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. A facemask covering your nose and mouth is required at all times indoors except when eating. Upon arrival attendees will be asked a series of COVID-19 related questions and have their temperature taken.

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.


Enjoy a full course, kosher meal and movie on the JCC’s big screen.  

Tuesday, December 22 • 5:00 pm

Movie: An American Pickle

An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1919 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. When he seeks out his family, he learns that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

Cost: $20 Members | $25 Guests – Now through December 12 with Offer Code: DinnerMovie

Cost: $25 Members | $30 Guests – After December 12


Gallery Tour & Film

Tuesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 3 • 10:30 am

Join us for a live gallery tour on December 1 or December 3 featuring the newest exhibition of 36 beautiful photographs depicting Jewish life and synagogues from Asia & Africa. Learn about their history and the Jewish populations that call these far off destinations home.

Enjoy the documentary, The Forgotten Refugees: a film focusing the mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century.

Cost: $5 Members|$10 Guests

Advance registration required.

Jewish Film Series

December 8, 9, 15 & 16
Show Times: 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

Featuring four enjoyable Israeli films in English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

For more information on In – Person Programs contact Josh Cutler, Program Director by calling 609-811-1167 or email

Virtual Programs


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.

Still Traveling: Astonishing Amsterdam

Monday, November 2, 9, 16, 232:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) 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)

Still Traveling: Marvelous Morocco 

Four Mondays, December 7 – 28 2:00 – 3:15 pm (EST) on Zoom

Pour yourself a cup of mint tea and join Trip Leader James Sokol on our virtual trips to this magical North African country, so different from most Arab-dominant countries. Morocco has its own unique, fascinating culture – a blend of indigenous Berber, Arabian, Sub-Saharan African & European (Christian & Jewish) influences. In this first series on Morocco, join our wonderful, local guide – Nabil – for visits around his diverse, vibrant, 1000-year-old city to discover wonders that await!  

Join us for the full series or for single visits – whatever works best for you! 

Save! Purchase “Series” or “Advance” tickets soon! 

Our Visits Include: 

  • Morocco Overview & Marrakech’s Medina (Dec 7)
  • The Gardens of Marrakech (Dec 14) 
  • Moroccan-Jewish Life (Dec 21) 
  • Koutoubia Mosque & Local Muslim Life (Dec 28) 


Thursday, November 19 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Your world in 60 minutes! Join a fast-paced discussion on politics, technology, world events, the arts, religion, and more. Feel free to bring your own coffee and bagel along to your computer.

For more information contact Josh Cutler, Program Director by calling 609-811-1167 or email



Led by 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.

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.

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.

Moments of Gratitude: Songs of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25 • 2 – 3:30 pm

With challenges of all sorts swirling around us, join music appreciation instructor James Sokol to embrace the spirit of the holiday, to invoke & celebrate gratitude with music from an array of genres; Broadway, pop, opera & more!  

Provided by our JCC and the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance

Songs of Light: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Hanukkah

Sunday, December 13 • 4 – 5:30 pm

Whether celebrating “the Festival of Lights” or not, join music appreciation instructor James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “light” along the way.

Provided by our JCC and the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance

For more information contact Josh Cutler, Program Director by calling 609-811-1167 or email