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Fundraising & Development Anita Bruckmeir, Development Director 718.475.5234

In Jewish tradition, we are asked to recognize that some in our communities may be suffering hardship. It is our duty to assist those in need. This act of giving, called tzedakah, is considered to be a mitzvah or “good deed”. We may feel fortunate in our own lives to be blessed with a good family or just to be employed when so many others are not. It is natural to feel that we are fortunate in our everyday lives and at the same time feel compelled to reach out to those who desperately need help. Questions and uncertainty arise: Who do we help? Do we give to an individual, or an organization? Can we afford to? Can we afford not to? Are we able to really make a difference in someone’s life? While we may struggle to answer these questions, the JCC has provided answers. By delivering vital services and programs to thousands of needy individuals and families in our community, we have answered the call. Whether it is providing kosher meals to home-bound seniors or providing camp and nursery school scholarships for families, the JCC continues to give and reach out to all who need help. We rely on your generosity to provide the financial resources necessary to carry out our mission. There are several ways you can give to the JCC which make a difference in the lives of our community’s most needy. Please consider making a donation through our Tribute Program, sponsoring an event or program or starting a scholarship or fund in a family member’s name. Contact Kevin Brosnick, Director of Individual Giving, at 718.475.5256 or

Tributes In Honor of Matthew Titone on his marriage to Giosue Pugliese - David Sorkin, the Board and Staff of the Jewish Community Center In Memory of Lew Werb, Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather - David Sorkin, the Board and Staff of the Jewish Community Center - Sylvia & Howard Cohen - Rick Lechtman - Marie, Egon, Meryl, Jon, Linda and Henry Salmon In Honor of Alan & Freya Poritz and their daughter Rachel on the birth of her son Liam - Sue Sappin, David Sorkin and the Board & Staff of the Jewish Community Center In Memory of Trevor William Faurot, Beloved Son of Grant & Helen Faurot & Fiancé of Gina Stellabotte - Vicki Roitman In Honor of Beatrice Victor receiving the Elizabeth Connelly Women in Leadership Award from the Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus - David Sorkin, the Board and Staff of the Jewish Community Center To honor or remember someone in this way, please contact Chana Cilento, Development Associate at 718-475-5243 or

Did You Know The JCC is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative called the Literacy Zone Program. Literacy Zones were developed by the New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department to close the achievement gap in urban and rural communities of concentrated poverty and large numbers of families and individuals with limited literacy or English language proficiency. The program provides a systemic focus on meeting the literacy needs of communities, from birth to adult. The JCC, in partnership with Project Hospitality, El Centro del Inmigrante and Make the Road New York now has two Family Welcome Centers at which interested individuals can obtain comprehensive services focusing on offering them pathways out of poverty. Services include the following: • A continuum of literacy services from early childhood through adult, including strong support for parent involvement in their child’s literacy development at home and engagement with the school system. • Assistance and support for at-risk youth to enable them to complete high school and succeed in post-secondary education or advanced training. • Post-secondary transition that enable out-of-school youth and adults to attain a high school equivalency diploma and succeed in post-secondary education. • Programs that enable out-of-school youth and adults who are receiving public assistance, food stamps, or families with family incomes less than 200% of poverty to obtain and retain employment. • Pathways to citizenship and English language proficiency for limited English language adults. • Workforce development programs, including apprenticeship, career and technical education, and career pathways. • Support for mature workers and senior citizens to enable them to stay out of poverty.


Arts & Culture Orit Lender, Program Director


Fall Film Series Anniversary of Kristalnacht – Film and Book Discussion- FREE Presented by Dr. Martin Garfinkle Winston Churchill Walking with Destiny Walking with Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940, but without him, the War most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, historical consultant for the film and Churchill's official biographer, adds that had Churchill's warnings about Nazi Germany's racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930's, the Holocaust may never have occurred. The film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats. The Lion’s Roar A uniquely powerful book illustrating how ordinary people can pick themselves from the ordinary and become extraordinary by learning and practicing the wisdom shared with them by great leaders of the past. Garfinkle combines the wisdom of Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt into a weekly guide to give readers a pathway on how to feel better, live better and enjoy a better less stressful life. Thursday, November 10, 7pm Rashevski’s Tango A Dance of Love, Family, Religion What does it mean to be Jewish? Three generations of the Rashevski family grapple with the question, after the death of Rose, the secular matriarch who believed that the tango would make all troubles disappear. Charming and endearing, the characters confront issues of relationships, family, religion, love, romance, and interfaith marriage. Stolzenberg Social Hall Fee: $8M/$10NM Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm

Art at the J Interesting. Intriguing. Stimulating. Exhibit by Dominick Denaro November - December Artist’s Reception Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm Murray Berman Art at the J Gallery

It Happened in Italy-

FREE by Elizabeth Bettina Hear the true story of Italian resistance to the Holocaust. MEET THE AUTHOR - Elizabeth Bettina She will be joined by Jews who survived in Italy who will give first hand accounts of rescue and resistance.The story tells about Italian internment camps, families torn apart and reunited and how approximately eighty percent of the Jews in Italy survived. She unearths “survival and goodness amidst evil” in World War II Italy and miraculous discoveries in the New York City area (and in the U.S.) Guest Speaker Jerome Krase, Ph.D. Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor - Brooklyn College. Co-sponsored by National Organization for Italian American Women (NOIAW) RSVP: Marsha Fleischmann 718.475.5260 Monday, November 14, 7:30pm Cooking Class Thai Cuisine Why order out when you can learn how easy the tantalizing art of Thai cooking can be. Thai cuisine marries many sublime flavors including fragrant lemongrass, tangy cilantro and hot chiles. You'll learn how to prepare Thai Summer rolls, pad Thai, chicken and beef sate with peanut sauce, coconut, vegetable curry with forbidden black rice, green mango salad and limeade with lemongrass and fresh mint. Fee: $40M/$45NM Wednesday, December 7, 6:30pm

My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy You don’t have to be Jewish or a waiter to relate to growing up, being an actor, being an actor who waits tables, and persevering through everything life throws at you. Brad’s stand-ups of his childhood, family, career and misbegotten love life are as warm and poignant as they are hilarious! He has appeared on Conan O’Brian, Comedy Central, and the David Letterman Show as well as opening act for Joan Rivers. Tickets online at or at front desks: $18 members/$25 non members Contact Orit 718.475.5227 or Bernikow JCC Date postponed. Watch for recheduled date.


Senior Adult Services Avis/South Shore Join us for a Veteran’s Day ceremony honoring all of our Veterans! Thursday, November 10, 11:30am Elderplan is sponsoring a Reflexology and Benefits program Tuesday, November 15, 12:45–1:45pm Thanksgiving Party Join us for good food, great entertainment with Peter Joseph and lots of fun! The price for this party is $8 Tuesday, November 22, 11am Blood Pressure Monitoring Have your blood pressure taken by a nurse with VNA Once a month 10:30am

Annual Holiday Bazaar FREE ADMISSION The Jewish Community Center will be hosting its Annual Holiday Bazaar. The event will feature a large selection of vendors selling items such as jewelry, candles, scarves, hats, gifts, toys,hand crafted soap and local many artisans displaying their creations. Food may be purchased at our Grillz @ Cafe J. Also featured: raffles with lovely prizes just in time for the holiday season! All proceeds benefit the Senior Services Programs at the JCC. Bernikow JCC. Vendors: To reserve a table please contact Laura Del Prete 718.475.5281 Sunday, December 11, 10am-4pm

Medicare Part D Yelena Akhiyezer, consultant with HICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program) is available to assist with any questions regarding stand-alone Part D plans, the Low Income Subsidy, EPIC and Medicare Savings and Advantage Plans. every Tuesday at 10:30am Dates and times are subject to change

JCC of Staten Island Selected to Create the Borough’s Only Innovative Senior Center The JCC is proud to be the only Staten Island site, and one of only eight selected city-wide, for the Innovative Senior Center program as announced by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Department for the Aging on October 19, 2011. Called the Center for Life Long Development (CLLD), this dynamic new concept for those 60+ at the JCC Bernikow Center is scheduled to open sometime late winter 2012. The JCC will be hosting public information sessions later in the year to provide additional details. The diverse programs will focus on health and wellness, technology, arts and culture, intergenerational programs, and social action and many will be in collaboration with other organizations. It will be free of charge and open to all borough adults in this age group. The JCC is excited to be a Center that will give adults 60+ a whole new model for wellness on Staten Island. Please watch future issues of the Bulletin for updates.

JCC Executive Director David Sorkin and Mayor Bloomberg making announcement at the Bernikow JCC on October 19. 4

Executive Director David Sorkin, Congressman Michael Grimm, Bobby Amir-Shahi of Time Warner Cable and Commissioner of Youth and Community Development Jeanne B. Mulgrav join students at Carter Center Technology Center unveiling.

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

718.475.5231 718.475.5232

Upcoming fun and exciting programs at the Bernikow JCC for grades UPK through 6th! Remember that siblings pay half!

Camp Night Join us for this “Night to Reunite” with campers and staff from the summer and enjoy swim, sports, cooking, crafts and games. JCC campers and all others welcome! Fee: $10M/$20NM and siblings pay half! Saturday, November 5, 7–9pm

Sunday Camp Funday Don’t let your Sunday be a bore with this great program where you can pick from your favorite camp activities! Whether you loved cooking, football, dance, music or swim there is sure to be something for you to enjoy! In Advance: $20M/$30NM; at door $25M/$35NM and siblings pay half! Sunday, November 13, 1:30–4:30pm

JCC University Pick your own one-shot workshops from great options such as hockey, wood art, hair and nail design, card tricks and more! Fee: $15M/$25/NM; at door 20M/$30NM and siblings pay half! Saturday, November 19, 6:45–9pm

School’s Out Election Day, November 8 This awesome day begins with incredible sports, swim, game room and cool crafts! Then off to US Roller Rink in Woodbridge, NJ. Skate rental included. (wear socks) Veteran’s Day, November 11 First knock down some pins at Showplace Alley and later enjoy sports, swim, game room and cool crafts. Bernikow JCC Fee: $45 Kidz Klub/$50M/$70NM 9am–5pm with extended hours available

Early Childhood



Bella Smorgoskaya, Director 718.475.5286

Look at What We Learn Sukkot: “The Festival of Booths or Tabernacles,” is the longest and most joyous Jewish festival. It begins on the eve of the fifteenth day of the Jewish month Tishri and is observed for nine days. The observance, which developed among the Jews who farmed the fields and orchards of ancient Palestine, was a harvest time festival. It is also reminiscent of the wanderings of the lsraelites in the wilderness after their deliverance, when they lived in booths or huts. Thanksgiving: The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 to celebrate a successful harvest in the new land. The celebration was based on harvest traditions that the colonists brought with them from England. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Chinese Harvest Moon Festival: On the fifteenth day of the Eighth Moon called the Harvest Moon-according to Chinese tradition, the rule of the sun begins to wane. From that day on, the days begin to grow shorter and cooler; the nights grow longer; and once again autumn is in the air. The Chinese believed that on this night the moon is her brightest and fullest. The children in the Early Childhood Center have been exploring the similarities and differences in these Harvest-related holidays. In particular, they discovered that through the roof of the Sukkah, you can see the stars and moon. By studying the cycles of the moon, the children can better understand the Jewish calendar.


Russian Culture The mission of the Russian Cultural Department is to enrich the Staten Island community by presenting high quality cultural arts programs. We are trying to preserve and further Russian and Jewish cultures by seeking opportunities to build on the literature, theatre and music from our Russian speaking community’s past to shape a living legacy for the future. That was the idea behind our Russian Culture week, which just took place. In partnership with Shorefront Y from Brooklyn we had the pleasure of having Dialogue Theatre, presenting “Dark Avenues” by Noble prize winner Ivan Bunin. We also had a great audience who enjoyed Elena Solovey, designated people’s Actor of Russia and the Cannes Film Festival. Our children had a wonderful opportunity to meet Irina Nedelay, a talented Russian artist, who had a wonderful workshop on Dolls of Siberia. At the end of the workshop everyone left with handmade dolls. Throughout the week we had many wonderful programs that focused on different aspects of Russian culture, traditions and holidays and we hope that we’ll have many more Russian Cultural weeks to come in the future. Now we’re working on bringing the Brighton Ballet School of Dance to the J. This dance school is dedicated to provide the highest quality dance education for girls and boys ages 2-19.The BBT School of dance draws on rich traditions of Russian ballet. BBT serves as a cultural oasis, bringing the children into a world where imagination takes flight and all flourish together. JCC will be more than happy to have such a great opportunities for our community to learn the art of Russian Ballet. In November our Sing A-Long program continues and we hope everyone will continue enjoying Russian cultural programs at J. I’d like to invite everyone to share their thoughts and cultural expirations! Give us your feedback and suggestions. We really appreciate it as we go forward! Contact Bella, 718.475.5262 or

Aquatics Claudia McLaughlin, Aquatics Director


Triathalon Training/Masters Training

New York Swim Academy

Coach/instructor Sue Lecarreaux has been swimming competitively all her life. She is a member of USA Swimming, US Masters Swimming, and the American Swimming Coaches Association. She holds certifications in Safety Training for Swim Coaches, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Standard First Aid Training. Since 1998 she has been an active Masters swimmer and has 3 Top Ten listings from FINA, the World Top Ten listings. She currently holds the New York State record for the 400IM since 2006. The new 8 week program will be December 8–January 26 Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 Fee: prorated; call 718.475.5215 for cost

New York Swim Academy offers classes for children at all skill levels for all ages. Our unique and dynamic teaching methods will take your child the whole way from beginner level to the level where they feel comfortable to become a competitive swimmer. Registration process for all new clients begins with a free evaluation class to assess child’s comfort level in the pool. Group lessons: $295M/$395NM for 10 60 minute sessions Private lessons: $30M/$40 for 1 30 minute session Students can join lessons at any time. Lessons are ongoing, year round. For more information please contact us at 347.982.5656 or

Richmond Aquatics Club

Private Swim Lessons

The Richmond Aquatics Club @ the JCC is a program that recognizes that the swimmers entrusted to us are people first and swimmers second. We will meet swimmers where they are athletically and do everything possible to help them become better swimmers, teammates and people. We will provide an environment where success is not only possible but is inevitable through hard work, dedication and commitment to personal and team goals. The Richmond Aquatics Club @ the JCC will constantly work to create a team atmosphere where everyone feels like they are a part of this great experience. Anyone who wishes to try-out must email Coach Gibbons at or call the pool at 718.475.5215.

Schedule a private lesson with a member of our professional lifeguard staff today! Lessons can be scheduled at your leisure. There is so much to gain from learning to swim one-on-one. Our instructors are there to help you and/or your child feel safe in the water. Whether you are new to the waterfront, or are familiar with the water, we are here to help you improve your swimming skills. Private swim lessons are an excellent way to build confidence in the water. Most of all, our instructors urge all swimmers - new, experienced, child or adult to build a love of the water and most of all to have fun. For more information, call Claudia McLaughlin, Aquatic Program Director 718-475-5215. .

JCC Pre-Competitive/Richmond Aquatics (ages 6 – 18) Open to swimmers who want to stay in shape and fine tune stroke mechanics year round. Focus is on the four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly and also promotes the perfection of starts and turns. Team members participate in a team atmosphere without the pressure of competition. This program is designed for beginner swimmers with basic knowledge in all strokes, to the more advanced swimmer not quite ready for competition. This is an ongoing program. Please call for tryout times and appointments. There are two sessions from September - March and March -August. Fee for each session: $275M/$410NM (pro-rated) A Special Needs Program For the child who needs extra car due to developmental conditions. A Special Needs Program helps children who need special assistance with the development of motor skills as it exercises the joints and muscles in their body. (5 sessions) Fee: $150M/$225NM Tuesday, November 17 - December 15, 3:30-4:30pm

Babies R Swimming “Baby Nemos” age 6 months–2 1/2 years Put your child on the path to swimming. Introduces infants/toddlers to the pool with the comfort of their caregiver. An adult must accompany the child in the pool for the entire lesson. Sunday, November 6- December 11, 10:15-11am or Tuesday, November 8- December 15, 10:30am-11:15am and Thursday, November 10, 10:30-11:15am Fee: Sunday Classes: $150M/$225NM; Tuesday & Thursday Classes: $200M/$300NM

Swimming Lessons: The American Red Cross Way “Tadpoles, Whales, Sharks and Dolphins”- Level 1 - Level 4 Sunday, November 6 - December 4, 10:15-11am or Tuesday, November 8- December 6, 4:30pm Level 3 and 4. Fee: $150M/$225NM Sunday, November 6- December 4, 11am –12pm or Thursday, November 10 - December 15, 4:30-5:30pm 7


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


Panorama for Jewish Living


Seventh Annual Wagner College Chai Society and Hillel Jewish Culture Series, co-sponsored with the JCC of Staten Island Modern Jewish Movements and the 21st Century This lecture series analyzes the relevance and degree of current communal impact made by the historic Jewish religious, social, and political trends born in the modern period. It explores their ongoing meaningful role and evolution into new forms. As speakers we have scholars and activists with expertise and personal involvement in the thick of Jewish communal life.

Traveling to Israel? Learn to speak and/or read with fun and ease. Beginners- Mondays, 8:15-9:30pm or Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm Hebrew Reading Learn to read and write Hebrew in a small and relaxed setting. No previous knowledge of the aleph-bet is necessary. All classes are taught by Yaffit Efraim, an experienced, talented and creative Hebrew speaking native. Classes are subject to minimum enrollment. Bernikow JCC New beginner’s class starting soon For more information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or

The Lubavitch Hasidim and American Multiculturalism: Defining the Boundaries of Jewishness in a Diverse Society Henry Goldschmidt, Ph.D., Interfaith Center Henry Goldschmidt is the Education Program Associate at the Interfaith Center of New York, a non-profit organization working to build relationships among New York’s religious communities and civic institutions, and to educate New Yorkers about the city’s religious diversity. He is a cultural anthropologist, community educator, and scholar of religious and cultural diversity. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught anthropology and religious studies at Wesleyan University and elsewhere. He is the author of “Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights” and co-editor of “Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas”. Bernikow JCC. Tuesday, November 8, 8pm

Hava Nagila Club "‫ןודעומ‬-‫”הליגנ הבה" רמז‬


Hebrew Sing Along program (with English transliteration). Sing old Hebrew songs, learn new songs or just listen to your friends singing together your favorite tunes from Israel. For information, contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or Bernikow JCC. Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm

Job Fair In collaboration with FEGS, OU Job Board, Connect to Care and the JCC of Staten Island in cooperation with the office of Congressman Michael Grimm. Job seekers can register at Bernikow JCC For more information please contact Yaffa Schonbach, 718.475.5228 or Sara Cohen at Tuesday, November 29, 11am–2pm

Community Programs JLI in Hebrew for our Hebrew Speaking Population Life, Death and In Between For more information visit or to register contact Bernikow JCC Mondays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 7:30pm

Why in the World? Jewish Explorations for the Curious JLI’s Fall course is organized around six central themes, with Jewish facts presented in tandem with texts that cause students to wonder why they never heard this before and why they thought Jews believed something other than what is being presented. Each lesson will encompass a major theme that underlies the particular tidbits of knowledge presented within the lesson, providing students with a broad glimpse into many different aspects of Jewish culture, tradition, and observance. 6 sessions. Bernikow JCC For more information visit or to register contact . Starting Wednesday, November 9, 7:30-9pm

SAVE THE DATE The Acrobatic Twins An acrobatic entertainment for the entire family Bernikow JCC For more information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or Wednesday, December 21


Bernikow Fitness Eileen Yard, Director of Wellness Services


American Diabetes Month

TRX Training

How much exercise do the experts say I need? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest how much activity Americans should do. Keep in mind they are goals, not the place to start. • People with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or the general adult public should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes most days. Walking, gardening, doing yard work, swimming or cleaning house will all work to meet this goal. Anything that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a light sweat. • Children and teens should aim for at least 60 minutes most days. In addition, the Diabetes Prevention Program showed that 150 minutes of physical activity a week (30 minutes, five times a week) helped prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In this study, people also lost 10 to 20 pounds by making changes in their eating habits. Do these guidelines seem hard to fit in to your busy life? It’s not easy to find the time. You won’t go from zero to thirty or sixty (minutes) in a day or week. Take one step at a time. Slowly build up to your goal.

Benefits of TRX Training: • Increased muscle definition, balance and endurance • Increased calorie burning • Increased core strength and flexibility • Increased joint stability • Increased sports performance • Decreased body fat percentage Speak to one of our Personal Trainers for more details. Please ask any of our Personal Trainers for more information or any other questions you may have to live better. Complimentary to JCC members Join One of Our TRX Group Trainings Sign up today! Call the Sports and Wellness Desk for schedule and pricing Try a Free Functional Training Workout with One of Our Trainers! Call to make your appointment today!

Personal Training Mobility and Stability Assessment through Functional Movement Screening The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research. Simplifying Movement The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. This can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. The FMS Score is used to target problems and track progress. This system is linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. Widespread Benefits The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. • Communication - The FMS uses simple language, making it easy to communicate clearly about progress and treatment. • Evaluation - The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis. • Standardization - The FMS creates a baseline to mark progress and provides a way to measure performance. • Safety - The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved. • Corrective Strategies - The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to create customized treatments. Make an appointment today for the Functional Movement Screen with Sports and Wellness, 718.475.5210.

Body Pump Lite Have you always wanted to try Body Pump but hesitated? Now you can try our 30 minute version which includes lighter weights with the same great music and our Body Pump Instructors! Class fills fast so call 2 hours before to reserve your spot. Mondays 10:30am 10

Saturday Night Fever Spin Spin your booty! Reservations required Sunday, November 27, 9:30am

Adults Orit Lender, Program Director 718.475.5227

Book Club The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart This is the story of a beefeater in the Tower of London who owns a 120 year old tortoise and is in charge of a collection of exotic animals gifted to the Queen. It is the story of several characters living and working in the Tower. The story is filled with humor and heart. Facilitated by Shelley Burko Thursday, November 10, 12:30pm

Poetry Workshops FREE

Join us in a friendly atmosphere of creative thinking. We will learn from each other to write and listen to Verse and rhyme, Sonnets, Free Verse, Blank Verse, Prose and narratives. All are welcome. Guidance and direction from John Foxell, Greg Driscol and Herman Neiman Media Room Thursdays, November 10 and December 8, 2-5pm

Avis Fitness Melissa Kraker, Health & Fitness Director


Dear Fit Pro’s: I feel like an overstuffed turkey myself on Thanksgiving Day. How do I gather enough energy to break a wishbone? Signed, Mrs. Gobble Gobble Dear Mrs. Gobble, We completely understand that the average Thanksgiving dinner has over 2000 calories and can be a real challenge if you are watching your waistline. We can offer you some eating tips so that you can still look good and be healthy after the feast without having to deprive yourself. • Thanksgiving dinner is not an all you can eat buffet: Fill your plate half with veggies, one quarter with lean meat and the rest with a starch of your choice. Eat slowly and stop when you are full. • Side dishes-watch your portion size: go for smaller portions. This way you can sample all the different foods. Moderation is always the key. • Turkey-go skinless: choose your 4 oz turkey portion skinless to slash away some fat and cholesterol. Save your appetite for the side dishes and dessert. • Drink plenty of water: alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. • Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items: Mashed potatoes are usually made with butter and milk, green bean casseroles are often prepared with cream of mushroom soup, cheese and milk topped with fried onions; candied yams are loaded with cream, sugar and marshmallow. If you cannot control the ingredients that go into a dish, simply limit yourself to a smaller helping size. Again, moderation is the key.

Hebrew Academy for Special Children

HASC, a premier special education school, is looking for dynamic, experienced

HOMEBASED EI PROVIDERS in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Physical Therapists Occupational Therapists Speech Language Pathologists/TSHH and Special Education Teachers Must be NYS certified and SDOH approved. Bilingual a +, ABA a +, BCBA a ++.

Member Spotlight: Mark Shapiro, age 47 Mark Shapiro joined the JCC two years ago because he wanted to get back in shape. He credits the members he befriended here that helped pull him through a difficult time last year. Before he gets cracking on the camaraderie he gets cracking on the cardio and abs machines plus he highly recommends the graviton and the entire dumbbell rack for the full effect. His healthy diet is consistent with salads, grilled meat, fish, fruits and nuts. (well, maybe a sliver of pumpkin pie post run).

Carol’s Corner Melissa West We would like to welcome our new instructor Melissa West to our team. Melissa is an independent mover/choreographer/hooper based in Staten Island. She is the founder of MWest & Co local dance company and has been teaching local modern dance, improvisation, creative movement and choreographic process classes since 2008. She has taught a series of lectures and master classes to adults of all levels as well as introductory classes about yoga, Release Technique and Improvisation at Snug Harbor and UAU. She will be leading Adult Hula Hoop and Creative Dance every Monday between 6:30pm and 8pm. Please visit to view some photos of her work. Creative Dance: This hour long class will focus on different body movements. The class will have a steady pace and will involve athleticism, beauty and personality. You can burn between 200 and 600 calories and build strength, increase flexibility and slow the aging process. This class is for everyone and anyone interested in learning dance forms such as sequencing, foot articulations, plies, leg swings, battements, 10 minutes of improvisational activity and 25 minutes of phase work before 5 minutes of cool down. Adult Hula Hooping A 30 minutes hoop fitness class. This class is for anyone who has ever loved hula hooping as a kid and wants to restart again with your fellow friends. We will learn the basics, tricks and how to let our bodies move with the hoop. A great cardiovascular activity, this class is a fun way to work a sweat, feel great, and jam to some great music. You can bring a hoop or use one of our weighted ones!

• 7pm PUMP class has been moved to Tuesdays with instructor Lauren Garcia • Wake up on Wednesdays to a full calorie burning line up of group ex classes starting with Zumba, Core & More and our two new classes in the evening called Body Bar Express and Yogilates starting at 6:30pm. • Class menu is subject to change. For additional information please contact Melissa Kraker at or 718.475.5274. • The Fitness Center is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Email your resume to or contact Lynn Gordon at 718-851-6100, ext 5829. 11

Sports & Recreation Mike Reape, Sports & Recreation Director


Dance Factory


Live, love and dance!!! Our dance classes have been up and running since September and we would be delighted to have more dancers join in on the fun. The class on Mondays at the BB is from 4-5pm and on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the SS. Please stop by the reception desks to pick up your Dance Factory folder complete with 2011/2012 program calendar, registration forms, class schedule and dance information. This is the last month to enroll your child in our fantastic dancing program so please stop by our classes to see what is so “moving” about our little dancers.

Our tennis program open to adults and youth is causing quite a racket with all the excitement the participants feels after each session concludes. It is not too late to enroll in this program offered at the Bernikow every Sunday from 4:30-5:30pm (youth) and 5:306:30pm (adults). Dmytro is our certified tennis instructor who has 15 years of practical experience and conducts the lessons that are designed and structured for kids to learn, rally and play quickly in an enjoyable way. Beginners and advanced beginners will receive extensive instruction in fundamental stroke production and basic strategies.

Femcho It is still not too late to sign up for our series of Femcho classes offered at both locations. Femcho is a health, fitness and educational company dedicated to the character development, health, fitness and social empowerment of pre-teen girls across the USA. Our educational program offers participants the necessary tools needed to make decisions that lead to a successful future along with promoting the importance off fostering strong family value principles. Offered from 5-6pm Monday at Bernikow and Tuesday, 5-6pm

Take Control of Your Health

Youth Karate Coming this winter to Avis/South Shore and Bernikow locations. Please watch for a flyer for more information. For further information on any of these programs, please contact Melissa Kraker at

Bernikow Wellness Eileen Yard, Director of Wellness Services 718.475.5211

Spa Wellness Lobby Event Staten Island Community

DIabeTeS FaIr November 13, 2011 10:00am – 3:00pm

arDeN HeIgHTS boulevarD JewISH CeNTer 1766 arthur Kill rd., Staten Island, NY 10312

aSSeSS Your rISK! MaNage Your DIabeTeS! MeeT THe eXPerTS! • glucose Testing and Monitoring • Foot and eye Screening • Count Your Carbs • exercise • Diet and Nutrition • vendors • Hourly workshops • Support groups • Home Care No charge and open to the public Free materials refreshments served Information and reservations call (718) 948-6782 Sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York


Come and sample some of the exciting things that are happening in our spa. • Chair massage • Pilates reformer • Hand Massage • Hypnosis Enjoy and night out and meet our Spa Team Thursday, November 10, 7-9pm

Massage Therapist - Yevgeniy Belilovski The Spa at the J is excited to introduce our new massage therapist Yevgeniy Belilovskiy, Massage Therapy and Bodywork, specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Tui-Na November Special 10% off massage Call the sports and Wellness Desk to make an appointment

New Motive Hypnosis Hypnotherapy is one of the most fascinating yet least explored phenomena in Psychology. By using hypnotherapy to access and adjust the subconscious mind, you can create positive changes in your life that will help you maximize your personal potential. Hypnotherapy can help you with: Relaxation, Weight Loss, Self Confidnece, Fitness/Diet, Concentration, Stress Management, Memorization, Acute/Chronic Pain, and much more. Now available at the Spa at the J. Call for 718.475.5210 for pricing/free consultation.

Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director 718.475.5263


Suzuki Violin

The Fall semester began in September, however the registration is ongoing (providing there are spaces available in the particular program). Look for details in the Music Institute brochure or call Ela, 718.475.5263 for more information. Our new website is going to be ready soon! Please look for announcements.

Space is still available! Parent/child (ages 4.5-6) Children learn by listening and imitating, believing that all children are innately musical. Violins available for rent at a very discounted rate. 10 weeks; 45 minutes. Fee: $225M/$280NM Classes started October 27

A Puppet Musical: “Guess Who Signed the Constitution?” Find out in an original puppet musical about the great constitutional debates. Through the eyes of a little boy named Adam and his Grandfather, we see the portraits of the past come to life and watch Adam's grandmother throw in a few revolutionary ideas of her own. The rebuild of Guess Who Signed the Constitution is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bernikow JCC Fee: 10M/$12NM Sunday, December 4, 2pm

Music Together of Staten Island at JCC Space is still available! Bernikow JCC, 45 minutes. 9 sessions Fee: $190M/$205NM Thursdays, 10:30am or Sundays, 10:30am This is what the participants say: “My granddaughter is outgrowing this class, but I am registering her anyway. I am doing it for myself and the special time we have together. I would not miss it. We love it” Mrs. Kelly

Get Together, Stay Together FREE! A support group for young people (ages 18-35) who survived Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their family and (supportive) friends • Music therapy • Psychologist and Social Worker on staff soon. • Friendly atmosphere. • Recovery strategies. • Help each other through this tough time. Bernikow JCC. Mondays, 12-2pm Contact Lena or Eddie 917.756.0852 or

Group Guitar Classes ages 9-12 For students who are looking for a more interactive experience than a private lesson. Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing, note reading, chord position, tuning and chord patterns. 10 weeks Fee: $175M/$195NM Starts November 16: Wednesdays 6:00pm

Vocal Ensemble

Master Class

Led by Neil Giniger and accompanist Yelena Khaymovich Sundays 10am-12pm. Fee: $100M/$150NM Starting November 6

Johann Sebastian Bach Tuesday, November 15, 6:00pm

Special Needs Music for Autism Returns to the JCC Music for Autism is raising public awareness and enriching lives through autismfriendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families. Please join us on Sunday, November 20 at 1pm for the first in a series of concerts specially designed for individuals with autism. Our featured performers are the Aurista Chamber Music Group. Aurista Chamber Music brings together three gifted concert artists into an intimate and energetic musical conversation. Violinist San San Lee, Cellist Amy Kim, and pianist Thomas Osuga, explore established and emerging concert repertory from near and far. Aurista embraces a vast range of styles and genres: their repertoire is chosen for its rich context, impact and immediacy, reaching from Bach to Cole Porter and beyond! Registration is required. Please visit and click on the concert calendar. Please register online of by calling 877.863.7473 ext. 1. This concert was made possible through generous support from the North Shore Rotary Club. 13

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!”

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! 14

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JCC of Staten Island November Bulletin.


JCC of Staten Island November Bulletin.