Jewish LIFE Programs

Jewish LIFE

THE JCC IS PLEASED TO BE A FOUNDING PARTNER IN Jewish LIFE, Learning Is For Everyone, our community’s award-winning adult Jewish adult education series featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers, authors, scholars, film series as well as classes taught by local rabbis and synagogue professional staff. The JCC is pleased to host many of the Jewish LIFE special events.  Jewish LIFE is supported by the JCC, Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties and 12 area synagogues.

Jewish LIFE Mission

JEWISH LIFE, A COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNITY WIDE JEWISH ADULT 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.

What's Newish


Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM EST, from the comfort of your own home!

What’s Newish  — now in its third year —  is a current events discussion group that meets weekly via Zoom, and includes participants both from the United States and Israel. Everything is discussed, from items related to Israel and to the Jewish community. Occasionally, we have guest speakers who cover topics relating to great things that are being done in Israel, politics and scientific advances.

Prior to the Wednesday program, you will receive a newsletter of what will be discussed, a weekly Jewish joke, and the Zoom link and password for easy access to the program.

The program is facilitated by Peter Hercky and Doron Steger and meets every Wednesday.  What’s Newish is free to all!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Kopman, JCC Adult Program Director: or 908-443-9009.

Holocaust Remembrance in the Digital Age

  • Thursday, January 26
  • 7:00 PM
  • In-person at the JCC

Join Tova Friedman and her daughter, Taya for this special in-person event as we hear from Aron Goodman, Tova’s grandson, discussing the Tova-Tok he created on Tik Tok to share his grandmother’s story of survival in Auschwitz. We will hear from three generations about remembrance and the ways we can reach more people.


This is a Free, In Person Event but we do ask that you register.

Presented in Partnership with

Conquering Learning Disabilities at Any Age with Bryan Mark Rigg

Virtual Event

Register to receive the event link.

  • Wednesday, February 8
  • 7:00 PM

For anyone who yearns to succeed despite the challenges of learning disabilities or ADHD should definitely read Bryan Mark Rigg’s Conquering Learning Disabilities at Any Age.

As a child, Bryan Rigg was a menace. He was a tornado who couldn’t speak intelligibly or control his temper, and was as likely to be found on the roof as he was on the ground. Today, this boy is a man who speaks two languages and eventually got a PhD.

It’s an unsparing personal look into what actually works and what doesn’t, and how this can help teachers, parents, and others in the LD/ADHD community.

Conquering Learning Disabilities at Any Age is a blueprint for creating a life that works with our neurological differences, and not against them.

Irma Horowitz Film Series

The Ritchie Boys

Wednesday, February 15

During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit — mostly German Jewish academics — at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men are often credited with bringing an early end to the war. Some of these heroes, who are now in the eighties, are reunited in this documentary.

Discounted Member : $20.00
Fee: $25.00

Hamantaschen Bake

  • Wednesday, March 1
  • 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Discounted Member Fee: $36.00 | Fee: $40.00

Mingle, Eat, Drink, Create and Enjoy!

Snacks provided/Wine tasting provided by Tewksberry Fine Wine and Spirits.

Prepare Hamantaschen to Bake at Home.

A Special Evening with Jewish National Fund

Thursday, March 2 | 7:00 PM

Unparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic word, Jewish National Fund-USA’s Strategic vision has been and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel.  Everything we do — every project, initiative, and campaign we take on — is integral to our vision of building and connecting to our land.

More details to come.

Sponsored by George and Harriet Blank.


Why America is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable – And How We Can Stop It


Because Antisemitism didn’t end with Haman…

 • Tuesday, March 7 | 7:00 PM

Free and open to the Community

In person with Jonathan Greenblatt or via Zoom

Temple Beth-El Hillsborough
67 US Hwy 206 Hillsborough, NJ

As CEO of ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), Greenblatt has made it his personal mission to demonstrate how antisemitism, racism, and other insidious forms of intolerance can destroy a society. It Could Happen Here offers a bracing primer on how we—as individuals, as organizations, and as a society—can strike back against antisemitism and hate. Just because it could happen here, he  shows, does not mean that the unthinkable is inevitable.

Contact Lauren Edelman

Irma Horowitz Film Series

My Name is Sara

Wednesday, May 17

Sara is a a 13 year-old Polish Jew who finds refuge and is taken in by a farmer and his wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers’ marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.

Discounted Member : $20.00
Fee: $25.00

Chabad of Greater Somerset County
Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County
Chabad of Hunterdon County
Flemington Jewish Community Center
Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead
Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook
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
Temple Har Shalom, Warren
Temple Sholom, Bridgewater


$180 includes 1 Ticket with Reserved Seating for each event.


$360 includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating for each event.

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