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Chanukah at the JCC

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. 

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Children & Teens

PJ at the Pool!

August 9th & August 23rd

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]

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Girls on the Run

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.

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JCC’s Purim “Car”nival 2022

We will be having a Purim Covid Safe Festival this Sunday, March 13 @12-2pm


To schedule an appointment, please book your car’s timeslot in the booking widget below where it shows the options to “add to order” or “continue”.

  • Don’t forget to request a goody bag for each child in your car by clicking “add to order”
  • You can also add food to your purchase by clicking the “add to order” button
  • All food orders must be placed before March 1st


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JCC to hold February Break Vacation Camp from Feb. 21–25

Get set for your child to embark on a new and exciting adventure each day during the upcoming February school break. The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center will offer a February Break vacation camp for children in grades K-6 Feb. 21–25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center on 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. Children may attend just one day or all five days. Early/late care is available every day to extend the day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A variety of age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities are lined up each day to keep the children busy and entertained. From outdoor activities and arts and crafts to sports and games and more, there will be something for everyone to make this upcoming break from school a ton of fun.

All campers should bring winter clothing for daily outdoor activities, weather permitting, including waterproof pants, coats, hats and gloves. Sneakers are required to play in the gym.

Campers are also asked to bring a non-meat lunch. An afternoon snack will be provided.

Early registration pricing is available through Feb. 11. Discount for JCC members, however membership or JCC program enrollment is not necessary for a child to attend the Winter Break vacation camp.

For more information contact Amy at 315-445-2040, ext. 122, [email protected], or download the flyer and registration form above.

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Winter Break vacation camp to be held weekdays Dec. 24–31

The JCC of Syracuse will hold a Winter Break vacation camp for school-age children in grades K-6 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 31. Please note the vacation camp on Dec. 24 runs until 2 p.m. only. Early/late care is available every day (no late care Dec. 24) to extend the day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A variety of age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities are lined up each day to keep the children busy and entertained. From outdoor activities and arts and crafts to sports and games and more, there will be something for everyone to make this upcoming break from school a ton of fun.

All campers should bring winter clothing for daily outdoor activities, weather permitting, including waterproof pants, coats, hats and gloves. Sneakers are required to play in the gym.

Campers are also asked to bring a non-meat lunch. An afternoon snack will be provided.

Early registration pricing is available through Dec. 13. Discount for JCC members, however membership or JCC program enrollment is not necessary for a child to attend the Winter Break vacation camp.

For more information contact Amy at 315-445-2040, ext. 122, [email protected], or download the flyer and registration form above.

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