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*
Click on the class you'd like to join and start sweating today!

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

Mondays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Barre with Lori

Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CXWORX with Lori

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

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

Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m. Les Mills BODYPUMP with Lori

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

Wednesdays, 11 – 11:45 a.m. Senior Exercise with Lori

Wednesdays, 6 – 6:45 p.m. HIIT Bootcamp with Luis

Thursdays, 7 - 7:45 a.m. Les Mills CXWorx & Stretch with Lori

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

Thursdays, 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Shred and Lean with Mary

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

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 contact Lori Price for more information at lprice@stamfordjcc.org.

 

CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE

Virtual Book & Author Conversations: Katherine Stewart
The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism  
Monday, Jul. 27 • 7 - 8 p.m.
Katherine Stewart, one of the leading authorities on the political aspects of the Religious Right, will discuss her new book: The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. Katherine Stewart’s work has appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostAmerican ProspectNew Republic and other publications. Tania Wilk Weiss will be the moderator.
All are welcome. FREE.
Click HERE to register.

 

For The Love of The J: Neshama Carlebach in Concert
Tuesday, Aug. 4 • 7 - 8 p.m.
A six-time entrant in the Grammy Awards and a winner and four-time nominee in the Independent Music Awards for her most current release, Believe, Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today’s best-selling Jewish artists in the world. Celebrate the holiday of love, Tu B’Av, with this award-winning singer and show your support for the JCC.

Suggested Donation: Fan: $18 | Groupie: $100
Click HERE to register online. (Upon registration, a Zoom link will be emailed to you.)
For more information on Neshama Carlebach visit neshamacarlebach.com.
 
The 19th season of the Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County is going VIRTUAL!
Mark your calendars for great films the weeks of October 15 – November 22, 2020.

AVAILABLE NOW!
Join us for a FESTIVAL SNEAK PEAK in the comfort of your own home for the viewing of an award-winning film.
Picture of His Life
Written and Directed by Yonatan Nir & Dani Menkin • Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg
Click HERE for more information, film trailer and to purchase screener.
Click HERE to view the Q&A with the film's executive producer, director, photographer and others.

 

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

 

JCC Book Club
Love to read? Enjoy meaningful discussions? Interested in getting to know people in a different way?
Sunday, Aug. 16 • 11:30 a.m. • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Sunday, Sept. 13 • 11:30 a.m. • The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul

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

JBaby
Virtual Bim Bom
Birth – 2 years
Come welcome Shabbat with a spirited celebration filled with singing, dancing, and lots of fun!
Friday, Jul. 17 • 9:30 a.m.  
Click HERE to attend

Fridays, 11:30 a.m. (Starting Jul. 31)
Click HERE to attend

Virtual Blooming Babies
Birth – 2 years
Virtual playgroup including circle time, music and movement. All are welcome!

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. (No class Jul. 27)  Click HERE to attend
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. Click HERE to attend
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Click HERE to attend
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Click HERE to attend

 

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
SUMMER CAMP IS ON!

Click HERE to register!
Day Camps@The J will begin Mon., June 22.

Click HERE to read Day Camps@The J Opening letter from camp director, Jason Samuel. 
Click HERE for 2020 protocols.
Additional questions? Contact Jason at jsamuel@stamfordjcc.org.


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
Empowering Parents During COVID-19: The Social Impact on Children
Tuesday, June 30 • 7 p.m.
Speakers:
• Attorney Lawrence Berliner, CT Special Education Law
• Jane Faherty, Director of JumpStart, Stamford JCC
• Meghan Cave, BCBA, LBA, Co-Founder, The Hangout Spot, LLC (Fairfield County, CT & Online)
Click HERE to register

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

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

LIVE Q&A with Ferenc Török, Filmmaker of 1945
Wednesday, Aug. 19 • 12:30 p.m.
The film, 1945 was the winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Drama in the 2018 Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County. Still haven't see 1945? It's available on Amazon or iTunes.
Click HERE to attend.
Courtesy of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

LIVE Book Discussion: Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era with author Saul Austerlitz
Tuesday, Aug. 25 • 8 p.m.
Click HERE to attend.
Courtesy of the JCC Chicago Book Discussion Series

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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Gallery @ The J Private Art Exhibit

The Contemplative Landscape Join us for a private art exhibit with Stamford-born artist Robert Selkowitz, whose signature landscape paintings are renowned for their near-therapeutic peacefulness. Selkowitz, who describes himself as a