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Mother's Day celebrated at the JCC

Barbara Bova is all smiles after receiving a homemade Mother's Day card from a preschooler in the JCC's Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program.

One of the commandments that govern religious life in Judaism is the instruction to love and honor our parents. While it is something that must be done every single day, the second Sunday of May is specifically dedicated to celebrating mothers in all their wonderful and frenetic glory.

On Friday, May 11 the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program celebrated Mother’s Day with great enthusiasm and joy. In addition to the usual Friday Shabbat prayers and festive meal, all mothers in attendance received Mother’s Day cards made by preschoolers in the JCC’s Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program.

Marjorie Carter (foreground) holds up a homemade Mother's Day card that she received during the JCC's May 11 Mother's Day special luncheon. Pictured in the background is Helen Marcum.
Marjorie Carter (foreground) holds up a homemade Mother's Day card that she received during the JCC's May 11 Mother's Day special luncheon. Pictured in the background is Helen Marcum.

The special luncheon also featured music and dancing. Sentimental Serenade, a local group of women, performed a number of favorite Broadway songs including “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof and “Consider Yourself” from Oliver. They also performed well-loved folk songs like “Grandma’s Feather Bed.”

Mary Doto, Sentimental Serenade’s pianist, says that the group loves performing for seniors.

“We are all mothers and grandmothers and Mother’s Day is super special for us especially when we get to sing for older people,” said Doto. She also added that except for one member, the rest are amateur musicians. She was a math teacher. They also have a nurse and a social worker in the group.

Sentimental Serenade has been performing around Central New York for the past 15 years, but this was their first time at the JCC.

Members of the local all-women's group Sentimental Serenade perform during the JCC's special Mother's Day luncheon celebration on May 11.
Members of the local all-women's group Sentimental Serenade perform during the JCC's special Mother's Day luncheon celebration on May 11.

The JCC’s Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program, open to seniors age 60 and older, is the only senior nutrition program available outside of New York City serving kosher meals five days per week. The program is funded in part by the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth and the New York State Office for the Aging and Administration for Community Living. The JCC’s Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff Summer Senior Dinner program will begin offering a well-balanced kosher dinner every Monday at 5 pm starting on June 18. Weekday senior lunches will continue at noon Tuesdays through Fridays during those weeks the summer dinner is held. For more information, and to register for a lunch or dinner, call 315-445-2360.

 

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