Jewish Culture

Still Traveling

Would you like to still travel? 

Now you can, without leaving your home – just stay still!  Let the Osher Marin JCC and its Program Partners* whisk you away for an “armchair adventure” on an interesting educational and fun live guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door …even beyond the grocery store!  Forget the long masked airplane ride.  We take you across the time zones by Zoom where a local professional guide from a distant destination will take us to explore sites or topics. Live Q&A, photographs and video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination!

*Program Partners listed on the Eventbrite page.

Astonishing Amsterdam

Monday, November 2, 9, 16, 23

2 – 3:00 pm (ET) on Zoom

Many visitors have left Amsterdam with memories of tourist crowds, marijuana smoke-filled “coffee” shops and visions of the red light district. However, “the Venice of the North” is replete with rich history, incredible art, stunning architecture, and more at every turn. Let Trip Leader (and JCC colleague) James Sokol whisk you away to meet our lovely, professional guide, Tricia, to discover interesting, beautiful and diverse aspects of this astonishing city. “Visits” include:

  • Amsterdam Highlights Walking Tour (Nov 2)
  • Museum Highlights: Dutch Masters  (Nov 9)
  • Jewish Amsterdam  (Nov 16)
  • Dam Square & Royal Palace (Nov 23)

Click here for more information or to register.


ZOOM IN WITH THE KATZ JCC

SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE SHOWBIZ LEGENDS with John Kenrick, Professor at New York University, Steinhardt School and the New School University. The Show Business Legends series is sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation the Central NJ JCC.

Ethel Merman: Nothing to Hit but the Heights
Tuesday, October 6 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

With a powerhouse voice and solid brass stage persona, Merman became the First Lady of the American Musical and one of Broadway’s greatest legends.

Beverly Sills: Brooklyn’s Beloved Diva
Tuesday, October 13 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Sills (Belle Miriam Silverman) made opera accessible to the TV generation and redefined the role of women in classical music.

Angela Lansbury: Ever Just the Same, Ever a Surprise
Tuesday, October 27 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Lansbury, a versatile Hollywood character actress, became one of the most beloved stars of the musical stage, then managed a third career as a television superstar.

Dinah Shore: America’s Jewish Sweetheart
Tuesday, November 3 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Born in Tennessee, Shore’s sweet voice made her a recording radio favorite during World War II. Her good looks and personal warmth made her a longtime television star. A multimedia celebration of someone we so often welcomed into our living rooms.


POLITICS OF THE PAST & PRESENT

Who Really Elects the President?

This program is held in conjunction with the Central NJ JCC

The Workings of the Electoral College with Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre
Tuesday, September 22
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works? In this program, participants will learn about the history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account. This talk will cover the key dynamics at play in the upcoming national election, with a particular focus on the presidential race, the fight to control Congress, and New Jersey’s central role in these battles. Dr. Dworkin serves as the Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship.

The 2020 Election and America’s Challenges with Dr. Ben Dworkin
Tuesday, October 20
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

This talk will cover the key dynamics at play in the upcoming national election, with a particular focus on the presidential race, the fight to control Congress, and New Jersey’s central role in these battles. Dr. Dworkin serves as the Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship. He is considered one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts.


JUST FOR FUN

This program is held in conjunction with the Central NJ JCC Fashioning Art from Paper with Cultural Historian Barbara Tomlinson Wednesday, October 28 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Does anyone remember paper dresses? Isabelle de Borchgrave has made an illustrious career making fabulous clothes from paper. Her work has been exhibited all over the world. Come see what she does and how she does it. It’s amazing.
Sponsored by The Van Winkle Foundation.

Can Robots Be Jewish? Inspirational Rabbis Answer Pressing Questions of Modern Life with Author Amy E. Schwartz
Monday, November 9 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Rabbis of different denominations – Independent, Humanist, Jewish Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Sephardic, and Chabad – consider some of the most provocative questions of the day. Their responses span the range of modern Jewish thought. Sometimes they agree but not often.

In partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Then and Now 1919: The World Series is Fixed with Evan Weiner
Tuesday, November 17 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

One hundred years ago, baseball’s World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was enveloped in scandal when several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the games. Why did it happen and could it happen again? Evan Weiner is a speaker and author with a radio and TV background.

Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation

Armchair Tour of Brooklyn with Licensed
New York City Guide Marty Schneit
Wednesday, November 18 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

The Brooklyn Bridge represented the change from rural to urban America and symbolized modern America. Brooklyn Heights was the first commuter suburb in the United States and has some of the most outstanding brownstones in New York City. Marty will also talk about the first great battle in the American Revolution, The Battle of Brooklyn, which occurred at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Sponsored by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation

Jews in American Theater: A Legacy
Like No Other with John Kenrick

Wednesday, December 9 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

As Spamalot put it, “You just won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews.” How did people whose religion had long forbidden performance become a dominant force in the American theater? John Kenrick takes us on a joyous and insightful trip back in time, tracing how Jews took their place among Broadway’s leading producers, creators and performers.

Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South
with Author Sue Eisenfeld

Monday, December 14 • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

For Sue Eisenfeld’s mother, the concept of “southern Jews” was almost an oxymoron. Jews were leftists, refugee immigrants to the northeast in the late nineteenth century. But when Eisenfeld moved from her native Philadelphia to Virginia – and, impelled by her interest in history, began going to Civil War reenactments, museums and old cemeteries – she came across a series of gravestones for antebellum Jews. With so much of Judaism based on the concept of social justice, why would any Jew willingly remain in a region steeped in injustice? To get some answers, Eisenfeld planned a series of road trips to a variety of historic sites in the South. In partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

To Register contact jcutler@jccatlantic.org