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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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. Limited space available.

8 times on Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Except: Sep 28
Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
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8 times on Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Except: Sep 28


Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR01F0

8 times on Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 9
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Except: Sep 28
Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR02F0


8 times on Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 9
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Except: Sep 28


Call For Info
$220.00 Member
$265.00 Public
40MEMR02F0

For information, please email mschaffer@jccotp.org

Painting with Watercolor & Watercolor Pencil

(on-site outdoors)
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
Sep 15 - Oct 20
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Call For Info
$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
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6 times on Tuesday
Sep 15 - Oct 20
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Call For Info
$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAWC01F0

For information, please email mschaffer@jccotp.org

Acrylic Painting

(on-site outdoors)
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. 

(Note: the times have been updated from 1-3:30pm in the Fall catalog to 10:30am-1pm).

6 times on Wednesday
Sep 16 - Oct 21
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Call For Info
$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC01F0


6 times on Wednesday
Sep 16 - Oct 21
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Call For Info
$180.00 Member
$220.00 Public
40PAAC01F0

For information, please email mschaffer@jccotop.org

The Art of Drawing

(on-site outdoors)
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
Sep 17 - Oct 22
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Call For Info
$175.00 Member
$210.00 Public
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6 times on Thursday
Sep 17 - Oct 22
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Call For Info
$175.00 Member
$210.00 Public
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For information, please email mschaffer@jccotp.org

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Deepak Chopra

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
DEEPAK CHOPRA, Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life
With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.”

For the last thirty years, Deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West. His new book Total Meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring.

“Stop. Take three deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body, observing what’s happening in your body. Proceed now with kindness and understanding.”

Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he guides you on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are.

Dr. Chopra will be leading a short meditation.

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the author of 90 books TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”  https://www.deepakchopra.com/

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $31 includes one signed copy of book (includes shipping)

Click here to register

Wed, Sep 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
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Wed, Sep 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

NEW! Beginning Piano for Adults (Hybrid)

An introduction to the piano through keyboard orientation and note reading. Students will learn to play classical piano literature, in addition to learning how to harmonize contemporary melodies with chords and stylistic accompaniments. This is an ideal class for adults who have always wanted to play the piano, and did not have the opportunity as children. Class size limited to 3.

15 times on Tuesday
Oct 6 - Jan 26
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Except: Dec 22, Dec 29
Register
$540.00 Member
$600.00 Public
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15 times on Tuesday
Oct 6 - Jan 26
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Except: Dec 22, Dec 29


Register
$540.00 Member
$600.00 Public
50BPFA01F0

30 times on Tuesday
Oct 6 - Jun 8
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Except: Dec 22, Dec 29, Feb 16, Mar 30, Apr 20, May 18
Register
$1,025.00 Member
$1,120.00 Public
50BPFA02F0


30 times on Tuesday
Oct 6 - Jun 8
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Except: Dec 22, Dec 29, Feb 16, Mar 30, Apr 20, May 18


Register
$1,025.00 Member
$1,120.00 Public
50BPFA02F0

For information, please call 201.408.1465.

International Bar-B-Q with JoJo

(on-site outdoors)
with JoJo Rubach

Sukkot, also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), is celebrated in the US, and even more so in Israel where you see Sukkahs or temporary huts everywhere!   In Israel, people of diverse cultures, eat their traditional foods outdoors in their Sukkah.  

Join one of our favorite chefs, JoJo, for an outdoor barbecue cooking class and rejoice in the New Year by enjoying tastings of diverse and delicious dishes from all over the globe.

Italy-Pizza on the grill.
Korea-Korean Short Ribs with an Asian Slaw.
USA-“typical American BBQ”- Short Ribs and Chicken Wings and grilled vegetables.
Hungary-BBQ Chicken Paprikash,  JoJo’s twist on the famous Hungarian dish.
Israel-Beef Shawarma, Grilled Chicken Kabobs, Israeli Salad and Tahini Sauce.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this class has been postponed until the Spring. 

Wed, Oct 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Call For Info
$65.00 Member
$78.00 Public
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Wed, Oct 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Call For Info
$65.00 Member
$78.00 Public
40CKBB01F0

For information, please email emazor@jccotp.org

Create Your Own Paper Art (Online)

Create your own Paper Art - Using watercolor, paper, and teamwork, Artist Ardis will lead the class through creating your own punch-paper collage. Sign up in advance to have materials will be delivered to your home. 

4 sessions $100 (includes supplies)

4 times on Monday
Oct 12 - Nov 2
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Register
$100.00 Member
$100.00 Public
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4 times on Monday
Oct 12 - Nov 2
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Register
$100.00 Member
$100.00 Public
36CREA01F0

For information, please call Judi Nahary 201.408.1450.

Knitting

Beginner Knitting Semi Private (on-site outdoors)
Learn the basics of knitting – the knit and purl stitch – while beginning a cowl or scarf that provides you opportunities to practice different stitch patterns.

Intermediate Knitting (virtual)
Bring your current projects to this online group class for help with tricky techniques and dropped stitches, adjustments to patterns, and social knitting with other talented knitters. 

2 times on Wednesday
Oct 14 - Oct 21
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beginner Knitting Semi Private (on-site outdoors)
Register
$60.00 Member
$75.00 Public
40KNIT01F0

Beginner Knitting Semi Private (on-site outdoors)

2 times on Wednesday
Oct 14 - Oct 21
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Register
$60.00 Member
$75.00 Public
40KNIT01F0

4 times on Wednesday
Oct 28 - Nov 18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intermediate Knitting (virtual)
Register
$90.00 Member
$110.00 Public
40KNIT02F0

Intermediate Knitting (virtual)

4 times on Wednesday
Oct 28 - Nov 18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Register
$90.00 Member
$110.00 Public
40KNIT02F0

For information, please email emazor@jccotp.org

Jewelry Design (Online)

Join Ardis as she takes you through the process of creating your own beautiful keepsake jewelry (bracelet, necklace, and mask/eyeglass holder). Sign up in advance and a fully loaded kit will be delivered to your home.

4 sessions $100 (includes supplies)

4 times on Wednesday
Oct 14 - Nov 4
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Register
$100.00 Member
$100.00 Public
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4 times on Wednesday
Oct 14 - Nov 4
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Register
$100.00 Member
$100.00 Public
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For information, please call Judi Nahary 201.408.1450.

Improve Your Improv (Online)

Join Sarah as she teaches simple acting warm-ups, games, and improv exercises, culminating in a group short-form improv.

4 sessions $80

4 times on Thursday
Oct 15 - Nov 5
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Register
$80.00 Member
$80.00 Public
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4 times on Thursday
Oct 15 - Nov 5
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Register
$80.00 Member
$80.00 Public
36IMPR01F0

For information, please call Judi Nahary 201.408.1450.

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Steve Madden

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
STEVE MADDEN, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever
In conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist  
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
 
Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start-up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion-dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his unconventional hiring strategies to his slavish devotion to product.  Readers are treated to the wild ride though his rise, fall, and comeback. But they will also walk away uplifted by a man who has owned up to his mistakes and come back determined to give back and use his hard-won platform to create positive change.

Steven Madden is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, and a business titan whose eponymous company is currently worth 3 billion dollars. On the flip side, he is an ex-con, a recovering addict, and a devoted family man. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting, and more importantly, how this will translate to the customer. He is also an active philanthropist and mentor who supports a number of organizations that help those in need of a second chance.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

Click here to register

Thu, Oct 15
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
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Thu, Oct 15
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKSM01F0

For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Harlan Coben

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Harlan Coben, The Boy From the Woods
In Conversation with Emily Giffin, New York Times Bestselling Author
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

A man with a mysterious past is asked to find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. Naomi Pine's disappearance is not taken seriously, not even by her father -- but Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney who knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school, asks Wilde -- with whom she shares a tragic connection -- to use his unique skills to help find the child. In order to find her, he must venture back into a community where he never fit in and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions…secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.  

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty-one novels including The Boy From the Woods, Run Away, Fool Me Once, Tell No One and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 43 languages. He is the creator and executive producer for the Netflix television dramas The Stranger, based on his novel, Safe, and several others.

(Rescheduled Event – Guests with tickets from the originally scheduled event will be contacted with information regarding books and how to access the program)

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $23 for one virtual ticket and paperback copy of book (shipping included) 

Click here to register

Sun, Oct 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
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Sun, Oct 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

Book Fest In Your Living Room: Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. Never one who placed expediency ahead of consistent values, Sharansky was an often-awkward political colleague but always visionary as to where the real threats to freedom lay. Never Alone is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people. Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man whose fight for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny would come to define the rest of his life. 

Natan Sharansky is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author. He served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency from June 2009 to August 2018.

Gil Troy is the award-winning author of "The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s" which will be published this October by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin?s Press. A Professor of History at McGill University since 1990, he is a leading presidential historian, writing about the history of American presidential elections, the importance of moderation in American democracy, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's fight as US Ambassador to the UN against the infamous Zionism is Racism resolution.
 

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $6 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

Click here to register

Sun, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Call For Info
40BKGT01F0


Sun, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKGT01F0

For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Rachel Bloom

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Rachel Bloom, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
Music and Multi-Media Presentation!
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

Rachel Bloom is best known as the star and co-creator of the CW musical dramedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance as "Rebecca Bunch" as well as an Emmy Award for the show's songwriting. As a live performer, she has sold out Radio City Music Hall and The London Palladium and recently had a residency at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In April, she starred in the movie Trolls World Tour as "Barb." She will be writing the music and lyrics for The Nanny on Broadway.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

Registration link to come soon.

Sat, Nov 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
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Sat, Nov 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

A Virtual Trip--Art Deco New York and the Race to the Clouds

Flashback one hundred years: while New York City was just about to enter a period of limitless social and economic prosperity now known as the "Roaring Twenties," the skyline was about to roar as well. This is the story of how oversized egos, overheated real estate rivalries, and relentless competition fueled NYC's skyscraper boom and relentless rise into the sky.

Join NYC Tour Guide Deborah Zelcer as we virtually explore the magnificent Art Deco skyscrapers built between the 1920s and '30s that propelled our metropolis into the sky.

We will send you a Zoom link prior to the event.

Wed, Dec 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register
$12.00 Member
$14.00 Public
40TRVA01F0


Wed, Dec 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Register
$12.00 Member
$14.00 Public
40TRVA01F0

For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org