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What’s New at the JCC?

By Carlett Spike

A new year means new happenings at the JCC. Both regulars and newcomers can explore these programs and upcoming events:

Holocaust Library 

A new library dedicated to Holocaust history and literature has been established at the JCC by Dr. Alan Goldberg. The Holocaust Library will be housed in the Jerome and Phyllis Charney Holocaust Information Resource Center. A professor emeritus of Syracuse University’s School of Education and director of the Holocaust and Genocide Initiative, Goldberg hopes this library will serve as a source of Jewish pride and education.

The collection includes several hundred books on history, biography, essays, fiction and poetry provided by Goldberg. “We are beyond thrilled and honored that Alan has chosen the JCC to house this incredible library of books,” said Marci Erlebacher, executive director of the JCC. “We hope that this can be a resource to many across the Central New York community.”

Last Chance to Sign up For Dollar & A Dream Special 

Commit to your fitness in the new year for just $1. First time members will pay $1 for one month to the day of membership from the date of signup. Offer ends Jan. 31. Those who signed up through the Dollar & a Dream special will receive an exclusive offer for a discounted one-year membership (at the conclusion of their trial). This offer is only available for first time fitness members. Please contact Nick Finlayson at [email protected] to sign up or for more information. 

New After School Clubs

The JCC’s After School Program now offers three new clubs open for children K- 6th grade who are enrolled in the After School program. Parents can sign their children up for: 

  • Art club hosted by Ms. Kim. This club will give children the opportunity to practice various art techniques to create their own masterpieces. 
  • Kindergarten club. A group for kindergarteners to explore and learn with kids their own age, as well as develop new friendships. 
  • Book club. Open to both younger and older children, the group will read age appropriate books (chapter books for older kids/picture books for younger ones) and discuss or participate in a project related to the reading. 

Parents can reach out to Kevin Smith at [email protected] for more information. 

Save the Date: Purim Carnival to be held Sunday, March 17th

Mark your calendars, the annual Purim Carnival is scheduled for March 17, 2024. As one of the biggest events of the year to celebrate the Jewish community, everyone is invited to the JCC for an afternoon of fun. Expect costumes, carnival games, magic shows, and more!

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JCC Book Talk: Atomic Anna

The JCC of Syracuse is co-sponsoring a book talk with the JCC of Palm Beaches via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. Atomic Anna is from the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.

Rachel Barenbaum is a prolific writer and reviewer. Her work has appeared in the LA Review of BooksThe Tel Aviv Review of Books, and more. She is a scholar in residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis and is the founder and host of the podcast Debut Spotlight. In a former life she was
a hedge fund manager and spin instructor. She has degrees from Harvard in Business, and
Literature and Philosophy. She is an elected member of Town Meeting in Brookline, MA.

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JCC Book Talk: Cyclorama

The JCC of Syracuse is co-sponsoring a book talk with the JCC of Palm Beaches via Zoom on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm. Cyclorama is a “deeply moving, propulsive story of ten teenagers brought together by a high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank that will shape and influence the rest of their lives.”

This zoom talk will be moderated by the JCC of palm beaches. This is a free event for the members of the JCC.

The author, Adam Langer is a journalist, editor, and the author of a memoir and five novels including The
Washington Story
Ellington BoulevardThe Thieves of ManhattanThe Salinger Contract, and the
internationally best-selling novel Crossing California, which was described in the Chicago Tribune by James Atlas as “the most vivid novel about Chicago since Saul Bellow’s Herzog and the most
ambitious debut set in Chicago since Philip Roth’s Letting Go.” Formerly a senior editor at Book
Magazine and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, he currently serves as culture editor
at The Forward.

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