The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains 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 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.

The JCC will host a monthly daytime program for participants to connect with their Jewish roots through music.   Genres such as klezmer, folk, jazz and tributes to Yiddish theater will be explored.  The first program, A Land That is Free for You and Me with Fred Miller is on Tuesday, January 24 at 11:15 a.m.   Miller will give insight into Jewish songwriters who gave voice to the American dream and will perform their music.

“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.

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“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.”

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

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.