Adults

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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Adults

Night of Shopping

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.

Get a jump start
on your holiday
shopping!
Join us for a night of
shopping women owned local
businesses! We will have many
local vendors and businesses
with perfect holiday gifts to
give or for yourself!
Support the Early Childhood
Development Program, local
vendors and businesses. 

Open to the
Community!
Vendor Tables still
available!
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Adults

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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Adults

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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Adults & Seniors

JCC Play: The Jewish Cavalier in Blue

Love letters and journals from the Civil War will be turned into dramatic readings and performed for all to see. All of the letters and journals will feature residents Syracuse & CNY residents from that period. Letters will be from Lieutenants, Commanders, black soldiers, former slaves, nurses and fiancees.

The play will be held Sunday, November 6 at 11:30am. Reservations are needed. The show is free. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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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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Adults & Seniors

KlezFest Is Finally Back

KlezFest is Finally Back!

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. 

Check out our photos from the last event!

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Adults & Seniors

Casablanca Talk

Talk ‘Casablanca’ with Stewart Gross

Join Stewart Gross in a discussion of the movie ‘Casablanca’.

Join the Green Family Foundation as they present Stewart Gross, in discussion of the 1942 American romantic drama film. On July 7th from 12 to 1 pm, the JCC will host the conversation along side lunch. Call 315-445-2360 to reserve your spot! We ask that all reservations are made by Noon on July 6th.

Lunch to be served!

Corn Beef on rye, accompanied by coleslaw, sweet potato fries and mixed berries!

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Events

JCC’s 2022 Annual Gala, A Smashing Success

JCC Gala
A Smashing Success

The annual JCC Gala has been a longstanding tradition that celebrates commitment to community. After a 2 year hiatus, the sense of community during the JCC’s 159th meeting felt stronger than ever. This year’s event was one of the highest grossing Annual Meeting/Gala in the history of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center

For years, the event has been an essential part of the JCC’s funding for scholarships. These scholarships have gone to children who for decades have flourished both socially and scholastically under the guidance of the Early Childhood Development Program, Camp Romano, and after school programs alike. These scholarships have also helped to mainstream children with special needs as part of our Yachad Program.

The funds for the event also benefit senior citizens. The JCC’s senior lunch program which is funded by the Onondaga County Adult and Long-Term Care Services, serves kosher meals at an inexpensive cost. This program has assisted in creating friendships and safe spaces for the elderly members of the JCC where bonds are made while bread is broken. The JCC has also funded fitness classes for those in need.

The celebration was held outdoors at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia in a well ventilated tent overlooking the Vineyards. Over 240 attendees enjoyed cocktails and a kosher meal catered by Essen New York Deli of Brooklyn. The attendees’ mouths may have been full, but they still managed to rave about the bagels and lox. The JCC granted 5 long overdue awards to recipients. These recipients were chosen 2 years ago before the pandemic and patiently waited for their moment of deserved appreciation. 

The word Kovod is used to represent honor or importance. The Kovod award was presented posthumously to Judith Stander. The Kovod Gadol Award, the JCC’s high honor, was presented to Jeffrey Scheer and Abby Kasowitz Scheer. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who show an extraordinary level of commitment not only to the JCC but the community as a whole. The Hall of Fame Awards were presented to Steven and Sondra Goldberg and Barry and Debrah Shulman. The Leslie Award was created in memory of our valued and dear friend & member of the JCC & the greater community, Leslie London Neulander. This years’ Leslie award was presented to Davia Moss. 

The speeches were graceful, the mood was light, and the event was refreshingly familiar. “One of the great tragedies of the pandemic is the disconnect that it created inside of communities.” said Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, Marci Erlebacher.  “I think that the return of the Gala was comforting for everyone. It was nice to be reminded of what makes this place so special. This gala more than any other felt more like a celebration of life and each other”

The Gala restored a feeling of community, and the funds provided will only make that community even stronger. 


See images from the event, in the gallery below!

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