IN THE NEWS
Thank you for supporting SunriseWALKS!
Even though our walk looked different this year, we truly felt the magic of Sunrise during our SunriseWALKS Virtual Celebration on Sunday! Thank you so much to all who helped us raise awareness and funds so that our Sunrise families can have a special camp experience at home this summer. We are also grateful for our generous camp sponsors! If you missed our celebration on Sunday, you can watch the video and donate to Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island here!
Congratulations to our Adult Education students!
As the school year ends, we would like to congratulate our Adult Education students who are about to receive their diplomas! While the last few months have been difficult, we are so proud of all of our students who persevered and quickly adapted to continuing their studies online. Our Adult Education department hopes to see their students soon and celebrate them with these special t-shirts they made to recognize their achievements!
Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up, burn calories, strengthen your muscles, and just have fun! Check out this 30 minute dance workout!
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!
No Ladder? No Problem!
Many coaches have their players train with an agility ladder to work on speed and footwork. Even if you don't have an agility ladder at home, you can still get all the benefits of ladder drills by using some imagination! Check out this video from LA Clippers Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Daniel Shapiro to find out how!
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
Google Arts & Culture Presents: The Art of Tie and Dye
Lots of people have tried tie-dying shirts as a fun activity during quarantine! Learn all about adire, or the art of tie and dye, in traditional and modern fashion expressions of the Egba people of Yorubaland with this interesting Google Arts & Culture exhibit.
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!
We are excited to announce our newest online class:
Muddy Hands, Happy Hearts
Muddy Hands Happy Hearts is a hand-building ceramic program designed for students of all levels to explore the world of hand-built ceramics. Darren Corona is a local ceramicist that has been creating his own work, along with leading workshops and seminars for over two decades. Darren will teach various techniques, and give valuable insight to those participating. In this first session, Darren will be doing a wheel demo while taking questions.
Join us on Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 579 496 5827
Music Trivia Challenge
In honor of the upcoming holiday weekend, we have a special Fourth of July-themed question for this week's Music Trivia Challenge! One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this Founding Father is also widely acknowledged as the first successful poet-composer of the United States of America. Who was he? Check your answer in Thursday's J at Home!
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Global Gala
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra hosted its gala virtually this week! Watch here as Dame Helen Mirren introduces Maestro Lahav Shani and iconic soloists and conductors for an exceptional Global Gala!
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
When we first closed our doors to the public back in March, the faculty members of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute didn't waste any time and quickly adapted to the new normal! Our teachers helped their students transition to taking virtual lessons so that they could continue to benefit from their expertise in music. We are going to continue with our online instrumental lessons this summer, beginning July 1, and we hope that you'll join us virtually! Email Ela Seeley at firstname.lastname@example.org for 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.
Can you believe that we are less than ONE WEEK away from the start of our 2020 camp season?!?! After spending months at home, we are so excited to get outside and have fun with all of our camp friends! If you haven't registered for camp yet, there's still time! Register here!
Summer in the Cloud
If you aren't planning on sending your child to camp this summer, we have a great virtual opportunity for you! We are proud to partner with Camp Settoga, New Country Day Camp, and Camp Twelve Trails for a collaborative New York area JCC experience: Summer in the Cloud. Summer in the Cloud is a unique virtual summer experience bringing together the best of our camp staffs, values, and programming for Summer 2020! Summer in the Cloud is offered weekly, Monday-Friday, from 9:30am-Noon, with optional activities Monday through Thursday from 4-5 pm. It is open to campers entering kindergarten through 6th grade. Learn more here
We are grateful to our friends at the Mannix-owned ShopRite stores on Staten Island for hosting a fundraiser for Sunrise Day Camp! When you're doing your 4th of July grocery shopping, be sure to make a donation at the register. All money raised will support our camp!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Pick Your Plate!
Travel around the world with Plato to learn about building healthy meals. Eat avocado toast in Australia, baobab fruit in Benin, and more! Yum! Pick your favorite plates for morning, midday, and evening meals. Be sure to meet your daily nutritional needs while not going over your budget! Play the game here!
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!
TODAY: Health Care Proxy: PRIDE Edition Workshop, 2pm
Join Say Ah!, a nonprofit that offers health literacy programs, for a free webinar for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn how to choose and educate a trusted person to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them for yourself. Register here
TONIGHT: Maccabi USA--Giving Back to the Community, 8pm
Join Maccabi USA athletes for a panel discussion on inspiring acts of selflessness. In these tumultuous times, be inspired by Maccabi USA alumni practicing the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Register here
Moment Magazine Presents: Lessons from My Father: The Teachings of Elie Wiesel Remembered with Elisha Wiesel
Thursday, July 2, 4:30pm
Join Elisha Wiesel on the fourth anniversary of his father’s passing as he shares stories and reflections on the lessons he learned from his dad, Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel will be in conversation with Nadine Epstein, Moment editor-in-chief and editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life & Legacy. Moment is pleased to host this special Zoominar to honor the memory of Elie Wiesel who co-founded the magazine 45 years ago. Register here
Celebrating Freedom & Serving Others: Jewish Community Honors July 4th
The JCC Association of North America and the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council have put together a great collection of resources for honoring the upcoming 4th of July holiday! The resources offer a Jewish lens through which we can view the holiday, explore its meaning to us as Americans and as Jews, and take actions to make our country and our world a better place, a Jewish concept known as tikkun olam (repair of the world). Check it out here!
Virtual JCC with the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC
During these challenging times, the entire JCC community across North America has come together to share unique, engaging content with members. You can make a free Virtual JCC account to access a variety of live, virtual events. We'll be sure to keep sharing our favorites with you! Check it out here!
Dare to Inspire: How to Create Inspiration During Uncertain Times
Thursday, July 2, 8pm
Join Allison Holzer, co-author of Dare to Inspire: Sustain the Fire of Inspiration in Work and Life. She will guide you through a roadmap of how to speak and sustain inspiration to achieve your goals and successfully navigate through the unknown future. Allison will answer your questions at the end of the discussion. 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 were able to help two seniors who are the primary caregivers for their teenage grandchildren. While they receive Social Security benefits, it's not enough to feed the family of four. We were able to provide them with food from our Kosher Food Pantry.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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