As always, there's something for everyone at the J! Check out these great upcoming events!
Today is Election Day!
The polls close at 9pm tonight in New York, so be sure to go vote if you haven't already!
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.
Saturday, November 7, 11am-2pm
Todt Hill Community Center, 255 Westwood Avenue
Registration is required. Please email RCatalan@sijcc.com 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! 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.
Keep Your Lungs Healthy: Getting Through this Flu Season
Thursday, November 5, 1pm
We are proud to partner with the New York City Department for the Aging to present an important information session on respiratory health. Liz D’Imperio has over 25 years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and is now the Director, Health Promotion for the American Lung Association. Liz will talk about COPD, asthma and lung cancer, getting your flu vaccine, keeping medical appointments, taking prescribed medications, wearing masks, hand washing and social/physical distance in the time of COVID-19. Please register by October 30th by contacting Janice jsalerno@SIJCC.COM
Join us on Zoom here
or Dial In at +1 646 558 8656 (New York)
Meeting ID: 883 8193 9102
Celebrating & Exploring American Music with Gary Negbaur
Thursday, November 5, 4:30pm
We hope you will join us for the first installment in our new series of virtual music history lectures! We are excited to have Gary Negbaur with us for a discussion of the foundation of American music and a special performance. Gary Negbaur is a Harvard and Berklee College of Music-educated pianist, singer, and composer who has performed and taught around the world. He has also composed music for theater, TV, and film. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Zoom link to follow registration. If you have any questions, please contact Ela Seeley at ESeeley@sijcc.com.
SAJE Presents...How Sandy Koufax Made Every American Jew Feel 10 Feet Tall
Thursday, November 5, 7pm
Join us for a lecture with Steve Lerner about baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax, who famously chose not to start Game 1 of the 1965 World Series for the Dodgers because it fell on Yom Kippur.
Tickets are $5. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Register here.
SAJE Presents...Behind the Screen: Chicago as a Microcosm
Sunday, November 8, 6pm
SAJE has partnered with the Tucson JCC to present Amplifying Voices, a series of conversations on racial justice. Join Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago, for a discussion with a representative of the Jews of Color initiative. Tickets are $10. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Register here.
School's Out at the JCC
Wednesday, November 11, 8am-3pm
When school's out, the JCC is in! Looking for something for your child to do when school is closed on Veterans Day? Kids can enjoy their favorite activities like swimming, sports, arts & crafts, and more at the Bernikow JCC! Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and all participants MUST wear a mask. Please bring your own lunch. 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
Support our Virtual Food Drive
During the pandemic, the JCC stepped in to help feed at-risk seniors who have been isolated and are often unable to shop for food by themselves. As the weather gets colder and the threat of a second wave approaches, we want to continue feeding our seniors, but we need your help.
Since we can’t accept donations of cans and dry goods in person due to safety concerns, we’ve launched a Virtual Food Drive. For just $25, you can provide 3 healthy pre-packaged meals to seniors in need. You can donate here. In these difficult times, we understand if you cannot donate now, but we ask that you please share this message with your friends and help us get the word out! Thank you!
Join Cafe Europa
The JCC invites all Holocaust survivors on Staten Island to join its Café Europa program, which is an ongoing way to empower survivors to socialize and share their experiences. If you are a first or second generation Holocaust survivor and are not yet participating in the Café Europa program, please contact Sara Cohen at Sacohen@SIJCC.com or 718.475.5242.
Staying Healthy During Flu Season
We would like to thank the Office of the Borough President of Staten Island and CVS Pharmacy for partnering with us last week to offer free flu shots to members of our community and our staff! This year, it is more important than ever to protect yourself from the flu. We encourage you to get your flu shot if you haven't already and continue to follow safety measures like wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands to protect you from both COVID-19 and the flu.
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.
Barre for Good Posture
With many of us spending much more time at home over the past few months, some find that they are struggling with their posture. Try this barre workout to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture!
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!
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!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 0872 9601
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 email@example.com to register.
Join us on Zoom here
Meeting ID: 875 7876 6410
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy. On-demand recording of the event may be purchased after the program.
Take a Cultural Holiday Online
Discover ways to escape and explore virtually with this guide from Google Arts & Culture!
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 17
Learn about music theory with Yelena Khaymovich in this new virtual class for teens! Register here. Zoom link follows your registration.
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 email@example.com. This program is made possible through a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration
Watch the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by renowned orchestra and artistic director Wynton Marsalis, perform beloved songs from Sesame Street in this special celebration!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
5 Easy Ways to Talk to Kids About Voting
Today is Election Day! Even though children can't vote yet themselves, it's never too early to learn about being a good citizen. Check out these ideas for talking to your child about the election here!
Goodnight with Classical Music
Demo Session: Tuesday, November 17, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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!
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.
A Conversation With Dr. Edith Eva Eger and Tovah Feldshuh
Monday, November 9, 6pm
Join UJA's Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors and meet Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a New York Times best-selling author, psychologist, and Auschwitz survior. On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, see her in conversation with renowned actress Tovah Feldshuh, who narrated the audiobook of Dr. Eger's best seller, The Choice. They'll discuss the power of love, forgiveness, and choosing joy despite hardship to have a positive and meaningful life. Register here.
American Politics, the Holocaust and Racial Justice
Monday, November 9, 7pm
The Wagner College Holocaust Center invites you to its 5th annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the St. Louis. This virtual commemoration will be led by guest speaker Julian E. Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and CNN Analyst. This talk will examine the ways in which fighting anti-Semitism and the quest for racial justice intersect, drawing inspiration from the life and theology of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Jewish Community Celebration of Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 11, 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.
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.
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!
The Power to Transform: It’s Up to Us
Monday, November 9, 7:30pm
Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter will share personal reflections on the impact of Holocaust education and remembrance. The event will also include a special tribute marking the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place across Nazi Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938. Watch 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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