Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

The JCC of Central NJ Receives One of 22 Making Music Happen Grants

 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.

Sign Up for E-News

“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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Springfield

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office; Summit Boy Arrested

June 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

June 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Rutgers Equine Science Center Annual Summer Showcase Scheduled for July 11

June 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 am to noon  on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is open to the public and perfect for any and ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, June 18, 7:45 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Monday Morning Yoga

Health & Wellness

Mon, June 18, 9:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

June Mini-Camp at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum - ...

Education Green

Mon, June 18, 9:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

"Pre-summer" Camp at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum ...

Education Green