IN THE NEWS
On Friday, JCC staff members surprised outgoing CEO David Sorkin with a special retirement parade to celebrate his 15 years with the agency. After planning a regular retirement party, the staff had to quickly shift plans as circumstances changed. They came together to make the parade a unique, unforgettable celebration for an unforgettable CEO! Read all about it here!
We are grateful for the generosity of the DYCD (Department of Youth and Community Development) and the Mannix family, which allowed our Adult Education department to purchase over 200 gift cards from ShopRite this week. The Adult Education department mailed these gift cards, worth over $8,800 total, to their students to help them buy groceries for their families during these difficult times. We are so proud of all our students' dedication to their education by continuing their studies online during the pandemic!
Our Teacher of the Week is Rachel Sanchez! One of Rachel's favorite quotes is by Aristotle: "He who dares to teach must never cease to learn." Rachel has embodied this quote in her 5 years of teaching High School Equivalency classes at the JCC and believes that she has learned so much from her students. She is astounded that, despite their many obstacles, her students are determined to achieve an education. She is especially proud of how hard they have worked during the pandemic, as they continue their own education while also teaching their own children at home. Thank you for inspiring your students, Rachel!
Full-Body Workout at Home
Try out this full-body workout that's easy to follow at home! These compound exercises will activate multiple muscle groups at the same time, helping you get a more efficient workout!
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!
Here's a great warm-up to do before doing any dry land workout! These will help you improve your range of motion for swimming and prepare you for more intense training.
Complete two rounds of the following exercises, taking minimal rest between exercises and rounds. Click on the links for a demonstration of each exercise.
Quadruped shoulder circles x 8 on each side
Ankle press x 8
Multi-planar lunge x 3 of each type on each side
If you have access to a basketball hoop, try out the 3-Shot Challenge! See how long it takes you to make the three shots shown in this video!
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
"Jews in Hollywood" Presented by The Genesis Prize Foundation
Check out this video highlighting contributions to Hollywood made by Jewish individuals! Some of the talent featured in the video includes: Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kirk Douglas, Milos Forman, Steven Spielberg, and many more.
TONIGHT: Dr. Esther Grushkin Seminars for Adult Jewish Education (SAJE) presents A Virtual Studio/Gallery Tour, 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
Virtual Book Club Meeting
Thursday, June 11, 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
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
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!
Art of Broadway: Special Guest Speaker!
Friday, June 12, 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
Music Trivia Challenge
In what brief composition, originally titled "Petit Chien," did Frederic Chopin intend to musically depict small dog chasing its tail? Check your answer in Thursday's edition of J at Home!
Interactive Drumming Video
We invite all our young percussion enthusiasts to find their drum and join Mr. Tony in an instructional drumming video about Bomba music from Puerto Rico.
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 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.
While we aren’t able to gather for large-scale events, there are still so many ways you can contribute to SunriseWALKS right from the comfort of your own home! Virtual DIY events are a great way to connect with your friends and have fun, all while raising money to bring the magic of Sunrise to our campers this summer. If you're interested in hosting a DIY event, email Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out some great event ideas here!
We'd like to give a huge thank you to our sponsors, Rab Wilkinson Foundation, Broadway Stages, Staten Island Parent, and Rogers Surveying, PLLC, for their support! These are just some of our amazing sponsors who are helping us deliver a wonderful virtual summer camp experience to our Sunrise campers this year!
KIDS AND FAMILIES
ChopChop Cooking Club
Cooking is a fun and practical way to learn plenty of important life skills! ChopChop Cooking Club is a free, online club that helps kids challenge themselves as they learn how to cook. Check it out and get cooking 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
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.
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, 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!
Hasidic Tales for Adults
Wednesday, June 10, 8:30pm
Join Nevada's Congregation Ner Tamid as Rabbi Sanford Akselrad leads this interesting discussion of Hasidic Tales!
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Meeting ID: 501 821 9623
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 man who is currently out of work. He relies on social security and food stamps, which barely allow him to cover his monthly expenses. We provided him with food from our Kosher Food Pantry and are in the process of helping him find other resources to help during this difficult time.
Donate to our Families in Need campaign here to help families like this one.
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