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Around the “J”

Annual Appeal 2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 AJCC Annual Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Group Swim Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Swing Dance Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jazz at the “J” - Barry Cogert . . . . . . . . . 3 Alpert JCC Annual Golf Classic . . . . . . . 3

The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center

Tu B’Av (Day of Love) Shabbat . . . . . . . . 3 Aqua Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Senior Hollywood Bowl Trip . . . . . . . . . . 4


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Around the “J”



Linda Keiles, (562)426-7601, ext. 1092

Sascha Bryan-Zwick, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1035

ECE Registration Open to all for Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Parent Participation & Enrichment Classes Summer & Fall 2012 Contact Linda Keiles, Director, Early Childhood Education, at 562-426-7601 ext. 1092 or at for info or to set up a tour.

All programs close when full

Why Early Childhood Education? By now, most everyone in the Greater Long Beach area has heard about the Alpert JCC’s highly acclaimed Early Childhood Education program. But, you might still be wondering what makes it so highly acclaimed? Is it because our ECE program maintains a philosophy that focuses on exploration and discovery? Is it because we offer imaginative play, cooking, music, math concepts, playground time and art? Is it because, based upon recent neuro-research, we place a special focus on language development? Is it because we learn, share and celebrate our Jewish culture and traditions while encouraging understanding and sharing between families of many cultures? Or is it because participating in one of our Early Childhood Education programs is just plain fun? The answer is…all of these. As ECE parent Darren Jue says, “I can't say enough about how important the Alpert JCC’s ECE program has become to our family. The friendships our kids have found. The friendships my wife and I have been so fortunate to discover. From the way our kids have gotten such a great start to their K-12 years, to the way we as a family have found so much to embrace, there is so much to say about the quality of the ECE program.” Just as every child is unique, every family will find a unique set of reasons for choosing the AJCC’s Early Childhood Education program. We believe all of the possible reasons are the right reasons. For more than 50 years, parents have entrusted their children to our caring and professional Early Childhood Education staff. Please contact Assistant ECE Director Alayna Cosores at or (562) 426-7601 ext. 1091, to schedule a tour of our classroom and playground facilities. After having all of your questions answered, it’s very likely that your family will find its own set of reasons for choosing the Alpert JCC’s Early Childhood Education program. You can help support programs like ECE by visiting today and making a generous donation.

Summer Parent/Child Participation Classes offer fun & learning for families with children from birth through toddler in a welcoming Jewish atmosphere. The “J” has three different classes; find the right one for you and your baby.

From the Beginning: Wed, 9:30am Newborn through walking, with an adult This class will help you discover the joys and face the challenges that are part of transitioning your family when a new baby arrives, whether it’s your first or your fourth. Class facilitated by an ECE staff member.

This is a FREE class

Yad b’ Yad (Hand in Hand): Tue & Thur, 9:15-10:45am For children 9-23 months, with an adult Your child will experience development & discovery through hands-on learning, including music, arts & crafts, manipulatives, table and playground time.

Moving On: Tue & Thur, 9:30am-12:30pm 18-28 months with an adult Parents play with their child for the first hour, and then leave them in the nurturing care of ECE staff. The emphasis of this class is on social skills and development which will provide a great transition into pre-school.

Group Swim Lessons August 13-23 (2 wks) Mon & Wed or Tue & Thur

Tue & Thur, 4:30-5:15pm Ages 5-12

Youth Swim Team with Coach Rafe Montes Mon-Thur, 5-6:30pm Fri, 4:30-5:30pm Ages 6-14

Looking for summer fun with your baby or toddler?


Prep-Swim Team with Coach Rafe Montes

Masters Swim with Coach Rafe Montes

Ages 3-8 • 1 Instructor to 4 Kids 1:4 ratio • Get kids water safe • Get Swim Team & Water Polo ready 30 Min Lessons • Tiny Tots: 9am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm • Beginner: 9:30am, 2pm, 3pm • Adv. Beginner: 3:30pm $40/AJCC Member; $50/Public

Private Swim Lessons

Mon & Wed, 6:30-7:30pm Sat, 9-10am

One-on-one instruction for all ages with a Swim University instructor.

Ages 14+

Visit website for more info.

The Alpert JCC

63rd Annual Meeting & Brunch Sunday, September 30, 10am Come to the Lipeles Auditorium at the Alpert JCC and help us honor our volunteers & meet the 2012-2013 AJCC Board Members Contact Susan Paletz for more info. at (562)426-7601, ext. 1012

Annual Appeal 2012 Your Center for Life… Ever Think About That? At the Alpert JCC, we like to say that we’re “Your Center for Life.” Have you ever thought about what that means? We think of it as a kind of promise that says, “We will be there for you.” And we try hard to keep that promise to everyone. It takes a lot to live up to our promise. It means being there with a broad range of programs and services at every one of life’s many stages. Whether it’s our no-cost From the Beginning class for newborns and their parents, our highly acclaimed Early Childhood Education program that gives young children an Ethical Start® to learning, our many programs, movies, art exhibitions and lectures designed to broaden our cultural perspective, or even our popular Senior Adult lunch, the Alpert JCC is there, ensuring that important continuity of Jewish values, culture and practice through all the stages of life while opening our doors widely enough so that no person, no child, no family ever feels left out. That’s why we’re counting on your support in this year’s Annual Appeal. As a non-profit agency, the Alpert JCC provides over $225,000 each year in scholarships and financial aid. This ensures that there is always a place for anyone with a desire to be a part of the Alpert JCC community. And so we are asking once again that you allow us to continue being that Center for Life for so many others by visiting and making a generous donation to our Annual Appeal.

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Mah Jongg

Eve Lunt, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1067

in a month August 8, 15, 22 & 29 (4 Wednesdays) 4-6pm

A mah jongg workshop for novices only Come learn all the basics of Mah Jongg: identifying tiles, choosing hands, rules & table etiquette. By the final sessions, you’ll begin using strategies and defensive play. We’ll be teaching American (also known as Jewish or Western) Mah Jongg, which uses a card issued by the National Mah Jongg League. The “J” will have cards available for your use during class. $50/AJCC Member; $65/Public, 8 person max

Tu B’Av (Day of Love) Shabbat at Sababa

To purchase your own card or to register please contact Eve Lunt.

Every Monday Learn To Dance!

East Coast Swing Dance Class

Friday, August 3 Tu B'Av, the 15th Day of Av, was originally a post-biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women. Tu B'Av was almost unnoticed in the Jewish calendar for many centuries but has been rejuvenated in recent decades, and is gradually becoming a Hebrew-Jewish Day of Love, resembling Valentine's Day. The AJCC is celebrating it with a special “Lovely” Shabbat at Sababa restaurant and lounge. Bring someone you love for a night to remember. 21 and over. $36 per person includes appetizer, entrée and one drink ticket

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Register with Eve Lunt at (562)426-7601, ext. 1067 or

August 13-October 1 (Six Mondays) Learn America’s most popular social dance, which can be done on any dance floor. By the end of the course, you’ll have learned enough patterns to make every swing number an invitation to get up and dance! Classes are taught by professional dancer Mitch Tannen, whose career spans over three decades. No class September 3 or September 17 $50/AJCC Member; $65/Public Register with Eve Lunt at (562)426-7601, ext. 1067 or

Jazz at the “J” Barry Cogert & Friends Sunday, August 26, 8pm Join us poolside for a real treat as acclaimed local jazz artist Barry Cogert & friends entertain with their cool sounds for a hot night. $10 cover charge at door. Wine by the glass and small plate snacks will also be available for purchase. Contact Jon Strum, (562)426-7601, ext. 1207

Exhibits in the Zena and Pauline Gatov Gallery

Rosh Chodesh at the JCC

Picture This: The Art of Illustration

Rosh Chodesh at the JCC is on hiatus until October.

Alpert JCC Poker Club

by Irina A. Mirskaya

Tuesday, August 21, 7-10:30pm

Exhibit Runs through September 5

$20/AJCC Member; $25/Public (Cash Only) Visit web for re-buys/add-ons info.

Reception & Cookie Sampling: Thur, August 9, 6:30pm Irina Mirskaya, evokes a fantasy world of fairy tales and childhood memories with her art. Irina’s designs and illustrations have appeared in children's books, the Los Angeles Times, CD covers, and published greeting cards.

Kabbalah Class Wednesdays, 12pm Rabbi Abba Perelmuter teaches the class with a keen sense of wit and great knowledge of Judaism and its teachings. FREE

GESHERCITY YOUNG ADULTS Sponsored by the Alpert JCC & Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach

Susanne Katz, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1625

GesherCity Shabbat Friday, August 3, 7:30pm We’ll celebrate with good friends, great music and tasty food.

Exhibition open to the public

Book Signing & Reading, Games & Crafts: Wed, August 1, 1pm Please join Irina as she reads “We Love the Company”, a book about friendship and manners at the dinner table. Angela Russ-Ayon‘s lyrical rhyming verses work seamlessly with Irina’s vivid images and borders. This award winning picture book comes with a companion song, instrumental version and audio book on CD.

Event is FREE and open to the public

The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center


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Wellness & Fitness Cindi Massengale, (562)426-7601, ext. 1056 Alpert JCC P.E. Courtesy Desk, (562)426-7601, ext. 1051

What are the benefits of Aqua Fitness? In addition to the standard benefits of any exercise, the use of water in aqua fitness supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury. The mitigation of gravity by flotation places less stress on the joints, and can allow for a greater range of motion and makes aqua fitness safe for individuals that are able to keep their heads above the water, including the elderly. Exercise in water can also prevent overheating through continuous cooling of the body. Another benefit is that you do not even have to be a strong swimmer to participate. The Alpert JCC offers Aqua Fitness FREE to all its members along with many other group fitness classes. Check out the entire group fitness schedule at

SENIORS Dr. Susan Mathieu, (562)426-7601, ext. 1721

Senior Adult Hollywood Bowl Trip Thursday, August 23, 5:30pm Bowl favorite Nicholas McGegan leads a glorious program of Mozart masterworks, featuring the debut of Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. Bus departs at 5:30pm (concert 8pm) $15 includes tickets & transportation You must RSVP to Dr. Susan Mathieu

The Golden Age of American Popular Music - Sr. Lunch Wednesday, August 15, 12pm Come to the AJCC’s weekly senior luncheon and enjoy Saul & Bob who have performed musical programs throughout their 60-year friendship at over 65 different venues. Both Saul and Bob are also on the faculty of the USC Emeriti Center College. $4/AJCC Member; $5/Public RSVP to Susan Mathieu

Natalie Chernik, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1205 Rachel Gordon, • (562)426-7601, ext. 1023

Let’s Get Physical: Fit Camp for Kids Week of August 13th: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 9am-12pm Ages 6-12 Getting fit and staying fit can be a BLAST! Our new fit camp for kids combines circuit training, games, art, and nutrition education. Circuit training components may include Skillastics, yoga, Zumba, X-Box Kinect, Wii, light weights, and much more. Contact Natalie Chernik at for more info

AJCC Monthly Senior Events

Young Ambassadors© Summer Language Class

Senior Lunch: Wed, 12-2pm • Mah Jongg: Thur, 1-3pm Knit Wits: Mon, 1-3pm • Senior Fitness Classes: Visit

Each student will create a Young Ambassadors© Summer Language Class Scrapbook with colorful lesson reminders and culture-based crafts. Curriculum includes commonly used phrases and commands, verb conjugation, sentence construction and vocabulary-building exercises.

Our Weekly Senior Adult Lunch Nourishing So Many Ways



Wednesday has become a special day for senior adults throughout Greater Long Beach. Wednesday is the day that they laugh with their friends, enjoy live entertainment, celebrate holidays and special occasions and even pick up a shopping bag loaded with groceries. Wednesday is the day that the Alpert JCC hosts its weekly Senior Adult Lunch. But to call this a “lunch program” doesn’t begin to explain all the ways that this program has grown to meet the needs of senior adults in our community. Dr. Susan Mathieu is the energy behind our weekly Senior Adult Lunch. Beyond spending much of her time “behind the scenes” procuring food, booking entertainment, managing her expert crew of kitchen volunteers and seeing to a million other details, Dr. Mathieu acts as the affable cruise director during each Wednesday’s program, constantly making sure that everyone is involved, everyone is getting what they need and, most importantly, everyone is happy. “There’s a joyful spirit here that becomes contagious. I’ve seen new friendships develop; we’ve uncovered some really talented and creative people within the group and everyone just really has a good time,” says Dr. Mathieu. If you know a senior adult in our community who hasn’t yet discovered our weekly Senior Adult Lunch program, please have them contact Dr. Mathieu at, or (562) 426-7601 ext. 1721. You can help support programs like our weekly Sr. Lunch by visiting today and make a generous donation.

Learn Mandarin Chinese: August 6-24, Mon, Wed, Fri, 8-9am Ages 8-12 years $135/AJCC Member; $160/Public

Thursday Nights is Teen Night at the Pool Thursdays, 5-7pm... All Summer Long For Teens Grades 6 & up Enjoy swimming, dinner, dessert, beverages for only $7. Come down with your friends and chill at the “J”.

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Alpert Jewish Community Center: Around the 'J, Aug. 2012  

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