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Learning is a lifelong journey at our Saltzman Foundation Life Long Learning Institute and the cornerstone of the Katz JCC’s Adult Department.  Our diverse selection of adult education courses offered each month ensures there is something for everyone to discover the joy in learning.  We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes, both in person and virtually, to fit your lifestyle.  This program is made up of three key components, each offering classes meant to engage you:

Looking for more information or need help registering for a class? Contact Hanna DiMassimo hdimassimo@jfedsnj.org and Sarah Sellers ssellers@jfedsnj.org

February 2024 Classes

History’s Mysteries of American Presidents

2 Mondays • 10:30am-11:30am February 5 & 12

JCC Member – 15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Herb Kaufman

Much of presidential history is kept secret, made up of political creations, and rarely examined. Many of these stories and legends have seeped into the story of American history and are repeated as facts in schools, history books, and on televised history programs. But are these stories actually true, or are they American folklore distorted or altered to provide a more interesting account? This program delves into the mysterious catacombs of history and brings forward many unusual and often controversial incidents and events, including secret operations, attempted assassinations, folktales, presidential mythology, curiosities, and unusual personal histories of our American presidents.

 

Mental Aerobics

2 Mondays • 2:00pm-3:15pm February 5 & 12

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Mark Pinzur

Many studies have shown the importance of solving puzzles daily for maintaining a healthy brain. Come have fun learning how to solve various types of puzzles (including crosswords, cryptograms, acrostics, cryptics, sudoku, rebuses, and logic puzzles). The emphasis will be on strategies for improving your skill at crossword puzzles. Your mind will thank you for it!

 

Major Film Franchises – The Music

2 Tuesdays • 2:00pm-3:15pm February 6 & 20

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Ira Miller

Critics believe that successful film franchises are built on the strength of their characters. While that may be true, memorable musical themes play an important role in connecting one film to another and in keeping characters memorable. Each installment of Major Film Franchises – The Music will look at a different well-known film franchise with a focus on the music and composer. Some of the sessions planned include 007 – The Bond Franchise; The Godfather films; Jerry Goldsmith and the Planet of the Apes; Avatar; Middle-earth; Welcome to Jurassic Park; Rambo; Aliens; Star Trek; Star Wars; and Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

The Biblical Art of Marc Chagall

4 Tuesdays • 10:30am-11:45am February 13, 20, 27, & March 5

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Sarah Rosenson

There is a museum in Nice, France, devoted exclusively to paintings of biblical scenes by the Jewish painter Marc Chagall. In this foursession interactive class, we will discuss Chagall’s biography, read and discuss the text of the Bible stories he depicted, closely examine his wonderful paintings, and sometimes compare them to works by other artists.

 

How Politics Work: National & International Political Hot Topics

2 Wednesdays • 1:30pm-2:45pm February 14 & 28

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Dr. Bill Rosenberg

We will explore and discuss some of the nation’s and world’s hot political topics with Dr. Bill Rosenberg.

 

Justice Around the World

5 Thursdays • 11:00am-12:15pm February 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Harriet Hendel

It is often said that our criminal justice system is broken. How does it compare to other countries around the world? We will study approaches to criminal justice in several other countries through films, segments on “60 Minutes”, clips from YouTube, and scholarly research articles. Connecticut has implemented ideas from prisons in Norway and Germany and created progressive programs in 2 of its maximum-security facilities. These new approaches were done in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Let’s discuss the alternatives to our justice system. Bring your questions and your thoughts to this interactive class. Harriet Hendel served on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project of Florida for 6 years. She has her own podcast called “Pursuing Justice,” where she interviews professors of law, current authors, exonerees, and directors of various innocence organizations.

 

Musical Keyboard

4 Thursdays • 10:45am-11:30am February 8,15, 22, & 29

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Gerry Lomsky

Back by popular demand! Learn a new life-long hobby and have fun! We will work with 61-key musical keyboards and start at a beginner level. By concentrating on basics, we will enjoy playing easy, wonderful melodies. The course will be taught by Gerry Lomsky, formerly of Haddonfield Public Schools and Pioneer Academy of Cherry Hill.

 

Introduction to Mah Jongg

4 Thursdays • 1:00pm-3:00pm February 8,15,22, & 29

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Bernadette Hennessy May

If you are either a total beginner or have a bit of Mah Jongg knowledge, but need a more supervised practice, this class is for you! In this friendly and relaxed class, Bernadette will teach and improve your mah jongg skills while you meet other players.

 

The Jukebox Musical

4 Thursdays • 1:30pm-2:45pm February 8,15,22, & 29

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Leila Joffe

This 10-week course will take a very in-depth look at the Jukebox Musical. The Jukebox musical is a musical with well-known songs as opposed to original music composed for the show. Some of the musicals we will delve into are Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Moulin Rouge, Beautiful, Tina, Motown the Musical, On Your Feet, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, And Juliet and Summer.

 

Russia and Its Neighbors

2 Fridays • 10:00am-11:15am February 16 & 23

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Judy Okun

The name “Russia” conveys many images—Tundra, Communism, Tsars, Mongols, Siberia—to name just a few. The class will examine this vast region through a geographic and historical lens, delving into its dramatic and often turbulent past and present, while also situating Russia in relation to its neighbors, particularly Ukraine, Central Asia, and China.

 

March 2024 Classes

Witness to War: Women of the Civil War Era

Date: March 4 10:30am-11:30am

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Herb Kaufman

In 1861, the Civil War brought new challenges to the women of the United States. Women of this era were expected to devote their lives to creating a clean, comfortable, nurturing home for their husbands and children. With the war, American women turned their attention to the world outside the home. Thousands of women in the North and South signed up to work as nurses, worked in factories making munitions, and became spies. It was the first time in American history that women played a significant role in a war effort. There are numerous books and presentations that focus solely on the female spies of both the Union and the Confederacy, as if no other women of interest existed. In this presentation, we open the dusty vaults of history to reveal the true stories and lives of many important but often forgotten women who played a significant role in the history of the Civil War.

 

Mental Aerobics

2 Mondays • 2:00pm-3:15pm March 4 & 11

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Mark Pinzur

Many studies have shown the importance of solving puzzles daily for maintaining a healthy brain. Come have fun learning how to solve various types of puzzles (including crosswords, cryptograms, acrostics, cryptics, sudoku, rebuses, and logic puzzles). The emphasis will be on strategies for improving your skill at crossword puzzles. Your mind will thank you for it!

 

The Victorian Woman: Life and Culture

Date: March 18 Time: 10:30am-11:30am

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Herb Kaufman

This program explores the daily lives of women during the mid-Victorian era of the 1860’s. The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign, from June 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. The Victorian era seems like another world to us. The one thing that was different was the place of women in society. There were of course perceptive women of independent original thought, but for the huge majority life was easier if they accepted that a woman’s place was in the home. Photography was a new invention and fashions included hoop skirts, crinolines, and hair jewelry. The story of the Victorian woman is presented through the presentation of original clothing, photographs, magazines and home implements of the period.

 

Major Film Franchises – The Music

2 Tuesdays • 2:00pm-3:15pm March 5 & 19

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

Register Here

Instructor: Ira Miller

Critics believe that successful film franchises are built on the strength of their characters. While that may be true, memorable musical themes play an important role in connecting one film to another and in keeping characters memorable. Each installment of Major Film Franchises – The Music will look at a different well-known film franchise with a focus on the music and composer. Some of the sessions planned include 007 – The Bond Franchise; The Godfather films; Jerry Goldsmith and the Planet of the Apes; Avatar; Middle-earth; Welcome to Jurassic Park; Rambo; Aliens; Star Trek; Star Wars; and Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

Structural Issues in American Government

3 Tuesdays • 10:30am-11:45am March 12, 19, & 26

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Sarah Rosenson

The House of Representatives is supposed to be representative of the population, but is it? Should there be a more rigorous code of ethics for the Supreme Court? Should there be a mandatory retirement age for the President, Senators, and Representatives? Come share your views in this threesession interactive discussion class.

 

Still-Life Painting

4 Wednesdays • 9:30am-Noon March 6, 13, 20, & 27

JCC Member – $25/per class Guest – $35/per class *additional $70 for materials/ supplies that you will be allowed to keep*

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Instructor: Phyllis Rosenberg

Join our friendly educational stilllife course in painting in either oil paint or acrylic, your choice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, everyone will be shown techniques to get to their artwork’s next skill level. You will be taught classic methods of painting that will give you a firm basis for developing your own style. Short demonstrations will make learning easy. Individual attention will be given to guide each person. Come ready to start on the first day. Bring your own supplies or pay a materials fee for supplies that you keep.

 

Great Jewish Movies

4 Wednesdays • 9:30am-Noon March 6, 13, 20, & 27

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Irv Slifkin

The cinematic universe has given us many rich portraits of Jewish life and Jewish living over the years. In this series, we’ll explore the unique perspectives filmmakers have had on Jewish subjects and behavior over different periods of time. The course is led by Irv Slifkin, professor of Journalism at Temple University.

March 6: Crossing Delancey (1988) w/Amy Irving, Peter Reigert; directed by Joan Micklin Silver

March 13: Radio Days (1987) w/Mia Farrow, Danny Aiello; directed by Woody Allen

March 20: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) w/Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid; directed by Ted Kotcheff

March 27: An American Pickle (2020) w/ Seth Rogan, Sarah Snook; directed by Brandon Trost

 

Pickleball 101

2 Wednesdays March 6: 10:30am-11:30am (Classroom session to learn the basics and watch others on the court.) March 13: Noon-1:00pm (Your chance to practice on the court.)

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Avi Yehuda

Join us for this special, 2-week class! Come learn the fundamentals of pickleball in session one and get on the courts to have fun in session two. Participants must feel comfortable moving around on the court, forward, backwards, and laterally 2 to 3 steps. Limited spots available, first come, first served! *All equipment will be provided. Please wear sneakers.

 

How Politics Work: National & International Political Hot Topics

2 Wednesdays • 1:30pm-2:45pm March 13 & 20

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

Register Here

Instructor: Dr. Bill Rosenberg

We will explore and discuss some of the nations and world’s hot political topics with Dr. Bill Rosenberg.

 

Musical Keyboard

4 Thursdays • 10:45am-11:30am March 7, 14, 21, & 28

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

Register Here

Instructor: Gerry Lomsky

Back by popular demand! Learn a new life-long hobby and have fun! We will work with 61-key musical keyboards and start at a beginner level. By concentrating on basics, we will enjoy playing easy, wonderful melodies. The course will be taught by Gerry Lomsky, formerly of Haddonfield Public Schools and Pioneer Academy of Cherry Hill.

 

The Jukebox Musical

3 Thursdays • 1:30pm -2:45pm March 14, 21, & 28

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

Register Here

Instructor: Leila Joffe

This 10-week course will take a very in-depth look at the Jukebox Musical. The Jukebox musical is a musical with well-known songs as opposed to original music composed for the show. Some of the musicals we will delve into are Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Moulin Rouge, Beautiful, Tina, Motown the Musical, On Your Feet, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, And Juliet and Summer.

 

Canasta Strategies & Special Hands

3 Thursdays • 1:00pm-3:00pm March 14, 21, 28

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Bernadette Hennessy May

Do you know how to play canasta and want to improve your play and enjoyment? This four-week course will cover topics including 5-card and 3-card rules, signaling sevens, using special hands, and more. Each week a new concept will be introduced, and then it is off to the tables to play, enjoy, and improve our canasta game.

 

Exploring China

2 Fridays • 10:00am-11:15am March 22 & 29

JCC Member – $15/per class Guest – $20/per class

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Instructor: Judy Okun

The name “China” conveys many images — the Great Wall, Mao Zedong, the One-Child Policy, Mongols, the Belt and Road Initiative — to name just a few. This class will examine this vast region through a geographic, geopolitical, and historical lens, delving into its fascinating past and present while also situating China in relation to its neighbors, particularly Russia, Central Asia, North Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India.

 

 

Virtual Class Opportunities

  1. JCC of Central New Jersey | Adult Enrichment (jccnj.org)
  2. One Day University (ODU), Use code katzjcc when enrolling
  3. National JCC Alliance and Partnerships with other JCCs
  • In-person class registration is per individual, and virtual class registration is per household.

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