Adult Programs | Winter 2015

  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, January 13,  7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration suggested. 

  Girls Night Out at Flywheel in Scarsdale

The JCC hosts a great Flywheel spin workout, followed by socializing at a Champagne reception.   

Flywheel, 828 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale

Wednesday, January 14

7:30 -9:00 p.m.

Fee: $36


  FREE Family  Event for JCC Members

 Saturday Night Movie & Camp-out

Peter Pan* (2003) will be on our really big screen as we camp out in the gym.  Come in your PJs if you’d  like!  Bring  lawn chairs, mats, sleeping bags  and pillows, and make yourself comfortable  for Member Family Movie Night at the J!  Pizza, beverages and sweets will be available for purchase.

  *You probably missed this version featuring Jason Isaacs (of Harry Potter fame) as Mr. Darling/Captain Hook, and a wonderful cast of young actors.  This exciting adventure has a few plot twists you won’t remember from the Disney version. 

 Saturday, January 24

Admission is free to JCC Members and their guests.

 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Movie will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., running time 1hr, 53 minutes.


  Snowy Weather Thursday Movies @ The J

Jewish-themed movies.  10:00 - 11:30 a.m. $5.00 per movie.  Pre-registration advised.  If there is inclement weather-please call the JCC

January 8    Shanghai Ghetto (Documentary)

In 1939, the last hope for thousands of Jews lay in the last place on Earth the Nazis would look-Shanghai. A tale of hope, despair and life in a strange world. 

January 15    Holy Land Hardball

When a Boston bagel maker wanted to create a baseball team in Israel he was met with dismissal, incredulity and hostility.  But somehow he did it.  See this amazing story of determination and faith.

 January 22     Bubbeh Lee and Me

Autobiographical tale of a grandson and his grandmother as they learn to accept each other as people.


New Sleep Awakening: A Dream Workshop 

Use your dreams as keys to unlock the secrets of the self.  Learn how to remember and record your dreams, and how to use them to help answer specific questions with which you might be struggling.  We’ll also discuss how to analyze dreams for other people.  With therapist Jennifer Convissor, LCSW.   Limited enrollment.  Pre-registration required by January 14, 2015.

 Fridays, January 16 & 23,

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Fee: $50 for two sessions.


FREE   E-mail Marketing – A Core Component of Small Business Success 

Learn great strategies to help your small business or nonprofit’s email and social media efforts be more effective.  David Fischer of Solutions for Growth, an authorized Constant Contact Local Expert, will cover subject lines, images, newsletters, timing and more.  Please pre-register.

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m.



Winter 2015 Priority Registration for Members Begins January 20 

Open Registration Begins January 26

Classes begin in February



 Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches

Read and discuss some of the sixteenth president's most stirring addresses on issues of freedom, civic duty, slavery and the Constitution, including his early 1838 speech, "Address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois," and his famous "House Divided."  Facilitator: Margaret Collins Carrel

                Free Intro Session: Thursday, February 26, 10:00 am-11:00 am

 5 Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

March 5,12,19,26, April 9

Series cost: $25.00.     Pre-registration required.

Funded by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities    



 92nd St Y Live Rebroadcasts


Skip the schlep into the city.   The 92nd Street Y is known for hosting interesting and informative lectures with top news or culture makers.  Mere days after each 2015 live event at the 92nd Street Y, you can see the same scintillating program here at the JCC.  Watch for program announcements.



Finances for Women

Esther Fishman, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, WCC Adjunct Lecturer, explains how to take control of your finances and make financially-savvy decisions.

Pre-registration required.

2 Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

March 5 and 12          

$10 for two sessions



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. Begins 2/22 

   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, theater, philosophy, current events, and life trends. 

Print Winter 2015 Schedule

Project Director:  Linda Paver, LCSW-R;   Project CoordinatorFelicia Ash. 
Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (door opens at 10:00 a.m.)

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


Men’s Club                          Print January 2015 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 Conversation and Culture

No experience necessary. Our in-house Yiddish expert, Maddy Simon, will keep the arty going.  
10 Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Fee: $230, JCC member $200


Rosh Chodesh: For Women of All Ages
Lively discussions, guest speakers and great snacks, with Rabbi Lisa Izes and Lois Green.

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

January 20, February 17, March 17, April 14, May 19 and June 16

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

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.