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Family + Community Connections at the J

The J is a place where generations of families come together to learn, laugh, play, and celebrate. The spirit of “l’dor v’dor”, from generation to generation, is felt throughout our community. From our grandparent and grandkid music class earlier this week led by Baby Jam to family traditions of attending Hanukkah parties or camp at the J.  

Longtime JCC member Linda Morgan recalls several occasions where generations of her family spent time at the J. She attended SJCC summer camp as a kid, and then her daughter and her granddaughters all followed in her footsteps. “There’s really nothing better,” she says. 

She also remembers attending a fitness class with both her mother and her daughter. “There were three generations of us in an aerobics class – it had nothing to do with Judaism, but it’s what got us here. It’s why we were here. And I’m kind of proud to have a JCC that has done this so successfully for so many people for so many years.” 

As the calendar turns to November and the holidays approach, the J has tons of activities and events to bring your family together. From School’s Out Camp to our family Hanukkah Concert + Celebration to a baseball flick for the whole family (just $5 for J members!), we hope you’ll continue to make the J part of your family’s tradition.

Here are some of the highlights coming up. For full calendar, CLICK HERE 

COMING UP AT THE J

Sandra Bernhard: Music + Comedy 
Sat, Nov 2 | 8 pm 
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard’s “Quick Sand,” is a thrilling mix of comedy and rock ‘n’ roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and cabaret with The Sandyland Squad Band. Buy Tickets

Winter Class Registration Opens 
Mon, Nov 4 for SJCC members | Mon, Nov 11 for general public 
From favorites like gymnastics and karate to exciting new offerings from partners like Youth Theatre Northwest and Chess Wizards, we have tons of classes to keep your kids active and engaged this winter. Plus, we’re offering a new Winter Warm-Up mini-session so you can sample some winter classes before signing up for a full session. View enrichment lineup | View after school lineup 

Dinky Dunkers Registration Opens 
Mon, Nov 4 for SJCC members | Mon, Nov 11 for general public 
Dinky Dunkers youth basketball league is a great introduction for both girls and boys in kindergarten to third grade to learn basketball fundamentals and game strategies, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in a safe, fun, and instructional environment. Practices start Jan 13; games run Jan 19-March 15. Learn more 

New to Town Happy Hour 
Tues, Nov 5 | 6:30 pm | Firefly Kitchens 
Learn about your gut health, snack on kraut, and jar your own in this hands-on fermentation 101 class. Afterward, join us at Reuben’s Brews for a locally handcrafted beer! Register

School’s Out J Camp 
Nov 11, 25, 26, 27 
When school’s out, J Camp is in! Join us for days of summer camp fun during the school year. Active group games, creative art projects, swimming, field trips, and special guests! Register

Museum Masterpieces in the U.S. (Part II) 
Nov 11-Dec 2 | 1-3 pm 
Art historian Kolya Rice discusses some of the greatest works of art housed in American museums. We’ll travel virtually to museums from Boston to LA to explore key concepts, themes, and analyses of art from around the world. Register

Movie Madness Marathon: SJFF Encores 
Sun, Nov 17 | 1 pm; 3:15 pm; 5 pm 
Three films, one day – binge on the best-of-fest from 2019 Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Single film tickets and all-day passes available. 

Featuring: 

  • “Heading Home,” a family film about baseball in Israel. Tickets are just $5 for J members! Veggie hot dogs and ballpark food available for purchase. Buy Tickets 
  •  “Light of Hope,” an epic drama about the director of maternity home in WWII France. Buy Tickets 
  •  “The Tobacconist,” a coming-of-age buddy flick about Sigmund Freud. Buy Tickets

Osher @ the J: Black Holes are (Almost) Out of Sight 
Thurs, Nov 21 | noon bring your own lunch | 12:30 speaker 
Come learn about astronomical black holes, what they can (and can’t) do, and the part they play in the universe. Taught by UW professor emerita Julie Lutz, who does continuing research on stellar evolution. Register 

Chef Adeena Sussman Cookbook Talk + Tasting 
Thurs Nov 21 | 7 pm 
Chef Adeena Sussman, co-author of Chrissy Tiegen’s “Cravings,” is out with her first solo cookbook, “Sababa.” It’s personal and global, a tableau of regional flavors in its staggering and delicious variety — and it was named one of “The 13 Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019” by the New York Times. Buy Tickets

Hanukkah Concert + Celebration 
Sun, Dec 8 | 11 am activities/food | noon concert 
This Hanukkah, burn bright with us for a double-bill featuring Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel – two nationally touring singers, guitarists, composers, prayer leaders, and recording artists. Plus: games, latkes, and activities for kids of all ages! Register 

Eight Nights: A Staged Reading 
Tues, Dec 10 | 7 pm 
The stories of eight immigrant/refugee families who inhabit the same apartment from 1949-2016. Staged reading performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Post-performance panel with playwright Jennifer MaiselBuy Tickets 

Hands on Hanukkah 
Sun, Dec 15 | 11 am-1 pm 
Hands-on crafts and activities for kids, at both Northgate Mall and Crossroads Mall. 

Hanukkah Meditation 
Thur, Dec 19 | 7 pm 
Our meditation series continues as we bring in the light of the holidays with Rabbi Olivier BenHaim. Register 

Kung Pao X-mas: ABE 
Wed, Dec 25 | 5 pm 
Join us for Chinese food and a movie as we watch ABE, a coming-of-age story where food heals and brings people together. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Buy Tickets 

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This Fall at the J

The J is celebrating 50 years in Mercer Island, and 70 years in greater Seattle. Take a look at all the wonderful classes, events, and programs we’ve got for you and your family. 

Download the SJCC fall magazine.

 

 

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The J’s Fall Kids’ Program Offerings Announced

The J’s Fall Kids’ Program Offerings Announced 

SJCC’s fall programs for kids, including Kidstown, After School Classes and swim lessons, begin following Labor Day. 

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 1, 2019)— With the new school year approaching, the Stroum Jewish Community Center announced today (Thursday, August 1) the fall 2019 schedule for our J Kids’ programming, including the after school care program Kidstown (K to 2nd grade) and Kids City (3rd to 5th grade), After School Classes (K-5th grade), swim lessons (6 months to 12 years), and Enrichment Classes (pre-k). 

J KIDS’ PROGRAM LINKS: 

The 2019 fall schedule begins following Labor Day with Kidstown and Kids City beginning Sept. 4. Swim lessons for the fall session begin Sept. 7, while the After School Classes and Enrichment Classes begin Sept. 9.  

The biggest change to the J Kids’ programming heading into 2019 is simplicity. All programs offered are more integrated with one another, making choices for the entire season simpler. In addition, we have added a new area to Kidstown called Kids City. This is an area just for 3rd-5th graders.  

Our After School Classes for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade once again include fun and engaging options for kids to learn and explore after their school day.  

Classes this year include Hip Hop Dance, STEAM Maker: Space Travel Puppet Show (new), Watts Basketball Academy, Cooking Up Knowledge, Trendy Crafts, STEM Sports: Multi-Sport, Karate-X, Little Coders: Coding Class, and Creative Art Network: Comic Books (new).  

Our Enrichment Classes are designed in conjunction with our Early Childhood School and include classes designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 3-4) and pre-k students. Classes include Mindful Monkeys, Gymnastics, Cooking Up Knowledge, Itty Bitty Athletes, Creative Movement, Discovering Science, Trendy Crafts, Supreme Sports, and Karate X. 

Once again, transportation will be offered from all four Mercer Island Elementary Schools. Buses pick kids up in the morning at the J and drop them off in the afternoon. 

Registration opens on August 5. The J Kids’ Fall Programming runs through Thanksgiving break. The J Kids’ Winter Programs begin Jan. 6 with Spring Programs beginning March 30. For more information, visit SJCC.org. 

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About Stroum Jewish Community Center  
The Stroum Jewish Community Center inspires connections to build community and ensure Jewish continuity. Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture. Learn more at www.sjcc.org 

Media Contact: John Shaffer, Director, Marketing & Public Relations 
JohnS@sjcc.org | 206-232-7117 

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Modified Hours: Feb 5

SJCC will be open on a modified schedule today, from 11:15 am to 4 pm. Come workout, watch a family-friendly movie, or run around with your kids and blow off some cabin fever. 

11:15-4 pm: SJCC Open

  • Kids zones (require parent supervision) – 3 and under; 5 and under, pre-K through age 11 with activities, crafts, games, and more
  • Fitness Center open (no fitness classes)
  • Basketball gym open (1/2 for lunchtime hoops from 12 pm-1:30 pm)

Noon-3:45 pm: Pool Open

  • Pool open with 2 lap lanes and 2 open swim lanes
  • No scheduled aquatics programs, lessons, or classes

1 pm: family-friendly movie in the auditorium

If the roads you travel to get to the J are unsafe, please don’t venture out; we’ll see you when the weather is better. If you do come, please exercise caution in the parking lot; it has been de-iced but may remain slick in some spots. 

We hope to see you soon!

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