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Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program For Creative Arts & Crafts
Sarah Gottesman Lubin was an avid crafter who especially enjoyed the soft arts of quilting and needlepoint. She was an active member of the Pomegranate Guild. After her passing in December 2007, the Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program for Creative Arts and Crafts was established in her memory at the JCC so that others could explore and enjoy the exciting world of crafts and culture. This endowment provides opportunities for people to experience the sheer love and joy of creating something of beauty with their own hands. Pre-registration required for all creative arts classes.
with Zvi Klein
Join the Israeli choir! Enjoy singing and socializing with others who love to sing. Learn new and familiar Israeli songs under the direction of our talented conductor and musical director Zvi Klein. Participants must know how to read and sing in Hebrew. Reading musical notes NOT required.
with Paulette Cochet
Experience the fascinating art of painting with watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils. Engage your senses and create personal works while enjoying the freedom of switching from drawing to painting in an instant! Discover the joy of filling your drawings with brush strokes, brilliant washes, and beautiful watercolor effects.
with Paulette Cochet
Discover the amazing versatility and ease of painting with acrylics. Explore a wide range of techniques from thick, luscious brushstrokes to fluid and transparent washes. Personal and individual expression is encouraged, with emphasis on composition and color use. Open to beginners and more experienced painters.
with Shaina Bilow, Certified Knitting Teacher, CYCA
Bring your current projects to this group class for help with tricky techniques and dropped stitches, adjustments to patterns, and social knitting with other talented knitters. Beginner knitters and crocheters welcome.
with Ruth Padawer
This workshop offers you an opportunity to preserve your memories and reflect on your past. Along the way, you’ll gain confidence in your literary voice and learn valuable writing skills. All welcome, regardless of writing experience. Sponsored by the Ratner-Seiden Senior Adult Center for the Arts.
with Michael Norris, PhD
Henri Emile Benoît Matisse (1869-1954)—an artist famed for his original use of line and color—compared his artistic development to the growth of a seed. We will trace that growth in Matisse’s life story until his mid-thirties by examining examples from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He came by the seed metaphor naturally—he was the son of a seed merchant in a northern French town. Despite his conservative appearance and work habits, Matisse continually absorbed new ideas as he worked in Paris and the South of France. We will leave Matisse as he becomes a leader of the “Fauves” or “Wild Beasts” movement (whose paintings expressed emotion in wild, often dissonant colors).
Read for pleasure and then share. Join us to chat casually about books. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
Discussion will be lightly facilitated by Kathy Graff.
Attendees should read the book in advance of the meeting. We will chose books that are fun to read--well-written and not too dense.
The selection for April is The Other Americans by Laila Lalami.
Step out of your own world for a little, and journey with us into the lives of literary characters.
Celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt and 100 Years of Women's Voting Rights with a presentation and reading from Eleanor, by award-winning author Gray Jacobik and a performance by students of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. A co-presentation of the JCC's Adult Department, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, and CavanKerry Press. Purchase of a ticket includes a copy of the book (one book per family). Books will be available for purchase at the event at a 20% discount.
In Eleanor, Jacobik presents 58 poems in Roosevelt’s voice told against the backdrop of many of the major national and international events of the 20th century. Included are poems about Franklin, her children, her mother-in-law, and her most passionate and intimate friendships, others focus on Roosevelt’s evolving relationship to servants and issues of class and human rights, as well as her service to the world community. Jacobik’s monologues constitute a sustained imaginative work that embodies her emotional experience, moral conflicts, fears, losses, desires, and aspirations. Read more here.
with Professor Ben Nelson
Reading and sharing a book with others brings a whole new perspective to the experience. Join us as Ben leads the exploration of these deeply affecting works. We’ll read the following 4 books:
March 18: The Cider House Rules by John Irving
April 22: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
May 13: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
June 17: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
with Paulette Cochet
Discover the amazing versatility and ease of painting with acrylics. Explore a wide range of techniques from thick, luscious brush strokes to fluid and transparent washes. Personal and individual expression is encouraged, with emphasis on composition and color use. Open to beginners and more experienced painters.
with Paulette Cochet
Engage your senses and advance your ability to improve your drawing skills in a creative and supportive environment. Explore the natural world as you gain the confidence to take your work to a new level through informative, innovative, and unique approaches. Traditional, contemporary, and expressive techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels. The Art of Drawing will inspire you to draw and keep drawing!
with JoJo Rubach and Dan Oelsner
JoJo and Dan will delight us with a great evening of cooking and tastings as we celebrate Israel’s Birthday with delicious cuisine that reflects the diversity of Israel’s multicultural population.
with Harriet Finck
Consider collage a gateway to the visual arts. With minimal technique - cutting, tearing, pasting random bits of rescued material - we compose fresh and intriguing new narratives. Bring old photographs, the contents of your recycling bin, odd sidewalk finds; along with some glue and scissors, and you’re ready to begin. All levels welcome.
with Steven Masi, Faculty Member of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. In that time his importance has not only endured, but increased through the changing tastes and values of each succeeding decade. What is it about his music that speaks so directly and frankly to the heart? This class will explore the wonder and significance of his music, with emphasis on the piano sonatas and chamber music.
with Sheryl Intrator Urman, Art Lecturer, Curator and Docent
The new MOMA has expanded its galleries and spaces for the eyes and mind to explore and learn. How and why did this all come about? Ms Urman will discuss the founding concepts and players who organized MOMA and made it happen, including why most present-day museums are re-thinking the museum experience. Sheryl will also talk about the controversy surrounding the new way current curators have chosen to exhibit the artwork of many favorite artists... Monet, Picasso, Kahlo, and Van Gogh.
with Paulette Cochet
Experience the Joy of Watercolor and/or the Joy of Fluid Acrylics on Yupo!
Expand your artistic boundaries and enjoy the freedom to express your own style with ease. Explore the magic of these shimmering mediums and celebrate their fluid and expressive qualities. Discover the freedom of painting with richly mingled color as you engage your senses and create personal works. Class emphasis will be placed on encouraging and developing new ways to approach painting, using inventive and risk taking techniques.
Open to beginners and more experienced artists.
Yupo is an amazing and popular synthetic surface. Available at Blick and online.
When the Best Short Film Oscar nominations come out, do you find yourself thinking “Where are these films shown and why haven’t I seen them?”
Join us for our annual presentation of Asbury Shorts, a nationally–acclaimed short film exhibition, featuring award-winning comedy, drama, and animated films curated from the top global film festivals.
This show always sells out quickly so get your tickets now!