IN THE NEWS
Supporting Our Community at the Carter Center
Last week, the Carter Center had the opportunity to provide over 120 families with cooked and packed food, personal protective equipment, and household necessities. Thank you to the participants who came out to help, NYCID for organizing this event, and Assemblyman Charles Fall, Staten Island Justice Center, Food Foundation, and MetroPlus for collaborating on this event. We are always more than happy to be able to support our community during these uncertain times.
Face Shields Donation
We are so grateful to MakerSpace NYC for their generous donation of 40 face shields for our staff! We want to thank Scott Van Campen, the Executive Director of Makerspace, and the Borough President's Office for facilitating this donation.
ECE Photo Challenge
Even though our ECE classrooms are empty right now, the learning continues! Our ECE families have been participating in weekly photo challenges, which are bringing all of our students and teachers together even though they are apart right now. This week's challenge was to take a picture with something that starts with the first letter of your name. Check it out here!
Teacher of the Week
Our Teacher of the Week this week is ESL instructor Jennifer Aleman. Thank you, Jennifer, for your dedication!
30-Day Abs Challenge
Get stronger, more toned abs in just a month with this challenge from Livestrong! These workouts are great for strengthening your core and can be done in just a few minutes a day with no equipment!
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!
Improving Your Mental Health
It can be easy to feel lonely during these challenging times. This article shares 7 tips to overcome loneliness and improve your mental health.
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!
Core 24 Academy Presents: Basketball Drills!
In this video, you'll find a variety of drills to help you work on shooting, dribbling, footwork, and more! Try them out!
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
Broadway Fridays from Lincoln Center
Fridays at 8pm, beginning June 5
Lincoln Center is offering free online streams of select Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts featuring Broadway productions from Lincoln Center Theater and the New York Philharmonic. A different performance will be released every Friday and remain available to watch on demand. The series kicks off this Friday, and initial broadcasts include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance, and James Lapine’s Act One. Enjoy this curated series of archival gems, created especially for fans of beloved musical theater and stage play classics. Tune in here!
Virtual Programming from the Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim offers a wide variety of virtual programming, including online classes and tours. Check out the full schedule of events here!
Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents A Virtual Studio/Gallery Tour
Tuesday, June 9, 7pm
Grab a glass of wine and join us on an artist studio tour from your couch! Westchester-based artist Jill Krutick will discuss her work, art practice and journey. From finance to fine art, Jill's stories will entertain and provide a "walking tour" of her latest virtual exhibition. For a preview of this exciting event, check out Jill Krutick's work on her website here!
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Meeting ID: 869 6864 4540
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!
Music Trivia Challenge
A celebrated organist and composer early in her career, this Frenchwoman later devoted herself to teaching composition and became one of the most influential figures in 20th century classical music. Who was she?
Learn with Carnegie Hall: Beethoven Master Classes
TOMORROW: Wednesday, June 3, 2pm
Learn with Carnegie Hall is an online series that highlights engaging programs for families and educators to share with children of all ages, invites aspiring musicians to gain insights from the world’s leading artists, and pulls back the curtain on the powerful role music can play in all of our lives. Tune in here!
The Weekly Schmooze: Learning to Swim with the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy
What’s summer without swimming? Our traditional day camp has 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools and proudly offers daily swimming lessons under the direction of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg formed his swim program in 2005, with the goal of teaching kids water safety. The hallmark of the program is the Swim Right Method, which incorporates the swim-float-swim technique and features progressive levels that help swimmers continually grow their skills. Campers will move from the beginning stages of swimming and progress to all four major strokes—freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. As they master each new skill, swimmers’ progress is recorded on a report card, which is given to parents at the end of the summer. While the program aims to help kids become more confident swimmers, parents will also gain the confidence of knowing that their children are learning how to be safe and have fun in the pool!
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.
We're so excited about our upcoming virtual SunriseWALKS on Sunday, June 28! This fundraiser will help us deliver our Sunrise magic to our campers safely at home this summer. Read all about it here!
What is the magic of Sunrise Day Camp? Like one of our counselors, Haley, says in this video, it’s experiencing the joys of childhood like every child should! Now more than ever, our campers need that magic. Virtually “walk” with us to help give that to them by registering here!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Sesame Street Monster Meditation
Try out this great meditation featuring some lovable Sesame Street monsters to help kids deal with frustration!
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 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.
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!
Maccabi USA Book Club: Monday, June 8, 1pm
The Maccabi USA Book Club will be reading Palestine Posts: An Eyewitness Account of the Birth of Israel, by Daniel S. Chertoff. This powerful first person account allows us to re-experience a momentous turning point in Jewish history. This event will be hosted by Don Kent, Maccabi USA alum and First Vice President. Join us for author Daniel Chertoff's presentation and a discussion to follow! Register 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 recently able to help a husband and wife struggling financially and emotionally during the crisis. After losing his brother to the virus, the husband lost his call center job and needed help applying for unemployment online, since he doesn't have a home computer. We were able to refer him to a financial counselor, who was able to help him apply. His wife is disabled, so we referred her to legal counseling to help her apply for disability benefits. We also supplied the family with food from our Kosher Food Pantry and referred them to a SNAP specialist to get additional food.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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