Adults of All Ages

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games & cards

Senior Program closed June 26-30
The Esther Gitlow & Yvette Tekel Senior Program has tables available daily for Mah Jongg, Canasta, Rummy Q, Bridge, Scrabble and other games ONLY in the Hadassah Classroom that week. FREE. JCC Members Only.

Beginner Bridge

This class is designed for beginners.
Instructor: Pat Linnemeyer
7 Mondays, 7-9PM (optional practice follows)
May 1-Jun 19
No class May 29
  • Member $160
  • Public $192

register


Beginner Canasta

This class is designed for beginners.
Instructor: Sharyn Gropper
6 Tuesdays, 7-9PM
May 2-Jun 13
No class May 30
  • Member $80
  • Public $110

register


Beginner Mah Jongg Lessons

This class is designed for beginners.
Instructor: Stacy Budkofsky

Three sessions to choose from:
6 Mondays, 1-3PM
May 8-Jun 19 (no class May 29)
Member $80 Public $100

6 Tuesdays, 7-9PM
May 9-Jun 20 (no class May 30)
Member $80 Public $100

5 Wednesdays, 3:30-5:50PM
July 12 – Aug 9
Member $70 Public $90


Intermediate Mah Jongg Lessons

A chance to strengthen your basic skills
Instructor: Stacy Budkofsky
5 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30PM
Jul 12-Aug 9
  • Member $70
  • Public $90

register


Scrabble

New and experienced players welcome
Wednesdays 10AM-12PM
No meeting May 31 & Jun 28
FREE.
JCC Members Only.


Open Game Time

Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-5PM

Arts & Crafts

Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Tuesday’s 9:30-11:30AM
No meeting Jun 27, Jul 4
Create blankest, hats, sweaters, and more. Some projects are donated, some are sold, and some are created as gifts for family and friends. Instruction, encouragement, and socialization. Novices welcome.
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Myrna’s Doodlers

Wednesday’s 12-1:30PM
No meeting May 31 & Jun 28
This fast growing craze has hit the J. Join us with your ‘adult’ coloring book and colored pencils as we chat and create together.
FREE. JCC Members Only.

Workshops and Lectures

Powerful Women in Judaism

Mondays May 1-Jun 12 1PM
No meeting May 29
Facilitator: Merri Rosenbaum
Free for JCC & Hadassah Members


Modern Judaism

10 Tuesdays, May 9-July 25
10:30AM-12PM
No meeting Jun 27 & Jul 4
Jews in the modern age. Who are they? What are they all about? What do they believe in?
Instructor: Shel Haas
FREE to JCC Members.


Film with Renee

Wednesdays, 1PM

  • May 3: Lies My Father Told Me starring Yossi Yadin (1975)
  • Jun 7: Bagdad Café starring Jack Palance (1987)

A retrospective of classic American films including a presentation with background information, analysis and discussion.
Facilitator: Renee Weiner
FREE. JCC Members Only.


    NEW!     Asset Protection / How to Better Protect Yourself

2-3PM
Apr 24, May 22, Jun 19, Jul 24, Aug 28
This 5 session course should be titled “Everything you need to know about your financial future – but don’t know to ask”. Topics to be covered will be:
*Asset Protection *How to Choose an Insurance Company *Personal Lines Insurance *Visual Records of Property *Auto Insurance *Long Term Care Insurance *Annuities *Life Insurance *Medicare VS Medicare Advantage Plans *Wills, Financial Instruments *Budgeting. Registration required.
Instructor: Alvin Rosenfeld, CLU
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Book Review Club

Wednesday, Jun 14, 1PM
A BACKPACK, A BEAR, AND 8 CRATES OF VODKA
Facilitated by Lucille Schroeder
A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family’s long trek, locate the strangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process, gain a future by understanding his past.
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Telling Your Life Story

6 Wednesdays, 1-2:30PM
May 10-Jun 21
No class May 31
It’s time to write your life story at last! In a small, friendly group we will use four basic techniques to get you off to a great start: thinking, writing, talking, and sharing your life stories. If you’ve already begun to write, this will help you to continue.
Through informal discussions and simple writing exercises, we will cover how you begin to tell your life story. And we will show how to develop an outline that can provide a “skeleton” to help you put the pieces you have written together. We’ll also discuss some unexpected resources that are available to help you to develop your life story. Remember – nobody can tell your story like you can — you were there! Register early, as space is limited to 8 participants.
Instructor: Judy Berkun, professional personal historian
Member $125 Public $140
register


Nosh & Learn

Sponsored by FountainView
12:30-2PM

  • May 5: THE BRONX
    Lecturer: Martin Schneit
    Marty was raised in the Bronx. Marty presents a nostalgic look back at the Bronx and how the Bronx impacted Marty’s life growing up. Marty depicts what was happening in the Bronx during those years of his youth. This lecture will bring you back to a simpler time.
    register
  • Jun 2: JEWS LIVING AS A RELIGIOUS MINORITY
    Speaker: Rabbi Ariel Russo (CSI Upper Nyack)
    register

Please call our registrar to reserve your seat!
Bagels will be served
Member $5 Public $10


Dessert & Learn at FountainView

Wednesday, June 28, 1PM
WOMEN OF NEW YORK
Speaker: Marty Schneit
Schneit details the history of 14 women who made significant contributions to NY and the world at large at a time in US history when full equality for women was not yet recognized. Some of the women to be discussed are Emma Lazarus, Gertrude Vanderbuilt Whitney, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Bess Meyerson.
Dessert & coffee will be served. Reservations are required.
FREE and open to the public


AARP Lectures at the J

  • THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS
    Wednesday, May 17
    12:30PM
    Speaker: Walt Brown, PhD, Notre Dame University
    Author, lecturer, historian
    How many presidents can you name? How many video presidents can you identify? How many were re-elected? How many were voted out of office? What were the most important character traits, beliefs and issues that made each one unique?
    Dr. Brown will provide a hand out to each participant filled with lots of answers to these questions and more.
  • WHY IS THE PUBLIC DISSATISFIED: BUDGET PROPOSAL REFLECTS WORKING-CLASS RESENTMENT OF THE POOR
    Wednesday, Jun 21
    12:30PM
    Speaker: Howard Goldstein, MD – Pathologist, Columbia University
    Struggling middle-income families may not understand that welfare programs are so meager that the poor hardly get any help. But they can directly understand that they missed out on the earned-income tax credit because their family income hit $50,000. It is not surprising that harried working mothers resent that 30 percent of low-income families using center-based child care receive some form of subsidy while middle-income families get next to nothing.
    “All they see is their stressed-out daily lives, and they resent subsidies and sympathy available to the poor,” Professor Williams wrote.
    The Affordable Care Act — the most significant expansion of the safety net since the War on Poverty in the 1960s — has unsurprisingly bred class resentment, too. Many disgruntled workers see it as another program for poor people that just pushed up their own premiums, offering little of benefit.

Bagels and coffee are available at a nominal fee.

For further information, please contact Norm Cohen, AARP Rockland County Program Director at 845-623-7606 or Myrna Arin at mtarinny@yahoo.com


Ongoing discussion groups

Schmooze on the News

Mondays 12:30-2PM
No meeting May 29 & Jun 26
Roundtable discussion on topics in the news. Occasional guest speakers invited. Facilitator: Shel Haas
FREE. JCC Members Only.


5 Star Trivia

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11AM-12PM
No meeting Jun 27 & 29, Jul 4

This group could also be called Cerebral Gymnastics. Test your knowledge on a variety of subjects, while having fun and keeping brain cells jumping.
Facilitator: Martin Resnick
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Women’s Discussion Group

Tuesdays 12:30-2PM
No meeting Jun 27 & Jul 4
This member-led rap group is for women who are looking for a warm, welcoming place to share and help one another.
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Men’s Discussion Group

Tuesday’s 12:30-2PM
No meeting Jun 27 & Jul 4
What’s said in the room stays in the room. Be part of this member-led rap group for men only.
Facilitator: Gerry Marenoff
FREE. JCC Members ONLY


Women’s Views on the News

Thursdays 11AM-12:30PM
No meeting Jun 29
You are invited to join a women’s group open discussion on local, national, and international current events. This is a lively gathering of women who care about our world.
FREE. JCC Members Only.


Men’s Discussion Group II

Thursdays 12:45-2:15PM
No meeting Jun 29
There’s never enough time to chat – so we’ve created a second discussion group. This is a member led rap group for men only.
FREE. JCC Members Only.

Sports & Rec

Israeli Folk Dance

9 Fridays, May 5-Jun 30, 11:30AM-1PM
For intermediate & advanced dancers.
Class minimum 8, maximum 30
Instructor: Sara Burnbaum
  • Member $110
  • Public $160

register


Armchair Aerobics

14 Mondays and 14 Thursdays
Apr 20-Aug 7, 10-10:45AM
No class May 29, Jun 1, 26 & 29,
Sponsored by Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center.
Instructor: Rafael Muniz
  • Member $50
  • Public $65
  • Fitness Memeber FREE

register


STERLING BANK ADULT 35+ WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Games are played weeknights at the JCC. Bring your own team or join one of ours. Play in either our competitive or recreational division. Season runs 10 games plus playoffs. T-shirt is $15 additional.
  • Member $150
  • Public $190

Registration is now closed

Active adult fitness classes offered at the JCC Wellness Center.
Complementary month of fitness and wellness for all community members.
Offerings include classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Active Adults in Motion as well as access to free weights, strength training, cardio machines and locker with full amenities. Contact Ellen Schmall at 845-362-4400 ext 537.

Jewish Culture

Israeli Folk Dance


10 Fridays, Feb 10 – Apr 7
11:30AM-1PM

For intermediate & advanced dancers.
Please be sure to register EARLY to insure that there will be a class. Class cannot begin without a minimum of 8 students.
Instructor: Sara Burnbaum

  • Member $122
  • Public $158

Register


Jewish History in the Middle Ages


10 Thursdays, Jan 9 – Mar 13
10:30AM-12PM

Jewish history in the Middle Ages covers the period from the 5th to the 15th century. During this time, the Jewish population gradually shifted from the Mediterranean Basin to Eastern Europe.
Instructor: Shel Haas
FREE to JCC Members.
Register

Sports and Rec

Sterling Bank Adult 35+ Winter Basketball League

Adult Basketball League

Games are played weeknights at the JCC. Bring your own team or join one of ours. Play in either our competitive or recreational division. Season runs 10 games plus playoffs. T-shirt is $15 additional.

  • MEMBER $150
  • PUBLIC $190


Registration is currently closed.


SHIDOKAN KARATE

Shidokan Karate

ONGOING, Ages 14 years +
Learn, grow, get in shape and study Shidokan traditional style of Karate.
Sundays 10-11:30am
Mondays 8:15-9:30pm
Tuesday 8:15-9:30pm
(choose 2)

GAMES & CARDS

Mah Jongg: Beginner

6 Tuesdays, 7-9PM Jan 17 – 28 (no class Feb 21)
>> Register
6 Mondays, 1-3PM May 8 – Jun 19 (no class May 29)
>> Register
6 Tuesdays, 7-9PM May 9 – Jun 20 (no class May 30)
>> Register
Instructor: Stacy Budkofsky
Member $80 Public $110

Canasta Lessons

6 Tuesdays, 7-9PM
Jan 10 – Feb 14
>> Register
May 2 – Jun 13 (no class May 30) >> Register
Instructor: Sharyn Gropper

  • MEMBER $80
  • PUBLIC $110


Absolute Beginner Bridge

8 Mondays, 7-9PM (optional practice follows)
Jan 23 – Mar 27
(No class Feb 20 and Mar 13)
First lesson is FREE.
For those who have never played bridge, here is your chance to join the 25 million Americans hooked on the game. Our hands-on approach will have you playing bridge before you know it. The first lesson is an absolutely free trial with no obligation to continue, so bring your friends and find out if you’d like to learn bridge. Please reserve your seat for the free lesson: 201-818-0141 or TheBridgeTable.com. Optional companion software to practice at home can be downloaded for $35.
Instructor: Pat Linnemeyer

  • MEMBER $160
  • PUBLIC $192


register


Intermediate Bridge:
Planning to Win 1

8 Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM (optional practice follows)
Jan 12 – Mar 9

(no class Feb 16)
This class focuses on how to make a plan of action when you are the declarer. One basic bidding topic will be reviewed each week. Meet nice people to play with at the practice session after each class.
Instructor: Amy Nellissen

  • MEMBER $195
  • PUBLIC $225

register

Bridge: Deadly Defense 1: Basics of Good Defense

8 Thursdays, Apr 20 – Jun 22
(No class May 4 & Jun 1)
9:30-11:30AM (optional practice follows)
Do you make the most of your high cards when you defend? Tune up your opening leads. Learn to read your partner’s cards to take more tricks as a defender.
Instructor: Amy Nellissen

  • MEMBER $195
  • PUBLIC $225

register

Special Programming


Defensive Driving

Ages 16+
Open to all ages and drivers licenses including learners’ permits. Completion of a NY DMV approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) provides a 10% reduction for 3 years, off of the motorist’s liability, no-fault and collision insurance premiums. If you have a traffic ticket, the benefits are even greater: this course can mean a 4-point reduction on your driving record.
Register early as space is limited.
Instructor: Art Aldrich

  • MEMBER $40
  • PUBLIC $55


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