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Open House for After School Care

Monday, August 3, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 5-7pm. The Open House will be held at the JCC, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, and will provide an opportunity for families to learn about and register for J-Crew, the JCC’s After School Program.

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The FitGround is Open

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

fitground-thumbnailThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater announces the opening of JFitGround, the JCC’s new outdoor fitness training area. JFitground opened in mid-July at the JCC located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater.

 

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Dog Day Returns to the J

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)

dog-day-thumbnail-imageThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) will be hosting its Fourth Annual Dog Day Dog at the J on Sunday, September 20. Dog Day is a community event and will be held from 10am-1pm at the JCC, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. Admission is free.

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A History of Jews and the American Revolution

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Posted by: Alison Silverman on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Declaration of Independence was signed 239 years ago on July 4, 1776 by many men, all of whom were not Jewish. Though there are no Jewish people who signed the document, there remain a few who contributed greatly to the Revolutionary war and its victory to America’s independent who are definitely worth noting.  About 100 Jewish people participated in the Revolutionary war fighting against England.

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Fit Week at the J | July 6 - 10

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Fit Week returns July 6 to July 10 with LesMills launches and special demo classes.

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Special Olympic Swimmers Make a Splash

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

special-olympics-teamThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC Rising Tide Swim Team participated in the 2015 Special Olympics New Jersey summer Games at The College of New Jersey June 12-14. The team won seven Gold, six Silver and seven Bronze Medals.

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A Year in Review

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Each year at the joint Annual Meeting of the JCC and the Jewish Federation, we recap events from the past 12 months.  This past year at the JCC has been a year filled with exciting changes for both the JCC and the community.annual-report-cover

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JFit Tri-Fit - 3 Programs, 1 Misson

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Posted by: Joy McIntyre on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

New Small Group Training programs are coming to the JCC in June. fit-ground-photo

  • TRX Suspension
  • Fitness Boxing 
  • JFIT FitGround - expected mid July
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"Be in it to WIN it"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Are you ready for your chance to win $2500 in Visa Gift Cards, 7 Nights at a Wyndham Resort Hotel or an Apple Sport Watch?camp-photo

Tickets are available from all full time staff members and in the main office at the JCC.  All proceeds from the raffle support the JCC Scholarship Fund

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Shavuot - The Holiday Explained

Friday, May 22, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Torah.  Learn more about this holiday. shavuot-infographic-thumbnail

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JCC Donates to Make a Wish Foundation

Friday, May 15, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

make-a-wish-thumbnailThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater recently made a donation to Make-A- Wish New Jersey.  The JCC Adult Services Department collected $450 to benefit “Jacob”, a 4 year old boy from Bound Brook, whose wish is to visit Disney World. Jacob and his family are planning a trip to Disney World in Orlando in June. 

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The Bridgewater Fab Five Dominate at the JCC Jr. Maccabi Games

Monday, May 11, 2015
Posted by: Carole Webb on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On Sunday May 3rd, the Bridgewater JCC was represented at the 2015 JCC Mid- Atlantic Junior Maccabi Games by five girls from our Tide Swim Team. The Junior Maccabi Games are an Olympic style event open to Jewish youth ages 9-12.jr-maccabi-girls

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Weekly Bingo Open To The Community, With Proceeds Benefiting The JCC Scholarship Fund

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:00:00 pm Comments (2)

The JCC will be offering weekly Bingo beginning on Monday, May 11. Bingo will be held every Monday at the JCC, located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater, with proceeds benefiting The JCC Scholarship Fundbingo-image

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Community Support Needed for "Seeds of Change" Grant

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Goldne on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

seeds-of-change-imageThe Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program for an opportunity to win one of two $20,000, five $10,000 grants or ten $1,000 grants and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application.

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Running for Health

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Posted by: Rohini Mitra on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

rohini-mitraI was born in Sri Lanka and moved to NY in 1980 for my college degree, and where I met my husband, Amal. We moved to Bridgewater in 1987. I started my running career in 1998, after a six week long vacation during which I had put on a few , and was determined to lose them. I had never exercised in my life and did not know even where to start.

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Consul General of Israel Speaks in Bridgewater

Monday, April 6, 2015
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)
Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, was the guest speaker at the 3rd Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel. The event  -- co-sponsored by  Israel Bonds and Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) a community-wide Jewish adult education program serving residents of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties -- took place on March 26 at Raritan Valley Country Club with over 200 guests in attendance. 

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Your Passover Guide to the 10 Plagues

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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It seems that most people know Moses parted the sea, whether the Red or Reed sea, and lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. What were the events that lead up to Pharaoh's decision to let them go? 

Here is your definitive guide to those 10 Biblical Plagues.

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How to Make a Grass Head

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Grass heads are super simple and fun to make.  Great for a quick project for kids.  And for you adults who want to wax nostalgic, Cha Cha Chia

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How to Make Challah

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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The braided challah, which is made with eggs, is the Jewish Sabbath‑and‑holiday bread.  

It is surrounded by folklore and tradition and loaded with symbolism. On festive occasions a blessing is said over two loaves, symbolizing the two portions of the manna that was distributed on Fridays to the children of Israel during their Exodus from Egypt. The breads are covered on the table by a decorative challah cover or a white napkin, which represents the dew that collected on the manna in the morning. Poppy and sesame seeds sprinkled on the bread also symbolize the manna that fell from heaven.

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Feeling the Holiday Stress?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Are you feeling the stress of the holidays?  Well, we have two special programs especially for you.  Come learn how to reduce stress in your mind and in your body and be led into complete relaxation – Physically, Mentally and Emotionally.

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About AmazonSmile

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Are you shopping online this holiday season?  Did you know you can support your JCC with your online purchases from Amazon?  It's simple, just go to smile.amazon.com and start shopping.

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Shana Tova! - Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
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The High Jewish Holidays are upon us in 2014.  As we celebrate the New Year, 5775, here are just a few things about Rosh Hashanah.

Shana Tova!  Here's to a sweet new year!

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A day for dogs!

Friday, September 12, 2014
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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A day for dogs! The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC recently held its Third Annual Dog Day at the J event featuring a wide variety of services and products for dogs and their families.  Dog Day was free to the community and was held at the JCC, located on Talamini Road in Bridgewater.  Dog Day also featured contests, pet tricks, an animal blessing, animal rescue and adoption agencies, and a special appearance by Sparkee.  Proceeds from Dog Day benefit The JCC Scholarship Fund. (Photo by Rita Davidovich Ripkey of Images by Rita)

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Adler Aphasia Center Offers Aphasia Communication Group in Bridgewater

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Posted by: Elissa Goldstein on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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The Adler Aphasia Center is currently offering a communication group for people with aphasia at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater, NJ. This group provides those who have been diagnosed with aphasia an opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences, provide tips to communicate more effectively, and provide time to practice communication skills in a natural environment. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. It affects spoken language, reading and writing, but does not affect one’s intellect. This group is facilitated by a licensed speech language pathologist and is offered every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:30 am.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe In The Summer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
How to Keep Your Dog Safe In The Summer Make sure your dog has access to shade while outside. Be aware of the warning signs of heat stroke and don’t leave your dog ...... Read More

5 Things Golf has Taught Me About Life

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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I started playing golf after I graduated college.  In fact, I had made the joke that now I was out of college, I needed to learn to play because that's where all the business wheeling and dealing is done.  Of course, that joke turned into golf clubs as a graduation gift.  Now that I had the clubs, I needed to learn to play.  I had no worldly business anywhere near a golf course when I began and I didn't know if I would stick with it.  As the years have past, I have come to love this game and I decided to look back at some of the lessons I've learned playing this frustrating, annoying and stupid game.

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Goal Setting: Setting Target for Maximum Results

Friday, June 6, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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The unofficial start to summer has come and gone so have your New Year's Resolutions to be in shape by summer.  The official start to summer is just a few weeks and you can achieve that beach body but you need to set some goals.  

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Resisitance Training Program Design

Friday, May 23, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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American Council of Sports Medicine’s current recommendations on resistance exercise are:

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5 Ways to Help Your Heart

Friday, May 9, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)

We’ve all heard the ways to fight heart disease; from eating heart healthy to knowing your family history. These facts are everywhere & not adhering to them can be deadly. Even with those sobering outcomes, one in three people in the U.S. remain within an obese weight range. What keeps us from practicing better heart health? Is it just too hard? Maybe we need to start taking small steps to make an even bigger impact. Try these 5 applicable ways to help your heart health:

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EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Self Myofasical Release (SMR)

Friday, May 2, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)

PRIMARY MUSCLE USED:

Hip Flexors, Quadriceps & IT Band


BENEFITS:

Self Myofascial Release “can increase circulation and as a result, increase metabolism to the musculature and aid in the removal of metabolites such as lactic acid.”¹

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