Arts & Culture

Sponsored by the Haddad Family Foundation

A whole new world is right at your fingertips.

We’re making our world a more musical and colorful place.  Our arts and culture programs offer hands-on workshops, private lessons, social clubs, and opportunities for exhibiting your own work. Industry experts nurture our talents and grow our skills in the visual and musical arts.

Meet the professional musicians of our Encore School of Music faculty, dedicated to working one-on-one with community members of all ages and talent levels, teaching technique and building skills in music reading, writing, and theory. Our concerts and film series run year-round in our auditorium and our Culinary Institute is filling the hall with delicious aromas. Check out our Social Services department to discover great social clubs that will ignite new interests and help you meet new people.

Click on our Menu to view our Social Services Department, or click or scroll for Music Lessons, Culinary Institute, and Art Gallery

Get ready for “Annie”!

Be a part of this amazing ENCORE production! Dance, sing, act, and have a whole of fun.

Auditions: October 19th and 21st, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

*appointments required – stay tuned for details!

Show Dates: March 7 & 8
Program Fees: Members – $250, Non-members – $275


High level of training delivered from our star community performers Sojna Cabasso, Gail Shrem, & Natalie Terzi.

Sign-up details coming soon.

Music Lessons

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, private lessons are the best way to develop your talents and skills. We offer highly skilled instructors who are supportive, patient, and motivating.

The Encore School will consult with students and parents to ensure that they are matched with the teacher best suited to their needs, skill level, interests, goals, and schedule. Students progress is continually monitored.

Weekly lessons are scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minute intervals and are offered in both instrumental and voice.

Now available: Private lessons in the convenience of your home for only $5 per lesson more!

Students enrolled in private and group lessons are welcome to perform in studio recitals.

30 minutes: $40 per lesson
45 minutes: $60 per lesson
60 minutes: $75 per lesson

Instruments include:

  • Piano/keyboard
  • Guitar/bass
  • Drums
  • Voice
  • Ukelele
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Band Instruments

Practice rooms may be rented Sunday through Thursday evenings for individuals, groups, or jam sessions.

Instruments may be purchased or rented through the Encore School at a discount.

Students enrolled in the Encore School will be welcome to perform in our Annual Winter and Spring Recitals

For more information, or to book a lesson, please click here to email Kathy Shabot or call her at 718-954-3139 or Abdo Ades at (732) 241-5550.

(Members receive preferential day and time slots)



Culinary Institute

Are you ready to up your cooking game?

Create and indulge in flavors from around the globe at the Center’s Sultan Culinary Institute. Students enjoy learning in a spacious, commercial-grade, certified-Kosher kitchen. Our ultra-modern facility has separate meat and dairy kitchens and plenty of space for demonstration and hands-on participation. Top-notch chefs headline our lively day classes, exciting night classes, and best-ever birthday parties, for ALL experience levels. Our classes are great for novices, professionals, and every foodie in between. Bon appétit!

All regular classes have a maximum of 15 participants unless otherwise indicated.


Culinary Birthday Parties

Let the Center take care of your birthday party! All you have to do is provide us with your tastes and interest and we’ll take care of the rest.

Our parties include a full 5-course meal to be prepared in our kitchen with your guests, wine and birthday cake included. After enjoying the fun and cooking excitement, sit down, relax and enjoy your creations.

For more information, contact Kathy Shabot at 718-954-3146 or [email protected]


Culinary Policies

We ask that all members adhere to the following policies in order to create an optimal experience for everyone!

Class Etiquette
  • Cell phones are not permitted in class. If you have to make or pick up a call, please  exit the classroom to do so.
  • Babies and small children are not permitted in our kitchen while class is in session.
  • Outside foods are strictly prohibited at all times, no exceptions!
Cancellation Policy

A full refund or credit will be granted for any cancellation made two weeks or more in advance of the class. A cancellation made less than two weeks in advance or a no show, will result in a loss of the class fee.

The Center reserves the right to cancel at its discretion. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given a choice between a full refund and class credit.

Art Gallery

The Center proudly exhibits and features artists. Our current exhibition is by Neil Kerman.

Neil Kerman, artist and businessman, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he now creates his art not far from the world-famous Coney Island. In 1972 with enhancing his creativity, Kerman earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Brooklyn College. After graduating, he went on to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in both New York and New Jersey where he has owned and operated nursing homes for the past 45 years. Kerman enjoys using colors to create cheerfulness for the residents of his nursing homes, while at the same time, creates paintings to visually stimulate the mind.

Now hanging throughout the Center’s 1st floor.