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Coming Up: January at the JCC


Chart a new course this month at the JCC of Mid-Westchester, with offerings for adults, teens and children.

  • Registration is NOW OPEN for 2015-2016 Early Childhood programs.

At the JCC’s Early Childhood program, three, four and five year olds enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium and climbing in our Noah’s Ark Biblical-theme playground. Families participate in a variety of events, such as the annual Pajama Party, Nursery School Art Show, Holiday Parties and School Visit Day, and are invited to share a Friday Shabbat with their child’s class. We also offer programs for two-year-olds, including nursery school 3 days a week.

Our goal is to promote healthy physical, social and cognitive growth; encourage self-awareness, understanding and confidence; and help youngsters develop a sense of security with adults and peers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Our Early Childhood staff are warm, competent, experiences teachers who are licensed in Early Childhood Education. Assistant teachers are all supervised by the Director.

To register or for questions, please contact Julie Dorfman, Director, (914) 472-3300 x412



  • Maccabi Informational Session

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 7:30-8:30PM

For Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball Tryout Schedule, visit or call (914) 472-7642

The JCC Maccabi Games have been offering a life-and personality-shaping experience to Jewish teenagers since 1982. At this Olympic-style sporting event, Jewish athletes 13-16 years old have the chance to participate in one of 16 sports in events spanning the week-long experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Maccabi games also promote community involvement, teamwork, and pride in being Jewish. The Games are the largest Jewish teen event in the world – each summer over 6,000 Jewish teens participate. This event encourages communication and friendship between Jewish teens from all over the country, and even all over the world.

Adult Programming

  • Movie – “Dancing in Jaffa”

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015 I 11:00AM – 1:00PM • 7:30PM – 9:00PM

This documentary follows Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion and his journey to fulfill his life-long dream of taking his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.

Post-screening Q&A at the 7:30pm movie is sponsored by AJC Westchester. Speakers include:

Yvonne Marceau, Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Partner (featured in the film)

Ami Nahshon, Outgoing International President and CEO of the Abraham Fund Initiatives

Scott Richman, Regional Director, AJC Westchester/Fairfield (moderator)


  • Joining Creative Conversations with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, “Inside the Business of Sports”

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 I 7:30PM – 9:00PM

A spirited conversation with sports insiders who will share their unique perspectives on the Business of Sports and the money behind the game. Speakers include:

Brandon Steiner – CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing and Chair of the David Falk Sports Management Program at Syracuse University

Robert Tilliss – Founder of Inner Circle Sports, a boutique investment bank focused on the global sports industry.

Russell Wolff – Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN International

Carl H. Amon (“Hank”) – Investor in Minor League Baseball teams

Cheryl Strauss Einhorn – Journalist, media consultant, and adjunct professor at Columbia University.


  • Jewish Renewal in Krakow: A Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 I 7:30 – 9:00PM

A rare opportunity to learn about Judaism abroad! Krakow is leading a rediscovery and renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, and the JCC Krakow is building a Jewish future in what has become Israel’s best friend in Europe. This panel discussion will not only be educational, but also a chance to network with the extended JCC family in Europe. Our panel will comprise of:

  • Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director, JCC Krakow.   Jonathan, a native New Yorker, moved to Poland by way of Israel where he was a kibbutznik and served as a Lone Soldier in the IDF.
  • Agi Legutko, Director of Yiddish Language Program, Columbia University
  • Adam Zucker, Director of the movie “The Return”

and will be moderated by Rabbi Harry Pell, Associate Head of Jewish Life and Learning at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.


  • World Politics with Professor Ralph Buultjens: Middle East Turmoil & Its Impact on America & Israel

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 I 11:00AM – 12:30PM

The second in a series of lectures given by renowned world politics expert Professor Ralph Buultjens, this discussion will focus on critical global issues in the context of global political and economic uncertainty, technological advances and the changing balance of world power. The lecture will be followed by Q&A session during which the audience can engage with Professor Buultjens.

Professor Buultjens is a well known media commentator (featured on BBC, CNN, ABC). He was awarded the Toynbee Prize for Social Sciences, and is the author of 10 books on world affairs. For over 15 years, he has been a lead speaker at the 92Y World Affairs Program and is a leading analyst of world affairs and a Professor at NYU and former Nehru Professor/Professorial Fellow at the University of Cambridge.



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