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

718.475.5231 718.475.5232

Sports Camp Fun

For ages entering 4th - 8th grades In addition to our summer day camp, we host enrichment programs to enhance your child’s summer experience. Whether your child’s interest lies with soccer, basketball or baseball, we offer a program to suit every athlete! Contact Mike Reape, 718.475.5212 or for complete information.

Soccer July 11-15 and 18-22 Camp weeks 3 and 4 Teaching campers soccer skills. Kids will learn the art of goal tending, passing, defensive tactics and scoring. There’ll be focused and intense training that is essential to improvement. Anything is possible in soccer. Anything can happen on the field and we prove that you can make all the fancy footwork you need after completing our camp.

Baseball Camp July 25-29 Camp week 5 Facilitated by Dan Lynch and remember ‘There’s no crying in baseball”! • Learn the art of fielding, base running, pitching and strategy • Play as a team, learn hitting strategies and coachable moments • One week of hands on drills, practice games and Gatorade!

Basketball Camp August 1-5 Camp weeks 6 and 7 Facilitated by our very own Gerry Mosley ‘Shoot for Success” Founder! Gerry has extensive experience in NCAA-sanctioned leagues and will bring his dynamic style and experienced staff to our camp. We’ll provide each camper with quality instruction in both individual and team concepts. We ensure quality teaching of fundamentals and personalized attention to skill development (ie zones, traps and offenses). Kids will learn the art of shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense.

Camp Open House Visit the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds located at 1131 Manor Road. Meet the incredible camp staff, tour the beautiful wooded campgrounds and learn about all of the programs and options available. Sunday, June 5, 12-2pm

Camp is more than just fun There is an educational value to Camp as well. Charles W. Eliot, former president of Harvard University says, “The organized summer camp is the most important step in education that America has given the world.” Columbia University Professor W.H. Kilpatrick characterizes as how “we learn what we live, only what we love and everything we live” and suggested that “camp can thus spread a more adequate ideal of education.” What these educators are suggesting is that camp is chock full of experiential learning and rich tradition that no other educational experience can provide. The JCC Lillian Schwartz Day Camp will provide this experience to your child by: • Tapping into their creativity and imagination through exploration of the arts, music and culture • Building their strength, skills and dexterity through exceptional sports programs • Helping them to develop interpersonal and social skills, teamwork and compassion for others It’s not too late to sign your child up! Contact Camp Directors Glenn or Stephanie for more information.

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Bingo Night On Thursday, April 21, JCC Lillian Schwartz Camp families and friends attended our annual Bingo Night Camp Scholarship Fundraiser. Camp Committee Chairs Susan Perel and Melissa Rabinovich led this event which raises money to help send children to camp whose families need some assistance. With the generous contributions of Staten Island businesses, and the hard work and dedication of committee members Michael and Susan Sannino who coordinated all of the prize donations, it proved to be a wonderful night. Adults had a great time and were entertained by the hilarious bingo caller, Oleg Rabinovich. Kids participated in their own bingo event upstairs in the Weinberg Youth Lounge led by Samantha Goodman and Adam Miller and enjoyed winning awesome toy prizes! Additional thanks to committee volunteers Renee Snitkoff, Joyce Cohen and Randie Vitucci.

Look Who’s Coming to Camp Chalutz Jakob Albanese Sierra Arcuri Katherine Baybusky Quincy Bell Jr. Timothy Bello Elizabeth Bentsianov Brianna Berjaoui Joshua Berkowitz Matthew Binder Charlize Brennan Jeremy Brosnick Lee Brosnick Kevin Bruegger Zahlig Bryson Sarah Burchman Jude Canepa Emme Caplan Brandon Carey Evan Chason Shelby Chason Lily Chiu Olivia Cohen Amanda D'Adamo Abigail Donnelly Christian Donnelly Isabella Durso Jacob Fairweather Gabriel Flaksman Zachary Flaksman Max Fleischman Gabriella Friedberg Leo Gilman Justin Giordano Russell Goldstein Alexa Gravitch Jenny Ho Andrew Horowtiz Cassidy Irizarry Luke Irizarry Samuel Jacobson Sean Kaplan Joshua Kirk Brian Klein Vanessa Kraker Caitlin Laduca Briana Lane Calvin Lawson Victoria Levitin Alexa Litman Kaitlyn Lutz Martin Marraccino Anthony Mendez Richard Morozov Julia Naishuler Daniel Ost Nathan Ost Kasia Owens Alexis Paolino Donald Parillon Anthony Perlongo John Perlongo Courtney Price Skyla Marie Profita Aiden Quintana Ethan Rabinovich Jarinna Rantanen Gianna Rao Scott Rappaport Ethan Ross Dylan Rozell Avery Schwartz Erica Shaposhnik Jared Shaposhnik

Emma Shay Brianna Shukhman Terry Shvartsman Stefania Stocco Maximus Sullivan Heather Urgo/Ploucher Hollee Urgo/Ploucher Lindsey Veneziano Sara Ventrello Laura Weinstein Mark Werner Evetta Zagorin

CIT-I Justin Romeo Rochelle Tsemekhin Joseph Vitale

CIT-II Melissa Birnbaum Matthew Brecher Gabrielle Costa Joshua Goldberg Samantha Irizarry James Morgan Piersiak Annie Rumanov Marissa Webb Erica Weile

Gan Israel Elisheva Emmer Chaya Ettinger Shaindy Gifter Esti Grun Adina Hoff Ariel Hoff Reena Hoff Yosefa Joffe Abigail Koplowitz Elisheva Kornblit Anna Leah Krinsky-Adinolfi Dylan Lankry Isaac Lankry Abigail Leykin Yael Leykin Kayla Massre Moshe Massre Noah Massre Simcha Mergi Sam Osher Miril Rosenfeld Benjamin Walfish Samantha Walfish Deedee Weinstein Emili Weintraub Jerry Weintraub Julia Weintraub Ariella Zahavi

Independence Michelle Levy Jonathan Petronic Samantha Petronic Savannah Warner

K'Ton Ton Noah Albanese Evan Alvarado Camila Barros Ali Belkin Daniel Benlulu Alexzander Bernardo Martie Dora Bernstein

Laura Beyzarov Dean Bonici Thomas Bruegger Liam Rand Burgess Jason Chiu Jordan Cooper Christian Michae Correa Heather Degenstein Joseph Destefano Matteo Destefano Christopher Di Gaudio Aiden Diaz Alexandra Diaz Sarah Jane Dicks Luke Donnelly Mason Entis Isabel Epelman Ellis Fairweather Ryan Feldman Sophia Forman Ava Gallo Emma Gladstein Adam Gluzman Benjamin Goldin Joshua Goldstein Kerry Anne Goldstein Sophia Goodman Maya Ella Grabowski Daniel Hanna Jack Higgins Gianna Kalantzis Ethan Kaminsky Anjali Karunadasa Emma Brooke Kelner Evan Khabinski Allison Klein Joshua Klein Fara Kleinman Gabriel Kleyman Sabrina Kraker Hayley Lederman Jaden Lee Skylar Lipkin Sarah Litman Hayden Lucente Jesse Lutz Megan Lutz Lily Lynaugh Lia Matone Alexandra Matovick Alexia Mckee Madison Meccia Jake Mejia Gabriel Monte-Leon Jordan Moore Shyanne Moss Julianne Newmen Charlie Nygard John Oliveri Jr Joshua Osher Naaya Patel Sean Penias Cristian Pinto Mateo Piselli Sebastien Jr. Poget Nikolas Profita Luis Quiles, Jr Ava Rabinovich Izabella Ramos Rebecca Rappaport Jonathan Rice Joelie Rae Riley Alex Rotondo Jake Schmidt

Here is a list of campers who have enrolled as of May 10. Jaden Schneider Nicholas Seeloch Michael Shafiro Gianna Shapiro Amina Siad Alexander Sullivan Evan Teller Allegra Toback Leonard Tselnik Ryan Tserlin Elias Verardi Emme Waldman Harrison Weiss Madison Weiss Madeline Werner Anthony Williams Daniel Wissman Ahava Young Walpola Eric Zybin

Maccabiah Connor Allen Daisy Alvarez Brandon Amtzis Mya Balis Jared Baskin Lindsey Baskin Linda Bello Emmett Bergeron Jason Berkowitz Madeline Beyzarov Lisa Marie Brincat Rebekah Bruno Anna Rose Burchman Jessica Burdman Maggie Caplan Albert Cardone Erica Chiorazzi Nicole Cooper Dave Cooperman Mia Cutrona Julie Derkatch Stefani Caballer Ehrlich Gianna Falcone Madison Fleischman David Godovich David Goldberg Allen Goldin Gariella Gonzalez Rachel Greenstein Alexander Hawkes Shay Hernandez Jasmyn Jordan Ariel Kapul Alexandra Kaufman Danielle Kezeli Eric Kholodovsky Shane Kirk Benjamin Kores Brandon Liberzon Victoria Lodato Matthew Lutz Julianne Magnus Carsten Mahler John Mendez Michael Mendez Paulina Mendez Zachary Monte-Leon Jonathan Myhre Alex Naishuler Cachoiera Norris Jared Polanco Alexandra Ritzer Daniel Ross

Daniel Rowan Brianna Rozell Steven Schwartzman Benjamin Shapiro Cameron Sherman Nicole Shevchenko Dana Siegel Isaac Snitkoff Kimberly Sokol David Traub Mark Tretyak Sam Tsirulnikov Alexus Urgo/Ploucher Daniel Vano Jason Vosk Ryan Zagorin George Zarou Katherine Zarou

Marvin's Camp Jolene Marie Abolafia Andrew Bauch Adam Bernicoff Brian Best Angel Bruno Angel Bruno Vincent Carrasquillo Rafael Colon David Dabulis Robert De Luca James Destefano Ashley Fiorello Charles Fiorello Olivia Gargano Johnny Gilman James Glauner Marykate Gorry Kyle Gravitch Victoria Guglieletti Nataly Hernandez Yosef Ibrahim Peter Innocenti Charles Kerner Isiah Kirkland Brendan Kuhl Ethan Kupershtein Lucas Lerner Mitchell Levine Maya Makler Teresa Mariano Wilson Martinez Elizabeth Mclaughlin Devin Minunni Lance Morales Nicole Mottola Kerri Obremski Christian Ottesen Evan Patel Jason Paz Brandon Romandetti Jenna Scarpa Christopher Siani Henry Smith Laura Sterlacci Nicholas Tagliamonte Owen Thomas Hunter Verderosa Anthony Watkins Robert Wise Luke Zaloom

Ramah Quincy Bell Jr.

Geoffrey Gin Daniel Greenberg Calvin Lawson Amit Lev-Ari Guy Lev-Ari Justin Saltiel

Shalom Rebecca Aguayo Anthony Altobelli Christopher Altobelli Justin Arroyo Michael Aviles Samantha Balice Zackary Bentsianov Olivia Binder Peyton Bradley Arielle Bunevitsky Noah Ethan Burgess Karina Caraballoso Gabriela Chajet Sara Chiu David Cohen Sophia Deane Andrew Diaz Matthew Eisenstein Stephanie Eng Patrick Flanagan Benjamin Forman Michelle Friedman Gabriel Garcia Sydney Gargano Russell Geller Hannah Gleyzer Joshua Gluzman David Goldin Tiffany Goldstein Zachery Goldstein Ethan Goodman Garett Gunin Rebecca Guzman Ethan Gvili Eitan Halevi Louis Thomas Hamilton Aidan Hidalgo Jeffrey Horowitz Christian Innocenti Arie Ioselevich David Iosif Evelyn Jacobson Alexa Kholodovsky Anthony Kraker Alexa Krause Leah Kuhl Lena Lane Phillip Steven Lederman Claudia Lee David Josef Lender Michael Lodato Noah Lorczak Heather Lucente Oliver Luo Aidan Lutz Daniel Marraccino Isabella Matone Matthew Mittiga Robin Morales Samantha Moser Alan Nesterenko Caitlin Newmen Emily Newmen Noshi Norris Brendon Paolino Ellyse Parillon

Shivaan Patel Sophie Poget Jaria Rantanen Sofia Revich Jared Reyes Jack Reynolds Brianna Rodriguez Emily Rosin Jake Rudloff Justin Saltiel Alexandra Scala Dominick Scala Amanda Schofield Leia Schwartz Luke Schwarzrock Jayden Sherriffe Karina Shlionsky Zachary Tinnerello Justin Tsemekhin John Vitucci Kaitlyn Vitucci Brandon Vosk Luke Weinstein Cole Wiener Matthew Wissman Anthony Zell

Teen Travel Alexis Aguilar-Cala Kristen Aguilar-Cala Daniel Allen Michael Atalla Jared Brecher Thomas Christman Andrew Cohen Alison Cooperman Skylar Curwin Marley Cutrona Brandon Cutrupi Jessica Dalli Dana Friedman Jessica Goldberg Alexa Goldblum Max Goldblum Adam Greenstein Sara Greenstein Arielle Halevi Skyler Hand Ashley Hersh Amanda Jacobowitz Laura Janosik Simon Lambert Noah Lancia Alyxandra Magnus Angelina Martinez Brandon Mckenna Paul Pearlmutter Sarah Philipson Brooke Price Veronica Quintana Benjamin Schoen Katya Shargo Zachary Siegel Dylan Simpson Gabrielle Sperling Julia Szatkowski Tianna Villegas Brandon Weil Justin Weil Benjamin Winchel Vincent Zaloom David Zellman JCC Bulletin 3

Membership Jill Gottlieb, Membership Services Director


Outdoor Pool Member Appreciation/Open House for Your Friends and Family Come one, come all. On Sunday, June 26, 10am-4pm we will be holding an Open House for all of your friends and family. Invite your friends to experience all the great things that you get with your membership, especially the outdoor pool! We will have great fun for kids - Musical Chairs and Arts & Crafts, as well as summertime refreshments. There’ll be a special membership offer if your guests join that day and you’ll get a special referral bonus as well! For more information please contact Jill Gottlieb, Membership Services Director at 718.475.5223 or

Fun in the Sun at the Bernikow Swim Club! Come relax under the new shade canopies, and enjoy more furniture, as your children enjoy the Sunday events designed just for them! Our popular Sunday events for children will continue this summer along with evening events for all ages! Keep an eye on the JCC web site to find out all the fun your family can participate in this summer!

Former Island Swim Club Members Do you have a friend that belonged to the Island Swim Club? Show them what they are missing - swim, fun & fitness all year round. We will be holding a special Open House just for them on Sunday, June 12th from 11am-12 noon; light summer refreshments will be served. We invite them not only to see the facilities and hear about the special membership offer during the Open House but to stay and enjoy the outdoor swim club as well. Please pass this information on to any of your friends from the former Island Swim Club. As a bonus for you, when you refer an Island Swim Club member to the “J” you will receive a special gift when they join! Stop by the Membership office for details! Sunday, June 12, 11am -12 noon

31st Annual Golf and Tennis Classic (see back cover) This year will mark the 31st year the JCC will hold its major fundraiser, the Annual Golf & Tennis Classic which benefits the Isador Aberlin-Ed Rovner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over the history of this event, more than $1,200,000 has been raised and distributed to needy children in the form of camp and nursery school scholarships. To help us meet our goal, we gratefully acknowledge the generosity of IDB as this year’s Presenting Sponsor. Izzy Aberlin, JCC president from 1950-1952, was deeply committed to fulfilling the camp and preschool needs of deserving children. Ed Rovner, a lifelong friend and fellow JCC Board member with Izzy, was always a major supporter of the outing and so his name was added to the event’s title upon his passing. Just as Isador Aberlin and Ed Rovner felt strongly about their commitment to the Jewish Community Center and the children of Staten Island, so do the honorees who have been chosen this year to receive special recognition at the dinner which will cap off a wonderful day of golf and tennis at the Richmond County Country Club on Monday, July 25, 2011. Alan Poritz will receive the “JCC Distinguished Service Award”. Alan is president of CleanSwift Maintenance, Inc., a residential and commercial cleaning business. He is a vice president of the JCC Board of Directors and has been a co-chair of the Golf & Tennis Classic for 10 years. Alan serves on the JCC Capital Campaign Committee, Fundraising and Finance Committees. He is an active member of the SI Chamber of Commerce and the SI Home Improvement Contractors Association. He is also a board member of the SI Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurse Association of SI, Hillel of College of SI and a member of the South Shore Rotary for 33 years. Community Resources will receive the “JCC Community Service Award”. They are one of the metropolitan area’s premiere comprehensive providers for people with developmental disabilities. Under the umbrella of Community Resources, Special Tees was established in 1995 as a non-profit small business specializing in the production of a full line of custom screen printed merchandise. Their mission is to provide training and employment to traditionally “unemployable” individuals in a controlled, secure environment that understands the difficulties of daily functioning for those with mental illness or developmental disability. The SI Chamber of Commerce will receive the “JCC Pride of Staten Island Award.” They have been serving the borough since 1895. The Chamber acts as the borough’s business resource center providing business referrals daily, networking opportunities, legislative involvement, community and media access and a “Help Desk” hotline. Their committees work hard addressing issues that affect the most current needs of the community, and they offer a wide variety of special events for their membership all while guaranteeing that the best interests of the community at large are served. Please join us to show your support for these most worthy recipients. Whether you come to play golf, tennis, attend the dinner or become a tee sponsor, remember you are helping a child enjoy an enriching experience in our nursery school or camp who otherwise would not be able to attend. To participate, or for any questions, please call Sylvia Cohen, Special Events Coordinator at 718-475-5246 or email 4 JCC Bulletin

Aquatics Claudia McLaughlin, Aquatics Director


As the summer swim season is about to get underway, please be reminded of the following rules for the pool area and please review these rules with your children. • 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 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 • Must be able to swim before going onto 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…) • Guest Policy to be determined Please make sure you listen to the lifeguards, follow all rules and be courteous and respectful to all members.

Outdoor Pool Schedule

Family Park at Henry Kaufman Campgrounds

Extra! Extra! Due to member interest the Summer Swim Hours in June are expanded! Please see below the added time you can spend enjoying one of the best amenities in the best Community Center on Staten Island!

The pool at Henry Kaufman Campgrounds will open on Sunday, July 17. Join us for fun in the sun at the pool! Get out of the heat in August in the beautiful woods of HKC. You can also have a great outdoor pool party where little ones can splash in the “kiddie pool” or play games in the big pool. HKC Hours: Sunday, July 17 12pm-5pm Sunday, August 7, 14 and 21 12pm-5pm August 21 is Member Appreciation Day. Spend the day and enjoy the Entertainment and BBQ! Watch for details.

Outdoor Pool Schedule Opening day Sunday, May 29 12pm–5pm Monday, Memorial Day, May 30 12pm–5pm We will be open every day from 12pm to 5pm until Saturday June 25, 10am-6:30pm and then we will follow the schedule below: Weekday Schedule Starting Monday, June 27, Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6:30pm Pool closes Monday, Labor Day, September 5

Pool Parties

Shavuot Please note both the indoor and outdoor pools close 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 7 and reopen Friday, June 10 normal hours

Enjoy a fantastic hour of fun and games in our pool for a party that will be remembered by all! You can choose the outdoor pool at HKC or our beautiful indoor pool at the Bernikow for a splashing good time! To plan your pool party, contact Melissa Kraker at 718.475.5274 or

Private Swim Lessons-Youth & Adults

Richmond Aquatics Club @ the JCC

Nothing benefits the young swimmer more than personalized instruction. Have your child work one on one with a qualified instructor. Or for those adults who want to be active and learn the basic skills to enjoy being in the water. Scheduled by appointment only. Beginning at the current level of the child/adult and working towards American Red Cross Level skills. Fee: 30 minutes: $30M/$40NM; 45 minutes: $40M/$55

This United States Swim Team begins in September and runs through August. This is the perfect program for an established competitive swimmer. The team is made of four training groups from the ages of 8 – 18. Placement into one of the two groups will be based on experience, ability level and a tryout administered by the coaches. There are two breaks built in to the training year, one in April and one in August.

Susan Perel, Camp Committee Co-Chair and JCC Treasurer was presented a UJA Young Leaders in Collective Responsibility Award on April 6. Also pictured Sue Sappin, Vice President of the JCC Board of Directors.

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Part of the groovin’ fun at the ECE Matzah Ball

Bernikow Fitness Eileen Yard, Director of Wellness Services 718.475.5211

Community News

Personal Training June Special 5 One Hour Sessions for $275!

TRX Classes Train your core along with the rest of your body with this great workout! Wednesday, 5pm Sunday, 11am Thursday, 6pm Monday, 10am Tuesday, 6pm Regularfee: $15 per class June Special -15 classes for $150! Space is limited! Reservations are recommended

Shedding for the Wedding

Beiles and Auerbach Honored On May 15, Arnie Beiles – JCC Board member and former president – was honored by Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) at its 44th anniversary celebration. Just one week later on May 22, Roger Auerbach – JCC Board member and Senior Vice President – was honored at the UJA-Federation of New York annual community breakfast. Both gentlemen were chosen because of their proven leadership and dedication to the JCC and the larger community. Yasher koach!

Jewish Historical Trip Jewish Historical Society of Staten Island & Temple Israel Overnight Bus Trip to National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA June 15 – Just a few spaces left. Call 718.761.3509 or for information.

Temple Israel Reform Congregation

Personal Training discounts for brides, grooms, wedding parties and guests. Six week package includes two 1 hour one-on-one personal training sessions plus one TRX session per week. $550 - Must be purchased by June 30!

For information call 718.727.2231 Family Services - all the children are invited up to the Bimah. Friday, June 3, 7:30pm Tot Shabbat- perfect for children 5 years and younger Friday, June 17, 6:30pm

New Body Pump Launch Track 77 Sunday, June 12, 9:15am and 10:15am Get a Buddy Pass and Bring a Friend

Special Needs Jayne Smith, Special Needs Director


We all know that autism touches more than just the individual. Many times other family members are affected as well. Each family member feels the struggle and sometimes that struggle develops into a passion to help others. Recently, two young girls from St. Joseph Hill Academy ran a bake and earring sale. Tess Hall and Julia DeFazio spent their free time making over 200 pair of earrings and baking cookies and cupcakes. They even solicited local bakeries for donations. Their efforts Tess Hall raised $1500 which they decided to donate to our program for the children with autism. For one of the girls, this community service fundraiser was personal, as her brother attends the Kids Club for Special Kids, an after school program for children with autism. She is proud of her brother and his accomplishments and wants to see these programs continue for other children. For their hard work and efforts, we acknowledge their support and passion.

Julia DeFazio

Music for Autism

Broadway stars Jarrod Emich and Sarah Darling rocked the J at the Music for Autism concert on May 8. (sponsored by the North Shore Rotary Club). JCC Bulletin


Bernikow Wellness Eileen Yard, Director of Wellness Services


June is Cancer Survivors Month Fight Cancer with Food by Jennifer Griffin For the thousands of individuals who face the devastating realities and day-to-day battle with breast cancer, FOX News Channel correspondent Jennifer Griffin offers her warrior mentality: When she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, she chose to fight. Jennifer is determined to become insufferably healthy and has changed her lifestyle. She offers the nutritional advice she follows from Dr. Aaron Tabor, author of Fight Now: Eat and Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer. There are 500 new breast cancer cases diagnosed every day in America. More than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year. I would describe this as an epidemic—1 in 3 women will be diagnosed in our lifetime! These are among the nutritional and lifestyle changes I follow and recommend in the fight against cancer. Vegetables Eat raw carrots. Harvard researchers have found young women who eat two or more servings of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables (oranges, broccoli, carrots, romaine lettuce and spinach) had a 17 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Green Tea Green tea consumption may reduce your breast cancer risk by up to 53 percent. Drink 2 to 4 cups a day—make a pot and drink it cold in the summer, too. A University of Southern California research team found green tea lowered breast cancer risk by up to 53 percent. Fiber High-fiber foods lower your risk by 42 percent. Fish Omega-3 oils from salmon (wild-caught only, please) reduce your risk by up to 94 percent. I tried to eat salmon once a week. And during the chemo when I was really anemic (low red-blood-cell count), I did eat some meat—grass-fed only—beef, liver and veal. My body was craving the iron, so listen to your body. I even drank "beef tea" when I felt really anemic (top sirloin steak extract). Flaxseed Flaxseed may reduce risk by 54 percent, according to recent studies—

eat your lignans! If you don't know about Chia seeds, get to know them fast. They are like flax on steroids (high in anti-oxidants, fiber, calcium). They are a whole food, and they make you very strong. Walnuts Two ounces—just half a handful—of walnuts per day reduces your risk. Fruit A few apples a day may keep breast cancer at bay—eat them with skins. Pomegranates may reduce breast cancer risk by up to 87 percent, according to another recent study. Broccoli and Cabbage Broccoli actually kills cancer cells, according to some studies. I used two cookbooks that were life savers: Rebecca Katz's The Cancer Fighting Kitchen and One Bite at a Time. The second one is for chemo patients. It has amazing tips and basically shows you what cancer-fighting quality every fruit and vegetable out there has. So you start realizing you need to eat a lot of kale and you find yourself buying a lot of cabbage because "Cancer hates cabbage." I sometimes had coleslaw for breakfast—it got that crazy. But I had it easy. My friends banded together to have a personal chef, Christine Merkle, deliver healthy vegan food twice a week. I was extraordinarily lucky.

The Pink Program The Breast Cancer Survivors Fitness Plan. Enhance your strength, balance, cardio and more! Six week program. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7pm. Ongoing. Fee: $175M/225NM

Spa Special Get your feet sandal ready with a Spa Pedicure only $20

RSJ Bella Smorgoskaya, Director


Jewels of Jewish Heritage- Father’s Day Concert

Puppet Theater

We dedicate this unique concert to our fathers as we have the M Generation Choir along with jazz duo Israeli Simon Lipkovich and American Gene Drob. M Generation Choir is a project of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, a Chabad organization servicing the Russian-Jewish community for over 35 years. They are 12 boys between the ages of 5 and 12. They sing songs in English, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish. The group won 1st place at the 2003 International Chanukah Awards in Germany, featuring Jewish performers from over 17 countries. They have performed nationally and internationally in Canada, Dominican Republic, New York, New Jersey and beyond. RSVP! Tickets: $25M/$30NM $35 at the door Sunday, June 19, 4pm

Enjoy a special puppet theater performance of the children’s classic Doctor Dolittle! in Russian Tickets: $10; snacks and light refreshments are included Sunday, June 26, 3pm

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For information about these or any other RSJ programs, please call Bella, 718.475.5262.

Arts & Culture Orit Lender, Program Director


JCC SI Film Festival Screenings-FREE Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story This documentary explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, our nation’s most iconic institution. More than a film about sports, it is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes.These powerful personal and historical stories are interwoven with an extraordinary collection of rare archival footage and photos, and a musical score ranging from Benny Goodman to Yo-Yo Ma to Rush. Dustin Hoffman narrates this engaging story of great drama, unforgettable games, and the broad sweep of American history. Sunday, June 12, 1pm

Murray Berman Art @ the J Gallery Jewish Lens-Youth Photography Exhibit Expressing their Jewish identity The Jewish Lens is a gateway to the exploration and discovery of Jewish identity, values, and Peoplehood. Through the use of photography and experiential Jewish curricula, our JCC teens establish their own link to Jewish connectivity while advancing the value of Klal Yisrael celebrating the colorful tapestry of Jewish Peoplehood. Through the end of June

Flower Arranging Workshop Free Tuesday, June 21, 6-7pm Call 718.475.5212 for reservations

Johnny “D”& the Decades Enjoy the music, dance with the oldies and bring your friends for another unforgettable evening! There will be dessert and light refreshments. Tuesday, June 21, 6-7pm $18M/$23NM

JCC - One of the Best Places to Work!

Green Spotlight Going Green- Community Wide Art Show- July-August The JCC has been undergoing a green transformation for nearly 2 years now. The Art @ the J Committee is looking to extend that vision to an art exhibit as well. We’re seeking artists who have an enironmental theme or create art out of found materials. The Murray Berman Art @ the J Gallery is a space for wall art. Stand alone sculptures are, unfortunately, unacceptable for our exhibits. If you are interested in submitting work, two pieces of art - fee $25, please contact Ela Seeley for more information at 718.475.5263 We are proud to announce that our JCC was singled out as one of the very best places to work on Staten Island with 100+ employees. We received the plaque above at the SI Economic Development Council awards ceremony along with the Hilton Garden Inn, National Grid and Staten Island University Hospital. Congratulations to all of us on this prestigious honor!

Beer Tasting & Jazz Steve Matteo from New York City Council Member Jim Oddo’s staff presents an award to JCC Executive Director David Sorkin recognizing the JCC’s leadership on environmental stewardship.

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Avis Fitness Melissa Kraker, Health & Fitness Director


Carol’s Corner Now that the warm weather has arrived, it’s time to shed those winter pounds. A fun and beneficial solution is right here in your Avis Group Fitness Classes! We provide a safe and motivating atmosphere with certified, friendly instructors. We aid in helping you obtain a healthier, leaner turn you will be proud and feel great about yourself post class! • Our popular Wednesday, 8:30am Zumba class is back by popular demand. • We now offer our newest class, Core & More which is a combo of Pilates, yoga and strength on Mondays at 7pm. • Tuesday evening Cardio Kick Boxing is now offered at an earlier convenient time of 7pm. Here at the Avis JCC we offer a well stocked menu of fun, exciting and very motivating classes to help you achieve your fitness goals! So what are you waiting for? Grab a towel and a water bottle and let’s lower those cholesterol levels together through group fitness classes. For more information, please call Carol at ext. 1205.

Member Spotlight: Sal Lalicata, age 71 Sal is new to the fitness center. Since he retired he has the luxury of spending the day with his new fitness friends. He joined initially because the SIUH cardio rehab center closed and he heard the JCC was the next best thing and it was the best decision he made! • His exercise regimen is 30 minutes daily of cardio including the treadmill, pulleys, leg press, row press, light chest press and bicep curls • His healthy diet consists of chicken, fish, veggies and fruits • Sal continues to be a member because of the reasonable fee, the surplus of machines and friendly environment • A special touch to him is see/read about all the good work the JCC does with fundraisers, charities, social, etc

• He has 5 children, 5 grandchildren and loves golf!! • He wishes he had enough time in his busy day to use all the equipment at the facility because he could spend hours here…hey we don’t mind!

HKC Birthday Pool Party This summer is a great time to throw an outdoor pool party at our Henry Kaufman Campgrounds. The atmosphere is ideal for swimming, t-ball, soccer and picnic style food for your family and friends on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons. Our party rates are very reasonable too and you use our covered pavilion for shelter and shade during the hazy, hot and happy days of summer! We now offer parties for adults too in which you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of over 100 acres of outdoor recreational space with your special guests!! Plus you and your buddies can grill on the BBQ, play softball, basketball and even utilize our boating lake ….post birthday cake of course! Our energetic and friendly party hosts spearhead two hours of fun and games for all the guests! Please contact Melissa at or 718.475.5274 for further details.

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 to our fitness center which is 718.475.5270 ext. 1205. • Have a happy and healthy summer and note that our hours of operation are standard all year round!! • Please stop by to use our new heavy bag and speed bag! Plus if you feel it’s time to develop extreme work capacity, take joint mobility to the next level, optimize hormones and brain health, achieve much needed stress reduction and restoration, then it’s time for you to sample our new Kettle bells and maximize the unique benefits of this versatile weight. • We are open July 4, 8:30am-12:30pm JCC birthday party & Dance Factory update: Please be on the lookout this summer for our new Dance Factory and JCC Birthday Parties Info Folders!

Early Childhood Jayne Smith, 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! Jayne & Jill

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Fruit Salad, Yummy, Yummy! Bring the whole family to the Early Childhood Playground as we attempt to make Staten Island’s largest Fruit Salad! Also joining us will be nutritionist Melissa Assael-Diaz to answer any questions and provide information on healthy lifestyle choices for you and your children. Bernikow JCC/Early Childhood Playground. Fee: 2 pieces of fruit per person. Sunday, June 12, 11am–1pm

Lookin’ Good Mr. Potato Head Miss Frada’s UPK class takes Mr. Potato Head in a whole new direction planting seeds!

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


Free Workshops For information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or COVER LETTERS & THANK YOU NOTES Wednesday, June 15, 10am The right cover letter can get you in the door ... and a bad one can easily take you out of the running! Find out how to stand out among your peers and how to showcase your skills and experience to get you in the door. Your cover letter augments your resume, doesn't repeat or replace it! We will also discuss the style, tone, content and length of thank you notes, after you have interviewed. CARING FOR YOUR PARENTS: ELDER LAW AND LONG-TERM CARE Monday, June 20, 10am This joint legal/financial NYLAG workshop is designed to help children who are facing economic challenges of caring for elderly parents or who are preparing for their golden years. Topics will include: the New Obama Health Care Program, Medicare, health insurance options, living wills, estate planning, long term nursing or assisted living insurance, and retirement planning.

Jewish Women's Project - Attention All Poets and Writers Wednesday, June 15 The JCC Jewish Women's Project is planning an evening of Staten Island Jewish women poets and writers in June. We are looking for women who are interested in reading from their original works. If you would like to become part of this event, please send a copy of what you intend to read with your name, so it can be distributed as part of the evening's program. For more information, contact Sara Cohen at 718.475.5242 or or Boni Sussman, 917.664.0725.

Ulpan/Hebrew Traveling to Israel? Learn to speak and/or read with fun and ease. The instructor is experienced and talented, a Hebrew speaking native and fluent in English. Bernikow JCC

Beginners: Learn Hebrew grammar in a structured yet informal setting. Wednesday, 8:15-9:30pm Intermediate: Improve your conversation in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere! Monday, 7:00-8:15pm Hebrew Reading Learn to read and write Hebrew in a small and relaxed setting. No previous knowledge of the aleph-bet is necessary. Wednesday: 7:00-8:10pm Beginners Classes are taught by Yaffit Efraim, an experienced, talented and creative Hebrew speaking native. All classes are subject to minimum enrollment. For more information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or

Israeli Folk Dance A unique activity for your mind and body. Dance the night away with instructors Sara and Jane. Practice traditional steps, learn new dances and have fun with others who love Israeli Folk Dancing. All ages are welcome. Light refreshment will be served. Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm (beginners); 8:30–10:30pm (intermediates and advanced) FREE for members/$5NM For information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or

Café Europa Sunday, June 26, 10am–12pm For Holocaust survivors and their guests Emil Jacoby - “My Father’s Precious Legacy”; his daughter Rachel Borenstein shares the tresured art of her father Emil who survived the Holocaust. The program includes musical selections by flutist Linda Keltz who has performed for the community Yom Hashoah Program for the last several years. If you know any Holocaust survivors who would be interested in participating in this wonderful program, please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or

Senior Adults Esther Jacobson, Senior Adult Services Director

Avis/South Shore Seniors MEDICARE PART D INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSIONS Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30am PARTY FOR PEOPLE CELEBRATING THEIR “90’S” Tuesday, June 21, 11am FOLKSBIENNE YIDDISH THEATRE THE ADVENTURES OF HERSHELE OSTROPOLYER Wednesday, June 22, 11:30am BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING Thursday, June 23, 10:30 am CURRENT EVENTS Thursday, June 9 & 23, 12:45 pm Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact Jodie or Eileen for more information


SeniorNet SeniorNet of SI, Inc. which has been providing classes for community seniors 55 plus since 1993 at the JCC, has had elections for members of its Board. Bertram Bleiman is our new President replacing outgoing President Beatrice Victor. John Brady has been reelected as Vice-President, Vincent Grecco remains as secretary and Anthony Barravecchio is treasurer replacing Mel Gluckstern. The new Board, working with its Committee structure is planning for the Summer Session of classes that will start on Wednesday the week of July 3. Watch for the Registration date. At this time anticipated classes include Intro I, Intro 1 on Laptop, Intro 2, Adobe PhotoShop and Geneaology. The time and dates of classes vary. Applications are being prepared to be sent to those who are on the mailing list. To add your name to the mailing list or for more information call 718.475.5200 then press 8 and ext. 1182 or use our website Some Samuel Finkelstein scholarships are available. JCC Bulletin 13

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Adults Orit Lender, Program Director 718.475.5227

Fundraising & Development

Daily Card Games: • Mondays and Thursdays, Canasta, 10am • Tuesdays – Open Mah Jongg, 9- 2:45pm • Tuesday Evenings – Open Mah Jongg/Canasta- 6pm in the “Café”

Book Club Clattering Sparrows by Marilyn Land A story of two friends and Mah Jongg. The story of a friendship begins in 1941 at the start of WWII and spans decades. As an added bonus, at the beginning, the author gives us a history lesson about Mah Jongg. This is the only book that is not in the library. I bought this book at BN for under $12. Thursday, June 16, 12:30pm

Canasta Lessons/Playing by Terry Tancredi Every Thursday, 10am–12pm. Active Adult Lounge Free M/$5NM

Add a Stitch Share an afternoon with friends and laughs while knitting. Knitting and all needle crafts are welcome. Join us on Monday afternoons from 1pm in the Active Adult Lounge. The Lending Library is open in the Active Adult Lounge. Share a book and open a book.

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 comunity.

Tributes Wishing Ira Einhorn a Speedy & Complete Recovery - Eileen & Alan Bernstein - Phyllis & Edward Elman In Honor of Loretta Schwartz for her kindness and Mitzvah for my daughter Heidi - Bonnie Bender

facilitated by Shelly Burko

New Year & Memorial Bulletin

Anita Bruckmeir, Development Director 718.475.5234

In Memory of Benjamin Sherman, Beloved Great Grandfather of Danny Lefkowitz - Meirav Lev-Ari, David Sorkin, the Board and Staff of the JCC In Memory of Muriel Trachman, Beloved Mother of Lisa Karlin & Family - Meirav Lev-Ari, David Sorkin, the Board and Staff of the JCC The beautiful JCC Tribute Card is a wonderful way to mark a lifecycle event, birthday, or just a thank you to someone you hold dear. In addition to mailing the card to the designated recipient, an acknowledgement of the tribute is listed in the JCC’s monthly Bulletin. To purchase a card, please contact Chana Cilento at 718.475.5243 or email


Green Spotlight: Seen at the JCC Lag B’Omer Community BBQ on May 22 Joe LaMourte, an employee of the Avis/South Shore JCC became Optimus Prime from the Transformers out of a self made costume from recycled materials. He’s with Muhametali Canka, a student from Tottenville High School who, as part of the JCC Beacon Afterschool Program, helped build and will be a driver of a solar powered race car, "The Green Pirate," scheduled to race in the Winston Solar Car Challenge in Texas this June.

Please watch for information by e-mail and mail this summer.

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Designed to assist those in the Jewish community in need Partners with: • FEGS for employment services • NYLAG for legal services & financial counseling • MET Council for crisis intervention services • JBFCS for psycho-social services

“We give you the place to come to when you need the help you never thought you would need.”

Call 718.475.5228 to begin services “The Jewish Community at Work for You!” 16 JCC Bulletin

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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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We accept all major credit cards


Choose from: • JCC Music Parties • Princess Party • JCC Aquatics Pool Party • Animal Encounter • Dance Factory at the JCC • JCC Sports Sampler • Created by JCC Ceramics • and more

2 hour basic birthday party package includes pizza, soda, cake and paper goods

Your Birthday Party will include a Party Planner and Party hosts for a 2 hour party in our state-of-the-art JCC facility. In addition, each party package includes 10 complimentary 1 day guest passes for your guests to use our fitness center or pool while their child is partying away!!

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Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island invites you to a

Gala Tribute Dinner honoring

Joe Harris and Dick Kuhn recipients of the

Allan Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award

Sunday, June 12, 2011 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island, New York Cocktails 6:00 pm RSVP by May 31, 2011

Dinner 7:00 pm Black Tie Optional

Weissglass Gala Evening is Planned as Tribute to Beloved Members On Sunday evening, June 12, the Jewish Community Center will pay tribute to long-time members Joe Harris and Dick Kuhn. To honor them, a gala black-tie evening is being planned at which they will be presented with the prestigious Allan Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award. The award is given to individuals who have shown dedication through lifelong commitment to the JCC, thus enriching and strengthening Jewish life and identity on Staten Island. Recipients have served as agents for social change and human betterment and have demonstrated vision and leadership in the Jewish community at large. Both Joe Harris and Dick Kuhn exemplify the criteria for receiving this award, not only for their dedication, leadership and generosity to the JCC, but also their work on behalf of other Staten Island organizations. Individually or together, they have been involved with and worked toward the betterment of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, Young Israel of Staten Island, On Your Mark, the Verrazano Foundation and UJA-Federation of New York. Overall Chairs of this event are Robin Lefkowitz and Jackie Reiter. Dick Kuhn They have given much of their time making sure this will be a special evening for Joe and Dick. Ronit Lapid, Gala Chair, will be adding her creative flair and ensuring that details such as flowers, food, and dĂŠcor will transform the Stolzenberg Social Hall into an elegant event space. Dr. Dennis Bloomfield, Elaine Bloomfield and Mindy Einhorn, Program Chairs, are creating a loving tribute to both honorees. A beautiful memorabilia-filled journal will be presented to the honorees and all attendees. The Fundraising Chairs, Susan Perel and Jon Salmon, a past recipient of this award, encourage you to participate by becoming a sponsor and letting our honorees know how much they have meant to us and the entire Jewish community. To participate in the journal, or if you have not yet responded to our invitation, you may do so by Joe Harris contacting Sylvia Cohen, JCC Special Events Coordinator at 718.475.5246 or To leave a congratulatory message or for more information visit the Weissglass blog at


GOLF & TENNIS CLASSIC Title Sponsor: IDB Bank For the Benefit of the

Isador Aberlin-Ed Rovner Scholarship Fund providing Camp & Nursery School Scholarships

Monday, July 25, 2011 Richmond County Country Club Join Us As We Honor Alan Poritz JCC Distinguished Service Award Community Resources JCC Community Service Award Staten Island Chamber of Commerce JCC Pride of Staten Island Award


For registration/sponsorship information, please contact Sylvia Cohen at 718.475.5246 or Visit our blog at You gotta be in it to win it! Your chances of winning with the JCC’s golf & tennis grand Raffle are greater than Lotto, Powerball or win For Life, so give us a try! anyone interested in purchasing a raffle, please contact Sylvia Cohen at 718.475.5246 or