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.


Memoirs (virtual)
With Ruth Padawer

This workshop offers you an opportunity to gain confidence in your literary voice and learn valuable writing skills.
Sponsored by the Ratner-Seiden Senior Adult Center for the Arts.
8 Mondays, 1/23-3/13, 10 am-12 pm, $230/$275
8 Mondays, 1/23-3/13, 12:30-2:30 pm, $230/$275

For more information or to register, call Michele at 201.408.1496


Cinema Seminar

Wednesday is Matinee Day!

A “road movie” dramatizes the theme of exploration; it’s the film interpretation of the journey. This semester, Professor Dan Jatovsky will present three road movies. He’ll introduce the film, we’ll screen it together, and then he’ll lead the discussion following the film.

Even if you’ve seen the movie, watching it together and discussing it with an expert makes for a richer experience. So ride along; it’ll be a fun journey.

Lost in America (1985) Starring Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.

Sightseers (2012) Starring Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley
Chris and his girlfriend Tina embark on a dream caravan holiday through England, but their trip takes a very wrong turn.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman
A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

3 Wednesdays, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 10:30 am-1 pm, $12/$15 per film, $30/$40 for all 3

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.
5 Tuesdays, 1/10-2/7, 10:30 am-1 pm, $160/$190 (cancelled)
6 Tuesdays, 2/21-3/28, 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.
5 Wednesdays, 1/11-2/8, 10:30 am-1 pm, $160/$190
6 Wednesdays, 2/22-3/29, 10:30 am-1 pm, $190/$225

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

Connecting with Israel

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, 1/4-3/29, 7:30-10 pm, $130/$150

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