Volume IV | May 2018
 
Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway. ~Coco Chanel
 
Our Adults with Special Needs Fashion Show last month, an 'Evening of Friends, Fun & Fashion,' in memory of its founder Ilene Schloss, was nothing short of extraordinary.
 
We cannot thank all of you enough for your continued support of this incredibly special event.
To see more images from the Fashion Show, click HERE
 
The Hartford Courant published a beautiful feature about our annual
Adults with Special Needs Fashion Show.
 
To read the article click HERE.
 
 
Community Celebration
June 3rd, 3:00-6:00 pm
 
Join us for an Israel @70 community celebration on
Sunday, June 3rd.
There will be Israeli Food, Crafts, Games, Vendors, Films, Community Fair, Blue & White Parade and More!
For a complete list of Israel @70 programs and celebrations click HERE
For more information contact emacgilpin@mandelljcc.org OR click HERE.
 
The Mandell JCC is proud to present its 'Parenting Series'
Internet Safety: Are you a Webwise Parent?
What Every Parent Needs to Know to Protect Their Children Online.
 
Law enforcement officer Scott Driscoll, who has spent the last decade investigating and working to protect against cyber-crimes, will discuss concerns and solutions to assist parents in understanding:
 
• Social networking
• Popular & trending apps
• Privacy settings
• Programs & strategies that will help protect your children online
 
Adults only.
Free and open to the community
Preregistration requested by May 4:
Colby Wyckoff, 860-231-6376, cwyckoff@mandelljcc.org
Information: Jane Pasternak, 860-231-6342, jpasternak@mandelljcc.org
ANNOUNCING
The Mandell JCC Staff Representation for the
2018 Israel Ride team
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Farrah Mead, Fitness Director
Brian Ruyle, Aquatics Assistant Director
Dave LaPorte, Martial Arts Director
 
The 2018 Israel Ride is an opportunity to enjoy five days of riding from Jerusalem to Eilat. The Israel Ride includes routes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cyclists supported with rest stops. mechanics, and lead riders!
 
To support the Ride, visit www.israelride.org.
 
Please Note: the Jewish Federation Community Services Building Parking Lot will be cordoned off Saturday night and will be closed until 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
 
Touch-a-Truck
May 6th, 9:30-11:30 am
 
Children will have the opportunity to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles. They will learn from their operators and meet some of their hometown heroes.
 
For more information click HERE
 
$25 day of/ $20 in advance per family
 
 
Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Mandell JCC
 
The need is constant. The gratification is instant.
 
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: MJCC to schedule an appointment.
 
For more information click HERE
 
Mother's Day Fitness
May 3rd, 10:30-11:30 am
 
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are holding a special fitness class with mom or the special woman in your life. Participants are welcome to bring multiple family members!
 
For more information click HERE
 
 
The JCC will be observing special hours during Shavout:
 
Saturday May 19th: Closing at 8:00 pm.
Sunday May 20th: Closed
 
On Monday, May 28th the JCC will be open from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm (fitness and aquatics only) in observance of Memorial Day.
JOIN US
Friday, May 18th |
1:00 and 5:30 pm at Jonathan's Dream
 
Come learn how to make butter,enjoy Shavuot stories, Shabbat blessings, challah, and ice cream too!
This event is free and open to the community.
 
RSVP to slentini@mandelljcc.org
 
Tell your friends about our amazing deal for the month of May!
As a member, if they sign up, you will receive J-Bucks to use towards anything here at the JCC!
Prospective families, new campers and old campers are all invited to join us for an
Open House at Camp Shalom!
-Tour the Facility
-Meet Administrative Staff
-Participate in Family Activities
-Arts and Crafts
-Refreshments
 
Register your child for Camp Shalom at our open house event and receive $100 for 4 weeks or more, or $50 off of a 2 week registration.*
-OR
Share the Camp Shalom spirit and both you and a friend can receive $100 off your camp registration!*
 
THERE IS STILL TIME!
 
Register now for your favorite JCC Summer Camps, and we promise, 
your kids will never have so much fun!
 
-Camp Shalom
*Transportation, Lunch & Snacks Included*
-Sports Jams
-Swim and Tennis Club
-Arts Camp
-Theater Camp
-Imagination Camp
-Cooking Camp
 
To find out more about the camps we offer, click here.
 
 
We are excited for opening weekend of The Swim & Tennis Club, when we debut our renovated pool.
 
Thanks, in part, to the support of our generous donors, we undertook a major renovation to the pool this winter. The finishing touches are being put on the pool and we hope you’ll join us for opening weekend!
 
Opening Weekend
Swim & Tennis Club Members:
Saturday, May 26th - Monday May 28th
Opening Weekend Celebration:
May 27th 1:00-4:00 pm
 
To register for The Swim & Tennis Club Membership or for more information contact Sara Billings at sbillings@mandelljcc.org
Kettle Bells
 
Brand New Kettlebells have been added to our equipment in the Fitness Center Weight Room. Check them out and read below for reasons why Kettlebells are a good alternative option to use in your workout!
 
 
 
  • Kettlebell Training Amplifies Your Power Output
 
  • Kettlebell Training Teaches Your Body How To Contend With A Constantly Changing Center Of Gravity
 
  • Kettlebell Training Builds Powerful Forearms And A Strong Grip
 
  • Kettlebell Training Improves Your Cardio - Respiratory Fitness
 
  • Kettlebell Training Eliminates The Need For A Large Training Facility
 
  • Kettlebell Training Allows You To Reduce Overall Training Time
 
  • Kettlebell Training Bridges The Gap Between Strength Training And Cardio
 
  • Kettlebell Training Allows You To Never Miss Your Workout
 
WE’RE HERE TO HELP!
 
We know some of the equipment can look intimidating, and that’s why we’re here! See any staff member on the fitness floor to help you navigate a new piece of equipment. We love introducing our members to something new!
 
 
Total Body Conditioning
 
This class is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. Core, flexibility and balance exercises are
included for total body conditioning.
 
 
JOIN US!
 
Total Body Conditioning is offered: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am in Studio 1
and Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Studio 2. To view the Group Fitness Schedule click HERE
The Jewish Historical Society and The Mandell JCC are delighted to offer a Five Star, 10-day Arts Journey to Israel. We are bringing together our combined expertise in Jewish travel, a talented and experienced guide, and unparalleled resources in Israel.
 
We will see Israel – past and present – through the lens of her beautiful and diverse arts and culture. Dance, music, culinary arts, decorative arts, photography, literature, sculpture, arts and crafts, theater – we’re doing it all!
 
JOIN US TO LEARN MORE
INFORMATION SESSION
May 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Mandell JCC
with Julian Resnick, Guide
 
RSVP Donna Goldstein | dgoldstein@mandelljcc.org | 860-231-6315
 
The Mandell JCC has partnered with B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom (BTS) to create The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning. The Hebrew word “neshama” means “soul” and is related to the word “neshima,” meaning “breath.”
 
At Neshama, we invite people of all backgrounds to take a breather from the
fast- paced world in which we live, and join us for inspiring, creative, joyful Jewish learning.
 
To learn more click here.
 
You done good! Real good! So many of you joined us, and millions around the Globe, for Good Deeds Day last month.
 
From honoring our 'hometown heroes' -- the police, firefighters and ambulance drivers -- to 'cooking for a cause' and raising awareness about hunger in our community, we were simply overwhelmed by the outpouring of friends wanting to do so much 'good.'
 
 
 
ECC Mitzvah
 
If happiness blooms from within, then our ECC children were positively radiating as they helped spread so much 'happy' last month at the Hebrew Center for Health & Rehabilitation while finishing their Mitzvah project.
 
 
 
 
During NAEYC’s 'Week of the Young Child,' the children decorated pots and planted each one with some beautiful flowers donated by Moscarillo's Garden Shop West Hartford.
 
They delivered them to the Hebrew Center...sending flowers their way to brighten their day!
 
 
Join us twice a month for a bagel lunch followed by an engaging guest speaker.
 
Wednesdays, 12:15 - 1:30pm
 
May 2, 2018
Jewish Hope Lasts Forever:
Rabbi Uri Grosberg
 
May 16, 2018
Inside Israel: A discussion about 
Israeli Culture, News, & Politics through
the eyes of different generations
 
$7/$5 JCC Member
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED- by the Monday before each event
 
Join us monthly for a festive Kosher lunch followed by live musical entertainment!
 
 
Mondays 12:15 - 2:00pm
 
 
May 7, 2018
Jim Harkins: Guitar/Vocals
 
June 4, 2018
Jim Weiselberg: Piano/Vocals
 
 
 
$8/$6 JCC Member
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED- by the Wednesday before each event
 
To find out more about Senior Programming click here
For more information contact Sharon at: 860-231-6311 or sholtzberg@mandelljcc.org
 
 
Roasted Corn Potato Salad
Serves 6
 
  • 1.5 lbs of red potates
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 ears of corn
  • 1 bunch of diced red onion
  • .5 cup of mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper
 
  1. Thinly slice the potatoes and drizzle 1 tbs of oil with salt.
  2. With the remaining oil, cover the husks of corn and season with salt and place in the oven until the potatoes become tender and corn is slightly browned. 
  3. Once they are out the oven and cooled, cut the corn kernels off the cob and add the corn and potatoes in a bowl with the red onions.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream and vinegar. Add pepper to taste.
  5. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the bowl with potatoes and corn and gently toss.
  6. Add cilantro to the final product.
 
If you haven't grabbed a bite from Cafe Lately, you don't know what you are missing, including fresh ingredients, a daily special and a soup of the day which are perfecting for these spring months!
 
 
Marlyn Bame
Member Services Specialist
 
Her smile is often the first thing you see when you start your day at the JCC, and many of you who are here on Fridays look forward to the 'extra special' greeting from Marlyn Bame, who has been a dedicated member of the JCC team for 15 years serving as a Member Service Specialist.
 
"There is something for everyone here at the JCC, and my job is to help the members and guests find that something, and ensure that they enjoy their experiences here with us. I love interacting with members and making them laugh, I would say I’m a clown at heart."
 
There are a few things most people do not know about me. I have twin daughters and I was a member of the first Women’s Basketball Team at the University of Hartford. I also once worked for the “Singing Messenger Company” where I delivered singing telegrams.
 
My themed music Fridays started on 5/5/2006…Cinco De Mayo! A fellow staff member wanted to celebrate and asked me to help with music and decorations. Needless to say, I wore a serape, sombrero, a black mustache and played music all day! I have been doing this every Friday since. 
 
Rachel Stein
Member Engagement Director
 
Also a fixture at the front desk, making sure everyone's needs are met, is Rachel Stein, who has been the Member Engagement Director for five years.
 
As an Engagement Director I am always in contact with members making sure their suggestions and “stories” are heard. My goal is to make sure that our members have a meaningful and valued time at the JCC. 
 
The JCC is near and dear to my heart, I grew up at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA. The memories made back then, with best friends to this day, remind me all the time just how lucky I am to work in a place which has always meant so much to me.
 
Recently, I applied to attend the Jewish Leadership Training Institute, during which I would attend three program retreats, participate in regular online learning, work with a mentor, and design and implement projects that will build collaboration and strengthen Jewish life in their community.
 
GOOD NEWS! I will be attending! I am very excited for this opportunity to further my knowledge, and for the opportunity to take my career to the next level.
 
 
 for more information
 
Did you know the Mandell JCC has a venue space that's just right for you!
 
Private Parties
Want to have a special place for a birthday party, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding or baby shower, anniversary party or any other special occasion? We will customize our services so it fits the theme of your occasion.
 
Business Events
When it comes to corporate events, you want a venue known for its quality of service. With outstanding attention to service and presentation, your colleagues, employees and guests will leave impressed. 
 
On-Site & Off-Site Catering
On-Site Kosher Catering Available
 
Mandell JCC | 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117 | 860.236.4571 | www.mandelljcc.org
 
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