IN THE NEWS
Helping to feed those in need
A huge thank you to David Berman for helping to feed families in our Cornerstone community center programs! Thanks to his generous donation, we were able to give out 60 hot meals from La Rosa Chicken & Grill to those in need.
Yom Yerushalayim Virtual Celebration
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Yom Yerushalayim Virtual Celebration last week! The evening featured music, readings, greetings from Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, and highlighted SI IDF soldiers who fought in the Six Day War.
If you missed it, you can watch it here.
Virtual Art @ the J Gallery
While we couldn't host our Artist's Reception as planned, we are so excited to bring our latest Murray Berman Art @ the J Gallery exhibit right to your home! Check out local artist Victor Zucconi's beautiful oil paintings in our new Virtual Art @ the J Gallery!
Celebrating 175 years of the NYPD
We are grateful to NYPD for being wonderful community partners with the JCC and for keeping us safe. Happy 175th birthday to the NYPD!
Take the Plank Challenge
Planking is one of the best core exercises you can do and there are lots of varieties to keep your workout routine fresh! Take the 30-day Plank Challenge and let's strengthen that core! But first, make sure you have the proper form to get the most out of your planking with these tips. If you participate in the Plank Challenge with us, be sure to send us a picture of your perfect plank to be featured on social media! Send your photos to email@example.com.
Mental Health Month
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.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness shared these 11 things you can do daily to support your mental health. Some of them may look a bit different while we continue to deal with the pandemic, try to find ways to make them part of your routine!
Ongoing Wellness Classes
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!
Jump roping is a great way to build coordination, agility, and speed. Try out this awesome jump roping workout for basketball to work on both your footwork and your shooting skills! Even though the video is primarily for basketball players, it's also great for soccer players and other athletes!
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 tournamentsFor a full tournament schedule visit Lost Tribe Esports.
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
We're so glad many of you joined us for our most recent Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) lecture in our Rabbi/Rebbetzin Series! If you missed it, you can watch Rebbetzin Ivry's lecture on "The Soul and the Afterlife" here!
Link up with a phone buddy
Let's fight loneliness together! During these difficult times, it's important for us to stay connected. Are you interested in having a phone buddy? Please let us know if you would like to be the one making or receiving calls, and we will match you up with someone who fits your needs! For more information, contact Sigalit Grego at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
What makes music sound like music? University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Music Jairo Moreno discusses music theory in this video!
Music Trivia Challenge
In barely 36 years, this 18th century Austrian composer produced a flood of symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and operas still celebrated for their classical perfection. Yet, he was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Who was he? Check your answer in Thursday's edition of J at Home!
The Weekly Schmooze: Camp Trivia Challenge
How much do YOU know about JCC Day Camp? Take this fun camp trivia challenge with Teen Travel Director Josh!
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.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Make a time capsule! As challenging as these times are, it is important to remember that we are living through history. These free resources will help you and your family document this unique period, so that in many years you can look back and remember how you got through this together!
Countdown to Shavuot! with Shalom Sesame
TOMORROW, 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!
COVID-19 Connect to Recovery
Do you need help accessing social services related to COVID-19 relief? We recently launched 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!
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 email@example.com or 718-475-5274.
Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance
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.
Bring Your Light: Faith and Mental Health in COVID-19
TOMORROW, 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.
IlluminArt Productions Presents...Empowering Voices: Virtual Edition
Saturday, May 30, 8pm
Enjoy a virtual concert from the comfort of your own home with this musical revue from our friends at IlluminArt Productions! Check out a special sneak peak here and tune in on YouTube on May 30!
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 Thursday, 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!
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 assist a couple whose young adult daughter lives with them. All three of them are unable to work during the crisis, which has put a financial strain on the family. We were able to provide them food from our Kosher Food Family, as well as referrals to legal and financial counseling and SNAP benefits for further food assistance. The family told us they were so grateful for all the information we provided, as they had no idea so many services were available to them.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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