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. In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network.
Fridays, 9:45–10:45am
$10 family / members free


FAMILY PLAYTIME

Ages: Birth-7 years and their families
Bagels, games, playground time, community service and hands-on learning experiences.
Sunday, April 23 (At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp)
10:00-11:30am
$10 per family / free for members


SHABABA COOKS

PASSOVER EDITION
Celebrate Passover with blessings, holiday songs and plenty of kugel and matzah brittle. In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network.

Grades: K-3
Friday, March 31, 3:30-5:30pm
$15 / members $10

Children ages 1-5 and their families
Tuesday, April 4, 3:00-5:00pm
$25 per family / member families $15

Advance registration by March 27

SHAVUOT EDITION
Sing holiday songs, tell stories, set a beautiful table and celebrate with delicious treats, from blintzes to cheesecake! In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network.

Children ages 1-5 and their families
Thursday, May 18, 3:00-5:00pm
$25 per family / member families $15

Grades: K-3
Friday, May 19, 3:30-5:30pm
$15 / members $10

Advance registration by May 15


CHALLAH IN THE HALLWAY

Squish, roll and braid your own challah to take home and bake. $3 per loaf.
Friday, March 17 and April 21
12:15-3:00pm


GREAT STORIES: HOLIDAYS AT BARNES & NOBLE IN MANHASSET

Ages: 1-7 years and their families
Stories, songs and crafts! 
Tuesdays, 10:30am
Passover Edition, April 4
Shavuot Edition, May 23


PLANTING DAY AT CAMP JACOBSON

At Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp
In Israel, Shavuot is harvest time. On Long Island, it’s planting time! Help get our garden ready for the season, make some Shavuot treats and enjoy our beautiful camp.
Sunday, May 21
10:00-11:30am
Advance Registration by May 16


FAMILY PIZZA PICNIC 

At North Hempstead Beach Park
Bring the whole family for a Shabbat celebration including pizza, songs and fun!
Friday, June 2
6:00pm
Rain date: Friday, June 16
$5 per child


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.

 
Mind

TASTE OF TORAH

Participate in the collective story of the Jewish people through Jewish text study with Rabbi Lina and guest presenters.
Ongoing
Wednesdays, 10:30am–12:00pm
$50 per quarter / members free


CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW ULPAN

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

Beginner with Liat Chanoch
9 sessions
Begins Tuesday, May 2
12:15-1:30pm
$180 / members $135

Beginner+ with Liat Chanoch
8 sessions
Begins Tuesday, May 2 (no class May 30)
7:30-8:45pm
$160 / members $120

Advanced Beginner with Liat Chanoch
8 sessions
Begins Monday, May 1
12:15-1:30pm
$160 / members $120

Intermediate with Dorit Gryn
11 sessions
Begins Wednesday, April 5 (no class April 12, May 31)
11:00am-12:15pm
$220 / members $165

Advanced Beginner with Dorit Gryn
12 sessions
Begins Thursday, April 6 (no class June 1)
9:30-10:30am
$240 / members $180

YIDDISH CLUB: KOFFEE, KIBBITZ & MORE

Enjoy coffee along with informal Yiddish conversation, stories, anecdotes, songs and more.
Thursday, April 20, May 18, June 15
12:00-1:00pm
$15 / members and Engage volunteers $10
For more information, contact Donna Shulman, ext. 134, dshulman@sjjcc.org

 
Spirit

MEDITATION

Calm your mind and allay your fears during our mindfulness meditation instruction that draws on Jewish traditions and wisdom.
Ongoing
Thursdays, 12:30–1:30pm
$5 per session / Engage, Career>Connect, Cancer Wellness and members free


SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION

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

Tikkun Olam/
Repairing the World

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

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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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