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Benderson Family Building

Benderson Family Building
716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest Road
Amherst, NY 14068
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Tue, Sep 22nd

Benderson Family Building

Holland Family Building
716-886-3145
787 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
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Tue, Sep 22nd

gym:
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
indoor pool:
Closed for Cleaning

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Benderson Family Building716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest RoadAmherst,NY14068
Hours | Directions
Amherst Hours: Tue, Sep 22nd Get Directions
Holland Family Building716-886-3145
787 Delaware AvenueBuffalo,NY14209
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Buffalo Hours: Tue, Sep 22nd
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed for Cleaning
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Fall 2020 Virtual Adult Classes and Descriptions

Registration is required. You may register online or to register by phone, 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.

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

Current Events

Current Events

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
Full/Social/Virtual Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $36

NEW YORKER MAGAZINE DISCUSSION GROUP

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.

Facilitator: Arlene Burrows
September 15 – December 15 | Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm
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
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.

September 17 – December 17 |  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

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

The Angel Town of Gander – presented by Doris Adamek

The Angel Town of Gander – presented by Doris Adamek

Friday, September 11 at 2:00-3:00pm

On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, Doris Adamek will share the story of how the entire “angel town” of Gander Nova Scotia opened their hearts and homes to the passengers from 38 wide-body aircraft, mostly heading for U.S. destinations. The number of passengers and crew accommodated at Gander was about 6,600. The population of Gander at the time was fewer than 10,000 people. This remarkable story of friendship and altruism was the inspiration for the Broadway musical Come Far Away.

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

Thank you to Penfield Recreation for partnering with the JCC of Buffalo to offer this program to our JCC members at no cost.

Coffee Chat with Doris Adamek – The Sinking of the SS Athenia

Coffee Chat with Doris Adamek – The Sinking of the SS Athenia

Monday, September 14 at 10:00-11:00am

Athenia was the first UK ship to be sunk by Germany during World War II, and the incident accounted for the Donaldson Line’s greatest single loss of life at sea, with 117 civilian passengers and crew killed. The sinking was condemned as a war crime. Among those dead were 28 US citizens, leading Germany to fear that the US might join the war on the side of the UK and France. Wartime German authorities denied that one of their vessels had sunk the ship. An admission of responsibility did not come from German authorities until 1946.  Doris’ father was one of the survivors of the ship and will share his story as well as the history of the ship.

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

Thank you to Penfield Recreation for partnering with the JCC of Buffalo to offer this program to our JCC members at no cost.

Moment Zoominar: A Wide-Open Conversation with Historian Simon Schama and Journalist Robert Siegel

Moment Zoominar: A Wide-Open Conversation with Historian Simon Schama and Journalist Robert Siegel

Tuesday, September 15 at 4:30pm

Join historian and documentarian, Simon Schama, author of The Story of the Jews, for a wide-open conversation with former NPR host of All Things Considered Robert Siegel, about history, Jewish culture, art and more.

Moment Zoominar: A Wide-Open Conversation with Author and Linguist Deborah Tannen and Political Scientist Norman Ornstein about Family, Communication, Sexual Politics, and More

Moment Zoominar: A Wide-Open Conversation with Author and Linguist Deborah Tannen and Political Scientist Norman Ornstein about Family, Communication, Sexual Politics, and More

Tuesday, September 22 at 4:30pm

Join Deborah Tannen, New York Times bestselling author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation and Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, for a conversation about Deborah’s just-published book Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow.  Tannen and Ornstein will also explore how relations between women and men have evolved from the perspective of sexual politics as well as the roles and opportunities for women in public life.

More about Tannen’s new book: Born into a Hasidic family in Warsaw in 1908, Eli Tannen came to America at twelve; quit high school at fourteen to work in a coat factory yet eventually established his own law firm and ran for congress. Reading his journals and discovering letters he saved from a woman her father might have married instead of her mother, Tannen had to rethink her father’s life and her parents’ marriage. Tune in to see how Albert Einstein plays a role!

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