Jewish LIFE

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Jewish LIFE

THE JCC IS PLEASED TO BE A FOUNDING PARTNER IN Jewish LIFE, Learning Is For Everyone, our community’s award-winning adult Jewish adult education series featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers, authors, scholars, film series as well as classes taught by local rabbis and synagogue professional staff. The JCC is pleased to host many of the Jewish LIFE special events.  Jewish LIFE is supported by the JCC, Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties and 12 area synagogues.

Jewish LIFE Mission

JEWISH LIFE, A COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNITY SIDE JEWISH ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM created by the JCC, Rabbis, lay leadership and Jewish agencies, strives to expand and enhance the Jewish educational opportunities offered to both affiliated and non-affiliated Jews in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

Hamantaschen Bake and Wine

  • Wednesday, February 27
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Discounted Member: $25.00 | Fee: $25.00 

QUESTIONS? Contact Sara Wasserman; or 908-443-9022

Come together as a community to make hamantashchen. Light appetizers served – BYO Drinks

Irma Horowitz Film Series - March 2019

Heading Home – The Tale of Team Israel; Irma Horowitz Film Series

  • Thursday, March 07
  • 6:30 – 9:00 PM
  • $18.00

Israeli short films and falafel dinner. Heading Home – The Tale of Team Israel.

Rebecca Soffer: Loss is Never Easy

  • Tuesday, March 12
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Discounted Member: $10.00 | Fee: $10.00

Let’s face it, most of us can’t handle talking about death. We?re awkward and uncertain. We blurt out platitudes or say nothing at all. We send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit to the shiva house. Modern Loss can help us do better. It offers a roadmap for navigating grief and resilience in the modern age. Rebecca has received praise by Stephen Colbert and Mindy Kaling among others! She is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, former producer for the Colbert Report, and a former National Network Coordinator for Reboot. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

QUESTIONS? Debbie Golden; or 908-443-9003

To the Little Polish Boy

  • Sunday, March 24
  • 1:00-2:30 PM
  • FREE to the Community

Developing Empathy through Ecphrastic Poetry. Parents and Teenagers will view an historic work of Holocaust Photo-journalism, read a poem by the Holocaust survivor Peter Fischl, “To the Little Jewish Boy” in response to that photo-journalism, and then produce their own responses using the tool of ecphrastic poetry.

Jamie Bernstein – A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Discounted Member: $10.00 | Fee: $10.00

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood, and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins lives, including the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon and so many more. Bernstein?s beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

QUESTIONS? Debbie Golden, or 908-443-9003

Light from the Yellow Star

  • Sunday, March 31
  • 1:30 PM
  • FREE to the Community

Participants in this inter-generational workshop will view Robert Fisch’s artwork from his survivor testimony, Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust. After discussing the survivor’s illustrations and story, adults and their teens will develop, together or individually, their own artistic responses inspired by the survivor’s artwork. This workshop will be co-taught by Nancy Gorrell, Holocaust Educator and Evelyn Rauch, artist and designer of the JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center. Artwork produced from this workshop will be exhibited at the JCC Holocaust Center’s Open House on April 14 with the permission of the workshop artist participants. No artistic level of expertise required! All materials provided by the Holocaust Center.

This workshop is based on the noted lessons of Holocaust educator, Nancy Gorrell.

Sally Kohn – The Opposite of Hate, A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

  • Monday, April 15
  • 7:00-9:00 PM
  • $10 per person

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. She even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. She decided to look into the ugliness erupting all around us. Join Kohn as she discusses her travels around the world, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists and even some of her own Twitter trolls. She draws surprising lessons from these dramatic examples, including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

Jewish LIFE is Supported by:

Chabad of Greater Somerset County
Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County
Chabad of Hunterdon County
Flemington Jewish Community Center
Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead
Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties

Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater
Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey
Temple Beth- El, Hillsborough
Temple Beth El, Somerset
Temple Har Shalom, Warren
Temple Sholom, Bridgewater


$180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each event.


$360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each event.

Patron and Benefactor fee excludes certain programs including Melton School, iEngage, Imagine and Celebrate Israel. The Jewish LIFE brochure detailing program offerings and special events during the 2018-2019 season will be available Fall 2018.

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