Adult Programs | Spring 2017

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Social Experiences


RiverTowns Socials - RTS “Connecting on the Hudson”

A series of social events for adults who want to have a good time and do a little good!

Watch for upcoming event information.

If you would like to help plan and organize a future event or have a suggestion for a fun time out or a need in the community, let us know! Call us at 914.366.7898 or email Lauren Morrison at  This program is funded in part by UJA-Federation of New York, Westchester Program Services Cabinet.


Rivertowns Men's Socials
The mission of the Rivertowns Men's Socials is to enhance the JCC membership experience. We do this by sponsoring social, informative, fun, and interesting events and programs for the Shames JCC on the Hudson community. Future events will include bowling, a Mets game, poker, beer tasting and paintball.

The RMS Board includes Brian Friedman, Eric Keltz, Peter Rofe, David Strauss, Mark Weidler, Mark Shevrin and Jason Rimland.

Kick-off Event: Bowling Night

Thursday, March 16
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Fee: $40, includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and beer.

Bowlmor, 47 Tarrytown Rd. 
White Plains


Men’s Club

Retired professionals and executives enjoy fellowship, over bagels, coffee, and stimulating persentations.
Men and women, welcome.
Men’s Club dues ($60 per year) and JCC membership required for ongoing attendance.
Elliott Topp, Chair
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Bagels are served at 9:45 a.m.

Downloadable May 2017 Schedule


Kibbitz in Yiddish
Speakers and dabblers keep Yiddish alive with conversations, written word, song and laughter. Schmooze a bisl with this congenial group. 
Maddy Simon, Instructor

10 Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m., begins 2/7, 4/25 
Fee: $200; Member $180


Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle
Each evening is different. This lively group discusses the arts, books, holidays, customs, thoughts, current events relating to women, film and so much more. Rabbi Lisa Izes, Facilitator

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
February 7, March 7, March 28, April 25, May 23
Fee: $10 per session



Cultural Arts

The Ruth L. & Henry H. Renard Lecture Series
Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Weekly admission $5

The Renard Lecture Series welcomes persons 50 years of age and older who are seeking a cultural and intellectual experience at the JCC on the Hudson every Monday from 10:00 through 11:30 a.m. The program offers a unique opportunity to interact with engaging and scholarly individuals in a wide-range of fields including art, history, sports, dance, archeology, film, geography, and literature. Additionally, musical performances and music-based discussions range from Broadway, jazz, classical, and folk music. We welcome the whole community to join us for our fall open house.  No reservations necessary.

Read full schedule here.

Linda Paver, LCSW-R, Director Felicia Ash, Coordinator
For more information contact Linda Paver at (914) 366.7898 ext. 146.
Made possible in part by a grant from the Henry H. Renard Foundation.
Weekly program sponsorships are available.


Sundays @ the J with George & Friends

A popular monthly reading of original poetry
by local authors, as well as tributes to established poets.
George Kraus, PhD., published author and poet, Moderator 

1:30-3:30 p.m., January 22, February 26,
March 19, April 23, May 21 

Fee: $5 per month
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Workshops & Classes

Guitar for Beginners 

Learn proper playing technique, note reading, chord charts and tablature with a structured step-by-step approach in a friendly supportive atmosphere.
Instructor: Chad McLoughlin

16 Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., begins 2/7
Fee: $470, Member $425

Ukuleles have gained recent popularity all over the country because of their ease of playing, wonderful sound, portability and musical versatility. This class will help you with technique, music reading, chord symbols, and song accompaniment patterns. Bring your uke and have fun playing.
Instructor: Chad McLoughlin

16 Tuesday 6:30-7:15 p.m., begins 2/7
Fee: $470, Members $425


Karate for  Women

Get strong and build confidence and coordination with Sensei Bob Chillemi of American GoJu Karate. 

16 Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Fee: $480; Member $400



Private Music Lessons  (Day or Evening)
Semester Dates Fall semester begins September 12 and runs for 16 weeks. There will be a student recital on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

One-on-one instruction in piano, violin, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, cello, viola, and voice taught by professionals who have comprehensive knowledge of their instrument, and a wide knowledge of performance practice, history, and theory. They are enthusiastic and passionate about music and working with students of all abilities.  

Register at any time! Tuition is pro-rated for the number of weeks remaining in the semester. .The strength of our program lies in the hard work expected of each student, coupled with the individual attention received from faculty in a manner tested by time but rare in today’s style of education.

16 week Semester Fees:
30 minutes $600
45 minutes $780
60 minutes $950
Non-members: add $75 annual fee.


Westchester Klezmer Program Adult Ensemble
We welcome musicians with at least one year of instrumental instruction, the ability to read music, play accidentals (sharps and flats), and play in
a band setting with other musicians. Rehearsals are held on alternating Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The WKP Ensemble performs numerous times over the course of the school year at synagogues, nursing homes, libraries and other community venues. Credit for community service hours available. Kenny Green, Musical Director

To register visit: or call 914.861.KLEZ (5539). 


Kol Rinah The Jewish Chorale of Westchester


We welcome singers who pass a gentle audition administered by our Musical Director. Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. during the school year. Kol Rinah performs in concert numerous times during the year at synagogues, senior residences and other community venues. Benjamin Gruder, Musical Director

For further information visit:, email



ENGAGE: Jewish Service Corps for Boomers and beyond
Are you ready to use your skills, passion and leadership to tackle local issues like poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly and children with special needs? Westchester’s Engage initiative is creating a community of volunteers who work sideby-side on group volunteer projects and individually with agencies as needed, and attend supplementary programming such as lunch and learn forums, film screenings and performing arts events. Engage gives volunteers the opportunity to “do good” on a daily, weekly, monthly, or occasional basis. Volunteers are matched with local organizations based on their interests and abilities. Our volunteers have already provided over 3,000 hours of service at many types of organizations, including Kids Kloset, Amazing Readers, Food Bank for Westchester, My Sister’s Place and Sunrise Camp for Children with Cancer.

To join us, contact Melissa Baer, at 914.366.7898 or

UJA-Federation of New York’s ENGAGE Jewish Service Corp, is made possible through a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.



Partners in Caring
Partners in Caring is dedicated to providing social and emotional support for individuals, families and groups in an approachable and accessible environment. We offer a friendly and professional ear for all of life’s challenges. Free individual, family, and group counseling and support sessions are available by appointment. Confidential messages can be left for Stefani at 366.7898x102. Stefani Cohen, LCSW, Faciliator


Parent Networks
Join peers for a FREE monthly discussion of how we parent our children. Learn from and lean on one another. Stefani Cohen, LCSW, Facilitator. A program of Partners in Caring, a partnership of Westchester Jewish Community Services and UJA-Federation of NY.

For Early Childhood Parents
First Wednesday of the month
Meets at Temple Beth Abraham, 9:15- 10:15 a.m.

For Parents of Grade School Children
Second Tuesday of the month: 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/9
Meets at the JCC


For Parents and College-Bound Teens

Getting ready for college?  This question may be interpreted from so many different perspectives and in this informative, multi-disciplinary series, we will explore some of them together.  

For more information contact Lauren Bergida-Morrison,
914.366.7898 x104, 

Register online
3-Part Series Fee: $18 per family

Individual Workshops: $10 per family

The Jewish Path Through College
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

College consultant Bettina Weil, MSW, will address keeping students engaged during the college years, the initiatives some organizations are developing, and finding the right fit for college, Jewishly speaking.  

Words to Action, Anti-Bias Workshop
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. 

Anti-Defamation League speakers will work with teens (and parents) to increase their personal understanding and ability to address anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias at school.  


Double-Feature: Teen Yoga for Stress Management
and Financial Planning for College
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

For Teens: Teen Yoga for Stress Management: During this workshop, yoga specialist Leslie Seery will facilitate a teen yoga class specifically designed with poses and exercises that help calm the mind and body.  Teens will learn how to use breath to relax other body systems during any anxiety producing moment.  The class will consist of a yoga flow and guided meditation.  We will also take time to explore a few restorative yoga postures that can be easily done in any dorm room.  Each student will receive an outline of all strategies and exercises covered during the workshop.

For Parents: Financial Planning for College:  During this session, parents may learn strategies and options for managing the financial aspects of a child’s college education.