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Registration is required. You may register online or register by speaking with a Member Services Representative.
For Benderson Family Building classes, please call 688-4033. Registrants will receive an email containing the link for the zoom class. Space is limited. Questions: Katie Wzontek at (716) 204-2084 or .
For Holland Family Building classes, please call 886-3145. Questions: Kathy Goodwin at .

Benderson Family Building, Amherst

Brush Up your Shakespeare

Shakespeare never grows old, and he is always worth returning to.  For this class, we will consider a single play each month, thus giving us time to read (or perhaps to watch) the play.  On the first Monday of each month we will Zoom together to discuss the play for an hour (or more).  We will be looking at  some familiar plays, but also at some that might be less familiar.  Remember, Shakespeare’s plays were popular entertainments in his time.  We will try to stay true to that spirit.

Facilitators: Ted Steinberg
Mondays 1:00-2:00pm

Current Events

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.

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm

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: Arlene Burrows & Mary Richert
Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm

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: Tova Krystal & Itzik Goldenberg
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm

Partners in Hope and Healing Art Workshop

In this three-part workshop taught by artist Jennifer Judelsohn, you will explore your visions for healing, both personally and in community. Participants will learn the Luminous Mandala technique and create a personal healing symbol, as well as symbols of healing for others and for our world. Participants will also engage in a communal activity of prayer to support others, by offering their own prayer anonymously and then having all the prayers redistributed so that each participant prays someone elses prayer (without knowing whose prayer it is), thereby supporting and being supported by the group. Session Two (Wed, Nov 10): learn to use the scale of light with the rainbow spectrum. Then you will create symbols of healing as a gift for someone else. You will also share our experiences of praying someone elses prayer, and continue the practice with writing prayers for the benefit of others. Session Three (Wed, Dec 8): you will use what we’ve learned, explore the concept of tikkun olam, and write prayer poems and create symbols for healing the world.

Facilitator: Jennifer Judelsohn
October 13, November 10, December 8,  2:00-4:00pm

Limud-Speakers & Events

A weekly program of music, speakers, or films on many subjects. Schedules are available in the Lobby.

Thursdays 9:30-10:30am

Studio in Art

In this “open-studio” class for adults, participants create in the medium of their choice. The instructors will guide and offer assistance to particpants in the process to create their own artwork in pastel, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, colored pencil or other mediums. Beginners welcome! Must bring your own supplies.

Facilitator: Debra Meier & Sonia Gellman Young
Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm

Friday Fit-Chats

Join Jennifer Johnson, Health Promotion Coordinator with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, for a virtual, informal presentation and discussion. Each month will have a planned Health and Wellness related topic to discuss with sub-topics for each Friday fit-chat . During these 30 minute sessions Jennifer will share info, tips, and teach techniques to help you achieve your best physical, mental and emotional you! Friday Fit-Chats meet every other week. Registration is required.

Fridays 9:30-10:00am

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
Mondays 1:00-2:30pm

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
Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm

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.

Facilitator: Peter Gold
Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm