As always, there's something for everyone at the J! Check out these great upcoming events!
Protect Yourself this Flu Season: Free Flu Shots
The JCC is offering free flu shots, in partnership with the Office of the Borough President of Staten Island and CVS Pharmacy. Please note certain dates require pre-registration.
Thursday, November 19, 10am-3pm
Gerard Carter Community Center, 230 Broad Street
Flu shots will be administered by CVS Pharmacy and Staten Island University Hospital. Masks required. Safety measures will be followed. In addition to flu shots, there will also be mask & hand sanitizer giveaways and a Visa gift card raffle. Registration is required. Please contact Jalyssa Gordon at jgordon@SIJCC.com or 718.981.0500 to reserve your spot.
TOMORROW: Sing Your Way Home, 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! Check out this special message from Emily and get ready to sing your way home with her on Wednesday! 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.
BEGINNING TOMORROW: Music Theory for Teens
Wednesdays at 3pm
Over the course of 6 weeks, students will delve into the study of music with instructor Yelena Khaymovich in our new virtual Music Theory class! Register here. Zoom link follows your registration.
TOMORROW: SAJE Presents...Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor in Terezin, 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.
Check out our Fall Program Guide—your guide to everything going on, in-person and virtually, in our community this fall!
IN THE NEWS
CLLD Grab & Go Meals Update
CLLD Grab and Go meals will resume starting November 23rd through December 31st. If you are in need of assistance, please contact the CLLD office at 718.517.7445. Individuals who have not yet received a meal delivery from the Department for the Aging must call 311 to enroll.
Connect to Recovery
Throughout these difficult times, we're here to help you! Through our Connect to Recovery program, the JCC is here to connect you to free emergency services, either through JCC programs or referrals to partner agencies. Did you know that we offer financial counseling services? We offer free, remote help with budgeting, access to banking and financial products, credit card analysis and negotiation, credit score reports, establishing and improving credit, mortgage and loan modification review, and organization of financial documents. For more information about our financial counseling services and other Connect to Recovery services, contact Carolyn at COVID19@sijcc.com or 718.475.5264.
Zumba Fitness Classes
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.
Virtual Yoga Class
Join us for a new virtual yoga class, open to all JCC and CLLD members! The class will meet weekly on Zoom and will include deep relaxation, breathing exercises, and meditation along with the physical practice of yoga. In addition to a yoga mat, we recommend that you also have 2 blankets, a pillow, a strap, and a yoga block or thick book. Join us on Zoom here!
Hiking with the JCC Trailblazers
Tuesday, November 24, 9am
Enjoy the cool air and fall foliage with our JCC Trailblazers hiking group!* Sign up here.
Virtual Chair Yoga Classes
Fridays, 10am, beginning December 4
We are excited to bring you a new virtual chair yoga class, open to all JCC and CLLD members! Chair yoga is a gentle, relaxing practice that can help you improve your core strength and balance. Join us on Zoom here.
Meeting ID: 951 7046 6404
Walking & Yoga Workout
This 30-minute workout combines short walking intervals and yoga poses to burn calories while also building strength and flexibility!
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...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.
Ballet Imagination: Meditative Movement
Tuesday, December 1, 11am
This class explores traditional positions of alignment for contemporary technique in order to strengthen and protect our bodies while dancing. We then employ this technique in slow choreography with opportunities for improvisation. Adult beginners of all ages welcome! This class is a prelude to an upcoming series and it is offered in collaboration with Ballet Imagination.
Purchase tickets here. Zoom link follows your registration.
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.
December Book Club Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 12:30pm
Join us at our next virtual Book Club meeting! We will be reading The Body in Question by Jill Ciment. We hope to see you there!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 0872 9601
SAJE Presents... Jewish Film Series with Dr. Julia Wagner
Sundays, January 3 - February 7, 12pm
Over the summer, we enjoyed an amazing lecture series on the Jewish American Princess stereotype in movies with film scholar Dr. Julia Wagner. This time, Dr. Wagner is back for a 5-part Jewish film series, where she'll explore representations of the Jewish experience on screen from early silent films to today, from Hollywood to Israel. We can't wait to kick off the series on January 3 and hope you'll join us virtually, wherever you are! Tickets are $12 per lecture or $50 for the series. Zoom information to follow registration. Learn more about the lecture topics & register here.
SAJE Presents... Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Lecture Series
Tuesdays, January 12 & January 19, 2pm
Join us for a virtual lecture series on Israel with two outstanding professors from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev! On January 12, Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev will present on How Israel Became a Trailblazer in a Water-Starved World. On January 19, Professor Guy Ben-Port will discuss Policing Citizens: Minority Policy in Israel. Tickets are $15 per lecture or $25 for both lectures. Zoom information to follow registration. Purchase tickets here.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Check out the first in-depth documentary about Broadway's timeless cultural landmark Fiddler on the Roof.
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.
We have several scholarship opportunities available for deserving music students! Partial scholarships are open to students entering grades 5-12 who have some prior training on their instrument.
Our Harmony Club scholarship program is open to highly motivated students in grades 9-12. “Harmony Club” students will take free private lessons and ensemble classes. Students will also participate in master classes, and solo and group recitals. This program is made possible through a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
To apply for scholarship programs, please email a 1-2 minute performance audition video to Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director, at eseeley@SIJCC.com. Learn more about the programs here.
Chamber Music Society: The Bach Effect
Check out this radio program featuring members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as they play music by Bach and Mendelssohn.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Virtual Storytime: All About Fall
Join Miss Cathy from the Oxford Public Library as she sings songs and reads storybooks all about fall here!
Ballet Imagination: Introduction to Contemporary Dance
Tuesday, November 24, 4:30pm
Introduce your child to dance with this class on traditional and contemporary techniques designed to build strength and provide a foundation in dance, musicality, and timing. This creative, active, and educational class combines choreographed movement with fun and improvisation. Register here.
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.
COVID-19 Bereavement Support Group
New group forming soon
UJA-Federation of New York’s Partners in Caring presents a virtual 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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Be sure to check out these additional programs from our friends at other organizations around the country!
TODAY: Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader Statesman, 12pm
Join the JCC of San Francisco for a conversation with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich and the Honorable Abraham Sofaer. This November marks 25 years since the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Join his friend and biographer Itamar Rabinivich to learn more about his life and legacy. What was his impact as a leader? What's been the impact of his loss? How can we connect his era to the continued challenges to peace in the region today? Hear the history from Itamar, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, as he discusses Rabin’s work with Abe Sofaer, former legal adviser to the US Department of State. Registration required. Register here.
The Esther & Julius Adler 32nd Semi-Annual Virtual Yiddish Concert
Wednesday, November 18, 11:30am
Join our friends from the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for a virtual Zoom concert featuring conductor, pianist, musical arranger, composer, and Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Zalmen Mlotek. Watch on Zoom 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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