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 | The Center For Everyone
  • 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

Community Tu Bishvat Zoom Seder

When: January 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am

 

Martin Luther King Day Morning Fuel & Call to Service

When: January 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Martin Luther King Day Morning Fuel & Call to Service January 17 | 11am EST Each year we not only remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, but…

Men’s Club

When: January 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Men’s Club Speakers for January Tues, January 18 – Mayor of Wilkes-Barre George Brown Tues. January 25 – Monthly Meeting Tues. February 1 – Jameil Carlisle NAACP The Men’s Club at the JCA continue to hold…

New Dance Classes at the JCC

When: January 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

JCC Book Club

When: January 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, 613 S J Strauss Ln

JCC BOOK CLUB The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah | January 20 at 1:00 From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism…

Yiddish Class

When: February 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, 613 S J Strauss Ln

Yiddish Class Thursday February 3 at 11:00 AM How much Yiddish do we use every day? How many Yiddish words do you hear on TV? Join us for a fun class with Dr Jeff Lubin…

Balance & Core

When: April 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

Great for both men and women, this balance class focuses on the core and helps reduce your risk of falling. A strong core is essential for good balance and posture. In this class we will…

Adult Theater Movement (18+)

When: April 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, The Chaiken Room

This class is for beginner dancers wanting to broaden their skill level. You will learn basic dance movements in a high energy fashion. Whether you are involved in the community theater world or just wanting…

Adult Beginner Tap

When: April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, Chaiken Room

(Ages 18+) Get on your feet and make some noise! This basic level beginner tap session is geared towards the adult who has had little to no tap training and will focus on proper instruction…

Adult Beginner Ballet

When: April 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, Chaiken Room

 (Ages 18+) This 45-minute Adult Ballet class is designed for adult students of all levels of training From former dancers to adults who are looking to start their dance training for the very first time.…