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

Israeli Street Food Beyond Falafel with Chef Vered Guttman

When: August 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join Moment Talk of the Table Contributor Chef Vered Guttman as she takes us on a food adventure through the streets of Israel. Learn to prepare flavorful Israeli foods like sabich, Tunisian sandwiches, arayes, and malabi.  …

Dr. Ruth’s Journey from Holocaust Orphan to Fame

When: August 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Ruth will share her story of how she moved to the United States and started her career. She will discuss the philosophies that guide her in life and how her new documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth,…

Klezmer: Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Philadelphia, with Hankus Netsky

When: July 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Klezmer: Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Philadelphia, with Hankus Netsky Thursday, July 30, 7pm   Join the Yiddish Book Center for a conversation with virtuoso musician and ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky, who helped spark the revival…

Prepare for Tisha B’Av with AMIT

When: July 27, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Introduce Alien Superstar   Many of us know Henry Winkler as “The Fonz” on TV’s Happy Days, but did you know that he also writes kids’ books? Join Henry…

Maccabi USA Presents “Talking Hoops with Basketball Legend, Larry Brown”

When: July 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Maccabi USA Presents Talking Hoops with Basketball Legend, Larry Brown Larry Brown is truly one of the iconic figures in the world of basketball. NCAA Champion. Olympic Champion. NBA Champion. Hall of Famer. Legend of the…

The Yiddish Book Center Presents Immigration and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side

When: July 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Jewish Women of the World, Unite!” In 1908, a Yiddish newspaper summoned the Jewish immigrant women of New York’s Lower East Side to unite—not to start a revolution but rather to observe the Sabbath. The…

Jewish Together: #Summer5780 Virtual Opportunities

When: June 19, 2020 @ 3:25 pm – August 31, 2020 @ 4:25 pm

Learn. Laugh. Connect. Find meaning and tradition. All with Jewish community. In unprecedented times, Jewish organizations everywhere have been stretching in new ways to reimagine and reinvent #Summer5780.  Discover virtual opportunities for kids and college…

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

When: July 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Friedman JCC Meeting Room

The Friedman JCC is once again in hosting a Red Cross blood drive. These blood drives are a critical element in saving lives. Giving blood is safe, simple and saves lives. Each donated pint of…

“Inclusion as a Jewish Value” A Webinar Presented by JFNA

When: June 23, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Those in the nonprofit sector live their values in their work every day. For many, those values spring deeply from Jewish identity. Torah calls upon Jews to be just and charitable – and it also calls upon them…

Virtual Tour @ Masada

When: June 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join AIFL for a virtual tour of Masada, in the third of our monthly Virtual Israel Travel series with Reuven Solomon, Master Tour Guide.  Reuven will share photos, maps and stories. He will guide participants…