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315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org PJ Library in CNY | A Jewish Community Partnership Free Jewish stories and programs for the summer PJ Library (PJ for pajamas) is a nationally acclaimed literacy program started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which sends free Jewish children’s stories to families raising Jewish children. In addition to this wonderful free gift for Jewish children and their families, the PJ Library in CNY offers special PJ family playdates and events. These playdates are designed to connect children and parents in the PJ Library program through different holiday, book and Jewish themed events. Stay tuned for fun summer PJ playdates and get-togethers! The PJ Library CNY chapter is a program of the JCC of Syracuse and supported by the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation, Jewish Federation of Central New York, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Concord. The PJ Library in CNY serves children from 6 months to 8 years old in Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties. For more information and to sign up, visit www.pjlibrary.org or email Carolyn Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. PJ Our Way is the newest chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 8.5-11. It’s different than PJ Library as it is designed to meet the developmental needs of 8.5-11 year-olds by offering choice and creative outlets. Every month, kids visit the website to choose one book from a selection of four highquality titles with Jewish themes; the books are then mailed to kids’ homes. Kids can also post comments and reviews on the website. To enroll, please visit www.pjourway.org. Once enrolled, be sure to logon to the site and choose your book between the 1st and 10th of each month. FoR yoUR Fyi inFoRMAtion JCC kashrut policy The JCC kitchen is under the supervision of the Syracuse Va’ad Ha-ir. The kashrut policy requires strict adherence to the list of approved foods that may be brought into the kitchen. This list is available from program staff members. JCC room rental The JCC rents a variety of spaces at affordable rates. Our auditorium has computer presentation capabilities and we offer kosher catering. We also have various conference rooms that can be arranged to accommodate meetings, classes, parties and other events. For details, call 315-445-2360. tribute Cards Tribute cards recognize someone special and help the JCC. The JCC welcomes tax-deductible gifts to commemorate special occasions. (See the tributes on page 23.) An acknowledgement card will be sent to the individual (or next of kin) in whose name the contribution is made. Questions? Call us at 315-445-2360. The worth of a good name By Rabbi Evan Shore Some people have the custom to study Pirkei Avot, Chapters of the Ancestors, every single Shabbat afternoon, during the summer months. In it, we find the following teaching, loosely translated, a crown of a good name surpasses and exceeds all other crowns. Throughout the ages countless rabbis have attempted to explain this concept. To me it is very simple. An individual may be at the top of a particular field: a superb teacher, outstanding physician, erudite professor, or prodigy in the arts, and if a good name is absent, all is for naught. Many professions chosen by people do so by means of being gifted in that particular pursuit. Accordingly, we see the crown of a good name is so different. One works an entire life to earn, build and maintain a good name. It is not instinct or a gift, rather an attribute we work upon and toil in every day. In essence, our true self is not the title we are known by, rather the good name we pursue during our life. Unless accompanied by the Keter Shem Tov, crown of a good name, the other crowns, that of Torah, the priesthood and royalty, lose their luster and value. Rabbi Baruch Epstein, writes in his commentary on Pirkei Avot, “A good name is like sugar that sweetens a particular product.” The most important lesson we should teach our children, family and friends is the worth of a good name. In our relationships with others a little sugar can go a long way! We all have the ability to achieve this level and please G-d warrant wearing the crown of a good name. All we have to do is invest in the effort. 12 JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Summer CenterPost & Pool Guide
Adults and Seniors Program 315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program There’s no better place to go for a delicious, well-balanced, kosher meal in the company of friends. Meals are prepared fresh in our kosher kitchen. This dining program is funded in part by the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth and the New York State Office for the Aging and Administration for Community Living. JCC Senior Lunches Day: Weekdays Tues.–Fri. 6/27–8/25/17 Time: Noon Cost: $4.00 suggestion contribution $5.00 special holiday luncheon suggested contribution Please make lunch reservations by noon on the business day before the meal date. 2017 special holiday luncheons Father’s Day ....................June 16 JCC Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff Summer Senior Dinners Day: Mondays 6/26–8/21/17 Time: 5 pm Cost: $5.00 suggestion contribution Please make dinner reservations by the Wednesday before the dinner. See page 14 for details. Meal Site gift certificates Meal Site gift certificate booklets make a great gift! Each certificate is good for a delicious lunch at the JCC. For more information, contact Cindy Stein at 315- 445-2040, ext. 104, or email@example.com. Live entertainment Every month we bring in live entertainment during our senior lunches. Come and enjoy a home-cooked meal and the company of good friends while being entertained by great local singers, comedians, dancers and other performers. Staying connected We offer a variety of ongoing and special activities throughout the year here at the JCC. Whether you want to broaden your horizons or simply have fun, this is the place to connect with new and established friends. Want to stay connected with us? Make sure you’re on our newsletter mailing list. Contact Cindy Stein at 315-445-2040, ext. 104, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Birthday celebrations We hold a birthday celebration for all the birthdays in each month. Check our newsletter for dates. Come help us celebrate! Bridge We welcome new bridge players of all ages and levels on Mondays from 1–3:30 p.m. Join us for lunch and then hit the tables! A new table will open up when we have eight extra players. Please contact Cindy Stein to get on the list. Driver safety courses Would you like to “brush up” on your driving skills? We regularly host driver safety courses a few times each year here at the JCC. For information on upcoming classes, check out our senior newsletter or visit our website www.jccsyr.org for future announcements. Mah Jongg Come play Mah Jongg at the JCC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. New players are always welcome. We have a limited number of extra Mah Jongg cards available for purchase if you did not pre-order a card earlier this year. For more information, contact Cindy Stein at 315-445-2040, ext. 104, or email@example.com. Neighborhood Advisor The JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor program offers outreach, information and referral services to seniors age 60 and older living in the DeWitt, Fayetteville and Manlius areas. This free, confidential service provides information about programs available in the community and it helps seniors obtain necessary services so that they can remain living independently in their homes. The Neighborhood Advisor program is run by the Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services. For more information, see page 14 or call the JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor Sharon Kieffer at 315-445-2040, ext. 156. Presentations We regularly hold informational presentations by our Neighborhood Advisor and other speakers on topics of interest to seniors. Check our newsletter for upcoming topics and dates. Save the date Sept. 15 Rosh Hashanah Lunch JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Summer CenterPost & Pool Guide 13