J ON DEMAND

Your home for Stamford JCC virtual programs

Click HERE for reopening information.
Click HERE for our Covid-19 Updates webpage. 
 

Stay connected to your JCC community “on the line”!
At The Stamford JCC, so much of our work is about bringing people together and providing pathways for personal connection through innovative programs.  We enable life to flourish. During this unprecedented time, our team is busy creating innovative engagement opportunities for our community to stay connected and enriched. We will be making content accessible at program, JCC, and community levels across multiple media platforms.

Our mission and vision are not defined by our building but by our middle name…community!

 

We invite you to join us virtually for programs and educational and wellness content. Check back frequently as we will be adding new content every day!
PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES (Full schedule in development)

FITNESS

Group Exercise Live-Stream Schedule*

Mondays, 7 - 7:45 a.m. Sculpt with Dina

Mondays, 8:15 – 9 a.m. Strength, Cardio & Stretch with Leann

Mondays, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Strength & Stretch with Mary 

Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m. Les Mills CXWORX with Karen

Tuesdays, 7 - 7:45 a.m. Les Mills Tone with Dina

Tuesdays, 8:15 – 9 a.m. Les Mills BODYVIVE with Diana

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Yoga with Leann

Tuesdays, 6 – 6:45 p.m. Yoga with Ania

Tuesdays 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Foam Roll Release with Ania

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Strength Circuit with Karen

Wednesdays, 11 – 11:45 a.m. Strength in Chairs with Shari

Wednesdays, 6 – 6:45 p.m. Les Mills BODYPUMP with Dina

Thursdays, 7 - 7:45 a.m. Les Mills CXWORX & Stretch with Dina

Thursdays, 9 – 10 a.m. Dance to the Core with Jessica

Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Barre with Ania

Thursdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m. Pilates with Fran

Thursdays, 6 – 6:45 p.m. Shred &Lean with Mary

Fridays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Les Mills BODYPUMP with Lauren

Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Mixed Levels Yoga with Ann

Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Pilates with Karen

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. HIIT Cardio with Lauren

 

For classes, please have available: hand weights or two cans (same size and weight); towel; exercise tube or thera band; chair for balance; broom stick, walking stick or any sturdy pole that can be used for balance when standing, and performing movement; and exercise mat.

Archived Virtual Group Exercise Classes*

LES MILLS Group Exercise on Demand*
We have collaborated with LES MILLS and are happy to offer a variety of group fitness classes to our valued members!

30-Day Fitness Challenge
This challenge is designed to work every major muscle group and gives you the opportunity to improve your fitness level while allowing each muscle group adequate recovery time. Select the exercises that work best for you. As your fitness level increases preform the more challenging options. Cardio can be a brisk walk, jog, run or for inside options jumping jacks, burpees or mountain climbers.

Complete 10 reps of each exercise and repeat the entire circuit 4 times.
Click HERE for WEEK 1.
Click HERE for WEEK 2.
Click HERE for WEEK 3.
Click HERE for WEEK 4.
Click HERE for the LAST 2 DAYS.
Not sure how to perform these exercises properly? Check out our tutorial HERE.

8-Week Nutrition Challenge
During this challenging time, simple behaviors like eating a healthy well-balanced diet, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep should be our focus. What we fuel our bodies with is so important at this time. Follow our 8-week nutrition challenge to ensure that your family is getting a healthy diet.
WEEK 1: Close your kitchen after eating dinner and aim for a 10-12 hour fast.
Click HERE for information on time-restricted eating.

WEEK 2: Add a non-starchy vegetable to breakfast.
Click HERE for some ideas.

WEEK 3: Replace your pantry with healthy fats.
Click HERE for a list of healthy fats.
Click HERE for more information on healthy fats.

WEEK 4: Get more sleep! Push your bedtime up by 15 minutes.
Sleep is essential to good health and weight loss. Your goal should be 8-9 hours of sleep every night. 

WEEK 5: Stay Hydrated! Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
We've talked about how important it is to stay hydrated and after a good night's sleep and a fast your body needs to start to re-hydrate. So before the first sip of tea, before the first cup of coffee, treat your body to a tall glass of water. This is a good habit to establish and it is a very kind and gentle way to start the day for your body.

WEEK 6: Add one more serving of a non-starchy vegetable each day.
No matter how many vegetables you currently eat per day, try to add one more. Need some ideas? Try Bean Sprouts, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cucumber, Hearts of Palm, Jalapeno Peppers, Kale, Spaghetti Squash ... and the list goes on of yummy vegetables!

WEEK 7: Before leaving home pack a healthy snack to take with you.
This habit will ensure that you are eating healthy foods no matter where you are. Need some healthy snack ideas? Click HERE.

WEEK 8: Watch your gluten intake!
Gluten causes inflammation and mimics body tissue which can lead to or exacerbate existing autoimmune disorders as well as many other disorders/diseases. For more information click HERE. Gluten free foods include all vegetables, fruit, fats and fresh meat. 

Virtual Personal Training*
Members can keep their schedules normal with personal training with our roster of certified personal trainers. Please email sziegelman@stamfordjcc.org.

 

CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE  

The 19th season of the Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County is going VIRTUAL!
Mark your calendar for six weeks of award-winning films, October 15 - November 22, featuring Q&A‘s with film directors and expert speakers.
Click HERE for details.

 

Taste of Torah with Jonathan Fass
Fridays, 12 p.m.
FREE

 

JCC Book Club
Love to read? Enjoy meaningful discussions? Interested in getting to know people in a different way?

Sunday, Oct. 18 • 11:30 a.m. • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah • Click HERE to attend.
Sunday, Nov. 15 • 11:30 a.m. • Swans of Fifth Avenue:
A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Sunday, Dec. 20 • 11:30 a.m • The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Eisen
Sunday, Jan. 24 • 11:30 a.m • The Queen of Paris:
A Novel of Coco Chanel by Pamela Binnings Ewen

All are welcome. There is no charge.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact twilk@awptv.com.

 

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE & ENGAGEMENT

Click HERE to make Cheesecake for Shavuot with David

 

CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING
JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
Click HERE for Music with Miss Jordana
Click HERE to celebrate Shabbat with Sandi Waldstreicher
 
Click HERE for the story of Passover with Sandi Waldstreicher and her family
Click HERE to make Edible Rainbows with Miss Marie
Click HERE to take a trip to Israel and celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with Sandi Waldstreicher
Click HERE to make Pizza with Ms. Dern
Click HERE for the recipes and click HERE for the full cooking demonstration from Recipe for a Virtual Mother's Day
Click HERE for Sandi Waldstreicher's Carpool Chit-Chat with Moses - just in time for Shavuot!
Click HERE for the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Moving-Up video

The JCC Preschool at Greenwich Reform Synagogue with Sarah Gregoire
Click HERE to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
Click HERE to sing Three Green and Speckled Frogs

Click HERE to make Play-Doh
Click HERE for a bedtime story, Are you a Horse?

KinderPlace at The J
Click HERE for Salad Spinner Art with Karri
Click HERE to make a Ring Toss with Annie
Click HERE to make Mosaic Art with Ana
Click HERE to make a Bubble Maker with Michelle

JumpStart
Click HERE to see the JumpStart teachers walking on sunshine.
Click HERE to join the JumpStars Facebook Group, provides resources for parents and siblings of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

YOUTH & FAMILY
Day Camps@The J
Click HERE to play Color War @ Home!
Click HERE to make Moon Sand with Hannah
Click HERE to make Matzah Brei with Jason
Click HERE for Science@Home with Jason: Baking Soda Edition
Click HERE to make a Balloon Zipline with Stephen 
Click HERE to make Play-Doh with Roxanne
Click HERE for the Camp Directors Kitchen: How to Make English Muffin Bread

KidsPlace with Reyanne Neal
Click HERE for a Butterfly Craft Project
Click HERE for a Panda Craft Project
Click HERE for a Yoda Craft Project
Click HERE for a Rocket Craft Project

  

INCLUSION
Cooking with Hannah & Liza
Click HERE to make Banana Pancakes
Click HERE to make Egg Salad
Click HERE to make Spaghetti and Meatballs
Click HERE to make Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

 

SPORTS & RECREATION
Stamford J Basketball
Click HERE for the "No Dribble" Ball Handling Drill
Click HERE for the "V Dribble" Ball Handing Drill
Click HERE for the Crossover Ball Handling Drill

Tennis with Shane O'Reilly
Click HERE for drills that will help you with your serve toss and continental grip
Click HERE for footwork drills

 

DANCE & ARTS CENTER

Click HERE for the Dance Drill Challenge: Waving Isolation Drill with Ms. Lizzie
Click HERE for The J Dance Challenge: Ms. Lizzie challenges you to learn this dance
Click HERE for the J Dance Challenge: Reflection with Ms. Maria
Click HERE for a Jazz Pirouette Tutorial with Ms. Maria
Click HERE for a Tutting Dance Challenge Part 1 with Ms. Maria
Click HERE for a Tutting Dance Challenge Part 2 with Ms. Maria

 

AQUATICS
Swim School at The J
Click HERE for a bathtub swim tutorial with Gabi
Click HERE for a bathtub swim tutorial on Back Flotation with Natasha

Stamford Sting Rays Swim Team
Click HERE for Dry Land High Intensity Interval Training with Alex

May is National Water Safety Month! Check our social media accounts for water safety information throughout the month.
Water Safety Tip #1: Make sure there is constant adult supervision and children are within arm’s reach at all times, even if children wear a life jacket or other flotation device. 

Water Safety Tip #2: Home pools are the most common sites for drowning among young children. Install a minimum of a 4 feet barrier around all water sources, including pool, spa and hot tubs.
Water Safety Tip #3: Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear a coast guard approved life jacket. Please note: flotation devices are not the substitute for a properly-fitted life jacket.
Water Safety Tip #4: Teach your children to stay away from uncovered pool drains. Pool and hot tub drains are powerful. In just seconds, hair, clothing, jewelry and even parts of the body can get trapped underwater.
Water Safety Tip #5:
Enter water feet first. Sometimes it's not easy to see how deep the water is, so be safe by going in feet first and remember to never dive into water when you don't know its depth.
Water Safety Tip #6: Keep your home safe. Any large container (bathtubs, sinks, toilets, buckets, fish tanks, etc.) with water can be a potential hazard. Remember to maintain constant adult supervision while children are near water.

 

JCARES

Interested in getting involved in food drives and other volunteer/service opportunities? Join the JCares volunteer committee TODAY! Email jcares@stamfordjcc.org.

Interested in being part of the JCC Social Action Committee? This committee will facilitate education and discussions regarding systemic racism, inequality, bias and issues of social justice, with the goal of creating positive and permanent change. To join, email jsac@stamfordjcc.org.

JCares is teaming up with the City of Stamford's Stamford Together initiative to help recruit volunteers for the Homemade Cloth Mask Program. Volunteers are asked to help sew cloth masks which will be distributed to residents of Stamford. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer.

 

CONTENT & RESOURCES - FROM OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY & BEYOND

Arts & culture offerings: 92nd Street Y at Home

Teen offerings: BBYO On Demand

Jewish life offerings: Congregation Agudath Sholom

Social service resources: Jewish Family Service

Children's music offerings: PJ Library Artist Music Videos

 

*The content of Stamford JCC video is for entertainment only. JCC is not a medical organization and its instructors or staff cannot provide medical advice or diagnosis. Physical exercise in all forms, even without equipment, is a strenuous physical activity. As such, you should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this fitness program or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for you. If you are predisposed to a medical condition that may be worsened by physical exercise, please do not start this fitness program. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately. If you think you are having a medical or health emergency, call your health care professional, or 911, immediately. 

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