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Irma Horowitz Film Series Featuring Falafel & Films

October 23 • 6:30pm  

Israeli short films presented by Ma’aleh School of Television Film and the Arts in Jerusalem. Enjoy falafel while watching four subtitled films. A short;discussion about each film follows. $10/person in advance or $15/person at the door.

Learn about the films.


Writing Your Family History

Thursdays (5 Sessions): Instructor: Barbara Krasner MFA

Hosted by the JCC; Dates: October 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20

Do you have an ancestor with stories that need to be told? Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice, this class helps you set goals, de­velop an outline and create a narrative.

Topics include:

  • Set goals and develop a plan of action.
  • Choose a theme, develop a core story statement ad develop an outline.
  • Use fictional techniques to create your story.
  • Provide historical context.
  • Putting it all together.

Five 2-hour sessions; Student should bring an object of Family history (photograph or heirloom) to the first class along with paper and a pen.

Fee: $150/ Series

Instructor Barbara Krasner, MFA is the author of Discovering your Jew­ish Ancestors and former contributing editor to Family Chronicles and Heritage Quest. Her award – winning articles about genealogy have also appeared in Family Tree Ancestry, German Life, Russian Life and other magazines.


Jewish Historical Society

Tuesday, October 28 • 12 noon

Spend an afternoon nourishing your mind as well as your body. This new series features speakers, educators and musicians from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. Twice a month the JCC offers a program that is sure to satisfy your appetite for learning.

Learn about the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey and how it has expanded its mission to find and preserve the history of Jewish life in Central New Jersey.

$5/person/program includes a Speaker, Bagel w/coffee and tea


NYC Jewish Museum “Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust”

Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10am

Examine the impact of World War II and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe. Participants will explore issues of continuity of cultural identity, responsibility to community and decision-making. This tour also includes an investigation of the ways in which individuals and nations responded, or failed to respond, to the crisis. Discussion of key events in this catastrophic period is preceded by an introduction to Jewish heritage and concludes with a conversation about social justice. Leave the JCC at 10am and return approximately at 5pm. Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour plus 60 minutes on your own to explore the museum.

$60/person includes Coach bus and box lunch included.


Janna Gur: Jewish Soul Food

Wednesday, November 19 at 12pm

Jewish Soul Food is a living laboratory of the beloved and endangered Jewish foods that have been cultivated over thousands of years. Jewish Soul Food proceeds from the premise that the only way to preserve traditional cuisine is to cook it. The book offers all cooks the “greatest hits” from a fascinating food culture- a chance to enrich their cooking repertoire and at the same time help to preserve a valuable part of Jewish heritage and its collective soul. Join Janna Gur, founder and chief editor of the leading Israeli food and wine magazine, for a sample and cooking demonstration.

Co-Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter and Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Sisterhood.

  • Fee: $18/advance or $22/day of event

Allen Salkin: From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

Wednesday, December 3 at 12pm

Are you addicted to the Food Network? You won’t want to miss Allen Salkin's look Inside the Food Network. In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, the channel airs in over 100 million homes, earns over half a billion dollars a year, and features an abundance of talent with major star power. Allen Salkin’s book takes us beyond the conference rooms, studios, and restaurants to give us exclusive interviews and the inside scoop on the Food Network, given by everyone from the stars themselves to the executives and crew members. From Scratch illuminates the people we thought we knew- and the one we never knew about- in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food, and the American audience. Allen Salkin has been a journalist for such publications as New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Details. As a reporter for The New York Times, he wrote hundreds of features about food, culture, and media.

Co-Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter; Temple Sholom Sisterhood; and Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Sisterhood.

  • Fee: $18/advance or $22/day of event

Dr. Nathan Reiss: Jewish Family Names

Tuesday, December 9 | 12 Noon at the JCC

Jewish family names reflect the customs and laws of the countries where they originated, and they frequently are modified by the family migration. This talk examines the rich heritage that is attached to the names that we bear and attempts to distinguish fact from fiction o this often-puzzling topic.

  • Fee: $5/person (includes program and a bagel with a "smear")

From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

Wednesday, December 3 at 12pm

Luncheon and Program hosted by the JCC

Are you addicted to the Food Network? You won’t want to miss Allen Salkin’s look Inside the Food Network. In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, the channel airs in over 100 million homes, earns over half a billion dollars a year, and features an abundance of talent with major star power. Allen Salkin’s book takes us beyond the conference rooms, studios, and restaurants to give us exclusive interviews and the inside scoop on the Food Network, given by everyone from the stars themselves to the executives and crew members. From Scratch illuminates the people we thought we knew- and the one we never knew about- in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food, and the American audience. Allen Salkin has been a journalist for such publications as New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Details. As a reporter for The New York Times, he wrote hundreds of features about food, culture, and media. Co-Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter; Temple Sholom Sisterhood; and Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Sisterhood