Early Childhood





Engagement • Families

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Challenge Island Family Night at the Shames JCC

Ages 5 and up with accompanying grown-up(s)

Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Members: $15 per person; Non-Members: $18 per person
Mind/Body Studio

Challenge Island is where engineering meets imagination, offering hands-on, project-based learning where participants cultivate 21st Century Skills.
And Challenge Island is not just for kids!  Join us for this multi-generational
STEAM event – a perfect Family Night Out activity!

Families will work in unified tribes (teams), taking on some of our most popular STEAM challenges centered around fun, family-friendly themes.  Our party-like atmosphere will be felt throughout the evening, with a crescendo at the end when tribes proudly present their creations at the closing tribal council. Theme-based treats will be provided.

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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
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 Convissor for more information: jconvissor@shamesjcc.org, 914-366-7898 x 1162.


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.

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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