Jewish LIFE

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.


Give us two hours a week … we’ll give you 5780 years!

A remarkable journey of heart and mind JOIN OUR COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS!

90-Minute Graduate Class

  • Semester 1: Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism
    October 29 – February 25
  • Second 2:   TBD

Cost: $300 for One Semester or $550 for both.

The fee includes all of the curriculum materials.

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The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them

  • Thursday, January 23
  • 12 Noon

$18/Person includes lunch

Experience the electrifying, never-before-told true story of amusement parks, from the middle ages to present day, and meet the colorful (and sometimes criminal) characters who are responsible for their enchanting charms.

Step right up! The Amusement Park is a rich, anecdotal history that begins nine centuries ago with the “pleasure gardens” of Europe and England and ends with the most elaborate modern parks in the world. It’s a history told largely through the stories of the colorful, sometimes hedonistic characters who built them. And, of course, this is a full-throttle celebration of the rides, those marvels of engineering and heart-stopping thrills from an author, Stephen Silverman, whose life-long passion for his subject shines through. The parks and fairs featured include the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Coney Island, Steeplechase Park, Dreamland, Euclid Beach Park, Cedar Point, Palisades Park, Ferrari World, Dollywood, Sea World, Six Flags Great Adventure, Universal Studios, Disney World and Disneyland and many more.

Israeli Immigration Stories

with Shahar Shriki, our Community Rishona

FREE to the Community.

  • Thursday, January 23
  • 7:00 PM

Featuring footage of the Israeli Film, “Turn Left at the End of the World”

Film followed by a discussion and Moroccan treat.

The Kindness Advantage; Dale Atkins and Amanda Salzhauer

The Kindness Advantage is a practical and concrete guide for you to equip your child with the skills they need to have a positive influence on the world. We all benefit when children are raised with the understanding that they can have an impact by making conscious choices. It’s never too early to start your child on a path of fulfillment through meaningful connection with others. Designed to be read with children as young as four, the book presents ten fundamental concepts to weave into your family’s daily life. Using text, quotes, questions and real life stories, The Kindness Advantage is the first book parents need to think about and teach the necessary skills to be a kind, compassionate person. Each idea on its own is simple and un-intimidating, yet together they form the powerful foundation parents need to go beyond teaching “please” and “thank-you” to form kindness habits that will last a lifetime. In a world where kindness is so greatly needed.


Books will be available for purchase at $10 each.

Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era

  • Thursday, January 30
  • 7:00 PM
  • $10/Person

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s premiere. How you doin’?

In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still find-ing their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe. Thanks to the show’s immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era. Friends has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened.

Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz utilizes exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive produc-er Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members to tell the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife Saul Austerlitz is the author of four previous books, including Just a Shot Away and Sitcom. His work has been published by The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Yale and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an adjunct professor of writing and comedy
history at NYU.

Renegade Women in Film and TV


Celebrating Women’s Achievement
  • Sunday, February 9
  • 10:30 AM
  • Fee: $25/Person brunch included – $36 with book

During a historic time of change in the Entertainment Industry, Weitzman will discuss women who broke glass ceilings in film and television.
Elizabeth Weitzman is a journalist, film critic, and the author of more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She currently covers movies for The Wrap, and was a critic for the New York Daily News for 15 years. In 2015, she was named one of the top critics in New York by the Hollywood Reporter.


Register and buy the book $36.


Just Register $25


A Book of Medical Dilemmas for the Curious and Concerned.

Join the Maimonides Society of JFedSHAW and author Jacob Appel, MD for a lively discussion of medical ethics in the 21st century.



FREE – Maimonides Society Members

Seth M. Siegel - Troubled Water, What's Wrong with what We Drink?

  • Thursday, February 20
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Fee: $10/Person

From big cities and suburbs to the rural heartland, chemicals linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, birth defects, and lowered IQ routinely spill from our taps. Many are to blame. The bottled water industry has been fanning our fears about tap water, but bottled water is often no safer. The tragedy is that existing technologies could launch a new age of clean healthy and safe tap for only a few dollars a week per person. Troubled Water is full of shocking stories about contaminated water found throughout the country and about the everyday heroes who have successfully forced change.



  • March 3, 2020
  • 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
  • Discounted Member : $115.00
  • Fee: $130.00

Guided tour of the Auschwitz exhibition, led by Gallery Educator.

Leave JCC – 9:30 am Lunch at Katzs Deli included Return to the JCC – approx. 4 pm.

Fee includes coach bus/guided tour and lunch.

Judith Viorst Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life


  • Wednesday, March 4
  • 12:00 PM
  • Fee: $18/Person includes lunch

In Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life, Judith Viorst candidly shares the complicated joys and everyday tribulations that await us at the age of ninety, all with a large dose of humor and an understanding that nothing – well, almost nothing – in life should be taken too seriously. While she struggles to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, while she’s starting to hear more eulogies than symphonies, while she’ll forever be disheartened by what she weighs (and for-ever unable to stop weighing herself), there is plenty to cherish at ninety: hanging out with the people she loves, playing a relentless game of Scrabble, and still sleeping tush-to-tush with the same man to whom she’s been married for sixty years.


Jordan B. Gorfinkel Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel


  • Thursday, March 19
  • 7:00 PM
  • Fee: $10/Person

There’s no more universal medium for telling heroic stories, one that bridges all cultures, faiths and languages, than the sequential art form of the graphic novel—itself a Jewish innovation. An artistic and educational milestone, the Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel will inspire and engage everyone on Passover night for many years to come.

Jordan B. Gorfinkel is a cartoonist, musician, writer, and producer. For nearly a decade, Gorf was a manager of the Batman franchise at DC Comics, where his creations serve as inspiration for television, film, games, and more. He is the creator of “Everything’s Relative” a Jewish cartoon featured online and in newspapers.

Irma Horowitz Film Series and Charoset "Make and Taste"

Enjoy an evening filled with Charoset making and Israeli Film and Falafel Dinner! Charoset Make and Taste – 6 pm Film and Dinner – 6:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 24
  • 6:00 PM



  • Israel, 2018
  • Drama
  • Hebrew (with English subtitles)
  • 104 minutes

Menachem, a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.

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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