IN THE NEWS
TONIGHT: Yom HaShoah Virtual Observance, 7:30pm
Today marks Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will never forget those we lost, and we strive to continue to take care of our survivors, especially during these difficult times. The Wagner College Holocaust Center, in collaboration with the Holocaust Commemoration Committee on Staten Island and in partnership with the JCC of Staten Island, invites you to a virtual community observance of Yom Ha’Shoah, with a special theme of Children and Youth in the Holocaust. Staten Island survivors will be among those highlighted.
Join the observance on Facebook Live or on Zoom. If you participate via Zoom, the Meeting ID is 967 2479 2709 and Password is 113933, or you can dial in at +1 646 558 8656.
We are grateful to the Robin Hood Foundation, Con Edison, and Verizon for providing us with grants that will allow us provide hundreds of meals to seniors and other vulnerable populations, as well as provide funding for other emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for stepping up in this time of need! Learn more here.
Our Senior Boomers Ensemble continues to meet on Zoom every week. When everyone went into isolation, they were working on comedy sketches with IlluminArt Productions teaching artists Justin Giachetti and Mark Gallagher. They are still creating together virtually, and we look forward to seeing them perform again-either in person or online!
Our Teacher of the Day is Tracy Catalano! Tracy has been part of the Adult Education Literacy team for several years. She is an HSE teacher who meets the needs of her students one student at a time! One of Tracy’s favorite quotes, which guides the way she encourages her students, is “Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Thank you for your dedication, Tracy!
Did you know that April is Occupational Therapy Month? We have several wonderful OTs who work with children in our ECE department. Today, we’re celebrating Alexandra Baio! Alexandra has been an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 4 years. She always has a bright smile on her face for all the children at JCC Berman Early Childhood Center! Thank you for all you do, Alexandra!
TONIGHT: JCC Plank Party! 8pm
We're joining with JCCs across North America for the JCC Plank Party tonight! Let’s all try out this 30 minute core workout with hundreds of other JCC members from all across North America! Be sure to snap picture if you participate and share it with us on social media or by replying to this email! Join the Zoom Meeting here. The Meeting ID is 832 4121 2282
Work out like a celebrity! This cardio workout is one of actress Nina Dobrev’s favorites!
Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, recently shared a great mindfulness technique in the LA Times to offer some relief for the anxiety many of us are feeling now. Try it out!
S: Stop. When you notice that you are feeling anxious and you need a moment: stop.
T: Take a breath. If you find yourself worrying about the future, bring yourself back to the present. Take a breath, pause, feel your feet on the ground.
O: Observe what is happening inside yourself. Does your stomach hurt? Is your heart racing? Ask yourself, “How am I right now?” Bring yourself back to the moment.
P: Proceed with more awareness of yourself and what will help you. Connecting with a friend, or having some daily quiet time outdoors, can help.
TONIGHT: Lost Tribe Esports Super Smash Bros. Tournament, 6:30pm-10pm
Lost Tribe Esports is hosting a FREE Super Smash Bros. tournament tonight! Learn more here and register here!
Our Sports and Recreation team has put together some drills you can practice at home to keep your skills strong before the season starts!
Work on your basketball passing technique and accuracy with Wall Passes! Practice passing the ball to yourself off of a concrete wall. Start with the simple chest pass, pushing the ball off the wall, catching it, and immediately passing it again. Work your way up to trickier passes, like behind-the-back passes, to develop more dexterity.
Our Core 24 Basketball Academy put together this special message from home. Click here to check it out!
Did you know that we offer four different sports camps in the summer? We have soccer, basketball, gymnastics, and aquatics programs! Not only will your child improve their skills, but sports will teach your child how to be a good teammate, the value of hard work, and the power of a positive attitude! Learn more here!
ARTS AND CULTURE
Yom Hashoah V’Gevurah Virtual Commemoration
Wednesday, April 22, 11am
Come together during this unique time to remember those we lost and those who fought back during the Holocaust. Join the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation via Zoom. You can find more information here.
Facebook Livestream Concert in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah
Wednesday, April 22, 12:30pm
Guy Mintus, Israeli composer and pianist, will be having a Facebook Livestream Concert at 12:30pm. He will be playing two pieces in the honor of Holocaust Memorial Day. You can watch on his Facebook page.
Folksbiene Livestream with Zalmen Mlotek
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm
Please join us on Facebook for a living room concert with Zalmen Mlotek!
Facebook Lecture with Rabbi Sussman
Thursday, April 23, 12pm
Join Rabbi Sussman on Facebook for a lecture about the cultural and historical traditions of Eastern European Jews.
Virtual Book Club: Beyond the Ghetto Gates
Thursday, April 23, 12:30pm
Be sure to join us for our Virtual Book Club meeting on Thursday! We will be joined by author Michelle Cameron on a Zoom meeting.
Click here for the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 430 402 826
Art of Broadway
Our "Art of Broadway" class is going virtual! Join Fred Grieco on Fridays at 11am on Zoom! Don't miss it!
Meeting ID 115-119-374
Check out this digital premiere of the opera The Mother of Us All from the Metropolitan Museum, in collaboration with The Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and MetLiveArts.
The Weekly Schmooze: Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs
Here at the JCC, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create great summer camp memories, regardless of ability. Our Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs is committed to providing an educational, creative, social, and safe environment for kids and teens with special needs. Read all about Marvin’s Camp here!
One of our Marvin’s On the Road Every Day (M.O.R.E) campers, James, recently shared this photo with us! He’s wearing his blue Marvin’s shirt in honor of Autism Awareness Month. James said, “I heard about the coronavirus and hope it goes away by the summer so I can go back to the JCC, see my friends, and go on some good trips with camp!” We can’t wait to see you back at camp this summer, James!
We hope you will consider registering for camp again this year, as we intend to have another wonderful summer. Registration is ongoing at camp.sijcc.org. As we adjust to the shifting landscape of this crisis, we will inform you about any changes to our programming. In the event that we have to make the heartbreaking decision not to open camp in 2020, you will receive a full refund.
Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube! These videos bring together yoga and fun along with your children’s favorite stories, including Frozen, Harry Potter, Trolls, and more!
For those in need, JCC social services have gone completely virtual, with staff members providing health insurance navigation, mental health services, legal support resources, and other COVID-19 resources over the phone and email. If you need assistance, please reply to this email, and someone from our staff will get in touch with you.
New York State announced a Special Enrollment Period for individuals who may have lost their health insurance as a result of their employment ending due to Coronavirus. If enrollment in Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health Marketplace is completed, individuals will have coverage effective April 1, 2020. Enrollment into Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus is open year-round.
Consumers can apply for coverage through JCC NYSOH Navigators by phone at 718.981.1400 or 718-475-5271.
Our friends at NYLAG put together this webinar with financial advice to help you get through the COVID-19 situation. The video discusses financial challenges, updates on government programs, and other resources.
For more information, contact Devorah Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Annual Holocaust Art, Poetry, and Prose Contest: Submissions due May 10, 2020
The Wagner College Holocaust Center and Holocaust Commemoration Committee on Staten Island encourage young people in all grade levels to share their creative response to this year’s theme: Children and Prejudice in the Holocaust. Entries will be judged based on creativity, passion, message, and connection to theme. Artwork entries must be accompanied by a paragraph on the meaning of the piece. All entries should include your name, school, and contact information. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $100, second-place $50, and third-place $25.
Please submit entries to Holocaust.email@example.com with “Holocaust Art Contest 2020” in the subject line. You can also mail your entry to Wagner College Holocaust Center, One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301. Winning entries will be exhibited at www.wagner.edu/holocaust-center and on social media and in future gallery exhibits. For questions: contact Professor Lori Weintrob at firstname.lastname@example.org 718-390-3309
U.S. Census 2020
If you haven’t filled out the census yet, now is the time to do it! It is vital that we are ALL counted to secure funding for housing, transportation, schools, and other services we rely on.
It takes less than 10 minutes and is confidential. You can fill it out by mail, online or by calling (844) 330-2020.
We are participating in Giving Tuesday Now, a campaign leading up to Tuesday, May 5th to help provide emergency funding so we can help those in need at this critical moment. Every year, the JCC serves over 6,000 people in crisis. This year, that number will grow as Staten Islanders experience hardships related to COVID-19. Here is the story of one family we’ve helped:
We were able to assist a single mother of a 5-year-old son with severe autism who is mostly nonverbal and requires 24/7 supervision. Unfortunately, due to illness, the mother had to leave her work and went out on short-term disability. She was denied Social Security Disability and faced eviction and food insecurity. This is where the JCC stepped in, providing her food from our Kosher Food Pantry. Along with the food, we were able to help her access additional services, including aquatic therapy for her son. She told us that our help was life-changing for her family.
You can join us in helping these families in crisis by donating to our Families in Need campaign.
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