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Active adult programs FREE to Atlantic County residents

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The month of November marks the kick off of four new sessions of active adult programs at the J.  Active adult classes are geared towards county residents ages 60 and above and open to BOTH members of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC and guests for FREE!

Active adult programs include Computer Classes, Live Long Live Strong, Water Wellness and Learn, Move, Create.  These classes meet on a weekly basis here at the J and at other locations in Atlantic County.

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Designed to improve overall quality of life for Atlantic County residents, Learn Move Create is an exercise and education series for mature adults.  Featuring five different class options, the program combines accessible approaches to exercise, meditation classes with techniques, as well as hands-on creative arts and writing workshops. Offering a fully integrated approach to improving health, as well as mental and emotional wellbeing, Learn Move Create classes are held at different locations within Atlantic County making them easily accessible and convenient to residents.

The Learn Move Create program is completely free and open to Atlantic County residents ages 60 plus.

To register or for more information, contact Kelly Rosenberg, Adult Program Coordinator at 609-822-1167 Ext. 144, or email her at krosenberg@jccatlantic.org.

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Sessions will take place on the following days and times each week:

Mondays and Wednesdays

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm OR

Tuesdays and Thursdays

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members who join Live Long Live Strong are asked to attend two sessions per week for ten consecutive weeks.

This program is FREE and open to Atlantic County residents ages 58 to 70 years of age.

While physical fitness is important to everyone as you age, regular exercise becomes more important for your body and mind. The comprehensive wellness program funded by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services “Live Long Live Strong” offers residents of Atlantic County the opportunity to do just that. Throughout the program, participants explore a variety of exercises and lectures that provide the building blocks for healthy living.

For additional information about the class schedule or curriculum, please contact Antoinette Wood, Health and Wellness Director at
609-822-1167 Ext. 116 or email awood@jccatlantic.org.

Computer Classes

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC will offer a free eight-week course of computer classes to active adults (age 60+).   

The course objective is to build computer confidence for new users and enhance the skills of more experienced users.  The program is designed for the specific needs of active adults to increase usability of computers, smart phones and tablets in the ever-changing world of technology.  Course recipients will better understand the operation of electronic devices, internet usage, communication methods and social media (Facebook, Google, Twitter, and more). 

Space is limited so be sure to register today.  These classes are free and open to the community.  For questions or to register, contact John Voigt at 609-822-1167 ext. 123.

Water Wellness

This 60 minute class is offered several times throughout the week and perfect for the beginner to intermediate. Also free to Atlantic County residents ages 60 and above, the class is ideal for those with risk factors and/or injuries that prevent them from participation in other high-impact fitness classes. The focus is on moderate fluid movements that incorporate ROM (Range-of-Motion) exercises, resistance and flexibility while paying special attention to those at risk. This class is offered in the shallow end, which is great for beginners and those who struggle with typical day to day range of motion movements.

The Active Adult programs are partially funded under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, through a grant by the Division of Intergenerational Services. Donations to the program are welcome, and will be used to enhance and expand existing services.

Bar Kocva – Israeli Art Gallery

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Come see the large collection of Judaica jewelry and original artwork created by over 45 Israeli artists all presented by Bar Kocva and available for purchase from now until November 9.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase outstanding items found in galleries and fine stores internationally for the upcoming holiday season.

Expanding Early Childhood Curriculum

The Katz JCC is excited to expand its already trusted and accredited education programs with new curriculum and partnerships with several area agencies. Partnerships include the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the Atlantic City Aquarium and the ShopRite of Somers Point. These agencies will provide monthly programming in our preschool and day care classes.

“It is our hope that these partnerships will continue to inspire a love of learning in each and every child that passes through our door, creating lifelong learners,” Jan Higbee, Early Childhood Education Director.

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has created a curriculum especially for preschool children centered on endangered species indigenous to New Jersey.

The Atlantic City Aquarium’s curriculum will focus on marine life native to the Jersey Shore, with classes culminating in a field trip to the Aquarium for our three & four-year-old classes.

Jesse Tannehill, Dietician at the Shop Rite of Somers Point will be providing fresh fruits and vegetables for our children to sample. In addition we will be revamping our community garden this coming spring and engaging students in a farm to table project of growing produce to use in their classrooms.

The JCC Early Childhood Education Center is currently in the process of becoming accredited with Grow NJ Kids, which is New Jersey’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for schools within the state. Accredited schools are assessed and rated after Grow NJ Kids has observed classes within each school, giving parents a consistent rating system to compare child care centers.

Through participation in the Grow NJ Kids program, we were able to purchase a complete set of Creative Curriculum materials for each classroom. Teachers are currently reviewing the new materials and will receive training from a certified Grow NJ Kids representative by the end of October.

The Creative Curriculum utilizes both whole group and small group instruction to guide students through 38 learning objectives that directly align with the NJ State Early Childhood Learning standards.

To learn more about Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies, please visit teachingstrategies.com/curriculum

EXCITING NEW FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS

Milton & Betty Katz JCC Fitness Center Lobby RenovationFifteen years ago, the JCC went through a dramatic transformation from a 60-year-old 50,000 sq ft building into a newly expanded 75,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility. This included renovations to the auditorium, indoor pool area, and the addition of the new gym, preschool and new second floor offices  that include Bacharach Rehabilitation center and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May County.  Recently you may have noticed that the JCC has been upgrading the fitness equipment, 30 new spin bikes, 5 new treadmills and a few other pieces of equipment.

The JCC is excited to plan for additional upgrades to the facility. In the next few months, we will be painting, adding new carpet and upgrading the lobby furnishings along with replacing some of the aging air conditioning and heating units. After the 2016 capital campaign is completed and funds are raised, we will be improving the locker rooms and spa facilities and replacing additional heating and air-conditioning units.

     We appreciate your support and patience while we go through these improvements in order to remain a premier Health, Fitness and Wellness facility, Early Childhood Education Center and Community Center in the area. We hope you notice the improvements and we will keep you posted as we continue the progress.

Project Prom – Prom Dress Donation

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Help Local Teens Become Prom Queens

Prom Girl1Donate your clean, gently used Prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to enable high school students to live their Prom Dreams

Drop off items now through September 5

To benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City

Sponsorship and cash donations are welcomed

Visit projectpromac.com for details.

Active Adult & Senior Health Expo

Wednesday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.       

 

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The Milton & Betty Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber Senior & Active Adult Expo has become the largest active adult health and wellness exhibit in New Jersey. Its focus on lifestyle and active aging for baby boomers and seniors has reached more than 3,000 adults, seniors and caregivers each year in its eight-year history.

Thousands of area residents will attend this lifestyle, health and active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors for health screenings, presentations by area providers, flu shots and fitness classes. The event brings together more than 50 vendors, a five-part speaker series, interactive demonstrations and a morning speaker panel.   

 “The annual Senior and Active Adult Expo is targeted to the 50+ adult who wants to gather information about living a healthy active lifestyle,” Chief Operating Officer of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “The event is not only informative but fun as well.”

The morning speaker panel will offer a free continental breakfast at 10:30 a.m. and provide guests an opportunity to ask the panel of professionals questions on the chosen topic. 

We are excited to add another health-related component to the Senior & Active Adult Expo,” Mancuso said. “The addition of a medical professional speaker panel last year was so successful that we want to continue this component of the expo and this year we have been able to bring together some of the top medical professionals in our area to help baby boomers and seniors make important health and lifestyle decisions”

Free shuttles sponsored by the Atlantic County Department of Intergenerational Services will be available from the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township, as well as 55 and older communities in Longport, Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City beginning at 10:00 a.m. and operating every 30 minutes. 

Special caregivers are encouraged to attend.

“We recognize the dedication and involvement of special caregivers in this growing segment of the Atlantic County population,” Mancuso said. “Whether you are a concerned relative, a specialist in the assistance of the aging, or someone involved in the industries that focus on assistance, we will have available a wealth of information, including a special booth section, lectures and interactive discussions just for you.”


Speaker Schedule

10:30am JCC Auditorium
Panel Session – How to Choose Medicare Supplemental Insurance
Patricia Riley, Medicare Sales Executive
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Sandy Santoro, Certified State Health Insurance Program Coordinator
Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services

11:30am
JCC Group Exercise Studio (Gym Hallway)
Kelly Rosenberg, NSCA-PT, Gray Institute – CAFS
Healthy Living: Body Alignment and Mechanics

11:30am JCC Auditorium
Meaghan Kim, MHA, RN, CDE, AtlantiCare
Topic: Diabetes Self-Management

12:00pm JCC Auditorium
Dr. Dennis Nutini, The Rothman Institute
Management of Knee Arthritis

12:30pm JCC Auditorium
CarePatrol – Having a Plan for the Next Phase of Your Life:
Housing, Financial Planning, Care and More

1:00pm JCC Group Exercise Studio (Gym Hallway)
Jon Simon, JCC Fitness Instructor and Trainer Boxing for Life

1:00pm JCC Auditorium

Denise Sutor BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager for Intensive
Cardiac Rehabilitation Dr.Ornish Reversal Program


Screenings

Stop in to get ahead of the flu this year! Get your flu shot and take advantage of other health and wellness screenings.

Flu Shots
Hearing Screenings
Blood Pressure and Other Health Screenings


FREE Transportation

Location Departure Return

Best of Life Park 10:00 am 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm

Community Haven 10:05 am 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm

The Plaza Condominium 10:20 am 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm

5300 Boardwalk 10:25 am 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm

Free transportation on Atlantic County Bus from Harbor Square (formerly Shore Mall) to the JCC in Margate, with departures every 20 minutes beginning at 10:00 am in front of Jalapeños & Salads.

The last departure back to Harbor Square is at 1:40 pm  Transportation provided by Atlantic County.


Vendor space is still available.

Sponsorships are welcome.

For general information, contact Katz JCC Director of Marketing and Special Events, Genia Bittner 609-822-1167 ext. 118 gbittner@jccatlantic.org.

For vendor and sponsorship information, contact Elisa Monroe, Greater Atlantic City Chamber Director of Events 609-345-4524.

For more information on the event visit www.jccatlantic.org and www.acchamber.com.

2nd Annual Jackie and Hank Herskowitz Sports Night

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Thursday, August 18 at 6:00pm

Theismann_Joe_PROMOPICMeet ESPN and NFL Network Broadcaster and former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins Joe Theismann and Sports Broadcaster Michael Barkann for an evening sports fans will never forget. The exciting night will include a silent and live sports memorabilia auction, delicious high-end tailgate style food and open bar. 

Tickets are limited. 

For sponsorship and ticket information please call 609-822-1167 Ext. 115

Listen to Joe Theismann on 97.3 ESPN with Mike Gill as they talk about the Milton & Betty Katz JCC, Eagles drafts and the upcoming 2016-2017 NFL season.

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC Announces FREE Group Exercise Classes On the Beach in Margate at Jerome Avenue Every Friday at 8 a.m.

 

Boot camp flyer imageMargate, NJ June 29, 2016 – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center is making it easier than ever to stay fit this summer.  Now offering FREE group exercise classes, open to the public every Friday morning at 8 a.m. sharp on the beach in Margate at Jerome Avenue, now through September 2.

The JCC Beach Bootcamp class is an hour-long, high intensity group exercise class that is open to both JCC Members as well as the general public. Katz JCC fitness “Drill” instructors/trainers Lawrence Crespo and Lisa Bee will challenge and push class participants to new levels of fitness.

“No need to take a vacation from your fitness routine this summer,” stated Antoinette Wood, Director of Fitness and Group Exercise at the Katz JCC.  Our free beach classes are just one way the JCC encourages the community as a whole to make exercise a regular part of life.  Beach Bootcamp is for all fitness levels, and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the class at their pace, while taking in the ocean views,” Wood added.

For more information and updates on the JCC’s free Beach Bootcamp classes, visit our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1750921318463923/ .

‘Down the Shore’ for the summer?  The JCC’s state-of-the-art fitness facility is conveniently located just minutes from Margate Beaches. Offering an assortment of short-term membership options, summer residents of South Jersey can take advantage of the JCC’s full-service fitness facility including indoor and outdoor pools, mind/body studio, cardio and weight training equipment, and more than 85 group exercise classes per week.  For membership information or to schedule a free tour, call 609-822-1167 or visit the JCC online www.jccatlantic.org .

About Milton & Betty Katz JCC

The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote the health, education and welfare of our members and our surrounding community, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children, and ourselves.

The Katz JCC provides a wide range of health, wellness and social enrichment programs, as well as educational opportunities for both children and adults in a warm and welcoming environment.  Membership and other JCC programs and events are made available to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

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Media Contact:

Cathleen Kunkle, Director of Marketing, Development & Special Events
(609) 822-1167 Ext. 159
ckunkle@jccatlantic.org

2016 Summer Series Announced

Group SeriesMargate – The Katz JCC is proud to announce that the lineup for the summer of entertainment for 2016 is better than ever with performances by comedian Colin Quinn, Capitol Steps, Broadway performer Stephanie Block and jazz performer Steve March Torme.

Series tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 AM. Individual show tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 15 at 9:00 AM.

STEVEMARCHTORMESteve March Torme will present his live show Snap, Sizzle, Pop! on Thursday, July 14.

 Snap, Sizzle, Pop! is a cleverly crafted, finger-snapping jazz performance of original songs and enduring pop tunes presented in a captivating and charismatic style. Backed by a sizzling trio, Torme’s brand of pop-jazz is served up with wit, charm and warmth that will leave your heart singing.

When not performing in person, Torme hosts a drive time radio show on 91.1 The Avenue in Wisconsin along with his own two-hour radio show on the Music of Your Life radio network.


Capitol StepsCapitol Steps will return to the JCC on Thursday, July 21 with a new show focusing on the upcoming National elections.

For over 30 years, Capitol Steps has entertained audiences with its satire theatrical approach to politics. The performers of Capitol Steps have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since Capitol Steps began, the performers have recorded more than 35 albums, including their latest Mock the Vote. They have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio show. They have performed for the last five presidents.

In 2007, Capitol Steps was nominated for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics, and the winner four years running in the annual Wammie awards of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for Cabaret/Musical Theatre. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum on all topics equally foolish.


colin-quinnColin Quinn will bring his unique sense of humor to entertain and engage the audience on Thursday, August 4.

From 1995-2000, Quinn entertained audiences for five seasons on the legendary late night show Saturday Night Live. After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn as the show’s host, creator and executive producer from 2002-2004. In addition to his television work, Quinn has appeared in many films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Comedian, and Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups. In 2010, he starred in the hit Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short at the Helen Hayes Theatre directed by Jerry Seinfeld. In 2011, the show was nominated for an Emmy as an HBO special.

Colin is currently the king of Twitter and will be back on the upcoming season of HBO’s Girls.


SBLOCKStephanie J. Block will round out the summer season with selections from her sensational Broadway musical Wicked on Thursday, August 25.

Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked, as well as originating the role in the First National Tour for which she won numerous awards including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Other Broadway credits include Anything Goes, 9 to 5: The Musical, The Pirate Queen, and The Boys from Oz. Block received both the 2013 Tony Award and Drama Desk nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Cleveland Pops among many others.

Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed and continues to sell out throughout the United States and London.


All show times are 7:00 PM at Katz JCC Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate.

Series tickets, all four shows, go on sale for $195 per person at the JCC Box Office Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 AM. 

Individual show tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 15.

Individual ticket prices, per person:

Steve March Torme – $55
July 14 – 7:00 PM

Capitol Steps – $65
July 21 – 7:00 PM

Colin Quinn – $65
August 4 – 7:00 PM

Stephanie J. Block – $50
August 25 – 7:00 PM

You save $40 when you purchase the Series.

The Katz JCC Summer Entertainment Series is open to the public. Call 609.822.1167 or visit the Katz JCC Box Office Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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Give Them a Summer to Remember: Summer Camp Options for Every Interest and Budget
By: Cathleen Kunkle, Dir. of Marketing, Development & Special Events
Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center

Summer is just around the corner.  The time is now to start planning what you will be doing with the kids during summer break.  Whether you’re a working parent or home with the kids, the dilemma is the same: are you doing enough to keep your kids active and engaged?  Worry no more.  The Milton & Betty Katz JCC’s summer camp, Camp By The Sea, has been delivering fun in the sun with memories to last a lifetime for 70 years.

A trusted resource for South Jersey families, and open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation, the JCC’s Camp By The Sea summer camp program is conveniently located in its Margate, Atlantic County facility.  Featuring day trips to local amusement parks, water parks and state parks, as well as seaside activities including surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding, bay kayaking and even parasailing, the JCC is truly the place to be this summer. With flexible scheduling up to a full eight-week enrollment, the program is open to children ages two through tenth grade. 

Additionally, Camp By The Sea offers 17 different Specialty Camps tailored to your child’s specific interests from sports, performing arts and science, to museums, creative arts, and even a camp for the Legomaniac.  Both budget and schedule friendly, Specialty Camps are one-week programs making an experience-rich summer accessible to everyone.

If travel is your teen’s passion, Camp By The Sea is offering three amazing Teen Tours with its Road Rulz Travel Camp. Trip One: The Southern Sojourn – travels along the coast stopping at fun-filled places including Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta and more before rooting down in Orlando to spend July 4th weekend at Universal Studios. This trip runs June 27 through July 8. Trip Two: California Dreaming – the ultimate road trip and goes where no JCC trip has gone before – Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, Los Angeles and Scottsdale. This epic journey will depart on July 13 and return on July 24. Trip Three: New Orleans and New Horizons – an excursion to great cities including Washington, DC, Charlotte, Panama Beach, New Orleans and Atlanta. This trips runs from July 28 through August 12.

For full Camp By The Sea program details visit campbythesea.org or contact Josh Cutler, Camp Director at 609-822-1167, Ext. 138, or email him at jcutler@jccatlantic.org .