Jewish Culture

Both in person and virtual programs have returned to the JCC!  From Dinner and a Movie to the upcoming Jewish Film Series, the JCC is brining back some of our most popular events for active adults in our community.

All programs will follow COVID-19 guidelines.

In-Person Programs

Attendance for all in person events is currently limited to 10 guests.  A mask covering one’s nose and mouth must be worn indoors and may only be taken off when eating or drinking.  Temperatures will be taken upon arrival.

Virtual Programs


Social distancing is challenging for anyone, but thanks to today’s technology, we can continue to connect, learn and stay engaged in Jewish life virtually with the Katz JCC’s FREE Zoom programs throughout the winter. Held in conjunction with the JCC of Central New Jersey, these virtual programs offer the opportunity to enjoy presentations and learn about a wide array of topics.

For more information contact Josh Cutler, Program Director by calling 609-822-1167 or email

Visit Jewish Spain: A series of online walking tours through the streets of the jewish quarter

Thursdays, January 21 – February 4 • 1:00 pm

Join us live from Spain for a virtual guided tour of Barcelona, Mallorca and Girona with Victor Sorenssen, Director of the AEPJ, Marc Francesch Cultural Manager at Mozaika, Dani Rotstien, CEO and Founder of Jewish Majorca and Eva McGowan, Teacher and Co-founder of Toldot Barcelona. Transport from the comfort of your home to the shore of the Mediterranean to learn about the fascinating history of three Spanish cities and engage with local Jewish heritage experts in this three part zoom program. Enjoy time after the tour for questions and conversation with guides.

The History of the World in Objects (Part 2 & 3) with Cultural Historian, Barbara Tomlinson

Tuesday, January 19 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Tuesday, January 26 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Several years ago, the BBC asked the director of the British Museum to create a radio program called The History of the World in 100 Objects. We don’t have time for 100 objects, but we can look at 40 and discover a new way of thinking about the history of the world. Join us for this amazing adventure. Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation and the JCC of Central New Jersey.

The Voice of Luciano Pavarotti

Wednesday, January 27 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Discover how the nurturing family environment and powerful voice contributed to the century’s most celebrated operatic singer. Through musical analysis, we will understand the interesting connection between Pavarotti’s athletic background and his musical renditions. Sponsored by The Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund and the JCC of Central New Jersey.

Hip Set with Author, Michael Fertik

Thursday, January 28 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Oscar Orleans is a Congolese refugee in Israel. He’s also the only Hebrew-speaking liaison to the African refugee community living in Tel Aviv’s worst slum. Along with Inspector Sambinsky, Oscar Orleans must venture into the heart of Tel Aviv’s secretive Sudanese underground, Israel’s hyper-violent Russian mob, and a mystery that has been lying dormant for years near the shores of the Dead Sea. This thriller by Michael Fertik will keep you on the edge of your seat. Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council.

The Voice of Frank Sinatra

Wednesday, February 3 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

A look at Sinatra’s illustrious career as a singer, actor and lifestyle setter. His relentless drive for constant self-improvement and evolving interpretations resulted in the most emotionally convincing and unique musical treasures. Sponsored by The Elinor and Leonard Goldman Memorial Fund and the JCC of Central New Jersey.

Then and Now: New York at Its Core with Museum of the City of New York Docent

Tuesday, February 23 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

What made New York, New York? This virtual program follows the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s Capital of the World, and considers its future in our changing world. Sponsored by Iris Teen Tzedakah Grant and the JCC of Central New Jersey.

The New MOMA (Part 1) with Cultural Historian, Barbara Tomlinson

Wednesday, February 24 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

The totally changed Museum of Modern Art no sooner reopened then it had to close down. Come take a virtual tour of the new curatorial philosophy behind the dramatic changes in the museum. Why has everything been changed around and what’s happened to my favorites? Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation and the JCC of Central New Jersey.

Exile Music with Author, Jennifer Steil

Thursday, February 25 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Based on an overlooked part of World War II history, Exile Music tells the story of a family of Jewish Viennese musicians who flee the Nazis in 1939 to find refuge in the mountains of Bolivia. There, they are confronted with altitude sickness, new languages, new cultures and eventually, some of the Nazis they sought to escape. Between 10,000 and 20,000 Jewish refugees found their way to Bolivia during the war years, many of them artists and musicians. Very little has been written about this community. Jennifer Steil lived in Bolivia for four years, meeting some remaining survivors and their descendants. Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council.