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Yearn to Learn (Y2L)

The mission of Yearn to Learn is to provide high quality interactive learning experiences for retired persons in small, local group settings, which promote stimulating group interaction, self exploration and interpersonal connection.

Yearn to Learn was created in 2014 by a group of retired persons working with staff of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) with a one year start up grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

Drawing on the professional expertise and life experience of participants, programs are generally led by volunteers who have group facilitation skills and extensive knowledge of or interest in a topic area.

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There is a small fee (approximately $5) to cover costs of refreshments, publicity, and handouts.

Topics are chosen by participants and arranged by a Participant Advisory Committee which meets monthly at JFS.

At times, a paid professional expert provides a program. There may be a slightly higher fee to cover costs for those events. Fees are collected at the door of the event.

If the fee is a barrier for attendance for any senior, JFS is able to provide a limited number of “scholarships” to reduce the cost as a barrier for attendance.

Programs are held primarily at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater.

Y2L is designed to be portable, and programs may be held throughout Somerset or Hunterdon County if there is sufficient interest and availability of facilitators and space in another part of these two counties.

We welcome participation in programs by the entire community.

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 non-sectarian social service agency that has served the tri-county area since 1980.

 

For information about upcoming programs and to register (or to sign up for the email list), please Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org.

If you are interested in facilitating a group, please email Ruth Edelman.

To find out more about JFS and its services to seniors, click here.

 

Upcoming Yearn to Learn Events

Unless noted otherwise (check details below) all programs will take place from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewaters.

Fee: $5   Please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org to preregister.

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Litvaks & Galitzianers: Jewish Hatfields and McCoys

Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Litvaks and Galitzianers were two distinct Jewish cultural groups in Eastern Europe in the 19th century.

This talk will describe how they evolved into separate cultures and the distinctive dialects, religion and foods that they knew.

Find out what the Gefilte Fish line is!

Arthur Gertzman is a Biomedical Scientist, Medical Device Industry Consultant, Past President of Temple Sholom and President of Gombin Society.

Location:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

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Tapping Into your Creative Soul

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Evelyn Rauch

We all have a creative side to us. The key to exploring and expanding our creativity lies in how we go about tapping into our individual strengths. We need to have the tools to channel our creative soul into constructive and rewarding results.

Many times we want to express ourselves in an artful way but we have no idea where to begin so we don't even make an attempt and this can be so frustrating.

Come join Evelyn in a fun filled workshop to start you on a path to explore your creativity and change how you see things forever! Through a series of joyful, mind-expanding exercises, she guarantee you will find out that you have more creative juices in you than you ever thought you had.

You may have the next best seller in you or you may be the next Picasso. But even if all you want to do is see the world in a truly colorful and beautiful way this is the workshop for you!

Evelyn Rauch is a local resident, Interior Designer (Creative Concept), Author of “Surviving Steffi” and Fine Artist.

Location:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

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The Jewish Mayflower—The Amazing Saga of America's Earliest Jews

Tuesday, March 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presented by Leora Isaacs, Ph.D

Leora will lead us on an amazing journey of discovery about how our ancestors helped discover and establish the United States. Leora Isaacs has more than four decades of experience as an educational practitioner, program developer and administrator, researcher and evaluator, and organizational and community consultant.

Throughout her career she has gained a reputation as a master teacher at all levels of Jewish and secular education from early childhood through University graduate school, in virtually all forms and settings. As director and faculty member of Temple Sholom's Hebrew High program, she created and taught an experiential course on American Jewish history -- upon which this learning session is based.

Location:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.