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2017 Fall Program Guide

JCC of Syracuse newsletter and fall program guide. Check out all of our programs/services and upcoming classes!

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315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org Our Jewish Community Center You must have heard us howling The following was adapted from Marci Erlebacher’s remarks given at the JCC’s Annual Meeting & Gala on June 4, 2017. I have recently been reading a series of books on wolves and I have to tell you that I have become fascinated with a wolf’s howl and why they howl. Wolves howl to make their presence and territory known. They are making the statement, “We are here, this is our territory.” For the past several weeks when thinking of what to say to you this afternoon, I haven’t been able to get this concept out of my head. And then I realized that this is exactly how I have felt this past winter. I have wanted to howl. Now some of you must be thinking, “Where is she going with this?” Why am I attracted to wolves howling and what does it have to do with the JCC? I am going to assume that everyone here knows about the JCC surviving three threats last winter. Two were bomb threats and one was a possible shooter threat. Thankfully none of these came to fruition. Many of you have heard me say that living through a bomb threat wasn’t the difficult part. When a threat happens, our well-trained team goes on autopilot. We were prepared. We followed our protocol. Law enforcement really saw us through these terrible events. With the assistance of Dewitt Police, State Police, Onondaga County Sheriffs and the FBI we were kept safe. And I must give a special thank you to the Federation’s community security Marci Erlebacher JCC Executive Director liaison, Susan DeMari. Susan helps to coordinate all of the players and is beyond amazing at her job. It is not the event itself but the aftermath that can cripple you. Post traumatic stress disorder was on our doorstep. It has taken months to find our “new normal.” And yes, I cannot lie, part of finding wellness again had to do with finding the perpetrator of these events. Thus, we were able to start breathing again. And although we recently just started to get the rhythm of our breathing back, the excellence of our programing never wavered. Yet we have been wounded. We lost significant business because of the bomb threats. While many JCCs in dense Jewish communities did not experience a significant drop in enrollment, we at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center did. We have lost tens of thousands of dollars in our childcare programs, which are our bread and butter. It may take a couple of years to find our balance and bring our numbers back up. Luckily, camp enrollment has been strong. But I will not sugar coat this experience. We are hurting. However, thanks to the amazing support from the Jewish Federation of Central New York, we will be able to weather these difficult times. They have been extremely sensitive to our situation and thanks to the success of the Federation campaign we are receiving one of the largest allocations that I can ever remember. So what does this have to do with wolves? A wolf that howls to say I am here is exactly what I feel like doing right now. Howl… we are here. We have survived. This is who and what we are. We serve our community proudly—do you hear our howl? We care for our children and are one of the safest childcare facilities in Onondaga County. We care for our senior citizens in body and mind. We offer a home away from home for many. Is my howling loud enough? We are a landlord and a home for our Jewish community. Perhaps we should all howl on that one. There are many that understood the significance of our survival in this community and they have been unbelievably supportive. Look around you, look at this unparalleled attendance, and look at our ad book—the most successful one that we have ever produced. You must have heard us howling. Here is what I have learned this year. Bomb threats will not stop us. They will only make us howl louder and stronger. I thank all of you who are here today because you have joined us in this song, in this howl. Please continue with your support. More importantly, let us support each other. Let us all support our Jewish agencies and our congregations. Why is it that on some level we only remember to support our Jewish community when a crisis happens or threatens us? Let us support our temples and agencies with loud and melodious howls that will tell one and all, “We are here.” Marci Erlebacher Got your JCC membership card handy? Providing a safe and welcoming environment is a top priority of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center. That’s why we’ve constructed a new secured entrance inside our main lobby (see photo at right) to add another layer of security. Thus, JCC members will soon need to use their membership card to enter through this new entrance. This should be fully in place by mid September. So JCC members, get ready to use your membership card for easy building access during regular business hours. Don’t have a card yet? Stop by the Fitness desk to get one at no cost. Visitors will still be able to enter the building after signing in at the front desk. For more information, call the JCC at 315-445-2360. 4 JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide

315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org Hours FYIFOR YOUR INFORMATION JCC Main Entrance • Reception desk Monday–Thursday... 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday.............. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday ........... Closed Sunday............. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center Monday–Thursday... 5:30 am – 9:00 pm Friday.............. 5:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday ........... 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday............. 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Locker rooms close 15 minutes after the fitness areas close. The Schayes Family Gymnasium opens at 7 am Monday through Friday. Hours may be extended for special programming or league play. FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF EVERYONE AT THE JCC, WE WILL STRICTLY ENFORCE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES: • No cars may be parked in front of the main entrance without a driver present. • No parking in the handicapped spaces without proper authorization. • No parking in the loading area. • First offense will receive a written warning. • Second offense vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Contacts Main. ........................................315-445-2360 Direct Dial to Office Extensions ...................315-445-2040 Sports & Fitness Center.......................... 315-234-4522 Fax ............................................315-449-4539 Email. ....................................... info@jccsyr.org Staff Administration Marci Erlebacher.......Executive Director................. x107 Erin Hart ..............Executive Assistant/Ofc. Manager... x112 Don Cronin............Controller........................ x118 Abbie Tricome. ........Bookkeeper ...................... x138 Will Wallak.............Marketing Director ................ x108 Nick Finlayson. ........Membership Director.............. x140 Alan Davis.............Operations Director............... x125 Tammy Barzee.........Daytime Receptionist.............. x100 Deborah Stonecipher.. . Evening Receptionist. ............. x100 Adult and Senior Programming Cindy Stein Director of Adult and Senior Programming ................. x104 Joni Paul Adult and Senior Programming Assistant................... x104 Kitchen. ............................................... x124 Children & Teen Services Mick Hagan Director of Children and Teen Services..................... x129 Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) Pamela Ranieri.........ECDP Director. ................... x122 Amy Bisnett. ..........ECDP Assistant Director............ x123 Christine Flynn.........ECDP Receptionist................. x120 Jennifer Paine..........ECDP Evening Receptionist......... x120 Sports & Fitness Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) Patrick Scott...........Sports & Fitness Director. ......... x144 Sherri Lamanna Director of Gymnastics, Dance & ECDP Phys. Ed. ............ x126 JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide 5

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