IN THE NEWS
We will be celebrating Yom Yerushayalim on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm. If you'd like to share what Jerusalem means to you to be read aloud at the virtual celebration (no more than 2 paragraphs), you can send it to email@example.com
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We are always so proud of our wonderful ECE and adult education teachers, who enrich their students' lives every day, but we are especially proud of the way they've handled transitioning to virtual learning!Our ECE families wanted to show their appreciation for their teachers, and recently put together a special parade in their honor! Check out the video here!
Congratulations to Our Teacher of the Week, Maria Estrella. She is our Spanish HSE teacher, and says, “As a person and as a teacher I love to help people so they can have a great future". Thank you for all of your hard work, Maria!
This no-equipment barre workout fuses dance and cardio to get your heart rate up and your muscles toned!
This mindfulness practice focuses on different parts of the body to help quiet your mind and choose how you use your attention.
"How to Stop Emotional Eating" — A Lecture by Laura Shammah, MS, RDN
Monday, May 11, 8pm
Join us for this free virtual lecture on Zoom! Click here to join the lecture.
Meeting ID: 992 699 3587
Join us for these weekly wellness classes!
Alive and Aware
A health management class that includes up-to-date health and safety information related to COVID-19 for older adults.
Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 985-8085-5441
Biology of the Immune System with Dr. Roberta Hayes
Join us here
Positive Pulse with Lisa
Each week, Lisa will demonstrate easy at-home exercises using things around the house
Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 914 380 9061
Eat Well, Live Well: Nutrition Education with Lisa
Health cooking class with pantry staples and easy-to-use everyday gadgets
Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 914 380 9061
Our Sports and Recreation team has put together some drills you can practice at home to keep your skills strong before the season starts! Click here to check out some drills from our Core 24 Basketball Academy staff!
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
TOMORROW: Las Vegas Jewish Virtual Film Festival Presents Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon, 8pm
Our friends at the JCC of Southern Nevada invite you to a virtual film festival! First, watch the documentary film Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon, 1942-1984 here before tomorrow evening. Then, tune into a live webinar with Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival Director Joshua Abbey and special guests. Register for the webinar here. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
TOMORROW: Maccabi USA @ Home: From Survive to Thrive, 8pm
Join Maccabi USA for a virtual conversation with Ethan Zohn, on how times of difficulty can lead to positive outcomes!
Zoom ID 824-4652-6388
Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presentsA JCC Virtual Rabbi/Rebbetzin Series
Wednesday, May 20, 12:30pm
Join us for a FREE Zoom lecture by Rebbetzin Ivry, who will discuss “The Souland the Afterlife.” Click here to join the lecture.
Meeting ID: 992 699 3587
A Seat at the Table: A Journey Into Jewish Food
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is offering a free online class on Jewish food and culture. The course includes lectures by scholars, video demonstrations by renowned chefs, and more! Learn more and register here!
Our memories of food and time spent in the kitchen are some of the most powerful memories we have. They bond us together through the common experiences of the five senses and give us an inside look into different cultures and families. Follow Justin, one of our friends at IlluminArt Productions as he uses his own food memories to try and recreate his grandmother's matzo ball soup!
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 schedule of weekly classes below:
Art of Broadway with Fred Grieco
Explore the origins and background of NY Theater. Follow the history of the Broadway stage through stories about the men and women who made the NY theater scene so successful.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 115 119 374
Judaism at Home & Days to Celebrate with Rabbi Mendy Katzman
Join us for a five-part Jewish literacy series about how Judaism is observed at home, which is particularly relevant at this time, when the only place Judaism can thrive is at home. This offering will touch on many areas, ranging from the things we do upon waking, to how we eat our meals, elements of prayer, and the basics of Shabbat. The content will include practical guidance, in the style of DIY, as well as deeper insights about why we do what we do.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 366509541
The Way It Was: The History and Culture of the Jews of Eastern Europe with Rabbi Gerald Sussman
Watch on Facebook Live
Improv Class with Mona Valore
Call in to Zoom at 425-436-6397
Access code: 175126
Check out Jazz at Lincoln Center’s online programming, which includes conversations with Wynton Marsalis, virtual classes about jazz masters, and more!
Recognizing music's power to heal and unite, Lincoln Center is holding a series of weekly virtual concerts called Memorial For Us All. Each Sunday at 6pm, Lincoln Center will premiere a new community remembrance to honor those who have left us too soon during these difficult times. Watch the first concert here.
The Weekly Schmooze: Connecting at Camp
Camp Co-Director Stephanie Feldman recently shared a story with us that reminded us what a special place JCC Day Camp is. Read her story, and find out how our camp helps kids connect with themselves, one another, and naturehere.
Marvin's Camp Director Tara Buttermark has a fun challenge for you all... the Camp T-Shirt Challenge! Check out the video here! Tara put on 14 camp t-shirts and now it's time to see how many YOU can put on! Send us videos of you completing the challenge by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on our social media!
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
We're collecting little notes to give to the homebound in our community when we deliver their food! If you and your kids would like to participate, simply make a friendly greeting card or cheerful note— please only include your first names, without personal information. Then, snap a picture of your card, and email it to us at email@example.com! It's a great way to let seniors in our community know they are not alone, and to show kids that there's still so much we can do to be kind to others even though we are apart right now!
Dive deep and explore national marine sanctuaries without ever getting wet! 360 degree images from NOAA allow you to immerse yourself in the undersea worlds of coral reefs as seen by divers! Check it out 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.
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
We're hosting a photography fundraiser with Sweetest Smiles Photography for Giving Tuesday Now! All donations support our Families in Need COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Sign up here to get a picture taken of your family from your front porch tomorrow! Are you looking for a special Mother's Day Gift? For $50, you get a front-porch photo session that would be a perfect gift for any special woman in your life. Photo sessions can be redeemed from May 12th-May 22nd.
Sign up here!
Have you been experimenting in the kitchen now that you’re spending more time at home? Stop by this virtual fundraiser with Pampered Chef to get all of your kitchen essentials while also supporting Sunrise Day Camp!
If you’re interested in hosting a virtual fundraiser for us, please contactEShulman@sijcc.com for more information.
Our friends at AJC Global Jewish Advocacy have put together Advocacy Anywhere, a new platform to engage with expertise, content, and advocacy opportunities on important issues like international relations, anti-Semitism, human rights, and more. Visit their page for more information on upcoming virtual events and digital content!
Crisis to Connection: Resiliency in the Time of Social Isolation, A Conversation With Dr. Ruth
Thursday, May 7, 7:30 pm
A former passenger on the Kinder Transport who spent time as an Israeli sniper before she became one of America's most beloved therapists, Dr. Ruth -- 91 years old and still hard at work -- defines hardiness and strength. UJA presents a talk on resiliency with Dr. Ruth in conversation with philanthropist, entrepreneur, and National Young Leadership Cabinet co-chair Ari Ackerman. Register for the webinar here.
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, onlineor by calling (844) 330-2020.
Today is Giving Tuesday Now, a campaign 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 another story of a family we were able to help:
Last month, we received a call from a disabled senior who was looking for Passover food. He and his wife, along with their five children, had contracted mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 and could not go out to shop for food. We were able to provide them food from our Kosher Food Pantry, which was dropped off by their neighbor. Our staff was also happy to connect them to other services to help them as they recover from the virus.
You can join us this Giving Tuesday Now by donating to our Families in Need campaign.
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