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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, April 2, 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.

Journalists in Jeopardy - Risking It All to Get the Story

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, April 7 (7:30pm)


Journalists face extraordinary peril to report on the prevailing issues of the day. Facing a global attack on their livelihoods – and sometimes their very lives – journalists are being forced to recalibrate and reassess. Even in this digital age, there is no lens that can replace human observation – on the ground, in the trenches and on the front lines of the war for information. What challenges do today’s journalists face, and how has their industry changed over the decades? Why are today’s journalists more at risk, and why are they risking it all to bring stories to light? How can investigative reporting survive in this challenging and often dangerous environment?
 
Panelists:

Joe Bergantino (pictured) is the executive director and co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news outlet dedicated to holding the powerful accountable and training a new generation of watchdog journalists. He was an I-Team reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston for 22 years and an ABC News correspondent for five years.
 
Amir Tibon is an award-winning Israeli journalist who filmed the first-ever Israeli TV report from inside Syria’s civil war. He has also reported on the war in Ukraine and the Kurdish struggle for independence. He has won numerous awards for his work.

Tracey Shelton is an Australian multimedia journalist working predominantly for GlobalPost and GroundTruth as a reporter, photojournalist and video documentary producer. She has covered conflict and the legacy of war in eight countries most notably Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. She previously worked as senior foreign correspondent for GlobalPost covering the Middle East and North Africa. She was awarded an Overseas Press Club Honor for her coverage of Gaddafi’s fall in Libya and a George Polk Award for video coverage of the Syrian conflict in addition to numerous other international accolades for reporting throughout South East Asia and the Middle East.

Moderator:

Aaron Schachter (pictured), is an Assignment Editor for Public Radio International’s The World. He previously spent eight years living and working as a correspondent in the Middle East for the program (heard on WGBH), first in Jerusalem and then Beirut. He covered the second Palestinian Intifada as well as the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s reported from more than half a dozen other countries in the region, including Syria, Pakistan and Iran. Aaron’s stories with The World have won awards from the duPont-Columbia School of Journalism and the Scripps-Howard Institute.

Opening remarks via Skype live from Afghanistan:

Charles M. Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project and the Co-founder of GlobalPost. He is an award-winning foreign correspondent, best-selling author and a seasoned editor with 30 years of experience in journalism. Sennott served as the Boston Globe’s Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London from 2001 to 2005. Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of international journalists for the digital age.

Klezmer Plus - Adults - Spring

LSJCC, Start Date: 04/07/2015, End Date: 06/16/2015, Time: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

(All levels) While klezmer music, a centuries-old folk art from Eastern Europe, is emphasized we will also explore the multi-faceted palate of Jewish music. Almost any instrument (winds, brass, strings, voice and piano) can be worked into this ensemble. Includes coaching and historical background with occasional performances. Instructor: Barry Shapiro

JCC Early Learning Center, Hingham Preschool Open House

at Congregation Sha'aray Shalom

JCC Early Learning Center, Hingham, Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:30am-1pm

Designed for families with children ages 15 months-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, and NAEYC accredited. Tuition includes family membership at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. For more information, contact hingham-elc@jccgb.org or 781-752-4000.

Visit and Tour JCC Grossman Camp

JCC Grossman Camp, Sunday, April 12, 2015 2-4pm

Geared for families with children ages 4 1/2 to 15
Tour camp and learn why JCC Grossman Camp is a place to be active, a place to make friends and a place for building skills and community. Bus transportation from many areas throughout Greater Boston. For more information including directions to camp, visit bostonjcc.org/grossman or contact grossman@jccgb.org or 617-244-5124.

Advanced Israeli Dance: Drop In - Adults - Winter

LSJCC, Start Date: 04/12/2015, End Date: 06/14/2015, Time: 5:45 PM-8:15 PM

Previous Israeli dance experience is recommended. Instructor: Erica Goldman

Israeli Stage presents Never Ever Ever

Written by Sivan Ben Yishai, Starring Jordan Ahnquist

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, April 27 (7:30pm)

This touching portrayal of a teenage boy dealing with dyslexia was the winner of four Israeli Assitej Awards in 2013. Yoni runs away from school, from home, from himself. He runs away the moment he’s confronted with the words disabled or dyslexic. In this moving, one-man play, Ben Yishai provides the audience an experience of what it’s like to feel like an outsider, feeling different, being differently-abled, yet, at the same time whole.  Show is performed as a staged reading.
 
Post-performance conversation with actor Jordan Ahnquist , director Guy Ben-Aharon, and Beth Crastnopol and Jen Newman from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Light refreshments.

Israeli Stage is dedicated to exposing audiences to the works of Israeli playwrights, offering high-quality artistic, apolitical programming to help promote Israeli culture in a meaningful way.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 
 
Co-sponsored by Gateways, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, JCC Inclusion and Support Services, Jewish Vocational Service, and Yachad.

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, May 14, 2015 9-10am

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, 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.

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.

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