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JCC Trip to the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia Planned
Join us on Monday, January 27 when we visit the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia. The bus departs the JCC at 8:00 am. Cost: $73.00 member discount; $78.00 regular price. Price includes admission, audio tour and bus. Visit the Barnes at your own pace with easy to use digital audio guides that provide expert commentary, music and art history references.
The collection assembled by Dr. Albert Barnes is one of the most significant collections of Degas, Van Gogh, Modigliani and Rousseau. The unique way in which the art is exhibited prompts visitors to see art in a new way.
Our tour will begin at 11:30 am. Bring a snack for the bus. At 3:00 pm we will go to the 4th Street Deli on 19th Street for lunch on your own. Limited seating - your check is your reservation. Call Barbara Sugarman at 570-824-4646 for more information. Wait list only!!!
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER INSTITUTE OF LEARNING
January 15-March 26, 2014 - Wednesdays from 10:30 am-11:30 in the Rifkin Resource Center. The programs are open to the community.
January 15 - Rabbi Larry Kaplan
"Is Bingo Kosher"?
January 22 - Cantor Ahron Abraham
"Jews & the
January 29 - Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky
"History of the Synagogue - What is the History of Separate Seating?"
February 5 - Nancy Sanderson
"The Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary"
February 12 - Dr. Jennifer Joyce
"Community Scranton Medical College"
February 19 - Dr. Jim Calderone
"Religion & Cultural Competency"
February 26 - Denise Cesare
"National Health Care Law
March 5 - Les Nicholas
"Teaching Awards & Rewards"
March 12-Robert Lewis & Margaret Bakker
"Ballads from the Great American Songbook"
March 19 - Dr. Sheldon Spear
"Wyoming Valley Children in the Age of Anthracite"
March 26 - Rabbi Roger Lerner
"Fasting in the Jewish Tradition"
Join us for discussion and refreshments. Call Barbara Sugarman 570-824-4646 and let her know you will attend. While you are here, join in our Congregate Meal Program, reservations can be made at the JCC front desk. There is no charge for this program.
Upcoming Adult Programs
Eli will translate a story about a Jewish family during a Russian Czarist Pogrom.
In celebration of Eli's birthday, there will be a special treat for all people attending this class.
Tuesday, February 4 at 12:15 pm - join us as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of Bob Capin's Current Event's Class. Adding to the festivities will be a special dessert and entertainment by Eleanor Grant. Reservations for the Congregate Lunch may be made by calling the JCC.
Thursday, February 13 at 12:15 pm, join us as Heather Dewees of Home Instead discusses "Protecting Yourself From Fraud".
Be sure to sign up for Congregate Lunch by calling the JCC front desk.
JANUARY 2014 CONGREGATE MEAL MENU
MONDAY, JAN 13
SALAD, CREAMY CARROT SOUP, PIEROGIES WITH ONIONS, FRUIT
TUESDAY, JAN 14
NAVY BEAN SOUP, TUNA PLATTER, CRACKERS, FRUIT
WEDNESDAY, JAN 15
MEATLOAF, MASHED POTATOES, MIXED VEGGIES, FRUIT
THURSDAY, JAN 16
TOSSED SALAD, BAKED MAC & CHEESE, STEWED TOMATOES, FRUIT
FRIDAY, JAN 17
TOSSED SALAD, WIMPIE ON BUN, FRENCH FRIES, FRUIT
MONDAY, JAN 20
MARTIN LUTHER KING B'DAY
TUESDAY, JAN 21
STUFFED CABBAGE, MASHED POTATOES, WAX BEANS, BREAD, FRUIT
WEDNESDAY, JAN 22
LENTIL SOUP, TUNA PLATTER, CRACKERS, FRUIT
THURSDAY, JAN 23
TOSSED SALAD, SPAGHETTI AND MEAT SAUCE, GARLIC BREAD, FRUIT
FRIDAY, JAN 24
PEA SOUP, HOT DOG ON BUN, SAUERKRAUT, POTATO TOTS, FRUIT
MONDAY, JAN 27
TOSSED SALAD, STUFFED SHELLS, GREEN BEANS, FRUIT
TUESDAY, JAN 28
PEA SOUP, EGG SALAD PLATTER, BREAD, CAKE
WEDNESDAY, JAN 29
LEMON CHICKEN, RICE PILAF, PEAS & CARROTS, WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, FRUIT
THURSDAY, JAN 30
BEAN BARLEY SOUP, TURKEY SANDWICH ON RYE, LETTUCE, TOMATO, FRUIT
FRIDAY, JAN 31
SOUP, TUNA CHEF SALAD, FRUIT
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, TAKE-OUT MEALS ARE AVAILABLE AT $4.50 DAIRY, $5.50 MEAT, $6.00 CHICKEN
COFFEE SERVED WITH DAIRY MEALS, TEA SERVED WITH MEAT MEALS
JCC Book Club
by Jodi Picoult
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day's breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage's grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can't.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With the integrity of the closest friend she's ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she's made about her life and her family. In this novel Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.
The JCC Book Club will be held January 30 at 12 noon. Books are available at Barnes and Noble on South Main Street. Be sure to mention the JCC to receive your discount.
Wilkes University Partners With JCC to Offer Classes
Wilkes University & the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley are partnering to offer three enrichment classes for adults during the Spring 2014 semester. The courses will cover several topics of interest including political science, pottery and technology tutorials.
"Great Decisions" is America's largest discussion program on world affairs bringing college-age and older participants together. It highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Wilkes University students will participate in the course in addition to adults from the community. "Great Decisions' will be instructed by Andrew Miller, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of the international studies program at Wilkes. This course will be held on Tuesdays from January 14 through February 25 at the JCC, 60 South River Street in Wilkes-Barre from 4:00-6:00 pm. The cost is $70 including text and materials.
A pottery course will allow participants to explore the basics of wheel throwing and experimentation in surface decorations, glazing and kiln firing. All skill levels are welcome. Participants receive individual instruction, enabling beginners and advanced students to register. Each participant will create about 20 pieces, depending upon the class size. Wilkes University adjunct faculty member Jean Adams will instruct the class. Pottery will be held on Tuesdays form January 21 through February 25 in the pottery studio in the Bedford Hall Annex at Wilkes from 1:00-4:00 pm. The cost is $190, which includes supplies.
A technology tutorial course, "Smart Phones, Social Media, and Internet Safety" will teach participants how to use some of the lesser-known functions of smart phones and how to effectively use social media to communicate and share with friends and family. Participants also will learn how to protect themselves online. Jason Wagner, programmer for strategic initiatives at Wilkes University, will teach the class. This course will be held on Wednesdays from March 5 through April 9 at the JCC from 6:30-7:30 pm. The cost is $30.00.
For more information, please contact Wilkes University's Office of Continued Learning at 570-408-5615, or call Barbara Sugarman at the JCC at 570-824-4646.
Facilities at JCC Campsite Available Year Round
The JCC Camp gymnasium, located on its 40 acre camping facility is now available during the fall, winter & spring months for rentals. The full court gymnasium can be used for soccer, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, t-ball, dance classes, birthday parties, karate, yoga and much more.
The Alan Rosenberg Memorial Camp Gym is currently being rented by AAU Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse Teams. There is still room for your team!!
For more information or to tour the camp's facilities, please contact Rick Evans, JCC Camp, Community Outreach and Development Director at 824-4646.
Currently: Bais Menachem is renting the day camp house for their students. The Back Mountain Basketball and Soccer teams have been renting the Alan Rosenberg Memorial Gym from October and will be joined in January by the Back Mountain Lacrosse teams.
2014 JCC Day Camp Dates
2014 Camp Dates
9 weeks-for children 2-14 years of age
June 16-August 15
Open House Thursday, June 12 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the campsite
June 9-13 Staff Orientation at the Campsite
The JCC Day Camp Brochure will be available soon.
For more information on the 2014 camping season, please contact Rick Evans, Camp Director at 570-824-4646.
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BBYO TOURNIES CONVENTION 2013There are three divisions for BBYO chapters at Tournies, small, medium, and large, based on amount of members. Wilkes-Barre won the 2nd place trophy for medium chapters. We also won gold and silver medals in various categories like: AZA panel discussion, BBG dance, BBYO newsletter, BBG singing, and many more. We are very proud of all of our members that attended, and are excited to show improvement next year!
Wilkes-Barre BBYO joined Liberty Region for the annual convention, Tournies, from November 15th through November 17th. We drove to the Allentown JCC to participate in friendly competition between the chapters. We competed in categories such as basketball, panel discussion, singing, storytelling, and many more. Tournies is a convention that encourages good sportsmanship, and spirit. "I was really excited for my first Tournies convention, and it was nice to see my friends and get a little competitive," said Liv Winters.
BBYO is an amazing place for Jewish teens, and Wilkes-Barre is very excited to attend more events locally and regionally throughout the year! For more information on Wilkes-Barre BBYO, please contact Sara Pisarz at 570-824-4646.
JCC Loom Room Has OpeningsThe JCC Loom Room announces that there are spaces available to weave on one of our JCC looms.
Passover is coming soon. We will be weaving matching matzah and afikomen bags. The finished matzah bag will have separations for the top, bottom and middle matzahs. The afikomen bag will close and will be suitable for hiding. What a special way to add to your Passover tradition.
If interested, call the JCC and sign up now. Assure yourself a spot to weave. Finished bags will be ready for the holiday.
Weaving alone or as one of a group? Weaving for yourself or a loved one? The joy you feel and experience knowing you had a part in producing what will become a family heirloom is truly special. You and your friends all going to the same affair? Be it a wedding, B'nai Mitzvah, Birthday, Graduation? Regardless of the occasion, why not join together and weave as the gift. You will be producing and giving what will be one of the recipient's most memorable gifts.
You do not have to be crafty, handy or a weaver. The experienced loom room staff will help you from design to completion. Everyone can weave at the JCC weaving room.
Call 570-824-4646 to sign up or to get more information.
2014 Super Bowl Pool is Back
Winning numbers on straight, reverse, and touching boxes on 3 boards
50/50 raffle you can win up to $2000
Exciting...great box prices.....Call Rick Evans or Barbara Sugarman for complete details....
Cheer for your Super Bowl team, and support the JCC!
Super Bowl complies with all gaming laws
Viking River Cruise
Prices starting at $5,699.00 per person - valid until 1/20/14
Double occupancy. August 22-September 3
Chaperoned by Bonnie & David Wind
Round trip airfare included from NYC-Budapest/Prague-NYC
7 night cruise from Budapest to Passau on the Viking Legend.
For information contact Bonnie Wind, Rockland JCC Adult Services Director at 845-362-4400 x 109 or Sue Peterson, Travel Agent at 845-920-8704
NO FOOTBALL, NO PROBLEM!!
Sign ins start at noon with bowling commencing at 1 pm sharp. Please see Bill Buzza, JCC Recreation Director to register your team. Cash prizes will be awarded along with some other really cool stuff. Bill can be reached at 824-4646, ext. 232 to answer your questions.
Martial Arts Lessons
Weight loss. Relive Stress. Self-Defense. Powerful Mindset
Self-discipline. Respect. Self-Esteem. Coordination
Self-Defense Skills. Focus & Concentration.
1 Week Free!
Classes Held at the JCC - Mondays & Thursdays
Kids Class - 6-12 yrs old. 6 pm-7 pm
Adult Class 12+ 7 pm-8:30 pm
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