Religions and Spirituality

JCC Continues Its Making Music Happen Program, Thanks to a Generous Grant

Singer Sharon Goldman
Laura Wetzler Credits: Carolina Kroon

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central NJ is one of 22 JCCs across North America to receive a grant from JCC Association (JCCA) of North America in honor of its 2017 Centennial Celebration. 

The gran has supported a monthly daytime program intended to connect participants with their Jewish roots through music. Genres such as klezmer, folk, jazz and tributes to Yiddish theater have been explored. 

There are two programs in July. On July 5 at 11:15 a.m., there is a tribute to Carole King, and on July 12 at 11:15 a.m., singer/songwriter Sharon Goldman presents KOL ISHA, a bold, original song journey merging Jewish imagery, myth and melodies with a modern, feminist perspective. In August, there will be a tribute to the Jewish legacy in Broadway musicals and in September, award-winning folk singer Laura Wetzler will perform.

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“We are thrilled and honored to have received a Making Music Happen grant from JCCA. This grant is allowing us to reach even more adults and expand our successful music appreciation program by funding new artists and musical programs that will engage, enrich and entertain our community,” said Jennifer Mamlet, JCC Executive Director.

“Arts help us to explain, understand and connect to our world, and they’re an integral part of what all JCCs do,” Randy Ellen Lutterman, JCCA’s VP of Arts and Culture, said. “We wanted JCCs to see how their own story fit into this beautiful, continental mosaic of the JCC Movement and we thank Marvin Pertzik for creating a way to make this happen.”

The grant is intended to enable JCCs to create music projects tailored to their community’s interests and needs and is funded by Marvin J. Pertzik, a former JCCA board member, in cooperation with the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

For information, the full Making Music Happen: The Soundtrack of Jewish Life in America schedule or to register, visit or contact Barbara Weisbart, Adult Enrichment Director, at 908-889-8800 x207 or

JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America.

The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West NJ, United Way of Greater Union County and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.

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