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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. 

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SJCC + Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Continue Program Partnership

SJCC + Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Continue Program Partnership 

Osher and the J to expand lecture series and course offerings for 2019-20

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 8, 2019)— The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) of Greater Seattle is proud to announce it will once again partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) to provide various high-quality programs for the upcoming 2019-20 event season at the J.

SJCC and OLLI-UW enter their second year in providing programs for intellectually curious adults over the age of 50. Heading into the 2019-20 event year, the programming at the J will be increased after a successful inaugural partnership.

Coming up for the fall schedule through the end of the 2019 calendar year, the SJCC and OLLI-UW will offer three Osher Course opportunities as well as four Osher at the J Lecture Series events. Here is a look at this fall’s line-up:

Sept. 9: Osher Course: Contemporary Ethics (4 classes: Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21) – Instructor: David Smith

Sept. 11: Osher Course: The Roots of Rock & Roll (4 classes: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2) – Instructor: John Jensen

Sept. 17Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES w/ Endless Opportunities—A House in Scheveningen: Harriet’s Journey to the United States. Speaker: Harriett Mendels

Oct. 17Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Mexico Today. Speaker Carlos B. Gil

Nov. 11: Osher Course: Museum Masterpieces in the US Part II (4 classes: Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2) – Instructor: Kolya Rice

Nov. 21: Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Black Holes are (Almost) Out of Sight. Speaker: Julie Lutz

Dec. 19: Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Stories of Human Migration – From the Great Rift Valley to the PNW. Speaker: David Fenner

Participation in the Osher-UW Courses are $45 ($50 for Contemporary Ethics) and participants must be an annual OLLI-UW member (only $35). The Osher at the J Lecture Series is a bring your own lunch event and is free to the public.

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.

Full event descriptions will be released throughout the month and can be found at SJCC.org/OsherSeries.

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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 

About The Osher Foundation 
A $2 million gift by the Bernard Osher Foundation allows the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington to offer affordable high-quality programs to its members. The foundation was established by Bernard Osher in 1977. Through the foundation, his philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural and other nonprofit organizations. Recognizing that the proportion of older people in the United States is growing rapidly and with it, the demand for lifelong learning programs, the foundation began to encourage the development of vibrant learning communities of older adults. The foundation felt that these older students were interested in learning for the joy of learning — without homework or exams. For more, visit www.osher.uw.edu 

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

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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). 

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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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Lineup For SJCC’s SeaJAM Announced

Lineup For SJCC’s SeaJAM Announced

Debra Messing, chef Joel Gamoran & the Maccabeats to highlight 2019 SeaJAM festival celebrating the SJCC’s 50th anniversary.

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) is thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for the 2019 Seattle Jewish Arts & Music Festival (SeaJAM), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SJCC on Mercer Island and 70th in greater Seattle.

Highlighting this year’s Festival will be Will & Grace star Debra Messing, Sur La Table’s national chef Joel Gamoran and Jewish a capella group the Maccabeats. The SeaJAM Festival will run from Sept. 13-15 and will be centered around celebrating the J’s anniversary year.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up at our second annual SeaJAM,” said SJCC CEO Amy Lavin. “It will bring excitement, delight and, most importantly, community celebration to this milestone year when we celebrate our 50th anniversary on Mercer Island and 70th in greater Seattle. The SJCC remains a place where friendships form, traditions thrive, and community strengthens and in this anniversary year, we recommit to creating experiences that unify us, celebrate Jewish values, and assure that we all feel connected in and around the SJCC. This year’s SeaJAM lineup does just that.”

Here is the entertainment line-up for SeaJAM 2019:

Saturday, September 14 (at Benaroya Hall, Seattle)
Debra Messing: conversation with the Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace.

Sunday, September 15 (at SJCC Auditorium, Mercer Island)
Chef Joel Gamoran: brunch + talk with Sur La Table’s national chef and host of A&E’s hit series Scraps.

The Maccabeats: family concert from a capella stars combining Jewish music and playful pop parodies.

The SeaJAM Festival will begin on Friday, September 13 with a special anniversary Shabbat with the J event and will end with the Maccabeats concert on Sunday, September 15.

Presale for SeaJAM 2019 tickets to J members and Arts+Ideas followers will begin Wednesday, July 17. Public ticket sales begin Wednesday, July 24. For ticket pricing, times and more information about SeaJAM 2019 or how to become a member/follower, visit SJCC.org.

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

About SJCC Arts + Ideas: The 2018/19 SJCC Arts + Ideas season includes five series (Global Sound International Concerts, Words to the Wise talks, Fable to Table culinary programs and chef talks, Jest Fest comedy shows, theater and year-round film). In all, over 40 programs annually, plus the annual 11-day Seattle Jewish Film Festival in the spring and SeaJAM (Seattle’s Jewish Arts + Music Festival) in the fall. Tickets and Info: SJCC.org/arts-ideas

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Media contact: John Shaffer, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
JohnS@sjcc.org | 206-232-7117 | Cell: 310-780-6149

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