IN THE NEWS
Join our Virtual SunriseWALKS Celebration this weekend!
We are less than one week away from our Virtual SunriseWALKS Celebration! We hope you will join us on Sunday, June 28, at 10am for a celebration featuring celebrity guests, surprise performances, and most importantly, our Sunrise campers! Register for SunriseWALKS and donate what you can to help give summer back to kids with cancer and their siblings here. Already registered? The link to join our Virtual Celebration will be emailed to you this week! Stay tuned for more information.
Meet our New Board Members!
Last week, we installed three new board members at our Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting took place virtually. The newest members of the Board of Directors are Bryn Biren, R. Randy Lee, and Ana Oliveira. Incoming CEO Orit Lender said, "I want to thank our newest members and our entire Board for volunteering their time and talents—we appreciate everything you do to help the JCC continue to serve the Staten Island community.” Read all about our new board members here!
During our virtual Annual Meeting, we also debuted our 2019-2020 Annual Report. You can read it here!
Delivering Meals to Holocaust Survivors
The JCC is proud to help seniors—and especially Holocaust survivors—facing food insecurity. Check out this video from UJA highlighting our food distribution. A special thank you to an anonymous donor who contributed $20,000 to this program in honor of Jay and Lucille Chazanoff. Thanks to your support, we can continue to feed and provide services to Holocaust survivors on Staten Island.
34 Lower-Body Exercises You Can Do at Home
These 34 moves will tone your legs and glutes, while also strengthening your lower back! Choose a few of them for leg day or add some into your existing workout routine for variety!
Check out this link for a variety of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home!
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!
Registration for our JCC Trident Swim Camp closes this Friday! Be sure to register soon! At swim camp, our primary goal is to bring out the very best in every swimmer we coach! Whether you are entering the pool for the first time, a new swimmer looking to become more comfortable in the water, an aspiring competitive swimmer who is almost there, or a competitive swimmer looking to build endurance, we have a spot for you. We're so excited for another great summer in the pool! Click here for more information and to register for Aquatics Camp.
Registration for our summer Sports Camps closes this Friday! Be sure to register soon, as space is limited. Register here!
Core 24 Basketball Camp
Our new-and-improved basketball camp will help your child become the best player they can be, and it's a great opportunity for them to have fun and stay active after months at home! Visit our website for more information and to register.
Our USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Training Program teaches skills in each Olympic event. Led by our staff of highly trained coaches, campers will work on the uneven parallel bars, balance beam, vault, floor, and trampoline. Other fun activities include obstacle courses, games, and contests. Gymnastics camp is a fun and healthy way to learn new skills and make lots of new friends! Learn more and register here!
JCC Soccer Academy Camp
Alejandro Jimenez, our Head Coach and Soccer Camp Coordinator, has created a new curriculum that is specifically designed to ensure all our players are able to enjoy the beauty of the game while testing and teaching them skills under the guidance of professional trainers and coaches. At soccer camp, our primary goal is to bring out the very best in every player we coach! We will have access to the outdoor field, indoor gymnasiums, and outdoor pool, where we will do skills & drills, strength & conditioning, and just have plain old fun! Our camp offers three levels—Recreational, Travel, and Elite—to ensure that every type of player gets the right kind of attention! Learn more and sign up for Soccer Camp here!
Essential Soccer Drills for Kids
Try out these soccer drills to get ready for Soccer Camp!
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
Recap: Virtual Tour of the Derfner Judaica Museum and Art Collection at the Hebrew Home
Our Cultural Arts department decided that since we can't visit museums, museums can visit us instead! The JCC's Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) invited our participants for an amazing virtual tour of the Derfner Judaica Museum and Art Collection at the Hebrew Home, led by brilliant art educator Elana Kaplan. The founding gift to the museum was made by Leuba and Ralph Baum, European émigrés who amassed a collection of more than 800 Jewish ceremonial objects. The permanent collection today comprises more than 1400 fine art pieces. Our audience enjoyed the virtual program last week and is looking forward to more virtual explorations to come!
TODAY: Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents A JCC Virtual Rabbi/Rebbetzin Series, 12:30pm
Join us for a FREE Zoom lecture by Rebbetzin Katzman, who will discuss "Women and Empowerment in Judaism."
Join Zoom Meeting
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!
Join Zoom Meeting
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
The supposition that this renowned conductor and composer poisoned Mozart, his musical rival, became the basis of an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and an Oscar-winning 1984 film. Who was he? Check your answer in Thursday's edition of J at Home!
From the Vault: Full Concerts from Jazz at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center releases a filmed jazz concert from their archives vault every Wednesday! Check them out here!
Virtual Brazilian Drumming Workshops
Wednesdays, starting July 15, 6-week session
Join Philip Galinsky for a 6-week Brazilian drumming workshop! Bring your own drum and join call-and-response games, learn new techniques and rhythms, and play along with a world-renowned educator and performer of samba percussion.
Children ages 6-10 years old: Wednesdays 4pm
Adults: Wednesdays 5pm
You will receive a Zoom invite to participate following your registration.
Virtual Instrumental Lessons
Beginning July 1
Join us (virtually!) at the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute this summer for online instrumental lessons, beginning July 1.
Email Ela Seeley at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
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.
Registration for camp is now open again here!
NEW: Performing Arts Specialty Summer Camp
The stage is set for our newest specialty summer camp—Performing Arts! Campers will dive into an imagination zone, where they’ll get hands-on experience in all aspects of theater including acting, improvisation, dance, and music. Our young thespians will even create an original play to perform for their fellow campers and family members! Performing Arts Camp, run by IlluminArt Productions, is a great way to make new friends, build self-confidence, and express yourself! Registration closing soon, so be sure to sign up now! Register here!
This summer, Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island will go completely virtual. It's hard to imagine a summer without the sounds of joy and laughter at our campgrounds, but this summer we'll have to use our imaginations more than ever as we bring the magic of Sunrise to our campers at home.
Virtual programming experts have created a Sunrise experience that will take our campers on great adventures and thrilling escapades designed to delight them all day, every day, in every way. To get a taste of what our campers will be experiencing this summer, check out this video!
We are in the final stretch as we approach our Virtual SunriseWALKS Celebration this Sunday at 10am. To help make our Virtual Camp experience a memorable and magical one, please donate what you can here.
Today, we'd like to thank some of our sponsors, Global Container Terminals New York and Avis Dental, for their support of Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island! We'd also like to give a special shout-out to the Vincent Gruppuso Foundation and JVN Restoration for co-sponsoring the tablets our campers will be using this summer for their virtual Sunrise camp experience!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Frontiers for Young Minds
Check out this free scientific journal written by scientists and edited by kids and teens!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 by July 15, individuals will have coverage effective August 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!
TONIGHT: To Life! To Life! L’Chaim!, 7pm
Our friends at UJA Westchester invite you to join them for an evening with the cast of the recent hit production of Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof. Sing along with your favorite songs and hear how this fresh take on a classic went from a 6-week limited run to an 18-month-long off-Broadway hit. Register here
Maccabi USA Presents: Lunch and Learn: Overcoming Challenges During a Time of Crisis
Wednesday, June 24, 11:30am
An inspirational and inspiring session featuring Noam Gershony, 2012 Paralympics Gold Medal Winner in Wheel Chair Tennis & former IDF Pilot in the 2006 Lebanon War, and, Elad Roth, Manager of the ITECenter in Akko and Founder of the ITEC Wheel Chair Tennis program for children. Register here
Young Adults (21+) Wine Tasting Wednesdays with UJA
Wednesday, June 24, 5:30pm
Join us for a series of Israeli wine tastings and food pairings led by experts in the field. We will learn about a variety of delicious wines and ways to create the authentic flavors of Israel in our own kitchens. This week's event focuses on white wine and cheese boards. Register here
Maccabi USA Presents: The Accidental Talmudist
Wednesday, June 24, 8pm
Join Maccabi USA for an interesting virtual event featuring,Salvador Litvak, also known as The Accidental Talmudist. Sal has spent the past 10 years enriching the lives of Jews around the world through storytelling and Jewish knowledge. After completing the 7.5 year Daf Yomi cycle, Sal started the Accidental Talmudist to share Jewish wisdom, faith, culture, history and stories. His social media presence has over one million followers on Facebook, and thousands more through other platforms. Register here
TYSA Presents: Narcan Training by CHASI
Thursday, June 25, 3pm
Want to learn how to save lives and reverse an opioid emergency at home? Attend this free Narcan/Naloxone training workshop! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Virtual Bake-Along with Chef Lindsay
Thursday, June 25, 7pm
As the summer officially kicks off, Lindsay Culinary and her sweet sous-chef daughter Valerie invite you to a special evening of 'Stars & S'Mores' where they will lead you through baking delicious S'mores Brownies. Get the recipe and watch live 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 able to help a single mother and her sister, both immigrants from Sri Lanka who lost their jobs as home health aids during the pandemic. They do not qualify for any government benefits due to their immigration status, but we were able to give them food from our Kosher Food Pantry to help them get through this difficult time.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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