On behalf of the Board and staff of the JCC, we wish you a happy and healthy Hanukkah! Chag Sameach!
As always, there's something for everyone at the J! Check out these great upcoming events!
TODAY: Staten Islanders 4 Staten Island - Help Feed Families in Need for Hanukkah!
Check out this great feature from NY1 on Staten Islanders 4 Staten Island, a new initiative to help feed those in need this holiday season, while also helping small businesses that are struggling during the pandemic. The JCC is proud to partner with Staten Islanders for Staten Island to bring Glatt Kosher meals to those in need for Hanukkah. To donate a meal, call B&Y Catering at 718.475.5222 and let them know you are ordering a "Staten Islanders for Staten Island" meal package for a family in need. Then, pay for the meal directly with the caterer. All meal packages will be delivered directly to the JCC tomorrow, December 18 and distributed to families in need.
The deadline to place orders is TODAY, December 17.
LAST CHANCE: Cultural Arts Day of Giving
Today is your last chance to donate to our Cultural Arts Day of Giving fund! In the past 10 months, we've offered so many unique virtual programs to keep our community connected and inspired. We have big plans for 2021, but we need your support! Please support Cultural Arts at the JCC by making a donation here.
TOMORROW: December Book Club Meeting, 12:30pm
Join us at our 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: 819 9709 7276
IlluminArt Productions & the JCC Senior Boomers Ensemble Presents... The Last Day at W.O.R.K
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.
Music Making for Families featuring Music With Patrick
FREE DEMO: Monday, December 21, 12pm
Please join Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends for a fun-filled, family-friendly performance that will have families singing, laughing, clapping and dancing around the room.
Check out a special message from Mr. Patrick here! The demo session of this new program is FREE! Email Ela Seeley at ESeeley@SIJCC.com to register. Zoom information to follow registration.
Sentimental Journey: Exploring the History of American Song
Join us every Wednesday in December at 7:30pm!
Don't miss Part 3 of our fabulous Sentimental Journey lecture series with musician and composer Gary Negbaur! On Wednesday, we'll be rockin' along with your favorite tunes from the 50s and 60s! Tickets are $10 per lecture or $35 for the entire series. Zoom information to follow registration. If you miss any of the lectures, your ticket also provides access to recordings you can watch at any time! 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
Keeping the Light Glowing: Cafe Europa Chanukah Celebration
Earlier this week, we hosted an unforgettable virtual Chanukah Celebration for Holocaust survivors in our Cafe Europa program. More than 50 people joined the celebration, which included a candle lighting, a beautiful medley of Yiddish songs, greetings from the Staten Island Hebrew Academy, and a virtual singalong.
Celebrating Our Values During Hanukkah
As we celebrate Hanukkah, we are reflecting on how our Jewish values bring light to the world, especially during these difficult times. In everything we do at the JCC, we strive to reflect the positive values that unite us all. Tonight, we light the eighth candle on the menorah and celebrate the value of caring for others. At the JCC, we have multiple programs to care for our most vulnerable seniors, including those with memory loss. Our memory loss programs include discussion groups, memory stimulation activities, creative art and music classes, and more. Recognizing the emotional and physical toll that caring for a loved one with memory loss can entail, we are also proud of our Caregiver’s Support Center, which offers respite to caregivers through support groups, self-care, and special family programs. While memory loss can be devastating, our compassionate staff members ensure that our memory loss participants and their caregivers are comfortable and at ease.
Music Institute Launches New 'Music Experiences' Program
On Monday, the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute at the JCC launched a new Music Experiences program! Bo, a music therapist, shares her enthusiasm and energy with the whole class and everyone has so much fun singing and playing along!
CLLD Grab & Go Meals Update
We would like to thank NY1 for stopping by last week to see our Grab-and-Go meal pickups in action! NY1 also interviewed Amelia Winter, our Chief Program Director of Senior Adult Services. We are proud to help feed seniors in our community during these difficult times. Due to inclement weather, Grab-and-Go meal pickups are canceled today, December 17. Pickup for Tuesday's Grab-and-Go meals will continue as normal. CLLD Grab and Go meals 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.
Shop Staten Island
During these difficult times, it's more important than ever that we support our local community. As you do your holiday shopping this season, we encourage you to consider buying from Staten Island small businesses. Check out the SI Chamber of Commerce page for listings of great products and services available around the island! Tickets for several JCC events also on sale on the site!
"Wear a mask for me so I can get back to the JCC!" Check out this special message about wearing masks from our friends at the JCC! If we all do our part and wear our masks, we can help our in-person programs stay open and get back to the regular programs we love sooner. Follow these additional precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
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
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
Boosting Your Immunity Through Nutrition
Monday, December 28, 10am
Join us for a discussion with registered dietitian Samantha Telle on how everyday foods can boost your immunity through the winter months.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 944 9915 7969
8 Exercises of Hanukkah
Before we celebrate the 8th night of Hanukkah tonight, let's try this workout with 8 different exercises!
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!
Drop-In Tennis Sessions
Tuesdays, 6-7pm, through December 29
Tennis lessons take place at Staten Island Academy (715 Todt Hill Road).
$25 Member / $30 Non-Member per class
Core 24 Holiday Clinic
Monday, December 28 & Tuesday, December 29, Bernikow JCC
Join us for 3 on 3 scrimmages, skills and drills, contests, fun prizes, and a t-shirt!
5th to 8th grade: 9am-12pm
Pre-K to 4th grade: 12:30pm-3:30pm
1 Day: $25 M / $30 NM
2 Days: $40 M / $50 NM
Core 24 Winter Programs
Learn about our upcoming Core 24 Basketball Academy programs here. Registration will open a week before the start date.
ARTS AND CULTURE
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... 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!
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-Porat 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.
SAJE Presents... Broadway's Great Jewish Composing Teams with Fred Grieco
Wednesdays, January 27-February 17, 7pm
Join Fred Grieco for a discussion of the legendary Jewish composing teams who helped define the Broadway musical. This 4-part series will cover Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Comden & Green, and Kander & Ebb. Don't miss it! Tickets are $12 per lecture or $40 for the series. Zoom information to follow registration. Purchase tickets here.
Skirball Cultural Center Virtual Hanukkah Celebration
Check out this family-friendly Hanukkah program from the Skirball Cultural Center in LA!. Groove to the klezmer beat of LA's Mostly Kosher, jam to the psychedelic funk of Israeli superstar Gili Yalo, and enjoy a puppetry performance re-telling of the Hanukkah story!
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!
The Golden Age of the Original Movie Musical
Wednesday, January 13, 1pm
Escape into the Technicolor world of the 1950s Hollywood movie musical! A true American art form, these films will have you dancing on the ceiling like Fred Astaire & hanging off of lampposts like Gene Kelly in no time! So, "Come on, get happy!" and join Sam & Candy Caponegro for a fabulous lecture! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. 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.
Arts Across America Winter Traditions
The Kennedy Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History present a special holiday-inspired virtual performance. In this video, Cookie Segelstein and Josh Horowitz of music group Veretski Pass share their holiday memories and play a medley of songs.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Hanukkah Yoga for Kids
Sing along with Hanukkah songs while you try different Hanukkah-inspired yoga poses with this silly video!
SUNRISE DAY CAMP
Sterling Optical Fundraiser
Help us envision an amazing summer for kids with cancer and their siblings! Visit Sterling Optical at 2626 Hylan Boulevard* and save 15% when you donate to Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island!
*This promotion is only valid at the Sterling Optical located on Hylan Boulevard.
Help Cory Reach His Goal!
We'd like to give a Sunrise Shout-Out to Cory Schifter of Casale Jewelers! Cory is hosting a Facebook fundraiser and matching up to $2500 in donations to benefit Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island and another local charity. Donate here to help him reach his goal!
Connect to Recovery
Check out this great SILive feature on Connect to Recovery! Connect to Recovery is our one-stop shop for all of resources you need to help you through these difficult times. For more information about Connect to Recovery services, contact Carolyn at COVID19@sijcc.com or 718.475.5264.
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.
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
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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Be sure to check out these additional programs from our friends at other organizations around the country!
TODAY: Virtual Hanukkah/Winter Solstice Spiritual Service, 7pm
Join Congregation OM ShalOM for a Zoom Spiritual Fun Time! The event is free and will include a special Hanukkah Blessing and candle lighting from Carole King. Hear music by favorites like the Beatles, Glee Cast, Peter Paul & Mary, Donna De Lory, Debbie Friedman and many others. BYOL (Bring Your Own Latkes!) Email Rabbi Samtosha for the link at email@example.com
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!
Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein ft. Lea Zeltserman
Sunday, December 20, 5pm
Darra will share her journey 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle to the Kola Peninsula to explore the true complexities of Russian cuisine during the country’s harsh winters. Her journey allowed her to develop an understanding of how Russian cuisine came into existence and how it has evolved. Watch here.
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