As we approach Thanksgiving, we wanted to say that we are thankful for all of you for making our community so special! On behalf of the Board and staff of the JCC, we wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! In observance of Thanksgiving Day, there will be no J at Home on Thursday, but we look forward to connecting with you next week!
As always, there's something for everyone at the J! Check out these great upcoming events!
TODAY: Ballet Imagination: Introduction to Contemporary Dance, 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.
TODAY: Goodnight with Classical Music, 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 24 is a prelude to an upcoming series of 10 sessions. Purchase tickets 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
Supporting Local Families at Thanksgiving
Last week, we collaborated with the Central Family Life Center and the JCC Caregiver's Support Center to hand out turkeys to local residents in need from our GO KOSSAH NORC!
Bread of Life Food Drive
Check out this great SILive feature on our friends from the Bread of Life Food Drive. The Bread of Life Food Drive supports our Kosher Food Pantry and other local organizations with food donations collected from across the Staten Island community.
Recap: Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor in Terezin
Last week, we hosted Holocaust survivor, Dr. Inge Auerbacher, for a powerful and moving program presented in partnership with the Wagner College Holocaust Center. We had over 100 participants, including many students from a local Hebrew school. Our JCC remains committed to giving survivors a safe place to share their experiences and to preserving their memories for future generations so that we may never forget. You can watch a recording of the program for free at any time here.
Take Our Youth Programs Survey
We pride ourselves on offering exceptional youth programs that are fun and enriching for kids of all ages. We want to hear from you about your wants and needs for youth programming going forward. Please take this brief survey to tell us your thoughts on future youth programs. The results from this survey will help us learn more about the types of programs parents like you are interested in so that we can better serve you and your family. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Sunrise Shout-Out: Samantha Lawrence Salon
The Samantha Lawrence Salon has been hosting a point-of-sale fundraiser for Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island! Thank you for helping us give summer back to children with cancer and their siblings!
Supporting the JCC Made Easy
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Investors Bank's Care2Share Affinity Program, a free way that you can support the JCC! If you bank with Investors Bank, simply visit any branch and link your personal checking and savings accounts to our organization. Investors will make quarterly contributions to the JCC based on a percentage of your average balances. Your involvement is absolutely FREE and it's a great way to help us continue providing the programs you love and the social services our community needs! Learn more about Care2Share here.
CLLD Grab & Go Meals Update
CLLD Grab and Go meals have resumed and will continue to be available 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 can help you handle housing issues? We offer free, remote help with eviction prevention, Section 8 housing, public housing, SCRIE/DRIE issues, and maintaining safe and habitable living conditions.
For more information about housing and other Connect to Recovery services, contact Carolyn at COVID19@sijcc.com or 718.475.5264.
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!
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
Healthy Aging Webinar
Monday, December 14, 1pm
Join Julia Glauboch, RN, BSN, for a presentation that addresses common concerns and conditions older adults experience as they age. The presentation will cover topics such as medicine review, staying active, healthy eating, pedestrian safety, and home hazard prevention. The virtual presentation is open to all JCC and CLLD members. If you have any questions, please contact Janice at email@example.com.
Join us on Zoom here.
Meeting ID: 986 4887 1508
Yoga for Gratitude
This gratitude-centered yoga practice is perfect as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving!
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. This event is sponsored by Orren, Patricia, and Jerry Grushkin. 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.
SAJE Presents... A Virtual Tour of the Northern Transylvania Holocaust Memorial Museum
Tuesday, December 15, 7pm
Join us for a virtual tour of the Northern Transylvania Holocaust Memorial Museum. Opened in 2005, the museum is an essential hub for Holocaust education in the region. Its centerpiece is an abandoned—now restored—synagogue originally built in 1876. The tour is sponsored by the Staten Island Holocaust Center in partnership with Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun. The event is free, but we welcome any donations that will help us plan future programs, including enriching Arts & Culture lectures and Holocaust education events like this one. If you would like to donate, you can do so here. To register, please email Sigalit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zoom information to follow registration.
IlluminArt Productions & the JCC Senior Boomers Ensemble Presents... The Last Day at W.O.R.K
Wednesday, December 16, 10:30am & Friday, December 18, 10:30am
Join IlluminArt Productions and the JCC Senior Boomers Ensemble for a 40-minute Zoom radio play! In this play, a small-town radio station, W.O.R.K, is signing off the air after 50 years. The station owners, a couple in their 70s, have invited their old favorite acts back for one last nostalgic show. You can tune in to the show live on YouTube here.
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.
History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Since Thanksgiving festivities will be different this year, let's take a look back at the history of one of New York City's most exciting traditions—the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
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!
Lecture Series: Celebrating & Exploring American Music
Wednesdays in December, 7:30pm
Following our popular lecture with Gary Negbaur, we are excited to continue the series with an exploration of American music from the 1920s to today!
-The Birth of American Song - December 2: Tin Pan Alley & the origins of jazz, blues, and American popular song
-Swingin' Through the Depression & the War - December 9: Swing, big bands, the Great American Songbook, Broadway and Hollywood musicals
-Rockin' Through the 50s & 60s - December 16: The birth of rock n' roll, the British invasion, Broadway classics, bebop, cool and Latin jazz
-The 70s to Today - December 23: Singer/songwriters, Broadway gets experimental, jazz gets free, rock continues to change
Tickets are $10 per lecture or $35 for the whole series. Zoom information to follow registration.
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.
Classical Music Thanksgiving Playlist
This classical music playlist will make a great soundtrack to your Thanksgiving celebrations!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
An Arthur Thanksgiving
Join Arthur and all his friends for a special Thanksgiving celebration! Watch the movie for free here.
Stream Team Marco
Looking for something fun and uplifting for the whole family to watch over the holiday weekend? Team Marco is a new family film that premiered digitally last weekend. Part of the filming of the movie took place at the JCC, and our agency is featured throughout the film. We can’t wait to see it! Find out where you can stream Team Marco 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.
Online Learning for Career Development
The New York State Department of Labor has partnered with Coursera to offer free online courses that can help you build your skills and advance your career. Learn more and register here.
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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!
TODAY: Frontline Access--Former President & Commissioner of the WNBA, 7pm
Join the Virtual JCC for a conversation with Donna Orender, former President & Commissioner of the WNBA! She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and led major growth in the league across all key business metrics. Watch here.
Long Way Home: Cameron Douglas Discusses Family and Redemption with Heather Reisman
Thursday, December 3, 8pm
A moving, shocking, and inspiring story detailing Cameron Douglas’s struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison. Watch here.
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