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. With this summer marking the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, it seemed an ideal time to bring them together to discuss the parallels between Ms. and the JCC, the changing face of feminism, and more, which we did in early March.

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. The event volunteers, some of whom have had cancer and been participants at past Spa Days themselves, get as much, if not more, than the attendees.

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. Vanessa Kroll Bennett, who in 2019 was named scholar in residence for the JCC's Bert and Sandra Wasserman Center for Family Life, has experienced this firsthand as a mom to three sons and a daughter, ages 9 to 17.

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.