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Jewish LIFE Learning Is For

Everyone STEP UP

FOR ISRAEL

Jewish LIFE Mission Statement: Jewish LIFE, a collaborative Jewish education program created by the JCC, Rabbis, lay leadership and Jewish agencies, strives to expand and enhance the Jewish educational opportunities offered to both affiliated and non-affiliated Jews in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

PEACE YOU’RE THE MISSING

Jewish LIFE, a Community Adult Education Program, is Supported By: Chabad of Greater Somerset County; Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County; Chabad of Hunterdon County; Flemington Jewish Community Center; Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Congregation Knesseth Israel; Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties; Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties; Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County; Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater; Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey; Temple Beth- El, Hillsborough; Temple Beth El, Somerset; and Temple Sholom, Bridgewater.

Program Guide 2012-13/5773


Registration Form Event

Date

Event Price

Patron*/ Benefactor**

Qty

Total

$180/Person - $360/Couple

Breast Health- Promoting Well Being/Or Chadash

Sunday,October 14

Free to Community

The Irma Horowitz Falafel and Film Festival- JCC

Thursday, October 18

$10/advance-$15/door

Katie Workman: The Mom 100 Cookbook

Thursday, October 25

$8/advance -$10/door

Breast Health - Promoting Well Being/JCC

Thursday, October 25

Free to Community

The Minstrel and the Storyteller — Peninnah Schram & Gerard Edery at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough

Saturday, November 3

$18 /advance -$22 /door

Peninnah Schram/ Temple Beth El-Hillsborough- 9:30am

Sunday, November 4

Free to Community

Peninnah Schram/ Or Chadash- 11:15am

Sunday, November 4

Free to Community

Ron Isaacs- Bubbe Melses:Jewish Myths,Jewish Realities Wednesday, November 14 Free to Community “Prime Time” Expo

Sunday, November 18

Free to Community

Global Day of Jewish Learning-Rabbi Jaffe

Sunday, November 18

Free to Community

Patricia Cohen-In our Prime: The invention of Middle Age

Sunday, November 18

Free to Community

Carol Miller- Up all Night

Thursday, November 29 $8/advance-$10/door

Iris Krasnow - The Secret Lives of Wives

Wednesday, January 9

$18/advance-$22/door

Simcha Weinstein -The Case for Children

Thursday, January 17

$8/advance-$10/door

Reuven Firestone - Holy War in Judaism

Tuesday, February 12

$8/advance-$10/door

Thursday, February 7

$10/advance-$15/door

Thursday, March 7

$8/advance-$10/door

Wednesday, March 20

$18/advance-$22/door

The Irma Horowitz Falafel & Film Festival- Or Chadash

Friday, March 1

$10/advance-$15/door

Yom HaShoah Community-Wide Program

Sunday, April 7

Free to Community

The Irma Horowitz Falafel and Film Festival - JCC Robert Rosenthal - From Plagues to Miracle Delia Ephron - The Lion is In

Thursday, April 11

Mama Doni Concert/Yom Hazmuat Celebration

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$8/advance-$10/door *Patron: $180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each Event. **Benefactor: $360 includes 2 Tickets w/Reserved Seating for each Event. Please call JCC Executive Director Laura Friedman for details: (908) 725-6994 x213 • LFriedman@ssbjcc.org

Please complete and return the registration form with payment to: Jewish LIFE 775 Talamini Road Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Make checks payable to:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center


course registration information If you are interested in registering for any class listed under Course Offerings, please contact the host locations directly, using the following guide. Code Organization

Code Organization

BES Temple Beth El Somerset 1489 Hamilton Street, Somerset 08873 (732) 873-2325 Fax: ( 732) 873-3892 Denomination: Conservative Rabbi Eli Garfinkel

OCH Or Chadash 149 Foothill Road Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 806-2122 Fax: (908) 806-2162 Denomination: Reform Rabbi Joseph M. Forman

CKS Congregation Kehilat Shalom 253 Griggstown Road, Belle Mead 08503 (908) 359-0420 Fax: (908) 359-8848 Denomination: Reconstructionist Rabbi Susan Falk CKI Congregation Knesseth Israel 229 Mountain Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ (732)469-0934 Fax: (732)356-1325 Rabbi Jack Kramer CJC-BR Chabad Jewish Center of Greater Somerset County 3048 Valley Road, Basking Ridge 07920 (908) 604-8844 Fax: (908) 604-0771 Denomination: Independent Rabbi Mendy Herson CJC-H Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County 26 New Amwell Road, Hillsborough 08844 (908) 874-0444 Fax: (908) 450-3333 Denomination: Independent Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky CJC-HC Chabad of Hunterdon County 90 Beaver Avenue, Clinton 08809 (908) 238-9002 Fax: ( 908) 238-9006 Denomination: Independent Rabbi Eli Kornfeld FJCC Flemington Jewish Community Center 5 Sergeantsville Road, Flemington 08822 (908) 782-6410 Fax: (908) 806-7736 Denomination: Conservative Rabbi Evan Jaffe

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JCNWJ Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey 115 Youmans Avenue, Washington 07882 (908) 689-0762 Denomination: Reform Rabbi Ellen Lewis JFS Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties 150-A West High Street, Somerville 08876 (908) 725-7799 Fax: (908) 725-0284 Executive Director: Jerry Starr JFED Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater 08807 (908) 725-6994 Fax: (908) 725-9753 Executive Director: Diane Naar SSBJCC Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater 08807 (908) 725-6994 Fax: (908) 725-9753 Exec. Director: Laura Friedman TBE Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough 67 U.S. Hwy. 206, Hillsborough 08844 (908) 722-0674 Fax: (908) 429-1418 Denomination: Reform Rabbi Arnie Gluck TS Temple Sholom P.O. Box 6007, North Bridge Street Bridgewater 08807 (908) 722-1339 Fax: (908) 253-0878 Denomination: Conservative Rabbi Ron Isaacs

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Jewish LIFE course offerings

September Israeli Folk Dancing Instructor: Anna Paun Thursdays: 7:30-9:00 PM Dates: September 6, 20; October 4, 18; November 1, 15, 29; December 13, 27; January 10, 24; February 7, 28; March 14, 28; April 11, 25; May 9, 23; June 6, 20 Location: BES Fee: $ 7 per session, $50 for 10 sessions. Joyously dancing together since 2002. First trial session is FREE. For more info, call (908) 369-7884

Enriching the Journey: Judaism as Spiritual Practice Instructor: Sarah Gluck Sundays : 8:40-9:40 AM Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10; April 7, 21, 28 Location: TBE “Do you wish for a life that is physically grounded, emotionally satisfying, intellectually expansive, and profoundly connected? This is a question Rabbi Goldie Milgram poses in her book Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat. Using the book as our guide, we will embark on a spiritual journey that will help us integrate what we know about Judaism with how we feel and, ultimately, what we can do. Prerequisite: Curiosity and a desire to explore the riches of Jewish tradition and the rewards of Jewish living. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Woman’s Torah Class Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Herson Tuesdays: 9:30 AM Dates: Ongoing Location: CJC-BR A text-based discussion of the Torah and its messages for contemporary life. A year round class, which began two years ago, it began at the Torah’s first verse (Genesis) and is currently about half way through that first book of the Torah.

Sunday Morning Food for Thought

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Instructor: Sarah Gluck

Sundays: 9:45-10:45 AM Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10; April 7, 21, 28 Location: TBE Continuing toward conclusion of The First Hebrew Primer, this class will guide you toward reading, understanding, and translating passages from the Torah through building grammar, vocabulary, and a basic understanding of biblical syntax and style. By the time we complete the book, you will be able to read excerpts from the Book of Ruth in the original classical language

Advanced Hebrew Instructor: Sarah Gluck Sundays: 11:15 AM-12:45 PM Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10; April 7, 21, 28 Location: TBE Students in this class will continue to read and translate passages from the Tanach, building vocabulary, roots, and grammar and an understanding of biblical syntax and style. This year, we will incorporate Modern Hebrew into our classes through reading and listening to Israeli poetry and prose, watching the occasional video, and using basic Hebrew conversation in the classroom.

Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Herson Sundays: 9:30 AM Dates: Ongoing Location: CJC-BR Spirited, freewheeling and intelligent discussion of Judaism. No holds barred.

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Jewish LIFE Events and Films


Jewish LIFE Is Possible Only With Your Support

Patron: $180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each Event.

Benefactor: $360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each Event. Please call JCC Executive Director Laura Friedman for details. (908) 725-6994 x213 • e-mail: LFriedman@ssbjcc.org

October Torah Studies Instructor: Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky Thurdays: 8:00 PM Dates: : Begins Thursday October 11 Location: The Renaissance Community in Somerset, NJ Fee: $25

films Jewish Film Series at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough “Free Zone” Discussion with Rabbi Arnie Gluck

Torah Studies program brings you the tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of clear and engaging weekly classes. Probing the ideas and issues presented in each week’s Torah portion, the Torah Studies classes offer timely, meaningful lessons for living – from the most timeless of all texts.

Saturday,

The Torah Portion: Lunch and Learn

Doors open at 6:30 PM for hors d’oeuvres and schmoozing.

Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Mondays: 12:00 NOON Dates: : Begins Monday, October 15 Location:BES

The weekly Torah portion is a locked vault with treasures inside. Unfortunately, too many Jews have forgotten the combination. Rabbi Eli Garfinkel will teach you how to open the vault of the weekly portion and how to enjoy the wealth of learning contained therein. Although the focus of the class will be on translated primary sources, no Hebrew language ability is required for this class.

Mondays with Rabbi Jaffe Instructor: Rabbi Evan Jaffe Mondays: 8:00 PM Dates: : Begins Monday, October 15 Location: FJCC Fee: Members are Free, Non-Members $36 Spend your Mondays in meaningful conversation with peers. Discussions will be focused on topics of interests to participants.

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Crossing the Line:

The Intifada Comes to Campus

Thursday, October 4 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC Tuesday, October 16 • 7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington Sunday, October 21 • 9:30am Chabad of Basking Ridge

October 20, 7:00 PM

Location: TBE Running Time: 90 minutes 4 Israeli Film Academy nominations (2005), Best Feature Film at Chicago International Film Festival (2005), Best Actress for Hana Laszlo and Palme D’Or nomination at Cannes Film Festival (2005). In this road-trip drama from “Kippur” director Amos Gitai, Rebecca (Natalie Portman), who left the USA to live in Israel, but is now feeling confused and wanting to escape after a painful breakup with her fiancée, agrees to accompany Hanna (Hana Laszlo) on her arduous journey through Israel to Jordan’s Free Zone. Hanna hopes to collect a large debt owed to her ailing husband by his business partner, known only as “The American”, in that tax-free region surrounded by Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. When Hanna and Rebecca cross the border and finally arrive in the Free Zone, they discover that Hanna’s contact and money have mysteriously gone missing, but a Palestinian woman named Leila agrees to lead the skeptical Hanna to both “The American” and Hanna’s rightly due cash. The film is a fascinating exploration of borders, borders between countries, between cultures, between people and between times.

(See back cover for more information about film)

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Jewish LIFE course offerings

October Beginners Hebrew Reading

special events

Breast Health: Promoting Well Being

Sunday, October 14 · 10AM Hosted by Congregation Or Chadash, Flemington Thursday, October 25 · 7PM Hosted by the JCC Jewish women are at a higher risk for breast cancer as it relates to the bracha 1 gene. This is a program in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be a panel discussion focused on breast health and overall health and wellness. Contact JFS at 908 725-7799 or events@jewishfamilysvc.org to reserve a seat.

Instructor: Jessica Jentis Wednesdays: 9:30 AM Instructor: Robert Grant Wednesdays: 5:00 PM Sundays: 9:00 AM Begins: October 17 Location: TS This course will teach participants with no Hebrew reading skills how to read Hebrew. It is a beginners course for those who have never learned. Those who need a refresher course would also likely benefit from this course. Preregistration is a must. Call Temple Sholom (908-722-1339) to register.

Open to the community

Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) and Jewish LIFE

“IMAGINE 2012”

“Shalom” in Hebrew

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Time: 8:30 AM

Pirke Avot: Judaism’s First Self Help Book

Location: Basking Ridge Country Club Be sure to join Women’s Philanthropy for their biggest event of the year, “Imagine 2012!” Featuring comedian Cory Kahaney (grand finalist on “Last Comic Standing” with comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO), boutique vendors, brunch and more, this year’s program promises to be fun and inspiring and benefit the elderly at the Adult Day Center of Somerset County and Amutat Havaya in Merchavim, Israel. To register for the event, visit www.jfedshaw.org or call (908) 725-6994 x204.

Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Tuesdays: 9-10:30 AM Dates: Begins Tuesday October 16 (5 sessions) Location: TS The Talmudic tractate of Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) is a book of wisdom and ethical advice. According to the ancient Rabbis, one who desires to be virtuous must fulfill the precepts of the book. Come and join and learn to be virtuous. (This will be a continuation of Pirke Avot from last year, beginning with chapter 2.)

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October The Dynamic World of Torah

The Irma Horowitz Falafel & Films Series Israeli Short Films

The Ma’aleh School

Instructor: Rabbi Arnie Gluck Tuesdays: 7:15-8:00 PM Dates: October 16, 23, 30; November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11, 18; February 12, 26; March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Location: TBE Each week Rabbi Gluck will bring a great text or teaching from our tradition for us to explore, including texts he has studied with the extraordinary teachers at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Wrestling with G-d: Exploring Jewish Views of the Divine Instructor: Rabbi Arnie Gluck Tuesdays: 8:00 PM Begins: October 16, 23, 30 Location: TBE To be a believing Jew does not mean accepting a single, specific view of G-d. Our tradition contains within it many different, sometimes contradictory, concepts. Come join Rabbi Gluck on a journey through the pathways of Jewish faith as we consider some of the ways Jews have thought about G-d.

Indian Religions from a Jewish Perspective Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Tuesdays: 8:00 - 9:00 PM Begins: October 16 Location: BES A large percentage of central New Jersey residents practice Indian religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and other faiths. Rabbi Garfinkel will lead a group study and discussion about the theologies of these religions. We will compare and contrast these faiths with our own. In so doing, we’ll learn more about what it means to be a Jew in the spiritual sense.

Learn to Read Torah Instructor: Cantor Natan Fetman Dates: Sunday, October 21

Sundays: 10:00- 11:00 AM Location: TS

Presented by Ma’aleh School of Television Film and the Arts in Jerusalem Thursday, October 18 • 6:30 PM hosted by the Bridgewater JCC

“The Orthodox Way”

Eli, who is single, goes out on a blind date to please his aunt. But everything that could possibly go wrong, does, and Eli and his date spend a bizarre evening driving around the streets of Jerusalem. A romantic comedy about dating the Orthodox way.

Awards include Judges Prize, Ma’aleh Graduation Ceremony 2003; Special Prize, Jewish Film Festival, Gerona Spain 2004; First Prize, Haifa Film Festival 2004; First Prize, Students category, Israeli Film Festival, NY- LA 2004

“The Divide” Kobi has joined the army despite his parents’ opposition. He returns to his home in the hills of Samaria for Shabbat just before he is to be given the award for Outstanding Soldier at an upcoming IDF ceremony. There he discovers that the army has given the order for his family’s eviction.

“71 Square Meters”

Sometimes you have to leave in order to come back. You have to forget in order to remember. Chezi goes to his deceased parents’ house the day before the bulldozers will raze it to the ground. It is the last 24 hours: 24 hours to remember his mother, his father, Bjorn Borg, an old Mezuza.

Awards include The Audience Favorite, International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv 2010. This program is supported in part by the Irma Horowitz Endowment Fund.

The chanting of the Torah is a liturgical skill that involves much preparation. Come learn trope (musical notations) from one of our community’s premier Torah readers, Cantor Natan Fetman. He will take you on a musical journey that will lead you to be a skilled Torah reader.

The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Dates: Oct. 30 - Dec. 4 Location: CJC-BR Fee: $99

Rabbi Mendy Herson Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Dates: Tues. October 30 - Dec. 4 Location: CJC-H Fee: $99

Are you all you can be? How can you unleash the infinite power of your soul within? This course provides a mystical road map to living a life of happiness, fulfillment, and self actualization by revealing how you can thrive and be more than just alive.

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October special events Katie Workman: The Mom 100 Cookbook Thursday: October 25 7:00 PM Hosted by Bridgewater JCC Katie Workman, founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com and mother of two schoolage kids, offers recipes, tips, techniques, attitudes, and wisdom for staying happy in the kitchen. The Mom 100 is 20 dilemmas every mom faces, with 5 solutions for each. The Mom 100 dazzles with main-dish meats, Monday Night Brisket to fish dishes they’ll actually eat, healthy snacks and pretty healthy desserts, like fun Fruit Salad on a Stick. Picky eaters? Breakfast insanity? Last-minute company? Don’t worry – the Mom 100’s got you covered!

LIFE ON THE LINE: You Make the Call (JLI TEENS) Instructor: Rabbi Shmaya and Miriam Krinsky Sundays: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon Begins: October 21- December 2 Location: CJC-H This series presents real-life news stories, challenging students to share their views and opinions on each case. Discover a different way of navigating through life’s tough decisions: this series demonstrates how to change direction and think “outward.” Students will become familiar with Jewish law as it pertains to aspects of modern life. In addition, students will be challenged and inspired to review their own role in society, learning the idea that Jewish law stresses our obligations to other people in order to fulfill the mission of Tikkun Olam, partnering with G-d to make a positive impact on the world.

Temple Beth El Film Festival Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Tuesdays: 8:00-9:00 p.m. Every Fourth Tuesday of the Month Date: Begins Tuesday October 30 Location: BES The Temple Beth El Film Festival is back by overwhelming popular demand! We’ll watch and discuss movies and documentaries that speak to the state of Jewish life in our day. Many of them are award-winning masterpieces. If you are not a member of Temple Beth El and would like to receive the movie schedule when it is available, please send an email to rabbigarfinkel1@mac.com.

Instructors: Rabbi Shmaya and Miriam Krinsky Sundays: 9:00-10:30 AM Dates: Starting October 21 Location: CJC-H Join us once a month for some cake and coffee, as we explore YOUR questions about Judaism. No questions are offlimits as we discover the depth of our heritage. Every attendee is an integral part of the discussion in this unique, enjoyable & meaningful way for adults to delve deep into key Jewish beliefs and traditions. (No Fee)

Heavenly Sex: Making Jewish Decisions about the Body

Goodnight/Laila Tov Shabbat Dinner Friday, October 26 6:00pm Hosted by the JCC Join our JCC for a PJ Library Event. Shabbat Dinner, prayers, PJ Library story, make your own Shabbat pillowcase and learn night-time rituals. Call Shalom Stacy for more information; 908-725-6994 x223 or sherman@ssbjcc.org.

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Stump the Rabbi & Rebbetzin

Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Sundays: 10:00 AM Begins: October 21 (4 sessions) Location: TS This course will offer a fresh look at sexuality in the Jewish tradition. Topics to include: care of the body, dressing and deportment, family purity, sexual offenses, forbidden marriages, Judaism and pornography, definition of “kosher sex.”

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Jewish LIFE Is Possible Only With Your Support

Patron: $180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each Event.

Benefactor: $360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each Event. Please call JCC Executive Director Laura Friedman for details. (908) 725-6994 x213 • e-mail: LFriedman@ssbjcc.org

November special events Peninnah Schram & Gerard Edery “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” Saturday, November 3 7:00 PM Hosted by Temple Beth-El The world-renowned storyteller and master singer/guitarist interweave Sephardic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Hasidic, and original songs with beloved Jewish folktales.

Peninnah Schram

The Apple Tree’s Discovery Sunday: November 4 9:30 AM 11:15 AM Hosted by Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough

Hosted by Or Chadash in Flemington

Ms. Schram is the Founding Director of the Jewish Storytelling Center. She has told stories in America, Canada, England, and Israel, at synagogues, festivals, conferences, colleges, organizations, camps, and schools. She is also a catalyst, sparking ideas, inspiring others to tell stories, and creating places for other storytellers to gather and share stories. Along with co-author Rachayl Eckstein Davis, Schram has written a children’s version of the midrash with a lesson for children and adults alike. A little apple tree in a forest of oaks begs G-d for stars like those glimmering on the branches of the great oak trees beside her. As the seasons pass, she learns to appreciate her own gifts and realizes that it’s possible to find a star in each of us.

“Prime Time” Expo at the JCC Sunday, November 18 Noon - 5:30pm

If you have been retired, are newly retired, or even thinking about retirement, you won’t want to miss this event! Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties presents an afternoon of informational and experiential workshops, resources, food, and entertainment. Travel, Entertainment/ Leisure, Healthcare, Wellness/Fitness, Healthy Aging, Lifelong Learning, Health Insurance, Travel, 55+ Communities, Hospitals, Financial Planning, Social Services, Estate Planning, Banks, JCC, JFS, Volunteer opportunities and more. For more information please contact 908-725-7799 or Admin@JewishFamilySvc.org.

Workshops: Patricia Cohen

In Our PrimeThe Invention of Middle Age 12:30-1:30pm

From the New York Times reporter whose beat is culture and ideas, a fascinating, revelatory and timely social history of the concept of middle ages, from the late nineteenth century when the term “midlife” first entered the dictionary to the present. For the first time in history, boomers or the middle aged, make up the largest, richest, and most influential segment of the country. In Our Prime is an illuminating biography of the idea of middle age from its invention to its current place at the center of American society.

Bubbe Meises: Jewish Myths, Jewish Realities with Rabbi Ron Isaacs Wednesday, November 14 • 1pm Jews have had a long and illustrious history. Over the centuries, many misunderstandings, myths and misconceptions and bubbe meises (old wives’ tales) have been circulated and handed down. This presentation examines some of the more interesting bubbe meises and how they have influenced Jewish living.

Jewish Day of Learning with Rabbi Evan Jaffe 3:30-4:30 pm

Featuring the subject ,“Old enough for G-D? Issues of spirituality and community as we age.

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Creation of a State

Thursday, November 1 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC Tuesday, November 13 • 7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington (See back cover for more information about film)

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Jewish LIFE course offerings

Jewish LIFE Is Possible Only With Your Support

Patron: $180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each Event,

Benefactor: $360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each Event, Please call JCC Executive Director Laura Friedman for details. (908) 725-6994 x213 • e-mail: LFriedman@ssbjcc.org

November Pizza Torah For Teens

Challenging Bible Stories Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Sundays: 10:00 PM Dates: Begins November 18 (5 sessions) Location: TS

Come study Torah and learn how to understand some of the most interesting and challenging stories in the Five Books of Moses. Bring a Humash to class if you have one.

Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Thursdays: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Begins: November 18 Location: BES Teenagers often miss out on Jewish educational opportunities during these critically formative years. What teenagers learn about their identity and heritage has an enormous impact on the choices they make as adult Jews. Rabbi Eli Garfinkel will lead a weekly group discussion on the topics that teenagers care about most. Oh, yeah, and there will be pizza, too!

Journeys: A Taste of Jewish Mysticism Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Tuesdays: 9:00 - 10:30 AM Begins: November 20 (5 sessions) Location: TS Mysticism is the search for spiritual knowledge–for understanding of truths we cannot know with our minds. Mystical experience is not confined to the historical past. It is possible here and now, anywhere, anytime. Come join us on this spiritual journey and learn new insights and new ways of seeing the world.

The Origins and Development of Israeli Music Instructor: Cantor Emily Pincus Tuesdays: 8:00 PM Dates: November 27; December 4 Location: TBE In this two-part class, we will trace the development of Israeli music from its origins at the beginning of the twentieth century, when Jews from different lands began to settle there in greater numbers, bringing with them their various musical traditions, including Russian folk, Chasidic, Klezmer, and Yemenite, as well as the influence of composers trained in classical European composition, and the attempt to create a national sound. The second session will focus on the influence of folk, jazz, rock, and pop from the United States and Europe.

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special events Carol Miller Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio Thursday: November 29 7:00 PM Hosted by the JCC Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York Radio personalities, currently heard on Clear Channel’s Q104.3/New York, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and nationwide through United Stations. She’s been on the air at WPLJ and WNEW, is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has hosted dozens of national and international radio shows. In her book, Up All Night, Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times. A star-studded roster of rock and roll royalty, Carol’s memoir is simultaneously a collection of snap-shots of the ever-changing panorama of pop culture: from the arrival of television to JFK and the Beatles, the March on Washington, the death of John Lennon, 9/11, and beyond. But hers is also a tale of guilt, disappointment, and alienation, of a brilliant, charismatic pioneer who believed she’d failed her Jewish parents. And it is the story of the biggest challenge she has faced, her ongoing battle to beat breast and uterine cancer.

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Jewish LIFE course offerings

December STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Israel & The West

Thursday, December 6 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC Tuesday, December 11 • 7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington (See back cover for more information about film)

January SUPER JEW: The Miracle of Jewish Survival (JLI TEENS) Instructors: Rabbi Shmaya & Miriam Krinsky Sundays: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon Dates: January 6 - March 3 Location: CJC- H

This series will address anti-Semitism, assimilation, lessons from the Holocaust, the chosen people and Jewish pride. Teens will embrace their Jewish identity in a modern world. From the ghettos and pogroms of the Middle Ages, to the concentration camps in Europe, to Islamist terror all across the world today, Jews have been beaten, attacked, and singled out for destruction. The hateful rhetoric on college campuses, in the media, and all over the Internet seems to get worse by the day. Even modern Israel lives under constant threat and has to fight for the right to exist. Why is it that ever since the dawn of the Jewish nation, there have been people who tried to destroy us? For what reason or purpose are the Jews still here? Would the world be any different if the Jews didn’t exist?

The Psalms

Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Tuesdays: 8:00 – 9:00 PM Dates: January 8 Location: BES The Psalms, or tehillim as they are also known, are a source of individual spirituality about which many Jews know very little. If you find services in your synagogue unfulfilling, you will benefit from learning the deep meaning of the Psalms. The Psalms give us a Jewish method for expressing the emotions of gratitude, joy, celebration, grief, anger, and even desperation. If you think that Jewish liturgy has nothing for you, come to this class and learn how to use this ancient source.

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Crossing the Line:

The Intifada Comes to Campus Tuesday, January 8 •7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington (See back cover for more information about film)

Encore Presentation

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January special events Iris Krasnow

Simcha Weinstein

The Secret Lives of Wives Wednesday, January 9 12 NOON

The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better Thursday, January 17 7:00 pm

Hosted by the JCC Iris Krasnow is a New York Times best-selling author and specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, and many more. She is a longtime professor and Academic Director of Washington Journalism Semester at American University in Washington, D.C. Her writing has been featured in many national publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Iris has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America and has been featured on CNN several times. The Secret Lives of Wives is a composite of 200 interviews conducted by Iris with women married from 15 to 70 years. Fresh, honest, and bold, Iris parts the curtain and reveals uncensored real-life confessions of what it really takes to keep the promise “till death do us part”—without killing someone first. “The real secret to happily-ever-after”, says Iris, “is to have your own passions and not to expect a spouse to make you happy.” Co-sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee Somerset Chapter; Temple Beth El, Somerset Sisterhood; Temple Sholom Sisterhood.

Hosted by the JCC Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is a best-selling author and speaker. He has appeared on CNN’s Showbiz Tonight and PPR, and has been profiled in leading publications, including ,The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The London Guardian. His groundbreaking book explores the benefits that parenthood brings to individuals and society and provides strong evidence that contradicts many modern myths of Parenthood. Quite simply, parenthood makes your world physically, materially, and spiritually better.

Adult Trope Refresher Instructor: Cantor Emily Pincus Tuesdays; 8:00 PM • January 15, 22, 29; February 5 Location: TBE This class is for those who learned Torah trope last year, or who have some previous understanding of trope. We will continue to use Portnoy and Wolff’s The Art of Torah Cantillation, delving more deeply into the “second-page” tropes. Participants will have the opportunity to chant Torah at a Shabbat or Festival service; the assigned portion will serve as part of their study. Textbook: The Art of Torah Cantillation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Torah

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The Jewish LIFE Festival of Books & Culture is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties. The JCC thanks the Jewish Book Council for making this program possible.

January Ascending Jacob’s Ladder: Jewish Views of Angels, Demons and Evil Spirits Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Sundays: 10:00 AM Dates: Begins January 13 (5 sessions) Location: TS

Seventy five percent of all Americans believe in angels. This course will explore the purpose and characteristics of angels and evil spirits and demons as they appear in Jewish tradition.

I Believe: The Thirteen Principles of Faith Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Tuesdays: 9:00 - 10:30 AM Dates:January 15 Location: TS

Most of us would like to be able to state what we believe, as well as articulate the basic principles of Judaism. This course will examine Moses Maimonides’ attempt to communicate Judaism’s basic concepts in his Thirteen Principles of Faith. By studying what he had to say, you may be able to reach an understanding about what you personally believe.

Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas Instructor: Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Herson Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Dates: January 29 - March 5 Dates: January 29 - March 5 Location: CJC-H Location: CJC-BR Fee: $99 Fee: $99 Are you obliged to keep all commitments? What are the responsibilities of the sandwich generation? Are the ungracious deserving of our charity? How far should we go to give the benefit of the doubt? A discussion on personal ethics and the Jewish view on laws that test the limits of our integrity.

PJ LIBRARY IS A NATIONAL BOOK PROGRAM implemented on a local level. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and it is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations throughout North America. PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, more than 70,000 families in more than 135 communities in the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through the art and literature of these free children’s books. All families raising Jewish children from age six months through five, six, seven or eight years, depending on the community, are welcome to enroll. Contact Stacey Herman for more information at sherman@ssbjcc.org.

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February The Ma’aleh School

The Irma Horowitz Falafel & Films Series

Israeli Short Films Presented by Ma’aleh School of Television Film and the Arts in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 7 Dinner at 6:30 PM followed by films Hosted by JCC

special events

“Barriers”

Reuven Firestone

Uri, a young officer, together with two soldiers under his command, are manning a checkpoint in the territitories. Two women from the “Watch” organization try to interfere with their work. Uri is confused as he receives an order to close the checkpoint because of a bomb threat amidst the women’s screaming. An unpredictable outcome ensues….

Holy War in JudaismThe Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Awards include First Prize for short drama Jerusalem Film Festival 2011; Munich International Students Film Festival

Tuesday, February 12 7:00pm Hosted by the JCC Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of “ holy war” disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times. In this book Rueven Firestone identifies, analyzes and explains the historical, conceptual and the intellectual processes that revived holy war ideas in modern Judaism. The book serves as a case study of the way in which one ancient religious concept once deemed irrelevant or even dangerous was successfully revivied in order to fill a pressing contemporary need. It also helps to clarify the current political and religious situation in Israel and the Middle East. Reuven Firestone is Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College and Senior Fellow at the Center for Religious and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

“Stand Up” Dudi is learning in a yeshiva to become a school teacher. His wife doesn’t know that he really spends most of his time trying to be a stand-up comic. He goes to a comedy club when he should be at the yeshiva. His friends from the yeshiva find out, and Dudi loses his best friend. He is now afraid that his wife will also find out. Dudi needs to decide whether to tell his wife or keep his dream.

“Cheftzi On Air” Chefzi is a radio broadcaster who offers romantic advice to her single, female callers. One night, she decides to take her own advice, and proposes marriage on live radio to her boyfriend Yonatan. To Chefzi’s surprise, her theories don’t work in practice and her world begins to collapse. Awards include First Prize for short film, Seoul Women Film Festival 2006; Promised Director, International Students Film Festival Tel Aviv 2006.

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Crossing the Line:

The Intifada Comes to Campus Wednesday, February 13 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC

(See back cover for more information about film)

Encore Presentation

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Patron: $180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each Event,

Benefactor: $360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each Event, Please call JCC Executive Director Laura Friedman for details. (908) 725-6994 x213 • e-mail: LFriedman@ssbjcc.org

February Ask the Rabbi

Instructor: Rabbi Ron Isaacs Sundays: 10:00 AM Begins February 24 (3 sessions) Location: TS

Years ago the Prophetess and Judge Deborah sat under her palm tree and fielded the questions of her people. She offered of her advice and wisdom. Using this biblical model, come to the Library with your questions and ask the Rabbi. (E mailing your questions in advance would be helpful: isaacsrl@optonline.net.)

A Joyful Introduction to Talmud Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Sundays: 8:00 -9:00 PM Begins February 24 Location: BES Among those who have never experienced Talmud study, the very word Talmud conjures images of old men in black coats swaying as they talk about seemingly irrelevant details of Jewish law. Come to this class and discover for yourself that learning Talmud can not only be enriching but enjoyable as well! No prior experience with Talmud or Hebrew is required.

Jewish LIFE Events and Films

films Jewish Film Series at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough

“To Take A Wife”

Saturday, February 9• 7:00 PM Location: TBE Running Time: 97minutes Doors will be open at 6:30pm for hors d’oeuvres and schmoozing.

Critics Awards at both Hamburg and Venice (the film received a standing ovation) Film Festivals (2004), Best Actor for Simon Abkarian (Eliyahu) at both Thessalonika and Mons Film Festivals (2004), Best Actress for Elkabetz at Mons and Israeli Film Academy (2004). TO TAKE A WIFE features yet another brilliant performance by powerhouse actress Ronit Elkabetz. If Edward Albee were Jewish, this is the kind of family he would write about. Viviane and Eliyahu are first generation Israelis: she works out of their home as a beautician, he has a job at the post office. They’ve been together for 20 years, have four children together and live with his elderly mother, whose eyes show nothing but disapproval. Eliyahu’s life, inflexibly bound by Orthodox tradition, enables him to cope with his sense of displacement in an evermodernizing Israel. But to Viviane, questions of religious duty should be subservient to life. Eliyahu’s inability to express love or appreciation sent her into the arms of Albert three years earlier, and her former lover’s return renews her desperation. This is a razor sharp look at a marriage not so much frayed as eviscerated.

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March special events Robert Rosenthal From Plagues to Miracle

The Ma’aleh School

Thursday, March 7 7pm Hosted by JCC

In From Plagues to Miracles, psychiatrist Robert Rosenthal takes a fresh and bold new look at the story of Exodus in which the figures of Moses and Pharaoh represent dueling aspects of the human mind. Pharaoh is the ego-mind: arrogant, capricious, and cut off from God and Spirit. Moses represents the part of the mind that is and has always been in full, direct connection with God. And the Hebrews represent us—all of us, regardless of religious affiliation. If you’ve always felt that there must be more to the Old Testament, but could never sift the spiritual wheat from the thou-shalt-not chaff, then this discussion is for you.

Delia Ephron The Lion is in Program to be followed by Lunch

Hosted by Bridgewater JCC Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up, and Michael. Her newest novel, The Lion Is In, is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love – and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle. Co-sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee Somerset Chapter; Temple Beth El, Somerset/ Sisterhood; Temple Sholom Sisterhood.

Jewish Film Series Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough

“Troupe”

Saturday, March 2• 7:00 PM Location: TBE Running Time: 110 minutes Doors will be open at 6:30pm for hors d’oeuvres and schmoozing. Based on the real-life stories of two of its ensemble cast, this crazy musical comedy follows 12 young men and women brought together as members of an Israeli army entertainment troupe after the Six-Day War. There are, for instance, a Don Juan, a heartless beauty, a good-natured girl with lots of talent and a shy young man just waiting to burst out of his shell. The film follows the performers through bus trips, stage shows and into tiny field tents.

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Falafel & Films Series

Israeli Short Films Presented by Ma’aleh School of Television Film and the Arts in Jerusalem Friday, March 1 Dinner at 6:30 PM followed by films Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington

“Willingly”

Wednesday, March 20 12:00 PM

films

The Irma Horowitz

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL SPEAK UP for Israel

Wednesday, March 13 •7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington Thursday, March 14 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC (See back cover for more information about film)

This film raises questions about love andcommitment, about the advantages and disadvantages of “get” as a ceremony, and about Israel’s non-separation of religion and state. ALl Jewish divorcing couples, regardless of their religious orientation, must divorce with this ceremony in the State of Israel. This film has been featured in several festivals around the world.

“A Jerusalem Tale”

Lazer and Baila Hirsch, an older orthodox couple who have emigrated to Israel from America, struggle with financial hardship and general misfortune. Lazer, a Bretzlav Hassid, finds that his capacity for simcha (joy) is put to the test. The couple prays for a miracle, but miracles come in unexpected guises...This film has been featured in Haifa Film Festival 2007 and the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 2009.

“Luz”

This is the story of the unique relationship between Lisa and her adopted daughter, Luz. Unable to have children, Lisa adopted Luz from Columbia when Luz was three months old. The bond between them is special and despite their differences, the two have built a home which is loving and strong. Now 18 years old and trouble by questions of identity, Luz re-opens her adoption file while Lisa builds a home with her new husband. A dramatic new development in their lives threatens to destroy all the old bonds, and forces Luz and her mother to confront the basic questions: What is a home? What is motherhood? And what is the meaning of a blood relationship? Awards include Best Short Film: International Film Festival Haifa 2007. Featured in the International Film Festival Haifa 2007 and International Documentary Film Festival Guandzo China 2009.

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March/April Get into the Spirit of Things:

Pathways to a Spiritually Enriched Life

Instructor: Ronnie Weyl Tuesdays: 8:00 PM Dates: March 5,12,19 Location: TBE Are you interested in enhancing the spiritual dimensions of your life? Do you yearn for a deeper connection with G-d to help you meet life’s challenges and experience life’s joys? If so, join us for a three-part series that will explore the treasures of our Jewish spiritual tradition and help us rediscover the sacred in our everyday lives. Drawing from the writings of Rabbis Rami Shapiro, Jeff Roth, Lawrence Kushner, and others, we will read and study together and then do the practice, to cultivate greater mindfulness, compassion, patience, a sense of gratitude, and a nurtured soul. • Session 1: The Breath: Jewish Meditation & Repetition • Session 2: Inspirational Readings: Musar & Psalms • Session 3: Sacred Moments: Jewish Ritual

special events Doni Zasloff Thomas

Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook Musical Book Talk Thursday, April 11 – 6:00 PM Hosted by the JCC Packed with holiday activities, jokes, and rocking tunes on a free CD from popular children’s musician Mama Doni, Get Cooking! celebrates Jewish American culture and holidays plus makes a Jewish connection to secular American holidays in an exuberant guide that works for Jewish families of all levels of religious observance. Doni Zasloff Thomas (Mama Doni) won a 2011 Parents Choice award for her CD ‘Shabbat Shaboom’ and the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy through Music” at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. She celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in high energy family rock concerts that break the mold of traditional Jewish music.

Women’s Trip to Israel

March 3- 12 Women’s Philanthropy of The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

Featuring food, fashion, friendship, culture, and history! To register or to learn more about the mission and itinerary, visit www.jfedshaw.org or contact Diane Naar at 908.725.6994 x202 or dnaar@jfedshaw.org

Jewish LIFE Events and Films

Run in the Tel Aviv Marathon Trip to Israel

March 11-21 6 and 11 Day trips

Pre and Post Marathon trips, in which you will explore some of Israel’s spas, wineries, organic restaurants and farms, as well as see Israel in a totally new way- bike, hike, raft, and Segway around this amazing land. For more information contact; Tovah Grafstein at tovah@jcca.org.

Seeing G-d in All Things: The Spiritual Wisdom of Chasidism Instructor: Rabbi Arnie Gluck Tuesdays: 8:00 PM Dates: April 2, 9, 16 Location: BES Those of us who identify Chasidism with ultra-Orthodoxy might be surprised to learn that it was in its day a “reform” movement. It offered a new dynamism and uplift to an ossified Jewish world in need of spiritual renewal. In our time, the insights of Chasidism can speak meaningfully to us as non-Orthodox Jews and help us find renewal of mind and spirit. Join Rabbi Gluck for an exploration of some of the riches of the Chasidic tradition.

JEWISH REVOLUTIONS: Building a Better World (JLI TEENS) Instructor: Rabbi Shmaya & Miriam Krinsky Sunday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon Dates: April 7- May 19 Location: CJC-H One individual can change the world! This series explores Judaism’s take on modern causes such as social justice, world peace, freedom, and the environment. From time immemorial, brave young individuals have stood up to make a difference and change the world—for good. Young people around the world volunteer their time, raise money and awareness, and take concrete steps to fix real problems in their communities. What drives us to fix the world? Where does this inner passion come from? What values and beliefs does Judaism promote that we can use to effect change?

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April/May special events Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Program Sunday, April 7 • 7pm Congregation Knesseth Israel in Bound Brook

films “Joy” Jewish Film Series Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough Saturday, April 13 • 7:00 PM Location: TBE Running Time: 90 minutes

Free to the Community Program details to come.

4 nominations (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay) and 3 wins (Best Actress, Best Costumes and Best Supporting Actress) at 2005 Israeli Academy Awards.

Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages Instructor: Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Herson Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Mondays: 7:30PM Dates: April 23 - May 28 Dates: April 22-May 20 & Tuesday May 28 Location: CJC-H

Location: CJC-BR

Fee: $99 Fee: $99 Everyone loves a good story. Knowing this, the sages of the Talmud used stories to encode messages about life that are far too deep and profound to communicate directly. This course decodes some of these extraordinary Talmudic mysteries to uncover layer within layer of insight into the nature of life, the universe, G-d, and man.

Modern Mohel Talk- Lucy Waldman Thursday, May 2 6:00PM Hosted by the JCC Lucy Waldman is a Certified Mohel and Certified Nurse Midwife. Her practice Birth to Bris merges medical practices with a caring philosophy. Lucy will discuss modern options for welcoming your Jewish baby into our world. As a mohel, Waldman said, “I have compassion as a woman and as a mother.” She also has plenty of professional experience performing medical circumcisions. She’s been on the staff at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York since 1995. “I’ve been doing circumcisions all these years. Waldman went through the intensive training program offered by the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and followed up with several weeks of learning with her own rabbi, Steven Bayar, at Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn.

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Joy Levine lives in an old apartment that is shabby and worn-out on the outside while well-kept and filled with joy on the inside. Her life changes when she auditions for a TV show. To her astonishment, she is chosen, and her mission is to throw a surprise party for her parents on an upcoming show. However, there is a price to pay for all this. She has to share with the viewers an event that made a tight-knit bunch of friends shun her parents. The show is to be aired right after Yom Kippur, and the theme is forgiveness. Joy must get all her parents’ friends to the party in order to conduct the reconciliation. However, the idyll expected from such a show is jeopardized by a string of events that threaten to shatter the already fractured family cell.

STEP UP FOR ISRAEL Israel Inside

Wednesday, April 10 •7:30pm Hosted by Or Chadash, Flemington Thursday, April 11 •7:00pm Hosted by the JCC (See back cover for more information about film)

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Jewish LIFE

The Jewish LIFE Festival of Books & Culture is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties. The JCC thanks the Jewish Book Council for making this program possible.

May

films

“An evening to celebrate”

Jewish Film Series at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough

Tuesday, May 7 6:30PM Event honorees: Rabbi Evan Jaffe – Rabbi & Community Leader; Rafi Marks – Student President, Rutgers Hillel.

“The Flood” Saturday, May 18

Location: Fiddlers Elbow. Israeli cuisine. Dietary laws observed. $50 for adults; $18 for students

7:00 PM

Experience Israel’s culture, hear a briefing, invest in Israeli bonds and support Israel!

Doors will be open at 6:30pm for hors d’oeuvres and schmoozing.

Location: TBE Running Time: 100 minutes

Five nominations (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Sound) and one win (Best Supporting Actor) at 2010 Israeli Academy Award. Best Film honors at the Haifa and Berlin International Film Festivals and Audience Award at Thessalonki Festival.

Jewish Stories Instructor: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Tuesdays: 8:00 - 9:00 PM Date: May 21 Location: BES Stories and the Jews go together like peanut butter and jelly. Rabbi Garfinkel will teach this class about Jewish stories written by authors such as Sholom Aleichem, S.Y. Agnon, Saul Bellow, and others. We’ll use the book Great Jewish Short Stories, edited by Saul Bellow.

June

Birnbaum JCC 2013 Camp Ruach Israel Trip June 30 – July 23, 2013 Ages: Entering 10th & 11th grade Price: TBD Contact: Paige Silberfein Phone: (908) 725-6994 x207 E-mail: PSilberfein@ssbjcc.org

www.jccmaccabiisrael.o rg

Summer 2013 Teen Trip to Israel

www.jccmaccabiisrael.org Experience Israel with friends from your community. This unique life changing experience includes a comprehensivetour throughout Israel with leadership seminars, social action (Tikkun Olam) activities and more.The 2013 Israel summer adventure includes visiting and exploring Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, climbing Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, hiking, camel trekking and a traditional Bedouin meal, hanging with Israeli teens, getting to know about everyday life in the Jewish State, and much, much more!

Information session for parents and teens will be on Sunday, October 21 at 5pm.

Featuring powerful performances and lyrical imagery, The Flood is the critically acclaimed Israeli drama about the painful truth and hidden strength that binds a family together. The story is told with humor and irony through the eyes of a gifted but underdeveloped 13-year-old. Bullied by classmates and with his parents on the brink of divorce, Yoni’s Bar Mitzvah looms. His broken home life is further shaken by the unexpected return of an institutionalized autistic older brother and the revelation of long repressed secrets. Acting as the only responsible adult in the family, Yoni is left to cope with his brother’s obsessive behaviors until the two find common ground in the story of the flood and Noah’s Ark, which Yoni is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah.


STEP UP films

FOR ISRAEL

STEP UP for Israel: 5 Part Film Series Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus Discover the growing anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses.

•Thursday, October 4, 2012: 7:00pm at JCC •Tuesday, October 16, 2012: 7:30pm at Or Chadash, Flemington • Sunday, October 21, 2012: 9:30am at Chabad of Basking Ridge

Creation of a State Learn about the founding of the State of Israel and its struggle for peace and security.

•Thursday, November 1, 2012: 7:00pm at JCC •Tuesday, November 13, 2012: 7:30pm at Or Chadash, Flemington

Israel & The West Discover Israel as a democratic nation with shared Western values, and learn how the media shapes negative opinions about Israel.

•Thursday, December 6, 2012: 7:00pm at JCC •Tuesday, December 11, 2012: 7:30pm at Or Chadash, Flemington

Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties as part of the Jewish LIFE program.

•Tuesday, January 8, 2013: 7:30pm Or Chadash, Flemington •Wednesday, February 13, 2013: 7:00pm at JCC Special re-showing of Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus Geared for college-bound students and their parents, to prepare the student for the growing anti-Israel sentiment taking root on college campuses across North America.

Speak Up for Israel

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!

Learn how to speak up on Israel’s behalf.

PEACE

Israel Inside

YOU’RE THE MISSING

•Wednesday, March 13, 2013: 7:30pm at Or Chadash, Flemington •Thursday, March 14, 2013: 7:00pm at JCC Experience Israel’s dynamic, innovative, and humanitarian society.

•Wednesday, April 10, 2013: 7:30pm at Or Chadash, Flemington •Thursday, April 11, 2013: 7:00pm at JCC

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