IN THE NEWS
We are proud to announce the launch of our COVID-19 Connect to Recovery program, a one-stop shop for Staten Islanders to access social services that will help them recover from the effects of the current crisis. Read more about this new program and get information on accessing these social services here!
TONIGHT: Yom Yerushalayim Celebration, 7pm
We hope you will join us for a virtual Yom Yerushalayim celebration tonight! The evening will feature music, readings, greetings from Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, and will highlight SI IDF soldiers who fought in the Six Day War. Read more about the event here.
Join on Zoom here
Does working from home sometimes leave you feeling stiff and achy? Try out these tips from the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health to prevent injury and WFH more comfortably!
• Schedule movement breaks throughout the day—Wear an activity tracker, set a timer, or schedule an appointment to get up and get moving
• Perform stretches and short exercises throughout the day--like these yoga poses!
• Prevent eye strain—Blink often, take eye breaks, and alternate looking at objects at different distances
• Check your posture every 20 to 30 minutes—Are you hunched over or “turtling” your neck forward? Find the back of your chair, drop your shoulders, and align your head over your spine.
• Take hand breaks and put down your portable devices—Ongoing grips of a mouse, phone, or tablet can fatigue your hands, so stretch and move your fingers throughout the day
Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it is especially important to check in on your mental well-being during these challenging times. As difficult as it may be for us to cope with the current situation as adults, it is also a hard time for kids and teens. Their routines of going to school and doing activities with friends have been disrupted, and they are likely seeing the emotional toll events are taking on the adults around them. This article offers tips for supporting kids and looking out for their unique emotional needs during this time.
We're excited to announce a NEW online wellness class!
Yoga with Joan: Sundays, 11am
Join us for a yoga class that focuses on meditation, breathing practices, stretching and relaxation exercises.
Join us on Zoom here.
Meeting ID: 886 0456 5129
We have several virtual wellness classes throughout the week! From exercise to nutrition to medical care questions and more, there's sure to be a class to help you stay well and stay connected during this time!
Check out our website for a full schedule of all of our virtual wellness programming!
Check out this video from our friends at Maccabi USA! Ben Zajic, Juniors Swimming Head Coach at the 2019 European Maccabi Games, shares tips on developing full-body swim workouts that will build your strength for the pool!
Want to learn to dribble like a pro? Follow along with this video from one of our Core 24 Basketball Academy trainers! Putting a plastic bag around a basketball makes it harder to dribble and more difficult to control which will ultimately help your ball-handling skills!
Do you love gaming? Try out these free games for teens ages 13-18! Compete with friends and make new ones, from around the corner and around the world. Maccabi USA has partnered with Lost Tribe Esports to present free tournaments
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
Check out this great virtual exhibit from the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens!
TODAY: Virtual Book Club Meeting, 12:30pm
Our first virtual Book Club meeting last month was a great success, and we hope you'll join us this month as we read Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 4287 3802
To participate via phone, dial 646-558-8656
ONGOING VIRTUAL 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!
How is it that Beethoven wrote many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? The answer lies in the math behind his music!
In our last issue of J at Home, we asked you to test your knowledge of musical instruments... THIS “ family” of wind instruments often adds lilt and a touch of ethereal magic to symphony orchestras and can be traced back to primitive cultures. What family is it?
The answer is the Flute Family! With origins in ancient times, the flute family of wind instruments includes the fife, the flageolet, the piccolo, and the recorder. Most familiar, and the principal orchestral flute used today, is the transverse flute. Generating tones delicate and ethereal, stirring and vivid, the flute stands out as both a solo instrument and a crucial element in the grand orchestral voice. Stay tuned for next week's Music Trivia Challenge!
The Weekly Schmooze: NEW IlluminArt Productions Performing Arts Camp
The stage is set for our newest specialty summer camp—Performing Arts! Campers will dive into an imagination zone, where they’ll get hands-on experience in all aspects of theater including acting, improvisation, dance, and music. Our young thespians will even create an original play to perform for their fellow campers and family members! Performing Arts Camp, run by IlluminArt Productions, is a great way to make new friends, build self-confidence, and express yourself!
Click here for more information!
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.
Learn about all the cute baby animals that live in National Parks around the country! Then, try out some fun park activities you can enjoy at home!
Countdown to Shavuot! with Shalom Sesame
Wednesday, May 27, 3pm
JCC Association of North America and Shalom Sesame are proud to present "Countdown to Shavuot!" Join in on Facebook LIVE, Wednesday, May 27, as the JCC Movement comes together to join Muppets Avigail and Brosh to learn all about Shavuot!
Watch on Facebook here!
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.
Bereavement Support Group
Tuesdays, beginning May 26, 10am-11:30am
If you are interested in joining this 6-week online Bereavement Support Group, contact Sandy Haft, LMSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-475-5274.
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 email@example.com
TODAY: Party in Your Plants - Taking the Hell Out of Healthy: A Live Event with Talia Pollock, 7pm
Join our friends at the Mandell JCC for this special Facebook Live event with award-winning podcast host, comedian, and plant-based chef Talia Pollock!
She will share:
Enjoy a cocktail, hear Talia's story, laugh A LOT and be connected!
Check out the event here
National Jewish Community Observance of Memorial Day
Monday, May 25, 1pm
From the Revolutionary War through today’s ongoing fight against terrorism, American Jews have served nobly in all branches of our country’s military—and many can be counted among the casualties of war. On Memorial Day, join the JCC Association of North America and the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council to remember these heroes during the inaugural National Jewish Community Observance of Memorial Day.
Watch the Facebook Live event here.
Bring Your Light: Faith and Mental Health in COVID-19
Wednesday, May 27, 1pm
The First Lady of the City of New York invites you to this virtual discussion. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and tune in on Facebook.
Coronavirus has unfortunately led to a serious spike in anti-Semitic activity on social media and is impacting local Jewish communities. Dedicated experts and researchers at the Simon Wiesenthal Center are working around the clock to find, expose, and combat anti-Semitism and hate. We cannot afford to allow such hate to go unchallenged. Please partner with the SWC by reporting anti-Semitic or other coronavirus-related hate activity online or impacting your community by contacting the Simon Wiesenthal Center at SWCNY@Wiesenthal.com.
UJA-Federation of New York has partnered with Columbia University, which is conducting a survey to track COVID-19’s impact on New York City neighborhoods in real time, filling in critical gaps in knowledge of the virus to better understand the needs across our communities. Ultimately, CovidWatcher will enable public officials, policymakers, and medical institutions better coordinate their response and target resources during the pandemic and the critical period that will follow.
The survey is intended for everyone to fill out, regardless of symptoms or concerns about exposure. The ultimate goal is for every New Yorker to complete this survey.
You can complete the survey here. If you have any questions, please contact CovidWatcher@columbia.edu.
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.
Be sure to check out these additional programs from our friends at other Jewish organizations around the country!
The Great Big Jewish Food Festival - Online!
Now through Tuesday, May 28
The Great Big Jewish Food Fest is an online festival celebrating the history, diversity, and excitement of all things Jewish food! Join in for free cooking classes, virtual deli tours, film screenings, panel discussions and more! There are great events for all ages. Check out the full schedule here and follow along on Facebook!
TODAY: Women's Connection: Coping with Emotions during COVID-19, 12:30pm
Join on Zoom here
TODAY: The J's Got Talent- Adults, 7pm
Do you have a hidden talent you'd like to share? Participants will prepare a 2-3 minute act of their choice and will have the music cued up and ready to go for their time slot. You can join in or just be an audience member. See you there!
Join on Zoom here
TOMORROW: Israel and the Middle East: What to Expect Post Corona with Yossie Hollander, 2pm
Join on Zoom here
Every year, the JCC serves over 6,000 people in crisis. This year, that number has grown as Staten Islanders experience hardships related to COVID-19. Here’s the story of a family directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis that we were able to help:
We were able to help a young woman who is pregnant and lost her job due to the pandemic. Because of her financial situation, she was forced to move in with her grandmother. We were able to provide her with food from our Kosher Food Pantry and also referred her for a SNAP assessment to see if she could access additional support. Our staff was pleased to be able to help this woman navigate this rocky time.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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