Jewish Life & Holiday Celebrations
Embrace Jewish life and holiday celebrations with your family and friends at the Katz JCC. We offer year round holiday celebrations that we designed for families of all ages, cultures and faiths! At the J, we hold a variety of programs centered around various Jewish holidays that include Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover as well as weekly Shabbat celebrations.
On the first Friday and Saturday of each month (September-June), our Tot Shabbat (Fridays 10:30-11:15am) and Shabbat Shabang (Saturdays 11am-12:15pm) celebrations are a great way for families with young children to spend time together, meet new friends and celebrate Shabbat. Both programs are free and open to the community.
Our older adults celebrate Shabbat every Friday at noon during our Adult Meal Program. Each celebration includes lighting of the candles and songs followed by a delicious traditional kosher Shabbat meal.
(Currently, our Shabbat programs are on hiatus due to facility restrictions caused by COVID-19)
Every year we hold an event the entire community is welcome to attend. We’ve had a Make It, Take It, Fry It, Try It event, that took place in December. We’ve been a part of a drive through menorah parade and last year we hosted the Great Chanukah Happening. Plans for a fun and festive Chanukah event for 2022 are underway and we’ll update you as soon as the details are finalized.
Celebrate Sukkot with us! When the holiday arrives, each year we build and decorate a beautiful Sukkah. Make walking through our modified and safe JCC Sukkah an annual tradition for your family.
Jewish traditions, values and culture are infused into everyday life at the J from infants to older adults. On a Friday morning you might see our Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center students and teachers enjoying Shabbat songs together in the lobby, during Chanukah you can join us for our menorah lighting each night, purchase a challah during our challah sale for your next Shabbat dinner or enjoy a special holiday treat!
Appel Art Gallery
Located in the heart of the Katz JCC, the Appel Art Gallery showcases the artwork of local and nationally recognized artists whose works center around Jewish spiritual, cultural, and historical themes. Exhibits rotate throughout the year and include mediums such as photography, jewelry, sculpture, painting, and textiles.
For more information about the Appel Art Galley, please contact Rachel Mitton firstname.lastname@example.org or call (856) 424-4444 x1235.
The Katz JCC is proud to present Music at the J:
A Chamber Music Series
Classical music will come to South Jersey to soothe and enrich our souls. Chamber music is comprised of a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as “the music of friends”.
We are pleased to partner with Michael Ludwig and Rachael Ludwig of the Philly Pops, who will lead the series that is part of our 25th Anniversary celebration. The Ludwigs will direct the series, create the concert programs, and invite distinguished artists to perform.
Roxborough Orchestra Performance
Sunday, April 24 • 3-5pm – Katz JCC Social Hall
The performance, led by Concertmaster Michael Ludwig of the Philly Pops, will feature the Roxborough Orchestra and performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Alexander Kerr and Meredith Kufchak and will feature the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. This performance is the preview event of the JCC’s upcoming six-part music series.
Event Sponsored by Sue and Eric Baelen
Additional Support Provided by Elyse and Andrew Mulberg
Cost: $18/student, $20/members, $25/guests
More about the event:
The Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, written by Mozart in 1779, is scored in three movements for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns and strings. It is considered to be Mozart’s most successful realization of a cross-over genre between symphony and concerto.
Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. A highly sought-after soloist, he has performed on four continents, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as Sir Georg Solti, John Williams, and JoAnn Falletta, among others. He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. Michael Ludwig is the Music Director of the Roxborough Orchestra, a position he has held since 2015. Michael has served as Artist-in-Residence Professor of Violin at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music as well as Adjunct Professor of Music (Violin) at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Additionally, he has served as Assistant to the Music Director at Drexel University. Michael was a member of the jury for the 2017 HKIVS Shlomo Mintz International Violin Competition and gave master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He has frequently served as an adjudicator for the Philadelphia Young Artists Concerto Competition, as well.
Meredith Kufchak joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2019. Prior to her move to Dallas, she spent one season as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She completed her undergraduate studies in viola performance at Rice University, where she studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff at the Shepherd School of Music. Ms. Kufchak received her Master’s degree in chamber music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Kufchak also holds an artist diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, where she studied with San Francisco Symphony violist Matthew Young. While living in the Bay Area, she held positions with the Fresno Philharmonic as principal viola, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Kufchak has made appearances at festivals including Yellow Barn, Sun Valley Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.
Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and in September 2011, he assumed his role as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Sanders Memorial Library
The Katz JCC is home the Sanders Memorial Library, the only Jewish library open to everyone in the South Jersey community. Our up-to-date book collection spans a variety of genres, DVDs, audio books, CDs, large print books and Kindles! Whether you are looking for an occasional new read or a gift for a book lover, we hold quarterly used book sales where all books are discounted at a great price.
The Library is open Tuesday – Thursday, 10am-2pm.
Web Access to the Library Catalog
You can access the catalog from any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone to see the treasures of the Sanders Memorial Library. Choose your title(s) and send an email to email@example.com to put a hold on your selected item(s). Please include your name and the name of the book(s) or dvd(s) that you have chosen. Wait for a reply from the librarian and then stop in the library and check out your item(s). Search our collection 24/7. No login required
Support the Library
Honor a loved one by dedicating a book for everyone to enjoy while supporting the Sanders Memorial Library. The donor will receive a bookplate to be inscribed in a book of their choosing. Find out more information about our Bookplate and Literacy League endowment fund today!
A program of the Saltzman Foundation Life Long Learning Institute
Our book club occurs every 6 weeks. The book club choice is always available in the Sanders Memorial Library for members of the JCC and/or the Sanders Memorial Library.
NEW Book Club Event, The Matzah Ball
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 1, 1:30-3pm / COST: FREE to JCC Members, $10 Guest
Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.Amazon)But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy—Jacob Greenberg. Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah—and Jacob—in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze. (
If you have any questions or want to learn more about supporting the Sanders Memorial Library, please contact Irene Afek, Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org call (856) 424-4444 x1259.