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Jewish Author Series: A celebration of books, authors and ideas in partnership with the Jewish Book Council

A celebration of books, authors and ideas in partnership with:

Join us as influential authors from around the country visit the Katz JCC to share excerpts from their books and answer your questions. Featured books available for sale and signing at the dessert reception directly following each presentation.

Funding has been made possible in part by The Harry L. Katz Memorial Trust Fund

Stephanie Butnick & Liel Leibovitz

Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia:
From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything In Between

Join authors Stephanie Butnick, a deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and writer for the New York Times along with Liel Leibovitz, host of “Unorthodox” the most popular Jewish podcast on iTunes, as they discuss their new book,
an entertaining and thoroughly modern yet unorthodox introduction to Judaism. Their book is an alphabetical array of short funny entries which feature a panoply of divergent, yet amusing voices, much like contemporary
Judaism itself.


Sasha Sagan

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm
For Small Creatures Such As We: Finding Wonder and Meaning In Our Unlikely World

Daughter of famous astronomer Carl Sagan, Sasha’s newest book celebrates all the marvels of life on Earth that require absolutely no faith in order to be believed. Drawing on both Jewish and Christian backgrounds she has worked to create secular rituals to instill wonder and joy in the world. She will share some of these customs and help inspire others to create their own.






Steve Katz

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘n Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?

Special acoustic concert following Steve’s talk

Steve Katz is the founding member of the 1960’s band Blood, Sweat and Tears and has recently written his memoir about growing up Jewish in the world of 1960’s rock n roll. Steve has had quite the amazing life, playing at Woodstock, partying with Jim Morrison, Elizabeth Taylor and Groucho Marx, conversed with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andy Warhol, and jammed with Jimi Hendrix.

NOW – November 1:
$9 Members / $12 Guests
After November 2:
$12 Members / $15 Guests

Special Series SAVINGS! Purchase all three events by November 1, for ONLY $22 Members / $30 Guests.

For more information visit the JCC Welcome Center  or call 609.822.1167

Active Adult & Senior Expo


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



Please remember the Milton & Betty Katz JCC with a gift in your will, trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy

Share your passion for our community and leave a lasting personal legacy for generations to come. Your Legacy Gift helps ensure that the JCC remains a vibrant and strong part of our community for future generations. “Every individual is a pillar on which the future of Judaism rests.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

To create your legacy today, please contact Marg Rosenblatt, Chief Operating Officer (609) 822-1167 x142

“Flip the Switch” Eco Festival A summer green-themed event to celebrate the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s adoption of renewable, solar energy.

MARGATE, NEW JERSEY – The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, in conjunction with National Energy Partners, present the “Flip the Switch” Eco Festival on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 501 N Jerome Avenue, Margate, New Jersey, 08402. The event will include family fun, solar energy workshops, eco-education, food, entertainment, raffle prizes, giveaways and an official ceremony to celebrate The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s transition to renewable, solar energy. The event will be hosted by 95.1 WAYV, with honored guests.
Highlights for the event include a call-to-action for home and business owners within the community to “Join the Solar Revolution.” Guests who register for solar energy will receive a complimentary one-year membership to The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, provided by National Energy Partners. The “Flip the Switch” Ceremony will feature local and State Politicians, speaking on the importance of renewable energy sourcing, to commemorate The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s solar energy initiative, and its environmental impact.

Green-themed family fun and entertainment will be provided throughout the event. Guests can enjoy complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and eco-education, while kids can partake in eco-themed crafts. Giveaways provided by 95.1 WAYV and National Energy Partners with a raffle to win a Smart TV. The event will feature local green initiatives, including the ACUA with information about the updated recycling guidelines, established by Atlantic County.
“The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s adoption of solar energy will have an environmental impact that is worth celebrating,” says Jeremy Conner, CEO of National Energy Partners, the solar development firm that is managing the solar project. The solar energy system includes 943 modules mounted on the roof of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate New Jersey. The system is projected to produce approximately 452,196-kilowatt hours of electricity each year – enough energy to meet over 42% of their overall energy needs.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the solar energy produced by The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center through the life of their solar system will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 7,994 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide – or, the equivalent to 2,788 tons of waste being recycled instead of landfilled. The reduction of C02 emissions is equivalent to 8,739,545 pounds of coal burned, or 899,547 gallons of gasoline consumed. The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s adoption of solar energy will sequester carbon equivalent to growing 132,187 tree seedlings for ten years.

John Rios, Chief Financial Officer for The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, describes their transition to solar energy as “movement to become sustainable and support the Tikkun Olam mission to repair the world.”

All ages are welcome. Admission is complimentary. For more information about the event along with contest terms and conditions, visit For questions and media inquiries, contact Shannon Yerk at (856) 273-5761 x150 or

About National Energy Partners:
National Energy Partners (NEP) is a solar energy development company dedicated to bringing clean, renewable energy to businesses and residential consumers alike. At the forefront of the solar energy landscape, our passion is in fostering relationships through integrity, knowledge, and efficiency. NEP embraces the specific needs and challenges of each project, offering our valued clients the best experience through strategic management, trusted relationships, and eco-friendly solar energy solutions. With over ten years of experience in the solar industry, our portfolio includes over $100 million of projects with more in development. Learn More at



Sports Night with Chris Long

 Thursday, August 15, 2019 • 7pm
@ Katz JCC

     For sponsorship or ticket information call 609-822-1167, email or Click Here


About Chris Long

 Chris Long announced his retirement from football last month, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles. the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. The 33-year-old son of Hall of Famer Howie Long had 70 career sacks and 15 forced fumbles in stints with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles. He won back-to-back championships with the Patriots (2017) and Eagles (2018). Long was selected last February as the league’s Walter Payton Award recipient for his outstanding community service.
He established the Chris Long Foundation in 2015 to impact communities nationally and internationally through programs focusing on clean water, military appreciation, and youth education.

 In 2017, Long donated his entire salary to support education in cities where he has played: St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.

This year, Long climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with other NFL players and U.S. military veterans for the fourth time to raise money to build clean water wells for East Africa.            He was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Rams out of Virginia. Long spent his first eight seasons in St. Louis before signing with New England as a free agent in 2016. He played his final two seasons with Philadelphia after joining the Eagles as a free agent.

To learn more about the Chris Long Foundation, click here.


About Michael Barkann

Michael Barkann, was the venerable day-one voice for NBC Sports Philadelphia and has been recently elevated to host of all pre and postgame shows in Philadelphia. Barkann now focuses on anchoring Sixers, Phillies and Flyers programming, in addition to his Eagles responsibilities. Throughout the nearly 21 years at the network, Barkann’s duties have included hosting “Philly Sports Talk” (formerly Daily News Live), specials – including championship parades, and of course, “Eagles Pregame Live” and “Eagles Postgame Live.” “Michael has changed the way Philadelphia sports fans watch and interact with their teams, making Eagles Postgame Live a must watch for all Eagles fans,” said NBC Sports Philadelphia President Brian Monihan. Barham has won the Mid-Atlantic Emmy award winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement Sports Reporter, Outstanding Individual Achievement Host/Talk Program, and Outstanding Talk Program. He is a 5-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ALS annual honoree.


 About the 5th Annual
Jackie & Hank Herskowitz
Sports Night Fundraising Event

Jackie and Hank with their son Jeffrey originally started this event in 2011. After Jackie and Hank’s passing in 2014, the event was renamed in their honor in recognition of the philanthropy they engaged in to help so many individuals. Their philanthropic legacy will continue with the Fifth Annual Jackie & Hank Herskowitz Sports Night fundraising event, which raises money for its scholarship fund to further its 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.

General Admission for Sports Night is one ticket for $225 or two tickets for $400 and includes dinner, open bar, and a silent and live auction. Ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are available and include a VIP Meet and Greet with Chris Long during the reception.

For Sports Night sponsorship or ticket information call 609-822-1167, email or Click Here.

Follow us on our Sports Night Facebook Event page! Click here.

Special thank you to our committee members:

Jeffrey Herskowitz

Michael Barnett
Jody Corcoran
Steve Esposito
Amy Herskowitz
Melissa Herskowitz
Renee’ Herskowitz
Alexa Herskowitz
Jake Herskowitz
Justin Herskowitz
Helene Hordes
Marc Neumann
Bruce Peskoe
Lisa Spector

Designer Bag Bingo

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM


Our previously sold out annual Designer Bag Bingo event is BACK! We’re bringing it up another notch and excited to announce that radio hosts, Mike & Diane from WAYV are hosting!! With music, friends, fun, a ton of awesome raffle baskets and featured bags by Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff and Longchamp all here in the beautiful shore town of Margate, you don’t want to miss this hit event!

Everyone gets a free dauber so no need to dig yours out! Door prize raffle ticket, coffee and water included. BYOB and snacks! Extra games available for purchase.

$40 each or table of 10 for $350

Doors open at 6:00pm. Games start at 7:00pm.

We need your help!

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC’s Early Childhood Center has a commitment to the community to live up to its aspirations – to learn, to grow, to be active and to help guide families on a path to a meaningful life. The purpose of this fundraising event, Designer Bag Bingo, is to provide educational resources in the development of our children’s literacy, social and mathematical skills.

Our efforts can’t take effect unless we have the support of everyone in our community.  We need your help of sponsorship. By sponsoring, together we can continue to ensure that everyone can live up to their aspirations regardless of age, income or background.


  • Event Sponsor | $500: One (1) table of 10 tickets to JCC’s Designer Bag Bingo event  | Verbal mention during event | Recognition in the Program Guide | JCC website recognition with logo link | Recognition in press releases as an event sponsor | Material inclusion on tables during event | Sponsor recognition on signage at event
  • Designer Bag Sponsor | $250*: Sponsor of one (1) game bag. Verbal mention during JCC’s Designer Bag Bingo event as the “Designer Bag Sponsor” | Recognition in the Program Guide | Material inclusion on tables during event | Sponsor recognition on signage at event *Exclusive to one company per bag
  • Raffle Basket or Donor*: Mention at JCC’s Designer Bag Bingo event
    *One basket of items valued at a minimum of $100 or $100 monetary donation to be provided and donated to the JCC
  • Gift Card(s) or Item(s) for raffle basket*
    *Gift card(s) or item(s) to be provided and donated to the JCC

For a sponsorship form, click here.

Question? Call 609-822-1167 ext 159 or email

2019 Summer Entertainment Series Lineup

Tickets on Sale NOW!
Stop in, call 609-822-1167 or click here!

Judy Collins – SOLD OUT!
Thursday, July 18 7:00 pm

Judy Collins is a folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter inspired by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and more generally the folk resurgence of the early 1960s. Judy Collins hit stardom in 1967 after her cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides, Now’,
released on her album ‘Wildflowers’, gained international recognition. Not only did the single peak at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, but Collins also won her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance as a result. Judy then released singles such as ‘Someday Soon’ and ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ before the 1970 Christian hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ returned Collins back to the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100. A multi-talented individual, Judy Collins is a highly respected member amongst the folk music following and beyond.

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show
Thursday, July 25 7:00 pm
Music & Comedy

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show takes audiences back to 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, known as the Rat Pack, ruled the Las Vegas Strip. Produced by Buddy Hackett’s son, Sandy, the show features stories about the iconic performers. If you think you’ve seen the Rat Pack, it’s not until you indulge in the real Rat Pack experience with “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” that you begin to realize why Sandy Hackett’s own personal connection to these iconic legends has allowed him to tell this story unlike any other producer or performer. Now audiences can experience this critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production which includes exciting new arrangements of the classic songs everyone knows and loves.

The Edwards Twins – SOLD OUT!
Thursday, August 8  7:00 pm
Music & Comedy

Named the #1 impersonation show in the country by newspapers, TV shows, and magazines alike, The Edward Twins transform into some of your favorite celebrities from Barbra Streisand to Elton John. They have traveled the world performing 250 shows a year for over 10 years. Eddie Edwards began impersonating female celebrities at the age of 6, with his first impersonation of Lily Tomlin’s alter ego Earnistine the Operator. Ever since then, Eddie has been making people laugh and cheer with his spot-on performances of the biggest divas in the business. Eddie’s brother, Anthony, didn’t have quite the same plans, but after recognizing his own unique talents, he joined forces with his brother, Eddie, to form the talented duo performing worldwide today. People Magazine remarked that “to witness Mr. Edwards recreate these
superstars is simply a miracle!”

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, August 22  7:00 pm

Paula Poundstone is a humorist, author and comedian known for her clever, observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn’t collecting hotel soaps while on tour or panel-ing on NPR’s #1 show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Paula hosts the popular Maximum Fun podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Nobody is a comedy field guide to life complete with taste tests, cats of the weeks and leading experts in everything from beekeeping to ping pong to prosopagnosia (say that 3 times fast). 


Paula’s stand-up credentials are endless: Cats, Cops and StuffGoes to Harvard; Look What the Cat Dragged In; and numerous television appearances including The Late Show with Stephen ColbertLast Call with Carson Daly and Late Show with David Letterman. Famously, Paula provided backstage commentary during the 1992 presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was the first woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 


In 2017, Paula released her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, in which she offers herself up as a guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments. Kirkus Reviews called the book, “A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn’t kill the humor—delivers more than it promises.” The book debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers List in Humor, and the audiobook was one of the five finalists for 2018 Audio Book of the Year. The book was recognized as one of eight semi-finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. 


Paula can be heard on the big screen as “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. She has also starred in her own series on both HBO and ABC, is included on Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comics of All Time and won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. In February 2019, Paula’s stand-up special, Cats, Cops and Stuff was named by TIME Magazine and Tig Notaro as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever.


Paula resides in Santa Monica, CA, where you can find her cleaning the litterboxes of her 14 cats: Clue, Oreo, Luigi, Jem, Belle, Brittle, Mrs. Feziwig, Wednesday, Severus, Tonks, Theo, Sham Wow, Harrison, and Hardy.


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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.