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. For many, that learning culminates in a group celebration at the JCC, with a ceremony called Off-the- Bimah, where the impact of that innovative approach—and the importance of community—takes center stage.
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.
At Settoga, the Magic is in the Connections
Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown requires a little, well, comfort.
For the more than 300 children who attend the JCC's Camp Settoga in Pomona, NY, that comfort comes from the camp's staff—a good number of whom hold positions at the JCC during fall, winter, and spring. From boarding the bus for the very first time to taking the tests that will determine their swim level, campers—and their parents—find reassurance in familiar faces.
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. Even our nursery schoolers hold bake sales to raise funds to help those in need.
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.
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.