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August 2018

Summer carnival

August 19 , 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Hebrew Academy, 22 School Road East
Marlboro Township, NJ 07746

The fifth annual PJ Library Summer Carnival will take place at The Hebrew Academy (formerly Solomon Schechter Day School) in Marlboro, 10-11:30 a.m., featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, games, face-painting, prizes, snacks, and a PJ Library Carnival Enrollment Special. PJ Library, which sends free Jewish books to children, is funded locally by Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey. Admission carnival is free; RSVP is required. Contact Linda Glickstein at 732-431-5525 or Contact Inbar Singal at…

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Afternoon of opera

August 19 , 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Rd
East Windsor, NJ 08520

“An Afternoon of Opera, Lovers, and Other Strangers” will be presented by the Seniors group at Beth El Synagogue, East Windsor, on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. The afternoon will present the arias and duets of Dvorak, Donizetti, Korngold, Massenet, Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi performed by sopranos Cecelia Chaisson, Eve Edwards, Ana Maria Ruimonte, Dora Schnur, and Shelly O’Hara Tapp; tenor Vincent Abamo; baritones David Hobbs and David Tapp; and Joseph Krupa at the piano. The cost is $10…

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Pool party

August 19 , 3:00 pm

The East Brunswick chapter of Hadassah will host a pool party for singles and couples on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. (rain date: Aug. 26), featuring catering by Giddy’s, entertainment, games, prizes, and socializing. Chairs are Anne Kroll and Elaine Silver. Couvert is $40; proceeds go to the Hadassah Medical Organization. RSVP to Elise at 732-613-0827.

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The Bible Players

August 19 , 6:30 pm
B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052

B’nai Shalom, West Orange, 6:30 p.m. Children’s presentation of Torah stories during the Yom Kippur Neilah service. Call 973-731-0160.

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Caregivers/Parents with Responsibility for Adults with Disabilities

August 20 , 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Caregivers/Parents with Responsibility for Adults with Disabilities Support Group. JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, 7:30-9 p.m. Continues Aug. 20. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ. RSVP to Dr. Laura Weitzman at or 908-352-8375.

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“Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story”

August 20 , 7:30 pm
Union County Torah Center, 111 Laurel Pl
Westfield, NJ 07090

Part of summer film festival, telling the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General stationed in Bordeaux, France, during World War II who defies orders from his government and issues more than 30,000 visas to people fleeing the Holocaust. Free, $180 sponsorships are available. Register at or contact or 908-789-5252.

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Jewish journaling

August 21 , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth Country, 310 Plaza Dr
Freehold, NJ 07728

“Our Stories, Ourselves — Jewish Journaling and More,” facilitated by Michele Bernstein Klausner, director of The Journal Center, will be held at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth Country, Freehold, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. It is based on the museum’s exhibit “Three Centuries of Growth and Change: A History of Jews in Monmouth County.” The fee is $5 per session; call 732-252-6990 or visit

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Aloha, summer

August 21 , 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

An End-of-Summer Hawaiian Luau will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the JCC of Middlesex County, Edison, featuring Hawaiian music with Bob James and a professional hula dancer (don’t forget to wear your grass skirt). Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., entertainment 12:45-2 p.m. The cost is $22, $19 for JCC members. No registration after Aug. 17. Call 732-593-5958.

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Memory Café

August 21 , 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lavy House Senior Resource Center, 748 E Broad St
Westfield, NJ 07090

Senior Resource Center at Lavy House, Westfield, noon-2 p.m. Free kosher lunch and social activities for individuals with early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and their care partners, with funding from Jewish Family Service of Central NJ and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. RSVP to Naomi Kreutzer at 908-352-8375 or

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Musical institution

August 21 , 1:00 pm
Highland Park Senior Center, 220 S 6th Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904

“Irving Berlin, An American Institution,” an illustrated lecture by historian Marty Schneit, will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at Highland Park Senior Center. RSVP to 732-819-0052 or the JCC of Middlesex County at 732-494-3232.

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CJL classes

August 21 , 7:00 pm
Center for Jewish Life, 176 Hwy 79
Marlboro Township,, NJ 07746

The Center for Jewish Life, Marlboro, hosts a free class on Torah and Kabbalah led by Rabbi Yossi Kanelsky on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Call 732-316-7600.

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August 21 , 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El, 756 E Broad St
Westfield, NJ 07090

Temple Emanu-El in Edison will hold a free workshop, “Using Mindfulness to Build Resilience and Well-Being,” on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7:30-9 p.m. Teacher Tracy Fink will share the tools of neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to provide practices for individual growth and development. The free event is appropriate for adults and older teens. Light refreshments will be served. Call 732-549-4442  or visit

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“Fiddler” in Yiddish

August 22 , 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10280

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County will arrange a trip to see “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City on Wednesday, Aug. 22, leaving Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton Junction, at 9:30 a.m. and returning at approximately 5:30 p.m. “Fiddler,” directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey, is in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles. Cost is $95, which includes a light dairy lunch and snack. To purchase…

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55-plus picnic

August 22 , 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merrill Park, Fairview Ave
Colonia, NJ 07067

The annual picnic of the 55-Plus Club of Neve Shalom, Metuchen, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Merrill Park, Grove 2, 1-5 p.m. (note change of dates; rain date: Aug. 29). Participants should bring lunch and a chair. Call president Murray Simon at 732-734-7997.

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Bereavement group

August 22 , 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner, campus chaplain for the Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, will facilitate a bereavement group on Wednesdays, Aug. 22 and Sept. 5, 3-4 p.m. at the JCC of Middlesex County, Edison. New members are welcome. RSVP to Sue Horwitz at 732-593-5958.

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