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Classes and Programs

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Hebrew Play Class for Preschool Age Children

JCC Early Learning Center, Brookline/Brighton, Wednesdays, April 15-June 24, 2015 1-1:45pm

Geared for children ages 3-5 years
Join Hebrew Play, an exciting and interactive program that exposes children to the joys of learning Hebrew as we as to Israeli culture through puppets, stories and songs. Ten week drop-off class featuring weekly themes and creative play, all conducted in Hebrew. Prior Hebrew experience is not necessary. All participants receive a Hebrew Play CD of favorite Israel children songs and two puppets (one for home-use and one for class-use). CD funded by the IAC (Israeli American Council). For more information and to register, visit hebrewplay.net or contact infohebrewplay@gmail.com or 617-871-9717.

Summer Sizzle Shabbat in the City

Lowes Hotel, Friday, June 5, 2015 (5:45pm)

Connect and experience Shabbat with other families living in Boston. Your family will welcome Shabbat through song, connect with others over dinner and create Shabbat crafts to bring home.

5:45pm Shabbat Musical Welcome
6:30pm Festive Dinner
For more information, contact bostonfamilies@jccgb.org or 617-558-6488.

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center, Newton Preschool Open House

Located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, June 11, 2015 5-6pm

Designed for families with children ages 6 weeks-five years
A vibrant, engaging learning environment with Jewish values at the core: this is the essence of the JCC Early Learning Center. The Center nurtures children, embraces families, mentors educators, and in every way possible brings out the best in children and in our community. Flexible scheduling with early drop-off and extended day, on-site playground, highly educated and experienced staff, enrichment classes, swim lessons and NAEYC accredited. Tuition includes family membership at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. For more information, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420.

Gaucher Disease

Prevalence in the Jewish population, Information and Treatment Options

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, June 15 (6:30pm)

Gaucher Disease is a genetic disorder that occurs more frequently in people of Ashkenazi (eastern and central European) Jewish heritage than in those with other backgrounds.

About one in 100 people in the United States are carriers of the most common type of Gaucher disease. The carrier rate among Ashkenazi Jews is 8.9% while the birth incidence is one in 450.

Learn about Gaucher Disease at a dinner and presentation sponsored by Pfizer, With Neal Weinreb, MD, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.

No cost. Registration required. Contact 866-212-1600 or pfizerprograms@pfizer.com

Shabbat Picnic and Puppetry

Whittemore-Robins House Lawn, Friday, June 19, 2015 (6-7:30pm)

For families with young children of all ages
Welcome Shabbat with a community candle lighting and outdoor family picnic on the library green with adjacent playground. Then meet Yankel the Dreamer, and a giant potato marionette in an interactive puppet show by Caravan Puppets. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket. Challah, grape juice and dessert provided.

For more information or in case of inclement weather, contact metronorth@jccgb.org or 617-841-8009. Rain Date: June 26, 6-7:30pm.

Israeli Dance: Drop In - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/23/2015, End Date: 08/25/2015, Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Israeli dance is fun, heartfelt, and great exercise. You will be introduced to a variety of steps, styles, and rhythms as participants develop a repertoire that will keep everyone moving through the entire class.

Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment

Summer 2015 Session

Temple Beth Avodah, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 (10-11am and 11:30am-12:30pm)

Explore new interests. Develop greater understanding of current events. Join other active learners in the JCC’s six-week Explorations program.

Session 1 • 10-11am
Robert Frost: The Misunderstood Poet
Theatrical presentation and inclusive group discussion of the poetry of Robert Frost. Steven Collins teaches seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost and Contemporary Poetry throughout the country

Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga whereby participants use a chair for support, either standing or sitting. Class themes around Jewish life values will be incorporated to foster a feeling of community among participants and provide emotional and mental support. Heidi White has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is also a certified personal trainer.

Sugar: Friend or Foe? (July 23)
What is sugar’s effect on our bodies? Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship sugar has to our physical health. Dr. Hans Fisher brings a wealth of knowledge about nutrition from his career as a nutritional biochemistry professor at Rutgers University.

Session 2 • 11:30am-12:30pm
Current Events
In this course, you’ll discuss and analyze national and international news stories. Lois Sockol taught in the Newton Public Schools for 25 years. She is a published author of short stories and a self-defined news junkie.

Singer/Pianist Lisa Yves (July 9)
Lisa Yves plays and sings showtunes, pop songs, jazz, sing-alongs, songs from the Great American Songbook, and more. Lisa holds a BA in Jazz Vocal Performance from New York University. She teaches pop singing techniques and is well known locally and nationally for her “Jazz For Kids” program.

Education for All Children (July 16)
Award-winning author Elizabeth Suneby will discuss the realities of 69 million school-aged children who are denied the fundamental human right of an education. Elizabeth Suneby is the author of several Jewish themed books.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (July 23)
Curious about your family’s history and background? A member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston will present different modes of researching your family to learn about your own family history. The Society offers monthly educational programs, provides an extensive collection of research materials, and publishes an award-winning journal, Mass-Pocha.

The Changing Image of Jews on American Television (July 30)
The lecture will trace the evolution of the Jewish image on TV over the last 50 years, an image that almost always reflected the changing social status of Jews in America. Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal has taught courses on Jewish history, film, literature and humor at Northeastern University. He was the Executive Director of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee for 20 years.

The Jewish and Humane Responses to Hurricane Katrina (August 6)
Katrina changed the face of New Orleans and the Jewish community there. What were the Jewish and the humane responses to the devastation of the storm and what is left of Jewish New Orleans today? Dr. Amos Lassen has taught courses in philosophy, Torah, English and Hebrew Literature.

Jews on the American Stage: From Clifford Odets to Neil Simon (August 13)
How have Jews been portrayed on the mainstream 20th century American stage? This talk will focus on how Jews moved from cartoon figures to flesh and blood portrayals, from the fringe into the center of American life. Discussion with focus mostly on Odets’ Awake and Sing! and Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Dr. Stuart Hecht is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College.

For more information, contact 617-558-6443 or seniors@jccgb.org.

JCC Summer Trip to the Berkshires

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 15

Music, theatre and museums

• Afternoon at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, featuring Pinchas Zukerman, violinist
• Berkshire Theater Festival  - Tony Award winning musical Bells Are Ringing starring Tony-nominated Kate Baldwin
• Williamstown Theater Festival - Off the Road with Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick
• Norman Rockwell Museum including a special exhibit of Cartoon Memoirs by Roz Chast
• Newly renovated Clark Museum with a special  Van Gough summer exhibition
• Guided tour of the Yiddish Book Center

The trip includes nine meals, three nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Great Barrington, air-conditioned coach (with restroom), time for relaxation with friends.

For details, contact 617-558-6448 or travel@jccgb.org.

JCC Day at Grossman

JCC Grossman Camp, Sunday, July 12, 2015 1-4pm

Geared for families with children ages 3-15
Experience the magic of camp with your family. Enjoy camp activities including waterfront (beach, swimming, boating, water trampoline, water slide, fishing and more), arts and crafts, rock climbing wall with zip line and ropes course, and sports (gaga, basketball and street hockey). For more information, contact grossman@jccgb.org or 617-244-5124. Rain date is August 9. Check bostonjcc.org/grossmanJCCday2015 after 11am day of event for update.

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learing Center Preschool Open House

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, July 16, 2015 9-10am

Geared for families with children ages 6 weeks-5 years
The Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center, Newton preschool at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton will hold open houses for parents of infants, toddlers and preschool age children on Thursday, May 14 (9-10am), Thursday, June 11 (5-6pm) and Thursday, July 16 (9-10am) and Thursday, August 13 (5-6pm).
Limited availability for fall 2015 school year for infants and children ages 2.8-3.5 years. At the open houses parents can meet the educators and the school’s director and tour the classrooms.
Operated by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, the school accepts children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Options include flexible hours and days with full week or part week options, full year and school year programs, early drop-off and extended day, swim lessons and optional in-house enrichment classes.
The school is open to the entire community.

For more information, contact 617-558-6420 or newton-elc@jccgb.org or visit bostonjcc.org/earlylearning.  

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