Creative Arts

The medium can be anything you can touch to make something totally unique. Taking any one of our hands-on classes will release the artist inside of you.

Woman painting outside.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou
Tobi Kahn lecturing at PACE gallery.
View of Collioure painting.
Two women knitting.
Paint brushes.
Hands knitting.
Seniors cooking.


Makhela-An Israeli Style Choir
With Zvi Klein, conductor and musical director
Join the Israeli choir and sing some of your favorite Hebrew songs, old and new, with others. Participants must know how to read and sing in Hebrew. Reading musical notes NOT required. Every other week.
7 Wednesdays, 9/14-11/30, 7:30-10 pm, $130/$150

Memoirs (virtual)
With Ruth Padawer
This workshop offers you an opportunity to gain confidence in your literary voice and learn valuable writing skills.
8 Mondays, 10/24-12/12, 10 am-12 pm, $225/$270
8 Mondays, 10/24-12/12, 12:30-2:30 pm, $225/$270

Contact Michele at 201.408.1496 or Esther at 201.408.1456 to register.

Sponsored by the Ratner-Seiden Senior Adult Center for the Arts

Book Club
Facilitated by Kathy Graff
Step out of your own world for a little, and journey with us into the lives of literary characters. Read for pleasure and then share.  Join us to chat casually about books. Books will be high-quality contemporary fiction. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Attendees should read the book in advance of the meeting.
The selection for December is The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.
Thursday, 12/15, 11:30 am, $12/$15


Special Event! Short Film as an Artistic Medium
Asbury Shorts director and School of Visual Arts lecturer Douglas LeClaire joins us to show some of his favorite short films and to explain what makes them great. You’ll gain an appreciation for this artistic genre, as well as be entertained and inspired.
Thursday, 12/1, 11 am, $16/$20

Sponsored in part by Arbor Terrace Teaneck – Independent Living

Amen, Amen, Amen
With Gary VandenBergh, Producer and Editor
Don’t miss this uplifting documentary about religious pluralism. A small Jewish community in Dubai gives the gift of a Torah to the Crown Prince of Abu Dabi, Mohammad bin Zayed.
Following the film join our discussion about the film and behind the scenes stories.
Wednesday, 10/26, 7:30 pm, $10/$13

Israel Film Festival
Jewish Federation of Northern NJ’s Annual Israel Film Festival with a film screened at the JCC.

Let It Be Morning
Eran Kolirin, 101min
Sami, with his wife and son, traveled to his remote hometown for his brother’s wedding. Sami is eager to return to his business (and mistress) in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the military places the townspeople under a lockdown. With the community suddenly cut off from the outside world, the situation begins to descend into chaos, exposing frictions and disparities within the town’s Arab population. Sami is forced to contend with his own role in this misfortune and reevaluate his seemingly comfortable place in his society.

Israel’s official entry to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, winner of 7 Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs), including for Best Film and Best Director, and winner of Best Film at the Haifa Film Festival.

Sunday, 11/6, 7:30 pm, $10
Cosponsored with the Israel Center
For more info and to register call 201-820-3918

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 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.

Painting with Watercolor & Watercolor Pencil
With Paulette Cochet
Experience the fascinating art of painting with watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils. Discover the joy of filling your drawings with brush strokes, brilliant washes, and beautiful watercolor effects.
6 Thursdays, 9/15-10/20, 10:30 am-1 pm, $190/$225
6 Tuesdays, 11/1-12/6, 10:30 am-1 pm, $190/$225

Acrylic Painting
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. Open to all levels.
6 Wednesdays, 9/14-10/26, 10:30 am-1 pm, $190/$225
6 Wednesdays, 11/9-12/14, 10:30 am-1 pm, $190/$225

Sponsored in part by the Lori Braverman Adult Arts and Enrichment Fund

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