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32nd Annual JCC Golf and Tennis Classic Want to have a great time and support a great cause at the same time? Come to the JCC’s Annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Richmond County Country Club. Last year’s event was a huge success from the numbers that participated to the amount of funds raised, which provided scholarships to needy children to attend the JCC’s Lillian Schwartz Summer Camp or JCC’s Early Childhood Center. The generosity of our attendees and sponsors allowed us to provide these children with an outstanding JCC experience. Our very special thank you goes to Dr. Daniel and Joanne Megna and Otto Vitale who made generous, winning bids at the event’s Live Auction last year to support The Kids Club for Special Kids and the JCC Travel Basketball League. For one year, they each had their names associated with these important JCC programs, respectively. We are delighted to announce that IDB (Israel Discount Bank) will once again be our Presenting Sponsor at this year’s event. Their generosity will help us meet our goal which we hope will allow us to give even more scholarships to deserving applicants seeking assistance. The committee, chaired by Robin Lefkowitz and Alan Poritz and Dr. Josh Kanner, (tennis chair) are hard at work planning an event that will have give-a-ways, contests, delicious food and a great golf and tennis experience. Non-golfers are also welcome to attend the dinner. Being honored with the JCC Community Service Award are SI Physician Practice and Terry Rizzuti, their Director of Community Services. ADCO Electrical Corporation, and their Chair, Gina Addeo are receiving the JCC Pride of Staten Island Award. If you haven’t received your invitation or need more information, please contact Sylvia Cohen at 718.475.5246 or

The JCC and the South Shore Rotary Club of Staten Island will partner to present the JCC Family Fun Day and Trunk-a-Thon/Street Fair. This first time event will have something for everyone in the family. There will be inflatables, carnival games, and arts and crafts projects for the kids, all on the newly open sports fields. And for adults, the Bernikow parking lot will become a giant street fair with commercial vendors and a Trunk-a-Thon which will give people an opportunity to sell from their trunk or table set up behind their vehicle. What a great opportunity to sell what you have since we anticipate a tremendous turnout. Food will be available for purchase. This is a rain or shine event – in case of rain, it will move indoors. Admission for adults and children under 2 is free; admission for children is $15. If you are interested in participating as a commercial vendor or as an individual looking to do their spring cleaning, contact Sylvia Cohen at 718.475.5246 or 2

Community Leadership Awards An Evening of Entertainment and Fashion Honoring Leadership that is a Cut Above The JCC and Christopher Michael Salon on Forest Avenue have joined forces to present an exciting evening that will honor community leaders Gerald Amerosi, Melvin Kling, Sr. and Dr. Michael G. Marcus. Gerald Amerosi is the owner of Gerald Peters Gold Mine Jewelers and the Pandora Store both in the Staten Island Mall. Jerry has co-chaired the Richmond County Fair, coached and sponsored the South Shore Little League, and is a recent recipient of the Reali Family Foundation “Heart of a Champion Award.” Melvin Kling, Sr. is the President of Kling Real Estate. Since 1967, Mel has been a successful developer of residential and commercial real estate on Staten Island. His involvement with the YMCA as a member of their Board of Managers spans more that 25 years. In 2010, the Staten Island YMCA South Shore branch was named the Melvin E. Kling, Sr. Teen Fitness Center in Eltingville. He has received numerous awards and citations for his community efforts. Dr. Michael G. Marcus is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology/Allergy and Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. The division he oversees is among the largest pulmonary/allergy faculty practices in the state of New York seeing more than 400 patients per week in 4 clinical sites and 4 hospitals. Dr. Marcus has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in New York on numerous occasions by the NY Times, NY Magazine and the Castle Connelly Guide. He is presently the Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. In addition to honoring these most deserving recipients, there will be a fashion show generously donated by Ivory & Co. of New Dorp Lane and Coldwater Creek in the Staten Island Mall. To enhance the beauty of the fashions, hair and styling will be by Christopher Michael Salon under the direction of Joe Pizzarelli and Anthony Cocchi. Entertainment by Star Struck Dance Studio of Hylan Boulevard and Dimensions on Stage, Brooklyn Center for Theater and Performance have also been donated. If that’s not enough to create a fun-filled event, there will be dinner, dancing to the music of a DJ and fabulous raffles. The beautiful flowers that will grace the tables are being generously donated by Sam Gregorio’s Florist on Forest Avenue. The cost to attend is $75 per person. If you would like to congratulate the honorees, but cannot attend, journal opportunities are available. Any questions, please contact Sylvia Cohen, 718.475.5246 or

New Year & Memorial Bulletin After the Summer comes the New Year holidays and so does the JCC New Year and Memorial Bulletin featuring your good wishes and tributes to family and community.

Curious about what your child will experience at JCC Summer Camp?

Please watch for information by e-mail and mail this summer or contact

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Camp Glenn Wechsler, MSW, Camp Director Stephanie Feldman, M.S., Ed., Asst. Camp Director

What are your kids doing this summer? It is not too late to sign up for camp! Camp Open House Meet the Camp directors, tour the magnificent campgrounds, learn all that camp has to offer Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds 1131 Manor Road Sunday, June 3, 12–2pm

Camp Parent Orientations- Don’t miss Shalom, Chalutz, Maccabiah, Teen Travel and Independence Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road Sunday, June 3, 2:30pm K’Ton Ba Bayit Building Program Bernikow JCC. Thursday, June 7, 6:30pm

718.475.5231 718.475.5232

Let the Camp Fun Start Early with Pre-Camp Funtime Days (K- 8) Thursday, June 28, 9am–5pm Blast off this day with a visit to the all new Funplex Water Play Area, where we enjoy unlimited rides such as free fall, bumper cars, 3 floor foam ball frenzy and tons of arcade games! Follow this up with sports and games in the gym, and a swim in the Bernikow pool. Friday, June 29, 9am–5pm Start off the day by striking down some pins at Showplace Bowling Alley on Staten Island and then head to the UA movie theater for the latest flick! End this awesome day with sports and games in the gym and a swim in the Bernikow indoor pool. Drop off and pick up at Bernikow JCC. Fee: $65 per day (members only), extended hours available

K’Ton HKC Program Bernikow JCC. Wednesday, June 13, 7pm Marvin’s Camp Bernikow JCC. Sunday, July 1, 10am

Community Lag B’Omer Event Well over 300 people attended the Community Lag B’Omer Celebration at HKC Campgrounds on Thursday, May 10. Families from the following Congregations attended: Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center, Congregation Ahavath Israel, Chabad Lubavitch of Staten Island, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Congregation Ohel Abraham, Congregation Temple Emanu-El, JCC of Staten Island, Temple Israel Reform Congregation.


Breathe Easier ASTHMA Management Program

Adolescents & Adults Our Program is different BECAUSE With our comprehensive team approach, WE CAN... • Reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. • Meet your personal lifestyle goals. • Coordinate your care. • Provide additional services you may need.

Dr. Frank L. Acerra Board Certified Pulmonologist Director of Respiratory Disorders

1050 Clove Road – 718-816-6440


Aquatics Claudia McLaughlin, Aquatics Director


Fun in the Sun at the Summer Swim Club Relax under the shade canopies and enjoy more furniture. Our popular Sunday events for children, 1– 2:30pm, will continue this summer along with evening events for all ages. Watch for the schedule and updates via our weekly (during the summer) e-blasts. Membership cards are required to be carried with you at all times. Please show your ID card when asked. Please be reminded of the following rules for the pool area and review these rules with your children. • For safety reasons as per American Red Cross, we will be enforcing no blow up flotation devices in the indoor/outdoor pool. This will include arm floaties and rings for non-swimmers. Non swimmers must be accompanied into the pool by a guardian. Please use a U.S. Coast Guard flotation device for non swimmers. A JCC belt can be borrowed for swimmers who need a little help. • *All borrowed JCC equipment must have an ID card left with the lifeguards.* • The JCC is a Smoke Free Zone; there is No Smoking anywhere in the pool area or back parking lot. • Children 11 years and under must be accompanied by a guardian (16 and older) • Absolutely no glass containers on the pool deck or grass areas • No food on the pool deck • Only Kosher food allowed in facility • No alcohol • Chairs and lounges are on a first come first served basis, no saving seats allowed • 1 towel per person on the weekends • Please use side entrance from locker rooms to outdoor pool and do not walk across indoor pool deck (especially with street shoes and carriages) • No noodles, kickboards, floats, etc are permitted in outdoor pool • You must be able to swim before going onto the slide. • Absolutely no goggles on face or around neck on the slide • Pool diapers a must, plastic pants recommended • No strollers on pool deck. Strollers are permitted in the lower grass area only • Non-swimmers need to be accompanied in the pool with a guardian • Proper swim attire/swim suits required. (no basketball shorts, etc) • Please make sure you listen to the lifeguards, follow all rules and be courteous and respectful to all members.

Summer Swim Club Schedule Tuesday, May 29- Friday, June 22, 12–5pm Starting Saturday, June 23 hours will be 10am-6:30pm Monday– Thursday, 10am – 7pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6:30pm Closes Monday, Labor Day, September 3

Bernikow Fitness/Wellness The JCC will be participating in the 2012 Fitness Challenge for kids in grades K-8. Sponsored by NYS Assembly Member Michael Cusick, this program commits children to reading at least 30 minutes per day, and performing as many physical activities as they want throughout the summer. Watch for details.

June Personal Training Specials • Father’s Day Special Buy 3 (1) hour sessions for $145 (men only, one time only) • Buy 5 half hour sessions for $165 ideal for boxing, abdominals workouts or whatever you prefer. • One-on-One Stretching or foam rolling new package price, 4 half hour sessions for $100 (original price $120)

Spa @ the J 718.475.5220

Summer Swimmer’s Special Bikini wax- $15 (originally $20)

Summer Swim Club Guest Policy pool guests will be allowed Monday-Saturday. There will be no guests allowed on Sundays. You must pre-purchase your guest passes for Saturdays. Guest pass: (ages 13 and over) $15; (ages 5-12) $10; (ages 4 and under) $5

JCC Days at HKC Enjoy the quiet beautiful wooded areas of the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds and pools, 1131 Manor Road. Watch for details. Sundays, July 22, July 29, August 12, August 26 6

Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director


Final Music Institute Recitals

Summer Early Childhood Music Classes

• Sunday, June 3, 11am • Wednesday, June 6, 6pm • Sunday, June 17, 11am Students will be performing works by Clementi, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Schumman, Scarlatti and more. The recitals are free of charge and open to the entire community.

HARMONY ROAD (parent/child keyboard classes) Want to try out the curriculum? Need to brush up on your skills before taking the next step? Try one of these 4-week introductory classes beginning the week of June 28.

Summer Lessons Begin the Week of June 18

HELLO MUSIC (ages 3-4) Introduction to music using keyboards 4 weeks. Fee $80M/$95NM Thursdays, 4pm, starting June 7

4, 6 or 8 week sessions are available. Registration begins June 4 To schedule lessons, please call Ela at 718.475.5263

Scholarship Auditions – open to all musicians, grades 4-12 Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and musical ability. This is a wonderful opportunity for talented young musicians to take weekly private lessons from professional teachers at an affordable cost to the family. Each year we award thousands of dollars to a pool of truly deserving and hard working young students who also participate in recitals, ensembles and theory throughout the year. To schedule an appointment call 718.475.5263

MUSIC TIME (ages 4.5-6) Introduction to music using keyboards 4 weeks. Fee $80M/$95NM Thursdays, 5pm, starting June 7 MUSIC TOGETHER OF STATEN ISLAND @ JCC A 6-week program starting in July, dates TBA Thursdays and Sundays, 10:30am I AM A BIG KID NOW (ages 2.5 +) Empowering children to happily separate from parents through music, art and play, Parents will be able to leave the room in increments of 5 minutes and socialize in Café J as well as exchange tools and ideas. Meet twice a week for four weeks with Miss Kelly. Fee: $135M/$150NM Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am, starting July 17 JAMMING @ J Rehearsal rooms are available for rentals at the JCC

The 3rd Annual Nancy Avis L’Dor V’Dor Luncheon honored four significant women from the Staten Island community on Sunday, April 22. Receiving the JCC First Generation Award were Barbara Fried, Pearl Minsky and Linda Steinman. The recipient of the JCC Next Generation Award was Melissa Rabinovich. 200 people attended this fabulous event.

left to right: Susan Sappin, Linda Steinman, Melissa Rabinovich, Pearl Minsky, Barbara Fried, Kim Avis

left to right: Beatrice Victor, Sheila Lipton, Pearl Minsky


Early Childhood Beth Howard, Early Childhood Director


Just like the flowers and plants outside, our children are blooming. In school, we are preparing our preschoolers for their transition to another class, or in some cases, another school, in September. For some, this change in environment will be easy. For others, being in a new classroom will take some adjustment. Some helpful hints on how to make this change as smooth as possible include: • Reading books about making changes. • If possible, take your child to see their new school/classroom ahead of time. Let them explore the room and meet their new teachers. • Start a count-down at home for the first day of school that your child can actively participate in. This will get them excited as the day gets closer. • Every time you drive by your child’s school, tell them, “Look, that’s your school!” If you are excited, your child will be also. Speaking of September, registration is on-going for all of our Daycare/Preschool programs, including Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK). Have a fun and safe summer! Beth, Jill, and Dawn

The Jewish Community of Staten Island is committed to a vision in which agencies, synagogues, and organizations work together, through PJ Library, to increase involvement in all expressions of Jewish life and nurture Jewish values from generation to generation. PJ Library offers a wonderful opportunity to make this a reality by providing families with a FREE treasury of Jewish themed books and music! Through the efforts of the Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Congregation Ohel Abraham, The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Temple Emanu-El, and Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island, and through the generosity of The Slifka Foundation, the youngest members of our Jewish community will have a wonderful collection of age-appropriate literature to guide them on their journey towards a bright future.

Visit and click on the PJ Library icon to register. Contact Jill Howard at 718.475.5224 or for further information.

Sports & Recreation Mike Reape, Sports & Recreation Director 718.475.5212

911 Flag Football Camp at the JCC

Exclusive instruction by: Sky’s the Limit Bernikow JCC $80 per week, sibling discount available Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-2pm starting Monday July 9 (includes one hour in Bernikow outdoor pool) Please contact Mike Reape, 718.475.5212 or


Jewish Life & Learning Yaffa Schonbach, Jewish Life & Learning Director


Café Europa: A Celebration of Survival for the Holocaust Survivors and their Guests Join us as we keep the flame glowing. 2nd and 3rd generation of Holocaust survivors mingle and share their memories. This year’s program: • The Gefilte Fish Chronicles With all the wonderful chaos of preparing for a large gathering of extended family, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles honors the rich tradition of Pesach with an intimate and candid look at the Dubroff family preparing for Seder. A funny, touching, and universally familiar story of love, of tradition, and of generational family unity. • Guest speaker: Betty Sved, a Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz. She is 86 years old and has a moving story to tell. • Rachel Borenstein shares art of her father Emil Jacoby, who survived the Holocaust. • Brunch Bernikow JCC RSVP by June 8; Contact Sara at 718. 475.5242 or Sunday, June 10, 10am–12pm

Ladies Learn Hospitality Etiquette: the Jewish Way Join other ladies in an evening of “Ladies Learn” that will explore the Jewish value concept of Hospitality Etiquette.. No prior knowledge is needed. It is appropriate for all women and open to beginners and women with lots of knowledge. Bernikow JCC RSVP by June 4 to, or 718.475.5242. For further information contact Boni Sussman at 917.664.0725. Fee: $5 Wednesday, June 6, 8pm

July-August Artists are invited to submit up to 2 pieces. Art must be ready for hanging and suitable for community viewing. Please deliver: Monday, July 9, 9am-3pm. Fee: $25 Contact Elzbieta Seeley 718.475.5263 or 9

Avis Fitness Melissa Kraker, Health & Fitness Director


Member Spotlight:

Carol’s Corner:

Steven Greenstein, age 61 Steve has been a member of the JCC since 2001 post rehab after sustaining a knee injury. He recently started participating in yoga classes and enjoys them immensely because he’s seeing a difference in his strength and flexibility. This Property Manager exercises 5 days a week generally before work with a routine that includes swimming, yoga, body bar express, Zumba and super strength classes. When he returns home eats chicken, fish, whole grain breads and cereal. He enjoys going to group ex with his wife Robin. Steve looks forward to spending even more time here when he retires this fall!

Here are 10 important benefits of group classes: • Time saving: looking at the clock when you chose a cardio machine, counting the minutes down can make your workout seem forever boring. The pace of group fitness classes with a motivating instructor makes the time fly by with fun and exciting workouts creating higher energy level. • Money saving: Personal training can be costly, especially if you are on a budget. By participating in group classes you will have the benefit of an experienced instructor teaching proper body mechanics, form and proper use of weights and dumbbells so you can duplicate what you learn out on the floor. • Socializing: Make new friends while motivating each other in class and taking your new friendships outside the Center. • Challenging: Many different workouts and styles to keep you challenged and excited for other classes. • Motivating: The instructor pushing you to work harder and offering encouragement will help you reach a higher level of fitness. • Burning: Being challenged to work harder will make you stronger and burn more calories. • Exciting: Many different classes for exciting workouts to keep the boredom out. • Learning: Every new class you take you learn something new. • Safety: Under supervision of our instructors you can exercise with a minimum possibility of injury. • Adaptability: Everybody can participate at their own level in each class.

Fitness Updates: • If you wish to speak with fitness staff immediately for any questions regarding classes, orientations and more, please call the main phone number 718.475.5270, ext 1205. • Have a happy and healthy summer and note that our hours of operation are standard all year round. • If you would like to nominate a Member Spotlight for September, please email Melissa Kraker at

Victory Day Celebration The JCC held its annual Victory Day Celebration on Thursday, May 10. The Soviet Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Over 100 Russian war veterans gather to be honored and celebrate their service and achievements. Entertainment was provided by opera singer Lyudmila Fesenko, guitarist Sergei Pobedinski, magician Simon Shargo and children from the Staten Island Hebrew Academy Choir.


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JCC Richmond Gymnastics

JCC Special Needs Department

Olayemi Akindude Mariam Ojesanmi Jessica Smith

Emily Kuhn

Sarah Smith

JCC Youth Board

JCC Tottenville Beacon

Jennifer Weile

Michelle Cooper Angela Fazio Eema Manzoor Donna Peploski

P.S. 65 OST Aaliyah Hughes Afix Parker Gabriel Hernandez-Silva

Reality Check Molly Gerstel Juliann Heaney Charles Mazzeo

JCC Cornerstone Natasha Herbst Desmen Saldeen

Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute Nicole Lvov Joshua Sottile

Boy Scout Troop 118

Richmond Aquatics @ the JCC Olivia Correale Chris Costanzo Conor Kelly Morgan Novello Sydney Ng

JCC Sports and Recreation Department James Bertucci Enijah Patterson

Lee Brosnick

Kidz Klub After School Program Sandra Bortkevich Cheyenne Ramos

Cub Scout Pack 118 Jimmy Flood David Encarnacion

JCC Lillian Schwartz Summer Day Camp Albert Cardone

Catering by Kaplan Resident Caterer of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun 275 Martling Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10314 • 718.442.8222

Celebrate in Style • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • Weddings • Bris’ • Over 20 years experience • Experienced staff • Impeccable service • Spectacular grounds for outdoor cocktail hour • Beautiful sanctuary for all your religious needs • Under strict Rabbinical supervision • Right here on Staten Island (central to Brooklyn and New Jersey) Close personal supervision by Mel and Stacie Kaplan for the perfect party you can only do once!

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June Bulletin 2012  

June Bulletin 2012

June Bulletin 2012  

June Bulletin 2012