It’s easy! Simply download the PDF below, fill it out, and drop it off at the JCC front desk! Then pick up your gift cards in time for the holidays! All gift cards available are listed below for your convenience!
2023 ORDER DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 7th.
Gift cards will be available for pick up December 18th.
Chanukah is closer than you think. The passing of Rosh Hashanah brings a new year with new opportunities. In the spirit of the new year, the JCC is looking forward to providing a sense of normalcy that has been missing these last few years. The pandemic gave everyone an appreciation for the feeling of fellowship and strengthened the bond within the community. Now that people are beginning to feel a semblance of safety, the JCC hopes to bring a party that is warm and familiar through ritual and celebration.
The JCC’s annual Community Chanukah Party is making its return. The event will be held on Sunday, December 18th from 12:30pm – 3:00pm and is being sponsored by the Jewish Federation of CNY. Families will be invited and welcomed to join for a fun-filled afternoon. The eyes of the children will brighten as soon as they walk through the doors and see inflatables, crafts, face painting, balloon twisters, a photo booth and more. Refreshments will be provided and delicious food will be offered including latkes, bagels, fruit, and everyone’s favorite sufganiyot (jelly donuts).
The After School Program will be hosting their Chanukah Party Tuesday, December 20th during the program. Children will get to play dreidel, pin the fork on the latke, eat sufganiyot and more. Each child will get a Chanukah goody bag to take home.
As usual, the Early Childhood Development Program will be celebrating Chanukah. All classrooms will celebrate the holiday at their own developmental level within the classroom. The wings of the classroom will be decorated for the holiday and will have special materials for the occasion. On Wednesday, December 21 the classrooms will have their own Chanukah Celebration all day with special activities, crafts, latkes and sufganiyot.
Chanukah for the Senior Department will be celebrated on Friday, Dec 16th. A special lunch and sufganiyot will be served. We will have entertainment for this celebration. Reservations are required.
Finally, the whole community is invited to join us for nightly menorah lightings at the JCC. Children from Early Childhood and School Age programs come together to sing the blessings and watch as the lights are lit. Those without family to bring can find family within the comfort of the community. We will light the menorah at 4:30pm each weeknight during Chanukah.
The JCC is hosting a night of shopping! Take the opportunity to support women owned businesses and local vendors. This is the perfect place to purchase holiday gifts for loved ones. Wine will be available and the event is open to the community.
The JCC along with most child care and early learning centers are struggling to find quality assistant teachers. We at the JCC are very fortunate to have a great base of teachers with all Lead teachers having been with us for past school years!
Along with everyone else in the nation there is a real shortage of workers especially in the early childhood field. We are actively looking for qualified assistant teachers in all age groups in the Early Childhood Program as well as Before and After School counselors in our school age program. If you know anyone that would be a good fit please send them our way.
We offer competitive salary, full benefits, paid time off and opportunities for continued education and growth.
Reach out to Amy Bisnett and send resume if applicable please. No end date as we need a lot of staff.
Bring your bathing suits and sunscreen! The JCC will be offering PJ at The Pool August 9th and August 23rd! Kids will be back to school before you know it, and this is the perfect way to cap off their summer. The free, hour-long poolside event will feature games and delicious treats for the kids to enjoy with the sun over their heads and water underneath. The kids are always excited to come and sad to leave. Last year, they spent their day diving for pennies under adult supervision. We’ll see you there! Registration is required, the deadline to sign up will be 24 hours before the day of the event. To sign up, contact [email protected]
KlezFest has become a much anticipated celebration of Jewish culture. Once a year, the front yard of the JCC would be the stomping grounds for festive music, delicious food, and Jewish spirit. Klezfest, once known as the Syracuse Jewish Music and Cultural Festival (JMAC) has been the largest Jewish festival in New York State outside of New York City. It has evolved into a festival for not only our Jewish community, but all of Central New York. Since the pandemic began, the beloved festival has been canceled once and postponed another time. Though the world is still getting acquainted with the ‘new normal’, we cannot allow it to go without KlezFest any longer. After a 2 year hiatus, KlezFest is finally making its return September 18, 2022; 12-4pm.
The Jewish Federation of Central New York sponsored event, KlezFest, is a family friendly environment that is perfect for kids. There will be plenty of free activities to keep kids entertained including arts & crafts activities in the Kids Tent, games, the Robert Rogers Puppet Theater, and face painting. Vendors will also be available, including Carvel Ice Cream. The covid-friendly outdoor space leaves plenty of room for the kids to run, play and enjoy live music.
If you are looking to get more involved with the community, various local Jewish Organizations and Temples will be holding booths for all to visit. As always, plenty of delicious food will be offered to control your Kosher cravings. Among the foods offered will be corned beef, hot dogs, knishes, Israeli Salad and more!
The marvelous music will be handled by a variety of amazing artists. The featured performer will be Latin Grammy Winner and PJ Library artist, MISTER G, along with Yale Strom and The Kinahora Band. The family friendly music will be enjoyable for all ages and will set the mood for the festivities. There will also be very talented vendors that offer jewelry, and handmade crafts.
Most importantly, KlezFest offers a place for the Jewish community of central New York to reconnect. Among other things, Covid has made it difficult for communities to connect on a level as intimate as before. As organizations that put community first, the JFCNY and JCC have made it a top priority to regain as much of that community spirit as possible. We look forward to KlezFest and the celebration of each other.
Experience a New Adventure each day! Give your child a chance to be social and have a fun summer program with peers rather than sitting at home on electronics. Each week will consist of an animal field trip, local or county park, amusement park and everything else in between. Thursdays each week the group will travel to an amusement park like Seabreeze, Darian Lake, Roseland Water Park and more. Certain Thursday there may be an earlier drop off and late arrival back the JCC. Other field trips includes: Syracuse Mets, Big Dons, putt putt, wonder works ropes course and more. Each week the group will also volunteer at a local non profit to give back to the community.
The JCC is excited to partner with Girls on the Run to provide a Spring Class for girls in 3rd – 5th grade. Classes will be held at the JCC on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on March 28th from 4:00 – 5:30pm. The program will be held both indoors and out depending on the weather. Participating in Girls on the Run transforms girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves inside and out. All coaches will be full vaccinated.