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2014 winter-Spring

program guide

Simon Family Jewish Community Center on the Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338 | info@simonfamilyjcc.org fb.com/simonfamilyj

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The Simon Family JCC is supported by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the United Way.


Welcome to the JCC

A Letter from the Simon Family JCC Center Director Dear Friends, If you are reading this letter, you are taking the first step in learning about the wonderful programs that the Simon Family JCC will be offering throughout the upcoming seasons! Whether you sign up for baby signing, children’s cooking, karate or one of our sports classes we have something for everyone. We are excited our Swim Safe lessons are helping children of all ages to learn to swim and be safe in the water. Also check our group fitness schedule online at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for the latest class schedule. All of our classes and many upcoming events, such as our December 25th Pancake Breakfast and the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, are highlighted in this guide. This year, in addition to our already successful cultural arts events, our programming includes a partnership with Virginia Arts Festival. This partnership will bring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the Sandler Center on the evening of April 2. This special performance is also the highlight of the JCC’s “Celebrate Israel” initiative. “Celebrate Israel” also includes a film documentary, keynote speaker Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute, and our annual community-wide Israel Fest including local vendors, carnival games and rides, authentic Israeli fare and more!! This is a tremendous undertaking, and there are a variety of corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities available. After the spring programming season, we will kick off the summer with our Annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament. Making your gift to the JCC is easy and will help so many of your fellow community members. To learn more about making your gift and supporting our programs or scholarship funds, please contact Evan Levitt, our Development Director, at 757-321-2337 or elevitt@simonfamilyjcc.org. I am proud to present our 2014 Winter/Spring Program Guide. Enjoy and see you soon! Sincerely,

Scott Katz, MSW Center Director Simon Family JCC

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Updates and additions to this guide can be found online at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org

General Information...............................................................................................................3 – 6 Hours of Operation Guest Policy Holiday Schedule Financial Assistance

Contents

The Simon Family JCC strives to offer the best programming and activities in a Jewish environment.

Fitness & Aquatics...............................................................................................................6 – 11 BeWell – Getting Started Free Group Exercise Classes Private Fitness Instruction Aquatic Fitness Classes Swimming Lessons for Children Children’s Programming....................................................................................................12 – 19 Birthday Parties Kids Night Out Athletic Leagues Children & Family Programs Children’s Classes - Babies & Caregivers Children’s Classes - Early Childhood & Elementary Abrakadoodle Brickheadz and more... Childcare Options & Early Childhood Education..............................................................20 – 23 Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care Program Kids Connection Before-and After-School Enrichment School’s Out Days Beginnings Day Out Strelitz Early Childhood Center Jewish Life and Learning..........................................................................................................24 Adult Programming....................................................................................................................25 Sports Programs Social Programs Senior Adult Programming........................................................................................................26 Social Programs Special Programs Teen Programming.............................................................................................................27 – 28 Middle School High School College Cultural Arts Programming...............................................................................................29 – 30 The Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg Performing Arts at the J Series, presented by Leah Wohl* Israel Festival Leon Art Gallery Children’s Cultural Arts Series Special Events............................................................................................................................30 Pancake Breakfast Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities.................................................................... 31 SIMON FAMILY JCC • winter–Spring 2014 Program Guide • 757-321-2338 • SimonFamilyJCC.org • REGISTER ONLINE!

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Hours of Operation

JCC Hours Monday – Thursday..................................................................................................................5:30am – 9:30pm Friday.......................................................................................................................................5:30am – 6:00pm Saturday...................................................................................................................................8:00am – 3:00pm Sunday.....................................................................................................................................8:00am – 6:00pm

Drop-In Babysitting & The Zone The Simon Family JCC strives to help our members get the most out of their experience here! We are happy to provide complimentary babysitting to members for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. While you enjoy your workout, younger children (ages 6 weeks – 5 years) will have fun in the Babysitting Playroom (downstairs next to the pool entrance) reading, coloring or climbing in our indoor playground under the care of our loving and experienced staff! Our littlest ones can enjoy a nap or swing in our bouncy seats or in caring arms. Older kids (ages 6 – 12 year) will have a blast in The Zone (upstairs outside of the fitness center), which is stocked with toys, puzzles, and games. If you have any questions please contact Erika Eskenazi, Youth, Family and Camp Assistant Director, at 757-321-2342 or eeskenazi@simonfamilyjcc.org. Babysitting Hours | For children ages 6 week – 5 years Monday – Thursday...........................................................................8:30am – 1:30pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm Friday................................................................................................................................8:30am – 1:30pm Sunday..............................................................................................................................9:00am – 1:00pm The Zone Hours | For children ages 6 – 12 years Monday – Thursday...........................................................................................................3:30pm – 7:30pm Sunday..............................................................................................................................9:00am – 1:00pm

Kid Fit Fitness area with activities | For children ages 6 – 12 years Monday – Thursday........................................................................................... 4:00pm – 6:30pm (Sept. – June)

Cardo Cafè Specialty coffees, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Kosher Dairy. Credit cards accepted with $5 minimum purchase. Gift cards now available. Monday – Friday.........................................................................................................................8:00am – 2:00pm

Guest Policy Updated 09/01/13 • Guests must sign-in, complete a waiver form with emergency contact information, and pay upon entering the building. • All guests must be accompanied by a member. Members are limited to no more than two (2) guests at a time. Special arrangements may be requested, in advance, through the Membership Department. • Members of another JCC may use the facility up to 15 times per calendar year, January 1– December 31. • Guest privileges may be revoked, at any time without refund, for inappropriate behavior or failure to follow JCC policies. Guest Fee 0 – 2 year old | Free

3 – 11 years old | $4

12 years & over | $8

Free Guest Days (Above policies and limitiations apply) Enjoy the Simon Family JCC with a family member or friend for FREE during these special guest days.

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January 23 – 26 April 24 – 27

February 20 – 23 May 22 – 25

March 27 – 30

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The JCC will be CLOSED for: Passover................................................................................................................................................ 04/15/14 The Cardo Café will be closed 04/14 - 04/25 for Passover. The JCC will be OPEN for the following holidays: Tu B’Shvat..................................................... 01/16/14

*Passover..................................................... 04/22/14

Martin Luther King Day................................. 01/20/14

Yom HaShoah............................................... 04/28/14

President’s Day............................................ 02/17/14

Yom HaZikaron............................................. 05/05/14

Erev Purim.................................................... 03/15/14

Yom Ha’Atzmaut........................................... 05/06/14

Purim........................................................... 03/16/14

Erev Shavuot................................................. 06/03/14

*Passover..................................................... 04/16/14

*Shavuot...................................................... 06/04/14

*Passover..................................................... 04/21/14

*Shavuot...................................................... 06/05/14

Holiday Schedule

Winter–Spring Holiday Schedule

*For these holidays, the JCC’s business offices will be closed but the JCC will be open. Holidays with special hours Christmas Eve............................................... 12/24/13 JCC..............................................closes at 6:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care.................Open Kids Connection........................................... Open

New Year’s Day.............................................. 01/01/14 Fitness & Aquatics..........................9:00 – 5:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care.............. CLOSED Kids Connection........................................ CLOSED

Christmas Day............................................... 12/25/13 Fitness & Aquatics..........................9:00 – 5:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care.............. CLOSED Kids Connection........................................ CLOSED

Erev Passover................................................ 04/14/14 JCC..............................................closes at 6:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care.................Open Kids Connection...........................................Open

New Year’s Eve.............................................. 12/31/13 JCC..............................................closes at 6:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care.................Open Kids Connection........................................... Open

Memorial Day............................................... 05/26/14 Fitness & Aquatics..........................9:00 – 5:00pm Beginnings Infant & Toddler Care..............Closed Kids Connection........................................closed

Jewish Holiday Descriptions Tu B’Shvat: Also called the New Year for Trees, on this arbor day, it is customary to eat fruit from trees that grow in Israel, plant trees and provide money for the planting of trees in Israel. Purim: The holiday of Purim celebrates the Book of Esther in the Bible, which relates a plot by the wicked Haman against the Jews and his eventual defeat and demise through the efforts of Mordechai and Queen Esther. It is a day of wearing costumes and partying. Pesach/Passover: Passover recalls the deliverance of Jews from Egyptian slavery. Jews around the world celebrate their freedom at the Seder table as the story of the exodus from Egypt is told. Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Day is when we remember the victims of the Holocaust in Europe from the 1930’s – 1945. Yom Hazikaron: The day on which Israel honors its war veterans. It is intended to remind people of the price paid by many in defense of the Jewish State. Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Israeli Independence Day celebrates the founding of the State of Israel in May 1948. Shavuot: Shavuot means “weeks,” signifying seven weeks after Passover. It celebrates the moment when Moses received the Torah and the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai.

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Financial Assistance

Fitness & Aquatics

It is the philosophy of the JCC that no one is ever denied membership because of an inability to pay the membership dues. If there are special circumstances that require adjustments and/or special assistance, please call the Membership Director at 757-321-2338 and request a confidential interview.

BeWell – Getting Started At the Simon Family JCC, our fitness trainers will help you on your road to getting healthier. The Simon Family JCC offers various programs outlined in this program guide to help you find the best way to get fit. If you have any questions, please call us at 757-3212321 and ask for Tony Pearsall, Fitness Manager. Here are some of the services you will be able to take advantage of at the JCC:

• BeWell Portal allows you to track all aspects of your wellness, fitness, and dietary

goals. Your personalized Dashboard page helps facilitate your wellness program with specialized tools to track and analyze your personal health, nutrition and fitness data. Create an account and start today. You will be asked for a location code. The location code is: vbmember.

• Two BeWell Fitness Sessions with a Certified Personal Trainer. Get started with

a special work-out plan created just for you. This program is designed for new members or individuals looking for the best fitness workout to meet their needs. We provide two One Hour sessions. These sessions include a BeWell Fitness Assessment, Goal Setting, and a results-based Fitness and Wellness Plan. Contact Tony Pearsall at 757-321-2321 or apearsall@simonfamilyjcc.org to schedule.

• Group Exercise Classes are available to accommodate every fitness level. Check

out our website at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for the latest schedule. For more information, contact our Group Exercise Director, Sharon Giannelli, at 757-321-2310 or sgiannelli@simonfamilyjcc.org.

In order to make your visit to the Simon Family JCC as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we provide Drop-in Baby Sitting Service, Daily Lockers (bring your own lock), Direct TV and Broadcast Vision (bring headphones), Shower Towel Service, Steam Room and Sauna, Wi-Fi Access, Warm Water and Lap Pool, Friendly Staff, and all the weights you need.

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For ages 16+ years. Course descriptions are below. Please stop into the center or check www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for the most up-to-date Group Exercise and Aquatic Fitness class schedules. Be sure to also check out Sports Programs in the Adult Programming section on page 25.

Bootcamp

Energetic and creative class featuring strength, speed, agility and cardio drills! Class may be performed outside, weather permitting. Meet in Studio 1. 55 minutes

Cardio Blast

A hi/lo impact aerobic class with user-friendly choreography. High energy and may include core and more.

Life-Fit

Too young for Silver Sneakers? Not quite ready for the intensity of Muscle Blast? This is the class for you! Strength and cardio without being too intense. 55 minutes

Fitness & Aquatics

Free Group Exercise Classes

muscle blast

This is a total body lifting experience that improves your muscular endurance, tone and definition.

pilates

This exercise technique tones and lengthens muscles, increases abdominal and back strength, improves posture and promotes flexibility. 55 minutes (Private Pilates instruction is also available. See page 8.)

Silver sneakers

These classes are specifically designed for older adults who want to improve their strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility. 45 minutes

Silver sneakers yoga

This class will move your whole body through a series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered for safety. Class designed to promote stress reduction and mental clarity. 55 minutes

Spinning

This class uses a specialized stationary bike in a group setting. Focus is to improve your strength and aerobic endurance while burning lots of calories. 55 minutes

Spinning/conditioning

45 minutes cycle and 15 minutes conditioning off the bike.

step and sculpt

Mix it up with 1/2 step aerobics and 1/2 strength training. A great way to get it in one class! 55 minutes

tabata

30 minutes of high intensity exercises with minimal rest promoting maximum calorie expenditure. Prepare to work hard and get the results you want! 15 minutes of core work and stretching at the end.

yoga

Movement promoting balance, flexibility, strength, and relaxation through various poses and breathing techniques. 55–90 minutes depending on class and time of day. Yoga is a class that has many styles and intensity levels.

zumba

Mix up your workout with this high energy class set to Latin and international beats. Burn calories and have fun! 55 minutes SIMON FAMILY JCC • winter–Spring 2014 Program Guide • 757-321-2338 • SimonFamilyJCC.org • REGISTER ONLINE!

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Zumba Gold

All the elements of a Zumba Fitness Party modified for active older participants or those new to fitness. Step—Choreography and movement patterns offer a fun-filled step aerobic workout. 55 minutes

Private Fitness Instruction Personal Training

Fitness Training with a personal trainer provides variety, consistency, education, support, guidance and motivation to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Contact Tony Pearsall at 757-321-2321 or apearsall@simonfamilyjcc.org.

Pilates

Private Pilates instruction can help you focus on improving posture, core strength, and muscular imbalances or weaknesses. Sessions are designed to fit individual needs by using mat and reforming exercises to provide a full body workout. Sessions are scheduled in advance with the trainer.

Yoga

Private Yoga sessions teach movements promoting balance, flexibility, strength, and relaxation through various postures and breathing techniques under the supervision and comfort of a yoga instructor. Fees are for personal training, private pilates instruction, and private yoga instruction. Introductory Packages (Limit One Per Member) 3 half hour sessions | $66 3 one hour sessions | $99 Individual Training - Half Hour Packages 1 Session | $34 5 Sessions | $160 (save $10) 10 Sessions | $300 (save $40) 20 Sessions | $560 (save $120) Individual Training - One Hour Packages 1 Session | $54 5 Sessions | $260 (save $10) 10 Sessions | $500 (save $40) 20 Sessions | $960 (save $120) Semi-Private Training - One Hour Packages (2 people) 1 Session: $76 5 Sessions: $360 (save $20) 10 Sessions: $680 (save $80) 20 Sessions: $1280 (save $240)

Small Group Training - One hour

Group of 4-6 people get a more personalized approach in a group setting where you’ll enjoy a variety of workouts in a social atmosphere. This offers a great value. Classes are offered on a semester basis. Form a group of 4 – 6 members and we will create a class for you. $180 per student for 12 sessions. Members only

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This is personal training in a group setting with no more than 6 participants, which allows you to get the personal attention without the price. You save 70 percent off the cost of a regular personal training session. For ages 16+ years Session 1 Tuesdays & Thursdays | 01/07/14 – 02/13/14 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Mind and Body Room in Fitness Center 12 Sessions | $254 | $204 JCC Members Session 2 Tuesdays & Thursdays | 02/18/14 – 03/27/14 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Mind and Body Room in Fitness Center 14 Sessions | $288 | $238 JCC Members Session 3 Tuesdays & Thursdays | 04/01/14 – 05/22/14 (No class 04/15 & 04/22) 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Mind and Body Room in Fitness Center 14 Sessions | $288 | $238 JCC Members

Fitness & Aquatics

“Burn Baby Burn” with Starr - Group Personal Training

Aquatic Fitness Classes For ages 16+ years. Class descriptions are below.

Aqua Blast (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees) Class may include finning, shallow water aerobics and strength exercises for a complete aquatic workout. Deep h2o Fitness (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees)

Swimming ability required. Deep Water Jogging classes focus on cardiovascular training and muscle conditioning.

Finning for Legs and Abs (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees)

Swimming ability required. Using fins and noodles; this is a great way to tone and improve endurance.

Warm Water Flex (Warm Water Pool 89 – 90 Degrees)

No swimming ability required. This class uses shallow water moves to improve range of motion.

Water Arthritis (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees) No swimming ability required. This class provides participants with gentle range of motion exercises Water Fitness (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees) No swimming ability required. Improves cardiovascular endurance and tones muscles by using the resistance of the water. Zero impact arthritis (Main Pool 84 – 85 Degrees)

Participants need to be comfortable in the water. This class provides participants with gentle range of motion exercises.

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Fitness & Aquatics

Swimming Lessons for Children The Swim Safe Program is created around sound swimming fundamentals and promotes active learning in each class. The teaching philosophy is based on our instructors’ understanding of how to teach swimming for age appropriate levels of development. This program eases children into the water so that they feel safe and comfortable in the pool

as beginners, and, as they progress, it works on their technique and form. Our goal is to establish a comfort level and interest in the sport, so that children develop a life-long interest in the sport of swimming. For more information or to register, call 757-321-2316.

Under age 3 Water Babies | 6 months – 3 years | Prerequisite: None 1. Comfortable underwater 2. Comfortable on their backs 3. Swim 3-5 feet with their face underwater Water Wigglers | 2 & 3 years | Prerequisite: Graduate of Water Babies 1. Comfortable head down swim 2. Teach freestyle progression 3. Teach backstroke kick

age 3 – 5 Years Frogs | Prerequisite: None 1. Comfortable underwater 2. Float a short distance face down independently 3. Float on back independently Gobies | Prerequisite: Graduate of Frogs 1. Streamline with correct form 2. Swim freestyle with correct arms 3. Backstroke kick Tiger Barbs | Prerequisite: Graduate of Goby 1. Freestyle side-breathing to the preferred side 2. Learn backstroke 3. Learn kicking for breaststroke and butterfly

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Puffers | Prerequisite: None 1. Comfortable underwater 2. Float a short distance face down 3. Float on back Stingrays | Prerequisite: Graduates of Puffer 1. Streamline with correct form 2. Swim freestyle with correct arms 3. Backstroke kick Seals | Prerequisite: Graduates of Stingray 1. Freestyle side-breathing to the preferred side 2. Learn backstroke 3. Learn kicking for breaststroke and butterfly Dolphins | Prerequisite: Graduates of Tiger Barb or Seal 1. Freestyle side-breathing to the non-preferred side 2. Learn a beginning somersault and a sit-down dive 3. Learn the correct butterfly and breaststroke progression

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Age 6 – 12 Years

Frogs | Prerequisite: Graduates of Dolphin 1. Master freestyle with bi-lateral side-breathing 2. Flip turn with pushing off on the wall into a back streamline 3. Breaststroke and butterfly progression with breathing

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Children’s Programming

Birthday Parties For up to 16 children Birthday parties at the JCC give parents the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy while their child celebrates a milestone in their young lives. Leave the planning to the JCC and your party host/hostess. Our parties are scheduled in two-hour blocks in our state-of-the art facility. The party includes one hour of celebration time in the party room and one hour of activity time. For activities you can choose from several options: a pool party, the GaGa Pit, an arts & crafts party and a gym party. All activities are tailored to the age of the birthday child. Your party package includes a party host/hostess, paper products (tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins, and utensils) for the children, a customized 1/4 sheet cake from “Custom Cake Shoppe,” candles and Goody Bags for up to 16 children. Additional items and children may be added to your party. Please download brochure at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org. You can also email birthdays@simonfamilyjcc.org or contact Customer Service at 757-321-2338 for more details and available dates. All food must be kosher. Advanced reservations are required $275 | $250 JCC Members

Kids Night Out Kids Night Out, the 3rd Saturday of each month, is a program especially for JCC members. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years are invited to join us for this evening of games, crafts, snacks, swimming (for those 4 years and up, who can swim without flotation devices, with lifeguard supervision) and more. These exciting theme-filled evenings are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face. Enjoy your night out while the JCC staff provides a safe, supervised and fun environment for your child – a place where they can be active, make friends, have fun and most importantly – leave parents at home! Pre-registration is required. Due to staffing requirements, drop-offs may not be able to be accommodated the day of the event. Every 3rd Saturday of the month (01/18, 02/15, 03/08*, 04/19 & 05/17) *Please note that the March KNO is on the 2nd Saturday of the Month

6:00 – 10:00pm | $10 per child, JCC Members only

Athletic Leagues A child plays for free if his/her parent is the head coach for the team (limit of one). Parents/guardians are required to sign a completed participant waiver form before a player may participate. League sponsorship (Your logo on every jersey) is $250. If you have questions or are interested in coaching, call 757-321-2308.

Pee Wee Soccer For ages 4 – 6 years

This league teaches the basic techniques and skills of the game of soccer to include dribbling, passing, throw-ins, defense, and shooting. Participants practice once a week with a game each Sunday. Players must supply their own shin guards. Team jersey is included. Sundays & Thursdays | 03/27/14 – 06/01/14 (No rain dates | No Soccer 04/17, 04/20 & 05/18) Sundays 1:00pm (Games) | JCC Soccer Fields (First games are 04/06/14) Thursdays 5:30pm (Practices) | JCC Soccer Fields $65 | $55 JCC Members

Tee ball For ages 3 – 6 years Open to all children ages 3-6, this league teaches the basic techniques and skills of the game of tee ball to include throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and team work. Participants practice once a week with a game each Tuesday. Team jersey is included.

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Mondays & Tuesdays | 03/31/14 – 05/27/14 (No rain dates | No Tee Ball 04/14-15, 04/21-22 & 05/26) Mondays 5:30pm (Practices) | JCC Baseball Fields Tuesdays 5:30pm (Games) | JCC Baseball Fields $60 | $50 JCC Members SIMON FAMILY JCC • winter–Spring 2014 Program Guide • 757-321-2338 • SimonFamilyJCC.org • REGISTER ONLINE!


This program will instill a fundamentally sound approach to the game while appropriately balancing participation and competition. Skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship are the goal of providing a fun and rewarding youth basketball program. Teams will practice for several weeks before the 7-week regular season, ending in a Championship Day on 02/23/14. Basketball jersey included for each player. Supported by Coach Larry Ward. Required Open House for Players & Parents | 11/26/13 5:30pm | Grades K – 2 6:30pm | Grades 3 – 5

7:30pm | Grades 6 – 8

Practices | 12/02/13 – 02/20/14 Grades K – 2 | Mondays 5:30pm | JCC Jaffe Gym Grades 3 – 5 | Tuesdays 5:30pm | JCC Jaffe Gym Grades 6 – 8 | Thursdays 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | JCC Jaffe Gym Games | 01/05/14 – 02/23/14 Grades K – 2 | Sundays 1:00pm | JCC Jaffe Gym Grades 3 – 5 | Sundays 2:00pm | JCC Jaffe Gym Grades 6 – 8 | Sundays 4:00pm | JCC Jaffe Gym $100 | $80 JCC Members

Youth Swim Team - Simon Swordfish Pre-Season Workout and Swim Clinic For ages 5 – 18 years

Children’s Programming

Youth basketball League For grades K – 8

This 16-class clinic is the second of two off-season opportunities for swimmers to have the Swordfish coaching staff help them work on conditioning, swim stroke techniques, flip turns, and race strategies in preparations for the 2014 summer season or as a great way to stay active and healthy during the winter. Participants do NOT have to be a Swordfish Swim Team member in order to participate, but should be experienced swimmers. This is NOT swim lessons for non-swimmers. The swim team staff will make all judgment calls regarding a swimmer’s ability to participate. Call 757-321-2308 if you have questions. Winter | Mondays & Wednesdays | 12/16/13 – 02/12/14 (No class 12/25 & 01/01) 3:45 – 4:30pm | JCC Indoor Pool 16 Sessions | $115 | $85 JCC Members Spring | Mondays & Wednesdays | 02/26/14 – 04/30/14 | (No class 04/14, 04/16 & 04/21) 3:45 – 4:30pm | JCC Indoor Pool 16 Sessions | $115 | $85 JCC Members

youth Swim team - Simon swordfish For ages 5 – 18 years This recreational competitive swim team offers experienced coaching to swimmers wishing to improve technique, get fit, and make friends. Meets are scheduled for the midsummer with a team championship on 07/31. Competitive experience not needed, but swimmers must qualify on 05/25 at 4:00pm — 25 meter swim, ages 5-8; 50 meter swim, ages 9-18. Choose to attend one of two daily practices. A one-time sibling discount of $25 is available at registration. Each swimmer receives a team sport bag and swim cap. Parents’ meeting | 05/12/14 | 6:30pm Monday – Friday | 05/27/14 – 07/31/14 AM Practice | 9:45 – 10:30am | JCC Outdoor Pool (beginning 06/16) PM Practice | 3:45 – 4:30pm | JCC Outdoor Pool Swim Meet Schedule TBA $150 | $125 JCC Members

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Children’s Programming

Children & Family Programs Family Havdallah

Join us for dinner and fun as together we watch the Sabbath depart. More information to come! Co-sponsored by The Simon Family JCC’s Children and Family Department and the UJFT’s Young Adult Division. For more information, email Aweinstein@ujft.org or Jsava@simonfamilyjcc.org. Please check www.SimonFamilyJCC.org and www.JewishVA.org for details on this event coming soon!

Saturday, 01/04/14 6:30pm | Location TBD $15 for adults | $10 for children 3 and over

Camp JCC Reunion

All campers and staff from Camp 2013. Six more months to camp! Seems so far away… don’t worry, come and celebrate with all of your old camp friends. Simon says... come play a rousing game of Giants, Wizards, and Trolls. Create a craft and have a ton of fun!

Sunday, 01/05/14 3:00 – 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC

Celebrating Our Differences

Family program for Preschool – Grade 2 (Siblings welcome!) Storytime, activities, art and more! Join us as we read The Only One Club and learn how to celebrate the ways in which we are like our friends and what makes each of us unique and special! This is a PJ Library Event.

Monday, 01/20/14 10:00 – 11:30am | Simon Family JCC $15 Family | $10 PJ Library Family

Sunday, 02/09/14 3:00 – 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC $12 | $6 - 2013 & 2014 Camp JCC participants

Sunday, 03/02/14 11:00am – 3:00pm | Simon Family JCC

Sundae Swim, Sing & Swing For Pre-K – grade 6 Join us for a fun afternoon with friends of swimming in the pool, singing karaoke, swinging to Just Dance and swinging on the swings! And then top it all off with a sundae bar! Sponsored by Camp JCC.

Operation Hamentashen Family Event Spread the joy of Purim by baking cookies for others – and yourself too! Operation Hamantashen provides cookies to servicemen and women. Hamantashen are delicious triangle-shaped cookies with filling that are a traditional Purim treat. Purim is a Jewish holiday that is coming up in March. Do not worry if you are not great in the kitchen – we’ll provide everything you need and teach you all you need to know! Special bonus, bakers are tasters. Hamantashen will be available for purchase during event (cash only please). Co-sponsored by The Simon Family JCC’s Children and Family Department and The UJFT’s Young Adult Division. For more information email Aweinstein@ujft.org or Eeskenazi@simonfamilyjcc.org

Camp JCC Open House

Come and learn more about the fun times to be had this summer at Camp JCC! Meet some counselors, create crafts, and have a ton of fun!

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Sunday, 03/23/14 1:00 – 3:00pm | Simon Family JCC

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The most talked about sleepover of the year is here! Join your friends for a night filled with excitement, fun and crazy-good activities. We will start the night at the pool and then go inside for the infamous building-wide capture the flag game! Be sure to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, change of clothes and toothbrush/toothpaste. Sponsored by Camp JCC! Busses to Hebrew School Sunday morning provided upon request.

Saturday, 04/05/14 – Sunday, 04/06/14 7:00pm (Saturday) – 9:00am (Sunday) | Simon Family JCC $20 | $15 JCC Members

You Gotta Shabbata!

A special Shabbat experience with your friends and family! Come celebrate Shabbat in a warm and enjoyable setting. Dinner, Shabbat activities, songs and more! Co-sponsored by The Simon Family JCC’s Children and Family Department and The UJFT’s Young Adult Division. For more information, email Aweinstein@ujft.org or Eeskenazi@simonfamilyjcc.org. Please check www.SimonFamilyJCC.org and jewishva.org for more details on this event coming soon!

Friday, 05/30/14 6:00pm | Simon Family JCC

Children’s Programming

Saturday Night Sleepover For grades 5 & 6

Gaga Tournament

Gaga is one of the most popular Israeli folk sports. It is a form of dodgeball played in a pit. “Ga” means hit in Hebrew. The game Gaga was imported to Jewish camps in Englishspeaking countries by Israeli visitors in the early 1960s and has steadily rose in popularity and swept the country! Participate in our tournament and compete for prizes. Sponsored by Camp JCC. Sunday, 06/01/14 Check-in 2:30pm | Tournament 3:00pm | Outdoor Gaga Pit $5 | Free - 2014 Camp JCC Participants

Children’s Classes - Babies & Caregivers COME COOK WITH ME MOMMY For Toddlers – 3 years Caregivers and tots explore how much fun cooking can be! Enjoy a nutrition and tasting adventure together with these fun, hands-on nutrition and tasting activities that teach simple nutrition concepts, develop children’s cleanliness skills and provide a variety of cooking, baking and tasting experiences. Each child will receive an apron that they will decorate in class and then take home with them when the session is over. Winter | Mondays | 01/13/14 – 03/03/14 11:00am – Noon | The Zone 8 Sessions | $104 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Mondays, 03/17/14 – 05/19/14 (No class 04/14 & 04/21) 11:00am – Noon | The Zone 8 Sessions | $104 | $80 JCC Members

TINY TOT HOOTENANNY For Ages 0 – 36 months

Child and caregiver enjoy clapping and swaying to the music with Miss Cindy as they sing new songs and old favorites. Winter | Tuesdays | 01/14/14 – 03/04/14 Noon – 12:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $80 | $40 JCC Members Spring | Tuesdays | 03/18/14 – 05/20/14 (No class 04/15 & 04/22) Noon – 12:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $80 | $40 JCC Members SIMON FAMILY JCC • winter–Spring 2014 Program Guide • 757-321-2338 • SimonFamilyJCC.org • REGISTER ONLINE!

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Children’s Programming

BABY’S PLAYTIME For Ages 0 – 36 months Come enjoy an hour of free play with your child in the Beginnings Playroom and meet other mommies and daddies! This program is in place of the Baby’s First Playgroup. No outside supervision or organized activity provided. Parents/caregivers responsible for their own child at all times. Winter | Wednesdays | 01/15/14 – 03/05/14 9:00 – 10:00am | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $80 | $40 JCC Members Spring | Wednesdays | 03/19/14 – 05/21/14 (No class 04/16) 9:00 – 10:00am | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $90 | $45 JCC Members

MOMMY, ME AND DUPLO TOO! For Toddlers – 3 years

We will introduce you and your child to the fun of learning, building, and playing the BrickHeadZ way! Watch your child’s eyes light up as they dig into a pile of brightly colored DUPLO® bricks to create fun, simple sculptures all the while enhancing their fine-motor skills. The BrickHeadZ Mommy & Me curriculum introduces age appropriate concepts for little learners such as counting and patterning, recognizing colors and shapes, ordering, positional words, and more. Each day starts with a story, song or finger-play related to the theme of the day, and ends with freestyle play time before clean up. Your child’s excitement will grow as we visit a BrickHeadZ Farm, Zoo, and Circus. We will learn about various animals and more. The kids will become the farmer caring for and feeding the animals as well as a zoo keeper or ring master as we create a BrickHeadZ Farm, Zoo or Circus while reinforcing concepts of shapes, colors, numbers, sequencing, and more. LEGO®and Duplo™ are trademarks of the LEGO® Group which is not affiliated with BrickHeadZ LLC. Winter | Thursdays | 01/16/14 – 03/06/14 11:30 – 12:15am | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $104 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Thursdays | 03/20/14 – 05/22/14 (No class 04/17) 11:30 – 12:15am | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $117 | $90 JCC Members

BABY AND ME SIGN LANGUAGE For Ages 6 – 36 months

Baby sign language is a great way to bond with your child and a way to bridge the gap between when your child learns what they want and the time they are able to communicate their needs. Parents and babies will learn together simple signs to bring into the home. The class will be fun and interactive! Note this is not a language class to learn American Sign Language but a baby sign class using real American Sign Language. Winter | Fridays | 01/17/14 – 03/07/14 10:00 – 10:45am | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $88 | $44 JCC Members Spring | Fridays | 03/21/14 – 05/23/14 (No class 04/18) 10:00 – 10:45am | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $99 | $50 JCC Members

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ABRAKADOODLE For ages 2 – 5 years

Abrakadoodle is pleased to be offering after school art classes at the Simon Family JCC! Come join Abrakadoodle to create art masterpieces using oil pastels, sculpture, tempera paint, watercolors, acrylic paint, and more! Abrakadoodle lessons introduce children to: • Contemporary and master artists • A wide range of media and techniques • The elements of art • Art vocabulary Winter | Wednesdays | 01/15/14 – 03/05/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $158 | $128 JCC Members Spring | Wednesdays | 03/19/14 – 05/21/14 (No class 04/16) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $174 | $144 JCC Members

BRICKHEADZ - Animal Adventures For ages 2 – 5 years

Your little builder will take part in model-building using Duplo Bricks. Your child’s excitement will grow as they build models and learn about various zoo, circus, farm and ocean animals. They will become a zoo keeper, ring master or farmer as we create a BrickHeadZ Zoo, Circus or Farm, while reinforcing concepts of letters, shapes, colors, numbers, sequencing and more. LEGO® and Duplo™ are trademarks of the LEGO® Group which is not affiliated with BrickHeadZ LLC.

Children’s Programming

Children’s Classes - Early Childhood

Winter | Thursdays | 01/16/14 – 03/06/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $118 | $88 JCC Members

BRICKHEADZ - Dr. Seuss Adventure For ages 2 – 5 years

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and we’re celebrating LEGO® Style! We work on pre-reading skills, creativity, teamwork, and fine motor skills. Builders also create and take home a portrait of their very own Seuss character. Lil’ Builders handson curriculum introduces children ages 3 and up to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields in a fun, creative way. Lil Builders will have the opportunity to develop social skill, creativity, fine motor skills while learning pre-reading skills along with (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Using DUPLO® bricks ensure a high level of interest and enthusiasm. LEGO® and Duplo™ are trademarks of the LEGO® Group which is not affiliated with BrickHeadZ LLC. Spring | Thursdays | 03/20/14 – 05/22/14 (No class 04/17) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessesion | $118 | $88 JCC Members

MINI CHEFS For ages 3 – 5 years

These fun, hands-on nutrition and tasting activities teach simple nutrition concepts, develop children’s cleanliness skills and provide a variety of cooking, baking and tasting experiences. Each child will receive an apron that they will decorate in class and then take home with them when the session is over. Winter | Mondays | 01/13/14 – 03/03/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $110 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Mondays | 03/17/14 – 05/19/14 (No class 04/14 & 04/21) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $110 | $80 JCC Members

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SIGN LANGUAGE For ages 3 – 4 years

Come sign with Erika! Welcome to an interactive sign language class! Each week your child will learn sign language in a fun and creative way through music and interactive games. Themes include the ABCs, colors, animals, food and family. Winter | Tuesdays | 01/14/14 – 03/04/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $94 | $64 JCC Members Spring | Tuesdays | 03/18/14 – 05/20/14 (No class 04/15 & 04/22) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $94 | $64 JCC Members

Mini Karate For ages 4 – 5 years

Teaches kids basic karate punches, strikes, blocks and kicks. As the student progresses, new techniques are introduced. All will learn different styles, techniques and kick through in this class with fun! Winter | Fridays | 01/17/14 – 03/07/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Session | $110 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Fridays | 03/21/14 – 05/23/14 (No class 04/18) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $120 | $90 JCC Members

Children’s Classes - Elementary School ABRAKADOODLE For grades K – 2

Abrakadoodle is pleased to be offering after school art classes at the Simon Family JCC! Come join Abrakadoodle to create art masterpieces using oil pastels, sculpture, tempera paint, watercolors, acrylic paint, and more! Abrakadoodle lessons introduce children to: • Contemporary and master artists • A wide range of media and techniques • The elements of art • Art vocabulary

Winter | Wednesdays | 01/15/14 – 03/05/14 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $158 | $128 JCC Members

Spring | Wednesdays | 03/19/14 – 05/21/14 (No class 04/16) 12:30 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $174 | $144 JCC Members

BrickHeadZ – Basic Engineering For grades K – 2

This exciting program provides the opportunity for curious minds to explore motion, mechanisms, structures, friction, and force. Has your child ever wanted to motorize his or her LEGO® creations? Now they can! Creating with hands-on activities, younger builders have the opportunity to create a wide range of creations using pulleys, levers, gears, wheels and axles. We use larger Duplo™ bricks created for smaller hands while instilling science concepts for growing minds. LEGO®, Duplo™ is a trademark of the LEGO® Group which is not affiliated with BrickHeadZ LLC. Winter | Thursdays | 01/16/14 – 03/06/14 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $126 | $96 JCC Members

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Engineering 101 was created for the older elementary-aged child to introduce and reinforce simple machine science concepts and basic robotics. This exciting program provides the opportunity for curious minds to explore motion, mechanisms, structures, friction and force. Has your child ever wanted to motorize his or her LEGO® creations? Now they can. Not only do we target on expanding core science concepts, but we also focus on teamwork, team challenges, & critical thinking skills. LEGO®, Duplo™ is a trademark of the LEGO® Group which is not affiliated with BrickHeadZ LLC. Winter | Thursdays | 01/16/14 – 03/06/14 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $126 | $96 JCC Members Spring | Thursdays | 03/20/14 – 05/22/14 (No class 04/17) 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $138 | $108 JCC Members

JUNIOR CHEFS For grades K – 5

This in-depth cooking class will give children the confidence they need in the kitchen. Focusing on our young chefs, we’ll show them easy to follow recipes combined with essential cooking basics like how to measure, read recipes, set a table and kitchen safety tips. Cooking classes will help students explore their creativity and independence.

Children’s Programming

BrickHeadZ – Engineering 101 For grades 3 – 6

Winter | Mondays | 01/13/14 – 03/03/14 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $110 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Mondays | 03/17/14 – 05/19/14 (No class 04/14 & 04/21) 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $110 | $80 JCC Members

Karate Kids For ages 5 – 7 Teaches kids basic karate punches, strikes, blocks and kicks. As the student progresses, new techniques are introduced. All will learn different styles, techniques and kick through in this class with fun! Winter | Fridays | 01/17/14 – 03/07/14 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $110 | $80 JCC Members Spring | Fridays | 03/21/14 – 05/23/14 (No class 04/18) 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 9 Sessions | $120 | $90 JCC Members

Mad Science: Sci-Tech Academy For grades K-5 Investigate the high-tech side of science! Students will explore how to make electricity through renewable and non-renewable energy sources, wind their way through a cell tower relay, and discover the world of robotics! Topics include: • Energy Burst • Get Connected • All About Animals • Mix It Up • Moving Motion • Life in the Sea • Super Power Sources • Radical Robots Spring | Tuesdays | 03/18/14 – 05/20/14 (No class 04/15 & 04/22) 3:45 – 4:45pm | Simon Family JCC 8 Sessions | $160 | $130 JCC Members

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Childcare Options

Beginnings Program at the JCC We’d love to see you and your little one in the Beginnings Program. It’s the perfect place to bond with your baby and make lifelong friends. Designed to help and support you through the first years with your baby, Beginnings offers a variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months. It’s never too early to begin inspiring Jewish journeys. That’s why the Beginnings Program features Jewish values in a nurturing environment. Enrollment in Beginnings full care includes family access to the JCC Fitness and Aquatics Center. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Becky Feld, Beginnings Director, at 757-321-2332.

Beginnings Infant and Toddler Full Care

Infants (6 weeks – 15 months) and toddlers (16 months – 30 months), grouped by age, enjoy a warm and safe environment with nurturing teachers and caregivers. Children benefit from a learning–enriched environment while interacting with other children. Monday – Friday | Ongoing 7:30am – 6:00pm | Includes access to the JCC Fitness & Aquatics Center for the whole family.

Kids Connection Before and After School Enrichment Program For grades Pre-K – 6

Kids Connection is the Simon Family JCC’s Before and After School Enrichment Program. We provide a safe, fun, and educational before- and after-school experience for children in grades Pre-K – 6. To help serve the needs of your family, we provide care for half–day kindergartners (both AM & PM). Our enrichment programs provide an extension of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ curriculum, helping your child grow, learn and succeed in class by introducing topics they will discuss in school. Daily homework assistance provided. Additional weekly enrichment includes instructional swim, KidFit, art and more. Transportation to and from many Virginia Beach Public Schools is included. For questions about Kids Connection or School’s Out Days, please contact Erika Eskenazi at 757-321-2342. Please visit www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for up-to-date information on school vacation days and a list of schools we serve. Call us if your school is not listed. Monday – Friday | The Zone Full Day Kidergarten – Grade 6 Choose a 3 or 5 day option. Our busses will take students to school at the designated time for their programs for Before Care and will pick up at the designated time after school for After Care. • Before Care - Beginning at 6:00am • After Care - Open until 6:00pm • Before & After School - Beginning at 6:00am, open until 6:00pm Half Day Kindergarten (AM or PM) We welcome kindergarteners who attend either AM or PM Kindergarten sessions. Students attending AM Kindergarten will need to bring their lunch to the JCC to eat after they attend their morning session of school, while PM Kindergarten students will eat their lunch at the JCC prior to leaving for their afternoon session of school. We are available to transport students to and from Kindergarten depending on what you sign up for. Please call to inquire more about our program offerings.

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No school? No problem? School’s Out Days is the place for your children on school vacation closings. Whether it’s a sports clinic, a trip to Mount Trashmore or a day of activities at the JCC “Camp JCC” style, there’s something of interest for kids in grades Pre-K – 6 for those days when school is out!

Virginia Beach Public School Days January 20, 24 and March 28 $45 per day | $30 per day JCC Members

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Days January 20, February 14, 17, March 21, and April 21, 22, 23 $45 per day | $30 per day JCC Members

Inclement weather days

Childcare Options

School’s Out Days

In the event of school closings due to inclement weather, the Simon Family JCC will make every effort to be open for you childcare needs. Please call to ensure we are open $45 per day | $30 per day JCC Members

Winter Break Camp

What are you doing for Spring break? Enjoy fun and games here with us! Swim, cook, create art, play sports, travel and more at the JCC! Visit our website www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for more information. Monday – Friday | 12/23/13 – 12/31/13 (No camp 12/25) 6:00am – 6:00pm | Simon Family JCC $360 | $280 JCC Members (Price for all 6 days) $65 | 450 JCC Members (Price per day)

Spring Break Camp

What are you doing for Spring break? Enjoy fun and games here with us! Swim, cook, create art, play sports, travel and more at the JCC! Visit our website www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for more information. 04/14/14 – 04/18/14 (No camp 04/15) 6:00am – 6:00pm | Simon Family JCC $240 | $186 JCC Members

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Early Childhood Education

Beginnings Program at the JCC We’d love to see you and your little one in the Beginnings Program. It’s the perfect place to bond with your child and make lifelong friends. Beginnings offers a variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months. It’s never too early to begin inspiring Jewish journeys. That’s why the Beginnings Program features Jewish values in a nurturing environment. Day Out programs are open to members only. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Becky Feld, Beginnings Director, at 757-321-2332.

Beginnings Day Out For ages 16 – 30 months

2013 – 2014 School Year — Space still available This program is our “Parents Morning Out” for toddlers able to walk and feed themselves. The goals of Beginnings Day Out are to help children grow as individuals, learn to separate from their parents and join in a small group for positive play and learning in a Jewish nurturing environment. Please inquire about openings for our: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:30pm Extended Day Option | Stay until – 3:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:00am – 12:30pm Extended Day Option | Stay until – 3:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00am – 12:30pm Extended Day Option | Stay until 3:30pm

Strelitz Early Childhood Center Our Mission

To provide the highest quality Judaic and general studies education and to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment.

Quick Facts

• Welcoming children of all faiths, ages 2-4 years • Nurturing, developmentally appropriate curriculum • Developing letter, sound, and number awareness • Roomy classrooms with bathrooms and sinks • Indoor and outdoor play areas for motor development • Music, library, and physical education for all students • Aquatics (ages three and four) • Children’s cooking center • Classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology for student education and parent communication • Extended Day and Full Care options • Still in diapers? Not a problem. • Peanut free • Accredited by VAIS • All students must be of age for each program by September 30 • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, athletic or other school administered programs and in faculty and administrative staff. Membership to the Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center is required.

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8:00am – 12:30pm Drop-Off between 8:00 – 8:45am Morning snack and juice served daily. Schedule includes lunch period (lunch brought from home).

Programs Gan Alef – Age 2 years Classes address social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and physical areas of development. Teachers guide students in a loving and nurturing environment, encouraging language development, creativity and exploration of the world around them. Two-day | Tuesday & Thursday Three-day | Monday, Wednesday & Friday Five-day | Monday – Friday Gan Bet – Age 3 years Students develop logical thinking and problem–solving abilities. Teachers and families work together to encourage independence in self–help skills. Thematic learning units from the Jewish and secular worlds guide the curriculum for intellectual curiosity and develop emerging readiness skills. Three-day Program | Monday, Wednesday & Friday Five-day Program | Monday – Friday Gan Gimel – Age 4 years Students focus on developing essential literacy, math, and handwriting skills for success in kindergarten. They investigate areas of personal interest through group work and long–term projects. The classroom reflects a Jewish environment replete with symbols and celebrations.

Early Childhood Education

Pre-School Hours

Five-day Program | Monday – Friday

Extended Day Option For ages 2 – 4 years One to five day options; registration for entire year preferred. Nap–time for two–year– olds and other students as requested; outdoor play, snack with fruit juice and a daily enrichment activity for non–nappers. 12:30 – 3:30pm

Full Care Program

Emphasis on independence in a nurturing, stimulating, and flexible atmosphere. Children attend morning preschool and extend their day with Early Childhood teachers. Full–care continues through Camp JCC (separate application required). Available five days a week | 43 weeks, August – June 7:00am – 6:00pm

open house

Please join us for our Open House for prospective families. Come tour our facility and learn about our program for children ages 2 through 4. Call 757-424-4327 to preregister. For more information, visit www.strelitzecc.net or contact our Admissions Director, Carin Simon, at csimon@hebrewacademy.net or 757-424–4327. The Strelitz Early Childhood Center is an educational partnership of the Simon Family JCC and the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Friday, 02/07/14 | 9:00am OR Thursday, 02/20/14 | 7:00pm

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Jewish Life & Learning

Jewish Life & Learning For questions about any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Miriam Brunn Ruberg at 757-321-2328 or mbrunnruberg@simonfamilyjcc.org. See also Israeli Dancing on page 25 and Yiddish Club on page 26.

Advanced Studies/Graduate Melton All Adults Welcome Dysfunctional Family Life in the Book of Genesis

In four sessions, the lives of the Patriarchs of the Jewish People Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well as the Matriarchs – Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – will be studied. Yes, they were our ancestors, but they were also very human. We will study their lives as told in the Torah text. We will see behaviors we wish to replicate in our lives and many behaviors that we should want to avoid. Teacher: Miriam Brunn Ruberg Mondays | 01/06/14 – 01/27/14 12:15 – 1:30pm | Simon Family JCC 4 Sessions | $8 | $5 JCC Members

Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism

For many, the world of Jewish mysticism remains a “closed book.” This new Melton course enables participants to command a familiarity with the rich history of Jewish mysticism, and to understand some of the texts that have been central to that tradition. Presented chronologically, the course provides an opportunity for discussing the progression of Jewish mysticism over time. Discussions surrounding the texts will relate to enduring Jewish challenges and issues of pressing relevance for Jewish life both past and present. Teacher: Rabbi Michael Panitz Tuesdays | 01/07/14 – 03/11/14 10:30am – Noon | Simon Family JCC 10 Sessions Melton Graduates $250 | $215 JCC Members (Early Enrollment Special by 12/27/13) $275 | $235 JCC Members (After 12/27/13) Non-Melton Graduates $275 | $240 JCC Members (Early Enrollment Special by 12/27/13) $300 | $250 JCC Members (After 12/27/13)

jews in america: Insiders and outsiders

This course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices as well as the contributions that have been made over the past 200 years. Lessons will include topics such as the role of education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, anti-Semitism, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity. Teacher: Rabbi Arthur Ruberg Wednesdays | 03/12/14 – 05/21/14 (No class 04/16) 7:00 – 8:30pm | Simon Family JCC 10 Sessions Melton Graduates $250 | $215 JCC Members (Early Enrollment Special by 03/04/14) $275 | $235 JCC Members (After 03/04/14) Non-Melton Graduates $275 | $240 JCC Members (Early Enrollment Special by 03/04/14) $300 | $250 JCC Members (After 03/04/14)

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MEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Open to all men ages 18 years and up, this competitive league offers 10 weeks of full-court games, with a game played each Sunday afternoon, concluding with championship games and all-star game. Skill levels vary, but this is not a novice league. Teams must have colorcoordinated, numbered jerseys. All games will be officiated. This league is managed by the Virginia Hoop League. There is an open house on 06/14 at 1:00pm. Sundays | 06/22/14 - 08/24/14 1:00 – 6:00pm (game times vary) | JCC Jaffe Gym | $600 per team

ADULT CO-ED INDOOR VOLLEYBALL

Indoor co-ed volleyball. Games are approximately one hour, 6 vs. 6, with at least three females on the floor for each team at all times. Teams may have up to 10 players on the roster. Two games played simultaneously on dual courts. League will have up to 12 teams. Games are officiated and scored. League promotes recreational social fun and fellowship. All players will be required to sign a completed waiver form before participating. Individual Registration.

Adult Programming

Sports Programs

Tuesdays | 01/07/14 – 02/25/14 6:30 – 9:30pm | JCC Jaffe Gym | $65 Wednesdays | 01/08/14 – 02/26/14 6:30 – 9:30pm | JCC Jaffe Gym | $65

Social Programs ISRAELI DANCING For ages 14+ years A combination of Jewish cultural arts and fitness (a great cardio workout)! Come whenever you can – no long-term commitment! No experience needed, no partner needed! Each session features dancing instruction (first hour) and open dancing/requests (second hour). Dancing is co-ed; however, separate gender dancing is available with a private group session. Recommended for ages 14 and up. To arrange private group sessions, contact Michele Goldberg, Director of Cultural Arts, at 757-321-2341. Please stop by the JCC Front Desk before each class to purchase or pick up your class sticker as confirmation that you are registered for the class. If you purchase your ticket for the class online, please bring your receipt as proof of purchase to pick up your class sticker. Sticker can only be picked up the night of the class that is being taught. Mondays | January – May 2014 (Specific dates coming soon.) 7:00 – 9:00pm | Group Fitness Room $5 per session | $3 per session JCC Members

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Senior Adult Programming

Social Programs for Senior Adults

For adults aged 55+. Please also see Silver Sneakers programming on pages 7. Please contact Sherry Lieberman at 757-321-2309 or slieberman@simonfamilyjcc.org for more information.

book club

Senior Adults meet once a month to discuss a book and choose what to read for future. Third Monday of each month 1:30pm | Klezmer Room | Free

bunco

Senior adults meet to play dice game. First Monday of each month 1:00pm | Klezmer Room | Free

current events

Senior adults meet to exchange ideas and thoughts on global, international, national and local issues. Every Thursday 10:30am | JCC Room #237 | Free

JCC Seniors Club

Lunch, meeting and program for JCC Seniors Club members. Third Wednesday of each month Noon | JCC Rooms #238-239 | $5 per person

monday mahjong

An active group of ladies play Mahjong at the JCC weekly. Open to anyone, beginner, seasoned player, fairly new players, or if you want to learn. Every Monday 1:30pm | Moss Room | Free

Yiddish Club For Adults age 40+ Refresh your Yiddish knowledge, learn words and phrases and have fun. Last Thursday of each month Noon | Rooms #238-239 | Free

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For more information on any of these programs, contact Ellie Bernstein at 757-321-2324 or ebernstein@simonfamilyjcc.org.

Middle School Programs TU B’SHEVAT SEDER & COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

It’s the New Year for the Trees and we are celebrating! Join us for an interactive Seder with yummy food and a community service project based around the holiday. Sunday 01/12/14 3:00 – 5:00pm $10 | $7 JCC Members

SCHOOL’S OUT… JCC IS IN!

Out of school…..nothing to do? Spend the day at the JCC participating in fun social events as well as a community service project.

Teen Programming

Programs for Teens

Monday, 01/20/14 10:00 – 3:00pm | Simon Family JCC Price TBD

LIMO SCAVENGER HUNT

Travel around the city in style looking for clues for the ultimate scavenger hunt! Sunday, 03/23/14 3:00 – 5:30 pm | Simon Family JCC $35 | $25 JCC Members

ROLLERSKATING

Join us at Haygood Roller Rink to show off your roller skating skills and have a great time. Sunday, 04/27/14 3:00 – 5:00pm | Haygood Roller Rink, 1036 Ferry Plantation Rd., Virginia Beach $20 | $12 JCC Members

J-SERVE

J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Sunday, 05/04/14 1:00 – 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC

JCC MACCABI GAMEs®

The JCC Maccabi Games® is an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is one of the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers across the globe! These athletic competitions help provide Jewish youths with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace. Not only will the teens be engaged in competitions of their choice, but they will also be exposed to the life and culture of the hosting city while cultivating a deeper understanding and an appreciation of Jewish values and identity. August Dates TBD

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Teen Programming

High School Programs J-SERVE

J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Sunday, 05/04/14 1:00 – 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC

JCC MACCABI GAMEs®

The JCC Maccabi Games® is an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is one of the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers across the globe! These athletic competitions help provide Jewish youths with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace. Not only will the teens be engaged in competitions of their choice, but they will also be exposed to the life and culture of the hosting city while cultivating a deeper understanding and an appreciation of Jewish values and identity. August Dates TBD

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) For grades 9 – 12 BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 80 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. Tidewater BBYO meets weekly and offers programs in many areas including community service and social action. Sundays | September – June | Registration is ongoing 1:00 – 3:00pm $75 per year | $149 for 4 years

College Programs Hillel at old dominion university

Hillel is a student organization created to welcome Jewish college students in intellectual, spiritual and social growth. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), Jewish learning, and to support Israel and the global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel, a student driven service and social organization, is on the campus of Old Dominion University. Hillel provides an opportunity for Jewish students, of all denominations, to come together for Jewish holidays and Shabbat, community work and fun. For more information to get involved or for upcoming events, please contact Ellie Bernstein at 757-321-2324 or ebernstein@simonfamilyjcc.org.

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Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg

January 18 – 26, 2014 *of blessed memory

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film celebrates and supports international Simon Family JCC's | 21st Annual Jewish films and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide. The of Festival brings together community and provides entertainment and education through various film genres. Mark these dates to come and celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. Opening Night takes place at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. Films will also be shown at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, as well as The Naro Cinema, Beth Sholom Village, The Beach Bistro and The Simon Family JCC.

Performing Arts at the J Series Presented By Leah Wohl*

*of blessed memory

The Simon Family JCC presents wonderful cultural opportunities and events for the community. From comedians, singers, and presentations, Performing Arts at the J brings professional, enriching Jewish-centric entertainment to a wide audience.

Cultural Arts Programming

Simon Family JCC Cultural Arts Programs

Avi Liberman A Performing Arts at the J Series Event

Avi Liberman’s quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices. Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Make Me Laugh” as well as NBC’s “Friday Night!” This event is in partnership with the Young Adult Division of the UJFT. Saturday, 02/15/14 8:00pm | JCC Fleder Multipurpose Room $20 | $15 JCC Members | Cash Bar available

Larry Ferber presents “Could They Talk!” A Performing Arts at the J Series Event Larry will share his life stories, which include his friendships with Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and many others during his 30-year television career, with the community in an interactive presentation. Could They Talk! is a presentation with video clips and anecdotes that give an inside look at the TV industry. Saturday, 03/08/14 8:00pm | JCC Fleder Multipurpose Room $20 | $15 JCC Members | Cash Bar available

ISRAEL FESTIVAl 2014 May 18, 2014 The Simon Family JCC’s Annual Israel Festival celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. An afternoon of fun and games for all ages including camel rides, food, unique shopping, music, games, arts and crafts, inflatable rides and much more! Free admission.

Leon art gallery

The Art Gallery showcases various Jewish artists and their work throughout the year. All exhibits are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of artwork supports the JCC’s Cultural Arts Department. Please check www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for details of the exhibits throughout the year.

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Cultural Arts Programming

Children’s Cultural Arts Series Working in partnership with the Virginia Stage, the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera, the Simon Family JCC will bring exciting performances for your children and the entire family. This Cultural Arts Series is a great way for children and families to experience and be exposed to the world of Cultural Arts. We look forward to seeing you this Season! Check www.SimonFamilyJCC.org for details of the performances throughout the year.

The jungle book presented by the Virginia Stage Company

The Simon Family JCC is proud to present the Virginia Stage Company performing The Jungle Book. Families and children will love this theatrical version and this imaginative production based on the timeless tales of Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book is truly a “participation” play as the children help our education troupe tell this story by portraying a myriad of jungle creatures as well as a tropical storm. Sunday, 02/23/14 2:30pm | JCC Fleder Multipurpose Room $5 per child (ages 10 & under) $7.50 per adult (ages 11 & up)

$25 per family (2 adults + children)

Tickets ordered online or by phone will be available at the Will Call Table one hour prior to the event. Online registration ends February 21. Tickets can still be purchased at the JCC Customer Service Desk.

From bach to beatbox presented by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Sunday, 04/06/14 2:30pm | JCC Fleder Multipurpose Room $5 per child (ages 10 & under) $7.50 per adult (ages 11 & up)

$25 per family (2 adults + children)

Special Events

Tickets ordered online or by phone will be available at the Will Call Table one hour prior to the event. Online registration ends April 4. Tickets can still be purchased at the JCC Customer Service Desk.

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Special Events Pancake breakfast

We invite you, your family and friends to our Pancake Breakfast! A great way to kick off a day filled with fun. Join us for a delicious breakfast with all the trimmings: juice, eggs and fresh pancakes made by our chefs with special toppings added by you. So join us as we add toppings to freshly-made pancakes...create crafts...play games...have fun with family and friends...and more! Wednesday, 12/25/13 9:30am – Noon | Simon Family JCC $7 per child | $10 per adult | $34 per family $5 per child | $8 per adult | $26 per family - JCC Members

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BEAR – Be A Reader

The Be A Reader (BEAR) program is a literacy and mentoring project that has been helping elementary school children in the Tidewater Area learn to read for 15 years. Currently, the BEAR program is serving seven schools with more than 75 program participants at various schools in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth. BEAR volunteer mentors go to an area school for an hour each week and spend quality one-on-one time with a child who has been identified by their teacher as a candidate for literacy mentoring. Time spent with the child helps him or her learn to read; however, it gives the child so much more. BEAR offers children five books to keep, and a mentor to help them progress in their development of academic and social skills. Please contact the BEAR Coordinator at 757-321-2303 to mentor a child or make a monetary donation to the program. Be A Reader is made possible through the generous support of Build-A-Bear, Target, First Book and many local individuals just like you!

Tribute Cards

Sending a tribute card is an excellent way to honor a memory or an accomplishment while simultaneously supporting the Simon Family JCC. These cards, featuring artwork by local artists, can be sent for any reason including birthdays, B’nai mitzvahs, graduations, and more! Tribute cards are processed within 24 hours of the request. Your minimum donation of $18 may be applied to any program at the JCC. You may request a tribute card online at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org or by contacting Rebecca Bickford, JCC Development Associate, at 757-452-3180 or rbickford@simonfamilyjcc.org.

JCC Annual Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament

June 9, 2014

Each year, the Simon Family JCC hosts a golf tournament fundraiser in honor of those who have served their community as President of the JCC. We recognize that their combined leadership has allowed our center to grow and thrive for more than 60 years. We, as a community, are grateful for the time and energy that the Past Presidents have donated to the center. The portraits of our Past Presidents hang in the JCC Fitness Center hallway.

Volunteer & Community Service

Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities

The monies raised through the Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament help the Simon Family JCC provide special services through befor- and after-school care, summer day camp, youth sports and swim classes, exercise classes for women recovering from breast cancer, scholarships for both membership and camp, and so much more. This year’s tournament will be held on June 9, 2014. Keep an eye out for more information. For information on becoming a Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament sponsor, please contact Evan Levitt, JCC Development Director, at 757-321-2337 or elevitt@simonfamilyjcc.org.

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NORFOLK, VA PERMIT NO. 227

Marilyn & Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center on the Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 SimonFamilyJCC.org • 757-321-2338 • info@simonfamilyjcc.org

The Simon Family JCC

Closer than you think. More than you imagine.

PAID

NON-PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE

Easily accessible from I-264, the Simon Family JCC has: • • • • •

Comprehensive fitness center 3 heated indoor pools Outdoor water park 60+ free group fitness classes per week Cybex strength training machines & free weights • Steam room & sauna for men & women

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9-hole miniature golf course Free babysitting while you work out Outdoor tennis courts Group & private Pilates sessions Complimentary lockers & towel service Indoor gymnasium with basketball courts Onsite café

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Infant & toddler full-care Before- and after-school enrichment for K - 6 Specialized senior fitness programs Cultural & educational programs for children, teens & adults

The Simon Family JCC welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths.

The Simon Family JCC is supported by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the United Way.


JCC 2014 winter spring program guide