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Center for Jewish Engagement  |  STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics  |  Sports & Fitness  |  Aquatics  

 


Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
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Center for Jewish Engagement

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NEW! Simply Jewish
Grades 6 – 12
In this series you will explore Jewish culture, values and history. Using art, poetry, music and stories, participants will encounter Judaism in a fun and inclusive way. In this open and welcoming environment for everyone regardless of their religious background, the Jewish learning will elevate participants’ knowledge, and mindfulness, and will give them the tools in which to work on their moral compass. Our goal is that participants will grow their knowledge about Judaism and bring tolerance and respect to their community.

Grade 6
W  
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

Grade 7 – 12
Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

 

NEW! Kabbalah Crafts
Grade 6
Kabbalists believe that the divine realm interacts with the world through the ten sefirot. Each sefirah transmits a unique color, energy, and Hebrew words. Learn how to channel the sefirot into jewelry with an array of materials including zippers, metals, and shrinky dinks. In this workshop participants will learn more than just crafting, they will develop an understanding of kabbalistic energy sources, learn the art of crafting and have a great time with their peers. Take home jewelry for you and your family, or give it to a loved one as a gift!

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

 

NEW! Hebrew/Beginners
Ages 13 & up
If you want to learn Hebrew and have limited experience with the language, this is the course for you! Join David Citrin to learn conversational Hebrew that is grounded in grasping an understanding of the Hebrew basics, such as the alphabet, greetings, feelings and descriptions. Learn how to read, write and speak Hebrew.

Thursday, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $84 / Community $140 (7 sessions)

 


 

STEAM  Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics

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NEW! J Rock Music Class
Grade 6
Come jam out with us at the J! This 12-session series is perfect for your children to develop rhythm and technical musical skills while having a great time. Throughout the series participants will create rhythmic patterns with percussive instruments, learn how to play melodies and chords on the guitar, and find their musical voice while gaining focus, confidence and creativity. Guitars and percussive instruments will be provided.

Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

 

NEW! Fun with Science
Grade 6
Ever wonder what happens if you mix baking soda and vinegar, or how you can power a clock just by using a potato and some wiring? Join us while we discover the wonders of science using things you may already have in your kitchen! During the course of the session we will be getting our hands dirty and exploring the silly side of science. Experiments will be tactile and tailored to child interests. Come join us as we learn and play together!

Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 1
Member $ 273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

Chess Club
Grade 6
Learn chess and practice your game under the guidance of a chess master. This class is for both beginners and those who would like to learn more. Students placed by ability.

Winter Semester:
Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 20, Feb. 17)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

Spring Semester:
W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $189 / Community $225 (9 sessions)

 

Easel Painting
Grade 6
Paint like the Masters! Paint, Draw & More! presents a fantastic easel painting class. This fun class will give students experience with acrylic paints and teach brush techniques that allow children to express their creativity. Students are encouraged to problem solve and add their own unique ideas to their paintings. Their accomplishments help build self-esteem as they blossom and grow their own artistic style. Repeat students will continue their knowledge of the medium with new paintings.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 2
Member $ 294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

 

NEW! Intro to Guitar
Grade 6
Start down the road to music stardom by learning the most versatile instrument. In this introductory group course, budding musicians will learn proper finger placement to play notes and then progress on to cords. The end of the semester will feature a ‘concert’ so students can play for their parents.

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 21 – Jun. 2
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

 

NEW! More Fun with Science
Grades 6
Our wildly popular Fun with Science class is back. Learn how lemons can do a whole lot more than just make lemonade, and experiment with dry ice. Join us to discover even more wonders of science using things you may already have in your kitchen. During the course of the session, we will be getting our hands dirty and exploring the silly side of science. Experiments will be tactile and tailored to child interests. Come join us as we learn and play together!

Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 10
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

 

NEW! Video Game Coding By Code Ninjas
Grade 6
Ready to become the next best video game designer? Join us to learn coding concepts that will, in turn, help you build your own video game (using MIT Scratch and Roblox) that you then can publish for your friends to play. You will also develop logical and problem-solving capabilities by engaging in fun STEM activities. Each week you will continue to build upon your project from the previous week, culminating in coding your own video game. This class offers individualized, self-paced computer coding sessions, with a low student-teacher ratio.

Fridays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 17 – Jun. 12 (No class May 29)
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

 

Drawing and Painting
Grade 6
Express yourself while learning the technical skills that will help your artist ability blossom. You will work with sketching, drawing and watercolor painting. You will take your drawings and translate them into paintings using several types of water-color media. Artists will learn drawing techniques as well as watercolor techniques and tricks.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

 


 

Sports & Fitness

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NEW! Youth Krav Maga
Grade 6
Krav Maga is an Israeli form of martial arts. Youth Krav Maga is a unique experience that imparts self-defense skills using fun exercises. Students will learn the principles of distance management, leverage, and awareness. In this workshop you will gain skills that can be used to stay safe, and remain calm under pressure. Taught by David Citrin, who learned Krav Maga in Israel, and has over a decade of martial arts training.

W  Sundays, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

 

Archery
Grade 6
Ready, aim, bull’s-eye! Join our certified instructors to learn how to use a bow and arrow properly on the Day Camps@The J Archery Range. After you perfect your shot, play fun games like tick, tack, toe and even qualify for the Jr. Olympic archery program with USArchery.

Mondays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

 

Golf with TGA
Grade 6
Tee it up with TGA! TGA’s action-packed golf program is perfect for beginners and experienced players to build skills and have a blast learning about the game in a safe and supportive environment. All equipment is provided.

Mondays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $225 / Community $270 (9 sessions)

 

Basketball Clinics
Grades 6 – 8
Players will work on fundamentals including ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense, and more. Players of all abilities are welcomed. Players will be grouped by age and ability.

Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 21 – Jun. 9
Member $168/ Community $200 (8 sessions)

Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

 

Tennis with USPTA Professional Shane O’Reilly
Grade 6
Having fun is vital, but emphasis on proper technique will not be compromised. This program will provide students the opportunity to take their tennis game to the next level. Only 10 student max per class, so sign up today!

Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 10
Member $240 / Community $264 (8 sessions)

Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $210 / Community $231 (7 sessions)

Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 17 – Jun. 12 (No class May 29)
Member $240 / Community $264 (8 sessions)

 

Teen Personal Training
It is important for pre-teens and teens to be physically active at least five days a week. This routine will encourage a healthy lifestyle and help combat obesity. Teen sessions will be goal-oriented with a strong focus on how to properly use the cardio machines and other equipment in accordance with their individual body types and personalized goals.

60 Minute Private Sessions
10 Sessions $63 per sessions ($630)
5 Sessions $65 per session ($325)
3 Session Intro Rate $150*
30 Min Private
10 Sessions $35 per session ($350)
5 Sessions $37 per session ($185)
3 Session Intro $90*
60 Min Semi-Private
10 Sessions $47 per session ($470)
5 Sessions $50 per session ($250)
3 Session Intro $110*

*Introductory rates for first-time JCC member personal training clients only.

 

Small Group Personal Training for Teens
Train with Friends and Save!
Have fun training with 3 to 5 of your friends! Teens will meet with a personal trainer who will tailor the workouts to the participants’ preferences and skill levels. Grab 2 or more friends and contact Lori Price at lprice@stamfordjcc.org. Pricing will depend on the size of the group. Small Group Personal Training is open to both members and non-members.

 

Private Basketball Lessons with a JCC Coach
Grades 6 – 12
For information or to make an appointment, contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org

 

Fitness Center Certification Course
This class is for all 13-year-olds who would like to use the JCC Fitness Center on their own. Etiquette, proper equipment usage, form, safety, and training guidelines will be covered. After completion of this class, teens will have unlimited access to the Fitness Center during non-peak hours. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967 or lprice@stamfordjcc.org

   


 

Aquatics

Swim Assessment for New Swimmers 

For all children enrolling in a swim program for the first time, we strongly encourage you to bring your child for a free assessment. Our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

Swim Refund Policy
Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be strictly enforced. Refunds, credits or make-up classes for unscheduled absences cannot be accommodated. For absences due to serious illness/injury (doctor’s note required) or absences known at least one week in advance, we will make every effort to schedule make-up classes. Placement in make-up classes is based on the schedule of comparable classes and their availability.

Swim Cap Policy

Everyone entering the pool must wear a swim cap. This rule applies to males & females of all ages who have hair, no matter how long.

 

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Pediatric CPR Class
This class is intended for anyone involved in childcare who has a duty to respond to emergencies in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. It’s ideal for: moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, babysitters, nannies, and guardians. In this course, one will learn some of the following:
• the difference between infant CPR and child CPR;
• how to recognize if a child is choking;
• how to clear a child’s airway if he or she is choking.
Please note: This is not a certification course; it’s for educational purposes only.

Wednesday, May 20 • 7:15 – 8 p.m.
Price: Member free/ Community $15

 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course at The J
This lifeguarding course is for entry-level lifeguard participants (15+ yrs). 
Learn skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Learn how to provide care for cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Sunday, Apr. 5 • 3 – 9 p.m., Monday, Apr. 6 & Tuesday, Apr. 7 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, Apr. 18 & Sunday, Apr. 19 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, Apr. 25 & Sunday, Apr. 26 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, Jun. 6 & Sunday, Jun. 7 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

Saturday, Jun. 13 & Sunday, Jun. 14 • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Member $400 / Community $450

 

Pre-Swim-Team Program
4 – 10 years
Two days per week is mandatory. Prices listed for two days per week include a discount. Children enrolled two days a week are eligible for a 3rd practice, free of charge. Based on your child’s ability, he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions.

  

Level 2
Black swim cap
6 – 10 years
Learn competition-style swimming to become faster and more efficient in your strokes and turns. Testing is required for children new to the program. Children who are enrolled two days a week may qualify for Sunday sessions at no extra charge. Twice a week is MANDATORY. Based on your child’s ability he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions. A third practice for pre-team will be held on Sundays at 3 p.m. Please note: private lessons, group classes or Sunday practice can be used for a mandatory second practice.

 

Winter Semester:
NEW TIMES!

2-Day Options: You pick 2 days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 2 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $650 / Community $884 (26 sessions)

Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. & Sundays 3 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16, Feb. 18)
Member $625 / Community $850 (25 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. & Sundays 3 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $675 / Community $918 (27 sessions)

1-Day Option When combined with private swim lesson or group class
Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $312 / Community $432 (12 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 2
Member $364 / Community $504 (14 sessions)

Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $338 / Community $468 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
NEW TIMES!
2-Day Options: You pick 2 days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 21 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $375 / Community $510 (15 sessions)

Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $400 / Community $544 (16 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24, May 28)
Member $375 / Community $510 (15 sessions)

1-Day Option: When combined with private swim lesson or group class
Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 21 – Jun. 9
Member $208 / Community $288 (8 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11 (No class May 28)
Member $182 / Community $252 (7 sessions)

Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Apr. 19 –Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $208 / Community $288 (8 sessions)

 

JCC Stingrays Competitive Swim Team IS AN OFFICIAL USA SWIM CLUB!
The JCC competes in the USA Swimming League. Practices will be held on Mondays through Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Fridays at 6 p.m. Children must try out for the team, and must have the following prerequisites:

• Level 4 – Barracuda (stroke development)

• Pre-Swim Team Classes*

JCC Stingrays Junior Competitive Swim Team is for those swimmers who want to begin participating on a swim team, but are not quite ready in skill or ability for Swim Team. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. For more information please contact Alex Tkachuk at atkachuk@stamfordjcc.orgor 203.487.0990.

*The JCC’S Pre-Swim Team Program is a wonderful way to develop good swimmers into great swimmers before they join our competitive team. For more information please contact Alex Tkachuk at atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0990.

 

Private & Small Group Swim Lessons
Private lessons, alone or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess your child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson: Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons: Member $230 / Community $280
10 lessons: Member $410 / Community $510

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson: Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons: Member $180 / Community $220
10 lessons: Member $320 / Community $390

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson: Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons: Member $165 / Community $195
10 lessons: Member $290 / Community $350

 

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