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BERNIKOW/MID-ISLAND JCC 1466 Manor Road • 718.475.5200 Monday - Thursday 5:30am - 11pm Friday 5:30am - 7pm Saturday 7am - 7pm** Sunday 7am - 7pm Please see Sports & Wellness desk for fitness hours. ** Sports & Wellness wing only for recreation. In observance of Shabbat, any payment for services including guest passes must be made in advance.

membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 grillz express @ cafe J. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 fundraising/development . . . . . . . . . 3 early childhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 first foot forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 teens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 special needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 senior adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 jewish life & learning . . . . . . . . 16 connect to recovery . . . . . . . . 17 music institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 STEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 bernikow fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 spa @ the j . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 brighton ballet theatre . . . . . . . . 23 avis fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 sports & recreation. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 aquatics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 community programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 community solar generator . . . . . . . 31 registration form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 clld . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover make a difference . . . . . . back cover

ABERLIN/NORTH SHORE JCC 485 Victory Blvd • 718.475.5291 Mon. - Wed. - Fri. 7am - 6pm Tues. & Thurs. 7am - 9pm Saturday closed Sunday closed AVIS/SOUTH SHORE JCC 1297 Arthur Kill Road • 718.475.5270 Monday - Thursday 8am-8:30pm Friday 8am-7pm Saturday closed Sunday 8am-3pm (daycare opens at 7am M-F) *subject to change

building hours & holiday observances Winter 2013

Aberlin/N. Shore

Avis/S. Shore

Bernikow/Mid Island

Tuesday, January 1 - New Year's Day




Monday, Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Dayopen reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

Sunday, January 26 - Tu B'Shvat

open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

Monday, February 18 - Presidents Day


open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

Sunday, February 24 - Purim

open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

open reg. hrs

Monday, March 25 - erev Passover

closed at 3pm

closed at 3pm

closed at 3pm

Tuesday, March 26 - Passover




Wednesday, March 27 - Passover




Sunday, March 31 - Easter Sunday

closed at 5pm

closed at 5pm

closed at 5pm

Sunday, March 31 - erev Passover

closed at 5pm

closed at 5pm

closed at 5pm

Monday, April 1 - Passover




Tuesday, April 2 - Passover




Not responsible for typographical errors. 1

membership Jill Gottlieb, Membership Services Director


The J ... It’s My Life! Welcome to the JCC with 3 locations that open the door to wonderful recreational, social, educational and cultural activities for you and your family. We have a dedicated staff that will assist in enhancing your experiences here from taking an exercise class to enjoying a cultural event, from celebrating a holiday to stretching your mind. This is your Community Center and membership is open to people of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and financial circumstances. The Membership Services Department is designed to take care of any need that you may have. We strive to provide the best customer service and satisfaction possible. Please feel free to use our comment boxes and know that our door is always open to discuss your suggestions, compliments and/or complaints. We hope that you take advantage of our regular programming, special activities and Member Appreciation events. We know you’ll enjoy your time here. You belong here, so get involved.

About This Brochure

Grillz Express @ Cafe J

Fees for each program are included after the description. Member fees reflect the lower rates only available to JCC members. All programs are subject to change and minimum registration. The following abbreviations are found in the listing of fees: M=Member NM=Non-Member KKM= Kidz Klub Member Separate brochures are available for: Early Childhood 718.475.5230 First Foot Forward 718.475.5225 The Music Institute 718.475.5263 Summer Day Camp 718.475.5231 Spa @ the J 718.475.5220

R. RANDY & EILEEN LEE CAFE Grillz Express @ Cafe J has a great menu with grilled chicken, falafel, fries (sweet potato & regular) and a lot more. Breakfast items include eggs and a menu of muffins, croissants, breakfast pastries, bialys, oatmeal and cold and hot drinks.

Sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday • From sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, no administrative business is conducted and no regular classes are scheduled. • No money can be exchanged. If something needs to be paid for, other arrangements will be made. • The Pool, Gymnasiums and Fitness Centers are open on Saturdays. • The JCC is a Kosher facility. Please do not bring in any outside food that is not Kosher. 2

Café Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

8:30am to 9pm 8:30am to 9pm 8:30am to 9pm 8:30am to 9pm 8:30am to 2pm Closed 11am to 7pm

Dear & Delicious, Inc. is a Glatt Kosher establishment under the supervision of Vaad of Staten Island. For more information, go to or call the Catering Manager at 718.475.2222.

fundraising and development Anita Bruckmeir, Development Director Kevin Brosnick, Director of Individual Giving Sylvia Cohen, Special Events Coordinator

718.475.5234 718.475.5256 718.475.5246

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stone. You may also wish to support us through a naming of a program or physical structure at the JCC. For more information The JCC is the Community Center of Staten contact Kevin Brosnick at 718.475.5256 or Island. We provide vital services to every constituency on our Island with the goal of making it a better place for everyone. There are many ways you can choose to make a JCC Alumni Association difference and financially assist the Joan If you are a current or a past member, and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Cen- camper, counselor, or staff person we want ter. For information or any questions you to hear from you! The JCC’s Alumni Associmay have on the programs listed here and ation is hoping to reconnect with you as you other donor opportunities please contact re-establish old friendships through differAnita Bruckmeir, Development Director at ent exciting events that we plan to host 718.475.5234 or throughout the year. Please go to our webVisit our website to help make site in the Membership Section to fill out the alumni form to join. If you have any quesa difference today! tions, please contact Kevin Brosnick at 718.475.5256 or

Tribute Program

Interested in paying tribute to a loved one? Recognize the birth of a child, honor a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, celebrate a simcha such as a wedding or birthday or pay respect to a loved one’s memory. The JCC’s tribute program will enable you to acknowledge that special milestone or event, while supporting the JCC and the numerous programs and services offered throughout our community. Please stop by the front desk to pick up a specially designed envelope that will list all your tribute options including existing scholarship funds. You can even choose to create a fund with the name of the person you are honoring. For further information, please contact Kevin Brosnick, Director of Individual Giving, 718.475.5256 or

Capital Campaign Donations/ Naming Opportunities The Wall of Honor in the lobby of the Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC holds the names of many building donors. We encourage you to add your Capital Campaign contribution to those of hundreds of others and have your name permanently etched onto Jerusalem

Program Sponsorships Our agency hosts several special events each year enabling individuals, corporations and foundations the opportunity to show their support via a sponsorship. Each of these events brings high exposure with audiences of several hundred attendees. The funds raised are allocated to various programs such as our summer day camp for children with special needs. Please consider a sponsorship for next year’s Viva Las Vegas Casino Night, Weissglass Leadership Awards Gala, L’Dor V’Dor Brunch, Golf & Tennis Classic, or our Honorable Mentsch*ion Youth Leadership Awards. For more information contact Kevin Brosnick at 718.475.5256 or

Other Ways to Support the JCC • Planned Giving and Endowments • Named Funds • In-Kind Services For further information on other ways to support the JCC, please contact Kevin Brosnick at 718.475.5256 or 3

early childhood Beth Howard, Director of Early Childhood Education Services Jill Howard, Early Childhood Education Coordinator/South Shore Dawn Gallis, Early Childhood Education Coordinator/North Shore

718.475.5225 718.475.5224 718.475.5286

STATEN ISLAND BANK & TRUST FOUNDATION EARLY CHILDHOOD WING Denis & Carol Kelleher ECE Reception Area Alma Harter Library Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services Office dedicated by Lynn & Jules Kroll At the JCC’s Early Childhood Center, our programs are sensitive to each child’s unique talents and strengths. We pride ourselves in creating fun hands-on learning opportunities for all. We are dedicated to providing children with a strong educational foundation. Our thematic curriculum allows children to discover and grow in loving, nurturing and engaging environments. Children’s activities are individualized and age appropriate. We provide opportunities for creative problem solving, decision making and leadership skills. Parent involvement is key to our children’s success in school. We welcome a partnership with you and your family. Just as each child is unique, so is each family. With this in mind, we offer a variety of flexible schedules and programs to best suit your family needs. We have an open door policy and parents are welcome at any time. All programs are staffed with caring and experienced professionals. Our teachers are certified by the State Education Department of New York and we are licensed by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Day Care.

Infant & Toddler Daycare ages 3 months – 2.8 years Our Daycare is licensed by the Department of Health, Bureau of Daycare, and our teachers are New York State certified. The JCC Daycare program provides your child with a full day of activities, security and care in an environment that stimulates their growth in all areas of development. 12 month full day program. 7am-6pm. 2 day, 3 day (North and South sites only), and 5 day schedules (at all sites)

JCC Preschool ages 2.9 - 4.9 years The JCC Preschool brings the world into your child’s classroom by incorporating themes about themselves, their family, community, and the world around them. We use a wide variety of activities and materials to help your child learn in their unique way in our hands-on environment. 10 month full or half day program 2, 3, or 5 day schedules Full day, 9am-4pm; Half day, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm 4

JCC/Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Funded through the Department of Education (for children turning 4 by December 31 of the current school year), the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program at the JCC incorporates the goals of the Common Core Standards by the New York City Dept. of Education, Office of Early Childhood into a child-centered educational experience. Full day program available at North and South Shore locations. 10 month half day program. 5 days only. The UPK Program is free.

PJ Library PJ Library is a free program that each month mails highquality, age-appropriate Jewish themed books and music to families with children 6 months to 8 years. Participation is open to all. To register for this wonderful program or to make a donation to help sustain PJ Library, contact Jill Howard at 718.475.5224, or visit the Staten Island page on the PJ Library website at

Alma Harter Library Inside the Early Childhood wing at the Bernikow JCC is a special library. The Alma Harter Children’s Library provides children with access to books that keep them smiling, entertained, and fosters a love of literature. This can also be said about Alma Harter, the JCC’s first Early Childhood director. To make a donation to add books to our library, please call Beth Howard at 718.475.5225.

Early Childhood Advisory Committee Rudy Kelner, Chairperson Join other families and help us enhance our Early Childhood Center with new ideas, family events and fundraising opportunities. Contact the Early Childhood office for more details: 718.475.5230

Winter Programs Tu B’Shevat Plant Sale Bernikow lobby. $4 per plant January 21 – 25, 10am–10pm

PJ Pals Join other families for story time, crafts and activities featuring selections from PJ Library. Pre-registration appreciated. Bernikow. Contact Jill Howard at 718.475.5224 or Sundays, January 27, February 24, March 24, 10-11:30am


first foot forward Beth Howard, First Foot Forward Director


FIRST FOOT FORWARD OFFICE IS DEDICATED BY CON EDISON Celebrating Our 23rd Year of Serving Preschool Children with Special Needs Are you concerned about your child’s speech development, play skills, attention span, sensory issues and/or general development? If yes, then call the professionals at First Foot Forward! First Foot Forward is dedicated to assisting children 2.6 to 5 years of age with developmental needs. Our individualized curriculum allows children to reach their full potential in a warm, nurturing environment. First Foot Forward specializes in helping children with: • Speech/Language Delays • Socialization Concerns • Developmental Delays • Poor Motor Skills • Sensory Needs • Pervasive Developmental Disorder To receive services, children need to be evaluated by an approved evaluation site. Our team of certified professionals can evaluate your child at no cost to you.

Additional Services: • Weekly Movement, Music & Swim Experiences • Parent Support Groups • Mainstreaming Opportunities • Door to Door Transportation • Related Services* - Therapy is provided around your child's preschool schedule.

What else should I know? • Program eligibility is recommended by the What does First Foot Forward offer? Department of Education’s Committee on • Classroom Settings* Preschool Special Education based upon Individualized Instruction in: the individual needs of your child. - Small Centerbased or Integrated Settings • We have an open door policy and you are - Half or Full Day welcome at any time. - 10 or 12 Month • We welcome children of all faiths and • Evaluations* nationalities. • Therapy* • All services (evaluations, transportation, - speech tuition) are at no direct cost to parents.* - occupational - physical - counseling Classes and related services are available at two JCC locations: Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Road • Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Road *Funding is provided through city and state funds. For more information or to arrange for a tour, please contact Beth Howard, First Foot Forward Director, at 718.475.5225.

special needs Our expanding program to serve the Special Needs population includes other departments. We’re always seeking to offer exciting, innovative ways to engage and stimulate our members and the community in general. • ReelAbilities Film Festival - page 11 • Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Megna Kids Club for Special Kids - page 11 • Marvin’s Camp - page 12 or 6

youth department Glenn Wechsler, MSW, Youth Director Stephanie Feldman, M.S., Ed., Asst. Youth Director

718.475.5231 718.475.5232

Whether you are entering Kindergarten, about to finish junior high school, making your way through high school, or anywhere in between, the youth department is sure to meet your needs! With fun, innovative and engaging programs you will get fit, learn something new and make friends. You can leave your parents home or even better, your parents can work out, get a massage, or get a bite to eat at CafĂŠ J knowing that you are safe and well cared for. Sometimes you may even get to attend an event with your family that is fun for all.

JCC Tutoring Programs

Learning Express The JCC Learning Express provides tutoring to assist students in grades K-8 with Math and Reading Skills. Both programs will be held at the Bernikow and Aberlin/North Shore locations. Please contact Michele Gay at 718.475.5250 for further details.

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH) A special tutoring program focused on 4 categories that help with career paths for the 21st century. (see page 20)

Camp and Youth Department Committee Parents, we need you! These years are important ones for our juniors, teens and their parents. We are looking for concerned, caring parents to meet regularly to discuss improving our programs. It is your input that will help us to have the best type of activities to better serve our youth. For more information call Glenn or Stephanie, 718.475.5231 or 718.475.5232.

Scouts Our Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs are constantly expanding under the leadership of exceptional men and women. Thanks to Boy Scout leader Kevin Brosnick and Girl Scout leaders Lisa Rosenfeld, Geanine Rando and Eva Deforest, our scouting program has been a tremendous success! Boy Scout and Girl Scout meetings take place two times per month. The JCC Scouting program offers youth an opportunity to develop skills, leadership ability and confidence while building lifelong friendships. Through meetings, trips, community service projects and workshops, the scouts learn, grow and have a great time. We also have scouting programs that serve children with special needs. We are always looking to grow and for volunteers to lead and assist groups. If you are interested in learning more about this rewarding experience or would like to enroll your child, please contact Stephanie at or 718.475.5232.

JCC University

grades UPK - 6 Each participant selects two of our OneShot Workshops for One Price! Class choices may include Jr. Chef Cooking, Clay Design, Wearable Art, Soccer Star, and Cheerleading Fun and more! Saturdays, February 2, 13JD115 March 9 13JD116 6:30–9pm Fee: in advance $15M/$25NM; at door $20M/$30NM


Picasso’s Palette grades 3 – 6 If your child is a budding artist and wants to learn more about drawing and painting then let the JCC be their studio! Skills taught include color mixing, proper brush technique and picture composition. 4 weeks Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, January 15, 4:15–5:30pm Fee: $48 Kidz Klub/$56M/$72NM 13JD205W Instructor: Anita Frimere, JCC Camp Art Director, Elementary School Art Instructor

Creative Artist grades 4 - 7 For the artist who loves a challenge, this course will teach creative skills such as leather craft, origami, bead making and zentangle doodling. 4 weeks Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, January 15, 4:15–5:30pm Fee: $48Kidz Klub/$56M/$72NM 13JD206W Instructor: Anita Frimere

Brick4Kidz Course


Grades K - 5 Hands-on course where kids build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of lego bricks, using one-ofa-kind model plans. Kids explore engineering, architecture, physics while developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Kids build a new project each week. Dates/Times/Fees TBA 13JD207W Be on the lookout for a flyer!

Youth and Family Programs School’s Out grades K – 8 What’s better than a fun, safe environment with incredible staff to care for your children when school is closed? Kids enjoy an exciting day with trips, swim, games and 13JD410 more. Upcoming Dates: Martin Luther King Day - January 21 Presidents Week - February 18 - 19 Spring Break – March 25, 28, 29 Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29

Annual Purim Carnival Family fun with inflatables, carnival booths and prizes, hamantashen baking, Purim crafts, face painting, music, dress up and goodie bags. Sunday, February 24, 12:30–3pm

Camp All Year Long Never too early to plan for next summer! Learn about the JCC Lillian Schwartz Day Camp. The JCC makes more children happy than any other camp on Staten Island! Check out the website for photos and updates all year round –

KIDZ KLUB - Afterschool Child Care Program Grades K-8 AVIS/SOUTH SHORE JCC 5 DAYS $400 13JD703 4 DAYS $370 13JD702 3 DAYS $330 13JD701 2 DAYS $270 13JD704

BERNIKOW/MID-ISLAND JCC 5 DAYS $420 13JD713 4 DAYS $390 13JD712 3 DAYS $350 13JD711 2 DAYS $290 13JD714

Transportation is currently available from the following schools (subject to change based on enrollment, dismissal times and other factors): Avis/South Shore: IS7, IS75, PS4, PS6, PS32, PS36, PS42, PS55, PS58 Bernikow/Mid-Island: IS72, PS29, PS48, Petrides, PS30, PS54 * NOTE: Other schools can be considered upon request, with a minimum of four children from that school and if the school dismissal time works with our current bus route. For Bernikow information contact Adam Miller 718-475-5267 or For Avis/South Shore information contact Lisa Quinn 718.475.5284 or 8

Camp Night

Camp Reunion

grades UPK – 6 Camp does not end in August! Meet year round with friends and bring the fun indoors with an action packed night of sports such as baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer, take home crafts, delicious snacks and swimming. Fee: $10M/$20NM Saturdays, January 12 13JD104 March 2 13JD105 7–9pm

All campers who attended the JCC Camp are invited! Enjoy Dancing with DJ Coach John, inflatables, camp photo slide show, make-ur-own sundaes all while reuniting with great friends and counselors. Sunday, January 6, 1:30–4pm 13CP102

Youth Personal Training

ages 10 – 13 Youth personal training allows youth to improve their general fitness, reduce obesity and help achieve fitness goals. Sunday Camp Funday 13BFC193 1/2 hour, 1 person - $40 grades UPK – 6 5 one half hour sessions, Don’t let Sundays be a bore when you can 1 person - $175 13BFC194 13BFC195 join us at the J and choose your activities 1 hour, 1 person - $55 for the entire afternoon. Program includes 5 one hour sessions, 1 person - $250 13BFC196 options such as swim, sports, dance, arts & 1 hour, 2 people - $70 13BFC197 crafts, cooking and more! 13JD125 5 one hour sessions, January 20 February 10 13JD126 2 people - $325 13BFC198 March 17 13JD127 1 hour, 3 people - $75 13BFC199 1:30-4:30pm 5 one hour sessions, 3 people - $300 13BFC200

CAMP OPEN HOUSE DATES Meet the directors, see the NEW camp video. Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Road

SUNDAYS, JANUARY 20, FEBRUARY 10 & MARCH 17 12 noon - 2:00pm

CAMP DATES Visit the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds July 1 - August 23 1131 Manor Road plus pre & post camp Tour the beautiful wooded campgrounds and see our camp facilities.

SUNDAYS: APRIL 21, MAY 19 & JUNE 2 noon - 2:00pm For ages 3 - 16 CAMP EARLY BIRD DEADLINE! Register for camp by February 15 and pay in full by April 15 and $AVE! Early bird registrations also receive a FREE camp back pack! Be on the lookout for the camp brochure and don’t miss out! 9

teens Glenn Wechsler, MSW, Youth Director Stephanie Feldman, M.S., Ed., Asst. Youth Director Samantha Goodman, Teen Coordinator

718.475.5231 718.475.5232 718.475.5285

High School teens can get involved in Youth Board or Teen Council - an intensive community service program or you can just have fun! Rockfest in the Spring, teen fitness programs, swim team, gymnastics, music classes, great films. The J - everything teens value - 7 days a week!

INDIVIDUAL TEEN MEMBERSHIP (if your parents are not members) Teen membership is for teens in the 7th 12th grade who are not part of a Family membership. It is not applicable for camp. Documentation showing grade is required. Call 718.475.5223 for details.

Reality Check Youth Action Against Tobacco Use • Every year, tobacco kills over 400,000 Americans. That’s 1200 a day! • Over $15.5 million is spent on advertising every year; that means almost $500,000 is spent in New York State alone! Decreasing the social acceptability of tobacco use is a dire need.

Youth Board Teens 15-18 The Youth Board is a teen leadership and community service group. Teens brainstorm, propose, discuss, plan, organize and run events, trips, activities, community service and fundraisers for the teen community. Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm Contact Samantha Goodman at or 718.475.5285.

Teen Council Teens 13-15 Teen Council is a leadership group for junior high teens to plan, organize, create and discuss new and innovative ways to plan events, trips, activities, fundraisers and community service projects for the junior high teen community. Some meetings will also focus on discussing teen topics. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm Contact Samantha Goodman at or 718.475.5285.

• Are you interested in making a difference in your community & city? • Do you want to meet new friends, travel, and have a great time all while helping to save lives? • Are you between the ages of 13 and 18? Then Reality Check is for you. Contact Christina Tesoriero, Staten Island Reality Check Coordinator 718.475.5277



special needs Sheila Lipton, Special Needs Supervisor Brian Faughnan, Special Needs Director

718.475.5273 718.475.5291

Our Special Needs Department seeks to provide developmental opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals with exceptionalities. Through recreation and other social activities our myriad of programs support individuals from ages 5 through early adulthood. Our staff’s mission is to provide opportunities for participants to improve social skills thereby enhancing their overall well being.

Reelabilities Film Festival

Day Habilitation

March 9 – 12 Each year, the JCC is proud to join other organizations in the metropolitan area in showcasing films depicting the unique triumphs and challenges experienced by individuals with special needs. We invite guests to attend viewings as well as participate in discussion following these extraordinary movies about extraordinary people. Watch for names of films, trailers and schedule on

Our Day Habilitation Program for Young Adults offers our participants an array of social and vocational activities in collaboration with local organizations and our home agency. With professionally supported direct care staff, we engage our participants in opportunities to be healthy, social, and active members of the community with a maximum degree of independence; ultimately aiming to establish the groundwork for optimal success in achieving their highest potential as they transition into adulthood. Contact Stefanie Raccuglia, Day Habilitation Coordinator, 718.475.5288 or

Dr. and Mrs. Megna Kids Club for Special Kids

Our after school program for children with high functioning autism presents an opportunity for children to socialize and complete Wednesday Music and Teen nightly homework. Licensed teachers proSocial Group vide academic supports in addition to facilitating beneficial activities including yoga, Two Wednesdays each month at 6:30pm, swimming, basketball and other exciting op- teens with developmental disabilities join their typical peers involved in the CLASSP portunities. Internship in a 90-minute social program for a night of independence, discussion and Super Special Sundays recreation. Each evening begins with a Two Sundays each month, up to 3 dozen children with a range of special needs come share-out of personal events since our last to our JCC for 3 hours of fun before the meeting on topics including school, family stress of the school week starts again. Each and relationships. Afterwards the teens are hour is devoted to a specific activity: table free to use our teen lounge, gymnasium or talk, social skills; dance and creative play; fitness center before we set the table for our and take home arts and crafts. Throughout pizza dinner. our day, children are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability in the activities as well as engage with each other and our staff.


Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs Marvin’s camp is a unique recreational summer program customized for children with special needs. After a six weeks of dance classes, swimming, social skills and field trips, the children show off their skills in a dance performance for their families and relive the summer through a picture slide show. With a wide array of both social and developmental activities, children are engaged by trained and professionally-supported staff to create some of the best memories of their summer.

Pearl’s Project Pearl’s Project allows for elementary school aged children to experience social networking through a secure blog. Facilitated by professional staff, children are asked to share their experiences around their disability as well as their unique interests. Our children benefit from responses by typical peers. This is a great way to safely introduce our children to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Disabilities Advisory Committee Our agency seeks to collaboratively design programs for individuals with special needs. Our Disabilities Advisory Committee provides guidance around developing program goals as well as the steps necessary for accomplishing Special Needs Department objectives. Establishing program goals and mission statements are vital components of our programs success, and the committee ensures we have the best staff and optimal resources for achievement.


The NY Disabilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The festival will present award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area in addition to the Bernikow JCC. Discussions and other engaging programs will bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. March 7 - 12, 2013 Look for more information with film listings and special events.


senior adults Sheila Lipton, Assoc. Executive Director 718.475.5273 Esther Edelstein Jacobson, LCSW, Director Case Management/ Senior Adult Services 718.475.5278

The Avis/South Shore Neighborhood Senior Center is the place to be if you are a senior adult age 60 and above. For those who enjoy socializing, staying fit and sharing a Kosher meal with your peers, the neighborhood center offers all that and more. For those who are homebound and find it physically challenging to get to the “J” our Case Management department is available to assist you by telephone or in person in managing your activities of daily living. For more information about how participation in our senior adult programs can enhance the quality of your life, please visit our website or contact our intake department at 718.508.3890.

Case Management Esther Edelstein Jacobson LCSW, DIrector

The JCC offers Case Management Services to Staten Island’s older homebound adult community. If you reside in the Community Board 2 or 3 areas, the JCC can provide you with a case manager who will assess and evaluate eligibility for home delivered meals and a host of other benefits and entitlements designed for older adults to age in place. Case Management provides individuals and families with a personal case manager who can help navigate the maze of services to develop strength–based individual care plans. For more information please call our intake center at 718.508.3890.

CLLD for Senior Adults @ Bernikow JCC

Neighborhood Center Kosher Nutrition Program Jodie Kornblum, Program Coordinator Eileen Gellerstein, Administrative Assistant

Neighborhood Center at the Avis/South Shore Funded by NYC Dept. For The Aging & NYS Office For The Aging Mondays - Fridays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Our neighborhood center offers senior adults ages 60 and over a variety of recreational and social activities, including bingo, piano sing along, card playing, billiards, mah jongg, arts & crafts, painting and jewelry making. The wellness component of our program includes many fitness classes such as yoga, tai chi, aerobics and sitercise. All fitness activities are geared towards the older active adult. Another component to our wellness program is discussion groups conducted by medical personnel on topics such as diabetes, healthy nutrition and sleep disorders. Our program celebrates holidays and special events which include parties with a DJ, special food and dancing! Join us as we highlight different countries and learn about their culture, food and music. A Kosher lunch is available for a suggested contribution of $ 1.00. Limited door to door transportation is available within a specified area with advance registration for a suggested contribution of $ 1.00. For more information please call 7128.475.5283.

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Caregiver Services Megan Campbell, MSW, Director Jessie Schwartz, Program Coordinator Laura Del Prete, Outreach Coordinator Shelly Lader, Case Manager/Group Respite Coordinator

718.475.5287 718.475.5279 718.475.5281 718.475.5280

For adults who are caring for their elderly spouses and parents with physical or cognitive disorders, confusion and memory loss including Alzheimers and dementia. • Individual Counseling and Assessment • Referral for Benefits and Entitlements • Caregiver Speakers Series and support groups • Specially designed classes in Yoga and Stress Management • Individual Respite (limited homecare) • Group Respite Caregiver Services is a unique support program serving the needs of the CAREGIVER. Trained and caring staff meet with each family to tailor a long term plan that will reduce the stress of providing 24/7 care by providing information, support through individual counseling and assessment, weekly support groups, lectures on legal, financial and medical topics, and Yoga/Stress management workshops to increase vitality and provide support.

Grandparents as Caregivers Available for caregivers who are grandparents, age 55 and over, having full custody of minor grandchildren age 18 or under. The program offers information, refer- rals, grandparent advocacy, support groups, workshops and education on parenting grandchildren. It offers lim- ited quantities of supplemental supplies such as back- packs, formula, etc. In some cases a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) may be avail- able at no cost on a temporary basis. For further information and eligibility please call 718.508.3890 or 718.475.5287.

Social Adult Respite Program (SAGRP) Our Social Adult Group Respite Program (SAGRP) provides individuals with beginning to mid-stage Alzheimers an opportunity to socialize and remain men- tally and physically stimulated. In addition, while the senior adult is in the SAGRP the caregiver has an opportunity for respite and is free to run errands and tend to his/her routine activities.

Social Adult Group Respite Program (SAGRP) Our Social Adult Group Respite Program (SAGRP) provides individuals with beginning to mid-stage Alzheimers an opportunity to socialize and remain mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, while the senior adult is in the SAGRP the caregiver has an opportunity for respite and is free to run errands and tend to his/her routine activities.

Caregiver Support Group New group forming. Please call Jessie Schwartz for more information.

Yoga for Caregivers Stress Reduction through Meditation with Certified Yoga Instructor Shirley Tepper 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 12 noon-1:40 pm This program is for members of the JCC DFTA funded Caregiver Program. Non-members may participate for a fee of $3.00 per session space permitting. Advance registration is required. Contact Megan at 718.475.5287. 14



SeniorNet of SI recognizes that in the rapidly moving world of computers there are those who have reached the age of 50 either well versed in the use of these mechanical brains or those who still are afraid to try to learn how to do so. We have classes for both groups. There are beginner classes and there are intermediate/advanced classes and classes for those who just want to enjoy new and different programs. This volunteer group of seniors has been in existence, housed at the JCC, for 20 years and in the computer laboratory at the Bernikow for 6. Winter courses are: Intro I - for beginners with desktops and laptops; Genealogy; Internet; Useful/Fun Computer Activities; Cyber Security; Advanced Adobe Elements 8; Design Greeting Cards for Printing or E-cards for emailing; Twitter and Skype for intermediate/advanced students.Classes can be 2 or 3 hours or for 6 or 8 weeks. For more information, to be on our mailing list, request information, or apply for a scholarship - phone 718.475.5200, ext 8, then enter 1182. For a limited scholarship, application must be received 5 days before registration and all are requested to bring proof of need when registering. You may also use our website or email


jewish life & learning Yaffa Schonbach, Jewish Life & Learning Director


Partners in Caring (PIC)

Ulpan - Intermediate Class

The Social Group for Single Senior Adults continues. Watch for monthly dates and topics. In addition we will be forming a support group for seniors dealing with issues of depression. For more information on either or both programs, please contact Barbara Fried, L.C.S.W 718.494.0389

Adults Ulpan is a method for teaching and improving all Hebrew skills with the emphasis on learning Hebrew conversation. Classes are small, interactive and are taught by a native speaker who is fluent in Hebrew and English. Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm 13JE104 5 sessions Fee: $75M/$90NM

Connect to Care

Hebrew ReadingBeginner Aleph

With the slow economic recovery, the JCC and UJA are still here for you. Connect to Care (C2C) provides: • Employment and career transition services, including job networking and career seminars. • Financial capsulation, debt counseling, and budget assistance. • Legal services • Supportive counseling and Jewish spiritual care • Interest-free loans for qualifying individual • Free workshops from FEGS and NYLAG offering financial, legal, employment and career transition services Please watch for dates and topics. If you are interested in volunteering to conduct a workshop which may be of interest to the C2C program, please contact Yaffa Schonbach, 718.475.5228 or Sara Cohen

Kosher Food Pantry The JCC has a Kosher Food Pantry located in the basement of 1466 Manor Road. Food is received from the Food Bank of New York and MET Council, as well as many local businesses and private donations. We service approximately 35 families per month with an average of 65 children, 35 adults and 11 seniors. The service is done by appointment only and our clients receive personal, confidential and one-on-one service. For an appointment or additional information please contact Sara Cohen, 718.475.5242 or 16

Adults This program is great for beginners or to refresh Hebrew reading skills. You will learn the sound of the Aleph-Bet and vowels, and you will be able to read words in Hebrew with 4 to 8 letters. Mondays, 7- 8:30pm 13JE105 8 sessions Fee: $96M/ $120NM Please contact Yaffa Schonbach, 718.475.5228 or to register for either class.

Global Jewish Connections As participants in UJA Federation’s Global Jewish Connections, our JCC has developed a close and interactive relationship with our sister city, Pisgat Ze’ev in Israel over the past eight years. Two years ago we welcomed Redbridge, England to this relationship and we have created an incredible array of projects between the communities which have helped to strengthen bonds between us. Staff and Board members from each of the partner communities communicate on a regular basis


music institute Ela Seeley, Music Institute Director

718.475.5263 Whether you want to introduce your child or yourself to the joys of playing an instrument or developing vocal talent, or you want to take your skills to the higher level, the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute has the depth and range of instruction you are seeking. The Music Institute has been a powerful stimulus to music on Staten Island since its inception. Its faculty and students are active participants in the musical life of the community and throughout New York City. The faculty consists of professional musicians with extensive teaching and performing experience and students learn in a non-competitive atmosphere. The Music Institute is a non-profit and non-sectarian music school. It is the only member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education on Staten Island.

Registration Registration is on-going. New students should consult with Ela, the Music Institute Director before registering, 718.475.5263.

Private Lessons Private lessons may be 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Enrollment is for 30 weekly lessons from October through June. A special provision is made for late registrants. Lessons are offered at both the Bernikow JCC and Avis/South Shore JCC. See page 20 for a listing of Music faculty Private lessons are available in: Piano Saxophone Guitar Trumpet Violin Recorder Cello French horn Voice Trombone Clarinet Tuba Flute Drums Oboe VISIT FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS AND JOIN OUR MUSIC FACEBOOK PAGE.


Early Childhood Music Classes For our younger students, we offer fun and interactive classes that lay the foundation for the future musical experiences.

Parent/child music classes at Bernikow JCC Harmony Road Classes Each group course is designated specifically for the age group, reinforcing and building on their skills as they progress through the curriculum. Parent or caregiver must actively accompany the child in class. Book and CD included for all classes. Free demonstration classes will be held Thursday, January 17. Classes start January 31.

Music in Me ages 3-4 A dynamic readiness program for young children with emphasis on the ear training, solfege singing, movement, pitch and rhythm awareness, keyboard geography and finger readiness. Thursdays, 4pm 15 weeks 45 minutes weekly 13MU136W Fee: $240M/$280NM

Harmony Road

Suzuki Violin

ages 4.5-6 Children learn the basic building blocks of music. Reading concepts are presented gradually and basic composing activities encourage the development of the child’s musical vocabulary. Thursdays, 5pm 15 weeks 55 minutes weekly 13MU137W Fee: $280M/$325NM

Ages 4.5-5 Children will learn by listening and imitating, believing that all children are innately musical. Process of learning includes parents as active participants. 10 sessions 45 minutes weekly Sundays, 11am 13MU143W Fee: $225M/$280NM


The Young Musician ages 6-7 Introduces beginning students to keyboard performance and note reading in a holistic program, including the organized development of pitch, rhythm, solfege singing, keyboard and movement activities. Thursdays, 6pm 15 weeks 55 minutes weekly 13MU138W Fee: $280M/$325NM

Music Together of Staten Island @ the JCC ages birth – 5 An internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults who love them. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture. Book and CD included. Free demonstration classes will be held the week prior to the program start. Date TBA 13MU139W Tuesdays, 10:30am or Sundays, 10:45am 13MU140W 9 sessions 45 minutes weekly Fee: $195M/$205NM

Do Re Me ages 4-5 Discover the magic of music through singing, dancing and playing along in this interactive, fun and educational music class. Class size is limited. Date TBA Bernikow: Thursdays, 12pm 13MU141W Avis: Tuesdays, 12pm 13MU142W 10 sessions 45 minutes weekly Fee: $100M/$150NM

Singing is FUN-damental ages 7-9 Geared towards the younger child who loves to sing and wants to learn how to use their voice but may not be ready for private lessons. Relaxed, fun, interactive setting. Focus will be on ear training, proper breathing, technique and repertoire. Date TBA, Tuesdays, 4pm 15 sessions 13MU144W Fee: $225M/$280NM

Musicianship/Theory Classes Enrichment through instruction in theory, ear training, musical forms, music history and general music appreciation. This class is included with private lesson tuition and participation is highly recommended. For those not enrolled in private lessons, a special arrangement may be made and a fee will apply. Fridays, 4pm 13MU131F Free

Youth Mixed Ensemble ages 9- 18 Participants will have the opportunity to be a member of a small group, learn new music, and meet fellow musicians from across the island. Ensembles will meet weekly under the direction of a professional musician. The class is open to all enthusiastic Staten Island musicians ages 9- 18 with some prior experience on their instruments. Wednesdays, 6pm Free


Adult Music Programs Celebrating Jewish Music Month In the month of March, between Purim and Pesach, we will be celebrating Jewish Music. An array of different programs will include a lecture on Klezmer music with a Klezmer band performance. Watch for details.

Music Fellowship The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute is proud to announce a new pre-college music fellowship through the New York Community Trust and Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund. Three talented Staten Island musicians will be assisted in an intensive music training curriculum.

Music Faculty Piano:

Nelly Cherepinskaya, Tatyana Cherepinskaya, Eileen Siegel, Masha Dubravin, Yelena Khaymovich Raisa Shikhman, Nadiya Zabrodska Guitar: Alexander Giller, Fred Crisson Strings: Eileen Siegel, Rosi Hertlein, Larisa Vollis Woodwinds: Daniel Kelley, Janet Sirotta, Margaret Wiltrout Brass: Alan Aurelia, Carolyn Clark Voice: Rosi Hertlein, Raisa Shikhman, Lisa Forst Early Childhood Music: Kelly Grant, Lisa Forst Theory, Music Appreciation:Raisa Shikhman Chamber Music: Janet Sirotta Percussion: Thomas Baker, Jamie Silberberg


bernikow fitness/wellness Vicki Roitman, Asst. Executive Director


DR. RON & NANCY AVIS FITNESS CENTER FEEL STRONG. LIVE HEALTHY. BE INSPIRED. All of us have different reasons for why we come to the JCC Fitness Center, and what we do inside its 5,000 square feet of fitness brilliance. No matter what kind of fitness activity you choose, our enthusiastic staff will be there to assist you with our equipment, offer suggestions for your workout and provide helpful fitness tips. Our signature fitness & personal training programs, cutting-edge equipment and innovative classes distinguish us as so much more than just your ordinary health club. We continue to expand our program offerings and are excited to introduce new, innovative elements to our membership.

Mitchell Scott Gordon Spa @ the J Choose from a wide array of services-massages, facials including therapeutic skin treatments, body treatments, reflexology, and body waxing as well as spa manicures and spa pedicures. All of our treatments are provided by licensed New York State massage therapists, estheticians or cosmetologists. We offer professional salon services in a private, tranquil environment-designed with you in mind. A visit to our spa is the perfect way to begin the winter season. Services provided by appointment only through the Sports Desk at 718.475.5210.

Boxing Personal Training- NEW The hottest new fatburning interval program is now being offered at the JCC! Boxing Personal Training works to stress the body at a high intensity for short periods of time. This equates to the burning of large amounts of calories in a one hour session with a Personal Trainer. Sign up today to get started on a plan for a “Knockout Body” by incorporating boxing interval training into your regular exercise routine. Boxing skills not required and the goal is not to use these skills in competition boxing.

One-on-One Training

1 hour session - $65 13BFC121 5 one hour sessions - $300 13BFC122 This exciting, effective 6 week program will Schedule appointment at the Sports Desk, help you exercise safely while enhancing 718.475.5210 your overall health whether you’re in the midst of treatment or years beyond it. This Express One-on-One Training is the only breast cancer recovery program (1/2 hour sessions) approved by the American Council of Exer- For individuals with a tight schedule and a cise. 6 weeks, 2 times per week. Call Janice desire for a concentrated workout. Salerno at 718.475.1143 for information. 13BFC125 1/2 hour session - $45 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm 5 one half hour sessions - $210 13BFC126 6 week program 13BFC302F $100M/$150NM

Pink Program

Personal Training If you are looking for a personal fitness program that will deliver results and keep you motivated, our programs are perfect for you! A variety of sessions are available with our well rounded, certified trainers.

Bernikow Fitness Hours Mon - Thurs Fri Sat - Sun

5:30am - 10:45pm 5:30am - 6:45pm 7:00am - 6:45pm


Partner Training Partner training has been proven to increase commitment to a fitness regimen. 13BFC129 1 hour, 2 people - $90/session 5 one hour sessions, 2 people - $425 13BFC130

Group Personal Training Affordable, small group personal training and progressive fitness programs designed to meet your needs. Fun, motivating and results-driven (1 hour, 3 people) 1 hour, 3 people – 6 week sessions, 12 sessions. 2 times per week (2 sessions per week for 6 weeks) 13BFC139 $300 per person

One-on-One Stretching/ Foam Rolling Stretching helps flexibility for increasing range of motion while foam rolling increases blood circulation, reduces lactic acid build up and improves posture. 13BFC213 1/2 hour session - $30 5 one half hour sessions - $150 13BFC214

TRX Suspension Training or Kickboxing Class Total Body Resistance Exercise that tones your body and strengthens your core. Kickboxing refers to martial arts moves based on kicking and punching. 1 hour, 3-6 people $15 per person based on a 13BFC215 minimum of 3 people per class

Youth Personal Training ages 10 – 13 Youth personal training allows youth to improve their general fitness, reduce obesity and help achieve fitness goals. 13BFC193 1/2 hour, 1 person - $40 5 one half hour sessions, 1 person - $175 13BFC194 1 hour, 1 person - $55 13BFC195 5 one hour sessions, person - $250 13BFC196 1 hour, 2 people - $70 13BFC197 5 one hour sessions, 2 people - $325 13BFC198 22

1 hour, 3 people - $75 5 one hour sessions, 3 people - $300

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Kid’s Fitness Class grades 3 - 7 FUN and kid-loving instructors lead the students through physical activities to beter the health of our youth. 1 hour Mondays and Wednesdays 4 - 5 pm Free for JCC members Group Ex room Contact Janice Salerno, 718.475.1143.

Select Group Ex Classes Free for members only

Body Pump This 60 minute national workout challenges all of your major muscle groups by using the best weight room exercises like squats, presses lifts and curls. Great Music, Great Experience!

Spinning A 55 min. stationary cycling workout set to music, which focuses on endurance and interval training. A variety of class offerings listed on the Group Exercise monthly schedule at the Sports Desk.

Aqua Zumba and Splash A total body workout designed to increase energy, stamina and improve circulation and flexibility in a water setting. Your head never goes under the water and swimming skills are not needed. A variety of class offerings are listed on the Pool and Group Exercise schedules at the Sports Desk.

Yoga Enjoy the mind and body connection to deep stretching, slow and rhythmic poses and balance postures. Develop strength, balance and flexibility while experiencing deep relaxation. A variety of yoga style classes are listed on the Group Exercise schedule.

Teen Tune Up ages 13 - 15 Children under the age of 16 are not permitted into the Fitness Center. However, in order to contribute to the fitness level of our youth, individuals 13 - 15 years are able to use the Fitness Center only after undergoing a Teen Tune-Up Certification Course. This allows youth to be trained on the concepts of fitness, etiquette in the facility and authorization to use the facility under the supervision of the fitness floor staff. $40 fee for up to 1 1/2 hours with a 13BFC140 trainer.

Guest Pass Policy • Daily Guest passes are $15 13BFC103 • If you join our Fitness Center within 30 days of the expiration of your guest pass, you may apply the guest fee towards your membership dues. • Guest Passes are issued at the Reception desk in the lobby. We will photocopy your Driver’s License or Photo ID card for security purposes before issuing the Guest Pass.

Locker Rentals Instead of carrying your workout clothes back and forth to the gym, the Bernikow Fitness Center offers annual locker rentals, giving you one less thing to worry about. Rental lockers are available on a first come first served basis, and are only available to Platinum members. Lockers available for rental measure about 12” x 12”, enough space to store your toiletries, shoes, etc. overnight. 13BFC101 Fee: $12 month/$144 annual

Gym Rentals/Gym Sponsors Rent either of our 2 gyms and/or advertise your business with a large sign in the downstairs Perla & Richard Kuhn Gym Contact: Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Brighton Ballet Theatre Comes to the JCC!

Brighton Ballet Theatre (BBT) is a dance school dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education for boys and girls, ages 2-19. BBT draws on the rich tradition of Russian ballet. In addition to teaching all students in Russian ballet by the Russian method, students will also have the opportunity to take rhythmic dance and ballet pilates for kids. Avis/South Shore Register at


avis fitness Melissa Kraker, Health & Fitness Director Carol Weinberg, Group Fitness Coordinator

718.475.5274 718.475.5270 ext 1205

At the JCC, our core values of trust, caring, integrity, passion, happiness and personal fitness guide everything that we do at the South Shore fitness center. Our goal is that every member is treated like an individual and feels supported and motivated to get fit, and most importantly, have fun in the process. Visit our up to date fitness facility and get yourself into the best shape ever. All our equipment is new including our Cardio Theater TV system mounted on treadmills. We provide an array of services and offer an extensive selection of cardiovascular fitness equipment. We have a large selection of free group exercise classes geared to every level. Our personnel are trained to educate members about the equipment and assist with workouts. Our Personal Trainers hold nationally recognized certifications and are CPR/AED certified. Two complimentary 30 minute orientations are required for each new member and should be scheduled by a personal trainer upon joining. This orientation is a basic demonstration of the safe and effective operation of the cardio and strength training equipment. Some of these orientations grow into a comprehensive fitness assessment session (Personal Training) and relationships between the member and trainer are well established as you reach your goals.

Locker Rentals

Guest Pass Policy

Our Fitness Center has male and female locker rooms equipped with showers. Lock13FC107 ers are for daily use only. • You can rent a locker for only $30 annually. • We also have mini lockers for wallets, cash and valuables for 25 cents.

• Daily Guest passes are $15 13FC106 • If you join our Fitness Center within 30 days of the expiration of your guest pass, you may apply the guest fee towards your membership dues. • Guest Passes are issued at the Reception desk in the lobby. We will photocopy your Driver’s License or Photo ID card for security purposes before issuing the Guest Pass.

Enrollment Policy • Everyone wishing to join the Fitness Center will be asked to complete a Liability Waiver. If you have a medical restriction, you will be asked to provide a medical clearance note from your physician.

Teen Membership The Teen rate/discount is for ages 12-20. • Teens are required to go through the orientation process to ensure a safe environment for themselves as well as others around them. Once they do this, they are permitted to use the Fitness Center without parental supervision. • Teens can only use the Fitness Center during non-school hours.


New Member Orientations Our two complimentary 30 minute orientations are required for each new member and should be scheduled by a personal trainer upon joining. This orientation is a basic demonstration of the safe and effective operation of the cardio and strength training equipment. Some of these orientations grow into a comprehensive fitness assessment session (Personal training) and relationships between the member and trainers are well established as they reach their obtainable goals. Orientations are by appointment only. AVIS FITNESS HOURS Mon-Thursday 8am to 8:30pm Friday 8am to 2pm Saturday closed Sunday 8am to 1pm

bernikow/avis sports & recreation Mike Reape, Sports & Recreation Director



Bernikow Bernikow Men’s Basketball Adults Teams and individuals accepted Mondays, 7-11pm: Registration date Monday, January 28 10 games plus play offs 13PE214W Fee: $135M/$165NM Contact: Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Soccer Best 4 you grade 3-adult Beginner and experienced players welcome 10 sessions, Sundays, 11am begins Feb. 10 Contact Ernest Murdukhayev, 718.475.5200 x 1107, or 13PE302W Fee: $150M$175/NM

Introduction to Sports Academy grades Pre K-3 Introduce your child to different sports 10 sessions, Wednesday, 4pm begins Wednesday, February 7 13PE102W Fee: $125M/$150NM Contact: Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Quick Start Tennis Program Pre K-Adults Classes ongoing Taught by USTA, PTR Associate Instructor, Dmytro Marchenko Call for information, prices and schedule 13PE316W 646.331.9881

Gym Rentals/Gym Sponsors Rent either of our 2 gyms and/or advertise your business with a large sign in the downstairs Perla & Richard Kuhn Gym Contact: Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Avis/South Shore Jerry Mosely’s Shoot for Success grades Pre K- HS, Co Ed Basketball skill training conducted by NY’s most accomplished basketball trainer 10 sessions, Sundays 9am-3pm (time depends on age), begins January 8. 13PE402 Fee: $175M/$185NM Contact: Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Men’s Unlimited Basketball 10 games plus playoffs, league is ongoing, $500 per team 13PE213W Contact Mark Levine 917.612.0683 or Mike Reape, 718.475.5212

Ramah Summer Sports Camp

Jerry Mosely’s Shoot for Success Basketball Camp Basketball skill training conducted by NY’s most accomplished basketball trainer SB4U/JCC Soccer Camp SB4U/JCC Soccer Camp teaches your child a variety of fundamental, basic skills of soccer in a fun, non competitive way. Bernikow JCC Contact Mike Reape, 718.475.5212 or


aquatics Claudia McLaughlin, Aquatics Director


LUCILLE & JAY CHAZANOFF INDOOR POOL COMPLEX Take time to enjoy the Aquatic Center at the Bernikow JCC as you swim the beautiful Olympic size indoor pool overlooking the Green Belt and relax in the steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Plus, complimentary towel service and grooming stations will enhance your aquatic activities. We’ve thought of everything so you don’t have to! All aquatic classes & programs for children and adults are held in the JCC’s Bernikow building.

Richmond Aquatics Club @ the JCC

Private Swim Lessons-Youth and Adult

Ages- 5-18 Our United States Swim Team has been running since September and continues until August. There are four training groups. Placement into one of the four groups is based on experience, ability level and a tryout administered by the coaches. Placement into the group is at the complete discretion of the coaches. Please check the to review how the program works and plan on next season starting in September.

Beginning at the current level of the child or adult and working towards independent swimming skills or stroke improvement. This class is designed for one-on-one instruction. Scheduled by appointment only Fee: (per 30 min.) $30M/$40NM 13AQ203 (per 45 min.) $40M/$55NM 13AQ204

JCC Pre-Competitive/ Richmond Aquatics Ages- 6 –18 Focus is on the four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly and also promotes the perfection of starts and turns. This program is designed for beginner swimmers with basic knowledge in all strokes, or the more advanced swimmer not quite ready for competition. This is an ongoing program. Please call for tryout times and appointments. Session 2- March-August, 2013 Fee for each session (2 days/week): $275M/$410NM 13AQ413W (3 day/week): $360M/$535NM 13AQ414W

Babies R SwimmingBaby Nemos 6 months –2 1/2 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. Session I (5 sessions) Sunday, January 613AQ132W February 3, 10:15-11am Session II Sunday, March 5- Sunday, March 13AQ133W 17, 10:15-11am Fee: (per session) $150M/$225NM

Triathlon Training/ Masters Training

Adults 18 + An 8 week course consisting of stroke improvement and conditioning for tri-athletes and Masters swimmers The course is held on Thursdays from 8:30– 9:30pm Lifeguard Training and CPR Session 1 – Thursday, January 8– February Must be 15 years old and pass a preliminary 26, 8:30– 9:30pm 13AQ104F swim test. Session 2 – Thursday, March 5– May 7, 8:30– Classes begin in December and continue 9:30pm 13AQ131W through May/June. Fee per session: $50M/$70NM 13AQ212 Fee: $250M/$310NM 26

New York Swim Academy

Splash/Aqua Zumba

12 and under Registration process for all new clients begins with a free evaluation class to assess child’s comfort level in the pool, and then recommending private or a group class placement. Students can join lessons at any time. Lessons are ongoing, year around. For more information please contact us at 347.982.5656 or Group lessons: $295M/$395NM for 10 ses13AQ422 sions (60 minutes) Private lessons: $30M/$40NM for 1 session 13AQ421 (30 minutes)

Combine the resistance of water and the power of specialized water equipment to give you a non-impact, total body workout for all fitness levels. This program is free to all members. Look for the group schedule for the days and times.

Gender Swims Please check the online schedule for all gender swim times.

Swimming Lessons: The American Red Cross Way Children 3 years – 14 years Level 1- Introduction to Water Skills “Tadpoles” Sundays, 10-11am only Session 1 Ages 3 + years. Introduction to swimming. They will learn breath control and underwater swimming. Certified instructors will be teaching children swimming on front and back, and treading. Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills “Whales” Sundays, 10-11am only Session 1 Ages 3 + years. Whales begin their training with the front crawl (freestyle), elementary backstroke, treading water and introduction to rhythmic breathing. Level 3 – Stroke Development “Sharks” Sundays, 11am or Thursdays, 4:30pm Ages 5 + years. Our Sharks work on refining their Level 2 skills. Front crawl (freestyle) and backstroke skills are developed and diving is introduced. Level 4 – Stroke Improvement “Dolphins” Sundays, 11am or Thursdays, 4:30pm Ages 6 + years. Refinement of Level 3 skills. This program will include freestyle, backstroke, introduction to breaststroke and butterfly and also diving and open turns. Children may be moved to appropriate level after first class. Session I Level 1 and 2 - Sunday, January 6 - Sunday, February 3, 10-11am 13AQ121W or Tuesday, January 8 - Tuesday, February 5, 4:30-5: 30pm 13AQ122W Level 3 and 4- Sunday, January 6 - Sunday, February 3, 11am-12pm 13AQ123W or Thursday, January 10 - Thursday, February 7, 4:30-5:30pm 13AQ124W Session II Level 1 and 2- Sunday, February 17 - Sunday, March 17, 10-11am 13AQ125W or Tuesday, February 19 - Tuesday, March 19, 4:30-5:30pm 13AQ126W Level 3 and 4- Sunday, February 17 - Sunday, March 17, 11am-12pm 13AQ127W or Thursday, February 21 - Thursday, March 21, 4:30-5:30pm 13AQ128W Fee: (per session) $150M/$225NM


gymnastics Mary Fontana, Gymnastics Director 718.720.7983

718.475.5275 or

Richmond Gymnastics Center, expert in the Pre-School Gymnastics field, has trained preschoolers for the past 30 years. Classes for all age groups culminate with a Gymnastic exhibition held at the JCC. Pre-teams and team programs: USAG Levels 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are held Monday through Friday. 3 to 15 hours per week are required to become a team member. Fees: $660 (10 months) or $66 a month Members 13RG101 $760 (10 mo.) or $76 a month NonMembers ($25 Non-member registration fee) 13RRG103 Day and time will be given to you upon registration. Pay in full or provide credit card number to be debited monthly. Sibling and group rates available. Program Philosophy: Our main objective is to further the development of all our students as gymnasts. Our recreational and team programs will allow students to gain self-confidence, poise and pride in all they do; qualities that last a lifetime. For information call 718.475.5275 or 718.720.7983. FEATURING THE USA JUNIOR OLYMPIC PROGRAM

Cheer tumbling classes offered for cheer groups at a special rate.


2 1/2 year olds co-ed




3 & 4 year olds co-ed

Monday Wednesday

Super Rompers

Girls and Boys 5 & 6 year olds

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

11am, 12pm, 4pm 4pm Thursday 4pm 4pm, 5pm 4pm, 5pm, 6pm 4pm, 5pm 4pm, 5pm 4pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

5pm, 6pm or 5-7pm 4pm, 5pm, 6pm 5pm, 6pm or 5-7pm 4pm, 5pm, 6pm or 5-7pm 5pm, 6pm or 5-7pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

5pm-6pm or 5-7pm 5pm-6pm or 5-7pm 5pm-6pm or 5-7pm 5pm-6pm or 5-7pm

Girls and Boys 7, 8 & 9 year olds 1 hour or 2 hour classes available.

10 years old and over

BERNIKOW CLASS SCHEDULE Boys and Girls 3 years & older 28


4pm (all ages), 5pm (7+ years)

community programs Maureen Fisher, Director of Health Programs Rose Shargo, Dir. of Ed. & Vocational Services

718.981.1400 718.508.3881

JCC Community Health Insurance Program (CHIP) · Community Health Insurance Program (CHIP) · Public health insurance for children and adults through age 64 · The CHIP Program offers free and low-cost health insurance to eligible individuals, including Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus (eligibility is based on family size and gross monthly income). Our multi-lingual facilitated enrollers offer eligibility screening, assistance with completing an application, securing required documentation, delivery of the application to the appropriate agency, and re-certification assistance. · Services are available seven days a week at various locations throughout Staten Island. · There is no cost to enroll, although premiums and co-pays may apply, depending upon program. Our convenient locations include: • JCC CHIPS, 1859 Victory Boulevard 718.981.1400 • Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Road 718.475.5271 • Project Hospitality, 514 Bay Street 718.981.1400

Community Health Advocates (CHA)


· All ages · Our CHA Coordinator helps guide families, individuals and small businesses through the health care system with free information, advice, and advocacy on all types of health insurance. CHA cases include eligibility assistance, guidance accessing health care, navigating the health care system, and hospital billing issues. · Monday through Friday • Free Contact Lily Reznik, 718.981.1400

The Center of the Community 30,000 individuals and families from Staten Island benefit from JCC services and programs in over 30 locations


GED/ABE Preparatory Program


Maria Anselmo, Program Coordinator 718.508.3882

The JCC offers GED preparatory classes which provide students with the necessary skills needed to pass the GED (high school equivalency diploma) exam. Classes are FREE and are taught by qualified instructors. Day and evening schedules are available. This program provides scheduling for all eligible students to take their GED exam at the local testing center. Requirements for admittance; applicant must be 17.5 years old or older at the time of registration and score an intermediate level or higher on the entrance exam. Enrollment is limited. Call our GED Hotline 718.508.3895. Become friends with us on Facebook @ “JCC Ged”.

Citizenship Preparation Part of the naturalization process includes successfully completing a test administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. This course helps prepare immigrants to take that test by introducing US history and government with the appropriate English vocabulary and grammar structure for ESL students who are preparing to take the US citizenship examination. Practice questions and books are supplied. Please call 718.508.3885 for further information and availability.

Literacy Zone


The Literacy Zone is designed to assist individuals and families improve their overall quality of life and standard of living by offering literacy programs and comprehensive connections to a wide array of services available. Adult education classes are offered at several locations and through an extensive partner network. Literacy Zone staff offer individuals and families connections to a wide array of social services, including health insurance, food stamps, WIC, job training, and cultural programs. Services are offered in several languages. · Monday through Friday • Free Contact Shirley Haq, 718.761.1716

ESL English As A Second Language This program is designed to help immigrants learn and improve their English language skills. Regardless of the language you speak, we can teach you English. There are classes available in both beginner and intermediate levels. This is an intensive course given two times a week for a 10 week cycle. The focus is to facilitate conversational English, reading and writing in order for students to find employment, make promotional gains and increase involvement in their children’s education. Contact Carolyn Magliolo, ESL Coordinator, 718.508.3885

Stapleton Neighborhood Senior Center Glenda Martinez, Director


The JCC Stapleton Neighborhood Senior Center offers a wide variety of services to stimulate both body and mind. The nutritional program includes a warm, healthy and hearty, breakfast and lunch. Nutritional education and monthly blood pressure screenings, conducted by a registered nurse, are also offered. There are computer and ceramics classes as well as arts and crafts. Physical activities, taught by certified instructors include TaiChi, Yoga, aerobics, chair exercises and line dancing. Case assistance and referrals are provided to all members to help resolve various personal matters pertaining to food stamps, Access-A-Ride, rent arrears, Medicare and Medicaid, eviction prevention and much more. Translation services are also available upon request in English, Spanish and Tagalog. All adults 60 and above are invited and welcome to join this fun, diverse and friendly senior center. 30

Beacon Programs I.S. 49 JCC/Beacon Program Ingrid Ebanks, Director 718.556.1565 Steve Kessler, Afterschool Coordinator

Now in its 15th year of service to the communities of Park Hill and Stapleton on the north shore of Staten Island, the JCC/Beacon Program offers a wide variety of essential services to school age children as well as adults. Our mission is to provide activities that are not generally available to residents of these communities. Regularly scheduled afterschool, evening and Saturday programs include academic tutoring, social services, recreation, leadership development, music, dance, art and drama as well as nutritional counseling, pregnancy prevention, good health recommendations, cultural and educational special events. We provide services to over 1,200 youth and adults each month.

Tottenville JCC/Beacon Program at Tottenville High School Cliff Bloom, Director 718.605.3033

The JCC/Beacon program at Tottenville High School provides opportunities to community residents of the south shore of Staten Island. Our goal is to offer additional services such as: academic tutoring, recreation, leadership development and social services, all free of charge to our community. As we enter our third year at Tottenville, we will be serving over 1,800 students and adults each month. We will continue to offer services and activities that are necessary but not as available to our community residents as they would like. We will try and be a resource for a lack of services that our community residents’ desire.

JCC/Beacon Cornerstone Program Ingrid Ebanks, Supervisor Debra Fredrick, Onsite Director


Starting its third year, the JCC/Beacon Satellite provides services for both children and adults in the NYCHA Housing in Stapleton. Similar to the IS 49 program, there is an afterschool program for children followed by diverse activities for adults in the evening. Activities at the Beacon Satellite are age appropriate and based on the expressed needs and interests of the participants. In April, 2011 Cornerstone moved into the Gerard Carter Community Center. Regularly scheduled afterschool, evening and Saturday programs include academic, recreational, social services, and the arts.

Community Solar Powered Generator The JCC has been selected as a host site of a community solar powered generator for use on all of Staten Island. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the need for emergency power was a prime consideration. The generator can’t power a house or building. However people can charge cell phones, laptops, power tools, small refrigerators, lighting, etc. The generator was provided by Solar 1, a non-profit organization concerned with green energy, arts, and education. The generators are made by DC Solar Solutions, distributed by Consolidated Solar and the deployment is sponsored by HSBC Bank. For further information please contact JR Rich, Agency Greening Coordinator at 718.475.5251 or 31

Registration form How to Register 1. Fill out a registration form COMPLETELY for each individual registering. Additional forms are available in the Center lobby or you may duplicate as many forms as you need. 2. Write a check to the JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER for full tuition to cover all classes and activities requested. 3. Full payment must accompany registration or registration will not be accepted. 4. Place the registration form(s) and your check in an envelope and either address completely for mailing or see the receptionist at either JCC building. If mailing, mark the envelope "Registration." 5. No confirmation will be sent. Participants are expected at the first session as listed. You will be notified only if a class is cancelled. 6. Non-members may enroll only in those classes that show a non-member fee. 7. Not responsible for typographical errors.

Member Information Please return to the JCC, 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. Please use a separate form for each person. Call 718.475.5200 for additional forms. When listing the course code in the shaded box below, members should use the M code; non-members should use the NM. Last Name

First Name




Home Phone

Cell phone

ZIp E-mail

Child’s Name

Date of Birth

Child’s Name

Date of Birth

Please Note: We agree that the JCC and/or UJA Federation may use any photograph, videotape or record in which I/we appear, taken for purposes of publicity, and/or advertising, may be used without additional approval. Participant's Name


Course Code #

Class Name



Payment Information ❏ Platinum Member ❏ Gold Member ❏ Non-member Membership Expires _____________ ❏ Enclosed is my check in the amount of $ _______________ made payable to the JCC. ❏ Credit Card ❏ Visa ❏ MC ❏ Amex Account Number __________________________ Expiration Date _________ Signature ________________________________________________

Authorization For Emergency Medical and/or Surgical Treatment This form must be on file for all children enrolled in courses. Authorization: In case of emergency, I hereby authorize the doctor or hospital to which my child/children may be brought (and whomever they may designate as their assistant) to perform an emergency procedure or operation, to give treatment and the administration of an anesthetic to my child. I also authorize the use of my hospitalization or medical coverage as indicated below: Child(ren) Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________ Zip _________ Phone _____________________ Emergency and/or work phone# must be entered here: # ________________________ Name of Insurance policy :____________________________ Date _______ Policy # _________________ Please Note: The authorization granted by this form will be used only where absolutely necessary and only after every attempt has been made to contact the parent or guardian.


_________________________________________________ signature & relationship to child

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