Benderson Family Building716-688-4033
2640 N. Forest RoadAmherst,NY14068
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Holland Family Building716-886-3145
787 Delaware AveBuffalo,NY14209
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The PERFECT Mother's Day gift! 8 half hour personal training sessions just $136.00!

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The PERFECT Mother's Day gift! 8 half hour personal training sessions just $136.00!

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: Sheila Shapiro & Arlene Burrows
April 2 – June 4 |  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
April 2 – June 18 |  Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

Women in the Bible

Although Judaism is thought of as a patriarchal religion, the role of women in the Bible is surprisingly almost of equal importance.  This course will focus on such women as the Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah and perhaps more importantly, Deborah ( military hero), Queen Esther, and Ruth (ancestor of King David).  There are others, who were not only prophetesses, but changed the course of Jewish history.

Facilitators: Dr. Joel Bernstrin
April 3 – June 5  |  Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Silk Scarf Creation

Create your own one-of-a-kind wearable art in this class.  We will  learn how to use a water-soluble resist in week one, to transfer our image onto a silk scarf.  During the second week, we will be using Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow to bring the colors in our scarf to life.  There will be a $15 lab fee to cover the silk scarf and the paints; all you need to bring is a pencil, some watercolor brushes, and your imagination.

Facilitators: Debra Meier
April 3 – 10  |  Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

Watermedia: Beyond Watercolor

If you want to take your watercolor beyond the norm, this is a great class to shake you into a new routine.  We will be covering some “unconventional” techniques to use with watercolor, including the use of matt medium, gesso, and acrylic inks. All you need to bring is watercolor paper, brushes, and the tube watercolors; all of our “alternative materials” will be provided.  A suggested color palette is available upon request, but is certainly not a requirement.

Facilitators: Debra Meier
April 17 – June 5  |  Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member: $88  |  Gym/CP: $105

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 3 – June 19 |  Wednesdays 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.

April 4 – June 20 |  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
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.

Facilitators: Sonya Gellman Young & Deb Meier
April 4 – June 6 |  Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm
Full/Social Member:  $110  |  Gym/CP: $135

READING ALOUD: Bringing Short Stories to life

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

Facilitator: Regina Grol
April 4 – June 6 |  Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

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READING ALOUD: Short Stories

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

Facilitator: Elaine Regan
April 1 – May 20 |  Mondays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

The New Jim Crow

The new Jim Crow addresses mass incarceration in the U. S. We’ll have readings from Michelle Alexander’s the New Jim Crow, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing and Shane Bauer’s American Prison.  Combining such texts should give us new insights.

Facilitator: Barbara Heifferon
April 1 – May 13 |  Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

WESTERN CIVILIZATION REVISITED

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

Facilitator: Athalie Joy
April 2 – May 28 |  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
April 3 – June 19 |  Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: Free  |  Gym/CP: $30

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
April 4 – May 30 |  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm
Full/Social Member: $22  |  Gym/CP: $30

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