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FALL 2017

• It’s the 25th Anniversary of the JCC Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival • There’s still time to register for Before + After-School Care • MYZONE is for everyone! Try it today. • Parents, get ready for school with tips, parenting programs, and more!


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Hours Saturday & Sunday 8am – 8pm Monday – Thursday 5am – 9:30pm


Celebrating Tradition

Friday 5am – 5:30pm


JCC Summer Highlights

Holiday Hours

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Labor Day Monday, September 4 7am – 1:30pm


Back to School Tips


Children + Families


Party Time!


Youth + Teen


What’s New in the Pools…


Adult Programming

Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 20 5am – 5:30pm Rosh Hashanah Thursday & Friday September 21-22 CLOSED Yom Kippur Saturday, September 30 CLOSED Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23 7am – 1:30pm Locker Rooms & Spas closes 30 minutes later.

Wishing all of our members & friends a sweet + healthy new year.

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Spa at the JCC


Cultural Arts


Career Opportunities


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The JCC Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors JCC Board of Directors President Richard Gray Vice Presidents Daniel Goldstein Loren Flaum Justin Goldman Karen Menachof Secretary Staci Henning Treasurer Howard Cohen Officers Valerie Alhart Rabbi Adam Aranov Bernard Birnbaum Judith Blaustein Harold Bobry Jonathan Broder Laurence Kessler Caroline Korn Steve Levitsky Ben Levy Dawn Lipson Jacob Moalem Emily Rittenberg Susan Sagan Levitan Seth Silver Martin Spokony Michael Stock Josh Weinstein Jocelyn Wolff Board of Governors Matt Ryen, Chair* Patricia Chadwick* Linda Cornell Weinstein* Ilene Flaum Deborah Goldman William Goldstein* Stanley Gordon* David M. Gray* Howard Grossman* Robert Gutkin Lawrence Halpern* Judith Kaplan* Arthur Kaufman Laurence Kessler* Barbara Lane Marshall Lesser* John F. Liebschutz* Howard Mills Jeremy Wolk* * Past President Management Team Executive Director Arnie Sohinki Associate Executive Director Eke Aiono Membership Director Barbara Conklin Marketing Director Lyndsay Polizzi Director of Philanthropy Debra Walker Chief Financial Officer Mary Russo Director of Human Resources Christine O’Rourke Publication Design: Simone Kelly

Rabbi Adam Aranov

Caroline Korn

Steve Levitsky

Josh Weinstein

The mission of the JCC is to strengthen Jewish identity and promote Jewish continuity through all stages of life. This is accomplished in an environment that provides opportunities for meaningful cultural enrichment, physical well being and social, educational and recreational experiences for individuals and families.

Never a dull


“Living at The Summit is like being on a cruise ship! There is always something to do.” – Summit resident

Pour yourself a cup, join the conversation and experience the relaxed lifestyle you want, without the burden of maintenance and repairs. The Summit at Brighton offers first-class retirement living in a relaxed, friendly environment with a focus on wellness. At Rochester’s one and only Life Care community, you’ll also have the financial peace of mind that comes from taking care of your own future today.

Call (585) 442-4500 or visit summitbrighton.org An affiliate of Jewish Senior Life 2000 Summit Circle Drive, Rochester, NY 14618 EXCEPTIONAL AMENITIES • FINE DINING • LIFE CARE COMMUNITY • LIFE LONG LEARNING jccrochester.org

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Look what’s coming up...




Begins September 6 Ages 18+, Soccer Field* Do you want to become a better runner or learn to enjoy running? Join us at the JCC for group runs, speed drills and cross-training. Meet like-minded runners and support one another as you work toward your goals! Additional online coaching will be available through the JCC RUNS ROC Facebook group that all participants will have the opportunity to join. *In case of inclement weather, group will meet in the gymnasium. Register online or at the Main Desk. For more information, contact Rachel Maxon. $20/month

Member: $10/month



ENTRY FEES & REGISTRATION PRE-REGISTER ONLINE www.runsignup.com OR MAIL, POSTMARKED BY Tuesday, September 18: $20 After September 18: $25 For more information, contact Brian Dengler.

Saturday Night Live for Kids! Saturday, October 21, 5-8:30pm Ages 5-12 Parents, have a few hours to yourselves on a Saturday night! Drop your children off for swimming in the Bobry Family Pool, dinner, and a movie with other kids! Pre-registration is required online or at the Main Desk. For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $35/child Member: $20/child


rjbf.org | November 5 -19, 2017

Happy Hour with Live Music at the JCC! Thursday, November 9, 5:30-6:30pm Front Lobby Bring some friends and join us for great live music, complimentary wine, snacks and fun! For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. Free



Pick up a complimentary Rememberance Candle at Brighton Memorial Chapel.

Rochester’s Jewish Funeral Home


3325 Winton Road S., Rochester NY 14623 • www.BrightonMemorialChapel.com

See why Brighton Memorial Chapel is Establishing a New Tradition. jccrochester.org

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The fall is both a reflective and festive time in the Jewish year. The JCC is pleased to offer a great variety of holiday programs and resources to help welcome and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; and Sukkot, a fall harvest festival which celebrates the permanence, strength, and hospitality of the Jewish community.

Celebrating Tradition

High Holiday Display September 5-19 Auditorium Lobby Did you know that the Rochester Jewish community offers many options for High Holiday services? Come explore the many different ways to connect with the Jewish community during the High Holiday season.

Jewish Meditation Tuesdays, September 5-26; 7:30-8:30pm Yiddish Culture Center Explore ancient Jewish mystical concepts that will help infuse spirituality and wellness into all areas of your life. Learn practical techniques to help live life to its fullest. Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Schon For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $25 A partner program with Ohr Torah – the outreach division of Congregation Light of Israel

High Holiday Learning for Adults Sundays, September 10, 17, and 24 Yiddish Culture Center Course 1 Hebrew Reading for the High Holidays 9:45-11am Continue building your Hebrew vocabulary as we tackle some of the essential prayers of the High Holiday service. Gain meaning and insight into these prayers as you learn to recognize prefixes, suffixes and root words. Instructor: Rabbi Yitzi Shulman Course 2 Making the High Holidays the High Point of the Year 11am-12pm Gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and rituals of the High Holidays that will allow you to tap into the beauty of the Jewish New Year. Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Schon For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $18/course; $30 for both

Holidays in the Hallways Wednesday, September 13, 12-1pm & 5-6pm Wolk Main Lobby Stop by and chat with Joy Getnick, Director of Jewish Life, and Michele Ruda, Director of The Resource Place. Pick-up tips, ideas, resources, and treats to help bring the magic of the fall holidays into your home. For more information, contact Joy Getnick. Free

Rosh Hashanah Family Dinner: A Special Member Event Monday, September 18, 5-6:30pm JCC Auditoriums Happy New Year! Join us for an apples and honeythemed night featuring shofar blowing and singing with Alex Reeder, crafts, and a special guest from NY Bee Wellness. In the spirit of starting from the beginning our menu will feature breakfast favorites for all ages. Food provided by Harvest Eatery (kosher dairy/ vegetarian). Dairy free, gluten free, and nut aware options available by advance request. For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $6/person Children 2 and under: Free

The Israeli Sukkah Shuk: A Celebration of the Sukkot Holiday & Fall Harvest Sunday, October 1, 10am-3pm It’s back! Stop by our Israel-inspired shuk (marketplace) and revel in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the Sukkot holiday. Purchase a lulav and etrog (traditional Sukkot ritual objects), fall harvest favorites, assorted foods and sweets, Judaica, and more. Pick up information on Sukkot and the many ways to celebrate here in Jewish Rochester, and get tips on how to bring the joy of Sukkot into your home. All are welcome! For more information, contact Joy Getnick or Rabbi Avi Mammon at rabbi@conglightofisrael.org. Free A partner program with Ohr Torah – the outreach division of Congregation Light of Israel

The Sukkah is Open & Welcome to All The JCC is proud to again welcome the community into the JCC sukkah. The sukkah will be available for use in the Holocaust Memorial Courtyard from October 4-11,during regular open hours. A lulav and etrog (Sukkot ritual objects) set will be available at the JCC Main Desk, and blessings and directions outlining their traditional use will be posted in the sukkah. Make your visit a picnic! Order from Harvest Eatery and enjoy your meal outside. For more information, contact Joy Getnick.

The Department of Jewish Life and Learning is generously funded in part by the Harry and Regina Cornell Fund.


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harvesteatery.org | 461-2000, ext. 474 Serving a delectable array of freshly made wholesome and healthy juices, smoothies, coffee drinks, and food choices. Grab something and take a seat or take it to go!

HOURS Monday - Thursday 6:30am - 8pm Friday 6:30 - 5pm Saturday Closed Sunday 8am - 8pm Certified kosher through the BVK (Buffalo Vaad HaKashrus).


the JCC!

Exceptional Childcare for Children.

Wolk Children’s Center Ages 8 wks –5 years Jill Shellman (585) 461-2000, ext. 505

Before & After-School Care Ages 5 –11 years Dan Irving (585) 461-2000, ext. 274

Proven Performance with...



Call 585-389-1029 Cell: 585-230-1187

Email: jevoi@rochester.rr.com


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Do you love being a JCC Member?


When you refer a new continuous member to join we’ll give you a $100 gift certificate to use towards your membership or any JCC program or service. Promotion applies to continuous memberships only. Special offer available with qualifying referral. Offer not applicable to Silver&Fit®, SilverSneakers®, Healthways Prime, 3-month and trial memberships. For more information, stop by the Main Desk or contact Barbara Conklin at ext. 216.


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Highlights 1. Bring It On the Musical 2. JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester International Jewish Film Festival attendees 3. Camp Scholarship Golf Tournament Founders 4. Summer Solstice walk participants 5. CSL Israel Campers overlooking the Red Sea 6. JCC receives Brighton Chamber “Building Pride in Brighton” Award 7. Erdle Foundation Lounge dedication 8. 20/30s Happy Hour with Live Music 9. Basketball at J-Sport Academy Summer Camp 10. Friday afternoon all staff MYZONE fitness class 11. Waterpolo/Splash Ball







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HONORING Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Award Geulah Von Perlstein Young Leadership Award Valerie & Jon Alhart Community Partners Award Brighton Police Department, Brighton Fire Department, and Brighton Volunteer Ambulance The Annual JCC Gala continues to break attendance records as friends and supporters come together for an evening of great food, fun, and friendship. Support the wonderful programs and community of the JCC that make our agency strong. Dinner & Open Bar (Kashrut Observed) Elaborate Dessert Reception & Entertainment Gala Committee Co-Chairs: Emily & Josh Rittenberg, Michal Benita-Weiss & Dr. Oren Weiss Event Coordinators: Aaron Cantor & Ralph Meranto Director of Philanthropy: Debra Walker For more information, contact Marissa Fishman.

HAVE YOU TRIED MYZONE TECHNOLOGY? Wearable technology is the number one trend in fitness. The best part is the technology is for everyone! How is that possible you ask? MYZONE measures effort, not fitness. Age, gender, or fitness level is irrelevant, so anyone can use the MYZONE system and know how hard they’re working. The technology is based on your heart rate not by the number of burpees! Set short term goals. Stay motivated by monitoring your routine. Have fun! For more information, contact Rachel Maxon or ask your personal trainer today how to implement MYZONE into your workout!

BATTLEZONE Small Group Training Room Compete with yourself and classmates in this high intensity workout designed to build strength & endurance in a small group training setting. View the schedule here. Drop-in: $15/class Member: $29.99/month* Student Member: $19.99/month* *An additional one-time purchase of your own MYZONE MZ-3 strap is required for $20** (with ability to use a heart rate monitor owned by the JCC during BATTLEZONE) or own your own MZ-3 for $99. To purchase your own MZ-3, stop by the Main Desk. (To use MYZONE technology during general Group X classes it will require the purchase of the complete MZ-3 for $99). **$20 fee will be waived if you purchase your own MZ-3.

Find out how to include MYZONE in your workout!


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Adult Ballet Classes NEW

Begins September 25 Mondays, 5:45pm for 6 weeks Free trial classes Monday, Sept 11 & 18, 5:45pm Gain flexibility through dance in a casual and fun atmosphere. This 90-minute ballet class includes barre and center work including jumping and traveling combinations. Open to all levels. Instructor: Kathy Kenez For more information, contact Val Redmond. $90 Member: $60


Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances & Handstands Begins September 6, Wednesdays, 3-4pm 4 week session Yoga Studio Work at your own level as you ease yourself into some regularly-practiced and less common arm balances! You will utilize the power of your breath and your deeplyrooted core strength to explore poses such as crow, handstand, flying pigeon, and koundinyasana. Poses to open the appropriate muscles, in addition to precise alignment instruction, will be included. Instructor: Jen Zaffuts For more information, contact Val Redmond. $60 Member: $40

Chakratini Sunday, November 5, 4-5:30pm 20 minute Workshop/45 minute Yoga Flow Yoga Studio Rebalance and recharge with an hour-long workshop and flow focusing on energy centers in your body called chakras. Enjoy colorful juices (martini look-a-likes) to celebrate the full spectrum of chakra colors. Instructor: Jen Hess For more information, contact Val Redmond. $20 Member: $10


Pilates Reformer & Chair

Private Session Packages

Sign-up for small group classes, semi-private or private session packages. Price is per person. For more information, contact Val Redmond.

30 Minute Intro Session $30 Member: $25 1 Session $60 Member: $50 3 Sessions $160 Member: $144 5 Sessions $250 Member: $225 10 Sessions $450 Member: $400

Small Group Classes September 18-October 27 $180 Member: $150

Schedule Mondays 9:15am with Carrie 10:30am with Melissa Tuesdays 6:30pm with Bev Wednesdays 9:15am with Carrie 10:30am with Lynda Thursdays 4pm with Melissa Fridays 9:15am with Carrie

Semi-Private, 2 Person Sessions 1 Session $45 Member: $35 3 Sessions $126 Member: $96 5 Sessions $200 Member: $150 10 Sessions $350 Member: $275


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Join a Pickleball Clinic on Tuesday or Thursday Tuesdays, 12-1pm; Gymnasium September 5-26 & October 10-31 101: Core Skills 201: Strokes and Strategies Thursdays, 11am-12pm; Gymnasium September 7-28 & October 12-November 2 201: Strokes and Strategies 301: Kitchen Strategies and Team Techniques

Pickleball Levels 101: Core Skills This class is for new players and intermediates who need a refresher. It will focus on safety, ready position, etiquette, continental grip, positioning, split and cross stepping, serving, dinking and game play with point to point analysis. 201: Strokes and Strategies This class is for intermediate Level players who are trying to improve their strokes, strategy and partner shadowing. 201 will focus on the following strokes: ground, volley, drive, lobs, overhead, third shot, dinking, drop shot and shot selection. Learn lateral moving and partner shadowing as well as game play with point to point analysis. 301: Kitchen Strategies and Team Techniques This class is for advanced players who are trying to take their game to the next level. 301 will focus on third shot, working your way to the kitchen, dinking, blocking, drop shots and lobbing. Partner skills covered will be shadowing, communication, and setting up your partner as well as game play with point to point analysis. Instructors: Jennifer Murphy and Jackie Ebner For more information, contact Anthony Fazzary. $65 Member: $40

Private Pickleball Lessons Instruction for all levels. Lessons are 60 minutes long and will focus on your individual and/or group needs. Nothing is better than individually focused, personal skill-set training to take your game to the next level. All equipment provided. Single: $65 Member Single: $50 Double: $35 Member Double: $27 3+ Players: $25 3+ Member Players: $18

Instructor: Jennifer Murphy - Engage Sponsored Professional Pickleball Player, three time medalist at the National US Open Pickleball Tournament. For more information or to schedule lessons, contact Anthony Fazzary.

Fall Pickleball Leagues Mondays & Thursdays League begins September 11 & 14, 7-9:30pm (No League play September 21) Grab a friend or meet new people while keeping your body active. Join the fun and competition. Please note when registering that Monday’s player level is a minimum of 2.5 – 3.9 and Thursday’s is a minimum of 4.0. For more information or placement, contact Anthony Fazzary. $50 Member: $35

Combat & Fitness Davidic Line Krav Maga Monday, 6-6:50pm & 7-7:50pm Auditorium B Krav Maga (Hebrew for contact combat) is the official training of the Israel Defense Force. Join us for a free class to observe or participate, no experience necessary. Instructor: Ron Finsteun 5 Class Multi Pass $85 Member: $65 Must be used within six months. For more information, contact Anthony Fazzary.

International Folk Dancing Mondays, 8-10pm Dance Studio Improve your muscle strength, coordination and stamina with music from every corner of the globe. Line dancing, couples dancing (no partner needed), circle dances and more will be taught by local experts. For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $8 Member: $7

Israeli Dance for Everyone Sundays 6:30-7pm: Beginner Lessons 7-9pm: Open Dancing & Instruction Dance Studio No registration required. Just drop in and dance! Instructor: Max Steiner For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $6 Member: Free

Men’s Over 30 Fall Basketball League 10 GAMES • PLAYOFFS • REFEREES END OF SEASON BANQUET Open Scrimmage: Tuesday, August 22 & 29 Games begin Tuesday, September 5 League is 4 v 4 with a minimum of 6 players. Teams will be posted Tuesday, August 29. Those registered after August 29 will play on an as needed basis. Each team will submit a captain who will be responsible for communication with his team. New electronic scoreboards for a more efficient game! For more information or placement, contact Anthony Fazzary. Game Times 6:15pm & 7:15pm $620/team Member: $470/team $145/person Member: $110/person Winter Registration Opens Monday, October 30.


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SPECIALIZED FITNESS Parkinson’s Disease Stretching the Limits

Rock Steady Boxing

A group exercise class for individuals with varying stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Fridays, 12pm October 6-November 10 Gives people with Parkinson’s disease improved quality of life through a boxing fitness program. Participants are conditioned for agility, speed and muscular endurance. Improve hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength helps defend against the disease. Instructor: Lindsay Perez MS, PT and Jen Schlegel MS, PT For more information, contact Val Redmond. $120 Member: $90

• Improve flexibility of the lower back and hip flexors, posture, balance. • Increase body awareness. • Build strength and flexibility to get up from a chair or the floor. Functional exercises are included. • Exercise modifications to meet individual needs. • Focus on what you can do in a positive setting. New participants are welcome to join a class at anytime during the session upon completing an evaluation for placement in the appropriate level. To schedule an evaluation and/or request a subsidy, contact Val Redmond.

Stretching the Limits – Intermediate Monday & Wednesday, 3-4pm September 11-October 4 Tuesday & Thursday, 3-4pm September 14-October 12 (No class September 21) $125 Member: $100

Stretching the Limits – Advanced Monday & Wednesday; 12-1pm September 11-October 4 (No class September 4) $125 Member: $100

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Music, Mindfulness and Motion Tuesdays & Thursdays September 12-October 24, 1-1:55pm (No class September 21) Dance Studio This program, with the generous support from the Konar Family Foundation, provides people in the early to mid stages of dementia with a caregiver, an opportunity to exercise with others in a safe and nurturing environment while under the supervision of certified personal trainers Pre-registration and a brief assessment are required before beginning this program. For more information, contact Kathy Mulvehill or Carm Heidt. Free for participant and caregiver.

Arthritis Joints in Motion Tuesdays, 11am Joints in Motion is a gentle movement class designed for those with Arthritis pain and mobility issues. Taught by a certified instructor, this class is perfect for those that are looking to ease pain and begin working out again in a weightless environment. For more information, contact Robert West. $40/month Member: $20/month

New Senior Programming

SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit® Participants… Check out this upcoming new fall programming FREE for Seniors When you’re finished with class, grab a Senior Snack for $5 available through Harvest Eatery and join others for early afternoon topics like brain fitness, nutrition, safety and stability. For more information or to join our email list, contact Michele Ruda.

Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program To receive your free JCC membership, present your Healthways SilverSneakers® card and your health insurance card at the time of joining. Your JCC membership includes participation in any of our group fitness classes, which are free with membership. Contact your health insurance carrier for eligibility information or by calling toll-free 888-423-4632.

SilverSneakers® Classic Mondays & Thursdays, 11-11:45am

SilverSneakers® Circuit

Tuesdays & Fridays, 11-11:45am

SilverSneakers® Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1pm

Silver&Fit® Silver&Fit® provides eligible members with no-cost or low-cost fitness memberships. To join the JCC, bring your health insurance card to the JCC Main Desk and complete a membership application. Your membership includes participation in any of our group fitness classes which are free with membership. For more information contact Silver&Fit® at silverandfit.com or by phone 1-877- 427- 4788.

Zumba® Gold Wednesdays, 11-11:45am

Silver&Fit® Experience Sundays, 11-11:45am


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Back to Tips Fall is here and it’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. Though some parents are doing this for the first time and others for the tenth, it’s never a bad idea to refresh yourself on tips for adjusting from the dog days of summer to the busy, fast paced life of the school year.

1. Help your children ease into the routine of school. Switching gears from summer lax to school schedules is stressful and to avoid first-day-of-school mayhem, practice the habits early. Bring back the bedtime! Make sure kids get enough sleep (establish a reasonable bedtime so that they’ll be well-rested and ready to learn in the morning).

2. Kick-start the day on the right foot. Kids need to eat a healthy breakfast (they’re more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every day). Make sure part of your routine is leaving time for breakfast before running out the door.

3. Scale back TV time.

6. Teach preparation. Have them organize and set out what they need

Limit the time you let your child watch TV,

the night before (homework and books should

and when you do decide to do TV time, make

be put in their backpacks by the door and clothes

it a family affair. Allow that time to be the break

should be laid out in their bedrooms. You can make

you all need and enjoy it together. Another idea

lunches the night before, too!)

is to turn TV time into a reward for completing responsibilities (homework, cleaning up,

7. Set goals.

preparing for the next day).

Goals are a great way to keep kids (and yourself)

4. Help ease any anxieties.

motivated by progress. Come up with a list together and keep a list of five goals per child.

Talk about what to expect with your children if they

Mix them up and make a few goals for at home

are young or new at school. If they are old enough,

(i.e. making your bed every day), and a few

write down the need-to-know info to help them

academic goals (i.e. reading each night for

remember details such as their locker combination,

15 minute). Writing down goals is the first step to

what time classes and lunch start and end, their

being more likely to achieve them (by over 50%!).

homeroom and classroom numbers, teachers’ and/or bus drivers’ names, etc.

5. Keep life organized.

8. Chat about the day! Make a habit of sharing how your day went with your children and have them do the same.

Use a wall calendar or personal planner

Talk about the good and the not-so-good.

to record when assignments are due so you can

Chatting about the days events and even the plans

help remind your children. Keep a weekly calendar

for tomorrow will help keep everyone connected

of extracurricular practices and commitments.

and on track. jccrochester.org

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Children & Famil CHILDREN & FAMILIES

lies Parenting Village Drop-In Support Group


Sunday, September 17, October 15, November 19 9:30am Conference Room This support group for parents of children 4-10 years old, known as the “School-Age Circle” welcomes anyone to join whether you find yourself struggling and are in need of extra support or merely want a connection and social time with other parents. This inclusive environment is open to all. Your children have the opportunity to join SitterService or the PlayGym while you attend the group. Facilitator: Parenting Village Staff For more information, contact Michele Ruda. Free, donation appreciated.

Wednesdays, November 8-December 13 9:30-10:30am Auditorium B A chic meet for parents and their tots, ages 0-3 years (caregivers welcome too!). At Babyccino, we venture into a place where parenthood and childhood happily intersect in a warm Jewish atmosphere. It’s an hour filled with music, rhythm, sensory exploration, giggles and bonding. For more information, contact Michele Ruda $10/class $50/6 class series Babyccino is co-sponsored by Pittsford Chabad, The Resource Place, and PJ Library

Sunday Family Fun with PJ Library September 17: Rosh Hashanah October 15: Harvestfest at Wickham Farms December 17: Hanukkah 3-4pm Join us for stories, crafts, games and snacks. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Joy Getnick or Biffy Borg at 461-0490, ext. 8651. Free In partnership with PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Helping Kids with Their Big Emotions Tuesday, October 17, 10:30am Room 2 Are you at a loss when it comes to dealing with tantrums, anxiety and anger? Raising kids is hard, especially when emotions run high. In this workshop you will gain a better understanding of emotional intelligence. Learn effective strategies to help your child manage difficult emotions and gain skills to help you respond to your children more thoughtfully and mindfully. This workshop is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. Facilitator: Rhea Zweifler, LCSW For more information, contact Michele Ruda $20 Member: $15

Guess How Much I Love You Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19 Ages 3+/Hart Theater Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him right back, as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues with a second story… In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail in this endearing celebration of the joy of reading. For more information, contact Freyda Schneider. $16 Member: $15 A Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production.


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for our little and not-so-little members!

JCC FACILITIES FOR KIDS The PiT FREE afterschool destination exclusively for youth and teens, ages 11-16. Have fun, socialize and refuel. PlayGym FREE to JCC Family Members ages 2-10. Children under age 4 must be

accompanied by a parent, guardian or sibling (Grade 7 or older) who will remain with the child in the PlayGym area and on the structure at all times. Children ages 4-10 must be signed in and out by an adult remaining in the JCC. Children must be potty trained. Socks must be worn. In Zone FREE to JCC members ages 6-11. Interactive, state of the art

fitness equipment just for kids. SitterService FREE to our JCC Family Members 6 weeks to 4 yrs of age.

Two hour time limit and ratios observed.


In Zone



11-16 yrs old

6-11 yrs old

2-10 yrs old

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THE PLACE FOR KIDS BEFORE + AFTER SCHOOL Registration for 2017-2018 School Year is Open and Ongoing!


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Gesher Before & After-School Care

Kindercrew Wrap-Around Care

Gesher is the Hebrew word for Bridge. Our Gesher program serves as a bridge between school and home, as well as between the individual and the community. Gesher provides informal educational opportunities in a structured and safe environment.

Morning or afternoon options available. 9-11:30am & 11:30am-3pm KinderCrew picks up where kindergarten leaves off, offering experiential connections to what is learned in school. Our New York State certified teacher reinforces reading, writing, math and science. We also emphasize the “soft skills� critical to social development. Children who attend afternoon kindergarten can participate in morning KinderCrew from 9-11:30am, and children who attend morning kindergarten can attend afternoon KinderCrew, 11:30am-3pm. For more information, or to set up a tour, contact Marisa Garber.

We provide an amazing range of activities every day that engage children. We challenge kids at their own level and according to their interests. We emphasize important social skills, sharing and cooperation. For more information, or to set up a tour, contact Marisa Garber.

Our event team will work to bring your vision of the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah to life. We offer multiple room configurations throughout our venue. In addition, we have an offsite location for a more casual poolside atmosphere surrounded by nature and a beautiful park. The JCC has a team of experienced event coordinators that will ensure your child and guests have an unforgettable experience. Excite the senses with a menu specially crafted by our inhouse caterer to please guests of all ages. For more information, contact Amy Exton.

PLAY. LEARN. GROW. Limited spots are still available for the 2017-18 school year. Give your child the gift of quality care and an exemplary early education. Call today to schedule a tour! 461-2000, ext. 272.


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It’s party time! Plan your child’s next party here at the JCC. Let our staff run the party and entertain your kids while you enjoy stress free. Reserve your date today.


Spoil Me Spa Girls Ages 6-9, (Ages 10+ for full spa usage) (party option available Saturdays, 5-8:30pm or Sundays 1-8:30pm Spa (1.5 hr), Party Room (30 min) Party with the girls! Let the professionals from Pamper Me Pink paint the girl’s nails and toes. In addition they will enjoy our JCC spa amenities which include the whirlpool, steam room and sauna. $350 Member: $325

What’s Included in my party? • 1 Cheese Pizza + Drinks • Birthday child + 12 friends • A JCC party host • Decorated party room (including paper products and balloons) in your child’s two favorite colors! • Free T-shirt for the birthday child • Two hours of party time


Party Pals Character (1 hr), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (30 min) Let your child choose a character of their choice that will entertain the party! Party includes: story time, bingo, birthday ceremony along with great photo opportunities to make this the perfect birthday package. $350 Member: $325


Lights. Candles. Action Theatre (1.15 hr), Party Room (30 min) Come enjoy one of our amazing TYKEs productions with up to 12 of your friends. Includes 3 free tickets for 2 adults and child. View the TYKEs schedule here. $350 Member: $325 For more information, contact Shelby Dodds.

Ask us about birthday party enhancemen ts!

70’ Obstacle Bounce

Presto it’s Magic

Ages 4+ (Party option available the 2nd Saturday of each month) Bounce House (45 min), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Our most popular choice that will keep your children moving! The entire gymnasium is privately yours during this time. Other games/toys available. $350 Member: $325

Magic Show (45 min), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Children will be entertained and amazed from start to finish during this magical performance. $350 Member: $325

Movie in the Pool


hours! Pool (1.45 hr), Party Room (30 min) Bring your favorite DVD! Kids can sit on floats or splash away while watching their favorite movie on the big screen. $400 Member: $350

Slither Away Reptile Show (45 min), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Kids will be blown away with over 14 different varieties of reptiles. They will have a chance to learn about each one, pet and take great photos at the end! $350 Member: $325

Bouncing Around Ages 1-6 Enjoy 2 hours in a private room with a bounce house, toys and games. Optional 45 minutes in the PlayGym at no additional cost. This is a favorite option for little ones! $325 Member: $300

Swim-n-Play 2.5 Pool (1hr), Party Room (30 min) hours! Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Kids will love to play with the inflatable pool toys. Choose between our Lap Pool or the Bobry Family Pool. $400 Member: $350

Mini Ark-n-Play Animals (45 min), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Children will be introduced to over a dozen animals (monkeys, bunnies, baby goats, and more). $350 Member: $325

Splish Splash Pool (1.15 hr), Party Room (30 min) Our Bobry Family Pool with zero entry along with a bubble bench makes this a fun, safe choice for little ones. The pool is 0-4’ deep. The Outdoor Splash Pool is available weather permitting. $350 Member: $325

Sports Party! Open Play Time (1.5 hr), Party Room (30 min) Your child can pick their favorite sport and have their entire party team up to play. Party in the gymnasium, tennis court or outside field. $325 Member: $300

Clowning Around Clown Entertainment (45min), Party Room (30 min) Choice of In Zone or PlayGym (45 min) Enjoy clown and balloon animals made for each child. $350 Member: $325


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The JCC Keeps Kids Healthy, Happy + Active!



Grades K-2 Indoor Soccer


Grades 3-6 Indoor Soccer


Middle School Pick-Up Basketball


TRXÂŽ for Tweens


Youth Karate


Pre-K/K Gym Class


Grades K-2 Tennis Development


Kids Run Club


F.I.T Females


Grades 3-6 Tennis Development


Table Tennis


WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Pre-K/Kindergarten Physical Activity Classes Tuesdays, 2:30-3pm Session 1: September 26-October 31 Session 2: November 7-December 19 (No class November 21) Ages 4-6/ Gymnasium Encourage healthy habits and a positive attitude through fun and play. Activities are designed to get children engaged in non-competitive interactive games and sports which emphasize flexibility, confidence and emotional well being to build stronger minds and bodies. Instructor: Carolyn Whitbeck For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $60/session Member: Free

Table Tennis Fridays, 4:30-5:20pm Session 1: September 29-November 3 Session 2: November 10-December 22 (No class November 24) Ages 6-12/Gymnasium Learn the rules and strategies behind this fast paced game. Develop serve, backhand, forehand, and volley techniques. Instructor: Iosif Moscovici For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $60 Member: Free


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K-2 Indoor Soccer

Youth Karate

Sundays, 12-12:45pm Session 1: September 24-October 29 Session 2: November 5-December 17 Ages 5-7/Gymnasium Bring your child to the JCC to learn the rules of soccer and basic skills, and fundamentals of soccer through fun and interactive activities. A skills assessment test will be given at the beginning and completion of program as we focus on self-improvement. For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $80/session Member: $50/session

Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm Session 1: September 25-October 30 Session 2: November 6-December 18 (No class November 20) Ages 6-12/Auditorium C Learn intelligent training techniques, emphasizing self-defense, fitness, self control, and character development. Instructor: Martial Arts America For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $80/session Member: $60/session

Grades 3-6 Indoor Soccer

TRX® for Tweens

Sundays, 1:15-2:15pm Session 1: September 24-October 29 Session 2: November 5-December 17 Ages 8-12/Gymnasium You’ve got the basics down, now it’s time to continue improving and play the game! Children will continue to learn the fundamental skills and strategies put their skills to the test. A skills assessment test will be given on the first and last day of program as we focus on self-improvement. For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $80/session Member: $50/session

Mondays, 4:30-5:20pm Session 1: September 25-October 30 Session 2: November 6-December 18 (No class November 20) Ages 10-12/TRX® Studio The TRX Suspension Training’s® effectiveness and versatility as the ultimate body weight exercise tool is now geared towards you, the kids! Instructor: Carolyn Whitbeck For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $60/session Member: $40/session


Middle School Pick-Up Basketball Sundays, 3-4:30pm September 25-December 17 Ages 11-13/Gymnasium Bring your friends to the JCC and join our instructor for warm ups. Divide into teams and practice your skills with a game of pick-up. Supervised by JCC Staff For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $10/week or $115/13 weeks Member: $5/week or $50/13 weeks

Youth Tennis Development

F.I.T. Females

Ages 5-7/Gymnasium Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm Session 1: September 26-October 31 Session 2: November 7-December 19 (No class November 21) Ages 8-12/Gymnasium Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm Session 1: September 28-November 2 Session 2: November 9-December 21 (No class November 23) Designed to teach both beginners and intermediate levels. Children will learn proper swing techniques, serving, and returns, all while participating in a fun and active class that excites your child about the game of tennis. Children are welcome to bring their own racquet (racquets also available to borrow). All players will be given a skills test at the beginning and completion of class as we strive for self-improvement. Instructor: Jordan Zenaty, Professional Tennis Instructor For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $80/session Member: $50/session

Thursdays, 4:30-5:20pm Session 1: September 28-November 2 Session 2: November 9-December 21 (No class November 23) Ages 8-12/TRX® Studio We’ve switched the program and added more exciting elements just for you girls! Explore a variety of exercises (running, strength training, yoga, TRX®) as well as gain encouragement to follow your individual own path to health and fitness. Instructor: Carolyn Whitbeck For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $60/session Member: $40/session

Kids Run Club, New Day! Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15pm Session 1: September 27-November 1 Session 2: November 8-December 20 (No class November 22) Ages 8-12 Indoor Track/TRX® Studio Back by popular demand! How many miles can you run in six weeks? Learn the basics of becoming a better distance runner, including strength, stretching, and conditioning. Instructor: Carolyn Whitbeck For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $60/Session Member: $40/session

Saturday Night Live is Back! Saturday, October 21, 5-8:30pm Ages 5-12/Bobry Family Pool Parents, have a few hours to yourselves! Drop your children off for swimming in our new Bobry Family Pool, dinner, and a movie with other kids! Pre-registration is required, register online or call 461-2000. For more information, contact Carolyn Whitbeck. $35/child Member: $20/child


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What’s NEW in the Pools‌ Aquatic Personal Training

Aquatic Small Group Training

30 Minute Sessions Adults 18+/Aquatic Center Has land based training left you high and dry? Come and make a splash with Aquatic Personal Training. The resistance of the water allows for strength and cardiovascular conditioning that is just as effective as it is on land. The added benefit is low impact workouts, great for those looking for cross training, or are suffering from injury, joint pain or other conditions. For more information, contact Robert West. $40 Member: $25/session

45 Minute Sessions Adults 18+/Aquatic Center Come sWET with Aquatic Small Group Training. Personalized small group training for 4-8 people, with focused outcomes, designed specifically for you and your group. Using specialized equipment you can train like never before. Added benefits are low impact workouts, great for those looking for cross training, or suffering from injury, joint pain or other conditions. For more information, contact Robert West. $25 Member: $15/session


Splash Ball/Water Polo Mondays, September 25-October 30 4:15-5:15pm Ages 8-14/Aquatic Center Learn all about Water Polo from the shallow end up with Splash Ball. A fast and exciting game designed for players of all abilities. Learn the basics of the game and develop the skills to move onto the next level. For more information, contact Robert West. $60 Member: $30


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6-Week Group Swim Lessons Fall Session: September 24-November 2 Winter Session: November 5-December 21 (No classes November 20-26) All classes require 3 registered participants to run. Please understand that due to instructor/student ratios we cannot offer makeup lessons for missed classes. If the Aquatics department cancels classes for any reason, a makeup date will be added. For more information and swim class placement, contact Stephanie Coffman. $130 Member: $70

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Visit our website for our schedule of open swim times.







Sundays, 10-10:30am Wednesdays, 10-10:30am

Become comfortable in the water through water games, blowing bubbles, kicking and beginner floating. Class size: Maximum 12 participants

Sundays, 10:30-11am Tuesdays, 4-4:30pm Wednesdays, 10:30-11am Thursdays, 4-4:30pm

For children uncomfortable in the water or have never taken swim lessons before. They will be introduced to floating, gliding, and kicking assistance from the instructor. Parents are not in the water for this class. Class size: Maximum 6 students to 1 Instructor

Sundays, 11-11:30am Tuesdays, 4:30-5pm Wednesday, 11-11:30am Thursdays, 4:30-5pm

For children comfortable in the water but not necessarily swimming on their own. With assistance from the instructor they will work on swimming on their front & back, becoming more independent. Class size: Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 11:30am-12pm Tuesdays, 5-5:30pm Thursdays, 5-5:30pm

For children comfortable in the water and are able to swim without assistance or flotation devices. Focuses on improving strokes and increasing independence. Class size: Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor

RED CROSS LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION Ages 15+, and pass swimming pre-test. For more information, contact Stephanie Coffman. $280 Member: $200 Session 1: Pre-test Wednesday, September 6 4:30-7:30pm; Markus Park* Classes September 16 + 17, 8:30am-5pm


LEVEL 2 FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS 6+ YEARS Bobry Family Pool Prerequisite: Level 1/Preschool 3

LEVEL 3 STROKE DEVELOPMENT 6+ YEARS Max Adler Lap Pool Prerequisite: Level 2

LEVEL 4 STROKE IMPROVEMENT 6+ YEARS Max Adler Lap Pool Prerequisite: Level 3

LEVEL 5 STROKE REFINEMENT 7+ YEARS Max Adler Lap Pool Prerequisite: Level 4

LEVEL 6 SWIMMING & SKILL PROFICIENCY 7+ YEARS Max Adler Lap Pool Prerequisite: Level 5

Session 2: Pre-test Wednesday, October 11, 4:30-7:30pm Classes October 28 + 29, 8:30am-5pm Session 3: Pre-test Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-7:30pm Classes November 18 + 19, 8:30am-5pm *All other classes will be held in the conference room and Aquatic Center at the JCC.

Sundays, 10-10:30am or 11-11:30am Tuesdays, 4:30-5pm Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm or 4:30-5pm Thursdays, 5-5:30pm

Water and class adaptation, kicking, floating, jumping in and putting the face in the water. Class size: Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 10-10:30am or 11:30am-12pm Tuesdays, 4-4:30pm or 4:30-5pm Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm or 5-5:30pm Thursdays, 4-4:30pm or 4:30-5pm

For the child who is comfortable in the water but needs to work on basic swimming skills. Introduction to the front & back crawl, floating safety & rescue skills. Class size: Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 10:30-11am or 11:30-12pm Tuesdays, 4:30-5pm or 5-5:30pm Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm or 5-5:30pm Thursdays, 4-4:30pm or 4:30-5pm or 5-5:30pm

Students will be taught elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, front & back crawl development, safety, survival & rescue skills. Class size: Maximum 5 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 11-11:30am Tuesdays, 4-4:30pm Wednesdays, 4:30-5pm Thursdays, 4-4:30pm

For the child with front & back crawl for 10 yards. Course will review already learned strokes, introduce sidestroke & breast stroke kick, safety & rescue skills. Class size: Maximum 6 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 10-10:30am Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm Thursdays, 4:30-5pm

Coordinate and refine the key stokes. Butterfly, open turns & feet first surface dives are introduced. Class size: Maximum 6 students to 1 instructor

Sundays, 12-12:30pm

Refining strokes to improve efficiency and technique and increasing knowledge of water safety. Improving endurance working up to swimming 500 yards. Class size: Maximum 6 students to 1 instructor


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Jaws Entry Level Swim Team

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm Ages 7+/Max Adler Lap Pool JCC’s pre-competitive swim team provides an introduction to competitive swimming. Designed to develop stroke efficiency and increase endurance, swimmers will focus on the four competitive strokes, flip turns and competitive starts. For more information, contact Robert West. $140 Member: $90

Lesson times and days are at your convenience. Anyone can learn to swim, or enjoy lessons to improve your current abilities. We offer one on one instruction for adults and children or semi private lessons designed for 2-4 participants. For more information, contact Stephanie Coffman.

Jaws Advanced Swim Team Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45-5:30pm Ages 7+/Max Adler Lap Pool A pre-competitive swim program for advanced swimmers looking to increase their endurance and improve in the four competitive swim strokes. In the two weekly practices, stroke mechanics, flip turns and starts will be the focus. In this group, the use of a pace clock and following practice sets will be introduced. For more information, contact Robert West. $200 Member: $160

Masters Swim Team Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:45am Ages 18+/Max Adler Lap Pool JCC’s Masters swim team is designed to develop stroke efficiency and swimmer endurance. Ideal for those wishing to continue squad swimming, improve stroke technique and those training for triathlons. US Masters Coach: Rob West For more information, contact Robert West. $50/month Member: $30/month

15 min Private Lessons 1 Lesson $25 Member: $15 5 Lessons $120 Member: $70 10 Lessons $235 Member: $135

30 min Private Lessons 1 Lesson $50 Member: $30 5 Lessons $240 Member: $140 10 Lessons $450 Member: $270

30 min Semi-Private Lessons Priced per person. 1 Lesson $30 Member: $20 5 Lessons $140 Member: $90 10 Lessons $270 Member: $180

DECODING tablecloth THE

written and performed by


“A loving yet unflinching family portrait… Astonishing subtlety of gesture, expression and accent… an extraordinarily efficient and moving hour of entertainment.” - New York Magazine


Hart Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

6:30 – 7:30 PM Patron Pre-event Reception 7:30 – 8:30 PM Show 8:30 – 9:30 PM Talk-Back with Star and Director

$75 Patron, includes preferred seating and pre-event reception $36 Preferred seating $18 Reserved seating

Proceeds will benefit the Foundation of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester Written and performed by Gabriela Kohen and directed by Connie Grappo, Decoding the Tablecloth explores the psychological impact of trauma over five generations in Kohen’s family as well as her experiences as an immigrant girl growing up Jewish and Latina in New York. From pre-Holocaust Poland, to the tango halls of Argentina, to disco-era Brooklyn, Gabriela portrays over twenty characters as she weaves her family’s struggle to belong with their unique cultural identity and oral history.

Presented by the American Group Psychotherapy Association, CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

For information and tickets: call 585.461.2000 or visit www.jccrochester.org


Opening of the New Holocaust Remembrance Exhibit Sunday, October 29, 4pm Courtyard This special program celebrates the installation of a Remembrance Exhibit Sponsored by the Rochester Holocaust Survivors’ Committee. It will feature the voices and stories contained in the Rochester Holocaust Survivors’ website and will connect to the JCC’s Memorial Courtyard. Reception to follow. Free


Grading Trump, An Early Assessment

Tuesday, September 5, 2pm Conference Room After completing 7 months in office, where is Trump on character, political skills, communication skills, domestic and foreign policy priorities? How does Trump compare and contrast with other Presidents? What grade should he get? Facilitated by: Alan Shank, Osher @ RIT Presidential Leadership class leader and SUNY-Geneseo Emeritus Professor For more information, contact Michele Ruda. Free

AARP Safe Drivers Class Two-Day Course, Monday & Wednesday September 18, 20; October 30 and November 1, 9am-12pm Auditorium Earn discounts on your auto insurance with the New York State-approved driver safety course. Payment must be made by check to AARP on the first day of class. Must attend both days to receive credit. Instructor: Pincus Cohen For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $25 AARP Member: $20

Holocaust Families Discussion & Support Group September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12, 10-11am Yiddish Culture Center Join together with other members of Survivor families to discuss your family’s stories and the impact of these experiences. Leave with tips and resources for processing these family histories individually and with others. This is a new group, so discussion topics and focus will vary depending on participants’ needs. Facilitator: Maya Brown, LCSW, For more information, contact Joy Getnick. Free

What’s Next?… A Support Group for Women in Transition Thursday, September 14 & November 9, 10am Room 2 An opportunity for women in their mid-life to come together to discuss the changes occurring in their lives. Topics will include: life after retirement, health changes, shifting roles, downsizing and more. Facilitator: Maya Brown, LMSW For more information, contact Michele Ruda. Free

Interfaith Connection for Couples with One Jewish Partner– Sukkot Celebration Sunday, October 8, 9:30am Auditorium A Sukkot is the harvest festival. Join other interfaith families to learn about and celebrate this family friendly holiday. For more information and to RSVP, contact Michele Ruda. Free

Yiddish and Yiddishkeit: Language, Literature, and Culture Tuesdays, October 10 – December 12 10:30am-12:30pm (No class November 21) Room 2 Discover the world of Yiddish in this language course for intermediate and advanced learners. Instructor: Deborah Rothman For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $120 Member: $90 Sign up for all three sessions – fall, winter, and spring – and receive a discount! $110/session $330/year Member: $85/session $255/year Click here for a list of our ongoing classes.


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Writing Your Own Ethical Will Mondays, October 16, 23, and 30 10-11am Yiddish Culture Center An ethical will is a non-legal document designed to help pass ethical values and wisdom from one generation to the next. This class will provide tips and pointers for how to draft one of your own. Some class time will be spent supporting each other with the brainstorming and writing process. Supplemental readings and sample ethical wills provided. Instructor: Joy Getnick For more information, contact Joy Getnick. $25 In partnership with Kollel at Temple B’rith Kodesh

Caring for a Parent/Loved One Support Group Wednesday, October 18, November 15, 1:15pm Get the support you need to help care for your aging loved one. Registration is required 48 hours prior to a group meeting. Facilitator: Dee Schwartz, LMSW, Jewish Family Service For more information, contact Michele Ruda. Free, must register

Just For Fun! “Senior” Prom Thursday, October 19, 1pm Auditorium C Join us for a fun day of music and dancing to the songs from your youth. Have cookies and punch and even have your “prom” picture taken! Open to singles and couples. For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $15 Member: $10

Israel: The Series–An Evening with Neil Lazarus Monday, October 30 JCC Hart Theater Join us for the kick off our “Israel @ 70” series with Neil Lazarus, internationally acclaimed expert on the Middle East, Israeli politics and public diplomacy. Author of the book The New Five Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy, Mr. Lazarus delivers a dynamic multi-media presentation that informs and challenges a wide range of audiences with a style that is consistently interesting, engaging, and fun. For more information, contact Joy Getnick or Karen Elam at (585) 461-0490. Free In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Hamsas and Haagen Daz Tuesday, October 24, 7pm Auditorium C Painting with a Jewish twist! Learn how to paint a Hamsa (Hand of G-d) while having fun and eating ice cream. Allison Roberts, our very talented painting instructor will show us how to paint a one-of-a-kind painting. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Instructor: Allison Roberts For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $25 Member: $20

Who Do You Think You Are? Getting Started Finding Your Roots Wednesday, October 25, 1pm Auditorium A Have you ever been curious about your family roots? Or wanted to create a Family Tree? Do you have no idea where to start or where to look? You’ll be amazed at what you can do! This workshop covers how to get started, choices on recording and storing data, software options and conducting searches with examples on developing and expanding your family tree. Information will be available for those interested in Jewish genealogy as well. Presenter: Larry Naukam, President, Rochester Genealogical Society For more information, contact Michele Ruda. $25 Member: $20

Learn to Read Hebrew in Just Four Weeks! Wednesdays, November 1-22, 7-8pm Yiddish Culture Center Ever feel lost at the services because you can’t follow Hebrew? Planning on visiting Israel and want to read the street signs? Want to study the Torah in its original language? Then this proven course is for you! Flash cards (for you to keep) provided and included. Instructor: Rabbi Dovid Mochkin For more information, contact Rabbi Dovid Mochkin at (585) 271-0330 or Joy Getnick. Participants may register through the JCC or Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester (chabadrochester.com/Hebrew) $35; Optional app for an extra $5

Maj Day at the J! Wednesday, November 1, 11am-2pm Auditorium C Join us for a casual day of Maj and lunch. Register by October 25 as an individual or group and bring your maj set if you have one. Lunch will be provided by Harvest Eatery. All levels of play are welcome! For more information, contact Michele Ruda. $28 Member: $24

TechAge Classes for Adults The TechAge Learning Center offers adult-friendly classes that help you get the most from your computers, Apple or Android tablets or phones. Classes are small with lots of personal support. Visit us online for course descriptions and schedules. TechAge also offers free, drop-in help from friendly coaches, weekdays from 12-2pm. For more information or to register for classes, call 461-2000, ext. 463.

Congregatings: A Community Brown-Bag Lunch and Learn Series for Adults This is a community brown-bag lunch and learn series that meets monthly (typically on the fourth Thursday) for engaging conversations and presentations on a great variety of topics. The programs are free, and all are welcome. Full program listing on-line. For more information, contact Joy Getnick.


A FREE SPEAKER SERIES Tuesdays, 1pm, Room 2 For more information, contact Michele Ruda.

November 7: Medicare 101 Learn the in’s and out’s of Medicare and what supplemental insurance you need. An easy to follow explanation of the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C, & D and Epic. Facilitator: Ron Brandwein, Financial Specialist, LifeSpan

November 14: Israel and Middle East Update ISIS? Peace talks? Syria? Join us as we unpack the news coming out of Israel and the broader Middle East. Appropriate for beginners to news junkies. Facilitator: Joy Getnick

November 21: Senior Safety Reduce your vulnerability to crime by learning tips and tricks to be safe in your home. You will get to interact with a police officer in a casual setting while obtaining useful information. Facilitator: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

November 28: Straight Talk– Jewish Genetics Join us for this informative presentation on carrier testing and inheritance of diseases such as Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis and others. Facilitator: Ryan Miller, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor


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A Scents-able Approach to Essential Oils Wednesday, October 18, 12pm Auditorium B Learn all about the use of natural essential oils to improve your health, lift your mood and detoxify your environment. Find out what the research says about the benefits of aromatherapy so that you too can benefit! Sniff tests included! For more information, contact Michele Ruda. Facilitator: Dylan Mariah, RN $25 Member: $20

Located on the lower level, GVPT has a location right at the JCC! Stop in to meet a Physical Therapist or join a discussion on specific topics related to PT. Free sessions are open to all. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Sarah Lipinski. FALL PT TOPICS • September: Balance & Falls • October: Prehab-Rehab • November: Neck Pain Free

Plant Based Diet Tuesdays, September 5, 12, October 3, 17 and November 7, 14, 6:15-8:30pm This six-week course will detail the benefits of following a whole-food, plant-based (vegan) diet to achieve optimal health and prevent disease. Classes feature Q & A sessions and vegan food samplings with recipes. Please register at rochesterlifestylemedicine.com Instructor: Ted Barnett, MD For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $150 Member: $135 Price for physicians in training, and clinicians not receiving credit: $150


GVPT: Genesee Valley Physical Therapy

Opening the Mind Through Meditation Thursdays, October 26-November 30, 12pm (No class November 23) Lipson Lounge The goal of this course is to increase self-awareness through analysis and examination of our thoughts, motives, opinions, and beliefs and to begin exploring how all of these affect our mood and behavior. Visualization, breathing practices, and guided meditation are just a few of the techniques you will learn. Open to all. Instructor: Gary Updyke For more information, contact Michele Ruda. $60 Member: $50


Meditation & Mindfulness for Men Wednesdays, October 25-November 22, 12pm Lipson Lounge Learn basic meditation techniques and maybe even learn something about yourself. Those who practice meditation report sharper attention and concentration, increased energy and confidence, better sleep, and the ability to tolerate strong emotions and find an inner calmness. The material presented will be based upon the methods of past and current practitioners from several disciplines. In addition, we will explore how modern neuroscience and theories of physics intersect with ancient knowledge and wisdom. Instructor: Gary Updyke For more information, contact Michele Ruda. $60 Member: $50


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Vegan Starter Kit Wednesday, November 15, 1pm Conference Room Join us for a new way to transition into healthier eating. In this workshop we will focus on foods that get you through the first part of your day meat and dairy free. Learn plant-based recipes that will take you from breakfast right through lunch, including snacks! If you’re looking for a simple way to improve your health and eating habits, this is the class for you. Facilitator: Adrienne Markus, AADP Certified Health Coach For more information, contact Michele Ruda. $25 Member: $20

Super Noggin–Brain Fitness Program Stress Reduction Wednesday, November 8, 11am Conference Room Excessive or chronic stress can interfere with your memory. This fun and enlightening class gives a brief overview of the effects of stress on brain fitness and presents simple mental and physical techniques for relaxation that can be done anywhere… anytime! Learn techniques for stress reduction. Facilitator: Emily Krohn, LCSW-R, CDP, Owner, Connection Compass, Certified Super Noggin Instructor For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. $25 Member: $20

SEPTEMBER IS YOGA MONTH Check out these great classes included in your membership. Energy Flow Experience gentle, rhythmic movements to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance wellbeing. Improve cardiovascular, respitory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. This class is similar to Qi Gong and is suitable for all.

Mixed Level Experience deep relaxation and pain free movement using basic yoga postures to build strength and flexibility. This class moves at a slower pace to encourage gentle stretching and the use of props for support.

Power Hour A more vigorous vinyasa flow targeting core sculpting and over all body strength building. Previous yoga experience recommended.



at the JCC

HEALING ARTS FOR YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS Reiki • Massage • Mayofascial Release • Craniosacral Therapy REIKI is the Japanese art of relaxation and healing. Be guided into a deeply relaxed state. The practitioner uses light touch to provide a positive, comfortable experience. The session is a wonderful way to promote overall well-being and find much needed stress relief! After one session, people report feeling at peace and may notice a shift in a way they feel emotionally, mentally or physically. For appointments, contact Jaclyn Cellura-Crane.


Click here to request a FREE day pass.

MASSAGE + REIKI PRICING 30 min: Member: $47 Spa Member: $42 45 min: Member: $57 Spa Member: $50 60 min: Member: $68 Spa Member: $58 90 min: Member: $90 Spa Member: $75 THE SPA ADVANTAGE Become a spa member and receive discount pricing on spa services. Enjoy spa amenities such as: • • • • • • • •

Whirlpool Dry sauna Steam room Private exercise area Individual lockers Laundry + towel service Lounge with coffee bar + tv Private restroom + shower facility

For more information, contact Brian Dengler. jccrochester.org

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November 5 - 19, 2017 Tickets available September 15 Visit rjbf.org for details.

OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION with Pulitzer Prize winning author

Michael Chabon Sunday, November 5 “Chabon is a flat-out wonderful writer —evocative and inventive, pointed and poignant.” — Chicago Tribune

Dessert reception to follow

Monday, November 6

Todd Moss Back by popular demand!

Friday, November 10

Annual Fiction Panel Luncheon with authors

Tuesday, November 14

Julia Dahl, Ron Balson, and Danya Kukafka

Comedy & Cocktails with former SNL writer

Alan Zweibel

Thursday, November 16

Sunday, November 19

Leslie Bennetts

David Dalin

Sunday Books & Bagels with Rochester’s Own Raychel Kubby (November 12) and Michael Dobkowski (November 19) jccrochester.org

(585) 461-2000





2017-18 Subscription Series


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Directed by Victoria Visiko Dramtaurg Kelsey Claire Hagen

A woman (Davida Bloom) takes us on the ride of her life as she explores her teenage self and the transformative summer that forever changed her. The music of the 1970s serves as a background for this funny and emotional tale of the search for identity, independence, and authenticity in a complex world.

JCC HART THEATRE September 9 at 8pm September 10 at at 2pm



5-29 Cooking with the Calamari Sisters MANGIA ITALIANO! - Delphine and Carmela Calamari sing and dance their way through the final broadcast of their WFAT cable access cooking show. Filled with outrageous comedy, audience interaction, onstage cooking, food fights, and sisterly love, this new production of the show that started the Calamari Sisters phenomenon is certain to please first-timers and devoted fans alike.

jcccenterstage.org (585) 461-2000 ROCHESTER FRINGE School of The Arts, 45 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14607 September 14 at 5:30pm September 16 at 5:00pm September 17 at 11:00am and 7pm September 23 at 5:00pm and 7:30pm


rochesterfringe.com (585) 957-9837




and the beat goes on



Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner


AREA PREMIERE - When tightly wound Aaron is set up on a blind date with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, manipulative exes, and a curiously intrusive waiter. Can this dating disaster turn into something special before the check arrives?

Created by Ralph Meranto and Casey Filiaci


ALL NEW SHOW - A musical tribute to the late 1960s. We flip the musical coin from last year’s Woodstock-inspired set list and bring you a fresh take on chart-topping hits by Sonny & Cher, Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night, Donovan, The 5th Dimension, and more!

the Musical


A Comedy by Jonathan Tolins


AREA PREMIERE – Alex More is one of “the luckiest people in the world!” He’s scored the oddest of odd jobs as the lone employee of the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Inspired by Streisand’s coffee table book, My Passion for Design, will this out-of-work actor develop a real friendship with Babs or will he be forever trapped underground?

Based on the Novel by Robert James Waller

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Marsha Norman



AREA PREMIERE - One of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award®winning Broadway musical about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross. From the composer of Parade and The Last Five Years, this epic story comes to life with a beautiful and powerful score.


(585) 461-2000 • jcccenterstage.org jccrochester.org

(585) 461-2000




Looking for employment opportunities in a great work enviornment? We’re hiring at the JCC!


COMMUNITY IS OUR MIDDLE NAME Our commitment to our Jewish and Greater Rochester community is a central part of our mission. The JCC is proud to cultivate these connections in order to fulfill our mission of providing opportunities for meaningful cultural enrichment, physical well being and social, educational, and recreational experiences for individuals and families.

Thank You

to our donors for helping us grow! Our generous contributors continue to help sustain the JCC and the value we bring to the lives of our members and the Greater Rochester community. The Our Vision, Our Future capital campaign is still underway and we thank the many whose gracious donations have made this expansion and renovation a reality.

Red Cross 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive Tuesday, September 12, 2-7pm Auditorium C Give the gift of life at our annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment, call 1-800-Red-Cros, or visit redcross.org. For more information, contact Carrie Dengler. Free

Community Kristallnacht Program with Deborah Lipstadt Wednesday, November 8, 7pm Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A & B, Parking in Lot M Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is best known for her high-profile court battle against Holocaust denier, David Irving, which was made into the 2016 movie, Denial. She will speak about her work and its connection to both the Holocaust and current antisemitism. For more information, contact Bonnie Abrams at (585) 461-0490. Tickets required. Free Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, MCC, and the JCC Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival


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Profile for Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester

JCC Rochester Fall 2017 Magazine  

JCC Rochester Fall 2017 Magazine