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Events At The JCC Of Greater New Haven

Cooking with Chef Revi: Vegan Tapas from Spain & Portugal

Monday, March 11 | 7-9 pm

The word “vegan” tends to intimidate a lot of diners and home cooks but really, everything we will be making will be healthy, tasty and super easy to prepare with ingredients easily available.  This hands-on cooking class with Chef Revi will guide you step by step while you prepare food with your group.  You will sample your creations and leave with a portion to share so you may want to bring a container!  Learn more at www.jccnh.org/programguide/adults.

Purim Palooza

Sunday, March 24 | 2-4 pm

Join Author Martha Seif Simpson in reading her book, “Esther’s Gragger:  A Toyshop Tale of Purim” (copies will be for sale after reading).  Costumes are encouraged, carnival games will be played, dancing will ensue, and, of course, there will be hamantaschen to eat!  Learn more at www.jccnh.org/rsvp.

Mitzvah Day – Do Good-Feel Good

Sunday, April 7 | 9 am-3 pm | Free

Join with hundreds of community members in acts of kindness at the JCC and other locations in the Greater New Haven area.  Donate your time and your energy – you will be glad you did!  Learn more at www.jccnh.org/mitzvah-day.

Babies & Bagels

Tuesdays, March 12-Apil 2 | 10-11 am | Free

Come join our new playtime!  Meet new friends and enjoy a treat!

2019 Body Transformation Challenge

March 31-May 23 | Tuesdays 6 am & 6 pm, Thursdays 6 pm, Fridays 6 am, Sundays 8 am

This eight-week program offers 3 team workouts per week to increase your overall fitness, simple nutrition strategies to improve your eating habits, skill building for a healthy lifestyle, weekly weigh-ins, motivation, guidance and camaraderie.  To qualify for team placement fill out the questionnaire online at www.jccnh.org/transform.

Jamie Bernstein, “Famous Father Girl”

Sunday, April 14 | 2 PM

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.  An intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.  Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.  Learn more at www.jccnh.org/programguide/cultural-arts.

Sticky Fingers

Thursdays, March 14, 28, April 11, 25 | 10-11 am

Dress for a mess!  Join us for hands on fun with your toddler!  Each session, a fun, kid-friendly recipe with be explored and enjoyed!  Appropriate for children ages 2-4.

Shaping Up For Spring Can Be as Easy as A, B, C

by Susan Donovan, JCC Fitness Services Director

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about warm weather activities, exchanging our heavy coats for shorts and t-shirts and taking off those extra pounds from winter comfort foods.

A is for ACTION:  We can talk ourselves in or out of anything!  Instead of dwelling over the details of your perceived difficulty of the workout or making excuses of how you don’t have time to get to the gym, replace that negative self-talk with all the positive benefits you will receive when you are more physically active.  Spending three to four hours per week of activity can make a big difference in your health and wellness.  Don’t overthink it – just do it!

B is for BALANCE:  Yes, this includes physical balance, especially for the aging body, but it also includes combining a variety of wellness modalities besides the traditional cardio and strength-focused exercise choices but also flexibility, stress management and healthy eating.  Health and wellness is multi-dimensional and all about finding balance in your life, and making realistic and achievable changes.

C is for CORE:  Defined as the most essential part or the center of something, your core in a physical sense is your center body consisting of the muscular complex including abdominals, back, hips and even the shoulders.  The body’s foundation needs to be strong and resilient.  Just like when building a house, you start with a strong foundation.  But core also can describe your values, motivations, and deep reasons for change.  Explore your ‘whys’ and let this guide you in making positive changes this spring.

Our JCC Wellness Department with our award-winning Personal Trainers and Health Coaches are eager to help guide you in making appropriate fitness choices, help you navigate classes or programs that will best suit your goals and schedule and provide counsel for you when it comes to changing lifestyle and eating to lose weight or improve health.

For a free Wellness Consultation, contact susand@jccnh.org or call (203) 387-2424, x265, to set up an appointment.

Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven Offers Scholarships

College Scholarships – All scholarships are for high school seniors from Jewish households.  All applications must be completed online by May 1.  All applications are confidential and anonymously reviewed.  Go to www.jewishnewhaven.org/scholarships for more information.

Mary Taylor Friedler Memorial Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is not needs-based and requires an essay concerning what peace, justice and righteousness mean to you and your Judaism.  Awards are based on the strength of the essay and range from $500-$2,000.  Applicant must reside in Greater New Haven.

Stuart J. Drell Scholarship Fund – Awards are $1,500 and applicant must reside in Connecticut.  Awards are based on the strength of the application and financial need.

Emma Kohn Podoloff Scholarship Fund of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater New Haven Section – The average award is $1,500. The application includes an essay and three recommendations.  Awards are based on the strength of the application and financial need.

Israel Experience Scholarships – The Jewish Foundation Israel Experience Scholarship Program enables local Jewish students ages 14-19 the opportunity to participate in an Israel experience to develop and enrich their Jewish education and reinforce their Jewish identity.  The Jewish Foundation provides scholarships for both short-term (minimum of three-week program) and long-term organized Israel educational programs.  Greater New Haven youth ages 14-19 are eligible.  For 2019 summer trips, applications are due by March 9, 2019.  For the 2019-2020 gap or academic year programs, applications are due by May 4, 2019.  An essay and two recommendations are required.  All applications are confidential and anonymously reviewed by the Israel Experience Scholarship committee.

Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships – The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven now has needs-blind incentive grants for first time campers as well as needs-based scholarships for campers.  Campers must reside in the Greater New Haven catchment area and must be attending an overnight camp in North America.  Up to $1000 needs-blind incentive grant for overnight Jewish camp.  The Jewish Foundation, in partnership with the One Happy Camper program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, as well as an anonymous donor, is thrilled to offer needs blind grants of $375-$1,000 for first time campers from Greater New Haven to attend any one of over 155 traditional and specialty Jewish overnight camps nationwide.

Need-based aid for overnight Jewish camp

The Jewish Foundation, in partnership with an anonymous donor, is thrilled to begin offering needs-based financial assistance for campers from Greater New Haven to attend Jewish overnight camps nationwide.  Go to www.jewishnewhaven.org/scholarships for more information, a list of qualifying programs, and application requirements.

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