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.



2G/3G Dinner and Lecture | October 29 6:30-8:30 PM
Miriam Dobin will discuss how we can uncover our families stories.
  • 2G,3G & Families (children 16 & up)
  • Kosher dinner will be provided from Orchid Resturant
  • Location: JCC, 775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Cost is $18 per person

Mirian is an Author and Neve Shalom’s Director of Religious Studies.


MOVIE NIGHT OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY | Tuesday, November 19 at 7 PM
Film: Who Will Write Our History

Please join 3GNJ, the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, for our movie night with a Q & A to follow facilitated by Dr. Adara Goldberg, Director of Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University.

  • $5 per person. Dessert & Coffee will be provided.
  • Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The film begins in November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decides to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vows to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda, not with guns or fists but with pen and paper.

This event is co-sponsored by 3GNJ, JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, and Kean University Holocaust Resource Center.  



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.

Download the Brochure and Registration Form

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The Plaza - The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel

  • Thursday, October 10 • 12:00 PM
  • Fee: $18 | Includes Lunch

Julie Satow discusses the thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today’s Billionaire Row.

Julie Satow is an award-winning journalist who has covered real estate in New York City for more than a decade. A regular contributor to the New York Times, her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, the New York Post, and The Daily Beast.

Program Partner: Brandies National Committee, Somerset Chapter

Yousef Bashir, Author The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine

  • Thursday, October 24 • 7:00 PM
  • Fee: $10

Yousef Bashir recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality. This moving, candid, and transformative memoir, reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger, and fear.

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian- American from the Gaza Strip. He is the son of Khalil Bashir, a highly respected educator. Still suffering the effects of a near catastrophic injury at the hands of an anonymous IDF solider, Yousef made his way to the United States where he earned a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Co-Existence and Conflict from Brandeis University. Now living in Washington DC, Bashir has worked on Capitol Hill and serves as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States.


  • Wednesday, November 6
  • 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.

Irma Horowitz Film Series: Theodore Bikel, in the Shoes of Shalom Aleichem

  • Thursday, December 12
  • 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Fee includes film and Chanukah celebration with Falafel dinner.

Following the film, a discussion will be led by Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, widow of Theordore Bikel, journalist and Director of the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project.

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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