Arts And Literature

Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program For Creative Arts & Crafts

Sarah Gottesman Lubin was an avid crafter who especially enjoyed the soft arts of quilting and needlepoint. She was an active member of the Pomegranate Guild. After her passing in December 2007, the Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program for Creative Arts and Crafts was established in her memory at the JCC so that others could explore and enjoy the exciting world of crafts and culture. This endowment provides opportunities for people to experience the sheer love and joy of creating something of beauty with their own hands. Pre-registration required for all creative arts classes.

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A Younger Matisse at the Met, 1869-1906

with Michael Norris, PhD
Henri Emile Benoît Matisse (1869-1954)—an artist famed for his original use of line and color—compared his artistic development to the growth of a seed. We will trace that growth in Matisse’s life story until his mid-thirties by examining examples from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He came by the seed metaphor naturally—he was the son of a seed merchant in a northern French town. Despite his conservative appearance and work habits, Matisse continually absorbed new ideas as he worked in Paris and the South of France. We will leave Matisse as he becomes a leader of the “Fauves” or “Wild Beasts” movement (whose paintings expressed emotion in wild, often dissonant colors).

2 times on Monday
Mar 30 - Apr 6
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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$50.00 Member
$60.00 Public
40ARYM00W0


2 times on Monday
Mar 30 - Apr 6
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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$50.00 Member
$60.00 Public
40ARYM00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Sunday of Strong Women

Come together for a day of laughs, lunch and loads of inspiration as three female authors share their ideas.

LISA KOHN: To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence 
The best seats Lisa Kohn ever had at Madison Square Garden were at her mother’s mass wedding with the Unification Church (“the Moonies”). The best cocaine she ever had was from her father’s friend, the judge. This is Lisa Kohn’s story of breaking free from her damaging childhood, finding her inner strength and cultivating her self-worth.

JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN: Wunderland 
The author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai now gives us Wunderland, a gripping novel that tells the story of friendship, betrayal and how ordinary people, lured by the enticement of nationalism, are led willingly into acts of inhumanity. This book has haunting parallels to today’s political climate.

JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN: This Really Isn’t About You 
After living abroad her whole adult life, Edelstein came back to the US to be with her cancer-ridden father. Soon after he died, she learned she had inherited the gene that determined his fate. Heartbreaking, hopeful, and really, really funny, this is a book about finding your way in life even when life has other plans. 

Hear the voices of three strong women with unique stories to tell. Audacious and tenacious, these women will engage, enlighten and entertain.

Sun, Mar 22
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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$40.00 Member
$48.00 Public
40SUSW00W0


Sun, Mar 22
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM


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$40.00 Member
$48.00 Public
40SUSW00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1454.

In the Kitchen

with Giyora Malka, Chef and Owner, Hummus Elite in Englewood
Bringing to the table a refreshing style of cooking that is influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, Chef Giyora Malka will delight us with his creations.  Come learn how to make Yemenite Soup, a beautiful meaty, hearty and spicy soup; “Middleterranean” Bowl, a delicious authentic Middle Eastern salad using farrow, chickpeas, garden-fresh radishes over tahini, lemon sauce and herbs; and Buoletts de Lentilles, lentil balls made with green peas and leeks . And, if you love Halvah, then you are in for a real treat.  Giyora will show us how to make Halvah Parfait for a dessert.

Thu, Mar 19
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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$65.00 Member
$78.00 Public
40CKGM00W0


Thu, Mar 19
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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$65.00 Member
$78.00 Public
40CKGM00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Book Study Group: Lecture and Discussion

with Professor Ben Nelson
Reading and sharing a book with others brings a whole new perspective to the experience. Join us as Ben leads the exploration of these deeply affecting works. We’ll read the following 4 books:
March 18: The Cider House Rules by John Irving
April 22: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
May 13: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
June 17: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Wed, Mar 18
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL01W0

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

Wed, Mar 18
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL01W0

Wed, Apr 22
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL02W0

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Wed, Apr 22
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL02W0

Wed, May 13
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL03W0

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Wed, May 13
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL03W0

Wed, Jun 17
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL04W0

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Wed, Jun 17
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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$30.00 Member
$35.00 Public
40BKCL04W0

4 times
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
On dates: Mar 18, Apr 22, May 13, Jun 17
Book Study Group: Lecture and Discussion Full Term
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$100.00 Member
$120.00 Public
40BKCL05W0

Book Study Group: Lecture and Discussion Full Term

4 times
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
On dates: Mar 18, Apr 22, May 13, Jun 17


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$100.00 Member
$120.00 Public
40BKCL05W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

The Art of Drawing

with Paulette Cochet
Engage your senses and advance your ability to improve your drawing skills in a creative and supportive environment.  Explore the natural world as you gain the confidence to take your work to a new level through informative, innovative, and unique approaches. Traditional, contemporary, and expressive techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels. The Art of Sketching will inspire you to draw and keep drawing! 

6 times on Thursday
Feb 20 - Mar 26
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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$175.00 Member
$210.00 Public
40DRAW00W0


6 times on Thursday
Feb 20 - Mar 26
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


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$175.00 Member
$210.00 Public
40DRAW00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Be Your Own Fortune Teller

Introduction to the Tarot with Stephanie Saible
Will I get that raise? Is there a move in my future? Will my daughter-inlaw call me today? Answer these questions and so many more with skill and insight, using a deck of Tarot cards. In this two-part introduction to the Tarot, you’ll learn brief keyword meanings for the cards and two simple spreads. By the end of the second session, you will be able to do uncannily accurate readings for yourself, your family, and friends. We will have decks of Tarot cards for purchase so you can begin working with the cards right away.

2 times on Monday
Jan 27 - Feb 3
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
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$35.00 Member
$45.00 Public
40TARO00W0


2 times on Monday
Jan 27 - Feb 3
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM


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$35.00 Member
$45.00 Public
40TARO00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Intermediate Knitting

with Shaina Bilow, Certified Knitting Teacher, CYCA
Bring your current projects to this group class for help with tricky techniques and dropped stitches, adjustments to patterns, and social knitting with other talented knitters. Beginner knitters and crocheters welcome.

6 times on Wednesday
Jan 22 - Feb 26
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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$135.00 Member
$170.00 Public
40KNIT00W0


6 times on Wednesday
Jan 22 - Feb 26
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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$135.00 Member
$170.00 Public
40KNIT00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Acrylic Painting

with Paulette Cochet
Discover the amazing versatility and ease of painting with acrylics. Explore a wide range of techniques from thick, luscious brushstrokes to fluid and transparent washes. Personal and individual expression is encouraged, with emphasis on composition and color use. Open to beginners and more experienced painters.

6 times on Tuesday
Jan 14 - Feb 18
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC01W0


6 times on Tuesday
Jan 14 - Feb 18
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC01W0

6 times on Tuesday
Mar 3 - Apr 7
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC02W0


6 times on Tuesday
Mar 3 - Apr 7
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC02W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Painting with Watercolor & Watercolor Pencil

with Paulette Cochet
Experience the fascinating art of painting with watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils. Engage your senses and create personal works while enjoying the freedom of switching from drawing to painting in an instant! Discover the joy of filling your drawings with brush strokes, brilliant washes, and beautiful watercolor effects.

6 times on Tuesday
Jan 14 - Feb 18
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAWC01W0


6 times on Tuesday
Jan 14 - Feb 18
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAWC01W0

6 times on Tuesday
Mar 3 - Apr 7
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAWC02W0


6 times on Tuesday
Mar 3 - Apr 7
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAWC02W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Memoirs

with Ruth Padawer
This workshop offers you an opportunity to preserve your memories and reflect on your past. Along the way, you’ll gain confidence in your literary voice and learn valuable writing skills. All welcome, regardless of writing experience. Sponsored by the Ratner-Seiden Senior Adult Center for the Arts.

8 times on Monday
Jan 13 - Mar 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR01W0


8 times on Monday
Jan 13 - Mar 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR01W0

8 times on Monday
Jan 13 - Mar 2
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR02W0


8 times on Monday
Jan 13 - Mar 2
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


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$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR02W0

8 times on Monday
Mar 23 - May 18
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Except: Apr 13
Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR03W0


8 times on Monday
Mar 23 - May 18
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Except: Apr 13


Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR03W0

8 times on Monday
Mar 23 - May 18
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Except: Apr 13
Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR04W0


8 times on Monday
Mar 23 - May 18
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Except: Apr 13


Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR04W0

For information, please call 201.408.1496.

Makhela - An Israeli Style Choir

with Zvi Klein

Join the Israeli choir! Enjoy singing and socializing with others who love to sing. Learn new and familiar Israeli songs under the direction of our talented conductor and musical director Zvi Klein. Participants must know how to read and sing in Hebrew. Reading musical notes NOT required.

7 times
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
On dates: Jan 8, Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 18, Feb 19, Mar 4, Apr 1
Register
$120.00 Member
$140.00 Public
40MAKH00W0


7 times
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
On dates: Jan 8, Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 18, Feb 19, Mar 4, Apr 1


Register
$120.00 Member
$140.00 Public
40MAKH00W0

For information, please call 201.408.1456.