Games Recommendations

Online and offline games for all levels and abilities

NEW All the Rivers: A Novel [ebook] / Dorit Rabinyan

Fiction - When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man.

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Aviva Rotstein

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NEW The Best Four Questions [audiobook] / Rachelle Burk

Children's / Juvenile Fiction - Marcy is finally old enough to ask The Four Questions at her family's Passover seder. She's sure when it's her time to shine, her questions will be the best ever. Though her four (funny) questions are not the ones in Haggadah, her family gently humors her with the answers before she and her brother go on to read the real Four Questions.

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Aviva Rotstein

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NEW Separation Anxiety: A Novel [ebook] / Laura Zigman

Fiction / Humour - Life hasn't gone according to Judy's plan. Her career as a children's book author offered a glimpse of success before taking an embarrassing nose dive. Teddy, now a teenager, treats her with some combination of mortification and indifference. Her best friend is dying. And her husband, Gary, has become a pot-addled professional "snackologist" who she can't afford to divorce. On top of it all, she has a painfully ironic job writing articles for a self-help website—a poor fit for someone seemingly incapable of helping herself.

Recommended by:

Aviva Rotstein

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Judas [audiobook; ebook; hebrew audiobook] / Amos Oz

Historical Fiction - Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

Recommended by:

Aviva Rotstein

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The Grammarians [ebook] / Cathleen Schine

Fiction - The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret "twin" tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

Recommended by:

Aviva Rotstein

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The Invisible Guest

It’s a thriller, smart and entertaining at the same time. A young businessman wakes up in a locked hotel room next to the body of his dead lover. He hires a prestigious lawyer to defend him, and over the course of one night, they work together to find out what happened.

Recommended by:

Cindy Vezga

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7 Brain Teasers

Keep your mind active with these brain challenges - one for each day of the week. Just print, fill in the answers and have fun!

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Print and fill in

Play JCC Supervised Duplicate Bridge online

Interested in joining the JCC's supervised duplicate game on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 10 - 12? Here are Bryan's instructions on how to sign up and what you need to do with Bridge Base Online before the Tuesday/Thursday games begin.

Recommended by:

Bryan Maksymetz

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Riders of the Lost Ark

A classic film! Probably one of the best Spielberg/Lucas collaborations. Great fun for families with youth or for us adults to re-watch any time!

Recommended by:

Shirly Berelowitz

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The Outsider (HBO demand)

This is not a typical police procedural as it weaves into the supernatural. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It was well acted and kept me on the edge of my seat with suspense.

Recommended by:

Susan Tonn

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The Stranger

Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger. Twists and turns keeps the watcher intrigued through the series.

Recommended by:

Jenn Trickett

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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This series is hilarious! Especially the first season. I would watch it again - and that says a lot!! I don't like to watch things twice.

Recommended by:

Talitha Johnston

Watch on Prime

Life in Pieces

Each episode is broken up into 3-4 short stories about members of the same large family. Full of laughs and an outstanding cast!

Recommended by:

Ben Horev

Watch on Netflix

Mini-crossword daily

The New York Times online has a free mini-crossword daily, free online full-size crossword puzzles from their archives, and other daily games (Tiles, Spelling Bee, Sets and more) to challenge your thinking.

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Play online

Bridgebase

The best online bridge game by far is Bridgebase. Free and unlimited, play against people or computers. Also offer online tournaments for a fee

Recommended by:

Bryan Maksymetz

Play online

Assorted Games

games.aarp.org offers so many free choices- mah jongg, bridge, solitaire games, word games

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Play online

Canasta Junction

Compete against other players utilizing the Canasta League of America rules (this is the form that I teach, and this is their official game). Unlimited play is $9.99 USD

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Play online

Mah Jongg 2

realmahjongg.com offers playing against a computer or your friends if they also register. They offer a 14 day free trial without credit card and then after that its $5.99/month USD

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Play online

Mah Jongg 1

myjongg.net offers 8 games per day for free and there is a private game option to play online with your friends.

Recommended by:

Lisa Cohen Quay

Play online

The Sinner

When a chilling murder sends shockwaves through a small town, a haunted detective's hunt for answers unravels a web of sinister secrets.

Recommended by:

Debbie Tabenkin

Watch on Netflix

Marriage Story

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together.

Recommended by:

Debbie Takenkin

Watch on Netflix

Atypical

Atypical tells the story of Sam, a 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. His journey of self-discovery will make you laugh, cry and learn about what does it mean to be normal.

Recommended by:

Mirella Portenoy

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Munich

Based on a true story, this thriller movie revolves around the events that transpired after the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre where 11 israeli athletes were murdered by a group of Palestinian terrorists. The secret strategy created by the Israeli government in response to that is sure to keep you entertained!

Recommended by:

Mirella Portenoy

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Chef's Table

The series goes inside the minds, lives, and kitchens of some of the best chefs in the world. Inspiring and beautiful.

Recommended by:

Daniel Wajsman

Watch it on Netflix

Line of Duty

British series, police investigating their own officers guilty of corruption or other crimes. It is intelligent, has a good pace, interesting characters and good storylines. I am on season 2. PS turn on subtitles - unless you are a Scottish accent pro.

Recommended by:

Alla Elperin

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Maktub

"Great movie! The plot revolves around two gangsters, Steve (Hanan Savyon) and Chuma (Guy Amir). When visiting a restaurant in Jerusalem, a terrorist attack kills everyone at the restaurant except them. This event makes Steve and Chuma reevaluate what they do for a living. Israeli comedy at its best."

Recommended by:

Daniel Wajsman

Watch it on Netflix