Community & Culture

Katz JCC Book Club

Each month features a new book provided by the Katz JCC. The Book Club meets once per month to discuss a the book of the month. Interested participants must register for each month to receive a free copy of the book.

Book Club Meeting: Wednesday, October 12

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 

Book will be available for pick up October 1 at the Welcome Center in the JCC Lobby.

The bestselling novel that follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultranationalist fanatics.

Book Club Meeting: Wednesdays, November 2

Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel 

Book will be available for pick up October 13 at the Welcome Center in the JCC Main Lobby.

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this “sweeping and magnificent” (Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue) historical novel from the #1 international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife.

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books when her eyes lock on a photograph in the New York Times. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in more than sixty years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer, but does she have the strength to revisit old memories?

FREE Registration – Advanced registration is required.

Made possible by funds from the Atlantic County Office of Culture &
Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Mahjong & Canasta Dinner

Wednesday, September 21 • 5:30pm

Join us for a night of games and a special Kosher Chinese food dinner, desserts, coffee and tea.

Mosaic Classes

Wednesdays, September 7 – October 19
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor:  Jill Snyder
Learn the basics of mosaic-art-making from one of the Atlantic coasts own, Jill Snyder.

This six session class will teach you the skills needed to create your own beautiful artwork. Students will learn how to select the proper backer, use of correct tools, glass and other “found” items to create their own personalized art.

Open to all skill levels. Fee includes six sessions, tools, and materials.

Class Fee: $160 Member | $185 Guest

Mahjong & Canasta Brunch

Bring a friend or make new ones at our brunch events! Everyone wins when you play games. Enjoy a complete brunch with  desserts, coffee and tea.

October 12 • 10:30 am

November 16 • 10:30 am

Coffee Klatch Hybrid

Thursday, October 20 from 10:30am to 12pm

Join us for a special program series on the Holocaust, American Response and the current rapid rise of Antisemitism in America lead by the founder of The Metro West Holocaust Institute and Director of Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College, Peppy Margolis. Attend in-person at the Katz JCC Boardroom, 501 North Jerome Avenue in Margate or from home via Zoom. Mask encouraged for in-person. For Zoom, a link will be emailed to you.

RSVP by October 13.

Thursday, November 17 from 10:30am to 12pm

Join us for an author event at the JCC’s Festival of Arts, Books and Culture.  This morning’s session will feature author Cathy Barrow and her book Bagels Schmears and a Nice Piece of Fish.

Must RSVP by November 1.

To reserve your spot contact Tina Serota at
or 609-287-8872.

This program has received funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. This project is funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, through a grant by the Office on Aging, Atlantic County, New Jersey.

Shabbat Challah for Sale

Challahs will be distributed to Early Childhood Education Center families on Friday. All others may be picked up at the Welcome Center in the JCC Main Lobby.

Cost: $5 Per Week ❘ $20 Per Month

Challah is delivered Every Friday. Orders due by Monday of each week for those ordering weekly, or on the FIRST Monday of the Month for those ordering monthly.

To purchase visit the Katz JCC Welcome Center or email

Proceeds benefit the Katz JCC Early Childhood Department.

Funded in part by Jewish Community Foundation and the Annual Campaign of Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties.