Jewish & Israeli Life

Jewish Studies for Adults


The world stands on three things:
The study of Torah
The worship of God
The doing of good deeds(Avot 1:2)

Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Programs

Virtual Weekly Seminar on Jewish Studies
The JCC on the Palisades sponsors a class by its Scholar-in-residence, Professor Reuven Kimelman of Brandeis University.
Thursdays, Starting September 23, 10:30 am $150/$300

High Holiday Seminar (Virtual)
The Ins and Outs of Misunderstanding the Yom Kippur Ne’ilah Service

“Why is the Yom Kippur Neilah service different from all other synagogue services?
”Join the Rabbi and learn what is unique about the fifth service of Yom Kippur?
Monday, September 13, 8-9:15 pm, Free and Open to the Community
Click/tap here to join us.

Judaic Scholar-in-Residence programs are funded by the Evelyn and Harold Meltzer, Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Endowment Fund, the David Dubin Chair for Judaic Scholars Endowment Fund, and the Sarah and Mel Lubin Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Fund.

Commemerating Kristallnacht
with Author Judy Batalion: The Light of Days (virtual)
In commemoration of Kristallnacht, author Judy Batalion will discussion her book The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos. Hear about the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who helped weaponize Poland’s Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis.
JCC’s from around the country are partnering to bring you this special event.
Sunday, Nov 14, 8pm, $10/$12

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.
6 Wednesdays, October 6-December 8, 7:30-10 pm, $120/$140

Israel Film Festival
Jewish Federation of Northern NJ’s Annual Israel Film Festival with a film screened at the JCC.
For updated information, check our website or contact The Federation’s Center for Israel Engagement at 201-820-3955.
Sunday, November 21, 7:30 pm, Fee TBD

Cosponsored with the Israel Center

A Taste of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda
With Joel Haber at the JCC
Join Joel, a licensed tour guide and food researcher, on a virtual tour of Jerusalem’s famous outdoor market. Explore the diverse and delectable foods that represent the many communities that inhabit Jerusalem, while also touring some of the magnificent street art that adorns the shutters of the stands. We’ll have a window into the culture — and cultures — that make Jerusalem unique, and the cultural center of the Jewish people.
Tuesday, Oct 26, 7:30 pm, $10/$12
Event Sponsored by Joan and Hillel Caplan

In Collaboration with IAC Ofekhub
Israel History: From Dream to State
With Maya Lotan
Learn about the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel from the 18th century to the 20th century. Begin with the Jewish life that developed in Europe through to the development of the Zionist movement. For details and to register, click/tap here
5 Thursdays, Oct 7-Nov 4, 8-8:45 pm, $65
This event is presented through the OFEK hub. You must register through the link above.

Israel Innovations (Virtual)
With Seth Abramson  
Take an in-depth look at some of Israel’s most cutting-edge technologies. We will examine what’s made them a global center of agriculture and high-tech, and much more! For details and to register, click/tap here
5 Tuesdays, Nov 9-Dec 14, 8-8:45 pm, $65
This event is presented through the OFEK hub. You must register through the link above.