18th Anniversary Celebration

December 2, 2017 | 7:00pm


All Aboard... for an evening of Dinner, Dancing, Gambling, Entertainment, Scotch & Tequila Tasting, and more!

Port of Call: 775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater

Set Sail: 7:00pm


  • $118/person
  • $136/person (includes chips for gambling)

Purchase your boarding pass by stopping at the Welcome Center or by calling 908-725-6994.

The JCC Recognizes the following honorees for their support over the past 18 years: 

Click the photo to read the honoree bio.


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  • Excursion (Silver page), $1,800
  • Starboard (Bronze page), $1,518
  • Veranda (Full Page), $1,180
  • Cabin (Half page), $618
  • Lido (Quarter page), $360
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Joseph Beuteljoseph-beutel-photo

Joseph Beutel, z”l, was born in a small shtetel known as Skalat, Poland.  He generously dedicated our Jewish Community Center in loving memory of his parents, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum, z”l, who perished in the Holocaust.  Buetel was his mother Sara’s maiden name, and Joseph may have changed his name to enlist in the Russian army, where he was a captain.

It is believed that Joseph immigrated to the United States in the late 1940’s, traveling through Italy.  He settled in Pennsylvania, and was in the shoe business, travelling to South America quite a bit. After retiring, Joseph moved to Lakewood where there was family on Sara’s side.

As he got older, Joseph wanted to honor his parents. His relatives living in Bridgewater informed Joseph that our JCC was going to be built.  He chose our JCC as the beneficiary of his generosity, and as a way to honor Shimon and Sara.  Joseph was so happy to watch the Center become a reality and attended our dedication and opening celebration.  After the JCC opened, Joseph periodically visited…and especially loved seeing the children.

Joseph’s relatives, the Bernstein, Shapiro and Schumer families, reside in our community and are proud to honor the memory of Joseph and his parents this evening.

Jackye Feaganjackye-feagan-photo

Jackye and her husband Harvey live in Somerset, and have been married for 58 years.  They grew up in the White Meadow Lake section of Rockaway, New Jersey, and their children were raised there as well.  Their daughter, Jill is a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist for the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Their son, Michael is a Senior Vice President for the Gluck Corporation, in Little Neck, New York.  They have three grandchildren who are the lights of their lives – Ashley, Paige and Jake.  Jackye has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been teaching for 55 years, and always says she has enjoyed every minute of her career. 

Jackye came to the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center 13 years ago, where she was a teacher in the “Three’s” classroom at that time.  She and former ECC Director Lauren Lippit-Zissu worked very hard together, and watched the early childhood center grow and grow into the wonderful school it is today.  It’s a place where children can learn, play, and most of all be loved by everyone! Her dog, Oscar  -- a frequent visitor to Miss Jackye’s classroom -- celebrated his “Bark Mitzvah” at the JCC – a memorable event for all!   Jackye’s students continue to be her inspiration and the reason she ends each year saying, “This is the best class I have ever had!”   Jackye has even taught Seth Geldzahler, the President of the JCC Board -- how special it that!   

Her favorite saying is, “Some people don’t like to get up and go to work. Thank

G-d I can”.

Liz and Stephen Fuerstliz-stephen-fuerst-photo

Helping to steward the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC as a board member and legal adviser has been one of Steven Fuerst’s great privileges. His gratitude for the JCC stems from childhood, when he spent many hours at the JCC in Somerville. A commitment to improving Jewish life in Somerset County has long been a keynote of Steve’s career. In addition to serving on the board of the JCC, he has been on the boards of Temple Sholom, and the Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, where he was president for two terms.

Steve served as president of the Somerset County Park Commission for eight years, led the Coalition on Affordable Housing, and was for many years in the Somerset County Business Partnership.

Steve is an attorney with his firm, Lowenstein Sandler, and has been president of the Somerset County Bar Association and served on the Ethics Committee for Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Liz Yusem Fuerst has also been active in Jewish organizations as well as community activities. She was a long-time board member of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, where she founded The Speaker, and for many years was editor of Temple Sholom’s newsletter.  Liz also was a member of the board of the Auxiliary of the Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living.

Liz has also directed volunteer energies toward education for the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, (her alma mater), and Raritan Valley Community College’s Franklin Campus. She served as a volunteer public relations coordinator for Far Hills Country Day School, Philip’s Academy Charter School, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and the Jacobus Vanderveer House Museum, where she also was a board member for nine years. Liz’s current volunteer service is for the State of New Jersey, where she serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Attorney Advertising. She is also active in the James Beard Foundation.

Her career spans journalism, teaching, and non-fiction writing. Liz has been a professor of journalism at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for the past 33 years, where she has authored books and publications. She also writes books about shopping, dining and touring. Liz’s work with her public relations agency, First To Know Communications, takes her to every part of the East Coast.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate work at the Annenberg School of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Liz and Steve make their home in Bedminster. Their daughter, Emma Fuerst Frelinghuysen of Manhattan, is an executive in the food industry. They are very active in the lives of their two grandchildren, Harley Frelinghuysen, 7, and Edith, 4. You can often see Liz and Steve at the JCC, where he enjoys swimming and taking Spin classes, and they both practice Yoga.

Evelyn Morrisevelyn-morris-photo

Evelyn was thrilled to learn at that time that a new JCC was being built on the land where an outdoor pool and summer camp existed for many years.  The new Center -- just two miles from Evelyn’s home -- would have a beautiful indoor swimming pool.  She arrived at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, walked into the building and was greeted with, Good morning, welcome to the JCC!  She knew at the moment she was “home”.   The JCC has truly become Evelyn’s home away from home. She enjoys coming to the JCC several times each week participating in the Senior lunch, water fitness classes, Jewish LIFE programs and many cultural trips.  The JCC have offered Evelyn the opportunity to make many new friends, while re-connecting with community members she had not seen in years.  What Evelyn loves most about the JCC is the warmth of the people.  She refers to the JCC as the “crown jewel” of the community.

Evelyn Morris has lived in Bridgewater for more than a 50 years.   She is a long-time member of Temple Sholom and Hadassah, where she made many life-long friends.  Evelyn worked at AT&T for about 22 years and retired in 1998 as a Project Manager.  After her retirement, she worked at Temple Sholom as a part-time bookkeeper for about four years when she retired… again!  

Evelyn’s volunteer activities over the years are numerous and include serving on the Board of Directors and Social Action Committee of Temple Sholom; the Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee of ARC of New Jersey; and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Evelyn is currently on the Jewish Family Service Yearn 2 Learn Program Committee.

Wendy and Stephen Offenwendy-stephen-offen

Steve is a member of the law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Bridgewater.  He has been in private practice of law since 1975 after a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Arthur S. Meredith in Somerville.  Wendy has worked at Klitzberg Associates, a financial consulting firm in Princeton, on a part-time basis since 2001. 

The Offens have been members and active in the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC since its inception, with Steve having been a long time board member. Steve is a past president of the Family Counseling Service of Somerset County; Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, and Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Wendy is an active JFS board member and served on the Federation’s board.  Steve and Wendy were co-chairs of the Federation’s Super Sunday annual campaign.  They are long time members of Temple Sholom, where both have served on the board of trustees. Steve was a founding member of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Steve has also been on the board of trustees of the Wellness Community of Central New Jersey, and was a member of the ACLU Free Legal Clinic.

Wendy and Steve enjoy spending time together traveling and hiking with friends, family and their dog.  They particularly enjoy partaking in all that the community has to offer and have been thrilled to watch our JCC grow from a “kernel” of an idea to the exciting and robust community entity that it is now.  It is a tribute to all of the lay leaders, volunteers and professional staff that have contributed to make our JCC great.  Wendy and Steve are thrilled to celebrate 18 years of the JCC and look forward to the next 18!

Steve and Wendy live in Hillsborough.  They have two daughters, Amy and Emily.  Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, Adam and their son, Everest, and Emily lives in New York City.