Programs & Classes

Welcome to the JCC Adult Department

THE SHIMON AND SARA BIRNBAUM JCC ADULT DEPARTMENT is the place to find premiere educational, social, recreational and cultural programs for adults of all ages and abilities in the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties community. Our engaging programs are infused with Jewish heritage and values and are open to all.

Whether you are looking to participate in the things you already love to do, or are looking for a connection to new people and new experiences, the JCC is the place for you!  From trips to Broadway to Mah Jongg Tournaments, from enlightening authors and guest speakers to getting together to play Bridge, the JCC is your home away from home for socialization, cultural and educational experiences.

For more information, stop in to see or contact Lisa Kopman, Adult Services Director, at 908-443-9009;

Thought Provoking Thursdays

Life in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba With Lance Kopman

Thursday, October 1 at 12:30 PM

Lance Kopman shares what it was like to live and work on the only Military base in a communist country. Lance served in the United States Navy and lived in Cuba for two years.  This topic is interesting, informative and enjoyable.

Free to all.

Lectures in song – Music and life of Jerome Kern

With Fred Miller

Thursday, October 15

Jerome Kern was an American composer who wrote more than 700 songs used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as “Ol ‘ Man River”, “A Fine Romance” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Seated at the piano, Fred will perform the songs of Jerome Kern, and will also will provide biographical and historical insight into his life and times.

  • Discounted Member Fee:  $10/Person
  • Fee:$15/Person per Program

Gems of Classical Piano with Ellen Tenenbaum

Thursday, November 5

Ellen’s music includes Bach, Chopin, S. Rachmaninoff and Scott Joplin. Ellen will give a brief bio or background on the composers’ lives and the music she will be performing. Ellen studies piano with Francine Kay, on the music faculty at Princeton University.

  • Discounted Member Fee:  $10/Person
  • Fee:$15/Person per Program

What's Newish

  • Wednesdays, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM beginning October 14.
  • Program will be held via Zoom.

What’s Newish?  Actually Quite A Lot!

Regardless what your level of familiarity with Jewish/Israel related issues, you’re sure to expand that knowledge and understanding by participating in a newly formed discussion group called “What’s Newish.”

This current-events discussion group will meet regularly at the JCC (or Zoom) to discuss and share ideas about Jewish and Israel related topics.  We’ll discuss subjects such as U.S. politics as it relates to Israel, Israeli-Palestinian prospects for peace, anti-Semitism and whatever else is newsworthy at the time.

Along with getting a preview of how subsequent sessions will be conducted, we’ll also gather your input as to what day, time and frequency of our meetings are most convenient for the most people.  We look forward to finding out “What’s Newish” together.

This program is moderated by Peter Hercky and Doron Steger.

Movie Day at the J

First Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon.  NEW DAY

Come enjoy an afternoon at the movies:

  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 4

Fee: $5 Discounted Member or $7/per person includes pizza/popcorn and movie.

(Movie titles to be announced.)

Register at the Welcome Center or call 908-443-9018.