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Upcoming Events


The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo’s Songs from the Great American Songbook Concert on Sunday, December 4th, 2022 @ 2 PM. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members.


The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo was formed in 2012 by, then, nine-year-old Florian Schantz. Since then, the band has delighted audiences in hundreds of venues in greater NYC area and in Germany. Bios of the band are included below:


Florian Schantz (aged 20) is from Westfield, NJ and is the band leader. Florian plays the trumpet, cornet, fluegelhorn, valve
trombone, bass trumpet, the piccolo trumpet, the euphonium and numerous other instruments. He started playing the trumpet at age 6 and has been leading the band since he was 9 years old and has been playing trumpet professionally since he was 10. Florian has played over 650 engagements at venues all over NJ, NY, PA, CT and Germany including over 110 libraries. He has been featured in front page articles in the Courier News, Home News Tribune, Suburban News and
Westfield Leader. He won the internationally recognized Louis Armstrong award for trumpet at age 11. Florian is a junior at Kean University on a full four-year scholarship for music.

Rup Chattopadhyay is from Scotch Plains, NJ and is a professional trombone and tuba player with over two decades of experience in numerous bands of various genres. He began his musical career playing bass trombone and tuba with the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Moonglowers Jazz Ensemble. At Rutgers University he spent much of his
time traveling across the country and internationally with the Rutgers Marching Band, Pep Band, and Glee Club as well as other projects.

Steve Kaplan is a retired music/ band teach from the Trenton area who specialized in performing ethnic cultural music from Eastern Europe, Middle East, Jewish, Yiddish, Ladino, and Israeli Folk music, dance and celebratory music. He performs with various musical groups on all sizes of saxophones, clarinets, flute, and keyboards

Margaret Schantz (aged 23) is from Westfield. She has been playing trumpet and fluegelhorn professionally with the band since 2013, playing with several other professional bands including the Sharpshooters Band of Northern NJ. She has also led her own band project playing Broadway standards. Margaret has received her BA and MS from Seton Hall University and works for US Bank.

Lowell Schantz is from Westfield, NJ; he has played guitar for over 30 years and has played in numerous jazz bands. He also plays the trumpet, baritone horn, alphorn and guitar professionally as well as numerous other instruments. He has been part of the jazz combo since its formation in 2012 and manages the band.

CANCELLED: The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents An Afternoon with Artist Harvey Levy on Sunday, December 11th, 2022 @ 2:00 PM. This is an in-person and Zoom event. Admission for this program is FREE for everyone and a light brunch spread will be available.

Harvey was educated in part by the School of Visual Arts and mostly by life and an imagination that is wild and whimsical, as well as a deep connection to the Torah. Harvey (Chaviv) Levy is a Sephardic Jew. In many of his pieces, one can find imagery that is especially Sephardic in both shapes and designs. Harvey’s works of art are usually packed full of intricate themes, design, and humor. One can completely enjoy the art from a distance, enjoying form and color, or spend a lot of time in viewing every inch of the page to appreciate the works real essence and totality of meaning.

 The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents T-Klez in a Hanukkah Concert, on Sunday, December 25th, 2022, at 2 PM.  Admission is $15 for members, $18 for non-members. 


Expect an afternoon of both familiar tunes and music new to you.  For example, they will play a Chanukah medley of popular tunes like S’vivon & Levivot you can sing along with.  You’ll also hear selections in Yiddish and Ladino...and rare settings to familiar songs – for example, did you know that there is a beautiful melody to Maoz Tzur that was written in Italy in the 1700s?  It sounds similar to the music of its time and place (i.e. “churchy”) the way some contemporary Jewish music sounds American!


Speaking of American, T-Klez will also play you a klezmer suite written in the 21st century by a musician born in the 1970s.  It consists of a waltz, a jok and a freylekhs. A jok is a Romanian style circle dance popular at Jewish weddings in Europe and in the U.S. in the early 20th century; a freylekhs is a fast dance tune.


T-Klez’ musicians have well over 100 years of combined experience playing music..  David Licht is the founding percussionist of the Klezmatics, Psachya Septimus has accompanied stars like Avrohom Fried and Eitan Katz, and Dena Ressler, like David, has taught at KlezKamp and Yiddish New York.  They love playing for JHMOMC audiences!

Sunday, December 18th @ 2 PM: Documentary film: "100 Years: Past, Present, and Future."


The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents a showing of Congregation B’nai Israel’s film documentary entitled “ 100 Years: Past, Present and Future” on Sunday, December 18th, 2022 @ 2:00 PM. This is an in-person event and admission for this program is FREE.


This is film documentary made by Chris Brenner showcasing the history and achievements of Congregation B'nai Israel in Rumson. The film is a work of love and devotion by so many people to our beloved Congregation B'nai Israel and the Jewish Heritage Museum is honored to have a beautiful exhibit sharing this history and to show this documentary!


For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Museum at 732-252-6990 or visit our website at

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