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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 – The Muralist by B. A. Shapito
Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

Yiddish Conversation and Culture with Maddy Simon

7 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Start date June 25
Members $110; Non-members $125 / 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. Beginners 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.

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.

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.

Card, Mah Jongg & Game Room

Tuesdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Start Date: June 25
Free of charge for members and their accompanying guests /Community 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!

Mah Jongg Classes with Rose Asprea

Age 18 and up
Beginner Level: 4 Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Intermediate Level / Supervised Play: 4 Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Start Date: July 9 (Please register by July 3)
Members: $135; Non-members: $160 / Dance Studio

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 five 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.

Monday’s Second Act: Crafts with Linda Paver

Age 18 and up
2 Mondays, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
July 1: Dried Flower Arrangement
August 5: Textile Canvas Art
Members and Non-Members welcome: $5 per person, per class / Youth Lounge
Limited space available. Advance registration not required but highly recommended to ensure your spot. All participants must register at the Welcome Desk.

Drop-in and try a new craft – all materials are included. Beginners welcome and every project looks wonderful. Go home with a finished project to enjoy.


Israeli Dance with Leng Tan

Age 18 and up
7 Wednesdays
Beginners: 7:00 PM -7:45 PM (and beginners are welcome to stay later) / Youth Lounge
Open session: 7:45 PM- 9:30 PM / Mind Body Studio
Start Date: July 10
Advance registration not required but appreciated.
Members $12; Non-members $15 each session

Share a passion for Israeli music and dance. Israeli dancing is wonderful for your mind, body and spirit as well as a great exercise. Make friends, socialize, have a great time, and enjoy light refreshments. Prior experience not required. Leng Tan is passionate about her love of Israeli folk dance and is known for being a patient instructor. She has been teaching for over 25 years and offers classes in the tri-state area.

New Parents,New Babies With Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Infants (up to 9 months) and their parent(s)
4 Mondays, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Start Date: July 8
July 15, 22, 29
Members: $20; Non-members: $40 / Dance Studio

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 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 Jennifer for more information: jconvissor@shamesjcc.org or 914-366-7898 x 1162.

Coffee with the Rabbi

Ages 13 – Adult
5 Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Start Date: July 16, 2019
Free for Members & Non-Members: Free of Charge /Main Lobby

Have questions about Judaism, spirituality, or philosophy that you never had a chance to ask? Have a cup of coffee with Rabbi Ben Newman, Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC in an informal session in the Main Lobby.

Jewish Meditation in the Four Worlds

Ages 13 – Adult
12 Thursdays 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Start Date: June 27 – September 5  (No class on July 4)
Members: $5 per class; Non-Members: $10 per class / Dance Studio

Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) teaches that we live in four dimensions or “worlds”– the worlds of the body, heart, mind, and spirit. There is a rich tradition of kabbalistic meditation in all four. Join Rabbi Ben Newman on a meditative journey towards relaxation and balance in each of these dimensions.  Participants should dress comfortably in clothes that allow for light movement. Advance registration is requested but not required.

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.

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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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

Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

(914) 366-7898 x1126

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