ORANGE ZONE REQUIREMENTS: VIRTUAL CLASSES, KIDS’ PLACE & ECC WILL RUN. POOL IS AVAILABLE FOR LAP SWIM & PRIVATE LESSONS ONLY. NO FITNESS OR AQUATICS IN-PERSON GROUP CLASSES STARTING 11/20.

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Benderson Family Building

Benderson Family Building
716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest Road
Amherst, NY 14068
Hours | Directions
Fri, Nov 27th

Benderson Family Building

Holland Family Building
716-886-3145
787 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Hours | Directions
Fri, Nov 27th

gym:
Closed for NYS Mandated Orange Zone
indoor pool:
7:00 am - 7:30 pm

Fall 2020 Virtual Adult Classes and Descriptions

Registration is required. You may register online or to register by phone. For Benderson Family Building classes, please call 688-4033 and speak with a Member Services Representative. Registrants will receive an email from Katie Wzontek, kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org containing the link for the zoom class. Space is limited. Questions please feel free to call Katie Wzontek at (716) 204-2084.
For Holland Family Building classes, please call 886-3145 and speak with a Member Services Representative. Space is limited. Questions please feel free email Kathy Goodwin at kathygoodwin97@gmail.com.

Yiddish Poetry

Yiddish Poetry

During this class we will be looking at that history of poetry, focusing on poets who wrote in Yiddish, including poets like Yehoash, Mani Leib, Moishe Leib Halpern, Reuben Iceland, H. Leivick, Anna Margolin, Celia Dropkin, Yankev Glatstein, Kadya Molodovsky, Avraham Sutzkever, and others. No knowledge of Yiddish is required.

Facilitator: Ted Steinberg
September 14 – December 14 | Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Enjoying Poetry

Enjoying Poetry

Unfortunately, many people’s experience with poetry begins and ends in classrooms, and despite the best efforts of teachers, those classroom experiences are often remembered in terms of tests, memorization of terms, and, too often, bewilderment. Teachers usually cannot focus on the beauty and the power of poetry or on the enjoyment of poetry because those things cannot be tested and given standardized scores. But in fact, poetry is beautiful and powerful and was written to be enjoyed. So those elements will be the focus of this class as we look at poems, both canonical and current, and learn to enjoy and appreciate them.

Facilitator: Ted Steinberg
January 4 – March 22 | Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Reading Aloud: Bringing Short Stories to Life - Holland Family Building

Reading Aloud: Bringing Short Stories to Life - Holland Family Building

Experience the fun of reading short stories aloud and discussing them in a small group. We will start with selected authors and continue with suggestions from members of the group.

Facilitator: Mimi Dow
October 5 – December 14 | Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
January 4 – March 22 | Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Current Events - Benderson Family Building

Current Events - Benderson Family Building

Participate in lively discussions as we enter this fascinating election season. Bring your point of view and opinions and have your say about local, national and International issues.

Facilitator: Howard Ross
September 15 – December 15 | Tuesdays 12:30-1:30pm
January 5 – March 23 | Tuesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group - Benderson Family Building

New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group - Benderson Family Building

An informal gathering of people interested in discussing the articles, poetry, fiction, reviews and cartoons found weekly in the New Yorker.

Facilitator: Arlene Burrows
September 15 – December 15 | Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm
January 5 – March 23 | Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Current Events - Holland Family Building

Current Events - Holland Family Building

Participate in lively discussions as we enter this fascinating election season. Bring your point of view and opinions and have your say about local, national and International issues.

Facilitator: Jack Regan
October 7 – December 16 | Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
January 6 – March 24 | Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Yiddish Club

Yiddish Club

Yiddish speakers and those who understand are welcome. This is a chance to practice your Yiddish, learn a little, share stories and have a few laughs.

Facilitator: Tova Krystal
September 9 – December 16 | Wednesdays (occurring every other week) 1:00-2:00pm
January 6 – March 17 | Wednesdays (occurring every other week) 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group - Holland Family Building

New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group - Holland Family Building

An informal gathering of people interested in discussing the articles, poetry, fiction, reviews and cartoons found weekly in the New Yorker. Class is filled, email kathygoodwin97@gmail.com to be placed on a wait list.

Facilitators: Peter Gold & Liz Clark
October 8 – December 17 | Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
January 7 – March 25 | Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Limud-Speakers & Events

Limud-Speakers & Events

A weekly program of music, speakers, or films on many subjects.

Click here for schedule of weekly presentations (Fall 2020).
Click here for schedule of weekly presentations (Winter 2021).

September 17 – December 17 |  Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
January 7 – March 25 |  Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Staying Connected with Your Grandkids

Staying Connected with Your Grandkids

This bi-weekly group of grandparents will get together to share ideas of how to teach, listen and learn with your grandkids in the virtual world. The discussion will be facilitated by Phyllis Steinberg, a retired special education teacher and elementary principal who has been meeting for the past 6 months on Zoom or Facetime with her 7 grandchildren who range in age from 5 months to 15 years and who live in three different cities on the East Coast.

Facilitator: Phyllis Steinberg
September 17 – December 17 | Thursdays (occurring every other week) 2:00-3:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Exploration of the Culture and History of the Francophone Populations of North America

Exploration of the Culture and History of the Francophone Populations of North America

Presently, Dr. Angelini is Associate Dean of the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College. She serves on the Presidential Task Force to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion. Her projects include working with Teacher Education faculty to incorporate Holocaust content and pedagogy into methodology coursework as well as fostering interdisciplinary curricular efforts on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Facilitator: Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
January 14 – March 25 | Thursdays (occurring every other week) 2:00-3:00pm
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Penfield Recreation events

Thank you to Penfield Recreation for partnering with the JCC of Buffalo to offer the following programs to our JCC members at no cost:

Treasures of New York

Treasures of New York

Visit some old and new sites. See how updates have created real unique places to visit. Bring your own memories and let’s have fun.

To receive the Zoom registration link please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org.

Facilitator: John Schmeelk
September 14 – October 26 | Mondays 11:15am-12:45pm

The History and Myths of Hudson Valley

The History and Myths of Hudson Valley

From early Native Americans and Dutch settlers to the invasion of the British, the Hudson River Valley has endured centuries of conflict and change.  The history of this area is filled with generations of fact, folklore and myth.  Come hear the adventure and the stories that have made the Hudson River Valley a rich and vibrant area in Eastern NY.

To receive the Zoom registration link please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org.

Facilitator: John Schmeelk
September 16 – October 21 | Wednesdays 9:45-10:45am

Art Forum

Art Forum

Each week a new and interesting collection of what is new and old in the world of art.  Fascinating biographies, exciting trends and always interesting reflection and discussion on all things art.

To receive the Zoom registration link please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org.

Facilitator: Jim VanMeter
September 11 – December 18 | Fridays 10:00-11:30am

Special One Time Offerings

Moment Zoominar: Culinary Travels with Joan Nathan

Moment Zoominar: Culinary Travels with Joan Nathan

Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30pm

Cookbook author Joan Nathan in conversation with Moment Editor-in-Chief Nadine Epstein about her Jewish food adventures in Italy, France, Morocco, Israel, Vietnam and beyond.

Moment Zoominar: From Abraham Lincoln to Modern Times: The History of Jewish Involvement in American Presidential Elections with Historians Jonathan Sarna and Lauren Strauss

Moment Zoominar: From Abraham Lincoln to Modern Times: The History of Jewish Involvement in American Presidential Elections with Historians Jonathan Sarna and Lauren Strauss

Tuesday, November 3 at 4:30pm

Presidential candidates have wooed Jewish voters as far back as Abraham Lincoln. Why did candidates seek out the Jewish vote and how did they do it? How has the landscape of Jewish voters changed in modern times? Join Jonathan D. Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History and Lauren B. Strauss, Scholar in Residence in the Jewish Studies Program at American University and Senior Historical Consultant for the forthcoming Capital Jewish Museum, in conversation with Moment’s opinion and book editor Amy E. Schwartz.

Moment Zoominar: The State of Democracy with Journalists E.J. Dionne and Robert Siegel

Moment Zoominar: The State of Democracy with Journalists E.J. Dionne and Robert Siegel

Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30pm

Join us for a post-election conversation on the state of our democracy with E.J. Dionne, syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and Robert Siegel, former NPR host of All Things Considered.

Moment Zoominar: Because the Middle East is Funny: Exploring Israeli History Through Comedy with Comedian Benji Lovitt

Moment Zoominar: Because the Middle East is Funny: Exploring Israeli History Through Comedy with Comedian Benji Lovitt

Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30pm

It has been said that throughout our history, Jews have laughed to keep from crying. In a country which has experienced its share of ups and downs, Israel has developed its own unique brand of humor. Benji Lovitt tracks the changes in Israeli society through classic movie, TV, and comedy clips.

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