Ruth & Saul Weinberger Center for Jewish Life + Learning

Jewish Life and Learning

Throughout the JCC, we enable and empower our community to help make our world a better place by offering comfort, engendering joy, creating peace, connecting to others and to Jewish tradition.

Shababa Fridays

Ages: Birth through 5 years and their families
Music together with a Shabbat spin! Songs, stories and hands-on activities for the very youngest to share with parents, grandparents, or a caregiver.
Fridays, 9:45–10:30am

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Holidays at the JCC

Throughout the year many holiday events are held at the JCC as a place to gather, learn, and celebrate. Some of these holidays include Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Chanukah. We hope you’ll join us for the variety of celebrations we offer for each holiday

Celebrations
for Families

SHABABA FRIDAYS

Ages: Birth-5 years and their families
Community gathering for singing, dancing, and stories.  
Fridays, 9:45–10:45am
$10 family / members free

CHALLAH IN THE HALLWAY

Squish, roll and braid your own challah to take home and bake.
Fridays, March 16, April 13, May 11
12:30-3:30pm
$3 per loaf

SHABABA SATURDAYS

Saturday afternoons are for family time, with culinary  activities, games, face painting and more.
Saturdays, March 10 at Sid Jacobson JCC
At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp
Saturday, April 14
2:30-4pm

CHALLAH AT HOME

Enjoy making friendly baked Challah every week with your family-all in the comfort of your home! Order fresh challah dough from Zucker’s-kosher and nut-free!-and have it sent home with your child.
Fridays, October 20-June 8
$125 / fresh challah dough
All pre-paid orders must be received by October 11.
Register

JEWISH CELEBRATIONS AT FAMILY PLAYTIME

Ages: Birth-7 years and their families
Bagels, games and playtime, crafts, stories and hands-on learning experiences.
Sundays, March 11 at Sid Jacobson JCC
April 29 and June 3 at Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp
9:30-10:30am (gym time)
10–11:15am (crafts and songs)

FAMILY SHABBAT DINNERS   

Ages: Birth-5 years
Come together for a relaxed pot-luck Shabbat Family Dinner! Come when you can, leave when you must. Songs, ritual, deliciousness, activities for the kids and social time for the parents.
5-5:30pm (playtime)
5:30-6pm (Shabbat celebration)
6pm (dinner)
6:30-7:30pm (children’s activities and social time)
Friday, March 2
$15 per family / member families free
Register
Potluck sign up sheet

SHABABA COOKS   

Ages: 1-6 years
Create holiday favorites with stories and song!
Thursday, April 5 (Passover)
10:30am-12pm
$25 / members $15
Register for Passover

PURIM CHARACTER BREAKFAST   

Ages: Birth-5 years and their families
Come in costume, make hamantaschen, sing, play games with the Israeli Scouts and enjoy a bagel breakfast!
Sunday, March 4
9:30-11am
$20 per family / members free
Register

PURIM CELEBRATION – ISRAELI STYLE!   

Ages: 6-12 years and their families
Make hamantaschen, enjoy songs and games in costume. Hosted by Sid Jacobson JCC, Shevet Gefen and Israeli Scouts Atid.
Sunday, March 4
5-6:30pm
$20 per family / members free

NOWRUZ CELEBRATION    

Celebrate the Persian New Year! Create your own Haft Seen – the table with seven symbolic items: decorate eggs, grow sprouts, eat sweets and more. Plus food, culture and music!
Sunday, March 18
10am-12pm

SHABABA SATURDAY PERFORMANCE WITH JESTER JIM    

Jester Jim takes center stage with props and music for a can’t-miss performance.
Saturday, March 24
2:30pm
$15 child or $40 family / $10 member children or $30 families
Register

GOOD DEEDS DAY    

Ease the lives of others and make a difference through volunteer opportunities.
Sunday, April 15
4-6pm

NEW TZEDAKAH SPROUTS   

Ages: 2-5 years
Through storybooks, songs, crafts and service projects, families engage in activities that instill values of diversity, compassion and justice. Siblings welcome! Led by Jewish Music Educator Stephen Figurasmith. A percentage of class fees will be used to give tzedakah to an organization to be decided by class participants.
Saturdays, 10:30-11:45am
Begins Saturday, April 14
8 sessions
$160 / members $120
Register

SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS   

Sing, dance, braid challah and play! You bring the picnic, we’ll bring grape juice, challah and dessert.
At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp
Fridays, May 4 and June 8
5-7:30pm

FAMILY PLANTING DAY   

Help us plant flowers and vegetables as we prepare our garden for the summer.
At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp
Saturday, May 19
2:30-4pm

 

Mind +
Spirit

 

CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW ULPAN

Students are immersed in writing, oral comprehension and conversational Hebrew.

Beginner with Liat Chanoch
14 sessions
Begins Tuesday, February 6
12:15-1:30pm
$280 / members $210
Register

Beginner+ with Liat Chanoch
14 sessions
Begins Monday, February 5
12:15-2pm
$390 / members $295
Register

Intermediate with Dorit Gryn
21 sessions
Begins Wednesday, January  24
11am-12:15pm
$420 / members $315
Register

Advanced with Dorit Gryn
21 sessions
Begins Wednesday, January 24
9:45-11am
$420 / members $315
Register

Advanced Beginners with Dorit Gryn
21 sessions
Begins Thursday, January 25
9:30-10:30am
$420 / members $315
Register

TASTE OF TORAH

Participate in the collective story of the Jewish people through Jewish text study with Rabbi Lina and guest presenters.

Wednesdays, 10:30am–12pm
$5 per session / members free

CALM YOUR SPIRIT 

Calm your mind and allay your fears during our mindfulness meditation instruction that draws on Jewish traditions and wisdom.

Thursdays, 12:30–1:30pm
$5 per session / Members, Engage, Career>Connect and Cancer Wellness free

NOWRUZ CELEBRATION 

Celebrate the Persian New Year with food, culture and music!
Sunday, March 18
10am-12pm

KLEZMER BAND 

JCC musicians come together to learn lively and evocative Jewish music of Eastern Europe. Intermediate musicians are welcome – there are performance opportunities! For more information, contact Jonathan Flamm, weekday evenings at 516.767.8070.

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION 

Rabbi Lina is available to discuss your questions, concerns and spiritual interests, by appointment.

Israeli Scouts
Atid

Tikkun Olam/
Repairing the World

TIKKUN OLAM

Organizations for constructive social engagement and social responsibility

LADLES OF LOVE

Come together to make soup for those in need. Let’s strengthen our community of caring one ladle at time! Shopping, soup making and delivery opportunities available for all ages.

PLANT A ROW

Plant in our mitzvah garden at Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp. We are partnering with Plant a Row for the Hungry and will donate produce to area shelters.

ART FOR COMMUNITY
Art for Community is an intergenerational program that couples art with giving. It provides creative art experiences utilizing fabric and a variety of techniques as a means for self-expression, artistic engagement and intergenerational and community-building experiences. Projects include shawls for those who are in need of a barrier from the cold, huggable pillows for children undergoing treatment for illness and beautiful baskets for homeless families.

Meet the
Staff

 

Inspired by the message of b’tzelem elohim (everyone is in the image of God) and mission of tzedek, tzedek tirdof (justice, justice shall you pursue), Rabbi Lina Zerbarini works to engage people across borders and beyond synagogue walls.

A graduate of Manhasset High School, Barnard and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Lina has continued her personal and professional growth through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Rabbis without Borders and the Jewish Greening Fellowship.

As Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Sid Jacobson JCC and as Secretary of the Long Island Board of Rabbis, she engages the community with the richness and relevance of Jewish wisdom and tradition.



Looking for more information about our programs?

Contact Rabbi Lina Zerbarini, Director of Jewish Life + Learning,  516.484.1545 ext. 166, lzerbarini@sjjcc.org

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