Jewish Life & Learning

Jewish Life and Learning

Offering comfort, engendering joy, creating peace, connecting to others and to Jewish tradition. Throughout the JCC, we enable and empower our community to help make our world a better place and to find a meaningful place in it.

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
In partnership with 92Y Shababa Network


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, March 19
10:00-11:15am
$10 per family / free for members


SHABBAT STOP

Ages: Birth-8 years and their families
Join us once a month for games, face painting, art, music, stories and dancing, along with relaxation and exercise.
Saturday, March 4
2:30-5:00pm
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CHALLAH IN THE HALLWAY

Squish, roll and braid your own challah to take home and bake. $3 per loaf.
Fridays, January 6 and 20; February 3 and 17; March 3 and 17
12:00-2:45pm


GREAT STORIES: HOLIDAYS

Ages: 1-7 years and their families
Stories, songs and crafts for children and their families at Barnes and Noble in Manhasset.
Tuesdays
10:30am
Purim story, March 7


PURIM AND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION

Meet two strong and independent women from the Purim story – Esther and Vashti – and understand their roles and the controversies surrounding them. Purim treats included!
Wednesday, March 8
12:30pm


PURIM CHARACTER BREAKFAST 

Ages: Birth-6 years and their families
Come in costume, make hamantaschen, sing songs, play games with the Israeli Scouts and eat a yummy bagel breakfast!
Sunday, March 12
9:30-11:00am
$20 per family / members 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.

 
Mind

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–12:00pm
Fee $50 per quarter / members free


CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW ULPAN

Learn conversational Hebrew quickly and easily. Students are immersed in writing, oral comprehension and conversation.

Beginner with Liat Chanoch
10 sessions
Begins Monday, January 23
7:30-8:45pm
$200 / members $150
Register

Beginner+ with Liat Chanoch
10 sessions
Began Monday, January 9
12:15-1:30pm
$200 / members $150
Register

Advanced Beginner with Dorit Gryn
13 sessions
Began Thursday, January 9
9:30-10:30am
$260 / members $195

Intermediate with Dorit Gryn
13 sessions
Began Wednesday, January 4
11:00am-12:15pm
$260 / members $195
Register

Advanced with Dorit Gryn
13 sessions
Begins Wednesday, January 4
9:30-10:30am
$260 / members $195
Register

YIDDISH CLUB: KOFFEE, KIBBITZ & MORE

Enjoy coffee along with informal Yiddish conversation, stories, anecdotes, songs and more.
Third Thursday of the month
12:00-1:00pm
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.

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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