For Jewish Journeys Students, Plan B Was the Great Outdoors

When the seventh graders enrolled in the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s Jewish Journeys B-Mitzvah class began their final year in the program in September 2019, they, like everyone else, had no idea the turns 2020 would take. The fifth group to reach this milestone since the unique Hebrew education program was launched in 2012, they anticipated celebrating the completion of their learning in the JCC’s auditorium, encircled by a Torah unscrolled around the celebrants and their extended families.

Remembering Judy Fettman

Adaptations, a group for those in their 20s and 30s that was one of the earliest innovations out of The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs, played a key role in enhancing the life of Judy Fettman over the past 12 years. All those who know her would agree that she did the same for Adaptations. She met Marc Dreyfuss at one of the group's Chat n Chew events.

"They were the leaders in the couples group," says Allison Kleinman, director of the Center for Special Needs. "They were a power couple."

A Community that Cares

For some, it was finding food for Passover. For others, it was finding a way to obtain needed medications. For some, it was the desire to find a substitute for their weekly bridge game. And for many, it was just the need to know that they had not been forgotten in isolation. Times are uncertain. Community is not.

JCC Harlem’s Meg Sullivan Honored for Her Commitment to Strengthening Reflective Community

Written by Cynthia Ceilan

"The fellowship of women from around the world who are making truly impactful change is not to be underestimated," says Meg Sullivan, director of JCC Harlem. "For someone like me, who is still in the early stages of my career, it's a particular honor to be among such giants."

Ms. Magazine, the JCC, and Feminism’s New Waves

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Joanne Edgar, and Ellen Sweet are former editors of Ms. magazine, the publication that symbolized the “second wave” of feminism in the 1970s and 80s; they’re also members of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan community. With this summer marking the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, it seemed an ideal time to bring them together to discuss the parallels between Ms. and the JCC, the changing face of feminism, and more, which we did in early March.