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Kids Sports & Fitness Festival Sunday, March 15, 2015 Focus on Lifestyle, Health and Activity for Children

for fitness announcmentMARGATE – The focus of the Katz JCC Kids Sports & Fitness Festival on Sunday, March 15 is to provide one day of education, information and activity for children to learn about and experience ways in which to engage and remain healthy and fit.

According to Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer Jack I. Fox, the event is shaping up to be a huge success with its focus on lifestyle, health and activity for children.

The event will feature sports clinics, health screenings and sports-related injury discussions, sport equipment sales and demos, sign-ups for local sports teams, and children’s activities.

“It has the formula for success and we believe it will become the premiere event in South Jersey dedicated to kids sports and physical fitness,” Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox said. “This event falls in line with our mission promoting the health, education and welfare of our members and the community as a whole and we are excited to be able to offer this event to South Jersey.”

Health Screenings will be provided by CHOP Care Network – Harborview of Somers Point, discussions on sports-related injuries and treatments will be hosted by Dr. Ryan Buccafurni of Fox Outpatient Clinic of Northfield, Rothman Institute and the official event “Sports Doc” Dr. Brian Sokalsky of Jersey Shore Sports Medicine of Ocean City.

“The 2015 Kids Sports & Fitness Festival is a one-stop shop for sports enthusiasts. Whether you’re an athlete, a coach or a parent, you’ll find something that resonates for you here, from fitness clinics to nutritional advice, health screenings, sports clinics, sports gear and more. At Jersey Shore Sports Medicine, we look forward to joining the community in this celebration of an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Brian Sokalsky, Jersey Shore Sports Medicine.

Sports Clinics will be held by Jersey Shore Gymnastics, Smiling Dragon Kung Fu, The Running Center, Katz JCC KIDZ Fit Boxing and Zumba, Oceanside Wellness & Sport and Parisi Speed School, Northfield Sports and Recreation Committee (FAN) and more.

There will also be fun activities including a basketball free-throw, rock climbing wall, football toss and more, as well as refreshments for purchase.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Kids Sports & Fitness Festival will be held on Sunday, March 15, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsorship, vendor and clinic opportunities are available.

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Sponsorship Tiers for Kids Sports & Fitness Fair

For more information on the Kids Sports & Fitness Festival at the Katz JCC, contact Director of Special Events and Fundraising Julie Fink at 609.822.1167 Ext. 159, jfink@jccatlantic.org or visit www.jccatlantic.org.

Katz JCC Hosts Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots Toy Drive Now until December 22

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, will once again host Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy collection drive from now until December 22, 2014.

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According to Katz JCC Personal Trainer Jon Simon, last year the event collected more than 3,500 toys for area children and were 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.

“Collecting toys through my boxing classes began ten years ago when I saw that the Toys for Tots collection program in my area was not getting the attention it deserved,” Simon said. “So instead of collecting my usual fee for the boxing class that year, I told my participants to bring in a toy for the kids – because every kid needs a new toy.”

According to Simon, the interest in donating has grown each year so he extended the toy collection beyond his special boxing class events and began collecting toys as early as November 28.

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

Additionally, on December 16 and 18 at 7 p.m. and December 19 at 12 p.m., participants of Simon’s boxing class may bring in a new unwrapped toy and the class fee will be waived.
Kids can also participate in giving this holiday and bring in a toy during the KIDZ fit boxing class on December 15 at 4 p.m.

The event held in the Katz JCC auditorium brought more than 120 boxing enthusiasts together for an “epic event” featuring a live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City and violinist D. Sharpe.

“We are happy once again to support Jon’s efforts in collecting toys for area children and have  given him the necessary tools to do so,” Chief Operating Officer of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “Regardless of race, religion or national origin, the Katz JCC aims to reach the entire community in any way we can. We hope the toys Jon collects and distributes helps put a smile on many children’s faces.”

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

Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Will present Tzedakah donations to Pennies for Pups

Tuesday, November 11

Jan Higbee presents check

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center students will be presenting their Tzedakah donations to The Seeing Eye program “Pennies for Puppies” on Tuesday, November 11 at 9:15 a.m., in the school auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

“Tzedakah is the Hebrew word describing the act of giving or charity, every Friday during Shabbat, the children donate money into our Tzedakah box and over the course of a few months decide as a group which charity to donate the money to,” according to Early Childhood Education Center Director Jan Higbee. “On Tuesday, November 11 we will be presenting a check to the “Pennies for Puppies” program in the amount of $300.”

Julia Koch of Margate pets the dog

Representative and Foster “Mom” Katie Salul of the Pennies for Puppies program will be bringing a few of the puppies she and her family are fostering to visit with the children, as well as accepting the check on behalf of the organization.

The “Pennies For Puppies” fundraising campaign of The Seeing Eye organization was founded to help raise awareness, money, medication and food for sick, injured and abandoned dogs in local animal shelters and foster care.

The Seeing Eye organization is a non-profit organization that supports no kill animal shelters.

Kids Pet dogs

For more information on The Seeing Eye program visit www.seeingeye.org.

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center visit www.jccatlantic.org.

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

Kids Pizza, PJ & Movie Event Featuring Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue Thursday, January 15

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, will host a Kids Pizza, Pajamas and Movie event on Thursday, January 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue.

“This is a drop-off event so that parents can have a night to themselves,” according to Early Childhood Director Jan Higbee. “We want to give parents the peace of mind that their children are in the care of qualified staff of the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center and provide the children a night of fun with a great movie, delicious pizza and a themed craft.”

The cost is $20 per child for children ages 3 to 6 years old.
Admission includes a 10% discount coupon for parents to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro of Margate.

“We wanted to partner with a local restaurant so that we could encourage parents to use the time for themselves and Bocca Coal Fired Bistro was gracious enough to offer those who participate in the event a 10% off coupon for dinner.”

The movie will be shown on the big screen in the auditorium while the kids snuggle up with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal dressed in their favorite pajamas.

Reservations must be made no later than January 13 by contacting Jan at 609.822.1167, Ext. 130 or jhigbee@jccatlantic.org. There will be no admission at the door.

For more information about the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Program ,visit www.jccatlantic.org.

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

Katz JCC Boxx for Tots Toy Drive Collects Thousands of Toys for Children

Boxx for Tots Class held on Friday, December 19 at 12 noon led by Trainer Jon Simon (center) at the Katz JCC attracted more than 50 boxers.

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, collected more than 5,300 toys for area children during its Boxx for Tots Toy Drive hosted by Personal Trainer Jon Simon from November 29 through December 22.
According to Simon, the 5,300 toys were distributed to area charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, UNITE HERE Local 54, Brighton Pediatrics of Atlantic City, HOPE for Atlantic City, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, St. James Blessed Sacrament Parish of Margate, New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Atlantic City, United Methodist Church of Somers Point, St. Vincent DePaul Church of Egg Harbor Township, directly to local families in need, and many other charities.

A special KIDZ Fit Boxing Class was held on December 15. The kids brought in toys to be donated to various charities.

A special KIDZ Fit Boxing Class was held on December 15. The kids brought in toys to be donated to various charities.

“I was so impressed with the support this year for the toy drive. Over the last ten years I have been organizing the event, each year it gains more support and I am touched each and every year,” Simon said. “It just means more smiles for kids who need them the most.”
On December 16, 18 and 19 Simon’s boxing class was held in the auditorium of the Katz JCC featuring live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City.

More than 160 boxing enthusiasts turned out over the three-day event, donating a toy as their class fee.

Boxx for Tots Class held on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. attracted close to 75 boxers.

Boxx for Tots Class held on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. attracted close to 75 boxers.

“It was an epic event. It will be even better next year,” Simon said. “I have to thank those who helped make it happen and the efforts of Johnny Dee, Tom Lacovera, Armand Mendelsohn, Michael Brestle, Miguel Ruiz, Nick Hagmaier, Greg Troast, Lou Puglisi, Rick Atlas, Tyler Imber who all held mitts and made it possible for 166 good-hearted boxers to donate toys for three amazing boxing classes. The energy was created by DJ Paul Luap and Amy Piccinino and Robert Piccinino dropped in for the final class to help with an intense ab workout. A special mention to Remy Pelosi, Antonietta Wood and Chevelle Jefferson of the Katz JCC who went above and beyond to help.”

Just a few of the 5,300 toys collected through the efforts of Simon and the Boxx for Tots program at the Katz JCC

Just a few of the 5,300 toys collected through the efforts of Simon and the Boxx for Tots program at the Katz JCC

“We wanted to support Jon’s efforts in collecting toys for area children and were happy to give him the necessary tools to do so,” Chief Operating Officer of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “Regardless of race, religion or national origin, the Katz JCC aims to reach the entire community in any way we can. We hope the toys Jon collected and distributed helped put a smile on many children’s faces.”

T-shirts for Boxx For Tots were provided by David Lieberman of All State Insurance and photography by Heather Jones.

For more information about the Katz JCC Fitness Facility, visit www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167.

Representatives of HOPE for Atlantic City picked up a few toys for needed children from the Katz JCC collected through the Boxx for Tots program.

Representatives of HOPE for Atlantic City picked up a few toys for needed children from the Katz JCC collected through the Boxx for Tots program.

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

New KIDZ FIT Group Exercise Classes

New KIDZ FIT Group Exercise Classes Offered to Ages 6 to 16 at the Katz JCC

Beginning October 13

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Fitness Department has added a new KIDZ FIT group exercise program targeting children ages six to 16 beginning Monday, October 13 at the Katz JCC Fitness Facility, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate.
Expanding the group exercise fitness program to meet the needs of area residents is one of the main goals for continually improving the Katz JCC Fitness Facility for Group Exercise Coordinator Antoinette Wood.

“We saw this as a need in our area and we have been working to develop a kid’s exercise program to bring fitness options for children ages six to 16 aside from the traditional route of sports,” Wood said. “We believe we have developed a schedule that will bring the best of what we offer and provide a workout for the mind as well as the body improving upon not only physical fitness but confidence and self-esteem as well.

The schedule includes classes in KIDZ Boxing on Monday, KIDZ Tabata on Wednesday, Speed and Agility Training on Tuesday and Thursday and Weight Room Circuit Training on Friday.

All classes are from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The KIDZ Boxing class is designed for children ages six to nine and includes a cardio workout with strength and flexibility exercises where endurance and gross motor skills will be increased through a series of exciting and dynamic activities.

The KIDZ Tabata class is designed for children ages eight to 14 and will introduce High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) using the 20-10 microburst training method.

The Speed and Agility Training class is designed for children ages eight to 14 and provides the ability to move quickly and change directions while maintaining control and balance. Good agility requires a combination of speed, balance, power and coordination and can assist any child with his or her goals in sports such as tennis, lacrosse, football, soccer, field hockey, crew, swimming, video gaming, just to name a few.

The Weight Room Circuit Training class is designed for children ages 11 to 16 and will teach the basics of using the weights in the fitness area. It will allow the children to become comfortable, confident and strong in the gym environment. Small groups of children will be assigned to our personal training fitness staff.

All classes are included with JCC Family and Teen/Student memberships.
Non JCC members are encouraged to attend with a free-class trial.

For more information on the KIDZ FIT group exercise program at the Katz JCC Fitness Facility, contact Antoinette Wood at 609-822-1167 Ext. 116 or visit jccatlantic.org.

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

Free Senior and Adult Expo stops in Margate

MARGATE – Hailed as being the largest active health and wellness exhibit in the state, the Senior and Adult Expo took place in Margate, Thursday.

Hosted by the Milton and Betty Katz JCC, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber along with Shore Medical Center, provided easy access to hundreds of presenters for local residents during the event.

With a focus on active aging for baby boomers and seniors, interactive fitness demonstrations and health screenings were available for all who were interested.

This is the seventh year for the free annual event.

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Ladies Night Out Fall Shopping Extravaganza Returns to the JCC

Ladies Night Out Fall Shopping Extravaganza Returns to the JCC – Thursday, November 13

Raising Funds for a Community Playground

Image 36MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Parent Committee is excited to announce the return of its successful Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza on Thursday, November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Katz JCC auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music while they shop the more than 50 vendors and enjoy a 20-minute fashion show bringing the fashions of Paris, New York and Madrid right to Margate, NJ.

“We have had such success with this event we wanted to host it twice a year for the ladies in our community,” according to Event Chairman Laurie Staller. “We have even added some great new features such as babysitting service, increased sponsorship exposure, significant basket raffles and a second floor of vendor booths.”

The mission of the event is not only to bring women together for a great night of fun but also raise awareness and funds for the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center.

Image 61“The money raised from this event will further fund a community playground for the Katz JCC Early Childhood Center,” Staller said. “It will add to the already great facility here at the JCC and provide a modern outdoor environment that encourages gross motor development.”

To date, the Ladies Night Out events have raised close to $13,000 for the new community playground, according to Staller.

“The total cost of the community playground is $48,000. We hope to at least be to the half-way point following our November event,” Staller said.

A community build is planned for the Spring of 2015 when parents of the community will be the labor force behind building the playground.

“It’s a way to involve everyone in improving the education of the children,” she said. “We are hoping to partner with area businesses to raise the remainder of the funds needed to complete the playground for the Spring of 2015.”

The Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center is open to everyone and offers full- and half-day programs with extended hours from infants through kindergarten.Morning care hours are now starting at 6:30 a.m.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door and include one drink ticket.

Vendor pricing begins at $100.

For more information on the event and for ticket, vendor or sponsorship opportunities contact, Julie Fink at 609-822-1167 Ext. 159 or jfink@jccatlantic.org or visit www.jccatlantic.org.

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

Shore Medical Center Presents the Senior and Adult Expo at the Katz JCC

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MARGATE –The Milton & Betty Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber announces the return of the Senior and Adult Expo on Thursday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber Senior & Adult Expo in partnership with Shore Medical Center 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 seven-year history.

Thousands of area residents will attend this lifestyle, health and active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors for free health screenings by Shore Medical Center, hundreds of vendors, a speaker series, interactive fitness demonstrations and new this year – a breakfast speaker panel mixer on “How to choose a Medicare Supplement Policy.”

“The event is targeted to the 50+ adult who wants to gather information about living a healthy active lifestyle,” COO of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “The event is not only informative but fun as well.”

The pre-event breakfast speaker panel will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and feature Shore Medical Center Administrative Director of Revenue Cycle Mike Smith , Atlantic County Department of Intergenerational Services Certified Health Coordination Sandy Santoro, and from Blue to You team Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJMobile Services Specialist Jose Pereira.

Guests will be given an opportunity to ask the panel of professionals questions on the topic of “How to Choose a Medicare Supplement Policy” while enjoying a free continental breakfast.

Speakers during the event include Shore Medical Center Dr. Jon Pomeroy and Nurse Practitioner Jill Rogers on the topic of “How to Start an Exercise Program,” Urgent Care’s Dr. Gregory B. Carson on the topic of “How to Choose the Right Level of Care,” as well as, local and well-renowned nutritionist Nancy Adler on the topic of “How to fuel your body and avoid medications with a well-balanced structured daily diet.”

There will also be interactive fitness demonstrations and more than a dozen free health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, vision and hearing.

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.”

Vendor space is still available.

Sponsorships are welcome.

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For general information contact Katz JCC Director of Special Events and Fundraising Julie Fink at 822-1167 Ext. 159 or jfink@jccatlantic.org.

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

Robert Watson Returns to the Milton & Betty Katz JCC

Robert Watson headshot2MARGATE – Professor and author Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. returns to the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center on Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m., 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

Professor Robert P. Watson, Ph.D will present a lecture titled the “Nazi Titanic,” an exploration into the little known event in the final hours of the Holocaust.

“It’s an intriguing story behind Nazi propaganda, Goebbels and the plight of the holocaust survivors including the decision about what should be done with survivors in the days after Hitler committed suicide,” according to Watson.

“Professor Watson is an amazing historian, speaker and educator from Florida State University and we are happy to host him once again,” Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox said.

Watson has been a professor for 22 years and is currently serving as Professor and Director of American Studies at Lynn University and Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. As an author, Watson has published over 30 books, two encyclopedia sets and roughly 150 scholarly articles, essays and book chapters on American history and politics. Several of his books are in international translation and have been nominated for awards by national academic associations.

His popularity in the area has prompted us to create a special limited seating VIP Dinner to “Meet the Author” prior to the lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m., according to Fox.

The VIP Dinner is limited to 32 seats.

The three course Kosher dinner will be catered by Foodarama of Bensalem, Pa.

Guests will enjoy dinner, an intimate question and answer session, front row seating to the lecture and a signed copy of his latest book. Tickets to the VIP are $150 per person.

Lecture tickets are $35 for JCC members and $45 for non-members.

For more information visit www.jccatlantic.org.

For tickets, call the JCC BOX Office at 609.822.1167 Ext. 0.