Mask Up! In response to Governor Murphy reinstating a public health emergency, we would like to remind all members and guests of our mask policy. Masks are required for ALL entering the JCC, in common areas and hallways regardless of vaccination status. Please come with your own mask, adjust over nose and mouth prior to entering our building. We appreciate your support in keeping our community safe.


Lectures & Learning

Our lectures and learning programs bring subjects alive through the enthusiasm of our instructors and their passion for the material.

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”–Harry S Truman 


JCC University 

Top professors and experts in their fields present on a diverse array of topics. JCC U offers the opportunity to rekindle previous passions, ignite new interests, meet new people and stay involved in the developments that shape today’s world. Presentations cover such topics as history, politics, psychology, art, literature, film, music, religion, science, philosophy, architecture and current issues.  

Online Winter Term 2022 

Thursdays, 11 am, $12/$15 each day 

January 20
Congressman Dan Glickman: My Education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies in conversation with award-winning journalist, author and editor Sandee Brawarsky

How did a Jewish boy, son of self-made, entrepreneurial parents and a grandson of Eastern European immigrants end up as a Kansas congressman, secretary of agriculture, and chief lobbyist for Hollywood? Dan Glickman, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center will share his guiding principles, including the need for a strong sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself.  

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February 3 
The Unexpected Spy 

When Tracy Walder enrolled at USC, she never thought she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity. Hear from this former CIA Staff Operations Officer and FBI Special agent about her secret life taking down some of the world’s most notorious terrorists. She’ll share her experiences in a very male-dominated field, as a spy and counterintelligence expert. 

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February 17 
The History of Stand-Up 

Today’s top stand-up comedians sell out arenas, generate millions of dollars, tour the world, and help shape our social discourse. Learn from Emmy-nominated stand-up, actor, author, professor, and podcaster Wayne Federman how this came about. He’ll take us from pre-vaudeville to today’s comedians of HBO and Netflix. (You’ll recognize Wayne from his many roles on film and tv. “Oh, he’s the guy…) 

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Save the Dates
JCCU Spring Term 2022
In Person
Two Thursdays, May 12 & June 9

Rescheduled Event!
Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey From Auschwitz Survivor to Wall Street Legend
Renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker Joshua Greene tells us the ultimate immigrant story of Siggi Wilzig who was liberated from Mauthausen and came to America where he started selling neckties from the back of his car and in a little over decade rose to CEO of an oil company and a bank with assets over $4 billion.
Thursday, May 12, 12:45 pm, $20/$25


Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning programs are sponsored by the Millicent and Harold May Family Endowment for Lifelong Learning in memory of Edward J. Newman, M.D. and the Michael J. Levitt Family Endowment Fund for Lifelong Learning.

iPad 101
With Jerico Rilla, Mobile Device Management Administrator at the JCC
In this 2-session course, you’ll learn the basics of how to operate the Apple iPad and navigate the internet in ways that can enrich your life. During the course, you’ll learn how to take pictures, use email, search the internet for information, download apps, and connect to people, organizations and interests that matter to you. iPads will be provided for use in class if you don’t have one.

Course Prerequisites: Apple ID and Password (if you don’t have one – let us know a week prior class). This course is designed for people who have never used an iPad or have very little experience. Limited space available.

2 Mondays, 1/31 & 2/7, 1:30-3 pm, $15/$20

Impressionist Camille Pissarro
With Michael Norris, PhD
Born to a French Jewish family on the Danish Caribbean island of St. Thomas, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) never became a French citizen, though he captured 19th-century France in art.  This talk will explore how Camille constantly experimented in style, subject matter, and media as he produced 2,000 oil paintings and thousands of drawings, watercolors, and prints. A beloved teacher, Camille traded influences with his fellow-artists, such as Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne.
2 Mondays, 2/28 & 3/7, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, $40/$50


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, 1/10-2/28, 10 am-12 pm, $220/$265
8 Mondays, 1/10-2/28, 12:30-2:30 pm $220/$265 |
Call Michele at 201.408.1496 or Esther at 201.408.1456 to register