Senior 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, May 28
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Current Events” ADL’s International Affairs Analyst Shaya Lerner will give this informative talk on Israel, Iran and other global current events.
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “A Big Band Tribute”
Once again, Richard Knox takes us down memory lane. This time with Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and many more of the Big Band/Swing era.

Tuesday, June 2 
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “A Collection of Short Videos.” Film maker Amy Stern will share four short videos with us. Each one will be followed by a Q & A.
“Lady Who Missed Her Train” (September 11 story)
“Meet Alex” (WW II veteran)
“See Joe Run” (Campaign for Congress)
“Baby Birds” (set to classical music)
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “Socratic Debate.” Socrates is the ancient Greek thinker who laid the foundations for Western philosophical thought. His “Socratic Method” involved asking probing questions in a give-and-take which eventually lead to the truth.
For example: Do we control our thoughts or do our thoughts control us?
                      Does history make great men or do great men make history?
Susan Teltzer Schwartz will lead this discussion.

Thursday, June 4
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Current Events” Discussion with Ed Pressman, Adjunct Lecturer at Westchester Community College.
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “Tones, Torah, and Talk” with Marlon Sobol, Music Therapist & Manager, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function  at Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing (event Sponsor). Marlon’s interactive music program culminates in a collective spiritual experience.

Tuesday, June 9
10:30AM – 1:30PM: Part of the Israeli Film Festival: “Is That You?” (81 Min.). After Ronnie ( Alon Abutbul) is fired from his job at age 60, he sets off to America in search of his childhood love. His road trip through the ins and outs of multiple states turns into a life-changing journey. Directed by Dani Menkin.  Followed by Q&A. Light Kosher brunch at 10:30   KINDLY RSVP: Phyllis Kelly, 914-472-3300 x423   OR kellyp@jccmw.org. Screening at 11:30.

Thursday, June 11
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Free Speech VERSUS Hate Speech.” Constitution and History Professor James Coll will lead this Lecture/Discussion. We the people have empowered the government to punish offenders for what they do but should they be able to increase penalties for why they do it? We will discuss the concept of hate-speech and the constitutional challenges confronted by our law makers and our courts in deciding what are permissible regulations and what is too far.
12:30PM – 1:30PM: “BINGO” After a morning of a very thought provoking topic…spend an hour of pure fun and try your luck at BINGO !!!!!!

Tuesday, June 16
10:30AM – 1:30PM: Documentary Film “The Age Of Love” (1hr. 20 min.) The story follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70-to 90-year-olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it’s an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change-or don’t change-from first love to the far reaches of life. In partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Harrison and Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle. There will be a Q&A with Sarah Lieberman LMSW from WJCS and* LUNCH provided by the Esplanade of White Plains
*Kindly RSVP: Phyllis Kelly, 914-472-3300 x 423 or kellyp@jccmw.org

Thursday, June 18
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “The US – Israel Relationship in 2015”
Associate Director Adam Engel of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) will give this informative talk.
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “Ziegfeld Girls”
NYC tour guide and lecturer Marty Schneit will give this multi-media presentation. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. Florenz Ziegfeld was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. The Ziegfeld girl became an American Institution. Marty will talk about: Irving Berlin, Anna Held, and Fanny Brice just to name a few.

Tuesday, June 23
10:30AM-12:00PM: “Anti-Semitism in Europe.” Scott Richman Director of Westchester AJC (American Jewish Committee) will talk about the growing concern of anti-Semitism in European countries.
12:30PM – 1:30PM: “Rare Musical Gems” Relax and enjoy the music! Pianist, singer, David Wynne has performed for Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama. He has performed in top spots around the world from the Rainbow room in New York to George V in Paris.

Thursday, June 25
12:00PM – 2:00PM: End-Of-Year Luncheon at Pas-Tina’s
155 S. Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY
(914)997-7900
Includes: Salad, Choice of Entrée, Dessert, Coffee-Tea- Soft Drinks, Tax & Gratuity
$36.00 Per Person
Kosher meals will be provided upon request

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 October 19-November 23 2015, 9:30-11:30am
6 Mondays January 11-February 29, 2016, 9:30-11:30am  (no class 1/18, 2/15)
6 Mondays March 14-April 18, 2016, 9:30-11:30am
6 class card: $160

Supervised play.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel.
6 Tuesdays October 20-November 24 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm
6 Tuesdays January 12-February 23, 2016, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm  (no class 2/16)
6 Tuesdays March 15-April 19, 2016, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm
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.

Scarsdale Adult School: a continuing education program that offers an enrichment curriculum for lifelong learning.  For questions, please contact director@scarsdaleadultschool.org or call (914)723-2325

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