IN THE NEWS
Supporting our Soccer Families
When we learned that several of the families in our soccer program were struggling because of the coronavirus, we knew we had to do something to help. Now, our Kosher Food Pantry is providing weekly donations of food to over 100 individuals affiliated with the program! We are grateful to all who support our Families in Need COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which makes services like this possible. As Sports & Recreation Director Mike Reape says, "It’s part of our values at the JCC to help the community, and that starts with being there for our own participants and members when they need us. I’m so glad we are able to help these families." Read more about how we are serving our local community during this difficult time here.
ECE Photo Challenge
Our weekly ECE Photo Challenges are helping our students keep learning and stay connected while they are at home. Last week's challenge was to find something in each color of the rainbow. Check it out here!
10-Minute Pilates Workout for Strong Abs
Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Try out these 10 Pilates moves for just a minute each to build a stronger core!
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!
UPDATE: Dr. Bloomfield's Q&A on Tuesdays will be canceled until further notice. We are taking suggestions on what topics our senior participants would like to discuss next. if you have something important you'd like to talk about or learn about, please email email@example.com.
Dr. Bloomfield will still be hosting his weekly Thursday classes! See the class information below.
Listen to Your Heart, Online: Thursdays, 1pm
Dr. Dennis Bloomfield is here to discuss the risk of heart disease and heart-healthy habits. At the end of each lecture, he will open up the floor to any of you who have specific questions pertaining to your current health situations.
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Meeting ID: 914 380 9061
NBA All-Star Virtual Field Trip
Go behind the scenes to meet NBA storytellers and learn all about their careers! This virtual field trip demonstrates how pro basketball players use math to play their best!
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
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
Digital Resources from the Morgan Library and Museum
Explore the Morgan from home, with this website featuring virtual tours, talks, and online exhibitions.
TODAY: Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents Highlights from the Derfner Judaica Museum, 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
TOMORROW: Virtual Variety Hour with Lloyd Lerner, 10:30am
Join us for this special virtual variety hour presented by the JCC and IlluminArt Productions!
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Meeting ID: 257 296 9967
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
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
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!
The Art of Broadway with Fred Grieco
Our Art of Broadway class with Fred Grieco was one of our first classes to go virtual this spring, and it has been such a success! Last Friday's class, which featured special guest John Kendrick, was a great reminder that even while we are far apart, we are still brought together by the things we love—like the cultural performances that move us. Thank you to instructor Fred Grieco for continuing to show your dedication to teaching and your passion for theater through this amazing online class! Be sure to join us for this week's class on Friday at 11am!
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Meeting ID: 115 119 374
Music Trivia Challenge
One of the towering figures in the history of classical music, Johann Sebastian Bach was married twice and the father of twenty children. Several of his sons also became noted musicians. Can you name any of the younger generation of musical Bachs? Check your answer in Thursday's J at Home!
Young People's Concerts Play!
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has some great resources available for kids! This Young People’s Concert, Jean Sibelius: Music of a Hero, Music of a Nation, is accompanied by educational videos and activities that get kids thinking about music composition. Then, you can try an interactive game that allows you to play with different variations on Sibelius’ themes!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we announced last week, we are so excited that JCC Day Camp will be open this summer! We know that your children have been eagerly awaiting getting outside and playing in the sun with their friends, and we are just as excited to welcome them back to camp this summer!
Registration for camp is now open again here!
We've received some questions about our policies and procedures this summer. We will be putting out a parent handbook, developed by our new camp medical committee, closer to camp starting. For other questions, please contact Glenn at email@example.com
We had a great time at our friend Jessica Caracciolo's virtual dance party last month! Her party raised over $1,000 for Sunrise! Here are some other great ideas for DIY fundraisers! With your help, we can continue to bring the joys of summer back to children with cancer and their siblings. To host your own DIY fundraiser, email Stefanie at SRacano@sijcc.com.
Thank you to our sponsors, NRG Energy, Zaremba Brown, S&S Manufacturing, Valpak of Staten Island and Greater Brooklyn, Scaran, and TGI Office Automation, for supporting Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Science Fun for Everyone
Check out these fun science experiments! You can do them at home, with supplies you likely have around the house!
What's Jewish About Chocolate?
Monday, June 22, 1pm
From cacao beans to yummy treats... what can we learn from chocolate? Join our friends at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for a free online event for families with elementary school-aged children. There is a maximum of 20 attendees so be sure to register here to save your spot!
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!
TODAY: Discovering Your Family Secrets with Esther Safran Foer, interviewed by Robert Siegel, 4:30pm
Join Esther Safran Foer, author of the recently released I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, as she shares her deeply moving story about her journey to learn more about her father’s family. It was not until Esther was an adult that she discovered her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust. Interviewed by her dear friend and former NPR All Things Considered host, Robert Siegel, Esther will reveal how she became a detective and traveled the world in search of the family she never knew she had. Register here.
TODAY: Debate Defends Democracy: Democracy in a Time of Crisis, 5pm
Debate Defends Democracy is a new public program series produced by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy in partnership with New York University and the National Park Service, presented for free on Zoom. Programs will take place on Tuesday nights, beginning tonight. The series seeks to provide critical historical context around the nature of our democracy and our individual rights. It will be an ever-evolving arena for — civic and civil—public discourse, where we will sometimes agree, disagree and we hope, find common ground. Read more and register here.
TOMORROW: Virtual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - Shared Legacies, 8pm
Join Joshua Abbey, Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival Director and Dr. Shari Rogers, director, Shared Legacies, for a LIVE Webinar and discussion on this important film. Shared Legacies presents historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation in an utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. To receive the link to view the film, email Neil at email@example.com. Register for the Webinar here.
Maccabi USA President's Forum with Olympic and Maccabiah Champion Anthony Ervin
Thursday, June 18, 8pm
Hosted by Maccabi USA President Jeff Bukantz, the President’s Forum features intimate conversations with distinguished guests across the global Jewish community. The next featured guest is US Olympic and Maccabiah Swimming Champion, Anthony Ervin. Anthony was a member of the U.S. Swim Team at the 2000, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In 2017, Anthony was a member of the US Maccabiah Open Swimming team and was given the highest honor – lighting the torch at the Opening Ceremony to officially begin the Games. Register here.
Tips and Tricks for a Father’s Day BBQ from Izzy Eidelman, CEO and Pit Master of Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse
Friday, June 19, 4pm
Father's Day is this weekend! Learn some tips and tricks for a Father’s Day BBQ from Izzy Eidelman, CEO and Pit Master of Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse. Join the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC for a free livestream! It wasn’t until the tender age of 26 that Sruli “Izzy” Eidelman had his first bite of BBQ. Kosher barbecue to be exact. For Izzy, it was love at first bite. He started smoking briskets in his parents' backyard in Brooklyn and amassed a knowledge that helped him open Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse, the first kosher BBQ restaurant in NYC. Izzy will share his story, mission, advice for success and some tips for your home BBQ. You won’t want to miss this one! Watch 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 recently were able to help a family of immigrants from South America as they faced food insecurity. The breadwinner of the family lost her job working in a nail salon due to the pandemic, and because the family members aren't citizens, they don't qualify for food stamps or unemployment benefits. We were apply to provide them with food from our Kosher Food Pantry, which will hold them over until the family is able to work again.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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