Senior Connections

Interested in films? Music? Current events? Cultural programs? Book discussions with authors? Want to celebrate Jewish and general holidays with others? We offer them all! Details of these stimulating daytime programs can be found inside this brochure.

NEW! Senior Passports are available for seniors 65 and older to attend all the daytime programs listed in this brochure.

Some of the benefits for Senior Connections Passport Holders

  • Be part of an exciting and thought-provoking community
  • Welcoming and professional staff
  • The opportunity for a hassle-free experience to attend as many programs as you would like
  • Meet on Tuesdays-Fridays and occasional Sundays throughout the year
  • Socialize over kosher-style lunch brought from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • A free Kosher lunch on select days (RSVP is required). Please check the calendar for dates where free lunch will be provided
  • Ample parking is available

Senior Passports are available for purchase as follows:
$180 for a gold 10 month Passport (Sep-June)
$150 for a silver 7 month passport (Sep-Nov & Mar-June)

To purchase a Senior Passport please call the front desk at (914) 472-3300 ext 0. Passports are non transferable and payable in one or two installments.
$15 per day time program for non passport holders.
All ticket sales are final.

For more information on Senior Connections and the Senior Passport, please contact:
Phyllis Kelly at (914) 472-3300 ext 423 or kellyp@jccmw.org.

This calendar is subject to change. In case of inclement weather, Please call: (914)- 472- 3300 x 113 for updates.

Upcoming Events

February:

 

February 16
Presidents’ week
No Senior Connections

February 18
Presidents’ week
No Senior connections

February 23, 10:30am-12:00pm
The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (Run 60 min.)
Documentary in honor of black history month. Historian David Osborn will lead the post screening discussion.

February 25, 10:30am-12:30pm
Highlights of Westchester Jewish Film Festival ’15- Movie: The Last Mentsch (Run 93 min.)
An Auschwitz survivor, Marcus Schwartz appears to others to be a “normal” German with no Jewish ties. Yet he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. For proof of a heritage he spent a lifetime denying, he must return to Hungary for evidence of his birth. Q&A with Karen Goodman from The Jacob Burns Film Center.
*RSVP by 2/22 for lunch 914-472-3300 x 0

March:

March 1, 10:30am-12:00pm
Art Gallery Tour at the JCC
Rebecca Schwarz is an artist and teacher originally from New Orleans. Recalling the experience of being a religious minority sparked her interest in Judaic themes. She will discuss her techniques and inspirations as we view her work on exhibit at the JCC Art Gallery. Chairs will be provided for your comfort.
March 1, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Yiddish Conversation led by Bea Freedman
You don’t have to be a Yiddish maven, just bring your love for Yiddish.

March 3, 10:30am-12:30pm 
Film: Matisse: From Tate Modern and MoMA (Documentary, Run 90 min.)
A behind-the scenes documentary about the Matisse Cut-out exhibition. With contributions from curators, historians and those who knew Matisse personally. The Jewish Museum docent, Judy Schmeidler, will share her insights.

March 8, 10:30am-1:30pm
Film: To Kill a Mocking Bird and discussion (part 1 of 3) (Run-135 min.)
This film chronicles Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz will lead the discussion.
*RSVP by 3/3 for lunch 914-472-3300 x 0

March 10, 10:30am-12:00pm
Discussion of Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman (part 2 of 3)
This book is a second of Lee’s publications discovered 20 years after the famous play “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” written from the perspective of Atticus Finch’s daughter Scout. Reading the book is suggested before the discussion with Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz.

March 15, 10:30am-12:00pm
Film: 92Y On Demand: Interview with Mary Badham – To Kill a Mockingbird (part 3 of 3) (Run 60 min.)
Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz will lead a discussion on Mary Badham’s portrayal of Scout in the 1962 film. This program culminates this 3 part series.

March 17, 10:30am-12:00pm
Middle East Current Events
Anti-Defamation League’s International Affairs Analyst, Shaya Lerner, will give an update on developments in Israel, the Middle East and global anti-semitism.

March 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
Purim Celebration Lunch
Join us for a “frielach” time listening to three opera singers: Robert Puleo, Rita Shapiro, and Naomi Seulowitz. Followed by lunch.
*RSVP by 3/21 for lunch 914-472-3300 x 0

March 29, 10:30am-12:00pm
West Side Stories (Upper West Side)
NYC tour guide Marty Schneit reveals Upper West Side secrets, stories and scandals with a PowerPoint presentation of the rich architecture and history.

March 29, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Yiddish Conversation led by Bea Freedman
You don’t have to be a Yiddish maven, just bring your love for Yiddish.

April:

April 5, 10:30am-12:00pm
Honoring National Poetry Month
Poetry Class, Love and Loss (Part 1 of 2)
Led by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz. The group will read poems. The class will focus on 19th and 20th century poets who inspire and refresh life memories. Poems will be supplied in class.

April 12, 10:30am-12:00pm
Poetry Class, Love and Loss (Part 2 of2)
Led by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz. The group will read and discuss poems. The class will focus on 19th and 20th century poets who inspire and refresh life memories. Poems will be supplied in class.

April 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
Film: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Run 100 Min.)
Huckleberry Finn is a boy adventurer who escapes his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold, and together the two strike a bond of friendship. This is a story of conscience and mutual self-discovery. Discussion led by Jack Rosenthal retired history teacher.
*RSVP by 4/12 for bagels 914-472-3300 x 0

April 15
AARP Driver Safety
This event is not included in the Senior Passport.

April 21
 No Senior Connections

April 26
No Senior Connections

April 28
No Senior Connections

May:

May 3, 10:30am-2:00pm
Film: Elsa & Fred (Comedy, Run 100 Min.)
A story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer. Q&A-Sarah Lieberman LMSW from WJCS In collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Harrison.
*RSVP by 4/28 for lunch. 914-472-3300 x 0

May 5, 10:30am-4:00pm
Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day
10:30am – Bagel brunch
11:15am – Bus leaves for Ceremony in White Plains
*RSVP for bus & brunch by 5/3 914-472-3300 x 0
12:00pm – Holocaust Ceremony in White Plains.
1:30pm – Bus returns
1:45pm – Film: Oro Macht Frei (Run 70 Min.)
3:00pm – Nosh and Q&A conversation with Director, Jeffrey Bonna & Producer, Joel Markel

May 10, 10:30am-12:00pm
Rosemary Clooney and John Raitt: A Retrospective
“Great Voices” Series
Richard Knox will present this multimedia lecture on these two outstanding artists.

May 12, 10:30am-1:00pm
Yom Ha’Atmaut (Honoring Israeli Soldiers) and Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Independence)
Estere, who performed in two concerts in Carnegie Hall, sings Hebrew, Yiddish & English Broadway show tunes and Opera.
*RSVP by 5/9 for lunch  914-472-3300 x 0

May 17, 10:30am-12:00pm
Growing & Aging (Part 1of 3)
Speaker: Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkran
How does perception of ourselves transform as we grow older? In what ways does aging change how we view others? How has the concept of “age” changed over time? Books will be provided.
Funded by The NY Council for the Humanities

May 19, 10:30am-12:00pm
Middle East Current Events
Conversation led by Doron Kathein, an educator who speaks on Middle East subjects such as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, global anti-Semitism and the rise of radical Islam.

May 24, 10:30am-12:00pm
Growing & Aging (Part 2 of 3)
Speaker: Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz
Explore questions on entering middle age, growing older, caring for aged loved ones, and finding satisfaction in later stages of life.
Funded by The NY Council for the Humanities

May 26, 10:30am-12:00pm
Book Talk – Stephen Silverman: The Catskills
The Catskills was a legendary home to poets, artists, gangsters, tycoons, politicians, preachers, musicians, outcasts and rebels. See how the drama of this region comes to life in this book.

May 31, 10:30am-12:00pm
Growing & Aging (Part 3 of 3)
Speaker: Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz
Funded by The NY Council for the Humanities

May 31, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Yiddish Conversation led by Bea Freedman
You don’t have to be a Yiddish maven, just bring your love for Yiddish.

June:

June 2
Israeli Film Festival: check back later for more information

June 7, 10:30am-12:00pm
Russian Short Stories (Part 1 of 3)
Nowhere in all of literature is the heart of human beings exposed more completely than in the works of great Russian authors.
Texts for the class: The Image of Chekhov, Tolstoy; Tales of Courage and Conflict, The Short Stories of Dostoevsky.
Class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz

June 9, 10:30am-12:00pm
Shavuot Celebration: Rare Musical Gems, Music and Sing along
David Wynne is a pianist and singer who performed for Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world from the Rainbow Room in New York to George V Hotel in Paris.

June 14, 10:30am-12:00pm
Russian Short Stories (Part 2 of 3)
Review the insights of 19th-century authors into how people cope with their fate.
These poignant stories are emotionally universal and timeless.
Class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz

June 16, 10:30am-12:00pm
Independent film maker Amy Stern will share film clips and discuss her journey to Cambodia. 

June 21, 10:30am-12:00pm
Russian Short Stories (Part 3 of 3)
Class taught by Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz

June 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Yiddish Conversation led by Bea Freedman
You don’t have to be a Yiddish maven, bring your love for Yiddish

June 23
End-of-Year Lunch
NOT INCLUDED IN THE SENIOR PASSPORT
Check back later for more information

Senior Men’s Club

Wednesdays and Fridays ongoing, 9.00am – 11.00am. Join other senior men for weekly meetings, lively conversation and comradeship.  Bring a kosher-style breakfast; coffee served.

Mah Jongg

Classes for beginners.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel, instructor.
6 Mondays October 19-November 23 2015, 9:30-11:30am
6 Mondays January 11-February 29, 2016, 9:30-11:30am  (no class 1/18, 2/15)
6 Mondays March 14-April 18, 2016, 9:30-11:30am
6 class card: $160

Supervised play.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel.
6 Tuesdays October 20-November 24 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm
6 Tuesdays January 12-February 23, 2016, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm  (no class 2/16)
6 Tuesdays March 15-April 19, 2016, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm
6 class card: $160

Other Offerings

Adult Dance: The JCC offers Adult Ballet and Tap Classes, Zumba Fitness and Israeli Folk Dancing for adults.

Art Classes: The JCC offers a range of classes for adults wishing to try their hand or develop their skills in media such as wheel throwing, life drawing, ceramic pottery, Open Studio Life Painting, and Holiday Workshops.

WAJE: Westchester Adult Jewish Education, a program of the Westchester Jewish Council, offers a broad spectrum of Jewish topics for study in classes that range from single sessions to ten or more weeks.

Scarsdale Adult School: a continuing education program that offers an enrichment curriculum for lifelong learning.  For questions, please contact director@scarsdaleadultschool.org or call (914)723-2325

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