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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

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Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment

Summer 2015 Session

Temple Beth Avodah, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 (10am-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. Discussion will be led by Steven Collins who 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. Instructor 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. Lecturer 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. Discussion will be led by Lois Sockol who 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)
Performer 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. She is the author of several Jewish themed books.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (July 23)
Curious about your family’s history and background? Lecturer from 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. Lecturer 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? Lecturer 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. Discussion will be led by Dr. Stuart Hecht, an Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College.

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

Oneg Shemesh at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center in Newton

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Friday, August 7, 2015 10am - tour the school 10:30am - Concert on the playground

Geared for families with children ages 1-5 years
You are invited to a special Shabbat program at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center Center in Newton featuring Oneg Shemesh on Friday, August 7. Tour the preschool at 10am and then enjoy the entertainment of Oneg Shemesh at 10:30am on the playground. Special addition: Sifriyat Pijama B’America. Held rain or shine. Everyone welcome. No charge. Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks-5 years. Early drop-off and extended day available.

For more information and to RSVP by August 5, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Shabbat in the Park

Framingham Village Green, Friday, August 7, 2015 (5:30-7pm)

Geared for families with children ages 0-5 years
Pack a picnic dinner, a blanket and some chairs, and head over to the Framingham Village Green to welcome Shabbat with JFN! We will welcome the Sabbath with challah and grape juice before the Concert on the Green begins at 6:30 p.m. So come celebrate Shabbat, and then dance the night away with family and friends to the blue grass and country band, SLO Grass. Meet at the big blue flag

For more information, contact us at 508-879-3300 or metrowest@jccgb.org.

In case of inclement weather, contact 508-879-3300 after 4pm on the day of the event.

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

Located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center, Newton located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, August 13, 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.

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center Preschool Open House

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Start Date: 08/13/2015, End Date: 08/13/2015, Time: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

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

PJ Library Books and Blocks Weekly Drop-In

Ready, Set, Kids!, Fridays, beginning October 16 (9:30-11am)

Geared for ages 0-4 yrs, with adult
Join in a fun, weekly playtime. Enjoy stories, songs, activities and free play with other families. Wind down with a warm and interactive welcome to Shabbat.

For more information, contact metronorth@jccgb.org or 617-841-8009