JCC stories

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is actively shaping 21st-century Jewish life. The stories in this section, which also appear in our seasonal program guides, serve as an introduction to some of the people and programs that represent that change, that make us so much more than a community center. We hope they inspire as well as inform.

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Story Editor: Sherri Lerner

stories from the Spring 2020 program guide

Bridging the Tween and Gender Divide

Empowering children to be their strongest, most confident selves is undeniably important. Just as crucial is the role families and other adults play in that endeavor. But as kids—especially girls—reach school-age and beyond, providing that support becomes more challenging.

Spa Day Cares for Those Who Need It Most

For women living with breast or ovarian cancer, the JCC’s Shirley Kohn Spa Day--now in its 13th year--serves as a much-needed respite from the daily stress and worry that having a devastating illness can bring. But they aren’t the only ones who benefit.

Ms. Magazine, the JCC, and Feminism’s New Waves

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Joanne Edgar, and Ellen Sweet are former editors of Ms. magazine, the publication that symbolized the “second wave” of feminism in the 1970s and 80s; they’re also members of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan community.

stories from the Winter / Spring 2020 program guide

At Settoga, the Magic is in the Connections

Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown requires a little, well, comfort.

Three Fresh Faces at the JCC

This year, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan has been fortunate to welcome several new staff members. Now, with our newest center and department heads comfortably settled in at the JCC, we'd like to make a few introductions.

Celebrating a Shared Journey

Jewish Journeys, the innovative Jewish education program that started at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in 2012, focuses on helping young learners discover Judaism through music, art, literature, cooking, film, and more.

stories from the Fall 2019 program guide

In Step with the Pucketts

If the family that plays together stays together, what about the family that dances together? For Yvonne and Roger Puckett, popular Nia and Zumba instructors at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, bringing these forms of dance to others has not only allowed them to share their love of movement, but keep young too. And, at 81 and 82 years old, respectively, that’s not a bad thing.

Ladi Lopez Has Us At Hello

If there's anyone at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan who knows the building inside and out, it has to be Ladi Lopez. After 18 years at the JCC, the last eight in the role of greeter, there isn’t a single location—and very few people who walk through our doors—she doesn’t know.

Tweens and Teens Give Back—And Receive Too

There's no shortage of community service opportunities at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. For members age 50 and up, there’s the Engage Jewish Service Corps; the 20s and 30s cohort participates in Repair the World; and volunteers of all ages work as literacy and math volunteers or teach technology skills through SeniorTechNYC.

stories from the Summer 2019 program guide

Embracing Possibilities—and Giving Them to Others

Andy Chaleff knows firsthand about feeling uncomfortable in your own body. “For someone with a disability, it’s really hard to have self-esteem,” says Chaleff, who was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child. He came to the JCC in 2010 when he was introduced to The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs’ (CSN) Adaptations program through a family acquaintance.