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

WVIA All Creatures FJCC Preview Screening

When: January 3, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

All Creatures Great and Small, the critically acclaimed PBS Masterpiece series returns January 7 at 9 PM on WVIA TV. In the new season 4, Tristan is away serving in the war, and the new…

Winter Wellness Expo

When: December 10, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Prepare for the hectic holidays ahead with a day of empowerment and relaxation while supporting local, women-owned businesses! Enjoy dozens of engaging workshops designed for women on feminine wellness, yoga, art, movement, dance, meditation, and…

54th year of the Running of the Torch Mayrutz Halapid Run

When: December 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: River Common Portal, South River Street and Northampton in Wilkes-Barre

Mayrutz Halapid run with the torches will begin at River Common Portal, South River Street and Northampton in Wilkes-Barre and continue to the Friedman JCC, 613 S.J. Strauss Lane in Kingston. The JCC has sponsored…

Men’s Club

When: September 15, 2023 @ 11:00 am

JCC MEN’S CLUB 2024 Season – Tuesdays at 11:00 am January 2 Current Events Dr Alan Frank January 9 Lex Sloot Author writer inventor and actor too…’Viability, the Essence of Existence’ January 16 Tony Kapolka, Prof…

Yoga Prop Workshop

When: December 2, 2023 @ 9:00 am
Where: The Friedman JCC

Recreational Pickleball Fridays

When: July 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Enjoy recreational Pickleball sessions at the JCC    

Private Pickleball Lessons

When: July 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Experience Private Pickleball lessons at the JCC    

All-Level Pickleball Lessons

When: July 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Experience All-Level Pickleball lessons at the JCC    

Recreational Pickleball

When: July 18, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Enjoy recreational Pickleball sessions at the JCC    

Intermediate/Advanced Pickleball Fridays

When: July 21, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Friedman JCC

Experience intermediate/advance Pickleball sessions