Senior Connections

Connections

Are you a 50+ adult, recently retired or a senior citizen? The JCC welcomes adults seeking intellectual, cultural and social programming. Get involved with other adults interested in music, art, film, play readings, day trips and special events. Program development suggestions welcome.

Phyllis Kelly, Connections Program Coordinator
(914) 472-3300, x423
Email: kellyp@jccmw.org

Bring a friend (new to CONNECTIONS) & you & your friend will only pay $8 for that day!

Morning and afternoon programs for our seniors, led by outstanding professionals, offer a variety of stimulating subjects including current events, art, music, films, book reviews, and Judaic topics. The first Thursday of each month we will have an afternoon of music. The last Thursday of each month we will continue with our Israeli film series. The group socializes over kosher style brown bag lunches brought from home. Light refreshments served.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 26
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Art Gallery Tour”
Event summary: The Westchester Photographic Society will take us on a tour in the JCC Art Gallery where their work is on display. Learn about their techniques and inspirations. (Chairs will be provided for your comfort)
12:00PM – 12:30PM: Lunch (brought from home)
12:30PM – 1:30PM: Chabad’s Avroham Butman speaks about Passover

Tuesday, April 14
10:30AM – 1:00PM: Jewish Film Class – “The Garden Of The Finzi- Continis” 1970 (1hr. 34min.) Film background & post-screening class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz.

In the late 1930’s in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, and urban; they are also Jewish. They have adult children, Micol and Alberto. Into the circle steps Giorgio, a Jew from the middle class who falls in love with Micol. The forces of politics close in on this love story.

1:00PM – 2:00PM: Post screening discussion & lunch (brought from home)

Thursday, April 16

Holocaust Remembrance Day (FREE)
11:15AM: Bus leaves JCC Mid-Westchester to White Plains (Garden Of Remembrance)
12:00PM – 12:45PM: Service at The Garden Of Remembrance in White Plains. Bus transportation available round trip from the JCC to White Plains. Kindly RSVP to Phyllis Kelly at (914) 472-3300 x423 or kellyp@jccmw.org if you wish to reserve a spot on the bus. SEATING IS LIMITED.
1:00PM – 2:00PM: Complimentary bagel lunch will be served prior to film screening
2:00PM – 3:30PM: Film: “Numbered” (55min.). Post-screening discussion with Auschwitz Survivor, Peter Somogyi. “Numbered”  is a journey guided by portraits of survivors who were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps.The film documents the dark time during which these tattoos were assigned as well as the meaning they took on in the years following the war. Artwork by Audrey Reich will be on display at the JCC. In collaboration with the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center.

Tuesday, April 21
10:30AM – 12:00PM: Honoring National Poetry Month, “Explaining Our Lives Through Poetry” class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkrantz. Poems validate the various stages of life by exploring all aspects a bit at a time. If literature holds a “mirror up to nature,” as Shakespeare said, poetry holds up a magnifying lens. Through poems written about love, the end of love, relationships, family ties, war, loss and renewal, we get close ups of our own lives. The situations depicted are universal and will arouse memories that validate and sustain us. We will use the book “Explaining Life: The Wisdom Of Modern Jewish Poetry: 1960 – 2010.” A limited supply of books will be provided by Dr. Ehrenkrantz.
12:00PM – 12:30PM: lunch (brought from home)
12:30PM – 1:30PM: YIDDISH VINKLE (FREE) conversation lead by Bea Freedman. (You don’t have to be a Yiddish maven).

Thursday, April 23

Yom Ha Atzmaut (Honoring fallen Israeli soldiers) and Yom Ha Zikaron (Israel Independence Day)

10:30AM – 12:00PM: We will hear from a former “Lone Soldier” Seth Rosenberger who served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Seth now represents Garin Tzabar, the main Lone Soldier Program in Israel.
12:00PM – 12:30PM: lunch (brought from home)
12:30PM – 1:30PM: “Estere” Internationally acclaimed singer will perform Hebrew, Yiddish & English array of Broadway show tunes to Opera.

Tuesday, April 28
10:30AM – 12:00PM: Honoring National Poetry Month, classic poetry class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkrantz
12:00PM – 12:30PM: lunch (brought from home)
12:30PM – 1:30PM: CONNECTIONS CHORUS (FREE) join in the fun to sing –a-long!

Thursday, April 30
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Jews in the News” with Joseph Berger and Lucinda Franks (Special event $11) Robert Morgenthau was one of the most prominent Jews in America, New York’s iconoclastic District Attorney and son of FDR’s Treasury Secretary. This is an intimate story of their 35-year marriage, in which Lucinda and Robert shared early success, a love of Jewish culture and Israel, and a determination to build the city’s first Holocaust Museum.
12:00PM – 12:30PM: lunch (brought from home)
12:30PM – 1:30PM: YIDDISH  VINKLE (FREE) conversation lead by Bea Freedman

Senior Men’s Club

Join other senior men for weekly meetings, lively conversation and comradeship.  Bring a kosher-style breakfast; coffee served.
Wednesdays and Fridays ongoing, 9.00am – 11.00am.

Mah Jongg

Classes for beginners.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel, instructor.
6 Mondays January 12-March 2, 2015, 9:30-11:30am  (no class 1/19, 2/16)
6 Mondays March 9-April 20, 2015, 9:30-11:30am (no class 4/6)
6 class card: $160

Supervised play.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel.
6 Mondays January 13-February 24, 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm  (no class 2/17)
6 Mondays March 10-April 21, 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm (no class 4/7)
6 class card: $160

Other Offerings

Adult Dance: The JCC offers Adult Ballet and Tap Classes, Zumba Fitness and Israeli Folk Dancing for adults.

Art Classes: The JCC offers a range of classes for adults wishing to try their hand or develop their skills in media such as wheel throwing, life drawing, ceramic pottery, Open Studio Life Painting, and Holiday Workshops.

WAJE: Westchester Adult Jewish Education, a program of the Westchester Jewish Council, offers a broad spectrum of Jewish topics for study in classes that range from single sessions to ten or more weeks.

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