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!