Upcoming Events

Jewish LIFE

Read the entire Jewish LIFE Program Brochure for 2013-14

Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning:A Journey of Jewish Self Discovery

Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
October 2013 - June 2014 (30 weeks)
Hosted by the JCC
Fee: Members Registration by September 10: $650
Guests & Members Registration after September 10: $700
Melton School curriculum was developed by a team of scholars at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Classes integrate Jewish history, law beliefs, practices, ideas and terminology through the study of texts from ancient to contemporary.  In year one you will cover RHYTHMS & PURPOSE. In Rhythms you will focus on the ideas, beliefs and sources that shape Jewish Life and practice, including the daily, weekly, monthly, annual life –cycle observances and customs. We will address the questions of why do Jews believe what they do and what are the theological concepts that unfold in the Bible, Talmud and other sacred text, both ancient and contemporary.
Link for registration forms: www.jccmetrowest.org/meltonschool
Give us two hours a week.... We’ll give you 5774 years!


Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship

Instructor: Rabbi Arnie Gluck
Sundays: 4:00-6:00pm
Dates: October 6, 27; November 17; January 5; February 2; March 2; April 6; May 4; June 8
Location: Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough
Through Video lectures, text study & lively group discussions, we are pleased to bring the world renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman institute to our community.
More information in our Jewish LIFE Program Guide


Jewish Film Series

“Turn Left at the End of the World Saturday”

March 8 at 7:00 pm
Location: Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Doors will be open at 6:30 pm for hors d’oeuvres and schmoozing.

Two wins and six nominations by the Israeli film academy, 2004

In Avi Nesher’s warm and humorous film, very British Indian Jews who immigrated to Israel seeking a better life are resettled in a town near the desert, and must learn to cope with their Moroccan Jewish neighbors, with their differences in language, customs, and attitudes. The film explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families with different ethnic backgrounds and their struggle with immigration and prejudice. The film is about the clash of the mild-mannered Indians with the outgoing and overzealous Moroccan immigrants, and how it affects the lives of two teenage girls who form a deep bond with each other.


A Taste of Jewish Spain

Join us for this “Taste” of Jewish life event, when we will enjoy the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Jewish Spain.

Master guitarist, singer, and storyteller Gerard Edery will be our special guest.

Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 pm
Hosted by Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough
Fee: $18


A Night to Celebrate Israel

Our Community's Support of Isreal and Israel Bonds

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Raritan Valley Country Club
Bridgewater, NJ

Full Program Details


The Irma Horowitz Film Series - Featuring Falafel and Films

Israeli Short Films Presented by Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem

Thursday, April 10 • 6:30 pm

Films: "First Night" by Chen Galon Klein, "New Year's Resolution" by Ayala Zamir Glick, "I'm Ready" and "Alone" by Minkov Shmuel

Full program details and movie descriptions.


Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Program

Sunday, April 27 • 7:00 pm

Temple Sholom
Free to the Community
Program details to come.


Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

That Our Hearts May Grow Wise: Cultivating Wisdom as We Age

Wednesday, April 30 at 12 Noon
Location: Wilf Campus, Wilentz Senior Residence
Sponsored by Wilf Campus and JFS

We suggest aging is the “final exam” of our spiritual life. We investigate the possibilities within Jewish life’s spiritual curriculum for acquiring the character traits (middot), spiritual tools and perspective to ready ourselves for the challenges we will inevitably face. Lecture and discussion.  Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC, is a spiritual guide, social innovator, chaplain, and scholar. She has pioneered the development of a Jewish spiritual vision for aging, healing and spiritual care. She wrote Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2008) and edited  Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources (Jewish Lights, 2nd edition, 2011). She founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Friedman offers training, consulting and spiritual guidance through Growing Older, her Philadelphia-based practice, www.growingolder.co. She is currently working on her next book, Provisions for the Journey: Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older. For additional information, call Toby Ehrlich at 732-568-1155.


Celebrate Israel Parade 

Sunday, June 1
Fifth Ave, New York City