Jewish Life & Learning

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Dec 1 - Dec 31


Rear Lobby

Do a Mitzvah!* Donate your used eye glasses!

Give someone the gift of sight! Please consider donating your used eyewear – prescription or non – to individuals in need both here in Rochester and throughout the world. A collection bin will be located near the Main Desk throughout the month of December.

Thank you to Richard Levy at Eye Openers Optical Fashions for facilitating this wonderful mitzvah.

*A mitzvah is a commandment, often translated more broadly as a "good deed."

Contact Joy Getnick for more information.

Sunday, Jan 18
Monday, Jan 19
4 - 5pm
Tuesday, Jan 20
Wednesday, Jan 21
Thursday, Jan 22

"When I Marched in Selma My Feet were Praying"

A Free Series Looking Back at the History of Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

Co-sponsored by the Brighton Memorial Library, the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and PJ Library.

Wondrous Oblivion
Sunday, Jan 18; 7pm; JCC Hart Theater

Join us for a screening of this beautiful 2003 narrative film, set in 1960s Britain, which explores the challenges of religion, race, and identity through the growing friendship of a young Jewish teen and his new Jamaican neighbors.

Post-screening discussion moderated by Nora Rubel, PhD, University of Rochester Associate Professor of Religion

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As Good as Anybody: A PJ Library Workshop
Monday, Jan 19; 4-5pm; The Resource Place

Calling all children grades 1-4! Join us on MLK Jr. Day for a hands-on workshop on the PJ Library book As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom by author Richard Michelson. This powerful story reminds us that we are all equal, while teaching about a critical 1965 collaboration between a famous Jewish American rabbi and MLK Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years

Join us for a screening of two hour-long segments of the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America, winner of six Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award.

Screenings will begin with a brief presentation on the relationship between the American Jewish community and these pivotal historical events.

"Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)"
Wednesday, Jan 21; 1pm; The Resource Place

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"Bridge to Freedom (1965)"
Thursday, Jan 22; 1pm; The Resource Place

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Double feature of both segments, 1962-1964 and 1965 (with intermission)
Tuesday, Jan 20; 7pm The Resource Place

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We will also be offering the community a list of recommended Civil Rights-themed readings and films, courtesy of the Brighton Memorial Library.


JCC Member: Free     Non Member: Free

Tu B'Shevat: When Bread Grew on Trees

Did you know that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was bread?! Join Rabbi Adam Aranov from Ohr Torah in a discussion on why the theme of Tu B'Shevat is so fruity, and how it relates to the "Original Sin."

JCC Member: Free     Non Member: Free
Contact Joy Getnick for more information.
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Days & Times
11:15am - 1pm
Wendy Beller-Madway


Wendy Beller-Madway


Yoga Studio

Shabbat Yoga

Bring together Jewish spirituality with the practice of yoga.  Suitable for all levels.  Shalom.

JCC Member: Free     Non Member: May use guest pass
Contact Rebecca Schmidt for more information.

Days & Times
6:30 - 9pm
Max Steiner


Max Steiner


Dance Studio

Israeli Dance for Everyone - Drop in and Dance!

Join us for a weekly Israeli dance session. 

6:30-7pm = Beginners

7-9pm = Open Dancing and Instruction

JCC Member: Free     Non Member: $6
Contact Joy Getnick for more information.

Days & Times
10:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
10:30am - 12:30pm
Intermediate and Advanced


Yiddish Culture Center

Yiddish and Yiddishkeit: Language, Literature, and Culture

Nine week sessions begin Tuesday, Oct 7 or Wednesday, Oct 8 (no class 10/21-22, 11/25-26)

Instructor: Deborah Rothman

Member: $90/session
Non Member: $120/session

Tuesday Session: Beginner and Intensive
Beginners: 10:15-11:30am; Intensive: 11:30am-12:30pm

Yiddish Cultural Center

Discover the world of Yiddish in our beginner class geared to students with little or no background. Learn to read, carry on a basic conversation, and explore the history and culture of this expressive language. Then, consider staying for the second hour which will focus on the development of language skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing - at an accelerated pace.

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Wednesday Session: Intermediate and Advanced
10:30 am-12:30 pm

Yiddish Cultural Center

This class continues to build on skills gained in previous classes. Students will also work on textbook exercises and reading assignments, both in Yiddish and in translation.


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What a Deal: Sign Up for the Year!

Sign up for all three sessions – fall, winter, and spring – and receive a discount!

Members: $85/session, $255/year Non Members: $110/session, $330/year


Contact Joy Getnick for more information.