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Benderson Family Building716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest RoadAmherst,NY14068
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Tue, Nov 19th

Holland Family Building716-886-3145
787 Delaware AvenueBuffalo,NY14209
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Tue, Nov 19th

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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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Buffalo Hours: Tue, Nov 19th
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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 Karla Wiseman at 716-204-2257 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
Sept 19 – Nov 3 |  Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

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
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

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.

Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

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
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

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
Sept 5 – Nov 7  |  Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: $110  |  Gym/CP: $135

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
Sept 5 – Nov 7  |  Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $135

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: Elaine Regan
Sept 9 – Dec 16 |  Mondays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

American Situation Comedy, Jack Benny to Larry David

Four major sitcoms, each one with a show business setting. The Jack Benny Show, Carl Reiner’s the Dick Van Dyke Show, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. What is the schtick, that is our question. We’ll enjoy and discuss relevant episodes.

Facilitators: Neil Schmitz
Sept 9 – 23 |  Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Shakespeare’s poetry and selected plays

We will read selected poetry in class from Shakespeare’s plays and selected scenes from Richard III and Measure for Measure followed by discussion and film clips to enhance and expand our experience. People who appreciate Shakespeare’s genius and those who were turned off in high school are all welcome.

Facilitators: Jim Paul
Oct 7 – Nov 4 |  Mondays 7:00-8:30pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Medical Ethics and end of life issues

We will discuss a variety of medical ethics issues. Case based discussions will explore physician assisted suicide, challenges of the new genetics, providing treatments that prolong life, patient autonomy, what is a good death and cases raised in the press.

Facilitator: Jim Moran
Sept 10 – 24 |  Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Poets of the Everyday

These three poets, Mary Oliver, Linda Pastan and Lucille Clifton are award winning poets of great breadth and depth, yet accessible as well. We will read and discuss some of their poems.

Facilitator: Linda Drajem
Oct 8 – 29 |  Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Western Civilization

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

Facilitator: Athalie Joy
Oct 8 – Dec 17 |  Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

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
Sept 11 – Dec 18 |  Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

Canopy of Neighbors: Aging in Place

Canopy of Neighbors is a non-profit member based organization whose mission is to give people age 62 and older the means and confidence to remain in their own homes as they age. An informal talk to learn more about their services.

Facilitator: Sasha Yerkovich and Toby Laping
Wednesday, Sept 25 |  1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social/Gym/CP Member: Free

Musical Legacy of the Brill Building

Manhattan’s Brill Building during the 1950’s and 1960’s provided the single most important backdrop for the development of Rock and Roll. Songwriters like Bacharach and David, Neil Diamond, Carol King and others cranked out hit after hit. Take a musical stroll down memory lane. They all became an essential part of Pop Music History.

Facilitator: Marty Kerker
Wednesday, Nov 6 |  1:30-3:00pm
Full/Social Member: $3  |  Gym/CP: $5

NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Discussion Group

Discuss the articles, poetry, fiction, reviews and cartoons found in the New Yorker. Readings are pre-selected by the group.

Facilitators: Peter Gold & Liz Clark
Sept 12 – Dec 12 |  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

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