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Nothing says Christmas like egg rolls, fried rice and Lo Mein!

Nothing says Christmas like egg rolls, fried rice and Lo Mein. The Katz JCC will host its 5th annual evening of Latkes, Lo Mein and Laughter featuring comedians, Michelle Tomko and Dr. Jeff on December 25 at 6:00pm.

December 25 Event

Back by popular demand after a hilarious evening last year, Michelle Tomko will once again create a night of laughter at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC. Tomko is the recipient of Atlantic City Weekly Nightlife Awards for “Best Comedian” in 2016 & 2017. She has performed everywhere from The Loony Bin in Tulsa Oklahoma to Seashore Gardens in Galloway. Her work has been seen on TMZ, WOND, NPR’s ‘It’s Only a Game’ and The City Pulse. She has appeared at Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s, The Comedy Stop, Butch Bradley’s Comedy Hideaway, Stockton University, Resorts, The Golden Nugget, Tropicana, Taj Mahal and Showboat. There’s something for everybody as her comedy is a mixed bag of pets, people, politics and living at the shore.

Opening for Tomko will be Dr. Jeff, a hilarious Baby Boomer who grew up in Philadelphia and is a resident of both Southern Florida and Margate.  His humor appeals to his fellow Baby Boomers – and their parents who are lucky enough to be currently living in Florida.  If you have Philly roots or just enjoy great humor from the heart, you’ll be sure to enjoy his shtick.

The Jewish tradition of eating delicious Glatt Kosher Chinese food grew out of a past when all restaurants were closed on Christmas day except for Chinese restaurants.

The early bird cost is only $20 for JCC Members and $25 for guest now through December 21.  After December 21, the date increases to $25 for JCC Members and $36 for guests.  Spaces are limited.  Call or email today to reserve your spot at 609-822-1167 or email Josh Cutler at jcutler@jccatlantic.org.

Don’t ohm alone! New Parent & Tot Yoga Class

Don’t ohm alone.

Parent & Tot Yoga FREE to members.

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NEW Parent & Tot* Yoga
Group Fitness Class
Beginning Tuesday, November 14
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
*6 months to 3 years of age.

Schools’ Out Mini Camp

School’s Out Mini Camp

Winter Break Camp

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Tuesday – Friday, December 26 – 29

PLUS SPECIAL DAY TRIP!
Included Thursday, December 28th
Get Air Trampoline Park in Mays Landing

9:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

When school is out the JCC is the place to be!

Campers in grades K – 4 will enjoy fun filled days packed with awesome activities including swim, sports, art, nature, yoga and more!

Individual Day Booked by 12/20:  $36 Member / $54 Guest
Individual Day Booked after 12/20: $45 Member / $65 Guest

ALL Four Days Booked by 12/20: $124 Member / $196 Guest
ALL Four Days Booked after 12/20: $160 Member / $240 Guest

AM care (7:30 – 9:00 AM) and PM Care (4:00 – 6:00 PM) are available for an additional cost of $10 per camper/session.

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The Holtzman Gallery at the JCC

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Upscale fine art galleries, located in Margate City in Southern New Jersey. The galleries exhibit work from local, national and international artists. You will find sculpture, paintings, limited edition prints and 3-D art that is perfect for home or corporate display.

The Gallery is open to the public daily and features various artists each month.
Monday – Thursday – 5:30AM to 10PM
Friday – 5:30AM to 6PM
Saturday – 6AM to 5PM
Sunday – 6AM to 5PM
Monday: 10AM to 3:00PM

The gallery is dedicated to the memory of Alex Holtzman, the gallery owner’s, David Holtzman’s late father. Alex G. Holtzman was an avid painter and art collector who inspired his son to pursue a successful career in the arts.

“The Galleries are for you Dad, as you are painting up there and looking down on all of us.”
– David Holtzman

Drawing Against Oblivion Exhibit & Special Event with Artist MANFRED BOCKELMANN

Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center and Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University Present Drawing Against Oblivion

This art exhibit features charcoal portraits of children who were victims during the
Holocaust. Many of the portraits that will be on display at the JCC in Margate are linked
to Holocaust survivors and their families from Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland
Counties. The artist, Manfred Bockelmann, explains: “I want to get these children out of
the darkness, and I will continue to draw my portraits as long as I can.”

October 18 – November 6, 2017 Free and Open to the Public
at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402.
SPECIAL EVENTS:
October 19 – November 6
• Docent-led tours for school groups (grades 5 – 12 and college).
For school groups and reservations: 609-652-4699 or Gail.Rosenthal@stockton.edu Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
• Viewing of the award-winning documentary film, Drawing against Oblivion, followed by a discussion with Manfred Bockelmann and Dr. Marion Hussong.
• Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
• For NJ Educators: 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Monday, October 30 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Free seminar for Educators (grades 5 – 12 and college) with a guided tour of the exhibit.
For reservations: 609-652-4699 or Gail.Rosenthal@stockton.edu

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Boathouse Row Meet Author Dotty Brown

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Thursday, August 24

With slides and stories, author Dotty Brown reveals the surprising history of Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, N.J.
on THURS. AUG. 24 at 7 P.M.
Free. RSVP: 609-822-1167 x 0

Sugar Ray Leonard to Become ‘Main Event’ at the Katz JCC’s Sports Night

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Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympian and boxing world champion will be the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Jackie & Hank Herskowitz Sports Night fundraising event on Thursday, August 17 from 7 to 10pm at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, NJ.

One of the most enthralling sports figures of our time, Sugar Ray Leonard faced the difficulties of life head-on and then swept them aside. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred because of his father’s illness. During his twenty-year professional career, Leonard also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions. He was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes, a record that stands to this day.

“We’re extremely honored to have Sugar Ray Leonard here with us at our Annual Sports Night,” said Chairman of the Katz JCC Sports Night fundraising event, Jeff Herskowitz.  “Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion.”

Sugar Ray Leonard will share his story, presenting a portrait of strength, courage and resilience, in and out of the ring. He’ll make a powerful case for his principles of success to making dreams come true, staying at the top and dealing with change.

The event has been named after the late Jackie & Hank Herskowitz of Margate whose philanthropy helped so many. Their philanthropic legacy will continue with the Third Annual Jackie & Hank Herskowitz Sports Night fundraising event, which raises money for its scholarship fund to further its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

General Admission for Sports Night is one ticket for $200 or two tickets for $375. Ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are available and include a VIP Meet and Greet with Sugar Ray Leonard during the reception.

 

“Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean” Exhibition Featured at Katz JCC

“Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean”

Exhibition Featured at Katz JCC

Reception and Book Talk with photographer Wyatt Gallery July 11

Margate, NJ (June 6, 2017) –  “Jewish Treasures of The Caribbean” is on display from July 5 – July 28 and features photographs of the oldest Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere, surprisingly located in the Caribbean, as seen through the lens of award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery.

The traveling exhibition features more than three dozen framed photographs from the recently published book of the same title that “captures the little-known history of the Jews of the Caribbean, as seen through remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Eustatius, St. Thomas, and Suriname,” according to Gallery. “These Jewish communities date back to the mid-1600s and are home to the first synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere.”

“Once home to the most powerful and prosperous Jewish enclaves in the Americas, these communities have significantly dwindled and only five historic synagogues remain in use today,” according to the exhibit website. “Many cemeteries with ornate gravestones carved by gifted masons reveal the ravaging effects of natural disasters, neglect, pollution, and vandalism.”

“The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of the need for preservation of these little-known historic sites of the legacy of Judaism.” Says the Philadelphia-born Gallery — whose tagline is “A person, not a place.”

“While photographing the devastation after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, I realized that a similar fate could happen to any of these historic synagogues at any time,” said Gallery, who is based in New York City.

Gallery’s exhaustive survey of these remarkable sacred sites is published for the first time in “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean” (Schiffer, 2017). The book presents more than 200 exquisite color images along with comprehensive texts that together tell the fascinating and little-known history of the earliest Jewish communities to settle in the Americas.

One scene captured in the exhibit is of tallits, or Jewish prayer shawls. Another highlights a cemetery from the 1700s on a cloudy day, and yet another shows a more densely populated cemetery from the 1600s. Some photos take you inside the synagogues to see the Sephardic architectural design and others explore ruins from the past.

Gallery first discovered one of the sites that comprise “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean” while heading to Aruba on assignment with the New York Times. He was living in Trinidad at the time, and en route to Aruba he stopped over at Curaçao and was surprised to stumble on the oldest synagogue in the Americas.

The Times continued to send him to various islands in the Caribbean photographing travel stories, “and coincidentally I was sent to locations that were home to more of these historic synagogues,” he said.

A special reception and book talk with Wyatt Gallery will be on Tuesday, July 11 6-8pm at Katz JCC.

The month long exhibit is open during the JCC’s normal operation hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30am – 10:00pm; Friday, 5:30am – 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 7:00am – 5:00pm. Katz JCC is located at 501 N Jerome Avenue Margate, NJ 08402.

Wyatt Gallery, a native of Philadelphia and past adjunct-professor at the University of Pennsylvania, received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of The Arts in 1997 and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the PDN 30, and the ICP Infinity Award. He has published four books and his photographs are in numerous public and private collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, American Express, and Comcast.  His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker and featured in Esquire, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, and Oprah’s OWN Network, amongst others.

Gallery’s past books Tent Life: Haiti and #SANDY have successfully raised over $60,000 to support communities affected by natural disasters. Wyatt is represented by Foley Gallery and Redux Pictures in New York City.

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, visit www.jccatlantic.org. For more information about “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean,” contact Katz JCC Special Events Coordinator, Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 ext. 159.

Barks at the Beach: Pet Fair & Doggie Dash!

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June 30, 2017

Spend the day with your pet and enjoy related events for both you and your favorite furbaby! Join us for Barks at the Beach: 1st Annual Pet Fair & Doggie Dash on Friday, June 30th 2017 10am-1pm.

Stop by the free outdoor Pet Festival at the JCC in Margate with your favorite buddy to learn something new from some of the biggest pet services and businesses in the area or join in on one of the fun, hilarious pet activities, contests and games! Did someone say obstacle course?!

Walk, jog or run in the Doggie Dash on a designated path in the beautiful, quaint shore town of Margate with plenty of water stops along the way. Lots of prizes and giveaways for all! Only $20 for each dog & human combo and $10 for any additional dog. Doggie Dash registration is at 10am and dash starts at 10:30am.

Online Registration

Doggie Dash Registration & Waiver

Barks at the Beach is a pet and family friendly event bringing together community resources, corporate partners and animal lovers alike. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Humane Society of Ocean City.

For questions and/or sponsorship/vendor information, contact Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 ext. 159 or mvola@jccatlantic.org.

Download the sponsorship and vendor information Barks at the Beach Sponsorship Levels.

2017 Summer Series

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Series tickets available February 1.
Individual tickets available February 21.

Purchase Tickets Online

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Tickets are also available at the Welcome Desk in the JCC Lobby
or by calling 
609.822.1167 Ext. 0.

Series Savings

Series Savings Enjoy all the shows this summer by purchasing the Summer Series or the Expanded Summer Series. By purchasing either series, you will reserve the same seat for every show.

To learn more call 609.822.1167

Summer Series Ticket

The 2017 Summer Series ticket includes The Edwards Twins, Robert Klein, Jessica Kirson, and Billy Stritch & Friends

Expanded Summer Series Ticket

The 2017 Summer Series ticket includes The Edwards Twins, Robert Klein, Jessica Kirson, Billy Stritch & Friends PLUS Bobby Collins.


About the Shows

Edwards Twins

The Edwards Twins

July 6 | 7:00 pm

Identical twins Eddie and Anthony Edwards may look alike offstage, but onstage they transform into some of your favorite celebrities from Barbra Streisand to Elton John. Named the #1 impersonation show in the country by newspapers and TV alike the unforgettable night of impersonations was featured in a main story on NBC’s Today Show with rave reviews. Eddie has been making people laugh and cheer with his spot-on performances of the biggest divas in the business and Anthony expertly performs over 75 characters from Neil Diamond to Lionel Richie.  People Magazine remarked that “to witness Mr. Edwards recreate these superstars is simply a miracle!”


Robert Klein

Robert Klein

July 27 | 7:00 pm

For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television and in film.  He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for “Best Comedy Album of the Year” and Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. He has gone on to do nine one-man shows for HBO and received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2001 for Robert Klein: “Child in His 50’s.” Recently, Klein appeared on CBS’s “Madame Secretary” starring Tea Leoni and is also the subject of a new documentary, “Robert Klein: Still Can’t Stop His Leg,” for the Weinstein Company.


Jessica Kirson

Jessica Kirson

August 3 | 7:00 pm

Jessica Kirson’s unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. She was awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for “Best Standup Comedian” in NYC. Jessica has been featured on various television shows including Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Fresh Faces,” Nickelodeon’s “Sixth in the Suburbs,” Noggin’s “LOL,” VH1’s “Awesomely Bad,” Oxygen’s premier game show “Can You Tell?,” Bravo’s “The Great Things About Being and many others.


Billy Stritch and Friends

Billy Stritch & Friends

August 10 | 7:00 pm

Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza, Billy was recently invited to join the legendary Tony Bennet as his pianist and musical director.  Billy’s most recent Broadway credit was as musical supervisor and pianist for the Tony Award-winning musical event Liza’s at the Palace.  He has been named “Musical Director of the Year” by readers of Broadway World for 2014 and 2012.


Bobby CollinsExpanded Series Show
Bobby Collins

July 20 | 7:00 pm

Comedian Bobby Collins has an ability to truthfully translate the human condition. Through precise physical timing and impeccable audience insight, he has honed his talents while performing from hole in the wall clubs to sold out theaters. His true dedication to his craft is what keeps his vibrant shows consistently sold out. Bobby has toured with titans of entertainment like Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julio Iglesias and Dolly Parton. As a professional stand-up comedian, he’s worked alongside Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Drew Carey, as well as many others. Bobby currently has 5 CDs, 3 DVDs and a new special.


Series tickets available February 1.
Individual tickets available February 21.

Purchase Tickets Online

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Tickets are also available at the Welcome Desk in the JCC Lobby
or by calling 609.822.1167 Ext. 0.