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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

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PJ Pioneers Noah’s Friends Nature Adventure

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Start Date: 11/05/2016, End Date: 11/05/2016, Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

For families with children 0+ yrs
Noah saved animals by building a great wooden ark. Learn from the Broadmoor staff about what you can do to save our local wild animals as they introduce you personally to two live animals and lead us on a nature adventure walk. Snack and craft included. Off-road stroller-friendly trails.

In case of inclement weather, call 617-841-8009, ext. 2 for program update.
Rain Date: Sunday, November 13 (10-11:30am)

Cost: $10 per person, 3 years and up

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

Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Registration strongly encouraged.

Rock-A-Baby Red, White, and Blue Concert

Temple Israel - Sharon, Start Date: 11/06/2016, End Date: 11/06/2016, Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Presented by PJ Library®, the JCC, and Temple Israel of Sharon

For families with children ages 0-6 yrs
Bring the whole family to an exuberant Rock-a-Baby kid-centric concert with a patriotic theme in anticipation of Election Day and Veteran’s Day. From children’s songs to favorite classics, you’ll be dancing, marching and singing along. Wear red, white, and blue!.

Cost: Cost: $10/person; $40 max per family

For more information, please contact south@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510.

Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Registration strongly encouraged.

Brain Fitness: Keep Your Mind in Shape

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, November 15 (10:15-11:30am)

Maximize your cognitive fitness. Learn about the issues that contribute to memory loss and strategies to help keep your brain in shape. Margaret O'Connor, head of Neuropsychology in the Division of Cognitive Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will discuss how memory changes with age and how depression and anxiety may undermine learning and recall.  She will focus on subjective memory complaints of the "worried well."

The discussion is free and open to all. RSVP to wellness@jccgb.org or 617-558-6459.

The Future of Gender

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, December 5 (7:30pm)

What is gender and how do we relate to it?  There are entire cultures for which gender is a different conversation than it is in the US.  Nine countries – Germany, Australia and India among them – allow their citizens to have non-binary gender identities on legal documents: male, female, other.  And yet, in today’s American cultural landscape, the conversation about the human rights and dignities of transgender individuals seems to be just beginning.  
This panel will look at the fluidity of gender through many lenses – historical, cultural, biological – to understand how societal bias takes root.  We will look particularly at the Jewish relationship with gender identity. Ultimately we will ask:  What is the future of gender? How do we speak of gender for future generations – as parents, as Jews, as a society – so that all members of the community can live fully as who they are, and every voice can be included?

Idit Klein (pictured), Executive Director of Keshet, has been an activist for equality and social justice for the past 20 years. Since 2001, she has served as Executive Director of Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. During this time, Klein has built Keshet from a one-person, local organization to a nationally recognized advocacy group. Klein was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award and named to the Forward 50.

Schuyler Bailar, a competitive swimmer at Harvard, is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on a Division 1 men’s team.  By age 15, he was ranked one of the top 20 15-year-old breast strokers in the country. He went on to set a national age group record. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from The Washington Post to The Ellen Show. Schuyler chronicles his journey on Instagram @pinkmantaray so that others may explore his example in their journey.
Nick Teich is the founder and CEO of Camp Aranu'tiq of Harbor Camps. Aranu’tiq is the world’s first camp exclusively for transgender and gender-variant youth, with locations in New Hampshire and California. Besides working year-round to run Harbor Camps, Nick is also a PhD candidate at Brandeis's Heller School. In 2012 he authored Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue  (Columbia University Press). He has a deep personal interest in helping transgender youth to be themselves.
Dr. Norman Spack is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston's Children Hospital and the co-founder of the hospital's Gender Management Service clinic. Created in 2007, the clinic remains one of the few in the world that treats minors with hormone replacement therapy. Spack began working with college-aged transgender patients professionally in 1985, but found that once patients had reached adulthood, it was extremely difficult to treat their sexually mature bodies using hormone therapy. When parents of transgender children began seeking him out through online support groups, Spack started to think about possible treatments for patients in their youth, before puberty has permanently changed their bodies. Since then Spack has spoken widely on pediatric hormone therapy and has campaigned for law reform in several states to protect transgender people against hate crimes and discrimination.