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Highly Successful Monday Night Dinners for Seniors is Back!

This summer, the JCC invites all seniors to dinner every Monday night. The highly successful Monday Night Dinner program is back, happening Mondays at 5pm from June 17 to Aug. 26. Seniors can enjoy a kosher meal made with high quality ingredients prepared by Chef Donna Carullo. Live entertainment, from singers to pianists and more, will also be on the menu.

“It’s a great way for seniors to enjoy the summer with good company and a hearty meal,” said Marci Erlebacher, Executive Director. “It allows our community to switch up their routines, get out, and socialize with new and old friends.” 

Seniors must make reservations at least one week in advance to participate in Monday Night Dinner and the fee is $6. Call the JCC at 315-445-2360 to reserve seats now. 

Adults & Seniors

The JCC Pool is Now Open for Summer

With the sizzle of summer approaching, celebrate with a trip to the JCC pool. A family fun atmosphere open to all with two heated pools for members to enjoy. 

The 2024 pool season began Saturday, May 25 and ends Monday, Sept. 2. Pool hours will vary throughout the season to adjust for the camp schedule, holidays, swim team and lessons. See the full details on hours and schedules below. 

“We look forward to the start of the summer each year,” said Amy Bisnett, associate director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “We love to see kids participating in swim lessons and seeing their growth throughout the summer. It’s a great family and social activity to meet with friends and bask in the nice weather.”

At the heart of The JCC’s summer offerings, the pool also serves campers, swim team members, and those taking lessons. All children 18 months and older who participate in the Summer Camp take Red Cross certified swim lessons. These lessons are tailored to encourage comfort and confidence in the water.

For a more personalized touch, semi-private and private swim lessons are also available. These 30-minute lessons are offered each day from July 1 to Aug. 23 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on weekdays and 8am to 11am on weekends. “Our lessons are for all levels of ability,” said Pam Ranieri, director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “The lifeguards are in the water with the class, so they are very hands on.” 

Additionally, any lifeguards looking to join the JCC team can reach out to learn more about available jobs. To join the pool and sign up for lessons, or for more information email [email protected]

Another opportunity at the pool is the swim team. Strong swimmers are encouraged to join the J-Rays swim team. The team practices from July 1 to Aug. 23 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before the camp day begins. Children work on stroke development, endurance, and team work while they train to participate in a mini inner squad team meet. For more information and to join the team contact [email protected]

The fun is not only reserved for children, adults can also sign up for Aqua Fit to add a fun exercise class to their routine. Set to music, Aqua Fit offers a low impact workout to improve both cardiovascular health and strength. Members can take classes for free, and nonmembers can join for a fee of $10. Classes are led by a certified Aqua Fit trainer and all fitness levels are welcome to get a good outdoor workout in the heated pool. For more information reach out to Paula Pacini at [email protected].

Make a splash at the JCC pool all summer long.

Pool Hours

May 25 – June 30

Mon – Fri: 9am to 7pm

Sat – Sun: 11am to 7pm

Lap Swim (M-F): Ends at 12pm

July 1 – Aug. 23 (Mon – Fri)

Lap Swim: 7:15am to 8am

Swim Lessons: (Mon – Fri)  3:30pm to 4:30pm / (Sat & Sun) 8am to 11am

Open Swim: (Mon – Fri) 4:30pm to 8pm / (Sat & Sun) 11am to 7pm

Aug. 24 – Sept. 2

Sun – Fri: 9am to 7pm

Sat: 10am to 7pm

Lap Swim (M-F): Ends at 12pm

Holiday Hours (May 27, July 4, and Sept. 2): 11am to 7pm

Aqua Fit Hours

Tuesdays: 8am to 8:45 am

Thursdays (June 6, 13, 20, and 27): 10:15am to 11:am

Thursdays (July 11 – Aug. 29): 8am to 8:45am

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Tzofim Friendship Caravan Returns to the JCC!

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is back to celebrate Jewish culture and heritage throughout the U.S. and will stop at the JCC as part of their tour. The visit will include a day spent with campers, plus a chance for the entire Syracuse community to get in on the fun with a special free performance.

“This group brings a piece of Israel here and now it’s more important than ever to provide that connection,” said Pam Ranieri, director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “The visit is not only educational, but also a great opportunity for the children and the community to immerse themselves in their culture by being in community with these talented young people.” 

Using song, dance, and story, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan is a group of 10 teens from Israel who are selected to share their culture across the U.S. through performance. As a fun and unique way to teach others about Israeli culture, the group visits various locations throughout their national tour including schools, camps, and synagogues. Now in existence for more than 50 years, this year’s tour is dedicated to the theme “Am Yisrael Chai.” 

The Caravan will kick off their visit to the JCC by spending the day with campers and participating in some activities. The highlight of their camp visit will be an engaging performance which includes songs in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish. Later in the day the group will also visit with seniors participating in the JCC’s Senior Dining Program to share a meal.  

The community is encouraged to participate in the festivities by singing and dancing along during the performance at the JCC. The show is free and open to the public. Even if you’ve seen the Caravan before, no two shows are the same which means everyone will enjoy the performance. 

“We are very excited for the Syracuse community to come together and appreciate Israel and all it has to offer,” said Amy Bisnett, associate director of children’s programming at the JCC. For more information about the Tzofim Friendship Caravan’s visit, reach out to the JCC at 315-445-2360 or visit

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JCC Welcomes new Director of Community Programming!

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is pleased to welcome Raven DiSalvo-Hess as the head of their new Community Programming department.

Previously the Arts & Culture Manager at the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches for 3 years, Ms. DiSalvo-Hess has conceived and run dozens of book, educational and film events. With an academic background in literature and fine arts, and a personal interest in pop culture, music, theater and dance, DiSalvo-Hess said she is “looking forward to bringing community members of all different ages and demographics together by offering a variety of programs and events.”

Summer programming includes movie screenings, book events and game nights.  Game events will initially feature board games and deck building games, but DiSalvo-Hess says, “As we build our community programming, we hope to bring mahjong, bridge and chess lessons to the JCC, offering opportunities for regular play, and eventually hosting tournaments.” In August the JCC will welcome Alan Shore for a presentation and Q&A on his forthcoming non-fiction book, Uncommon Allies: American Jews and Christians Uniting against Hitler, 1933-1945.

The Community Programming department will offer a range of events that appeal to the Jewish community as well as the overall Syracuse-area community, creating a space where individuals can make friends, learn something new or engage in an educational lecture.

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Don’t miss the JCC of Syracuse’s new Community Programming – kicking off with a Book Swap on Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8 pm. Leave the kids at home and grab 3-5 books you’re looking to rehome. Then swap them as you mingle with fellow book lovers and find new books for your TBR pile. On Sunday, May 26, 1-3 pm we have another book swap that is family friendly! Grab some books and the kids, and head to the JCC to refresh your and your kids’  books for the summer. (Don’t worry, even if you don’t have children, you can still come on Sunday!)
Let the Games Begin! Love board, deck and card games? We have a series of events for you! Beginning on Thursday May 30, 6:30-8 pm, the JCC will host four game events between May and August. Bring your friends, or get ready to make new ones. Each event will provide a mix of classic games and new favorites – plus, every month will feature a different game you can learn how to play from scratch.
Looking for some quiet time to read without disruption? Join us for a Silent Book Club on Sunday, June 23, 1-3 pm. Bring your own book or grab one of ours, and settle in for a quiet, uninterrupted hour of reading. Then take the second hour to mingle with your fellow readers and see what everyone else has been reading!
Save the Dates for our parent/young adult reader book clubs in July. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, aunt, uncle, older sibling, etc., you and the pre-teen and teen are invited to these events. We’ll be releasing our books selections soon, but in the meantime mark the following dates on your calendar:
Suggested for reader 11+ — Sunday, July 21, 1-3 pm
Suggested for readers 15+ — Thursday, July 25th, 6:30-8 pm
More of a movie person? Don’t worry, starting in August and going until the end of 2024, the JCC will begin having Movie Screenings monthly. Whether it’s an old favorite or a cult classic, we’ll have something for everyone. Stay tuned for more details!

More information about the new Community Programming departments listed below. For a schedule of upcoming events please contact Raven directly at [email protected].

Senior Programming

Whether you know your way around your golden years, or have just started seriously considering retirement, the JCC of Syracuse has programming for you! Known for our weekday Kosher meals, the JCC also offers specialized exercise classes, movie screenings, book clubs, lectures and other great ways to engage with fellow members of the Syracuse-area community.

Adult Programming

Looking to mix up your social calendar? Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates on our events! With book clubs, game nights (and afternoons), movie screenings  – lookout for a trivia night! –  and more, there are plenty of chances to do something different with your friends and mix-and-mingle with others!

Young Adult & Teen Programming

Sometimes you need to touch grass, or at least be in a room with other people– and don’t worry, we have you covered! Whether you love a game night, can’t resist a movie night or prefer a silent book club, you can find this and more at the JCC.
Love reading and want to do something with your parents? The JCC will be hosting two Parent/YA Book Clubs this summer. More details coming soon!

Family Programming

The JCC meets the needs of families throughout the year with our Early Childhood Development Program, After School Program, and vacation and summer camps – but it also hosts events throughout the year that are fun for the whole family. Be sure to mark your calendar for the KlezFest on September 15th 2024, and don’t forget our annual Purim Carnival & Chanukah Party! The Children’s Department also holds regular family movie events, and the Community Programming Department will be showing Sunday matinees beginning this summer. Keep an eye out for details on our Parent/Young Adult Book Club!
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JCC’s 2024 Slate of Officers and Directors


As of May 2, 2024, the Nominating Committee of the Jewish Community Center is pleased to offer the following slate of Officers and Directors for election:

  • President:
    • Phillip Rubenstein
  • Vice Presidents:
    • Debbie Goldwein
    • Sara Temes
    • Jessica Malzman
  • Treasurer:
    • Alan Lipsy
  • Secretary:
    • Roy Gutterman

Nominated as Directors for the term ending 2025:

  • Philip Rothschild
  • Anick Sinclair

Nominated as Directors for the term ending 2027:

  • Tessa Chefalo
  • Peter Hall
  • Karen Herrick
  • Jillian Juni
  • Keith Linzer
  • Scott Loeb
  • Theresa Lotito Camerino
  • Rafael Rivera
  • Steven Wladis

The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 2nd at 11:00am

Additional nominations for Officers and Directors may be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting, provided that the person nominated be present in person, and shall have also consented in writing to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, at least 10 days before the Annual Meeting his/her willingness to serve in the specific position for which he/she is to be nominated.

Submitted by:

  • Debbie Goldwein
  • Jessica Rice
  • Roy Gutterman
  • Phillip Rubenstein – Ex Officio
  • Chaim Jaffe
  • Steven Sisskind, Chairperson
  • Michael Klein
  • Jeffrey Tamburo
  • Al Lipsy
  • Sara Temes
  • Jessica Malzman
  • Howard Weinstein
  • Staffed by Marci Erlebacher

FIDF Special Briefing

The Friends of the IDF and the JCC of Syracuse Invite you to a briefing with special guest speaker and a former IDF Spokesperson Lt. Colonel (Res.). An insider view on the operational and strategic situation in Israel, and the challenges and opportunities that Israel is facing. Thursday, March 14th , 7PM at the JCC. Space is limited. Registration is required in advance.
Portrait of former IDF Spokesperson Lt. Colonel (Res.) Jonathan Conricus

Jonathan Conricus is a recently retired IDF Lieutenant Colonel, who served in the IDF for 24 years as a combat commander in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, as a military diplomat, foreign relations expert and international spokesperson. He was the first IDF officer to be seconded to the UN HQ in New York where he provided strategic analysis for UN peacekeeping. He has extensive hands-on experience with international media (hundreds of interviews), think-tanks, NGOs, legislators, militaries, industries and institutions. In his last role in the IDF, he served as the International Spokesperson.


Everyone Can Run!

Presented by the Syracuse Chargers Track Club and hosted by the JCC of Syracuse, this FREE six-week program is designed to take you from walking to running! Everyone Can Run Beginners’ Program is a free training program lead by Greg Tuttle, a USATF certified coach.

Join us Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the JCC. Classes begin February 7 and continue February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13.


JCC Announces 2024 Annual Meeting and Gala Award Recipients

By Carlett Spike & Erin Hart

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is gearing up to hold its 161st Annual Meeting and Gala, presented by naming sponsor, the Wladis Family. The community will come together on Sunday, June 2, 2024 to honor invaluable members of our Syracuse Jewish Community. 

The Annual Meeting and Gala is the JCC’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. The celebration allows us the opportunity to come together to pay tribute to those who have acted and given so generously. The money raised from this event helps fund the many scholarships awarded each year sending children to the JCC’s summer camp, early childhood development program, after school program and helps mainstream children with special needs. It also benefits those in need to receive discounted fitness classes and meals for senior adults.

A total of four awards will be presented this year as we recognize selfless giving and outstanding service to the JCC and greater Jewish community in Syracuse. 

This year’s honorees represent a wide spectrum of dedication and support. The Kovod Award, which signifies honor and importance, will be presented to JCC board member Kathleen Davis. Kathleen is a Syracuse native and has been involved with the JCC for a number of years. She actively serves on numerous JCC committees including the Annual Meeting & Gala Committee, Super Bowl Raffle fundraiser and Executive Committee.

The JCC’s Kovod Gadol Award, which in Hebrew translates to great honor, will be presented to Cantor Esa Jaffe and Chaim Jaffe. This award is presented each year to honor a single individual or couple who had demonstrated, usually over a period of years, an extraordinary degree of commitment, energy and loyalty to the JCC and greater community. Esa and Chaim are both longtime supporters of the JCC. They are both active in the Syracuse Jewish community and have served on many different organization boards. They have raised their children in the halls of the JCC and continue to give back to the greater community.

Long Standing supporters of the Syracuse Jewish community; Ellen and Howard Weinstein, will be presented with this year’s Hall of Fame Award. Ellen is a past President of the Jewish Federation of CNY and is currently serving as a board member of the Jewish Federations of North America. Howard is a past Vice President of the JCC board of directors and has served as a member of the board for over 10 years. Howard and Ellen are both past Kovod Gadol recipients. Their years of involvement and selfless giving will be recognized at this year’s event.

This year’s Leslie Award, the sixth to be given since it was launched in 2016, will be presented to Leah Goldberg. The Leslie Award recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and to the local community – the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified throughout her many selfless volunteer pursuits. Leah has served on numerous committees throughout the Jewish Community. She is a co-chair of the ECDP parent committee and has helped plan numerous fundraisers and family events for the JCC as well as many other Jewish organizations in Syracuse.

“I am looking forward to another year of honoring members of our community who have dedicated invaluable service to the JCC and the local Jewish community,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “They each deserve recognition for their selfless acts and generosity.”


Come to the Purim Carnival on March 17, 2024!

Come celebrate with the JCC at this year’s Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17 from 12-4pm. For Purim, the entire JCC will be transformed into a fun and exciting carnival complete with games, inflatables, face painting, prizes and more.

“Purim is a day of fun and excitement for the community,” says Marci Erlebacher, executive director of the JCC. “It is our way to say thank you to the community that has supported us all year long. Come join us for the most anticipated family event of the year!”

Esther’s café will also be open to serve up a kosher menu including corned beef, knishes and hamantaschen as well as a concession stand with popcorn, cotton candy and warm pretzels. Each year we also host information tables for invited local community organizations. To enhance the experience this year, we will be providing “Passports” for all participants to be stamped at each table. Once individuals fill in their “Passport” they can take it to the prize room for a free prize!

For more information about the Purim Carnival please reach out to Alana Raphael at [email protected].