2019 Year in Review

In our Inaugural year, the Adult and Community Programs offered everything from food to holiday celebrations to laughter:

  • We served 3,340 Congregate meals and continued our delicious tradition of “Chicken Thursday.”
  • More than 1,800 people in need received food from Sara’s Pantry. All the food is donated through the generosity of the Commission on Economic Opportunity and community members.
  • Michael Smerconish, radio host, tv presenter, columnist, author, lawyer, presented to a standing room only crowd at our first major program.
2019 Year In Review | Friedman JCC
  • We asked four questions, drank four cups of wine or grape juice, munched on matzah and found the afikomen at our annual Community Passover Seder, offering a place for more than 200 people to begin the holiday.
  • In honor of Yom HaShoah, more than 200 people attended as we screened the film, “Who Will Write Our History,” produced by Nancy Spielberg which included a live Skype call to the producer, Roberta Grossman.
  • We ate and laughed with comedian Joel Chasnoff and Israeli chef Lior Lev Sercarz during “Belly Laughs,” a live cooking and comedy show.
  • We commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the St. Louis with Scott Miller of the US Holocaust Museum. JCC Board Member David Schwager shared the harrowing story of his family who were passengers on the St. Louis.
  • The Israeli Scouts performed at the JCC and at the JCC Camp. They sang and danced and introduced our Jewish and general community to the meaning of ruach, spirit.
  • Jan Kasoff, Emmy Award winning cameraman, shared stories from “Behind the Scenes of Saturday Night Live.”
  • We hosted an Israeli Scholar in Residence and enjoyed classes on the art of Israeli paper cutting.

Upcoming Events

ORT America Presents Unorthodox the Podcast, featuring Mayim Bialik

When:October 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MAYIM BIALIK is an American actress, neuroscientist, and author. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. She later played the neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom…

“Antisemitism, America & the Law” with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht

When:October 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Antisemitism, America & the Law with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht October 1, 2020, 12 noon – 1 PM via Zoom The Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association and the JCC present Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice…

SUKKOT FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL at the Outdoor Marketplace

When:October 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate Sukkot at the Outdoor Marketplace. Family Fun activities for you and your children — free pumpkins for the kids, coloring contest, scavenger hunt, raffle and more! Contact Sharon to register at s.matylewicz@nepajca.org or 570-824-4646 ext 211…

“COVID-19 Practical Advice from an Independent Thinking Physician” with David A. Shaller, MD

When:October 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“COVID-19 Practical Advice from an Independent Thinking Physician” with David A. Shaller, MD Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2:00 PM David A Shaller MD FACR has an approach to help people improve their odds at avoiding complications of…

“Jokes I Can’t Tell In My Act” with Joel Chasnoff

When:October 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Jokes I Can’t Tell In My Act” with Comedian Joel Chasnoff Thursday, October 8, 6:00 PM via Zoom Join us when stand-up comedian and writer Joel Chasnoff performs his popular online show “Jokes I Can’t…

Men’s Club

When:September 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The JCC Men’s Club provides an organization that offers a chance to socialize, meet new friends, and take part in discussion groups. Join us for socially-distanced, in-person meetings at the JCC.   Speakers: Tuesday, October…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”

When:September 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy this  Free, Virtual Program from our friends at JCC Chicago. LIVE Presentation: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Thursday, September 24, 3pm EDT Advance registration required: https://www.jccchicago.org/event/live-presentation-frank-lloyd-wrights-fallingwater/?type=month

Chicago Jewish Film Festival LIVE Q&A

When:September 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy these Great, Free, Virtual Programs from our friends at JCC Chicago. JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival LIVE Q&A:  The Song of Names with filmmaker François Girard and executive producer Robert Lantos September 22, 2020, 3pm EDT https://jccfilmfest.jccchicago.org/event/virtual-qa-the-song-of-names-with-filmmaker-francois-girard-and-executive-producer-robert-lantos/?type=list

Outdoor Marketplace- Sundays from 9am to 3pm

When:August 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where:Friedman JCC

Check out the Outdoor Marketplace on Sundays in  the Friedman JCC parking lot.  Fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, oils, new and slightly used apparel, antiques and collectibles, equipment, jewelry, and much much more! No…

Fitness Fundraiser: Cornhole Tournament

When:October 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to socialize,  have fun, compete, and win prizes all while making a difference for the Friedman JCC”s Parkinson’s, Wellness and Fitness programs! BAGS FLY AT  1PM ~SOCIAL AND COMPETITIVE…