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The Magnificent Cities of Eastern Europe

November 4 – 18, 2017

Join us on an amazing exploration of Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, Auschwitz, Krakow and Helsink.  The perfectly planned tour includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair wide-body jet
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra- Europe ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guides

Early Bird Travel Costs: Only $3099 per person with airfare!

Travel Itinerary: 
2 Nights in Warsaw
2 Nights in Krakow
3 Nights in Budapest
3 Nights in Vienna
3 Nights in Prage
1 Night in Helsinki

Day 1 –Saturday, November 4  Depart USA –
Your fascinating Eastern European tours begin this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw.

Day 2 – Sunday, November 5,  Arrive Warsaw (Poland) –
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s capital and cultural center. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located deluxe hotel. Join us for a welcome dinner and briefing from the tour director.
Sofitel Victoria Hotel (D)

Day 3– Monday, November 6,  Warsaw –
Learn about Warsaw’s rich history on a morning tour in the Old Town with its colorful market square. Drive along the Royal Route lined with beautiful palaces and famous statues. Learn about many
historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Afternoon at leisure to explore Warsaw.
Sofitel Victoria Hotel (B)

Day 4– Tuesday, November 7, Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow  –
Drive southbound to Czestochowa where you’ll visit the magnificent 14th century monastery at
Jasna Gora. This afternoon, an important visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a
museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, we arrive in Krakow for a sumptuous dinner.
Mercure Krakow Old Town Hotel (B,D)

Day 5 – Wednesday, November 8,  Krakow –
On this morning’s tour, see the Royal Wawel Castle and the Market Square. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this charming and colorful town on your own or opt to visit Krakow synagogues.  Mercure Krakow Old Town Hotel (B)

Day 6– Thursday, November 9, Krakow/Budapest (Hungary) –
Enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia, down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Dinner tonight at your hotel in the heart of the city.
Radisson Blu Beke (B,D)

Day 7– Friday, November 10, Budapest
On your morning tour of Budapest your guide will introduce you to the history and sights of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion located on Castle Hill. You’ll also see the beautiful Citadel on Mount Gellert. Afternoon at leisure along the Danube or visit the Jewish quarter of Budapest. Radisson Blu Beke (B)

Day 8– Saturday, November 11 Danube Bend Excursion –
Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre, a real gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend region. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to Budapest.
Radisson Blu Beke (B)

Day 9– Sunday, November 12, Budapest/Vienna (Austria) –
Cross into Austria and drive to splendid Vienna. Experience the city’s glorious past on a panoramic tour taking you past Hofburg Palace and many masterpieces of Gothic architecture.
Park Royal Palace Hotel (B,D)

Day 10– Monday, November 13 Vienna –
A full day at leisure to explore on your own and relax in a charming Viennese café or explore Vienna’s historic Jewish quarter. A must see is the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace.
Park Royal Palace Hotel (B)

Day 11– Tuesday, November 14 Vienna/Prague (Czech Republic). –
Journey across the Czech border through rich farmlands to Moravia. Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
Occidental Praha Five (B)

Day 12– Wednesday, November 15, Prague –
On this morning’s tour, visit the impressive Hradcany Castle and the Old Royal Palace.  See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town.  Optional afternoon visit and tour of
Terezin Concentration Camp.
Occidental Praha Five (B)

Day 13– Thursday, November 16 Prague –
In the morning explore Prague’s fascinating Jewish Quarter, its many synagogues, memorials and museums.  Afternoon is yours to relax, enjoy one of Prague’s many cafes, or shop at the market. Tonight, celebrate at a festive dinner.
Occidental Praha Five (B, D)

Day 14– Friday, November 17 Prague/Helsinki (Finland) –
After breakfast, bid farewell to the glorious cities of Eastern Europe and board a short flight to Helsinki, the charming capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. Orientation tour is included on arrival.
Scandic Hotel (B)

Day 15– Saturday, November 18 – Helsinki/New York –
Enjoy your leisure morning in Helsinki to explore on your own or try a real Finnish sauna! Later, transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the USA. Your exciting Eastern European tours end as you touch down in New York. (B)

Travel Costs:

$3,099 Per Person Including Round – Trip Airfare from JFK International Airport

Cost based on double occupancy when registering with $300 deposit before May 1, 2017.

After May 1 Travel Cost: 

$3,299 Per Person Including Round – Trip Airfare from JFK International Airport. Single supplement is $599.

2017 Summer Series

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

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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

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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 CD’s, 3 DVD’s and a new special.


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

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Leo B. Schoffer, Founder of Schoffer Enterprises, To Receive the Katz JCC Community Leadership Award

Aerial views of Atlantic City, New Jersey.. Photographs © 2012 Bob Krist.. www.bobkrist.com

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Leo B. Schoffer, Founder of Schoffer Enterprises will be recognized for his contributions and leadership in the local and regional communities during the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center 2017 Annual Gala on May 6th from 7 pm to 11 pm at (Location TBD).

“Leo has made a major difference in the lives of so many through his leadership in our local Atlantic City community, the Jewish community and as a member of the Stockton and Rutgers University Board of Directors,” said Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer, Jack I. Fox.

He is the Founder of Schoffer Enterprises, specializing in industrial and commercial real estate development. Projects by Schoffer Enterprises include over one million square feet of space and have serviced many of the casino projects in Atlantic City.

He has been active in many community organizations over the years and has served as a member of the Stockton’s Board of Trustees, Rutgers University Board of Overseers, President and Chairman of the Board of Congregation Beth Judah, Chairman of the Margate City Citizens Long Term Planning Committee, Chairman of the Egg Harbor Township Economic Development Commission, President of the Atlantic City High School Athletic Hall of Fame Association, Vice President and Campaign Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic County and as a Board Member of various other institutions.

“It is exciting to recognize Leo for all of his community work,” said Gala Event Chairman and JCC President, Marc Neumann.  “Leo is a leader that leads by example and is an inspiration to everyone working with him,” Neumann added.

The Katz JCC Annual Gala is presented as an opportunity for the organization to recognize individuals who have had a positive community impact and to celebrate their business, political, philanthropic and personal achievements. In turn, the event helps the Katz JCC raise funds 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 lives.

Tickets for the Gala are $200. Sponsorship and tribute book ads are available.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, visit www.jccatlantic.org. For Gala sponsorship or ticket information, contact Katz JCC Special Events Coordinator, Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 Ext. 159.

Comedy & Cocktails

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March 18, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Hosted By Gary Hill & John Schultz at Casa Del Cielo
1616 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City
Join us for an evening of Comedy, Cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

RSVP by March 8
For more information in tickets and sponsorship contact Melissa Vola at 609.822.1167.

Featuring Comedians

_W_wilsonD300cropBilly Garan began his career performing stand-up at Catch A Rising Star in New York City. He expanded his career by joining a comedy troupe called Funny Business which toured hundreds of colleges throughout the country. Billy’s staggering list of impressions is demonstrated in his Hollywood High routine where he plays all the characters in a classroom of celebrity students, ranging from Truman Capote to Sylvester Stallone.

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Dan Wilson is one of those breezy, gentle types that will hit you like a building collapsing if you’re not paying attention.  A tremendous amount of his material is potently funny, a sucker punch that you don’t expect from an innocent smile and an average Joe, but Wilson is one of the great “class clowns” in the business. This is good-time comedy, clean, inoffensive but still mondo humorous and it’d be a darn good idea to see for yourself.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Shakin’ Not Stirred Sponsor: Back cover full-color recognition in our program guide book, eight (8) tickets to event, onsite digital media company representation at event, material inclusion in gift bags and recognition in press releases as Presenting Sponsor: $2,000

The On the Rocks Sponsor: Inside front or back cover full-color recognition in our program guide book, four (4) tickets to event, onsite digital media company representation at event, material inclusion in gift bags and recognition in press releases as a Premium Sponsor: $1,250

The Straight Up Sponsor: Full-page full-color recognition in our program guide book, two (2) tickets to the event, material inclusion in gift bags and onsite digital media company representation at event: $750

The With a Twist Sponsor: Half-page full-color recognition in our program guide book, material inclusion in gift bags and onsite digital media company representation at event: $375


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HOSTED BY GARY HILL & JOHN SCHULTZ

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Co-Chairs John & Ashley Franchini
Joel & Meredith Frankel
Dan & Stephanie Koch
Abraham & Anna Spence

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

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Black History Month Exhibit: February 5 through March 5

The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center along with The Holtzman Gallery celebrates Black History Month with a month long art exhibit titled Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.  Artists showcased include Kelly Prevard, Valeria Marcus, Robert Threadgill, Maryilyn Winns Threadgill and Leonard Wilkinson.

Art Reception: Wednesday, February 22 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Enjoy live music and light refreshments. Special remarks from Bridge of Faith Members Rabbi Aaron Krauss from Beth El Synagogue and Reverend Collins A. Days from Second Baptist Church. Bridge of Faith is a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders and lay persons designed to provide a vehicle whereby people of faith and seekers of truth may reach across differences and cooperate in the pursuit of harmony, compassion and knowledge.

Active adult programs FREE to Atlantic County residents

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The month of November marks the kick off of four new sessions of active adult programs at the J.  Active adult classes are geared towards county residents ages 60 and above and open to BOTH members of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC and guests for FREE!

Active adult programs include Computer Classes, Live Long Live Strong, Water Wellness and Learn, Move, Create.  These classes meet on a weekly basis here at the J and at other locations in Atlantic County.

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Designed to improve overall quality of life for Atlantic County residents, Learn Move Create is an exercise and education series for mature adults.  Featuring five different class options, the program combines accessible approaches to exercise, meditation classes with techniques, as well as hands-on creative arts and writing workshops. Offering a fully integrated approach to improving health, as well as mental and emotional wellbeing, Learn Move Create classes are held at different locations within Atlantic County making them easily accessible and convenient to residents.

The Learn Move Create program is completely free and open to Atlantic County residents ages 60 plus.

To register or for more information, contact Kelly Rosenberg, Adult Program Coordinator at 609-822-1167 Ext. 144, or email her at krosenberg@jccatlantic.org.

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Members who join Live Long Live Strong are asked to attend two sessions per week for twelve consecutive weeks.

This program is FREE and open to Atlantic County residents ages 58 to 75 years of age.

While physical fitness is important to everyone as you age, regular exercise becomes more important for your body and mind. The comprehensive wellness program funded by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services “Live Long Live Strong” offers residents of Atlantic County the opportunity to do just that. Throughout the program, participants explore a variety of exercises and lectures that provide the building blocks for healthy living.

For additional information about the class schedule or curriculum, please contact Antoinette Wood, Health and Wellness Director at
609-822-1167 Ext. 116 or email awood@jccatlantic.org.

Computer Classes

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC will offer a free eight-week course of computer classes to active adults (age 60+).   

The course objective is to build computer confidence for new users and enhance the skills of more experienced users.  The program is designed for the specific needs of active adults to increase usability of computers, smart phones and tablets in the ever-changing world of technology.  Course recipients will better understand the operation of electronic devices, internet usage, communication methods and social media (Facebook, Google, Twitter, and more). 

Space is limited so be sure to register today.  These classes are free and open to the community.  For questions or to register, contact John Voigt at 609-822-1167 ext. 123.

Water Wellness

This 60 minute class is offered several times throughout the week and perfect for the beginner to intermediate. Also free to Atlantic County residents ages 60 and above, the class is ideal for those with risk factors and/or injuries that prevent them from participation in other high-impact fitness classes. The focus is on moderate fluid movements that incorporate ROM (Range-of-Motion) exercises, resistance and flexibility while paying special attention to those at risk. This class is offered in the shallow end, which is great for beginners and those who struggle with typical day to day range of motion movements.

The Active Adult programs are partially funded under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, through a grant by the Division of Intergenerational Services. Donations to the program are welcome, and will be used to enhance and expand existing services.

School’s Out Camps

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School’s Out? We Have You Covered!
President’s Day: Friday, 2/17/17, Monday, 2/20/17
9:00am – 4:00pm
When school is out, the JCC is the place to be in! Children in grades K – 4
will enjoy days filled with fun activities, hands-on nature, free swim in the
indoor pool, sports games, art proje cts, yoga, boxing classes and more.
Register Early to Save!
When you register at least one week in advance of each camp day
$36 for members per day | $54 for guests per day
Registration after one week before each camp day increases to
$45 for members per da y | $65 for guests per day
*Extended care is available in the morning and evening for $10 per session.
Spaces are limited. Register today!
Camp Registration Form

For more information, please call 609-822-1167 or email camp@jccatlantic.org.

Boxx for Tots

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JCC’s Jon Simon Raise over $12,500 in Toy Collection to Date through Boxx for Tots Toy Drive

Margate, NJ (December 20, 2016) – Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy drive at The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate has raised over $12,500 in monetary and toy donations and successfully completed one Boxx for Tots boxing class.  These classes and the toy collection will continue from now until December 23, 2016.

According to Katz JCC Personal Trainer Jon Simon, this year the event collected more than 6,000 toys for area children and are distributed to charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, and directly to local families in need.

The Eternal Refuge of Absecon is a recipient of some of the toys donated through Boxx for Tots. “We are a community in need and have had a difficult time finding help around this time of year before our relationship with Boxx for Tots,” said Jairo Zapata, Pastor of The Eternal Refuge.  “This program has given children in our community so much joy.”

This year, a prior benefiting charity, Hope For Atlantic City, was able to give back to Boxx for Tots.  “After receiving toys for the families in our community in 2014 and 2015, we were excited to be able to contribute to other families in need this year,” said Hope for Atlantic City representative, Jamie Cohen. “This year we had donations come in to our organization so we were able to support Boxx for Tots by bringing in toys and taking part in a boxing class.”  Hope for Atlantic City, a non-profit organization based in Atlantic City, was a toy recipient the last two years.

Toy donations can be brought to the Katz JCC Front Desk.

Additionally, participants of Simon’s boxing class may bring in a new unwrapped toy and the class fee will be waived for the remaining Boxx for Tots classes on December 22 at 6:45pm and December 23 at 10:45am.
Children ages 4-10 can also participate by bringing in a toy during the Tots for Tots boxing class on Wednesday, December 21 at 4 pm. Held in the JCC auditorium, music and special guest appearances will be featured during the holiday boxing classes.

For more information about the Milton & Betty Katz JCC visit www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167.

Celebrate Chanukah From Around The World

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Thursday, Dec. 29 from 4:00-6:30 PM

The entire community is invited to Celebrate Chanukah From Around The World at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC.

Crafts & Activities 4:00-5:15 PM and Dinner 5:00-6:30 PM

Celebrate night six with friends, family and a delicious dinner spread of foods representing Chanukah eats and tasty treats from around the world prepared by Chef, Ido Shapira, of Frescos Ristorante in Cape May.

 Only $5 per person

FREE Admission for Children 13 & Under

Spaces are limited. Please purchase tickets in advance at the Katz JCC.

This program is sponsored by The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Jewish Family Service, Congregation Beth Israel, Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Chabad at the Shore, Temple Beth Shalom of Brigantine and Young Israel of Margate.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Josh Cutler
at 609-822-1167 x138 or email jcutler@jccatlantic.org

Bar Kocva – Israeli Art Gallery

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Come see the large collection of Judaica jewelry and original artwork created by over 45 Israeli artists all presented by Bar Kocva and available for purchase from now until November 9.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase outstanding items found in galleries and fine stores internationally for the upcoming holiday season.