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

All Stretch

When: April 2, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

Stretching has become more and more important Not only your workouts but for daily flexibility and overall better range of motion. In this class you will stretch and lengthen all muscle groups from head to…

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.…

Zumba

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

Zumba is a program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training alternating fast and slow rhythms to help improve cardiovascular fitness. Instructor: Natalia Carpenter

Drum Ball

When: April 7, 2021 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

Get ready to get that heart rate up, sweat to great music and burn calories! Using a stability ball and drumsticks, we will pound the stress out! Instructor Debbie Grossman

Silver Sneakers

When: April 2, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Silver Sneakers is a low impact training suitable for all fitness levels. Designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living. A chair can be used seated exercises and for…

Parkinson’s Exercise

When: April 1, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

The importance of exercise and physical activity for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been well documented. Exercise produces many benefits including increased physical functioning (motor performance, strength, endurance), improved gait and balance, cardiovascular…

Musical Theater Dance (ages 7+)

When: March 30, 2021 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

Be audition and performance ready with this exciting 45-minute dance class that will teach musical theater basics for movement and ensemble dance numbers. This class will focus on learning dance numbers from Broadway musicals and…