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Come Immerse Yourself in Some Jewish Learning with the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium

Water has always been a powerful metaphor for the Torah and the broader idea of Jewish knowledge and insights, with the Talmud going so far as to suggest that parents are responsible to teach their children to swim, both to ensure actual safety and to encourage lifelong learning. The Rivertowns Jewish Consortium consists of the four synagogues and two chavurot of the Rivertowns, along with the Shames JCC. These two offerings will be led by the clergy of the Consortium and provide members of the JCC and the community two different ways to “take a swim.”

Challenging Times, Ageless Insights: Jewish Wisdom with the Clergy of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium

These monthly sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to explore contemporary issues through a Jewish lens, providing insights, discussion, debate, and if we are successful, even more questions! Focusing more on depth than breadth, one can come with existing knowledge or just lots of curiosity. In a welcoming environment, we will challenge and learn from each other.  Join one, two, or all of these opportunities to explore the deep end.

Register for one or attend them all!  Click “Register” at the top of the page to reserve your spot.

7 Friday Mornings, 9-10:15am

11/30:Rabbi Ben Newman, Temple Beth Shalom, “Modern Technology: Monster or Savior? The Golem Legend and its Lessons for the Modern World”

12/14: Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple “Responding Jewishly to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process.”

1/4 : Cantor Robin Joseph, Temple Beth Shalom “Bio-Ethics: The Jewish Response and Responsa”

2/1: Rabbi Jay Stein, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, “Gender Fluidity and Roles: Going Beyond the Binary in Jewish Tradition.”

3/1: Rabbi Mara Young , Woodlands Community Temple, “Understanding the ‘Z’ Word: The Meanings of Zionism in the 21st Century”

4/5: Rabbi David Holtz, Temple Beth Abraham,” Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?: Jewish wisdom on having difficult conversations.”

5/3:Rabbi Andrew Ergas, Shames JCC on the Hudson, “Peoplehood and Identity: Creating Meaning out of Complex Ideas”


Dip Your Toe (Judaism 101)

Friday mornings, once per month, Specific dates and times TBD
Time for a refresh on some of the fundamentals?  Exploring Judaism for the first time?  This welcoming, inclusive class is made for you.  Taught by a variety of local clergy, participants will engage in learning and dialogue about Jewish values, rituals, traditions and holidays.  Bring your curiosity and expand your knowledge with this engaging course.

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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Schmooze with the Shinshinit

15 Wednesdays, 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
September 12, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, 16
Members & Non-members: FREE
at the Welcome Desk is required.

The Schmoozing you know all about, but what’s this “Shinshinit”?
Shinshinim are young adult Israeli emissaries sent abroad by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture.  This year, several Shinshinim will reside in Westchester County and will connect with the community through synagogues, day schools, community centers and more. Here at the Shames JCC, we are fortunate to have a Shinshinit scheduled to visit with us most Wednesday mornings. Her name is Adi and we look forward to welcoming her soon. Each Wednesday morning, Adi will host a coffee and conversation focused on Israeli culture, Hebrew, personal stories and an open exploration of our relationship with Israel.  Come join this free weekly gathering to get to know Adi and strengthen your personal connection to Israel.


Creative Memoirs with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

4 Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
November 28, December 5, 12, 19
Register by November 22
Members $50; Non-members $65 / Library

Have you ever wanted to creatively capture moments of your life, for your own reflection, your loved ones, or for the sake of art itself? This series seeks to start you on this journey. Unlike standard memoir writing groups, participants are not constrained by pen on paper. Come with your own talents and interests, may it be illustrated pages, a play, documentary clips, or non-fiction. It’s your life, relate your experiences in whatever means feels right to you.


Crossing Generations: A Guide To Preserving Your Life Stories and Family History  with Donna Zucker

Friday, September 21, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM
Members & Non-members: FREE
Light Refreshments Included

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from a professional biographer skilled in the art of preserving life stories and family histories. Through step-by-step guidance, you will begin to discover the stories you want to tell and the ways you can share them in a meaningful way. These stories are your family’s legacy. Preserving them is a way to honor your past, and connect with future generations.


Book Discussion Group with Maureen Petry, Director, Warner Library

3rd Tuesdays of Month, 2:15 PM-3:15 PM
October 16, November 20 December 18, January 15
Members & Non-members: Free /Library

Advance registration not required but highly recommended to ensure your spot. All participants must register at the Welcome Desk.
Join us to read contemporary and classic fiction, biography and creative non-fiction. During the group’s first meeting, we will discuss preferred genres and specific titles. A list of books to be discussed will then be posted on the JCC’s website. Enjoy a lively discussion in a welcoming and supportive group.
Co-sponsored by Warner Library in Tarrytown


Current Events Discussion Group with David Cheney

— Closed

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
Register by November 7
Members $75 ; Non-members $100 / Library

Join us for a weekly discussion of current local, national, and international issues.
David Cheny, Facilitator, will circulate a reading for each session in advance so that group will be well versed and prepared to comment on the topic chosen for each session. The goal is lively and informed discussions, with all members participating and learning from each other.


Men’s Club

Wednesdays, 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM
FREE for occasional attendance.
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.
Retired professionals and executives enjoy fellowship, stimulating lectures and performances, and a healthy exchange of ideas over coffee and bagels.


Sundays with George Kraus: Poetry Reading

Sundays, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
September 30, October 28, November 25, January 27
Members FREE, Non-Members $10

Join this popular monthly reading of original poetry by local authors as well as tributes to established poets. George Kraus, Ph.D., published author and poet, Moderator. For more information about the poetry readings, please contact George Kraus at geofkraus@aol.com

September 30: Poetry in Translation
George Kraus will read his translations from 16th century Spanish poets, Gongora, Quevedo, and Sor Juana and also his translations of Vallejo and Borges. Filippo Naitana, contemporary Italian poet, will read some of his poems and Ann Lauinger will read her translations of same. Select poems and translations have been published in Levania and The Massachusetts Review.Ann Cefola, translator of contemporary French Poet Hélène Sanguinetti, will read from her translation of Sanguinetti’s The Hero, forthcoming from Chax Press.Beth S. Gersh-Nešić, Ph.D., art historian and translator of French poet André Salmon’s art criticism and memoirs, will present 3 poems by this member of Pablo Picasso’s entourage during the heyday of Cubism.


Yiddish Conversation and Culture with Maddy Simon

7 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Register by October 3
Members $125; Non-members $140

6 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22
Register by November 2
Members $108; Non-members $120 / Library.

Speakers and dabblers keep Yiddish alive with conversations, classic 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.


Mah Jongg for Beginners with Rose Asprea

4 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
October 16, 23, 30, November 6
Members $135; Non-members $160 / Youth Lounge

Rose makes this 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!


Card, Mah Jongg & Game Room

Tuesdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Lounge

FREE for members and their accompanying guests.
Enjoy time with good friends or new acquaintances in our card and game room. Cards and a variety of board games are available. Members and their accompanying guests may drop-in anytime between 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  Stay for three minutes or all three hours – the door is open!


Holiday Tsuris: How to Relax and Enjoy Your Holiday Season with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Members: Free; Non-members: $10

We are masters at juggling all that modern life throws our way; work, family, home responsibilities, self-care…The holiday season, joyous as it may be, can sometimes serve as one ball too many leading to…Holiday Tsuris*! (* Yiddish for aggravation, worry, woe) Whichever your holiday, we at Shames JCC, have some advice and tips that will help turn your tsuris into naches (joy)!
Contact  Jennifer Convissor, LCSW, at jconvissor@shamesjcc.org for more information.


New Parents, New Babies with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Infants (up to 9 months) and their parent(s)
10 Fridays, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
Members: $120; Non-members: $180

8 Fridays, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
November 30, December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, 18, 25
Members: $95; Non-members: $145

A baby changes our lives in expected ways (Diapers! Crying! Bottles!), but also in ways that catch us completely unprepared. It’s for all these reasons that 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 program brings new parents together to make personal connections, to learn from each other’s experiences and create an opportunity for infants (0-9 months) and parents to socialize in a safe, fun environment.


Transitions:  The Second Act with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

4 Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

October 3, 10, 17, 24
Register by September 30
Members $50; Non-members $65

Transitions can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. We mourn what we’re leaving, as we unsteadily open ourselves to the future. The only constant in life is change, but discomfort is inherent in an open ended question. This group is for those who are about to or have retired from the working life, have seen the last of their children leave for college, have lost a spouse, or for whomever is currently asking, “What now?” Please join what will be a supportive, dynamic and hopefully inspiring group that will seek to provide the tools you need to create your own second act.
Jennifer Convissor is licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree from Fordham University. She is currently a social worker for Shames JCC and holistic psychotherapist, practicing in White Plains and Tarrytown. She studied creative writing, cultural psychology and improvisational theater at Sarah Lawrence College.


Looking Ahead: Whether, When and Where to Move with Irene Kleinsinger

3 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

January 10, 17, 24
Register by January 4
Members $38; Non-members $50

50 and over? Consider the various living options and the pros and cons of each  -independent living, assisted living, continuing care communities, and less well-known possibilities such as co-housing and more. What will govern your decision?


Defensive Driving: AARP Driver Safety Course– CLASS IS FULL

Approved by New York State DMV
Friday, September 14, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AARP members $20; Non AARP Members $25
Advance Registration through AARP ONLY is Required and payments must be made to AARP by check or money order.
Youth Lounge

Valid Drivers 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. 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 drivers license attained prior to the day of the class. No walk-ins.


Partners in Caring: Counseling and Support

Ages 18 and Up
Generously funded by a grant from UJA Federation of New York, our Partners in Caring program is dedicated to providing social and emotional support for individuals, families and groups in an approachable and accessible environment. We offer a friendly and professional ear for all of life’s challenges.

This grant enables our JCC Social Worker, Jennifer Convissor, to work within the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium to meet the needs of employees, congregants and members.  FREE individual, family, and group counseling and support sessions are available by appointment. Contact Jennifer Convissor, LCSW, at jconvissor@shamesjcc.org to set up an appointment.


Engage Volunteer Service Corps

Ages 50 and up
ENGAGE, a program of UJA-Federation of New York, is the Jewish Service Corps for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change in our community.
Use your skills, expertise, passion and leadership to address issues you care about, like poverty, hunger, the isolated elderly, and children and adults with special needs. Engage offers volunteer opportunities on a daily, weekly, monthly, or “one-off” basis. Engage also allows participants to connect to a group of like-minded people for social, educational and Jewish programs.

Please contact Shames JCC site coordinator Laura Wexler at lwexler@shamesjcc.org for more details and to find an opportunity that is right for you.


Shames JCC/Afya Social Action Pop-Up

Mondays, 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM (Drop in for any portion)
Through mid-October
Afya Pop Up Space

We are so grateful to our members who have already been engaged in our social action projects. Continuing until Mid-October, is the Afya Pop Up, where members and friends of the JCC sort medical supplies that have been donated by hospitals and health centers around the country. The Afya Foundation ships the supplies to public health missions in countries that have been devastated by disaster or conflict. The non-profit has worked with public health partners in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Marie last year. Those who participate will experience “[their] hands being the last ones to touch these supplies before they are used to save a life.”
–AFYA Founder, Danielle Butin
For additional information contact Julie Lowy at jlowy@shamesjcc.org


Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

(914) 366-7898 x1126

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