Adult Programs | Fall 2014

Lectures, Defensive Driving, Clubs, LGBTQ, Film Series...

  Cyber Safety: An Action-Steps Workshop for Parents of Plugged-In Kids       FREE

With Detective John Crosas.  What's your digital ID?  How can you reduce your digital fingerprint? Learn how to use searching and monitoring tools.  And most importantly, how to bring the lessons home to your kids.

Tuesday, December 9,  7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration suggested. 

Sundays @ the J with George & Friends
A popular monthly reading of original poetry by local authors, as well as tributes to established poets.

  Moderated by published author and poet, George Kraus, PhD.   Dr. Kraus holds a doctorate in Hispanic and Luso-BrazilianLiteratures and Languages from the Graduate Center, City University of   New York. He has worked as both scholar and translator. His chapbook, Rendition, was published by Toadlily Press. He divides his time between Rio de Janeiro and Tarrytown, NY., where he continues to write poetry and prose.

  1:30-3:30 p.m.     Upcoming dates: dates:  11/23 and 12/21

   Fee: $5/month



The Ruth L. & Henry H. Renard Active Retirement Lecture Series

The Active Retirement Program is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities of the highest quality for adults 55 years and older. This unique program offers an eclectic variety of provocative, stimulating, and engaging continuing education programs. Professional presenters from local colleges and the community provide courses of study in the arts, literature, theatre, philosophy, current events, and life trends. 
Print Fall 2014 Schedule
Project Director:  Linda Paver, LCSW-R; 
Project CoordinatorFelicia Ash. 
Topics  TBA.
Mondays 10:30 am

Fee: $5/session
Made possible in part by a grant from the Ruth L. and Henry H. Renard Foundation.  


Men’s Club                           Print December Meeting Schedule

(JCC Membership required)
This ongoing program meets weekly over coffee and bagels. Retired professionals and business executives provide fellowship and exchange ideas, providing members with stimulating lectures, diverse programs and exposure to cultural events. In addition to sharing their own experiences and expertise, club members engage a variety of speakers--ranging from members of Congress to television sports producers to health care providers. Membership is not limited to any age group. 
Elliott Topp, Chairman; Leonard Lindey, Co-Chair.  

Wednesdays 9:45 a.m.-noon, ongoing
Annual club dues $60, JCC membership (at any level) required


Yiddish Vinkle

Celebrate Yiddishkeit - the language, literature, songs and humor. No prior experience necessary to participate in this warm, welcoming class. Facilitator/Yiddist: Madeline Simon.
10 Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Fee: $230, JCC member $200


  Poetry Writing
Over four weeks, we will look at the history of the English sonnet, read examples, and write our own. Through exploration of this historical poetical form, participants will produce a final “sonnet” that opens the form to each participant’s vision.  

Instructor: George Kraus, Ph.D.
4 Mondays 1:00-2:00, begins 9/15
Fee: $46, JCC member $40

 Reader’s Theater
Stretch your imagination muscles through acting exercises and improvisational theater games.  Learn to develop characters through scenes, monologues and short plays (no memorization necessary).  Make friends and laugh!  No previous experience necessary.  

Instructor: Ellen Flaks, Director, You Are The Star.
10 Fridays 1:00-2:00, begins 9/12
Fee: $220, JCC member $180



  Making Sense of the Civil War
This series of 5 conversations explores different facets of the Civil War experience, informed by reading the words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.  

Facilitator: Margaret Carrel.
Free Intro session on Thursday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Course sessions: 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 and  11/20.  
Series Fee: $25 per person
Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities.


  Parenting Multi-Faith Families
 A practical guide to raising children within multi-faith families.  We will discuss how to handle life cycle events, holidays, in-laws and the question of religious school.  Facilitator Stefani Cohen, LCSW.

Tuesday, September 30 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $10, FREE to JCC members and Rivertowns Jewish Consortium members


    LGBTQ 101  FREE

This introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning concepts and terminology is open to all, LGBTQ and allies. It’s everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask - even if you thought you knew it all!

Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Pre-registration appreciated.  Drop-ins welcome.
This workshop is provided by Center Lane and co-sponsored by Mosaic of Westchester



Making Sense of the IDF  FREE

 What is life like in the Israel Defense Force? What do you encounter? Who do you bond with?  Meet: Yoav Cohen—Westchester’s Shaliach and an Israeli soldier.  Bring your friends, your teens and your questions.

Monday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

 Fee: FREE.   Pre-registration required-366-7898


Defensive Driving
Lower your car insurance by 10% and erase up to 4 points on your license! Participants must complete all 6 hours of the course to receive certification.
Sunday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $60, JCC member $50, pre-registration strongly encouraged

Rosh Chodesh: For Women of All Ages
Celebrates women and their association with the "New Moon" every month. Discussions based on life experience and Jewish topics.

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm,Fee: $10/meeting

Private Music Lessons     

Experienced professionals offer one-on-one instruction in piano, violin, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, cello, viola, and voice. Recital performances are held toward the end of each semester.
Semester Fees (16 weeks): Fall semester begins 9/8
          30 minute lesson       $585
          45 minute lesson       $765
          60 minute lesson       $935
Non-members will be charged a $75 registration fee which includes a $10 insurance charge.
Call for a free trial lesson. Pro-rated fees available for mid-semester registration.


Private Single Session Music Lessons
Flexible scheduling, with morning and afternoon classes, offers adults with busy lifestyles an opportunity to pursue musical interests at their convenience. Schedule weekly lessons to learn a new instrument, improve skills and/or take advantage of performance opportunities.

Fee:  30 minute lesson       $40
         45 minute lesson       $50
         60 minute lesson       $60


Rivertowns Jewish Consortium Programs

Unfolded Stories: A Jewish Film Series
Presented by Mayim, the adult learning program of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium, on Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlands Community Temple.

October 22: Beautiful Tree; Severed Roots, plus Q&A with director Kenny Mann. Facilitated by Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple.

October 29: Kisses to the Children, facilitated by Rabbi Barry Kenter, Greenburgh Hebrew Center.

November 5: For A Woman, Facilitated by Rabbi Mara Young, Woodlands Community Temple.

Donation: $25/series, $10 per film 
For more information or to register contact Lois Green, 914-366-7898.


Three Religions Three Speakers
Speakers on Islam, Christianity, and Judaism;  moderated by Rabbi Barry Kenter, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, at JCC.
Thursdays 7:30 p.m.,  October 2, November 13, December 14
Series Fee: $30


Gateway Dual Membership (two memberships in one)
Enjoy two memberships in one when you join the Jewish community. This special membership is for families whose eldest child is in second grade or younger in the 2013-14 school year. Through Gateway, you’ll hold a family membership at both the JCC on the Hudson and one of three participating synagogues in the Rivertowns: Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Temple Beth Abraham, or Woodlands Community Temple. For information, contact Lois Green at
914.366.7898 or
Fee: $995/family, Membership valid September – August.


Partners in Caring

Stefani Cohen, LCSW, Coordinator

You don't need to be in crisis to benefit from a sympathetic ear.  The JCC Social Services Department, provides on-site counseling and support to members of the JCC, the general community, and the Rivertown synagogues. Individual, family and group counseling, information and referrals are also available. Please call 366.7898, ext. 102 for more information.

Partners in Caring is offered in partnership with Westchester Jewish Community Services as part of UJA-Federation of New York’s Partners in Caring program initiative. Programs offered through Partners in Caring are free to JCC members and members of the Rivertown Jewish Consortium participating agencies.

Voices & Choices: Collective Responsibility
With Rabbi Michael Paley
Save the date: November 2