Yearly Archives: 2018

Simple Lifestyle Changes to Make This Your Best Year Ever

The start of a new year brings an abundance of fresh beginnings and unique opportunities for self-improvement. New Year’s resolutions are often daunting, so why not make sure you start your new year off right by improving your already awesome self? Here are a few ideas that we at the J can help you with this year to improve your mental, emotional and physical health.

Take advantage of the many treadmills we have on our fitness floor. Studies show a brisk walk or run benefits an individual by burning calories, improving muscle strength, and working the cardiovascular system. The American Heart Association states walking or running can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, lower high blood pressure and improve blood sugar levels. Studies also show walking or running for at least twenty minutes a day can help improve focus, alleviate headaches, fatigue, and depression, while also improving mental health due to the brain releasing dopamine after such activities. Plus it also gives an individual a sense of achievement, aiding in self-esteem improvement and physical self-perception.

By switching up your regular workout routine and trying something different, such as HIIT, Tabata, Pilates or Yoga, not only will you not get bored, but you will also shock your muscles and prevent adaptation, which can create a fitness plateau. By diversifying your chosen workouts, your body will continue to get stronger and lose more weight, allowing you to reach your fitness goals more efficient next time you hit the gym, try introducing new exercises into your routine rather than just increasing your reps and weight, though you still want to do this occasionally to improve your strength. Our group exercise schedule here at the J offers a variety of classes to help you switch things up.

If you like seeing your workouts by the numbers, wearable technology (activity trackers, smart watches and heart rate monitors) can give you interesting feedback about how you move. Many estimate your steps, sleep, standing time, calories burned, and time spent working out. Heart rate monitors in particular can also give you objective information about how hard you’re actually working during a sweat session, which can be helpful if you’re training to be in a specific heart rate zone. How you feel isn’t always an effective measure of how hard you’re working—factors including the room temperature and how much you like your workout can also influence how hard a workout feels to you.

Our fitness staff is readily available to help you reach your goals! Stop by the Welcome Desk today to see how we can help.


A trip to Africa is within your reach.

The spirit of international exploration and travel is thriving at The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate.

The new addition of a Trips & Travel department at the Margate JCC has recently taken flight. The last three trips Historical Eastern Europe, Israel in the Spring and a Sukkot South African Safari – have sold out very quickly.

MARCH 11 – 19, 2019 Katz JCC Travel will take embark on our next journey to South Africa for the Best of Cape Town & Kruger National Park.

Join Us For Only $3,600*

Rates INCREASE after January 1, 2019
Tour includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transport
  • Accommodations at superior hotels
  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  •  2 nights in Kruger National Park
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Cape Town guided tours
  • Full day open-vehicle guided safari in Kruger National Park, including admission fee
  • Experienced, English speaking tour guide on Cape Town safari tours

*Based upon double occupancy hotel rooms.

Learn more here.

Israel @70 Double Feature Friday Film Festival

Israel @70 Double Feature Friday Film Festival

For the best in Israeli cinema this winter, look no further than the Katz JCC. All films are in Hebrew with English subtitles. A light brunch, tea and coffee will be served. These events are free and open to the entire community.

Friday, December 14 

The Band’s Visit (romantic comedy)

An Egyptian police brass band heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center but ends up stranded in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town in the heart of the desert.

The Green Prince (documentary) | 12:30 pm

A world of betrayals, impossible choices, and deadly secrets are exposed detailing the extraordinary true story of a Palestinian born Israeli informant and his Israeli Shin Bet handler.

Friday, December 28

Fill the Void (drama) | 10:30 am

The story of a young Orthodox girl who must choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty when her older sister, Esther, passes away and her widowed husband threatens to the leave the country.

Zero Motivation (comedy) | 12:30 pm

A hilarious and dark portrait of everyday life for a unit of young female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost, it plays out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black.

Keep Your Kids Water Safe with Year – Round Swim Lessons

Katz JCC Year-Round Swim Lessons

Year – round swim lessons are the best way to keep your child water safe at the beach and pool!

The Katz JCC Swim Program offers one of the highest levels of swim instruction in Atlantic County. All instructors are certified lifeguards with CPR/AED and First Aid training.

Swimmers are able to develop their strokes and master the fundamentals with both small group and private lesson options.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Fall Session 2 Registration Opens October 15
    Classes begin the week of October 29 and end the week of December 23
    *No Lessons December 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019
  • Winter Session 1 Registration Opens December 17, 2018
    Classes begin the week of January 7, 2019  and end the week of  March 3, 2019.

New to Swim Lessons or Unsure of Your Child’s Level?

To make swim level selection as easy as possible, please refer to the Swim Lesson Selector to choose your swimmers level according to their age and ability level.

Swim Lesson Selector
Registration Form

For More Information contact Alicia Fimple, Aquatics Director/Head Swim Coach
609-822-1167, Ext. 133

Welcome Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American Exhibit

“Baseball was a kind of secular church that reached into every class and region of the nation and bound millions upon millions of us together in common concerns, loyalties, rituals, enthusiasms, and antagonisms. Baseball made me understand what patriotism was about.” — Philip Roth, My Baseball Years

Welcome Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American Exhibit

On Display at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC NOW – September 18, 2018

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is about the central role our national pastime has played in the lives of American minority communities as they sought to understand and express the ideals, culture, and behaviors of their homeland—or challenge them.

The pop-up style exhibit, exploring the central role that our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority groups will run from August, 2018 through September 18, 2018 in the Main Lobby of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC in Margate, NJ.

Both the pop-up version of and the large-scale exhibition, from on which it is based were  created by Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History and will feature photos, original films and digital interactives that tell the story of how Jews and other immigrants and minorities navigated American culture and addressed the ongoing challenges of life in the U.S., through the lens of baseball.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American not only celebrates the on and off the field accomplishments and contributions of legendary Jewish ballplayers such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax but illuminates other barrier-breaking iconic players like Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Roberto Clemente.

Major support provided by:


Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

Funding has been made possible in part By the Jewish Community Foundation and the Annual Campaign Of Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Active Adult & Senior Expo presented by AtlantiCare


10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Admission is Free & Open to the Public

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber announce the return of the Active Adult & Senior Expo on Thursday, September 26, from 10am to 2pm at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

The event includes access to information on products and services from vendors, a panel of speaker on various topics pertaining to active adults in our community and interactive demonstrations and classes offered by the fitness staff at the JCC.

The morning speaker panel will offer a free continental breakfast  and provide guests an opportunity to ask the panel of professionals’ questions on the topics being covered.

Free shuttles sponsored by the Atlantic County Department of Intergenerational Services will be available from the Boscov’s parking lot in Egg Harbor Township, as well as 55 and older communities in Longport, Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City beginning at 10:00am and operating every 30 minutes.

Caregivers and younger adults are encouraged to attend to gather valuable information and gain a better understanding of the valuable services offered in our community.

  • Screenings and fitness classes and demonstrations will be available for all
  • FREE transportation is available from various locations
  • FREE continental breakfast

For questions, please call 609-822-1167 ext.159 or email

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities
Hosted by

at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC
501 N. Jerome Avenue
Margate, NJ 08402


4th Annual Jackie & Hank Herskowitz Sports Night with Jon Dorenbos

Recent Accomplishments:

• Hosted a television show with the Eagles and has won two Emmy Awards (2008 & 2015).
• Awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008
• Selected to the 2013 All- Fundamentals team and was voted Special Teams Captain
• Jon was selected to the 2010 and 2015 Pro Bowl
• Finalist in Season 11 of America’s Got Talent

Dinner • Open Bar • Auctions

General Admission: $200
Two Tickets: $375

Ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are available and include a VIP Meet and Greet with Jon Dorenbos during the reception.
For Sponsorship Information Click Here 

Or purchase tickets by calling 609.822.1167 Ext. 0


Designer Bag Bingo

Tuesday, July 24

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Games start at 7:00 pm

Milton & Betty Katz JCC

501 N. Jerome Ave. Margate, NJ 08402

Bring your friends for a night of charitable fun!
Bingo, Raffle, Door Prizes, 50/50 and Cash & Carry
Featuring bags by Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, Longchamp and more!

BYOB and snacks! Extra games and dabbers available for sale. Ticket availability at the door not guaranteed. No refunds.

Food from The Spot will be available for purchase!

For tickets, stop by the JCC Lobby or click here.

To sponsor or donate item(s) for the raffle baskets, please click here.

For questions, call 609-822-1167 ext. 159 or email

Money raised will benefit the Milton & Betty Katz JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center.


5th Annual JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament at Linwood Country Club

Jewish Family Service (JFS) and The Katz JCC is proud to announce their fifth Golf Tournament, Thursday, June 28 at Linwood Country Club, now under the same ownership as Dock’s Oyster House and the Knife & Fork.

“Hosting community events like the JFS Vs JCC Golf Tournament allows us to connect with members of the local community and support organizations that do so much for so many,” said Maureen Shay, Owner of Linwood Country Club. Established in 1920, Linwood Country club has been the site of families’ most treasured events for nearly a century and has recently been enhanced by tasteful renovations to the clubhouse and ballroom.

With JFS leading three wins to one, the JCC is hoping to gain some momentum and begin to catch up by claiming this year’s winner’s trophy. This men’s and women’s competition style tournament will bring the community together for a great day of golf, contests, prizes and more.

The agencies are excited to announce new co-chairs this year. Brett Balsley will serve as JFS event co-chair, while David Schultz will serve as the JCC co-chair.  Featuring specialty on-course contests, activities such as food and liquor tastings, and more, the golf committee plans to welcome back elements that participants enjoyed plus add new and exciting aspects to the tournament.

With the community’s support, Jewish Family Service and the Katz JCC have a fundraising goal of $60,000 to be met through this year’s Golf Tournament. The funds raised will help JFS and the Katz JCC further their 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.

Tickets are $225 per golfer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions or to get involved with the committee, please contact Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 x 159 or To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please click here.