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Education and Engagement • Adults

Unless otherwise noted, online registration closes 3 business days prior to the start date. After this time, please call the Welcome Desk at 914-366-7898 to register. Many of our programs can be pro-rated after they begin as long as space is available.



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New!!  Medical Roundtable with Richard Borkow

Select Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Open to the Community and Free of Charge!
Please register in advance by calling the Shames JCC Welcome Desks at 914 366-7898, visiting in person, or online at the registration link above.

A monthly round-table to discuss major developments in medical science and their impact on clinical care.  Retired/semi-retired physicians and all other interested persons are welcome.

Advances in Gene Therapy:  November 14 and December 12
Recent years have witnessed remarkable advances in gene therapy. Thanks to these advances, a devastating genetic disorder affecting infants, SMA, type 1, previously untreatable, has now become treatable.  The treatment for SMA is provided by two pharmaceuticals, one based on DNA science, the other on RNA science.  Let’s discuss the clinical and societal impact of these treatments and the decades of research that made them possible.

Richard Borkow is a physician and attending physiatrist at Blythedale Children’s Hospital.  He received an M.D. degree from Stanford University in 1968, and an M.P.H. degree from Columbia University in 1971.

Dialogue with a Doc: Preventing Childhood Food Allergies

Thursday, October 24; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Join BJ Lanser, MD, director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program at National Jewish Health to discuss the research and care of childhood allergies and the “allergic march.” There has been a significant increase in American children developing food allergies, with many suffering from what is termed the “allergic march.” The condition begins with the development of eczema as an infant, followed by food allergies. After age 4, the child may develop allergic rhinitis and then asthma. While there are currently no treatments to interrupt or prevent the allergic march, there are methods to prevent the allergic march and many allergy-related skin, food and respiratory conditions are within reach.

Sponsored by National Jewish Health. Click here to register. Open to Members and Nonmembers.

Defensive Driving: AARP Driver Safety Course– CLOSED

Approved by the New York State DMV
Friday, September 13, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Please arrive 15 minutes early for the class.

AARP members $20; Non AARP Members $25 / Youth Lounge

Advance registration through AARP is required.  Payments must be made to AARP by check, money order or exact cash. Contact: Henry Cohen 914 582 2070 or henryc.aarp@gmail.com.  Valid driver’s license required.  The Smart Driver program from AARP is offered to people over 50, but anybody with a driver’s license can take it and enjoy the benefits. You must bring your NY Drivers’ license, AARP Card & a pen.  Bring your bag lunch.

The class certificate issued by NYS Division of Motor Vehicles entitles the attendees up to a 10% yearly discount from their car insurer for three years and a reduction of up to 4 points in their driver’s license obtained prior to the day of the class.  No walk-ins.


Mah Jongg Classes with Rose Asprea

Ages 18 and up
Start Date:  October 15
Beginner Level
4 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Members: $135; Non-members: $160 

Rose makes mah jongg fun and accessible by systematically breaking down the multi-layered components of the game into easily understood segments.  You’ll soon be trading tiles with the mavens!  Enjoy intermediate/supervised play when you are ready to move up.  Rose Asprea is a member of the National Mah Jongg League.  She is an avid player/enthusiast for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 5 years.  Her passion for the game continues to grow for this ancient, popular Chinese tile game.  Following the western style of play and the National Mah Jongg League rules, she has taught hundreds of new players throughout Westchester County.


Men’s Club

Wednesdays, 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Start Date: September 11, 2019
No program on October 9, December 25, January 1
Free for occasional attendance / Library 

Retired professionals and executives enjoy fellowship, stimulating lectures and performances, and a healthy exchange of ideas over coffee and bagels.  Both men and women are welcome as guests. Advance registration not required. JCC membership and $65 annual club dues are required for on-going attendance.  For additional information, please contact mensclub@shamesjcc.org or call the Welcome Desk and ask for Leonard Lindey.


New Parents, New Babies with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Infants (up to 9 months) and their parent(s)
Session 1
8 Fridays, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
October 4 – November 22Members: $45; Non-members: $85

January 10 – March 6
No class on February 21
Members: $45; Non-members: $85 Session3March 13 – May 8
No class on April 10Members: $45; Non-members: $85

A baby changes our lives in expected ways (Diapers! Crying!  Bottles!), but also in ways that catch us  completely unprepared. For all these reasons and more, new parents need to connect with other new   parents – sometimes the only ones who can truly understand, are those who are also in the thick of it. This family program at the Shames JCC on the Hudson brings new parents together to make personal connections, learn from each other’s experiences and create the opportunity for pre-crawling babies and parents to socialize in a safe, fun environment. These groups are facilitated by Jennifer Convissor, LCSW. Contact her for more information: jconvissor@shamesjcc.org, 914-366-7898 x 1162.



Rivertowns Women’s Networking Project

Ages 18 and up
Select Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
September 24, November 19, January 21, March 24, May 19
Members and Non-Members: $5.00 per person, per session.
The Rivertowns Women’s Networking project brings together women with diverse backgrounds and experiences from up and down the Rivertowns to facilitate connections and empower personal and professional development. Our General Sessions are held five times a year and are designed to be welcoming and community building. They include casual and structured networking, a featured local speakers and forums to promote local events, your business and other initiatives that may be of interest to the group.

Childcare available upon request. There will be a $5 per child incremental fee.

Single Mother’s Mingle—CLOSED

September 16, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
March 9, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Cost per event: Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Being a single mother has a unique set of challenges. If you are a single mother of children ages 0-18, please join us for a free, kick-off meeting with Shames JCC Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jennifer Convissor. Each “mingle” will be a fun, cathartic opportunity to share triumphs and challenges and meet other single moms in your community. From there, groups may continue to gather in a format and pace they choose.  For more information, contact Jennifer at jconvissor@shamesjcc.org.


Volunteer: Engage Jewish Service Corps.

UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change within the Jewish community through hands-on activities. This new model of volunteering is perfect for the generation of game changers looking to reshape society at every stage of their lives.

As an Engage volunteer, you can use your skills, expertise, passion, and leadership to address issues like poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly, and children with special needs – in a way that fits your schedule and lifestyle.  Contact Laura Wexler:  lwexler@shamesjcc.org 


Yiddish Conversation and Culture with Maddy Simon

6 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Session 1: September 10 – October 29
No program on October 1 and October 8

Session 2: November 5 – December 10

Session 3: January 7 – February 11
Each session: Members $92; Non-members $100 / Library

Speakers and dabblers keep Yiddish alive with conversations, Yiddish literature, song and laughter. Explore Sholem Aleichem, I.L. Peretz, Yiddish music and our roots as 1st and 2nd generation Jewish people. Beginner’s welcome. Maddy Simon is a fluent Yiddish speaker with a graduate degree in music. She has an extensive Yiddish education in literature, history,
and culture.


Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

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Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

(914) 366-7898 x1126

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