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

NEW SHABABA SATURDAYS

Saturday afternoons are for family time! Engage in culinary activities, games, face painting and more. In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network.
Saturdays, November 4, December 16, January 6
2:30-3:30pm

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

CHALLAH IN THE HALLWAY

Squish, roll and braid your own challah to take home and bake.
Fridays, 12-3:30pm
$3 per loaf

HOLIDAYS AND HEROES

Ages: 5–8 years
Join us for the holidays! Children brush up on the holidays through food, fun, stories and crafts.
Saturday, December 16 (Chanukah)
2:30-3:30pm
$30 / members $25
Register for December 16

GLEANINGS AT GARDEN OF EVE FARM

Roll up your sleeves for a fun day of family community service at the Garden of Eve Farm
in Riverhead. Learn about the biblical custom of gleaning and pick vegetables to be donated to Long Island food pantries. Enjoy lunch at the café (or bring your own), bring lots of water, sun protection and clothes that can get dirty.
RSVP by October 18, lzerbarini@sjjcc.org.
Sunday, October 22
10:30am-12pm

VETERANS DAY VOLUNTEERING

Lend a hand in preparing for our Thanksgiving celebration by making decorations, cards and delivering invitations to our guests. An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project
Friday, November 10
10am–12pm

JEWISH CELEBRATIONS AT FAMILY PLAYTIME

Ages: Birth-7 years and their families
Bagels, games and playtime, along with Jewish crafts, stories, hands-on learning experiences and celebrations.
Sundays, November 19, December 10, January 21
10-11:15am (gym time)
10:30–11:45am (crafts and songs)

PAJAMA HAVDALAH + GYM GAMES

Ages: Birth-8 years
Enjoy songs, stories, crafts and games in the gym wearing your pajamas, plus snacks and a beautiful Havdalah ceremony.
Saturdays, December 2 and January 20
5-6:30pm

CELEBRATE CHANUKAH AT SUN HARBOR MANOR

Ages: Birth-7 years and their families
Bring a smile to the residents of Sun Harbor Manor this Thanksgiving by sharing stories, songs, decorations and crafts. An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project.
255 Warner Avenue, Roslyn Heights
Sunday, December 3, 2:30pm

NEW LEADERSHIP HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

Join us as we wrap and donate gifts for children in need within our community. Activities for the whole family.
Sunday, December 10
10–11:45am

CHANUKAH CANDLE LIGHTINGS

Join us each weeknight of Chanukah with friends and community for lights, treats, crafts and songs in the lobby.
December 12-19, 4:50pm

FAMILY FUN DAY

Enjoy a bagel breakfast, Art for Community service project and an interactive journey into the Lion King jungle with Musical IQ! An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project.
Monday, December 25
9:30am–12pm
$20 family / members free

TU BISHEVAT PERFORMANCE

Celebrate Tu BiShevat with the amazing musicians of Bash the Trash in a day recognizing
science, music and the environment!
Saturday, January 27, 2:30pm
$15 per child / member child $10
$40 per family / member families $30

Mind +
Spirit

CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW ULPAN

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

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

Beginner+ with Liat Chanoch
14 sessions
Begins Monday, September 11
12:15-1:30pm
$280 / members $210
Register

Intermediate with Dorit Gryn
19 sessions
Begins Wednesday, September 6
11am-12:15pm
$380 / members $285
Register

Advanced with Dorit Gryn
19 sessions
Begins Wednesday, September 6
9:45-11am
$380 / members $285
Register

Advanced Beginners with Dorit Gryn
16 sessions
Begins Thursday, September 7
9:30-10:30am
$320 / members $240
Register

LOVE + LOSS: COMMEMORATING THE HOLIDAYS  

Through poetry, prayer, song and silence, we will gather to remember loved ones, share memories and explore the themes of the season. Led and facilitated by SJJCC rabbinic and social work staff. Advance registration required.
Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, September 13, 3:30-5pm
Lights in the Darkness
Wednesday, December 13, 3:30-5pm

THE ESSENTIALS OF OILS  

Reduce fatigue, boost your immune system, relieve stress or manage your weight, essential oils empower you to meet your wellness goals the natural way. Program led by two psychotherapists and healers. Sample oils will be provided for free. For more information, contact the Fitness Center Welcome Desk.
Thursday, October 19
7-9pm
$20 / members $10

HERBERT TARR INSTITUTE  

A variety of lectures and classes. For more information, contact info@herberttarr.org.
Mondays
October 30-November 27
7:30pm
Schedule 

FREEDOM SONG  

This transformative musical will shatter the myth of Jews being immune to addiction. The cast of Freedom song is made up of substance abusers in recovery. A Q & A session will follow.
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm

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
$50 per quarter / 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

QUILTING  

Learn the basics of quilting, make friends and donate for a good cause! An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project. For more information, contact Rabbi Lina Zerbarini.

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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