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... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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!... Read More
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)... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
American Council of Sports Medicine’s current recommendations on resistance exercise are:... Read More
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:... Read More
PRIMARY MUSCLE USED:
Hip Flexors, Quadriceps & IT Band
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... Read More
Tired of the Matzah yet? Here is a delicious Passover Granola Recipe to sweeten up your Passover from Shalom Stacey that is sure to delight.... Read More
Many people are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise. Whether you exercise to control weight, prevent disease, look fitter or increase your energy levels, everyone can benefit.... Read More
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Our JCC has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program.
These grants will be awarded to organizations that help support and develop sustainable, community-based gardening programs that focus on teaching people where their food comes from and the delicious ways it can end up on your plate.
This month's Fitness Focus exercise of the month: Step Up: High Knee to Rear Lunge... Read More
Food is an important part of our daily lives. The question is - When we eat, do we really grasp the importance of our action? There are many claims connecting a healthy diet with prevention & disease reversal - from obesity to diabetes to cancer. A healthy diet can be a powerful. If we start thinking about food as our medicine – we could change our health for a life time.... Read More
Harriet and George Blank are the 2014 Committee Co-Chairs of the “Second Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel”, which takes place on Thursday, April 3, 6:30p.m. at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater. The event is open to the community and registrations are still being accepted. George Blank offered these reflections on the upcoming event…... Read More
When the words “chocolate cake” are mentioned to the French, most of them respond with connotations that describe celebrations. Conversely, Americans most frequently respond with words like “guilt” and “bad”. Although the US is the most educated country in the world when it comes to nutrition, we tend to be some of the unhealthiest eaters. When I asked a few people successful in weight loss what nutrition meant to them, I found they thought more like the French. Specifically, I asked what nutrition means to them and what has helped them keep the weight off.... Read More
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce that five local teens have been selected to represent the community for Project Gesher. This exciting new program will accept 24 teens from Grade 9 representing different participating JCC communities: Bridgewater, Central/MetroWest, Margate and Wilmington, DE. There will also be 24 teens from the Partnership2Gether (P2G) Israel communities of Ofakim and Arad. The Project Gesher program provides a unique opportunity for teens to explore and experience Israel and its people.... Read More
Searching for a summer camp for your child can be a challenging and daunting task for parents. There are so many options to choose from day camp, overnight camp, sports camps, science camps and the list of types goes on and on. But there are other things to consider as well such as cost, setting and location. With that in mind, we hope to making choosing your summer camp a little easier with this handy check list.... Read More
Judith Resnik was one of the seven crew members who died in the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. She was the second American woman to travel to space, and the fourth womanworldwide. Judith was born as Judith Arlene Resnik on April 5, 1949, to her first-generation Jewish-Russian Parents.... Read More
Purim is now upon us. Many of us will dress in costume. Others of us will hear the Megilla, or Scroll of Esther, read in synagogue and then join together for a festive meal. We have a mandate to give tzedaka on Purim, and also to give gifts to our friends to celebrate our ancient victory. Some of us will have a drink to commemorate the many wine parties in the book.... Read More
BODYVIVE™ is the low-impact, whole body group fitness workout that uses VIVE™ balls, VIVE™ tubes and body weight to boost fitness and core strength. There are inspirational instructors and music to motivate you. Best of all, you're left fizzing with energy, so you can really take life on! Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYVIVE™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.... Read More
We are re-imaging the fitness experience at the JCC and bringing your fitness to a whole new level.. Welcome to the JFit Club!... Read More
Our JCC family is delighted to be the new home of the Bridgewater Rising Tide, a volunteer organization that aids swimmers with special needs. Our fantastic coaches are dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved.... Read More
The Answer is: Terry O'Shea
The Question: What do Jeopardy and JCC Camp Rauch have in common?... Read More
March 2, 2014 marks the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony so we thought we would highlight Jewish Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach. Burt Freeman Bacharach, born May 12, 1928, is an American singer–songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is of German-Jewish decent.... Read More