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Benderson Family Building

Benderson Family Building
716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest Road
Amherst,NY14068
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Thu, Apr 9th

Benderson Family Building

Holland Family Building
716-886-3145
787 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
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Thu, Apr 9th

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Benderson Family Building716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest RoadAmherst,NY14068
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Holland Family Building716-886-3145
787 Delaware AvenueBuffalo,NY14209
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The Adult Department promotes social, educational, recreational, and Jewish cultural programs. We encourage our adults and senior adults to learn, to grow, and to enrich their lives along with others who share common values. We provide classes in literature, current events, discussion groups, art classes, bridge lessons and a very special weekly lecture series. You can join our JCC Community Choir or take music lessons, or come in to play Canasta, Bridge, Scrabble, Mahjong or Gin Rummy.

Several times a year we travel together to theatres, museums, or special events. This year we began offering many new programs at the Holland Family Building in Buffalo as well as new and continuing classes at the Benderson Family Building in Getzville. We are always open to your suggestions for “new” programs or trips. Please call Katie Wzontek at 716-204-2084 at the Benderson Family Building in Amherst or Kathy Goodwin at 886-3172 x407 at the Holland Family Building in Buffalo for more information.

Adult Class Descriptions

Benderson Family Building, Amherst

Cards & Mah Jongg

Canasta, Mah Jongg, Poker, Scrabble or Bridge players. Bring your group! Let us know you are coming.

Monday – Friday afternoons
FREE to full/social members

NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Discussion Group

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

Facilitators: Mary Richert & Arlene Burrows
March 31 – June 23 |  Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Current Events

Lively discussions of political, social and cultural concerns. Bring your point of view and opinions and have your say about news at the local, national and international levels.

Facilitators: Howard Ross & others
March 31 – June 23 |  Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

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.

Facilitators: George Pearlman & Tova Krystal
April 8 – June 17 |  Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Limud-Speakers & Events

Come and learn with us. A weekly program of music, speakers, or films on many subjects. Schedules are available in the Lobby.

April 2 – June 25 |  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $5/event at the door

Studio in Art

Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, pastel, pen & ink, or collage; emphasis on original subject matter or a project of student’s choice.

Facilitator: Debra Meier & Sonia Gellman Young
April 2 – June 25 |  Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: $120  |  Gym/CP: $145

Reading Aloud Short Stories come to life

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

Facilitator: Regina Grol
April 2 – June 25 |  Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Holland Family Building, Buffalo

Reading Aloud: Bringing Short Stories to Life

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

Facilitators: Mimi Dow
March 30 – May 18 |  Mondays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Blurring the Truth

We live in an era of blurring and bending the actual truth despite fact-checking websites. Truth is not what the majority says is true or is it?

Facilitators: Marian Deutschman
March 30 – May 18 |  Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Shakespeare’s speeches and poetry

‘To hold as it were a mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image&’ We will read selected speeches and poetry from Shakespeare’s plays followed by discussion. People who appreciate Shakespeare’s genius and those who were turned off in high school are all welcome.

Facilitators: Jim Paul
April 13 – May 4 |  Mondays 7:00-8:30pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Poets in Translation

We will consider some international poets who are considered among the major writers of the 20th century. From skillful translations we will see how their words resonate with us today. Yehuda Amichai – Israel; Wislawa Szymborska – Poland; Frederico Garcia Lorca – Spain; and selected poets chosen by participants,

Facilitators: Linda Drajem
March 31 – May 19Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

Western Civilization

Oral reading and discussion of the world’s great literature.

Facilitator: Athalie Joy
March 31 – May 26 |  Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

CURRENT EVENTS

Lively discussions of political, social and cultural concerns. Bring your point of view and opinions and have your say about news at the local, national and international levels.

Facilitator: Jack Regan
April 1 – May 20 |  Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Discussion Group

Join an informal gathering of people interested in discussing the articles, poetry, fiction, reviews and cartoons found weekly in the New Yorker. Selections for each week are pre-selected by the group.

Facilitators: Peter Gold & Liz Clark
April 2 – May 21 |  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

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