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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
with Paulette Cochet
Discover the amazing versatility and ease of painting with acrylics. Explore a wide range of techniques from thick, luscious brush strokes 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.
with JoJo Rubach and Dan Oelsner
JoJo and Dan will delight us with a great evening of cooking and tastings as we celebrate Israel’s Birthday with delicious cuisine that reflects the diversity of Israel’s multicultural population.
with Harriet Finck
Consider collage a gateway to the visual arts. With minimal technique - cutting, tearing, pasting random bits of rescued material - we compose fresh and intriguing new narratives. Bring old photographs, the contents of your recycling bin, odd sidewalk finds; along with some glue and scissors, and you’re ready to begin. All levels welcome.