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

SHABABA SATURDAYS

Saturday afternoons are for family time! Engage in culinary activities, games, face painting and more. In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network.
Saturdays, December 16, January 6, February 10, March 10
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
Advance registration by December 13.
Register

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.
Sunday, 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.
Saturday, January 20
5-6:30pm

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, crafts, playtime, community service projects, holiday treats and an interactive journey into the Lion King jungle with Musical IQ!
Monday, December 25
9:30am–12pm
$20 family / members free
Register

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

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

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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