1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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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 all adults. A well balanced Kosher meal is served.     


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Learn About Israel with Israeli Student Intern Juana Schnapp 

Wednesday, May 29 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Juana will provide an insight into her life in Israel, her family and her perspective on Israeli issues. 
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 

The Current State of State (and National) Politics with Professor  Ben Dworkin

Thursday, May 30 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
In the aftermath of the 2018 midterms, the road to the White House and the 2020 presidential run has been paved.  Both of the major parties are going through significant identity crises.  These national dynamics and debates have their roots in states like New Jersey, where similar tensions are localized.  This talk and discussion will focus on how the politics that are happening here help shape the nation. Dr. Dworkin is Founding Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan University. This arts program is made possible in part by a 2018 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 


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Book Updates with Librarian Debbie Abrams

Monday, June 3 • 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

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 

Clips from Flicks - Grease and Bye Bye, Birdie

Tuesday, June 4 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
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: $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 

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

Wednesday, June 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Retired English college professor shares interesting pieces followed by lively discussions.  
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 

Sing–a-Long with Mitch Radler

Thursday, June 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: $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 

Jazz Pianist Vince di Mura

Monday, June 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Vince is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who is the Resident Musical Director and Composer for the Lewis Center of Arts at Princeton University. He is preparing to record his seventh CD - a solo piano CD.  Join us for this opportunity to get a preview of this recording.  Sponsored by Care One at the Highlands.
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  


From Bach to Sinatra Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas Elefant
The Great Handel

Tuesday, June 11 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Discover the colorful and imaginative writing in Handel's most popular work, The Messiah. Sponsored by Rita and Amy Spiegel in memory of Seymour Spiegel.
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    

Natalia Zukerman

Wednesday, June 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Natalia Zukerman will entertain us with her individual style of Americana, blues and folk music. End-of-season program sponsored by Bayada Home Health Care.
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, June 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: $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     

AARP Smart Driver Course

Friday, June 14 • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches valuable defensive driving strategies and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. You may qualify for a multi-year automobile insurance discount by completing the course. (Check with your auto insurance agent for details.)  Sponsored in partnership with Arbor Terrace Mountainside.
Price: $20, AARP Member Price: $15, lunch included

Summer Program

Location and Fees

Summer programs are at Congregation Beth Israel, 1920 Cliffwood Street in Scotch Plains. Come before each program for senior exercise and stay after each program for a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Reservations for the program only are encouraged but not required. Member rates for programs are available to JCC members and JCC partners, Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation B’nai Israel Adult Forum members. Reservations for lunch are recommended in advance of the program. (Lunch price is listed separately.)

Full Summer (all of July and August)
Community Price: $150
Summer Member/Partner Price: $125, does not include lunch, transportation or trips

Individual Programs
Price: $8
Member/Senior Social Member (non-summer)/Partner Price: $8
Summer Senior Social Member: Free

The recommended lunch donation is $4.50 for seniors 60+ or $6.00 for all others. Please call Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 preferably a week, but at least two days, in advance for lunch reservations.

No one is turned away due to inability to pay.


The Very Creature of Excitement: Mary Todd Lincoln with Laurie Gaulke

Monday, July 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Take a close look at a woman history has often maligned and misunderstood – the high-spirited, clever and charming Mary Todd Lincoln. Laurie presents an intimate portrayal of a woman whose eccentricities, intelligence and political skills propelled her out of the traditional womanly sphere and into the unrelenting criticism of the Victorian era. Gain a better understanding why Abraham Lincoln fell in love with her…and never fell out of love. Sponsored by Healthlink Advocates, Inc.

Journey through the Jewish Holidays with Violinist Dr. David Podles

Tuesday, July 2 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
An endearing and joyful journey of all Jewish holidays. From the celebratory songs of Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah to the touching and moving pieces of Yom Kippur and Passover, take in the devout festivity of the Jewish holidays. Sponsored by the Elinor and Leonard Goldman Fund.

Lorraine Hansberry, America’s Sweetheart: The Prophetic Success of A Raisin in the Sun with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Wednesday, July 3 • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is famous for its vivid characters and its dignified portrayal of a struggling black family in the late 1950s. Come listen in to this lecture about the inspiration for this great play and about the young genius writer who penned it. Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation. Box lunch to take home; program ends at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 4 No program – closed for the holiday

The Beatles with John Paul Groom

Monday, July 8 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Paul is a native of the City of Liverpool and witnessed the rise of the Beatles. Paul attended the same high school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison, the same Sunday school as John Lennon, the Youth Club where John met Paul, and he lived in the same village as John and George. He will touch on the Beatles infancy during WWII, the influence of Liverpool, the family life of each Beatle, their initial musical influences, their musical development, trips to Scotland and Hamburg, getting a manager and a recording contract and making a No. 1 hit. Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside.

From Bach to Sinatra with Thomas Elefant: A Sinatra Celebration

Tuesday July 9 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Listen to selected songs of Sinatra and walk away with a new appreciation of his talent. Sponsored by the Goldman family in memory of Elinor and Leonard Goldman.

Trip to Arbor Terrace

Wednesday, July 10 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We have been invited to visit Arbor Terrace Assisted Living, a new facility in Mountainside. We will enjoy an activity with the residents, take a tour and have lunch. Transportation provided. No charge for this program. Reservations needed 3 days in advance.

Puns with Musician Skip Unger

Thursday, July 11 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this original clever presentation which will make you laugh and groan. Get involved in trying to solve some of Skips puns. Here’s a sample: “Why couldn’t Mark ever get together with his brother? Because never the Twain shall meet.”

Jewish Harlem with Licensed NY City Tour Guide Marty Schneit

Monday, July 15 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Before the great black migration from the south, Harlem was the third largest Jewish settlement of the world. This lecture will include information about why the Jews settled in Harlem in the 1880s. Marty will talk about the following Harlem residents: Oscar Hammerstein I and II, Richard Rodgers, Milton Berle and more. And learn about Mt. Olive Baptist Church which was originally Temple Israel, the largest, most influential synagogue in Harlem. Sponsored by an anonymous supporter of the senior program.

Dylan Tribute with Gary Solomon

Tuesday, July 16 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Enjoy this solo tribute to one of the most beloved songwriters of modern music. With acoustic guitar and harmonica, Gary takes it down to the fundamental singer-songwriter format from which most of these songs originated, allowing Dylan’s compelling lyrics and beautiful melodies to flow direct and unadorned. Sponsored by Atria of Cranford.

Reminisce with Vocalist Jeff Dunston

Wednesday, July 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Jeff, one of our favorite vocalists, will entertain us with his beautiful voice singing many wonderful songs from our past. Sponsored by Dolores Sagalow and her family in honor of her special birthday.

Justice for All with Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D.

Thursday, July 18 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Is it better to set a guilty person free or lock up an innocent person? How certain must guilt be to justify punishment? If you were on trial, would you trust the criminal justice system to treat you fairly? This session explores the U.S. justice system – how it works and what can be done when it doesn’t work. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Promoting Better Sleep with Jill Gordon, CNC, CHHC, CNHP

Monday, July 22 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
If you’re like one of the 50-70 million Americans who regularly experience issues with sleep-related disorders, then this program could be the perfect way to change your life! Learn more about our energy levels (where they come from and how to maximize them) to promote better sleep. Sponsored by the Richard Gordon Memorial Fund. Jill Gordon became a Health Coach and Digestive Health Specialist after discovering the power of food to heal her daughter from an autoimmune disease in 2005. She has a free weekly newsletter where you can subscribe at www.JilltheHealthCoach.com.

Folk/Rock Music with Robinson Treacher

Tuesday, July 23 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Robinson Treacher’s emotionally dramatic songwriting style is matched only by his deeply passionate vocals. Steeped in what can only be labeled as a “traditional” songwriting format, Treacher has taken fibers from all genres including folk, country, rhythm and blues and rock and woven them into a distinct tapestry. Born and raised in New York, his honesty and grit reflect his eclectic musical influences. Sponsored by Care One at the Highlands.

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse – I Do! I Do!

Wednesday, July 24 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do, I Do, an intimate, nostalgic and funny work by the authors of The Fantasticks. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day and traces their life together over 50 years. We watch them go through life to the strains of a tuneful and charming score. Show is preceded by a delicious lunch and dessert buffet. Registration required by Friday, June 14. Price: $106, Member Price: $96, includes transportation, lunch, and show, pick up at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains and Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.

Summer Focus on Women with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, July 25 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The 18th century was a Golden Age for women in the arts including some of the most striking images you’ve never seen. Maria Sibylla Merian, Rosalba Carriera and the women who painted the Davids. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

The Artful Easel with Lori DeVine and Jolie Tartini

Monday, July 29 • 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Last summer we had so much fun creating our own painting to take home, that we’re doing it again! Everyone and anyone can do this! Note, those participating in this program will not attend exercise class on this day to allow enough time to complete the project. Reservations one week in advance in order to have a canvas ready for you. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

Meghan Cary

Tuesday, July 30 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Meghan’s unabashed willingness to connect with her audience brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling and personal lyrics that resonate universally. Sponsored by Care One of the Highlands.

Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park with Professor and Theater Director Hannah Fujiki DeVorkin

Wednesday, July 31 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Following up on DeVorkin’s lecture on A Raisin in the Sun, we’ll be looking at Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park – a spin-off of Hansberry’s classic work. What are some of the important issues related to race, class, suburban sprawl and urban decay that Norris is exploring? How does he use Hansberry’s original play as a jumping off point? Is there a trend of playwrights writing ‘response’ plays? Sponsored by The Westfield Foundation.


Baseball in the American Culture with Evan Weiner

Thursday, August 1 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy a fun summer morning learning about baseball through literature, song, movies, the stage, radio and TV. Evan Weiner, speaker and author with a radio and TV background, will be a presenter with Celebrity Cruises this fall.

Wellness: A Multi-Faceted Approach with Kathleen Malkiewicz, EdM, DTR

Monday, August 5 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
What does “wellness” mean? How can we best achieve it in our lives? Wellness is not just about feeling good or an absence of illness. It involves many aspects, can mean different things to different people and requires a multi-faceted approach including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Come participate in a discussion on achieving optimal wellness in your life! Sponsored by the Union County Division of Aging.

Safe and Sound in the Hospital with Lorie Gardner and Lucille Plantemoli, Health and Wellness Coaches

Tuesday, August 6 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Becoming a patient today in a healthcare facility can be very overwhelming and frightening. Become empowered and learn important strategies on how to avoid complications such as falls, infections and “near misses” when hospitalized. We’ll discuss the importance of bringing a family member or advocate to the hospital and provide resources such as a pre-hospitalization checklist. Program presented by L. Plantemoli, RN, MPH, NBC-HWC, Healthlink Advocates, Inc. and is offered through Campaign Zero, a national safety program.

Milton – A Songwriter’s Songwriter

Wednesday, August 7 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Milton is known for his lyric craft, distinctive voice and soulful songs steeped in classic rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, folk and country. Milton first gained notoriety in his hometown New York City when his song In the City became a hit on New York’s WFUV. Milton has toured extensively throughout the states and has four full-length albums. Sponsored by Sylvia and Howard Cohen in memory of their beloved mother Helen Cohen.

Frieda Kahlo with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson

Thursday, August 8 · 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion and bold, vibrant colors. Learn about how her life experiences influenced her painting. Sponsored by the Van Winkle Foundation.

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!

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


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.