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

Select Friday mornings, 9:00 – 10:15 AM
Free of Charge / Youth Lounge

The Rivertowns Jewish Consortium consists of the four synagogues and two chavurot of the Rivertowns, along with the Shames JCC. These monthly sessions will be led by the clergy of the Consortium and provide opportunities to explore contemporary issues through a Jewish lens– 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 interesting conversations.

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

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 Halina Rubinstein, lay leader at Chavurah Rosh Pinah, “We were strangers once too…Jewish perspectives and the politics of immigration.”


Judaism 101: Torah, Prayer, & Acts of Kindness with Rabbi Ben Newman

6 Mondays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

April 8 & 22: Torah; May 6 & 20: Prayer; June 3 & 10: Acts of Kindness

Members $90; Non-members $150

Time for a refresh on some of the fundamentals? Exploring Judaism for the first time? This welcoming, inclusive class is made for you. As the first unit in our “Introduction to Judaism” series, you’ll explore the notion that according to the sages, the world stands on three pillars, Torah, Prayer, and Acts of Kindness. Taught by Rabbi Ben Newman, participants will engage in learning and dialogue about these three fundamental Jewish ideas. Suitable for people who haven’t studied Judaism since bnei mitzvah, individuals considering conversion, or members of the general community seeking a solid survey course. Bring your curiosity and expand your knowledge!

Contact Rabbi Ben Newman for more information at bnewman@shamesjcc.org

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust, A Workshop Series with Jill Sarkozi

Co-Sponsored by The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) and the Shames JCC on the Hudson
18 Tuesdays, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Start Date: January 29
Members and Non-Members: Free of Charge (Please see registration information below) / Mind-Body Studio

This program is suitable for people who are 2nd and 3rd Generation who want to connect with a warm, supportive group while learning how to preserve and share their family’s Holocaust story.

In this 18 week program, you will engage in Storykeeping, a comprehensive system that will enable you to save family’s Holocaust story. Consider the narrative you have inherited, how you are part of the story, and the story that will live on in the next generation while making purposeful connections and having meaningful conversations with others in the 2nd and 3rd Generation. You will finish crafting your family’s story in this Workshop. Previous participants have found profound personal meaning by engaging in this program. Learn more at: safekeepingstories.com/testimonials/

Registration information:  The HHREC is pleased to provide this program at no charge to registered and admitted participants. Workshop is limited to 14 participants. To register, please call Millie Jasper, Executive Director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center at 914-696-0738 or email her at mjasper@hhrecny.org

Jill Sarkozi is the Founder of Safekeeping Stories, the creator of Storykeeping and is the daughter-in-law of a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. Joan Poulin and Debby Ziering are trained Safekeeping Stories Facilitators who have completed this Workshop program and are members of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center’s Speakers Bureau. Joan is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Germany and Debby is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor from Poland.


Yiddish Conversation and Culture with Maddy Simon

7 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Session 1 Start Date: January 29
Members $125; Non-members $140 / Library

Session 2 Start Date: March 19
Class will not run on April 23
Members $125; Non-members $140 / Library

Session 3 Start Date: May 14
Note: Session 3 runs for only 6 Tuesdays
Members $108; Non-members $120 / 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.


Book Discussion Group with Maureen Petry, Director, Warner Library

3rd Tuesdays of Month, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 18
Members and 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. Each month the book to be discussed, chosen by the group’s participants, will be posted on the JCC’s website.  Enjoy a lively discussion in a welcoming and supportive group.  Check for each month’s book selection at shamesjcc.org.

Co-sponsored by Warner Library in Tarrytown

Book List:

March 19 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

April 16 – Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira Lee

May 21 – The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

June  18 –TBA


Creative Memoirs with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW– CLOSED

4 Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Start Date:  February 6
No class on February 20
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.


Men’s Club

Wednesdays, 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Free for occasional attendance / Library

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. Contact mensclub@shamesjcc.org with questions or topic suggestions.

Retired professionals and executives enjoy fellowship, stimulating lectures and performances, and a healthy exchange of ideas over coffee and bagels.

Click HERE for the March flyer with details.


Special Event: Meet Tzahal Shalom of the Rivertowns

Monday, April 1, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Members and Non-members:  Free / Library

Join former IDF (Israel Defense Forces) officers and active duty reservists for an informal panel discussion on their experiences growing up in Israel and in the IDF.  The young men and women have served in different branches of the IDF.  Light refreshments will be served.


Sundays with George Kraus: Poetry Reading

Sundays, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19; see website for details
Members FREE, Non-Members $10 / Library

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.

Click HERE for the March flyer with details.


Mah Jongg Classes with Rose Asprea

New Start Date!
4 Tuesdays; see class times below
Dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
Members: $135; Non-members: $160 / Youth Lounge
Beginner Level– CLOSED
4 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Intermediate Level / Supervised Play– CLOSED
4 Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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!  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.


Card, Mah Jongg & Game Room

Tuesdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Start Date: January 29
Program will not run on February 19, April 16, April 23
Free of charge for members and their accompanying guests / Youth Lounge

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!


New Parents, New Babies with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Infants up to 9 months and their parent(s)
8 Fridays, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Members: $40; Non-members: $80 / Library

Session 1 Start Date: March 1
Session 2 Start Date: May 3

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.


Defensive Driving: AARP Driver Safety Course Approved by New York State DMV— FULL/CLOSED

Friday, March 8, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

AARP members $20; Non AARP Members $25 / Youth Lounge
Advance Registration REQUIRED, through AARP ONLY, and payments must be made to AARP by check or money order.

Contact: Henry Cohen  914 582 2070  henryc.aarp@gmail.com

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 on their driver’s license attained prior to the day of the class. No walk-ins.  Valid Driver’s License required.


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.


Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

(914) 366-7898 x1126

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