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Jewish Culture and Learning
Julie Dorfman, MSW, Coordinator, x412


Jewish Culture

Families seeking Jewish identity building and education have an excellent resource at the J. The Jewish Culture and Learning Department offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and forums for everyone from young families to older adults. These programs include collaborations with Israel and strive to expand the knowledge and understanding of Judaism through ongoing learning. The department also serves as a Jewish resource for the community.




Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day

Orchestra of Exile
Monday, April 28 1:00-3:30pm
Documentary film screening in the Bendheim Theater.

The story of the great violinist and prodigy Bronislaw Huberman who saved as many as a thousand lives from Hitler by creating the Palestine Philharmonic, now Israel Philharmonic. The film examines issues of political contingency and how moral challenge can turn artists into heroes, and turn civic beacons and great music into a declaration if independence.

Guest speaker: Dr. Moshe Avital, a survivor of several concentration camps. Even after his liberation, he encountered tremendous obstacles, and ultimately made Aliyah to Israel, where he lived until 1950 when he came to study in the U.S.

Refreshments will be served after the program.
This program is free and open to the community.

For information, contact: Phyllis Kelly, (914) 472-3300 x423 · kellyp@jccmw.org

Remembering and Celebrating
Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut
Join us for a Memorial Ceremony for Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism

Keynote Address by Israeli Representative


Tuesday, May 6, 7:30-9:30pm at the JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY

Following the ceremony, join us in celebrating the State of Israel’s 66th anniversary with world-renowned Israeli multi-instrumentalist and composer Koby Hayon.

Kosher Dessert Reception
Special exhibit featuring photos taken by Hillel Westchester students on a recent Taglit-Birthright Trip.

Open to teens, college students, adults and families – Advanced reservation suggested.

RVSP by April 28 to enter a raffle for two tickets to see David Broza in Concert at the JCC on May 20th at 7:30pm.


Israel Connections Club
Activities for children ages 3 months to 5 years
The Israel Connections Club aims to connect Westchester Israelis and other Hebrew speaking families through programming and events that emphasize spoken Hebrew and provide a fun and secular way to experience Jewish holidays and Israeli culture. Programming is available for children, families and adults.

Fall Session: September 17 - December 10, 2013

Spring Session: January 7 - June 3, 2014
No class: 2/25, 4/15, 4/22

Shir Fun ™

Ages 3 months – 5 years old
The popular Hebrew music program for kids and their parent/caregiver returns to the Scarsdale JCC! Age appropriate Hebrew vocabulary will be taught in Hebrew using a mix of original and popular Israeli children’s songs. Class includes a complimentary Shir Fun CD of some of the songs used in class for each family.  www.shirfun.com  This class is geared towards native speakers but is also open to those interested in teaching their
children Hebrew.

18 Tuesdays Spring $540
4:00 – 4:45pm 3 months - 5 years old JP04F
One time walk in fee (subject to availability) $40

Shirim v’Mischakim (Song and Games)
Ages: 3-5 years old
Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners will have fun in Hebrew in this dynamic class through movement, music, puppets and games. The songs and activities in class will emphasize oral communication. Class themes are based on Israeli culture and a secular approach to Jewish holidays. This program is conducted entirely in Hebrew and is geared to children who speak Hebrew at home or with proven proficiency.

18 Tuesdays Spring $540
3:45 – 5:00pm Ages 3 – 5 years old JP01F

Ivrit B’Ivr it (Hebrew Literacy)
Ages 1st – 5th grades
This Hebrew literacy class is taught by two professional Israeli educators who will work on expanding vocabulary and building literacy with a curriculum that weaves in Israeli culture, and Jewish holidays and themes. Children will be grouped and separated for activities in classes based on age and Hebrew proficiency. Younger students will focus on learning to read and write in Hebrew while older students continue their mastery of the language. Classes include conversation, games, books and written work. Weekly assignments are given to continue the learning throughout the week. This program is conducted entirely in Hebrew and is geared to children who speak
Hebrew at home or with proven proficiency.

18 Tuesdays Spring $540
3:45 – 5:00pm Ages 1st – 5th grades JP03F

Matchilim (Beginners Hebrew)
Ages 1st – 3rd grades
Children will enjoy learning to read, write and speak modern Hebrew with a professional educator who is experienced teaching the language to non-native speaking children. The class will use the proven TaL AM curriculum www.talam.org and is nonreligious in its approach, although Jewish themes or holidays may be touched upon in an Israeli cultural context. This class is geared towards students with no prior knowledge of Hebrew.

18 Tuesdays Spring $540
3:45 – 5:00pm Ages 1st – 3rd grades JP07F

The Westchester Jewish Teen Learning Initiative
Ages 8th -12th grades
Jewish learning that fits your interests, personality and schedule. Programs are open for all Jewish teens throughout Westchester across the range of Jewish practice and educational backgrounds.
See www.thejewisheducationproject.org for more information.

Jewish Workshops
The JCC, in conjunction with Jewish Renaissance Experience (JRE), will provide a variety of Jewish workshops throughout the year. Workshops include introduction to the High Holidays, Challah making, Hamentashen baking, and more.

Introduction to Judaism
The class is offered through a collaboration of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, the JCC and WAJE (Westchester Adult Jewish Education). Contact WAJE at waje@wjcouncil.org
or call (914) 328–7001 for more information.
18 Thursdays October 3 - March 6
No class: 10/31, 11/28, 12/26, 1/2, 2/20
Click here to view flyer and for all additional details.

Jewish Yoga
Come explore the relationship between Jewish wisdom, yoga and meditation. This class, taught by certified yoga instructor, Laura Rotter, will help you to unwind, breathe, stretch and be inspired. The class combines movement and alignment with teachings from Torah, Kabbalah and yogic texts. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cost: $18

Israeli Folk Dancing