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.


Richard Squires, Writer/Author. Preserve your Jewish legacy and share the stories of your life. What better way than to leave behind a book for future generations to cherish and value. Join us for an entertaining and educational presentation and discussion.

  • Oct 18, 2018
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Fee: $10.00

Irma Horowitz Film Series

Featuring short Israeli Films and Falafel Dinner.

  • November 01, 2018
  • 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • $18/Person

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, playful celebration of the Jewish American song-writers who composed the soundtrack to the holiday season. In an irony of ironies, it was Jewish immigrant outsiders – Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé and many others – who redefined Christmas as a secular and inclusive cultural phenomenon. Penning such yuletide classics as “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” these artists amplified the spirit of the holi-days through musical merriment. A panoply of performers delivers signature renditions of these beloved melodies, amusingly set in a Chinese restaurant, while musicologists, religious leaders, comedians and others add insights into the strange, contradictory and poignant relationship American Jews have with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (also written by a Jew).

Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion

Set in Dublin in the 1970’s, this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland, as seen through the eyes of spirited seven-year-old Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion- only problem is she’s Jewish! An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of the story lies in its simplicity, humor, and the universal desire to fit in.

This program is supported by the Irma Horowitz Endowment Fund.

Nancy Gorrell-To the Little Polish Boy: Developing Empathy Through Ecphrastic Poetry

Sunday, November 18 • 1:30 PM
Recommended for Grades 7-12

Participants in this inter-generational workshop will view an historic work of Holocaust photo-journalism, listen to survivor Peter Fischl read his poem, “To the Little Polish Boy” in response to that photo-journalism, and then produce their own responses using the tool of ecphrastic poetry, the poetry of empathy. Parents are encouraged to attend with their teenagers. No poetry writing ability required!

This program is presented in recognition of Kristallnacht and in honor of those who fought and in memory of those who died in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of April 1943.

Free (Advance Registration one-week prior.)
Co-sponsored by the JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center

Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch

Light from the Yellow Star: An Introduction to the Holocaust Through Testimony and Art

Sunday, December 9

Parents and teenagers will view Dr. 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 text, parents and teenagers will develop, collaboratively or individually, their own artistic responses inspired or suggested by the work. This inter-generational workshop is based on the noted work of Holocaust educator, Nancy Gorrell. The workshop will be co-taught by Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch, artist and designer of the SSBJCC Holo-caust Memorial. Artwork produced from this workshop will be dis-played at the SSBJCC throughout the month of April with permission of the workshop attendees. No artistic level of expertise required! All materials provided by the Holocaust Center.

Free (Advance Registration requested one-week prior.)
Co-sponsored by the JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi-The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes

Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM

Dr. Afridi will discuss how Muslims have perceived the Holocaust, the role they played and how this might be a place of reconciliation. She will discuss the positive relations especially between Jews and Muslims and how we can try to build bridges. Her work is about bridging the gaps between Muslims and Jews by understanding the past of one another.

Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Holocaust, Geno-cide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She is committed to Islam and Holocaust education. Dr. Afridi obtained her PhD from University of South Africa, her MA and BA from Syracuse University, and speaks regularly to interfaith groups.

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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