The JCC of Syracuse is seeking bids for installation of security film and glass replacement. All bids shall include pricing for equipment, accessories, parts, licensing, travel and labor and any misc. expenses. Please email Erin Hart, for RFP information. Proposals are due via email no later than 7/1/2022 at 3:00pm and all questions must be submitted via email as well, no later than 6/29/2022 at 3:00pm. All bidders will be notified via email when a selection is made.Fundraising

End of Year Letter 2023

December 1, 2023

Dear Friends,

Standing in a crowd of some 300,000 jews in Washington DC for the March for Israel was the experience of a lifetime and an affirmation of solidarity like no other ever experienced. We came away from this event with an undeniable pride to be Jewish, a commitment to the State of Israel, and a commitment to Jewish life in our Country and Community. With the rise in antisemitism at an unprecedented rate now is the time for us to come together to support our Jewish Institutions and organizations like never before.

Our Mission Statement has never been more important, nor has it ever been as meaningful as it is at this time in our history.

“The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Syracuse is the nucleus of the Jewish community built on the foundation of Jewish ethics and values. We provide quality services and programs for all ages serving everyone in the Central New York Region.”

Our JCC is part of the largest Jewish communal movement in North America and as you can see by our Mission Statement, we are resolved to build a strong and vibrant community providing a place for safe communal bonding, gatherings, and activities. Our community has come together at the JCC both in good times and in shattering times. We are after all the Town Square, “the place where everyone belongs;” we must remain a home for all members of our community.

We stand proudly as a symbol for all walks of our Jewish Community, whether it is to care for the very young, youth, adults, or senior citizens. We will always fight proudly to be a beacon for Jewish life in our community.

Please support us now more than ever with your most appreciated donations. Your generosity will allow us to continue in our mission to fight antisemitism, our mere existence serves that very purpose.

Am Yisrael Chai,

Marci Erlebacher
Executive Director

Phillip Rubenstein
Board President

Children & Teens

Get in the Holiday Spirit by Celebrating with the JCC

Colder weather and the approaching end of the calendar year, means the celebrations of  Thanksgiving and Chanukah are almost here. The community is invited to give thanks and put on their festive attire as they visit the JCC to light the menorah, eat traditional foods, and participate in games. 

The holiday season kicks off with the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)’s Preschool and Pre-K Friendsgiving celebrations Tuesday, November 21. The children will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal in their classrooms with their friends and teachers. Each child will get the chance to show his or her creativity, by creating decorations for the occasion to place on their tables and chairs. Classrooms will discuss the importance of kindness and thankfulness to reflect on the meaning of the holiday, as well as celebrate the friendships they have made in ECDP. 

Returning for its 3rd year, the JCC will host the annual Holiday Shopping Soiree. Join us in the JCC gymnasium for an evening of shopping on Monday, November 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is a wonderful fundraiser for our Early Childhood Development Program as all vendors donate a portion of their earnings back to the program. Get all your holiday shopping done in one place while supporting such a wonderful program. We will have a wide assortment of vendors this year and light refreshments will be served. Those interested in being a vendor at this year’s event should contact Amy Bisnett, [email protected]

As we transition to the Chanukah season which takes place Dec. 7 thru Dec. 15, Seniors who attend the JCC Senior Lunch Program, will have their own celebration on Friday, Dec. 8 at noon. With help from the Syracuse Hillel, the festivities will include a Klezmer band and traditional Chanukah foods: Sufganiyot (jelly doughnut), orange glazed chicken, green beans, fresh fruit, and potato latkes are on the menu! “There’s a lot of love, and a lot of festivity,” says Cindy Stein, director of adult and senior programming. Seniors must register in order to participate. 

The highlight of the season is the annual Chanukah Party, which will happen Sunday, Dec. 10 from 12:30pm – 3pm in the JCC’s gymnasium. Families and community members are welcomed to embody the spirit of “dedication” through play and feast. The gymnasium will be transformed with traditional decorations and lots of fun activities for the kids including a bounce house, strolling magic show, and artists to paint their faces. Latkes and other traditional snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

General JCC

A Message from the JCC, October 2023

We are all numbed by these unprecedented times. We are all in shock, the world is in shock. It goes without saying that our hearts are weeping for the horrific loss of life. We also offer our support and prayers to all those who are dealing with loss or the anguish of not knowing about loved ones in Israel.

Our position and focus over the past week has been to secure our institution to the best of our ability. Security of buildings and communities must continually adapt to be successful. In light of the recent events taking place in Israel, we have focused on keeping our building and members secure during these troubling times. Our goal is to remain open and be a safe place for our community to congregate.

The JCC is part of a wider security network called SCN (Secure Community Network). SCN is the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America. We receive daily reports, and have been kept apprised of the situation in not only Israel, but here in America and the entire world. We are given updates on a continual basis as needed, and have followed their recommendations. The authorities have assured us that there is no credible threat to the public in our community related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. SCN stresses that what we have all seen in the last several days is a lot of misinformation on social media; it is propaganda designed to provoke fear. That being said, it’s absolutely critical that we recognize how dynamic the environment is and that we stay prepared and vigilant.

You should have received the correspondence yesterday regarding the additional level of security for our campus with the added Armed Security Detail Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm. Our job is to protect the JCC campus; it’s staff, members and visitors daily. Safety and security is of the utmost importance.

Now is the time for our community to come together in strength. We owe it to Israel to be united in this effort. This will be a long struggle, but our job is to remain open, safe and thriving as a Jewish Community.

Am Israel Chai

Marci Erlebacher                      

Executive Director    

Phillip Rubenstein

Board President  


Holiday Gift Cards 2023

The JCC is making your holiday shopping easier! Purchase gift cards from the JCC this holiday season and help support the Early Childhood Development Program and Children’s Department.

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 on December 18th.

Apparel & Accessories

Aerie $25
Aeropostale $25
American Eagle Outifitters $25
Banana Republic $25
Burlington $25
Champs Sports $25
Children’s Place $25
Claire’s $10
Disney $25
Disney $100
Express $25
Finish Line $25
Foot Locker $25
Gap $25
Gap $100
Gymboree $25
J. Crew $25
Journeys $25
L.L. Bean $25
L.L. Bean $100
Lands’ End $25
Lands’ End $100
Lane Bryant $25
Men’s Warehouse $25
Old Navy $25
Talbots $25
Under Armour $25

Books, Music & Entertainment

Barnes & Noble $10
Barnes & Noble $25
Barnes & Noble $100
Best Buy $25
Best Buy $100
Game Stop $25
iTunes $15
iTunes $25

Department & Discount Stores

JCPenney $25
JCPenney $100
Kohl’s $25
Kohl’s $100
Macy’s $25
Macy’s $100
Marshalls/Homegoods $25
Marshalls/Homegoods $100
Sears $25
Sears $100
Target $25
Target $100
TJ Maxx $25
TJ Maxx $100
Walmart $25
Walmart $100


Applebee’s $25
Applebee’s $50
Bonefish Grill $25
Buffalo Wild Wings $25
Carrabba’s Italian Grill $25
Cheesecake Factory $25
Chili’s $25
Cracker Barrel $10
Dave & Busters $25
Denny’s $10
Olive Garden $25
Outback $25
Red Lobster $25
Red Robin $25
Texas Roadhouse $25
TGI Friday’s $25
Uno Pizzeria & Grill $25

Gas & Auto

Advance Auto Parts $25
Auto Zone $25
Exxon $50
Gulf Oil $25
Jiffy Lube $30
Mobil $50
Shell $25
Speedway $25
Sunoco $50


Visa $50
Visa $100
Visa $250

Grab & Go Eateries

Arby’s $10
Blaze Pizza $25
Bruegger’s Bagels $10
Burger King $10
Chipotle $10
Cold Stone Creamery $10
Domino’s Pizzas $10
Dunkin’ Donuts $10
Dunkin’ Donuts $25
Little Ceasars Pizza $20
Moe’s Southwest Grill $25
Panera $10
Panera $25
Papa John’s Pizza $10
Pizza Hut $10
Starbucks $10
Starbucks $25
Subway $10
Taco Bell $10
Wendy’s $10

Health & Beauty

Bath & Body Works $10
Bath & Body Works $25
CVS Pharmacy $25
Regis Salon $25
Rite Aid $25
Sally Beauty Salon $25
Sephora $25
Supercuts $25
Ulta Beauty $25
Walgreens $25


Ace Hardware $25
Ace Hardware $100
Bed Bath & Beyond $25
Crate and Barrel $25
Crate and Barrel $100
Home Depot $25
Home Depot $100
Jo-Ann Fabrics $25
Lowes $25
Lowes $100
Pottery Barn $25
Pottery Barn $100
West Elm $25
Williams Sonoma $25
Williams Sonoma $100

Mail Order & Online

CARD AMOUNT $10 $25 $100
Cabela’s $25
Cabela’s $100 $25
Omaha Steaks $50 $25
REI $25
Shutterfly $25
Wayfair $100 $25
1-800-FLOWERS $50

Specialty Stores

Bass Pro Shops $25
Bass Pro Shops $100
Build-A-Bear Workshops $25
Christmas Tree Shops $25
Dick’s Sporting Goods $25
Dick’s Sporting Goods $100
Guitar Center $25
Michaels $25
Office Max $25
Petsmart $25
Staples $25


Best Western $25
Best Western $100
Budget Car Rental $50
Clarion Hotels $50
Clarion Hotels $100
Carnival Cruises $100
Delta Airlines $250
Disney $25
Disney $100
Disney $1000 $100
Children & Teens

Check out the JCC’s New Bus 36!

The JCC of Syracuse is excited to have a brand-new bus for the start of the Before and After School Program. Our new Bus #36 allows us to continue to serve the community by transporting children to school (Moses DeWitt, Tecumseh, and Holy Cross.) The bus also picks up children daily from Ed Smith in the Syracuse City District and all three FM Elementary Schools.

Not only do we use the bus for the Before and After School Program, but our new bus will also be used throughout the year for field trips and all of Summer Camp! If you see us out and about, give our driver Ms. Sandy a wave!

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