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Leo B. Schoffer, Founder of Schoffer Enterprises, To Receive the Katz JCC Community Leadership Award

Katz JCC Annual Gala

Saturday, May 6

Honoring Leo B. Schoffer

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Leo B. Schoffer, Founder of Schoffer Enterprises will be recognized for his contributions and leadership in the local and regional communities during the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center 2017 Annual Gala on May 6th from 7 pm to 11 pm at (Location TBD).

“Leo has made a major difference in the lives of so many through his leadership in our local Atlantic City community, the Jewish community and as a member of the Stockton and Rutgers University Board of Directors,” said Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer, Jack I. Fox.

He is the Founder of Schoffer Enterprises, specializing in industrial and commercial real estate development. Projects by Schoffer Enterprises include over one million square feet of space and have serviced many of the casino projects in Atlantic City.

He has been active in many community organizations over the years and has served as a member of the Stockton’s Board of Trustees, Rutgers University Board of Overseers, President and Chairman of the Board of Congregation Beth Judah, Chairman of the Margate City Citizens Long Term Planning Committee, Chairman of the Egg Harbor Township Economic Development Commission, President of the Atlantic City High School Athletic Hall of Fame Association, Vice President and Campaign Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic County and as a Board Member of various other institutions.

“It is exciting to recognize Leo for all of his community work,” said Gala Event Chairman and JCC President, Marc Neumann.  “Leo is a leader that leads by example and is an inspiration to everyone working with him,” Neumann added.

The Katz JCC Annual Gala is presented as an opportunity for the organization to recognize individuals who have had a positive community impact and to celebrate their business, political, philanthropic and personal achievements. In turn, the event helps the Katz JCC raise funds to further its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich lives.

Tickets for the Gala are $200. Sponsorships and tribute book ads are available.

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, visit www.jccatlantic.org. For Gala sponsorship or ticket information, contact Katz JCC Special Events Coordinator, Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 Ext. 159.

The Art World of Steve Kuzma

Holtzman Gallery Features The Art World of Steve Kuzma at Katz JCC
Meet and Greet with Steve Kuzma on January 19

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MARGATE, NJ (January 13, 2017) –Holtzman Gallery is showcasing “The Art World of Steve Kuzma” January 4 -30 at the Katz JCC in Margate, NJ. Artist Steve Kuzma will be available for a special Meet and Greet on January 19 from 6 – 8pm.  Complimentary wine and light fare will be available.  This event is free and open to the public.  All fine art is available for acquisition.

Kuzma is an award-winning, full-time artist, illustrator and educator with over 30 years of professional industry experience. He has exhibited across continental United States with illustrations that are internationally acclaimed and recognized. He is known for his contemporary style with impressionist brushwork, avant-garde layering techniques including watercolor, water-mixable oil and pastel to create a blissful connection to nature and spirituality for the viewer. He  also makes use of powerful, humanistic and joyous statements.

The month long exhibit is open during the JCC’s normal operation hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30am – 10:00pm; Friday, 5:30am – 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 7:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information, contact David Holtzman at 609-992-3353, david@holtzmangallery.com or visit holtzmangallery.com.

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

This program is FREE and open to Atlantic County residents ages 58 to 75 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.

School’s Out Camps

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School’s Out? We Have You Covered!
 Martin Luther King Day: Monday, 1/16/17
President’s Day: Friday, 2/17/17, Monday, 2/20/17
9:00am – 4:00pm
When school is out, the JCC is the place to be in! Children in grades K – 4
will enjoy days filled with fun activities, hands-on nature, free swim in the
indoor pool, sports games, art proje cts, yoga, boxing classes and more.
Register Early to Save!
When you register at least one week in advance of each camp day
$36 for members per day | $54 for guests per day
Registration after one week before each camp day increases to
$45 for members per da y | $65 for guests per day
Sign up for all three camp days by 1/9/17 and save even more!
$100 for members | $150 for guests
*Extended care is available in the morning and evening for $10 per session.
Spaces are limited. Register today!
Camp Registration Form

For more information, please call 609-822-1167 or email camp@jccatlantic.org.

Boxx for Tots

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JCC’s Jon Simon Raise over $12,500 in Toy Collection to Date through Boxx for Tots Toy Drive

Margate, NJ (December 20, 2016) – Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy drive at The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate has raised over $12,500 in monetary and toy donations and successfully completed one Boxx for Tots boxing class.  These classes and the toy collection will continue from now until December 23, 2016.

According to Katz JCC Personal Trainer Jon Simon, this year the event collected more than 6,000 toys for area children and are distributed to charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, and directly to local families in need.

The Eternal Refuge of Absecon is a recipient of some of the toys donated through Boxx for Tots. “We are a community in need and have had a difficult time finding help around this time of year before our relationship with Boxx for Tots,” said Jairo Zapata, Pastor of The Eternal Refuge.  “This program has given children in our community so much joy.”

This year, a prior benefiting charity, Hope For Atlantic City, was able to give back to Boxx for Tots.  “After receiving toys for the families in our community in 2014 and 2015, we were excited to be able to contribute to other families in need this year,” said Hope for Atlantic City representative, Jamie Cohen. “This year we had donations come in to our organization so we were able to support Boxx for Tots by bringing in toys and taking part in a boxing class.”  Hope for Atlantic City, a non-profit organization based in Atlantic City, was a toy recipient the last two years.

Toy donations can be brought to the Katz JCC Front Desk.

Additionally, participants of Simon’s boxing class may bring in a new unwrapped toy and the class fee will be waived for the remaining Boxx for Tots classes on December 22 at 6:45pm and December 23 at 10:45am.
Children ages 4-10 can also participate by bringing in a toy during the Tots for Tots boxing class on Wednesday, December 21 at 4 pm. Held in the JCC auditorium, music and special guest appearances will be featured during the holiday boxing classes.

For more information about the Milton & Betty Katz JCC visit www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167.

Celebrate Chanukah From Around The World

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Thursday, Dec. 29 from 4:00-6:30 PM

The entire community is invited to Celebrate Chanukah From Around The World at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC.

Crafts & Activities 4:00-5:15 PM and Dinner 5:00-6:30 PM

Celebrate night six with friends, family and a delicious dinner spread of foods representing Chanukah eats and tasty treats from around the world prepared by Chef, Ido Shapira, of Frescos Ristorante in Cape May.

 Only $5 per person

FREE Admission for Children 13 & Under

Spaces are limited. Please purchase tickets in advance at the Katz JCC.

This program is sponsored by The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Jewish Family Service, Congregation Beth Israel, Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Chabad at the Shore, Temple Beth Shalom of Brigantine and Young Israel of Margate.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Josh Cutler
at 609-822-1167 x138 or email jcutler@jccatlantic.org

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.