The JCC’s Bulletin dates back to the 1930s, when it was a premier source of news for the local Jewish community. We are proud to continue this tradition of keeping our JCC community informed via our virtual Bulletin.
The bulletin circa 1974
Participants at the Avis/South Shore Neighborhood Senior Center also got in on the action by collecting donations for the American Cancer Society, knitting and crocheting lap blankets for cancer patients, and sending greeting cards to patients. They also hosted a special Breast Cancer Awareness-themed chair yoga.
While October is obviously a special month for this cause, the JCC helps breast cancer patients throughout the year. We offer our Pink Program, which are fitness classes specifically for those in treatment and recovering from breast cancer. The Pink Program is the only breast cancer recovery program approved by the American Council of Exercise. For more information, contact Janice at email@example.com.
Fall means one thing—pumpkins! To celebrate the season, our Early Childhood Education students took a trip out to the pumpkin patch! Check out our photo gallery below:
Seven years ago, following Superstorm Sandy, our Food Pantry continued to operate despite the fact that we had no electricity and no elevator service. The blackout didn't stop us from doing what we do best—taking care of our community. Staff from many departments pitched in with flashlights, carrying boxes of food up the stairs to help make sure that no one went hungry.
Even in a crisis, the JCC is always ready to help those in need! Click here to learn more about our food pantry.
This year, we’re celebrating the JCC of Staten Island’s 90th birthday. As the JCC turns 90, we reflect back on the milestones the organization has achieved over the years.
The ways we communicate have changed drastically since the JCC opened its doors 90 years ago. Beginning in the 1930s, direct mail was the main form of communication for the JCC. To help keep members informed, the Bulletin was started as a newspaper serving the Jewish community. It was an important source of information, including news stories, upcoming events, and birth and marriage announcements. It also contained some more gossipy items and ads for local businesses.
One of the oldest copies of The Bulletin in our archives—from 1939!
The Bulletin has taken on various looks and forms throughout the years. At times, it was printed on glossy paper and bound as a magazine. As times changed, the Bulletin went from being weekly to monthly, then eventually bi-monthly.
Another communication method the JCC undertook was Gabby, a phone book put together by Women’s Division. Gabby was so popular that local businesses took ads out in it! While the idea of a phone book may seem outdated in the age of the internet, in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was all the rage.
Do you still have your old Gabby books? We want to see them! Take a picture and email it to us or post it on our social media accounts.
This fall, we’ve made a major effort to move into the future with regards to communication. We’ve embraced the role mobile devices play in our daily lives and have made updates to the way we do things to accommodate this. We’ve updated the look of our email blast, beefed up our social media presence, included more photos and videos in all our communications, and—most importantly—redesigned our website to be mobile-friendly and easy to use. You can check it out here!
While we want to move forward technologically, we also want to preserve pieces of our past history. We’ve moved the Bulletin online to make it easier to access and simpler to update more frequently, but we’ve also kept the newspaper’s past in mind. We’ve designed our new Bulletin logo in a similar style as the Bulletin had in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
We hope you enjoy all our new communication tools, and that you’ll use these new methods to not only access information, but get in touch with us to let us know what you love about the JCC and what we can do better. We always want to hear from you, and now there are more ways to get in touch with us than ever before.
While we don’t know what the future will hold technology-wise, we do know that we’ll have to keep adapting to keep up with our members’ and participants’ wants and needs. In the near future, stay tuned for our new fitness app, launching early next year. We can’t wait for you to try it out!
On Sunday, October 13th, we held our New Seasons event for young children and their families at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. It was a beautiful fall day, and we enjoyed an apple hunt, a story walk, and crafts!
Our newest Art exhibit features the work of Len Rachlin. Len Rachlin is a photographer and sculptor who was born in Ellenville, N.Y. He graduated from Stony Brook University with both B.A. and M.A degrees. Later he obtained an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College. He studied sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. He learned the basics of photography from his father who was a baby photographer and is otherwise self-taught. He worked for a hotel photographer, as a photography counselor at a summer camp and for Stony Brook University’s Office of Public Relations to earn money for college expenses. Later he did wedding photography before becoming interested in the artistic side of photography. Rachlin juggled being a math teacher as well as doing sculpture and photography.
He has exhibited, mostly in group shows, at various locations including Stony Brook University, Wagner College, St. John’s University, Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery, Staten Island Museum, Salmagundi Club, Numeroff Gallery, R.K. Parker Gallery, Rosenberg Gallery, Valsamis Gallery, SVA East Side Gallery, Red Carpet Gallery, Gallery 6, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Fort Wadsworth Visitors Center, Greenbelt Nature Center, Blue Heron Park and Planting Fields Arboretum. His sculptures are realistic figurative bronzes. He works first in clay, then plaster and finally casts his work into bronze using the lost wax casting process. The primary subject of his photography is people- mostly candid shots. Other subjects he has pursued are landscapes, nature, still lifes, nude studies and portraits.
Rachlin’s sculptures and photographs are in many private collections. His bronze portrait bust of George W. Curtis can be seen in the entrance vestibule of Curtis High School on Staten Island. He has published two books of his photographs, Photographic Visions, Blurb Press, 2008 and Coney Island Views, Blurb Press, 2008.
Come see the exhibit, on display at the Murray Berman Art @ the J Gallery at the Bernikow Building through October!
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