As always, there's something for everyone at the J! Check out these great upcoming events!
November Book Club Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 12:30pm
Join us at our next virtual Book Club meeting! We will be reading On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. We hope to see you there!
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Meeting ID: 818 0872 9601
Friday, November 13, 12pm
We are proud to partner with the Staten Island Not For Profit Association and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities to co-host a presentation on making virtual meetings and events accessible to attendees with disabilities. Topics will include choosing an accessible virtual conferencing platform, advertising with accessibility in mind, hiring access professionals, preparing your tech and presenters, and starting with an access check. The JCC is proud to support people with disabilities and believes that everyone should have opportunities to be included. Register for the presentation here.
Check out our Fall Program Guide—your guide to everything going on, in-person and virtually, in our community this fall!
IN THE NEWS
Staten Island Day of Action and #GetTestedTuesday
In response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, the City is hosting a special day of action for Staten Island today, where they will be distributing PPE and encouraging testing. You can find a list of testing sites here.
Recap: Celebrating & Exploring American Music with Gary Negbaur
Last week, we hosted composer and musician Gary Negbaur for an amazing virtual lecture and performance! Our participants all had a great time! As one told us, "It was a wonderful presentation. I'm looking forward to more!" This was just the first in a series of Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute lectures and we can't wait to share with you what's next. Stay tuned! If you missed the lecture, a recording will be available for purchase later this week here.
In Good Taste: A JCC Cookbook
One of our friends recently shared some photos from a JCC cookbook called In Good Taste that was written and distributed to members in the 1970s! Do you have any special JCC photos or mementos from yesteryear? We'd love to see them! Email photos to email@example.com
Zumba Fitness Classes
Thursdays, 9:30am and Sundays, 10am
Our outdoor Zumba classes were so popular that we have added additional classes to our schedule! This is a high energy group fitness cardio class that will take place in the Bernikow parking lot. Please remember to bring water and wear appropriate clothing. Reservations are required. Sign up here.
Hiking with the JCC Trailblazers
Tuesdays, November 17 and November 24, 9am
Enjoy the cool air and fall foliage with our JCC Trailblazers hiking group!* Sign up here.
Quick Cardio Boost
Try this ten-minute cardio workout to clear your mind and boost your focus!
Ongoing Classes & At-Home Workouts
We are so excited to announce several NEW virtual classes open to all CLLD and JCC members! These low-impact classes will help you get moving and stay fit at home! Check out our website for a full schedule of all our virtual wellness programming! Check out our website for a full schedule of all of our virtual wellness programming! Check out this link for a variety of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home at any time!
ARTS AND CULTURE
If you love our Cultural Arts programs, please consider making a donation here. Your support helps us continue to present world-class entertainment and educational seminars! Did you know? If you miss one of our amazing virtual seminars, you can still purchase a ticket to watch it on demand! Tickets for past and upcoming virtual programs are available here!
SAJE Presents...Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor in Terezin
Wednesday, November 18, 7pm
The Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) is proud to partner with the Wagner College Holocaust Center to present a conversation with Holocaust survivor, Dr. Inge Auerbacher. Inge grew up in Kippenheim Germany. In August 1942, she was deported to Terezin with her parents and beloved doll Marlene. Of the 15,000 children sent there, only 100 survived. A chemist by profession, Inge has spoken in countries around the world. She has a special relationship with Staten Island's own P.S. 22 choir, which has sung two of her poems, including at the U.N. She is the author of 6 books, including I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Inge will be introduced by Professor Lori Weintrob, Wagner College Holocaust Center, who will moderate the Q&A. Please email Sigalit Grego at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Join us on Zoom here
Meeting ID: 875 7876 6410
SAJE Presents...How Sandy Koufax Made Every American Jew Feel 10 Feet Tall
Thursday, November 19, 7pm
Our lecture with Steve Lerner on baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax has been postponed to Thursday, November 19—which gives you another chance to secure your ticket to a great presentation! Koufax, who famously chose not to start Game 1 of the 1965 World Series for the Dodgers because it fell on Yom Kippur, has been an inspiration to so many and we can't wait to hear about his story. Tickets are $5. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Remember, if you can't join us on the 19th, you can also purchase a ticket to receive access to a video recording of the lecture! Register here.
SAJE Presents...The Four Things You Never Knew About Judaism
Monday, November 30, 12pm & Monday, December 7, 12pm
We are excited to present another amazing SAJE lecture series: The Four Things You Never Knew About Judaism with Lori Palatnik! Lori is the Founding Director of Momentum, an organization that seeks to empower Jewish women. Tickets are $12 per lecture or $20 if you purchase both lectures! Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Register here.
Hanukkah & Christmas Favorites: A Virtual Family Concert by the Auerbach-Pierce Duo
Sunday, December 6, 6pm
Join us for a live, virtual concert by violinist Dan Auerbach & pianist Joshua Pierce! The duo will perform beloved Hanukkah and Christmas songs! Tickets are $10 per household and can be purchased here. Zoom information to follow registration.
Fall 2020: Book Festival in Your Living Room
We are pleased to partner with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium to present a virtual Book Festival this fall! Join us for 10 events with amazing authors including Michael J. Fox, John Grisham, Jonathan Safron Foer, and more! View the full schedule and purchase tickets here! Note: Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email email@example.com if you would like a copy. On-demand recording of the event may be purchased after the program.
Ballet at the Kennedy Center
Since we can't go see a ballet in person right now, check out this playlist of ballet videos from the Kennedy Center!
Ongoing Cultural Arts Classes
We miss all of our enriching Cultural Arts classes, but we are so excited to be able to offer some of them virtually! Check out our website for a full schedule of all of our virtual programming!
Music Institute Open for In-Person Lessons
The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute has officially re-opened for individual, in-person instrumental lessons! Lessons will take place on weekdays, Monday through Friday, between 3pm-7pm. Spaces are limited, so make sure to register early. Sign up here! All lessons will follow CDC guidelines. Read more about precautions we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff here. We look forward to seeing our musicians in person again soon! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ela Seeley at ESeeley@sijcc.com.
Music Theory for Teens
Wednesdays at 3pm, beginning November 18
Learn about music theory with Yelena Khaymovich in this new virtual class for teens! Register here. Zoom link follows your registration.
Sing Your Way Home
Wednesday, November 18 at 11am
Join us for our introductory session of "Sing Your Way Home," a new music class for families with young children. Emily, an award-winning children's music performer will fill your hearts with music! Use your drums, maracas, or simply pots and pans to participate! This introductory class is a prelude to an upcoming series. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. Zoom link to follow registration. If you have any questions, please contact Ela Seeley at ESeeley@sijcc.com.
The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute is accepting highly motivated music students in grades 9-12 to participate in a FREE comprehensive course of study. “Harmony Club” students receive private lessons and ensemble classes throughout the 2020-21 school year. In addition, students participate in master classes, and solo and group recitals. Students accepted to the program are required to fully participate in lessons and workshops and to represent the program through public performances. To apply, please email your 1-2 min performance audition to Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is made possible through a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
Partial Scholarship Auditions
Audition for a partial scholarship to the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute! The program is open to students entering grades 5-12 who have some prior training on their instrument. These funds allow talented young musicians to take private lessons with professional instructors, as well as participate in recitals, ensembles, and music theory classes, at an affordable cost to their families. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability and demonstrated financial need, with a limited number of merit-based scholarships also available. To apply, please email a 1-2 minute performance audition video to Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director, at eseeley@SIJCC.com.
Arts Across America: Chloe Pourmorady & Joey Weisenberg Concert
Watch a special performance by composers and musicians Chloe Pourmorady and Joey Weisenberg, presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History as part of the Kennedy Center's Arts Across America series.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Veterans Day Poppies
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Each year on Veterans Day, people honor veterans by wearing poppies in remembrance of their service. Watch this clip from "What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?" to hear the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during World War I. Then, follow along with this guide to making your own poppies at home.
Goodnight with Classical Music
Demo Session: Tuesday, November 24, 8pm
Join us for a special virtual storytime series, where we will use classical music & art to journey to the magical worlds of our favorite stories! The demo session on November 17 is a prelude to an upcoming series of 10 sessions. Purchase tickets here.
Chanukah Art Workshop
Sunday, December 6, 1pm
Chanukah is in the air at the JCC! Join us for a virtual Chanukah Art Workshop for kids with artist Chloe Matuszewicz! Tickets include a pre-sketched canvas and all other supplies needed. After registration, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to pick up your supplies at the Bernikow JCC (1466 Manor Road). Then, join us on Zoom and paint along with Chloe! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Please register by November 29.
COVID-19 Bereavement Support Group
6 weekly zoom sessions starting Tuesday, November 10 at 1pm
UJA-Federation of New York’s Partners in Caring presents Covid-19 bereavement support group for family caregivers. Please contact Karen Factor at KFactor@sijcc.com or 718.508.3884 to register.
Family Solutions to Memory Loss: Weekly Zoom Chats
Thursdays, 6pm, through December 10
The JCC's Family Solutions to Memory Loss program is offering weekly Zoom chats for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers. Participants will chat virtually with speech-language pathology graduate students and NYS licensed supervisors and participate in in fun memory-related activities! For more information and to sign up, please contact Stefanie Schechter at 718.475.5244 or email@example.com
Volunteer for the JCC's Kosher Food Pantry
Since the pandemic began, our Kosher Food Pantry has been serving 4-5 times its typical recipients. With such an increase in need for food assistance, we also need additional volunteers to help us feed local families. Volunteers can help with various jobs including distribution to families, stocking shelves, packing food packages, and more. Please contact Neshama Marcus at nmarcus@SIJCC.com or 718.475.5228 if you would like to help. Thank you!
Free ESL and HSE Classes
If you need assistance with the English Language, you should take advantage of this FREE Program on Staten Island! We offer online morning and night classes, and our staff is always here to help get you where you need to be! Come and join us for a great opportunity to advance your language skills! If you have any questions, please call us at 718.508.3885
If you are looking to get your high school equivalency diploma, you can join our online program for free!* Call us at 718.508.3895 Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
*Students must be 18 years old or older, and no longer enrolled in High School
The Staten Island Equity and Belonging Project Survey
The JCC is partnering with the College of Staten Island to present the Staten Island Equity and Belonging Project. This study is opportunity to share your views and opinions on equity and belonging on Staten Island. The online survey will take about 20 minutes for you to complete. In appreciation, all participants will be entered into a drawing to receive one of the four possible $25 Amazon gift cards. Take the survey here.
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Coping During COVID-19: Parent Support Workshop Series
Join the Child Mind Institute for a series of parent support workshops on coping with COVID-19. Topics will include Fostering Resilience Within Your Family, Managing Intense Emotions, Managing Stress & Anxiety, and Managing Grief & Loss. View the full schedule and register for workshops here.
TOMORROW: National Jewish Community Celebration of Veterans Day, 2:11pm
Join the JCC Association of North America and the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council for a special celebration to honor Jewish veterans. Several veterans will share personal stories of their service in the U.S. military and the influence it has had in their lives. Join the event on Facebook here.
TOMORROW: Jewish American Military Service and History, 6pm
Hear a panel discussion with Jewish war veterans and learn about their new virtual exhibition. You'll hear from several veterans, including 105 year old World War II veteran Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sam Sachs, who survived the D-Day invasion and went on to help liberate a concentration camp. Register here.
Becoming a Jewish Officer in the U.S. Military Panel Discussion
Sunday, November 15, 8pm
JWB will present Becoming a Jewish Officer in the U.S. Military: A Panel Discussion with Graduating Seniors at Our Military Academies. Teens and their families will hear from senior cadets and midshipmen at our nation’s military academies; learn how they decided to become military officers; what Jewish life is like on campus; and a bit about their presumed career trajectories. Register here.
Virtual JCC with the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC
During these challenging times, the entire JCC community across North America has come together to share unique, engaging content with members. You can make a free Virtual JCC account to access a variety of live, virtual events. We'll be sure to keep sharing our favorites with you! Check it out here!
Getting Started: A Writing Workshop Exclusively for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
Sunday, November 22, 2pm
The Virtual JCC invites descendants of Holocaust survivors to an informative workshop that explores how to approach and shape your family’s Holocaust narrative. This online program will help you develop a concise written history by providing thoughtful prompts and the tools necessary to begin this journey. Learn more and register here.
Displaced Jews at the End of the Second World War
Monday, November 23, 8pm
David Nasaw explores what happened to the one million people, including between 200,000 and 250,000 Jews, who were left behind in Germany at the end of the war, who either could not go home or had no homes to go to. These last million would spend the next three to five years in displaced persons camps as the international community debated over their fate. Watch here.
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