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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.

Registration for September ’19 – June ’20 programs opens on 8-21 for Members and 8-23 for Non-members.


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Book Discussion Group with Maureen Petry, Director, Warner Library

3rd Tuesdays of the Month, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
September 17 – June 16 / Library

Free for Members and Non-Members

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. Advance registration is not required but highly recommended to ensure your spot. All participants must register at the Welcome Desk.

2019 book selections:

  • September 17: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
    October 15: Educated by Tara Westover
    November 19: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
    Further book selections to be announced.

Co-sponsored by Warner Library in Tarrytown



Jewish Plays Project (JPP): Shames JCC Theater Chavurah

(It’s a book group for new plays!)

  • 2 Thursdays, November 21 and January 16, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM OR
  • 2 Thursdays, November 21 and January 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Members & Non-Members: $10 administrative fee (see below)

Join the Jewish Plays Project (JPP) – the nation’s premiere home for new Jewish plays and musicals­— and dive into the best of new Jewish drama. JPP Artistic Director David Winitsky and staff have collected 1,300 plays from 990 writers across 32 states and 9 countries—and bring you 6 of the best. Sign up for the class, read the plays and meet with fellow theater lovers for two engaging, facilitated conversations. We’ll ask:  What is a Jewish play?  Who are the hottest new Jewish playwrights?  What are the most important topics for Jewish theater right now?  Be part of the JPP’s national movement to revolutionize Jewish theater, and make Jewish social justice part of every theater season. JPP website: jewishplaysproject.org.

Register early (in September/October) so you can receive the plays by email with plenty of time to read them before each of the two meetings. This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of UJA Federation of New York’s Upstart Westchester Design Lab. Further, thanks to their support, curriculum and faculty fees for this course are waived.



Special Event with Lilith Magazine: There’s Good News…and Bad News: Behind the Headlines

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
An evening for women, by women, and about women.

How do we tell our most difficult stories? How do feminist journalists report them? How do our values affect our voice, and the stories we share? Join Susan Weidman Schneider, a founding mother and the editor-in-chief of Lilith magazine–independent, Jewish & frankly feminist–to explore Jewish female stereotypes and discuss how they play into, and against, today’s headlines. Following her talk, there will be an open discussion moderated by Julie Cottineau. Meet women like — and unlike– yourself for a lively face-to-face discussion where your voice matters.  The program will conclude with informal networking.

Attendance includes a copy of the current issue of Lilith magazine and a one-year subscription. Register here.



Sundays with George Kraus: Poetry Reading

Select Sundays: 1:30 – 3:30 PM; September 22, November 10, March 22 , and May 24

Members: Free; Non-Members $10 / Library

Join this popular monthly reading of original poetry by local authors as well as tributes to established poets.  Moderated by George Kraus, Ph.D., published author and poet. For more information about the poetry readings, please contact the JCC Welcome Desk and ask for George Kraus.

  • September 22: Tony Howath and Natalie Safir reading from their recent works
  • November 10: Ann Cefola, Ann Lauinger, and Beth Gersh-Nesic with their translations of French and Italian poets and writers.
  • March and May poets to be announced

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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