musicals from stage to film with retired English teacher Bob Rivlin.  Only through the medium of film can we keep the great musicals alive in our minds.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Worldbeat: A Concert of American and Jewish Song with Laura Wetzler

Wednesday, December 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Laura Wetzler tours the world singing original songs, worldbeat Jewish music from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and favorites from the great American songbook. Laura is a critically acclaimed recording artist. Sponsored by Ashbrook Care and Rehabilitation Center and Royal Home Care.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, December 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Musician Mitch Radler will bring his guitar and lead us in our favorite songs. Song sheets will be provided. Join us for a fun time!  No singing experience required.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 Seven, A Family Holocaust Story with author Ellen Friedman

Monday, December 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ellen Friedman always knew that she was born to Polish-Jewish parents on the run from Hitler, but her family did not describe themselves as Holocaust survivors since that label seemed only to apply only to those who came out of the concentration camps with numbers tattooed on their arms. The title of the book comes from the closeness that set seven individuals apart from the hundreds of thousands of other refugees in the Gulags of the USSR. The Seven, a name given to them by their fellow refugees, were Polish Jews from Warsaw, most of them related. This story provides a glimpse into the repercussions of the Holocaust in one extended family who survived because they were loyal to one another, lucky, and endlessly enterprising. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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 Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant 
The Mighty Beethoven and His Tender Soul

Tuesday, December 11  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A high level music appreciation course which focuses on music appreciation. Sponsored by Elinor Goldman in memory of her late husband Leonard.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Mosaics and Mixed Media Jewelry with Lesley Vogel

Wednesday, December 12 • 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • lunch break 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Work on substantial projects over the course of several weeks. Selected projects will be entered in Union County Art Show. No prior experience required. Not appropriate for a single class. (Full schedule is September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 12.)  Sponsored by the John H. Van Winkle Foundation. 
Price: $25/class, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

Reading and Discussion of Short Stories, Essays, Newspaper Articles, Poetry, and More with Barbara Buettner

Wednesday, December 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English College Professor, Barbara Buettner, shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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, December 13 • 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. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

May

Medications: The Things They Don’t Tell You with Pharmacist Brian Pinto of Tiffany Pharmacy in Westfield

Monday, May 6 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Brian will review how the side effects of some medicines can actually bring on more problems.  Brian is the owner of Tiffany Natural Pharmacy in Westfield. His specialties include special medicine compounding, diabetes education, orthopedic shoe and compression stocking fitting and natural and homeopathic medications.
PPrice: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at NJPAC in Newark
Special Senior Subscriber Series

Thursdays • 1:30 p.m. 
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and subscribe now for a series of five concerts at NJPAC for fall 2018/spring 2019. 

Programs:
Featured violinist Augustin Hadelich, Christoph Konig conductor - November 1
Rhapsody in Blue and the Firebird, Joshua Weilerstein conductor - November 29
Debussy Masterwork, Jun Markl, conductor - March 7, 2019 
Xian Conducts Mozart, Xian Zhang conductor - April 25, 2019
Art of the Double Concerto, Xian Zhang conductor - May 16, 2019

Five-Concert Subscription Series Price: starts at $155 (full subscription required)
Roundtrip Transportation from Woodcrest in Clark: $25/person (for entire series)
To register contact Terry Campbell, NJ Symphony Orchestra Group Sales, at tcampbell@njsymphony.org or 973-735-1717 

Berg-Lieppe Senior Adult Program Exercise Options

(Senior Social Membership required, $8 for non-members)  

T’ai Chi Chih® - a Healing Art

Mondays • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
T’ai Chi Chih, a healing art, not a martial art, is meditation in motion.  It is a series of 19 gentle movements and a final pose, which circulate and balance life’s energy (chi).  This holistic practice may align mind and body, calming the emotions, and allowing for personal growth.  Experience a calm inner oasis, reducing stress and tension, without the use of force in this both relaxing and energizing form.  All levels welcome.  It is easy to learn and fun to do! 
No age barrier, benefits people of all ages.
May be done standing or seated.
All body types welcome – size and shape does not matter!
www.taichichih.org

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

(Senior Social Membership required)

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 small fee per trip.

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.  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. 

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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