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Chanukah or Hannukkah

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Why o why are there so many different spellings of the holiday?hanukiah-image

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Invest in the JCC

Monday, November 27, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

For 18 years, the JCC has been committed to supporting the community at large in many ways. 

This #GivingTuesday, please consider investing your time, talent, or treasure (money) in the JCC.  We need your help to continue running and to expand programs such as those being offered by our Special Needs Department.  

Recently, the JCC was honored by Special Olympics New Jersey for our commitment to the athletes and Special Needs Community.   Please take a moment to read the nomination that lead to this honor and consider an investment in the JCC.

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Camp Ruach to Hold Open House

Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Camp Ruach in Bridgewater will be holding an Open House Monday, December 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Camp Ruach Staff will be providing tours, and the community is invited to attend. New registrations for JCC Camp Ruach will save $150/camper. campr-girls-photo

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Join Our Staff Today

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team is seeking a qualified assistant coach. Immediate opening. Coach practice groups on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm; work swim meets on select weekends. tide-coaches-photo

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4th Annual Special Needs Prom

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting its 4th Annual Prom for Adults with Special Needs, Saturday, November 18 from 7-10 p.m.  The Prom is open to adults ages 18 and older with special needs.

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October Fitness Staff Member of the Month

Friday, October 6, 2017
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Congratulations to Amy (Kessler) Mulcahy our October Fitness Staff Member of the Month! amy-mulchahy-phtoto

Amy joined our Fitness Family in 2009 as a fitness floor attendant. Not long after, she became certified in Les Mills BodyPump (November 2010).

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October Fitness Member of the Month

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Laura is a great example of quality over quantity. Laura gives 100% during every workout. Never over training but always working to her full potential. Laura balances work, family and the gym with grace.laura-fink-photo

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2017 Special Needs Symposium

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting the JCC Second Annual Special Needs Symposium, A Day of Learning for Parents and Professionals on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  The Symposium will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Naseef. 

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Open House | September 24

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, will be holding a Membership, Preschool, Summer Camp and After School Program Open House on Sunday, September 24 from 11am-2pm. exercise-photo

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Bridgewater Tide Welcomes New Coaches

Monday, August 7, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team is pleased to welcome two new full time coaches to the team, Kellyanne Tomasula and David White. The Bridgewater Tide Swim Team is located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC). swim-coaches-photo

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Fitness Staff Member of the Month: Fred Shandor

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Fitness Staff Member of the Month: Fred Shandor fred-shandor-magazine

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Fitness Staff Member of the Month

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Our JFIT June “Staff Member of the Month” is Aviv Wagner. Aviv started working for our facility in May 2009 and has made it his second home. aviv-wagner-photo1

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100 Days of Fitness Challenge

Friday, May 26, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

In 2017, JCCs across the country are celebrating 100 years of the JCC movement.  What better way to celebrate than by dedicating each day between May 28 and September 4 to a fitness challenge? 100-days-logo

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Lag B'Omer Explained

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Lag B'Omer is just a minor Jewish Holiday but it is rather interesting and mysterious.  With many different reasons for the holiday, we've distilled the most common facts we could find about the holiday into this infographic for you.

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Anxiety and the Importance of Play: An Interview with Shimi Kang, MD

Posted by: Re-posted from the American Camping Association Blog on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Shimi Kang, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, author, and speaker who specializes in adolescence and addiction. She is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It

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Golf and Tennis Outing 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

golf-photoThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater, NJ will be sponsoring its 16th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing on Monday, June 5 at Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater.  Proceeds from the Golf & Tennis Outing benefit The JCC Scholarship Fund and Senior Nutrition & Wellness.

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The Mind of a Child

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Posted by: Sara Wasserman on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

I post a lot of articles about the importance of play but we rarely talk about what that looks like in action. This morning, as I was observing one of the classrooms, I got to see the process of play in action. preschool-children-photo

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Yom Hazikaron

Monday, May 1, 2017
Posted by: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

yom-hazikaron-imageToday, flags in Israel are flown at half-staff, and all Israel stands with bowed heads and tearful eyes in memory of the 23,544 soldiers and 3,117 civilians who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure Israel's continued existence with security and prosperity. Today we all keep the families of the fallen in our hearts.

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March Mitzvah Madness

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

March 1, the JCC begins its third annual March Mitzvah Madness Campaign, our take on the NCAA College Basketball blitz.  During the month March, we will be hosting events, raising money and raising awareness for local, National and International organizations.march-mitzvah-madness-logo

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The JCC is Hiring Swim Team Coaches

Friday, February 24, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

The JCC is Hiring Swim Team Coaches

  • Head Age Group Coach
  • Swim Team Assistant Coaches
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3 Reasons to Choose a Job at Camp Instead of a Summer Internship

Posted by: Tom Rosenberg on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Spring semester is now in full swing; so, if you are a college student, you may already be thinking about what internship position you want to secure for the summercamp-staff-photo

But instead of an internship, consider taking on a different kind of summer job – one at camp.

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Feel Good February

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:00:00 am Comments (1)

We love our community here at the JCC!  We love you all so much, we are celebrating with an entire month of giveaways.feel-good-february-logo

All you need to do to enter and win is tell us what make you feel good about our J.  

Do one of the following things to enter daily:

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New Text Alert Systems

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

In an effort to better communicate with our members regarding weather related closings or other emergencies, our JCC is now using the Rained Out Text Message Alert System.  Rained Out is being used in addition to JCC communications via social media platforms and our website. We recommend that all members with capabilities of receiving texts to subscribe to Rained Out.  There is also an option to receive e-mail notifications through Rained Out.

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What is LesMills GRIT®?

Monday, January 2, 2017
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

What is LesMills GRIT®?grit-logo

Les Mills GRIT is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout designed with short rounds of high-intensity exercise followed by periods of strategic recovery. The secret to ultimate results is not adding more workouts to your routine, but increasing their intensity. We recommend two HITT workouts a week as part of a balanced training plan.

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This Week at the J: 12/18 to 12/25

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)
December 19, 2016 Bridge Invitation with Gil!, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Mah Jongg Game Days at the J, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm December 20, 2016 Bridge at the J, 10:30 am - 12:30 ...... Read More

This Week at the J: 12/11 to 12/18

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

This week at the J, Family Chanukah Party, Dr Fieda Birnbaum on Thought Provoking Thursday and... this-week-image

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Storytelling Tuesday Video; YOU Can Make a Difference

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

In our final Storytelling Tuesday video, hear from Doron Steger, JCC Board Member and Past President, who knows first hand  how important it is to give to the community, and  -- who in this video -- shares his passion for the JCC.

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This Week at the J: 11-27 to 12/3

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

This week at the J, the Differences between Judaism and Christianity, Thought Provoking Thursday: Serviving Stefi and Cyber Monday Specials.this-week-image

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Camp Ruach Receives ACA Accreditation

Monday, November 21, 2016
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

camp-photoThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center’s JCC Camp Ruach has received accreditation by the American Camp Association (ACA).  Becoming ACA accredited confirms that JCC Camp Ruach strives to educate camp directors and staff about health, safety, and program quality to provide the most enriching experience for campers.

 

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This Week at the J: 11/20 to 11/27

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

This week at the JCC, 11/20 to 11/28. this-week-image

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