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Check out all of our #JCCPGHVirtual offerings below!

For a schedule of LIVE classes and activities, click HERE
The JCC Association’s 100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge is back. Get Moving!
Join our Fitness Facebook Group
NEW! MOSSA MOVE Online Workouts
FREE 14 day trial – Details are in the Group Exercise section below.
Follow us on JCC Facebook, South Hills Facebook and Instagram

For a schedule of LIVE JCC fitness classes, click  HERE

NEW! MOSSA Digital Workouts

We are excited to offer our members MOSSA MOVE digital workouts FREE for 14 days! Each workout is designed with options and modifications so you can choose the intensity and challenge that are just right for you. Work out from the comfort of your own home – on your TV, on your computer, or download the app and take your workouts wherever you go.

You will have access to 8 programs; several require no equipment. Each program has 2 or more workouts to select from. Each workout is approximately 30 minutes.

  • Group Groove
  • Group Fight
  • Group Centergy
  • Athlete 30 – a 30 min body weight only HIIT class
  • Group Blast
  • Group Core
  • Group Power
  • Ride 30
To receive your FREE 14 Day Trial, click HERE

Class Videos – Work Out With Us Any Time!
Patti’s Throwback Thursday Step!

Beginners Yoga with Bonnie


PWR Moves with Steve

Click HERE to view


Check back for more videos of our Group Ex classes with our own JCC instructors.

Core and Lower Body with Annie

3 Exercises with Ben

Advanced Push-Ups and Planks with Shawn

Squats Workout with Shawn

More Tips from Shawn

For a schedule of LIVE classes, click HERE

Marsha Mullen invites you to Keep Moving!

Classes
SilverSneakers® Classic with Elaine

SilverSneakers®
Yoga w/Marsha

Zumba Gold w/Bonnie

Gentle Chair Yoga

Water Aerobics Workout (on land) with Jess Navoney

NEW: T’ai Chi

NEW: SilverSneakers®
Yoga with Marsha

SilverSneakers® w/Marsha

20 Minute Brisk Walk

 

2 Mile Walk

SilverSneakers® Improve Your Balance

Note: With a SilverSneakers membership, you can log in to our on-demand video library of classes and workouts designed for older adults. Learn more about SilverSneakers

NEW! Family Place: My Baby & Me Virtual Classes!

Wednesday, May 27

10:30 am      Family Place: My Baby & Me       “Schmooze n’ Sing” w/ Ada Maria (Families w/ infants & young children-grandparents welcome!)

Caregivers and children engage in singing to our favorite nursery rhymes, puppet-play, scarves, music making and sensory activities designed to promote child development.

Join Zoom Meeting

ZOOM

Meeting ID: 733 2820 5185

Password: 7RB33s

Classes are instructed by the Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, Ada Maria Mezzich MSW, MPIA, who runs the Family Place for My Baby and Me Programming.


My Baby and Me classes:

Our program intent is to bring about positive shifts in the quality of your and your family’s life. To help create power, freedom and peace of mind for your future. To communicate in ways that illicit the best in yourselves, your partners and your children, forwards productivity, healing and builds relationships. To have the freedom to be at ease and the power to be effective in the areas that matter most to you; the quality of your relationships, the confidence with which you parent and live your life, your experience of the difference you make and your enjoyment of being part of a this community.

These classes are instructed by the Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, Ada Maria Mezzich MSW, MPIA who runs the Family Place for My Baby and Me Programming. Her husband is an elementary school teacher and they both have two daughters who attend school in the Shadyside area. She has both her Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public and   International Affairs.  She has worked with and advocated for individuals, families and communities for the last 25 years.

About Family Place: My Baby & Me

My Baby and Me is based at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Family Place in Squirrel Hill. The Family Place is a warm, nurturing and safe environment where families with young children come daily to relax, participate in programs, socialize with other families and have their children play in the secure play-space. This is a place where you can feel cared for and supported during the most important stages of your child and family’s development.

*During these times that the JCC building is closed, because of the Covid -19 related Stay at Home mandate, we have moved our programming for you to a virtual platform.

PJ Library Coming Events

Blintz Bonanza

A Family Celebration of Shavuot

Thursday, May 28

5:00 pm

Together we will learn, play, create, connect and enjoy blintzes!
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a “Grab &`v Go” program kit that includes everything you need,
including frozen blintzes.

Want to celebrate with us?
It’s easy:
• Register for the program at Register Here and receive ZOOM link and password
• Pick up your Grab & Go Blintz
Bonanza bag at the Darlington
entrance of the JCC on May 26
between 11 am-2 pm. Everything
you need is inside, including frozen
blintzes!
• At 5 pm on May 28, gather your
family and use the zoom link to meet
us at our virtual celebration!

For more information or questions
email Danielle West [email protected]


RECENT PJ EVENTS
Monday, May 18

4:00 pm    What is Shavuot?

YouTube

Tuesday, May 19

1:00 pm    What do we do on Shavuot?

YouTube

4:00 pm   Why do we eat dairy?

YouTube

Wednesday, May 20

1:00 pm  Cheesey recipes for Shavuot

PJLibrary.org

4:00 pm  Craft Along making paper cut out decorations for Shavuot

Facebook

Thursday, May 21

1:00 pm   Why do we make flower crowns for Shavout?

LINK

4:00 pm  Getting the 10 Commandments

YouTube

Friday, May 22

4:00 pm   Craft along

Flower crown making

Facebook

Tuesday, May 12

1:00 pm  Introducing Hanoch Piven and his artwork 

Facebook

4:00 pm   Hanoch Piven video #1

YouTube

Wednesday, May 13

4:00 pm  Hanoch Piven video 2 – slowing down, finding faces in our homes

YouTube

Thursday, May 14

4:00 pm   Get ready to make your own Hanoch Piven “home” art – video 3 YouTube

Friday, May 15

1:00 pm Piven video 4

YouTube

4:00 pm  Craft along to make you own “Portrait of your home” in the style of Hanoch Piven

Facebook

Wednesday, May 6

4:00 pm: Stick Tower Building

Facebook

Thursday, May 7

Days of Creation Scavenger Hunt Day 5 – Creatures in the water and sky: Share a picture of a bird

Facebook

Friday, May 8

Days of Creation Scavenger Hunt Day 6: Animals, creepy crawly things, and humans

Share a picture of your favorite animal or creepy crawly thing

Facebook

4:00 pm: Cook Along: S’mores Nachos

Facebook Live

Tuesday, April 28

5:00 pm: How to talk to kids about Israel

LINK

Wednesday, April 29

4:00 pm    Virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut program: Share your story…

Share video or picture of something that connects you to Israel

View on Facebook

Thursday, April 30

1:00 pm   Matkot    What will work best to make a matkot set?

YouTube

Friday, May 1

1:00 pm    Make a Matkot game and play

View on Facebook

Sunday, May 3

1:00 pm    Sunday Share  Share how you celebrated YHM or connected with Israel this week

View on Facebook


End of Passover Snack with Sheli


Thursday, April 16, 4-4:20 PM     Watch on Facebook Live

As we get ready to put away our matzah for another year, Sheli the Puppet and Rabbi Ron help our littlest ones learn more about safety at this time, food blessings and tzedakah.


Recent Events

Monday, April 13

9:30 am – Passover Havdalah: Live!


Monday, April 13 at 3 pm

It’s Passover, Grover!”

The JCC Association of North America and Shalom Sesame are proud to present, “It’s Passover, Grover!” Join us live on Monday, April 13 at 3 pm ET as we come together to learn about the story of Passover, different rituals, and other fun facts about this celebration of freedom!

Click here to see “It’s Passover Grover!”


Liza Baron, Director, JCC Early Childhood Development Center, and Rabbi Ron Symons on how parents with young children can manage during time when kids are not in educational settings


PJ Library Pittsburgh is offering many live programs. Connect on our Facebook Page. Please join us!

Special Events:
Jewish Community Camps of North America Flagpole, hosted by Rick Recht

Wednesdays, 8 pm
May 13-June 3 

Flagpole are community-wide rallies of solidarity and song hosted by Rick Recht, the renowned Jewish musician.

JCC Association is launching this series of interactive and music events that also will feature leaders, clergy, and JCC camp families sharing inspiring stories from their own communities.

The JCCs of North America Flagpole series is funded by a generous grant from the Staenberg Foundation

Streaming via Facebook Live: Jewish Community Centers of North America. 


Upcoming Activities for Children, Youth and Families

Join some of your favorite camp staff for live updates from J&R Day Camp and South Hills Day Camp!  We’ll take a virtual tour of camp and show you what we are doing to get ready for camp to start!”

Here is the Zoom link to all sessions:  https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Tuesday, June 2

11:30 am     Live from J&R Day Camp!

Wednesday, June 3

11:30 am     Live from South Hills Day Camp!

Thursday, June 4

11:30 am    Live from J&R Day Camp!


RECENT EVENTS

Tuesday, May 26

11:30 am          Virtual art w/Jamie Scott!

ZOOM

Wednesday, May 27

3:00 pm           Virtual camp fire live from J&R Day Camp

ZOOM

Thursday, May 28

11:30 am             At home workout w/Brandi

ZOOM

This ZOOM link can be used for all CYF activities this week!

Monday 5/18

11:30 am – Gym games w/Coach Brandi

ZOOM

Tuesday 5/19

3:00 pm   Virtual Science!  Experiments you can watch or do right from your home.

ZOOM

Wednesday 5/20

3:00 pm

Virtual Outdoor time w/ “Nature Nick” from South Hills JCC Day Camp

ZOOM

Thursday 5/21

11:30 am – At home work out w/Coach Brandi

ZOOM

Friday 5/22

11:30 am – LEGO Shabbat w/PJ Library Coordinator Danielle West! Bring your LEGOS as we ring in Shabbat with quick building challenges like candle sticks, challah and the Kiddush cup.  We will use them to say the blessings too!

ZOOM


Recent events and activities
The Power of Positive Parenting
Setting limits and managing expectations with love during a pandemic

A workshop with clinical psychologist Dena Dunn for parents of children ages 5-11

Join Zoom Meeting: Pre-registration required      ZOOM

For more information: Katie Whitlatch, [email protected]

CLICK HERE to Learn more

Monday, May 18,  8 pm

Monday, May 4

11:30 am – Gym games w/Coach Brandi ZOOM

Tuesday, May 5

11:30 am – Playdough Creations Competition ZOOM

3:00 pm – Cardboard Car! Like to build or woodwork?  Let’s have some fun building this simple machine! ZOOM

8:00 pm – Peace of Mind for Parents: Strategies for Balancing Family Screen Time register in advance: ZOOM

Wednesday, May 6

12:30 pm – Clubhouse Lunch Bunch (all grades): Take a lunch break and catch up with all your Clubhouse friends. ZOOM

3:00 pm – Zentangle!  Like to draw? Let’s make beautiful creations and focus on relaxation and mindfulness all at the same time. ZOOM

Thursday, May 7

11:30 am – At home workout w/Coach Brandi ZOOM

3:00 pm – Virtual Trivia ZOOM

4/27-5/1

Our theme this week is CAMP. 

Ongoing: What I love most about camp! We’ll be posting all week long about why we love camp.  Share your pictures and videos telling us what you love most about camp or memories from past summers.  These can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to social media.  Make sure you tag J&R Day Camp!

Monday 4/27

11:30 am – J&R Day Camp Sports & Games w/ Coach Brandi    https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00 pm – J&R Day Camp Kahoot Trivia   https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Tuesday 4/28 Color War!

11:30 am – Camp Cheer & Song Competition https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00 pm – Minute to Win It Games  https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Wednesday 4/29 – Wacky Wednesday & Israel Day

11:30 am  Art Project: Make Your Own Crazy Hat for Wacky Wednesday! https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00 pm –Yom Ha’azmaut Pita Making https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Thursday 4/30

11:30 am – J&R Day Camp Sports & Games w/ Coach Brandi  https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00 pm – Campfire Storytime & S’more Making Competition   https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Friday 5/1

11:30 am – J&R Day Camp Flagpole & Shabbat https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00 pm – Virtual swimming w/JCC Aquatics Director Carla Likar https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

4/20-4/25

All week:  “Quarantine Cook Book”

With all the extra time at home, we’ve sure been doing a lot of cooking! The Children, Youth and Family Division is creating a  “Quarantine Cook Book” with all our favorite recipes.  Send us you and your child’s favorite recipes you’ve been making at home.  Everyone will get a virtual copy of the cookbook so we can share in each other’s favorite dishes!

Email your recipes to Jamie at [email protected]

 

Monday 4/20

10:30 am – Kids Yoga w/Coach Brandi: Start your week of centered and stretched with this 30 minute yoga session.  Appropriate for children ages 4-10. https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00pm – CYF Cribs:  Show us your house!  During this virtual “show and tell” as kids show us their bedrooms, playrooms, favorite toy, pet, etc. or whatever they love most about their home. https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Tuesday 4/21

10:30 am – Name That Tune: Start studying your songs as we get ready to test your knowledge just like the American classic game show. https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

12:30pm – Clubhouse Lunch bunch grades 2-6: This week’s theme will be “pets.”  Meet Jamie Scott’s new puppy, Jet, and introduce us to your pets too!  If you don’t have a pet at home, you can choose a favorite stuffed animal to share with the group.  PRIVATE EVENT

Wednesday 4/22

10:30 am – Line Dancing: Get ready to groove to some of our favorite dances!  We’ll learn the J&R Popcorn Dance, Macarena, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe and more! https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

3:00pm – Lego Building Competition:  Bring your legos and get ready to be challenged! https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

Thursday 4/23:

10:30 Brandi – At home workout w/Coach Brandi:  Animal style!  We’ll get our exercise in for the day with different animal style movements. https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

12:30 pm – Clubhouse Lunch bunch grades K-1: This week’s theme will be “pets.”  Meet Jamie Scott’s new puppy, Jet, and introduce us to your pets too!  If you don’t have a pet at home, you can choose a favorite stuffed animal to share with the group.  PRIVATE EVENT

Friday 4/24:

9:30 am – Shabbat Live: Join us for singing and dancing as we join our Early Childhood Development Center for a weekly Shabbat ritual.

Saturday 4/25:

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Kids Nite Out! Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fun: Back by popular demand, join us for a night filled with virtual Harry Potter activities including wand making, house sorting and the Hogwart’s Digital Escape Room!  We will be joined by a special guest, JCC Aquatics Director, Carla Likar for a “virtual swim” as well!  Bring your own snack and dinner. https://zoom.us/j/4071228310

April 27 – May 1 – CAMP week!

Next week is CAMP week!  Stay tuned for a week full of camp themed programs and activities.  We’ll have flagpole, group time activities, arts & crafts and more.  We’ll share our favorite camp moments as a part of a “What we love most about camp” campaign so start thinking about what your favorite camp activities!


Recent Events

Ongoing through Passover:

  • Share Your Shmere
  • Shalom Sesame
  • Afikomen Hunt
Friday, April 9 

2:00 pm               Passover Yoga w/Brandi:  Yoga and the story of Passover all rolled into one.  Our Sports & Rec Coordinator, Brandi D’Amico will “center” as we tell the story of Passover through basic yoga poses.  This session is most appropriate for children ages 1-7 but all are welcome to participate. ZOOM

Monday, April 13

10:30 am    Passover Cooking Club ZOOM

3:00 pm “It’s Passover, Grover!”

The JCC Association of North America and Shalom Sesame are proud to present, “It’s Passover, Grover!” Join us live on Monday, April 13 at 3 pm ET as we come together to learn about the story of Passover, different rituals, and other fun facts about this celebration of freedom!

Click here to see “It’s Passover Grover!”

“It’s almost time to celebrate Passover, and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese van der Pol, and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved!”

From the creators of Sesame Street, Shalom Sesame is a cross-platform media initiative developed to introduce American children to Jewish culture, Hebrew language and the diversity of Israel.

Click here to see “It’s Passover, Grover!”

 

Tuesday, April 14

10:30 am             Passover Jeopardy w/Jamie       ZOOM

Wednesday, April 15 – JCC Closed for Passover
Thursday April 16

10:30 am        Gym Time w/Coach Brandi    ZOOM

12:30 pm        Clubhouse Lunch Bunch grades 2-6 (Private meeting)

Friday 4/17

10:30 am          Shabbat Mitzvah Project    ZOOM

12:30 pm        Clubhouse Lunch Bunch K-grade 1 (Private meeting)

Monday 4/5

11:00 am   Superhero workout w/Brandi: Join us for this fun at-home workout, Superhero style with Sports & Rec Coordinator, Brandi D’Amico ZOOM

12:30 pm    Grades 3-6 Clubhouse Lunch Bunch – Private event (no zoom link)

Tuesday 4/6

10:30 am     Science Club w/Jamie: Learn how to make your own play dough and erupt your own volcano, all from your house! ZOOM]

Wednesday 4/7

10:30 am      Art from Afar w/Rachael Speck: Join us for a virtual art project.  Our theme this week will be “springtime”  ZOOM

12:30 pm             K-grade 1 Clubhouse Lunch Bunch – Private event (no zoom link)

Monday, March 30

10:30 am     Children, Youth & Families     Kids Yoga with Brandi      ZOOM

12:30 pm     Children, Youth & Families    Clubhouse Hangout gr. 2-6   Link will be emailed

Tuesday, March 31

10:30 am    Children, Youth & Families    Gym Time    ZOOM

3:30 pm      Children, Youth & Families    Virtual Hike   ZOOM

Wednesday, April 1

10:30 am    Children, Youth & Families     Virtual Games – ZOOM

12:30 pm    Children, Youth & Families     Clubhouse Hangout   Link will be emailed

Thursday, April 2

10:30 am    Children, Youth & Families      At Home Workout    ZOOM

12:30 pm    Children, Youth & Families      Virtual Jeopardy     ZOOM

Friday, April 3

10:30 am     Children, Youth & Families     Shabbat   ZOOM

2:00 pm      Children, Youth & Families      Art from Afar   ZOOM

Dear Teens and Families,

The JCC’s Second Floor Teen Center  top priority is the safety, health and well-being of our teens, professionals and community. More than ever, we feel the greatest responsibility to continue to foster connection for the Pittsburgh teen community to meaningful experiences.

Below you will find a calendar of virtual experiences to participate in, as well as a preview of next weeks events. We welcome and encourage your participation!

-Your Second Floor Staff


Shavuot is just around the corner and you have the chance to celebrate all week long with some of your favorite Pittsburgh teen organizations! May 20th-26th we will be having a week of Instagram challenges—do them on your own time, snap a picture, and post with  #teentikkunpgh to create a digital community celebration! On May 27th, join us from 8-9pm for a teen-led text study here on Zoom!

Challenges include: going for a walk or hike, writing letters to older adults, learning about food insecurity, planting something in your garden, and the first ever Teen Tikkun Bake Off! Have a chance to show off your culinary skills and compete for a sweet prize! Interested in participating and/or getting materials for planting or baking? Register here!

Questions? Feel free to contact Alex Malanych at [email protected]!

We hope you will join us for a totally new way to give a shout out to Shavuot!

 


The Second Floor Calendar of Virtual Experiences

Monday, May 18

11:30 AM ET   Naturally Israel: Uncovering Masada

Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation of America invites you to explore Israel through Israel’s fascinating & exciting series, Naturally Israel!

We will be talking with Dr. Guy Stiebel, archeologist, about his excavations, findings and stories surrounding the mysteries of Masada.

ZOOM

7:00-11:00 pm   

Rocket League (All platforms)

LINK

8:15 pm  Shark Tank Success! Scrub Daddy Live

Scrub Daddy, deemed America’s favorite sponge, is one of Shark Tank’s biggest successes! Join us for a fun, live Q&A and demo with Scrub Daddy’s Founder and CEO Aaron Krause.

ZOOM

Tuesday, May 19

2:00 pm   Second Hand Fashion with Meredith Fineman

Hosted by: Meredith Fineman, It Never Gets Old Podcast

Covers everything from how to buy and sell online second-hand clothing, to what brands have staying power, and what this explosive new industry of resale means for the planet and for fashion.

ZOOM

7:00-11:00 pm  FIFA 20 (XB1)

LINK

8:00 pm  Quarantine’s A Drag: Q&A With Jewish Drag Queens

Get to know Lady SinAGaga and Amneeja as we dive into their identities,  Jewish stories, and life in (and out) of drag.

Hosted by Alex Malanych from The Second Floor!

BBYO-ZOOM

Wednesday, May 20

8:00 pm Don’t Tell Me To Relax: How to manage teenage anxiety and reach out for support with Sophie Riegel

Join Duke University student, author, speaker, and mental health advocate Sophie Riegel for a conversation on the importance of mental health awareness, how to ask for the help you need, and how we can work together to change our language to decrease stigma around mental health.  Sophie is the former president of the board of directors of Here. Now, a Jewish mental health advocacy organization and strives to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Registration link

Sunday, May 24

2:00-6:00 pm   Madden
LINK

Tuesday, May 26

7:00-11:00 pm   NBK20
ZOOM


RECENT EVENTS
College Planning during COVID-19
What you need to know during uncertain times
A Webinar with Eva Gelman

Wednesday, May 6,  8 pm

Even under the best of circumstances, choosing a college is a difficult decision.  Now, with COVID-19, the process is more challenging for students and parents.  In this webinar, Eva Gelman will address how the landscape is changing with the latest information on the college admission process amid coronavirus and what students should know.

To participate, click HERE

For more information, please contact:

Chris Herman (The Second Floor) – [email protected]

or Jordyn Kay (EKC) – [email protected]

Monday, April 27

NHL 20 (XB1) Esports Tournament

7-11 PM ET

Click here to register

Tuesday, April 28

NBA 2K20 (XB1) Esports Tournament

7-11 PM ET

Click here to register

WLI Presents: Tracy Wolfson on Sports, Leadership and Motherhood

8:15 PM ET

Tracy Wolfson, lead reporter for the NFL on CBS, sits down with us for a conversation about sports (now and post quarantine)and her journey to becoming a successful broadcaster.

Click here to register

Wednesday, April 29

Worldwide Celebration of Israel’s Independence Day

A Special Celebration for Israel’s 72nd Birthday!
Our community will join together for an extraordinary virtual event celebrating Israel!
You can watch the event two ways:
• On JFNA’s Facebook page
• On YouTube at https://youtu.be/LrNU5GhJkFY.
From 2 to 3 PM ET:

Thursday, April 30
12 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety with IsraAID
1:00 PM ET
IsraAID provides mental health/psychosocial support to communities following disasters and crises. We wanted to bring this expertise to our US friends and partners, providing them with tangible ways to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to register

1-on-1 with ESPN’s Adam Schefter

8:00 PM

Join for an exclusive Q&A with Adam Schefter, a Senior NFL Insider at ESPN.

Click here to register

Sunday, May 3

NBA 2K20 (XB1) Esports Tournament

2-6 PM ET

Click here to register



RECENT EVENTS

Monday, April 20
Esports Fifa 20 XB1 Tournament
Monday, April 20 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET
Click here to register

Tuesday, April 21
12 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety with IsraAID
1:00 PM ET
IsraAID provides mental health/psychosocial support to communities following disasters and crises. We wanted to bring this expertise to our US friends and partners, providing them with tangible ways to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here to participate 

Zikaron Basalon – Pittsburgh Shinshinim
8 pm
Join us (Pittsburgh Shinshinim) for a zoom call in memory of the Holocaust.
In the call we will hear a testimony from a survivor, talk and sing together.
Click here to register 

Esports Smash Tournament
Tuesday, April 21 | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET
Click here to register

Creative Arts Workshop
6:30 PM ET
Join the CityStage (www.jtsa.edu/precollege) team for a chance to connect and get creative with other high school students –even as we socially distance! We’ll explore different ways to use our imagination and artistic abilities, including theatre, writing, music, and visual arts. NY theater-maker/artist Ariel Warmflash and educator Eytan Penn invite YOU to create some art and experience a slice of creating NYC-style art!
Click here to participate

Wednesday, April 22

J Line South Hills (closed)

7 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday, April 23
Hanging out with the Shinshinim
4 pm – 5 pm
Click here to participate
Password: israel

Friday, April 24
Hebrew Through Song
10 AM
This week we will be learning a song by Ilai Botner V’Yaldei hachutzt – “Running to you – רץ אלייך”
Click here to participate

Sunday, April 26
Hebrew with the Shinshinim

10 AM – 11 AM

Click here to participate

J Line

9:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Esports Madden 20 XB1 Tournament
Sunday, April 26 | 2-6 PM ET
Click here to register

Friday, April 10

4-4:45 pm Passover Q&A with Chris Herman

Have a question about Passover that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to? Well join us live as Chris Herman, Teen Division Director at the JCC, answers them all!

Visit @TheSecondFloorPGH on Instagram

Monday, April 13

3-3:45 pm Modern 10 Plagues of Passover with Rabbi Ron Symons

ZOOM

Gather together with teens from across Pittsburgh to explore modern interpretations of the 10 plagues of Passover.  You will need a cup of grape juice, several pieces of blank paper and some Q-tips.

It’s Tournament Time!

Throughout the month of April we are excited to offer six FREE play-from-home video game tournaments hosted by Lost Tribe for all Jewish teens aged 13 & above. Click here to register

Take a look at the upcoming schedule:

Monday, April 6

3-4:30 pm  Passover Movie Party: The Prince of Egypt

ZOOM

4:30-5 pm  How to Make Charoset with Hannah Kalson

Visit @TheSecondFloorPGH on Instagram

Tuesday, April 7

4-5 pm  The Four Questions for Making a Difference from a Distance

Rachael Libros, Repair the World

ZOOM

Begins at 8 pm  April 7-17: The Great Afikoman Hunt

A virtual treasure hunt over Passover

ZOOM

Wednesday, April 8

11:30 am  Coffee with Hayli

Join Hayli (Teen Member Coordinator at The Friendship Circle)  with a cup of coffee for positive vibes, connection with new and old friends, some good laughs, and inspiration to start off your day. meet.google.com/efi-pyri-afi\

Wednesday, April 1

3:30-4 pm Coffee Corner with Ariel

Come hang out with The Second Floor staff over some virtual coffee and conversation on Instagram live. This week’s staff person is Ariel DiFelice. Visit our Instagram page @thesecondfloorpgh.

6:30-7 pm: J Line Hebrew

7-8 pm: J Line South Hills

Thursday, April 2

4-4:30 pm: Teen Virtual Workout

Join Jesse Goleman as he takes us through a 30-minute virtual workout on Zoom.

Click here for the Zoom link.

Friday, April 3

4-5 pm: Game Night with  The Second Floor

Join The Second Floor on JackBox Games for an hour of playing virtual board and card games. ZOOM

Sunday, April 5

9:30-11:15 am: J Line & J Line Hebrew

Special Events:
Jewish Community Camps of North America Flagpole, hosted by Rick Recht

Wednesdays, 8 pm
May 13-June 3 

Flagpole are community-wide rallies of solidarity and song hosted by Rick Recht, the renowned Jewish musician.

JCC Association is launching this series of interactive and music events that also will feature leaders, clergy, and JCC camp families sharing inspiring stories from their own communities.

The JCCs of North America Flagpole series is funded by a generous grant from the Staenberg Foundation

Streaming via Facebook Live: Jewish Community Centers of North America. 


Check Out Everything We Have Happening!
Week of May 31

Monday, June 1 & Wednesday, June 3

Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

June 2-4

Draw Camp Competition

Submissions on Facebook and Instagram

Draw a picture of you with your bunk and send them in! We want to see all our campers smiling faces with their bunkmates!

All Week

Instagram Polls

Engage with us by answering some fun polls about your favorite parts about camp on Instagram!


RECENT EVENTS
Week of 5/17

Sunday, May 17 & Tuesday, May 19

Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

Wednesday, May 20-Friday, May 22

Draw Camp Competition

Submissions on Facebook and Instagram

Draw a picture of you with your bunk and send them in! We want to see all our campers smiling faces with their bunkmates!

Sunday, May 10

Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

Tuesday, May 12

5:00 pm   Halutzim Kahoot Get Together

Zoom Call

Calling all incoming Halutzim campers to join us for some trivia fun over a zoom call!

May 13-May 15

Draw Camp Competition

Submissions on Facebook and Instagram

This week’s submissions will be of your activity in camp! Submit your drawings to Facebook or Instagram and we’ll post some of our favorites!

Wednesday, May 13

4:00 pm   New Camper Tour of Camp

Zoom

Join Aaron for a virtual camp visit! See all the sights at camp through your computer at home!

Friday, May 15

8:00 pm Shabbat Song Session Live with Mason

Instagram Live and Facebook Live

Enjoy another Shabbat song session with Mason and don’t forget to send in your requests!


College Planning during COVID-19
What you need to know during uncertain times
A Webinar with Eva Gelman

Wednesday, May 6,  8 pm

Even under the best of circumstances, choosing a college is a difficult decision.  Now, with COVID-19, the process is more challenging for students and parents.  In this webinar, Eva Gelman will address how the landscape is changing with the latest information on the college admission process amid coronavirus and what students should know.

To participate, click HERE

For more information, please contact:

Chris Herman (The Second Floor) – [email protected]

or Jordyn Kay (EKC) – [email protected]

Week of 5/3-5/9

Monday, May 4

3:00 pm Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

See a Camp Pic, Post a Camp Pic

Instagram

Show us your favorite pics of camp and tag your friends to do the same! We’ll post our favorites in our Instagram story!

Tuesday, May 5

5:00 pm  Halutzim Kahoot Get Together 

Zoom Call

Calling all incoming Halutzim campers to join us for some trivia fun over a zoom call!

7:00 pm   Live at Camp, it’s Tuesday Night!

Instagram and Facebook Live

Tune in to Aaron and Brooks live at camp! There might even be a few surprise guests and some fun questions to answer!

Wednesday, May 6

5:00 pm Teen Kahoot Get Together

Zoom Call

We’re doing it again! Check your emails for a zoom link for your incoming teen camper to join us!

8:00 pm College Planning During Covid-19

Zoom Call

Even under the best of circumstances, choosing a college is a difficult decision. In this webinar, Eva Gelman will address how the landscape is changing, with the latest information on the college admission process amid coronavirus and what students should know.

To participate, clickHERE

May 6-May 9 Draw Camp Competition

Submit on Facebook and Instagram

This week’s submissions will be of your favorite camp meal! We want to see you draw the yummiest thing you eat at camp! Submit your drawings to Facebook or Instagram and we’ll post some of our favorites!

Thursday, May 7

3:00 pm Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

8 pm Staff Trivia Night

Zoom Call

Join us for another fun night of trivia! A zoom link will be sent to your email so look out for that!

Friday, May 8  

8:00 pm Shabbat Song Session Live with Mason

Instagram Live and Facebook Live

Enjoy another Shabbat song session with Mason and don’t forget to send in your requests!


Week of 4/26-5/2

3 pm on Sunday, 4/26 and Thursday, 4/30:  Camper Interviews

Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

Monday, 4/27: EKC Word Search

Facebook and Instagram

Find your favorite camp things in our EKC word search! Send us your completed word search so we know how you did!

4 pm Tuesday, 4/28: Halutzim Kahoot Get Together

Zoom Call

Calling all incoming Halutzim campers to join us for some trivia fun over a zoom call!

4 pm Wednesday, 4/29: Teen Kahoot Get Together

Zoom Call

Our first teen call was such a success we’re doing it again! Check your emails for a Zoom link for your incoming teen camper to join us!

4/28-5/2:  Draw Camp Competition

Submissions on Facebook and Instagram

Draw us whatever camp looks like in your mind! It can be your bunk, the dining hall, the lake, whatever you want to draw we want to see! We’ll accept your submissions and post some of our favorites!

8 pm Thursday, 4/30: Staff Trivia Night

Zoom Call

Join us for another fun night of trivia! A zoom link will be sent to your email so look out for that!

8 pm Friday, 5/1: Shabbat Song Session Live with Mason

Instagram Live and Facebook Live

Enjoy another Shabbat song session with Mason and don’t forget to send in your requests!


Recently….

Friday, April 17 (all day): Shabbat-O-Grams

  • Instagram and Facebook
  • Check out our Shabbat-O-Grams template on Facebook and Instagram! Copy it and fill it out and send to your friends, campers, fellow staff, whomever with a nice Shabbat note!
Week of 4/19-4/24

Sunday, April 19, 3 pm – Camper Interviews

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

Video posted on Facebook and IGHTV

Monday, April 20 – EKC Bingo

A fun Instagram activity where you can tell us what you’ve done and try and get a bingo! Copy the template from our Instagram story and fill it out for yourself!

Instagram Stories

Tuesday, April 21 – EKC Word Search

Find you favorite camp things in our EKC word search! Send us your completed word search so we know how you did!

Facebook and Instagram

Wednesday, April 22, 4 pm – Halutzim Kahoot Get Together

Calling all incoming Halutzim campers to join us for some trivia fun over a zoom call!

Zoom Call

Thursday, April 23, 3 pm – Camper Interviews

Check out our newest series of interviews! Aaron asks our campers some fun questions about EKC and there might even be some silly dad jokes!

Video posted on Facebook and IGHTV

Thursday, April 23, 8 pm – Staff Trivia Night

Join us for another fun night of trivia! A zoom link will be sent to your email so look out for that!

Zoom Call

Friday, April 24, 8 pm – Shabbat Song Session Live with Mason

Enjoy another Shabbat song session with Mason and don’t forget to send in your requests!

Instagram Live and Facebook Live

April 5-12: Pets of EKC Instagram and Facebook

Post your pets with the hashtag #petsofEKC

Begins at 8 pm on April 7: The Great Afikoman Hunt

https://azabbg.bbyo.org/on-demand/afikoman

Facebook and Instagram

April 10, 3 pm: Matzo Recipe Taste Tests #sharetheshmear 

Live on Facebook and Instagram

Begins Saturday, April 11: Instagram Pesach Bingo 

Instagram

Sunday, April 12 at 3 pm: Storytime with Aaron

  • Video Posted on Facebook and IGTV
  • Listen to Aaron tell a fun Passover story! Join us for story time and if you know Aaron, you know there are probably silly outfits involved.

Monday, April 13 at 3 pm

“It’s Passover, Grover!”

The JCC Association of North America and Shalom Sesame are proud to present, “It’s Passover, Grover!” Join us live on Monday, April 13 at 3 pm ET as we come together to learn about the story of Passover, different rituals, and other fun facts about this celebration of freedom!

Click here to see “It’s Passover, Grover!”

“It’s almost time to celebrate Passover, and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese van der Pol, and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved!”

From the creators of Sesame Street, Shalom Sesame is a cross-platform media initiative developed to introduce American children to Jewish culture, Hebrew language and the diversity of Israel.

 

 

Monday, April 13: This or That EKC Edition

  • Instagram Stories
  • A fun Instagram activity where you can tell us about your favorite things at camp! Copy the template from our Instagram story and fill it out for yourself!

Tuesday, April 14: EKC Word Search

  • Facebook and Instagram
  • Find you favorite camp things in our EKC word search! Send us your completed word search so we know how you did!

Tuesday, April 14, 4 pm: First Year Staff Get Together

  • Zoom Call
  • Calling all first year staff to join us for a round of trivia and hang out and get to know each other and get excited for a great summer.

Thursday, April 16: Ask Aaron

  • Instagram Live
  • Ask Aaron all your fun camp questions as he goes live on Instagram!
March 30-April 4
All Week

Pets of EKC– Instagram and Facebook

Monday, March 30

PB&J Challenge ––Facebook

Tuesday, March 31

Fort Building Competition – Facebook and Instagram

Wednesday, April 1

2:30 pm: New Camper Meet Up – ZOOM

8 pm: Netflix Hangout – Google Chrome App Action Items

Thursday, April 2

3 pm: Camp Kahoot –Zoom Call & Kahoot

8 pm: Trivia Night

Friday, March 20 at 3pm

Cleanest Cabin Competition

One of the best camp competitions with a twist! Send us a before picture of your room and then an after picture of your cleaned room. You can submit your entry by messaging your pictures to our Facebook page through direct messenger. Entries must be submitted by 3/23 at 12pm. EKC Facebook

Sunday, March 22 at 10 am

Slime Making
Join our EKC Director, Aaron Cantor, and family and learn how to make your favorite slimes! We’ll be going live on Facebook for this one so check out the EKC Facebook page. Here’s the supplies list:

  • Elmers white glue
  • Water
  • Contact solution
  • Baking soda
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring if desired
Tuesday, March 24 at 12 pm

Scavenger Hunt from Home
We’ll post our list of items for you to find at home on Tuesday on our Facebook page and Instagram account! If you collect them all take a picture and submit it by direct messaging the EKC Facebook page with the picture of all your found items. Entries must be submitted by 8 pm on March, 27.

Wednesday, March 25 at 3 pm

Arts and Crafts with Lindsey
We’ll post a video to our Facebook page for you to follow along and do a fun arts and crafts project at home! Check out the supplies list below.
Supplies List – Need:

  • Water bottle or any type of see through bottle
  • Water
  • Oil (preferably vegetable oil, but olive or baby oil work as well
  • AND/OR Clear glue or glitter glue

Suggested:

  • Food dye or water color paints
  • Super glue to hot glue (to secure the lid)
  • Glitter

Add ins:

  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Any small objects (get creative)
Thursday, March 26 at 1 pm

Virtual Snack Time & Letter Writing
Let’s gather together through a Zoom call and have snack time just like we would at camp! You can also take this time to write a letter to an Israeli soldier or a friend. If you choose to write a letter to an Israeli soldier, we’ll organize a collection of your letters to send to them from the EKC family.
https://zoom.us/j/394740893?pwd=Z2hiV2dOelQzTEhmN3dlRjJZR21oQT09

Friday, March 27 at 8 pm

Shabbat Song Session Live with Mason
Join us through Facebook and Instagram live as we join in an EKC Shabbat Song Session together! EKC Facebook

For a schedule of LIVE classes, click  HERE
Tap Class with Kathy Wayne

 

Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement for Children with Kathy Wayne

Patti Sciulli, our Wellness Specialist, shares ideas on how to  avoid stress during these difficult times in her latest blog post. Read it HERE

Meals to Go and AgeWell Delivers

For details on these life-sustaining programs, please click HERE

Virtual Senior Academy – Online Classes for Everyone!

Featured Classes: Lunch & Learn and Quarantine Stories  Learn more

If you are interested in joining: Email Maddie Barnes at [email protected]
Sign up on the Virtual Senior Academy website www.virtualsenioracademy.org


Message from Amy Gold

 

While you’re stuck at home – Maddie Barnes

For a schedule of LIVE classes, click  HERE

Healthy Living: Stay Safe in the Water

Thursday, May 21, 7 pm

May is National Water Safety Month. You and your family with be provided with critical information to ensure you stay safe when you’re in and near the water while still having fun. Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Know how to swim, prevent access to water and how to handle emergencies. Hosted by Jamie Nathan and Carla Likar from the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh’s Aquatics Department as part of South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh’s “South Hills Healthy Living” series.

RSVP to [email protected] and they’ll send you a Zoom link for this important summertime presentation.


RECENT EVENT

Wednesday, April 22, 7 pm: Q&A with the Saillfish coaches PA/US/NAT


Brandi’s ABC Workout

Soccer for Kids with Brandi

Preschool Warm-Up with Brandi

Stair Workout with Jesse

Goalkeep Specific Plyometric Workout with Jesse

 

 

JUNE 4: PROJECT UPSTANDER DAY OF ACTION

Please join us! Learn more HERE


NEW CLASSES – CURRENT EVENTS W/ RABBI SYMONS; ART AND QUARANTINE STORIES W/MELISSA HILLER

Let’s be virtual neighbors together. We have several programs on Zoom to invite you to.

We look forward to gathering with you. Our conversations will be all the richer because of your participation.  We welcome people of all backgrounds and opinions.

View the full schedule of classes HERE

 


BECOME A 412 FOOD RESCUE HERO WITH US!

We are excited to share a new volunteer opportunity with 412FoodRescue, whose mission is to prevent good food from being wasted by redirecting it to those who are experiencing food insecurity.

Click HERE to learn more about how you can help!

 


Our first Virtual Seder!

A program of the JCC Center for Loving Kindness and 2forSeder

Recently, friends joined Rabbi Ron Symons  for a 30-minute virtual Seder that focused on the meaning of the ritual items on the Seder table and ways we can apply Passover values to our world today, especially right now.

To learn about the many ways we celebrated Passover 2020 s, click HERE 


Mike Clark of WTAE with Rabbi Ron Symons

April 8

“THAT SENSE OF REDEMPTION, OF NEW BEGINNINGS, IS SHARED BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND JEWS AND PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS”

“As Passover begins for our Jewish friends, we want to share our conversation with Rabbi Ron Symons from the Center for Loving Kindness – JCC Pittsburgh as he and his family prepare for tonight’s Seder. Rabbi Ron offers his hopeful optimism at the center of tonight’s meal, and this period of time for people of all faiths.”

“THAT SENSE OF REDEMPTION, OF NEW BEGINNINGS, IS SHARED BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND JEWS AND PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS”As Passover begins for our Jewish friends, we want to share our conversation with Rabbi Ron Symons from the Center for Loving Kindness – JCC Pittsburgh as he and his family prepare for tonight’s Seder. Rabbi Ron offers his hopeful optimism at the center of tonight’s meal, and this period of time for people of all faiths ⤵️ More tonight at 6 PM on WTAE-TV

Posted by Mike Clark WTAE on Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Comforting Conversations

During this time of uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, the Center for Loving Kindness – JCC Pittsburgh presents a new series called “Comforting Conversations”. We invite you to listen and share your feelings, as members of our team talk with members of our community about topics we believe you and your family may be dealing with right now.

To see all of the conversations, click HERE

Rabbi Ron Symons talks with Liz Miller, Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, about helping adolescents

Rabbi Ron Symons talks with Mile Clark of WTAE: “How Much News?”

Our first conversation is with Dan Leger, a beloved hospice nurse and survivor of the Tree Of Life tragedy. Rabbi Ron Symons talks with Dan about fear.



Passover Through Art, Jewish Values and Loving Kindness
Passover Through Art, Jewish Values and Loving Kindness

Join Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller from the JCC PGH Center for Loving Kindness in a dynamic exploration of Passover art, Jewish values and loving kindness.  In this celebratory season, when many of us are accustomed to sitting at large tables with family, friends, food and tradition, this year’s Passover Seder experience will be more quiet for all of us.  That being said, just as the charoset of slavery is sweet, so too can our seders in the midst of Coronavirus be joyous.

Our conversations bring us together in communal exploration and kindness and might serve as conversation starters for your Passover table.

To view our Passover Conversations click HERE

To view more from the American Jewish Museum about Passover Art and the current XOXO exhibit click HERE

Melissa Hiller Shares Her Favorite Passover Artworks

As Passover approaches, the director of the JCC’s American Jewish Museum talks about some of her favorite works HERE


XOXO: An exhibit About Love and Forgiveness

XOXO is an exhibit currently at the JCC’s American Jewish Museum. The exhibit’s hands-on activities are intended to help us process and understand different kinds of emotions…and are meant for everyone no matter our age. Melissa Hiller, American Jewish Museum director, shares exhibit-based activities you can do at home.

Click HERE to see the activities.

Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for lending this exhibit to us.

 

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