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.

Irma Horowitz Film Series: Featuring Falafel and Films

3 Israeli Short Film and Falafel Dinner.

The Gravedigger’s Daughter

Esther’s father was a gravedigger who in his last will and testament left only one significant request: that one of his sons continue with his profession. None of his sons have the slightest interest in doing so. Esther is the only daughter in this traditional ‘Sephardic’ North African home, and embarks upon a struggle to carry on her father’s legacy of humility and kindness over the objections of her family and community.
A feminist film with a twist of graveyard humor.


An ultra-Orthodox young Jewish woman agrees to meet her brother, whom she has not seen in many years. When she finally lays eyes on him she understands that, if she wants to reestablish the childhood bond between them, she must accept his new identity.

Home Made

Just as Helena is about to end another dreary day in the restaurant where she works, and return home to celebrate her fiftieth birthday with her husband, a stranger enters and orders a meal… Something about him rekindles Helena’s desire for human warmth and connection.

Soon enough the two of them are joined by a neglected little boy whom Helena saves from a street fight outside the restaurant. In this way a fragile fantasy family is built for three people whose alternative lives whisper inside them.

Roller Coster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth

Sunday, January 13

11:30 AM to 1:30PM

Program includes lunch.


Wishmakers: The Story of Tulip Winery

  • Thursday, February 07
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • $10 per person

WishMakers is the story of the Tulip Winery that was established in a residential adult special-needs community-the Village of Hope in Israel’s Jezreel Valley. It fosters a caring environment while providing employment, dignity and purpose for the residents. In addition to the satisfaction of producing world-class wine, the residents find joy and self-worth in helping to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Join us as we welcome Filmmaker Cheryl Halpern as she leads a discussion about Tulip Winery and how it came to be.

Adam Price; He’s Not Lazy: Empowering your Son to Believe in Himself

  • Wednesday, February 13
  • 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • $10/per person

On the surface, capable teenage boys may look lazy. But dig a little deeper and you?ll often find conflicted boys who want to do well in middle and high school but are afraid to fail, and so do not try. This book can help you become an ally with your son, as he discovers greater self-confidence and accepts responsibility for his future. Adam Price, PHD, is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and their families for more than 25 years. He is an expert in learning disabilities.

Hamantaschen Bake and Wine

  • Thursday, Feburary 28
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Discounted Member: $25.00 | Fee: $25.00 

QUESTIONS? Contact Debbie Golden; or 908-443-9003

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

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

Jamie Bernstein – A Memior 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

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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