IN THE NEWS
Last week, JCC staff members past and present celebrated outgoing CEO David Sorkin with a retirement parade! Check out the video here!
This video is sure to make you smile! Girl Scout Troop 5227, which is comprised of girls with disabilities, usually holds their meetings at our Avis Building. Since they haven't been able to meet in person due to the coronavirus, troop leaders visited the scouts at their homes with bags filled with goodies!
This 25-minute, low-impact aerobic workout is great for seniors and beginners! It's fun and easy to follow along with from home!
100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge
May 31 - September 7
We're partnering with JCCs across the continent to get fit together this summer! Go head-to-head with other participants in your favorite form of exercise. Whether you’re into strength training, running, group exercise, swimming, or something else, you’ll have a chance to test your mettle. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to join the #JCCSummerFitChallenge by emailing Justine Bergen at fitnessSpa@sijcc.com. We'd love to see photos of all our participants-- be sure to send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on social media to be featured!
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!
NEW! Virtual Classes with Suzanne
One of our group exercise instructors, Suzanne, is doing virtual classes via Zoom to stay connected and stay healthy!
Spin (or Cardio on any device)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm
Cardio Kickboxing/Zumba Fusion
Meeting ID: 416 473 1506
Check out these tips for at-home strength and conditioning workouts from the U.S. Tennis Association. These are great to keep in mind while staying in shape for any sport!
Free Esports Tournaments
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
ARTS AND CULTURE
Movement and Art Exercise
Our friends at IlluminArt Productions have shared another great video, perfect for senior adults, with us! Break up your everyday routine with some movement exercises and a cathartic drawing activity with teaching artist Cara.
TODAY: Virtual Book Club Meeting, 12:30pm
Join us for our next Virtual Book Club meeting, where we'll be discussing Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips!
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Meeting ID: 833 4287 3802
Music for Healing
Monday, June 29, 3pm
Our first Music for Healing program last month was so wonderful and we can't wait for the next one! Join us on June 29 for another special Music for Healing session with Joelle Cohen. We hope to (virtually) see you there!
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Meeting ID: 898 2986 3021
Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents Highlights from the Derfner Judaica Museum
Tuesday, June 16, 12:30pm
Join us for a fascinating virtual presentation on the Derfner Judaica Museum Art Collection and the Hebrew Home!
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Meeting ID: 822 0934 9877
Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents A JCC Virtual Rabbi/Rebbetzin Series
Tuesday, June 23, 12:30pm
Join us for a FREE Zoom lecture by Rebbetzin Katzman, who will discuss "Women and Empowerment in Judaism."
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Meeting ID: 851 7275 6018
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!
TOMORROW: Art of Broadway: Special Guest Speaker! 11am
Our Art of Broadway class will have a guest speaker this week! John Kenrick will talk about Broadway Musicals of the 1980s: A Changing of the Guard. John gives talks on theatre and film history, has appeared in numerous documentaries, and is the author of Musicals101.com, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals, and the textbook Musical Theatre: A History. His college courses have included the History of Musical Theatre, Great Broadway Songwriters, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has taught at New York University's Steinhardt School, The New School University, Marymount College Manhattan and The Philadelphia University of the Arts. He has also offered courses on Hollywood Legends, The History of Screen Musicals, and The Golden Age of MGM, among others. John has lectured at Wagner College, Molloy College and Pace University. John served as personal assistant to six Tony-winning producers, working on such productions as the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit Rentand the first revival of Grease. He also assisted in the management of numerous national tours, including Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis, Crazy for You, Victor/Victoria, Jekyll & Hyde and Busker Alley. We hope you'll join us for what looks to be a very special lecture!
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Meeting ID: 115 119 374
We had so much fun at our Virtual Art Gallery Tour! Contemporary expressionist Jill Krutick walked us through some of her paintings, which were influenced by her love of old masters such as Van Gogh and Monet. If you missed the tour, you can check it out here.
Music Trivia Challenge
Check your answer to our latest trivia question:
In what brief composition, originally titled “Petit Chien,” did Frederic Chopin intend to musically depict small dog chasing its tail? The composition was... The “Minute Waltz,” or Waltz in D-flat Major (1847), sometimes called the “Dog Waltz.” According to a sometimes-disputed legend, while watching the tail-chasing frenzy of a little dog belonging to his amour, George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), Chopin began improvising this frenetic waltz to reflect the little canine’s intense movements. Animal nicknames have become attached to works by other classical composers, including Hayden’s “Hen Symphony” (no. 83) and “Frog Quartet” (op. 50, no. 6), Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass” (K. 220), and Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” (Piano Quintet in A, op. 114).
"The Unexpected Solace in Learning to Play Piano"
For illustrator Christoph Niemann, learning to play the piano as a hobby has been an unexpected source of comfort throughout these difficult times. Check out his story about the challenges and wonders of playing piano here.
We are currently holding scholarship auditions for the 2020-2021 school year! If your child is ages 12-18 and has some prior music training, please email a 1-2 min video of your performance (to include a scale and musical selections) to Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director, at email@example.com.
We have some great news to share! JCC Day Camp will be open this summer!
Read the full announcement, which includes modifications to our programming, here. Please note that registration for camp is closed until Tuesday, June 16th as we update our system to reflect new pricing. Beginning Tuesday, you will be able to either register your child for camp or update your current registration.
Sunrise Day Camp is going to look different this year but, as Mark shows us in this video, Sunrise is so much more than a physical campground—it's the friendship, laughter, and joy that keep our campers smiling all year round! You can help us bring that magic to kids with cancer and their siblings this summer, when they need it most, by registering for our virtual SunriseWALKS celebration and donating what you can here!
Today's Sponsor Shout-Out goes out to Kamco Supply Corp, Mark's Bake Shoppe, Michael's Happiness, Inc., and Becker's School Supplies! Thank you so much for supporting Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Sesame Street Resources
Our friendly neighbors from Sesame Street have put together some great resources for helping children understand and cope with a health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for articles, videos, activities, and more that will help you help your little ones through this challenging time.
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!
Resource Navigator Program
We are excited to be chosen to be part of the City’s Resource Navigator program to assist those who have tested positive for COVID-19. You can see the Mayor’s announcement and learn more here. The #NYCTestandTrace Corps’ first group of contact tracers have made their first calls! They’re reaching out to New Yorkers who have tested positive for #COVID19 or have been exposed to the virus. This is how we stop the spread of the virus. Learn more: http://testandtrace.nyc
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.
Building Resiliency and Coping Through Art
Tuesdays, beginning June 16th, 2pm
Join us for 6 weeks of adults only art therapy sessions. Sessions will focus on building resiliency and coping through art! Please contact Sarah McMahon at email@example.com or (908) 963-6740 by June 12, 2020 to register.
Self-Expression Through Art
Thursdays, beginning June 18th, 2pm
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join us for 6 weeks of art therapy sessions that encourage self-expression! Please contact Sarah McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 963-6740 by June 12, 2020 to register.
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.
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 organizations around the country!
Naloxone/Narcan Training: Thursday, June 11, 3pm
Want to learn how to save lives and reverse an opioid emergency at home? Attend this free Narcan/Naloxone training workshop on Thursday, June 11th at 3 pm. Email email@example.com to sign up.
Communicating with your Child/Teenager: Friday, June 12, 11am
Interested in developing more skills on how to speak with your teen? Attend this free interactive workshop on Friday, June 12th at 11 am. Email Abigail at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link.
Yeshurun in 6 Chapters: A Discussion with the Filmmaker: Sunday, June 14, 2pm
NYU's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies presents a virtual discussion with filmmaker Yair Qedar about his documentary, Yeshurun in 6 Chapters, part of the series The Hebrews. The discussion will focus on the Hebrew poet Avoth Yeshurun (1904-1992), his life and works, and the series The Hebrews more broadly. Register here. Once you have registered, you will receive an automatic email with instructions for joining the event. You will receive an additional email with a link to screen the video for free in Hebrew with English subtitles. The link with the film will remain open from June 11 through June 14. Please plan to screen the film on your own before joining the discussion on June 14th, as they will not be screening the film as group during the event. If you have any questions about the film or the event, please email email@example.com.
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 recently help a family who are suffering financially due to the pandemic. Both the husband and wife have been out of work since the crisis started. In order to help them and their 12 year old son, we were able to provide them with food from our Kosher Food Pantry, as well as connecting them to other services that could help them during this difficult time.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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