Upcoming Programs

Bedouin Concept Night
Join us for a unique experience learning about the Bedouin society in Israel, their history and connection to the land, while enjoying a traditional Bedouin meal. A light dinner will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $8/Member | $11/Non-Member
CLICK HERE to register by February 15

A Walk of the Land: The Israeli National Trail
Join us as we hear from distinguished travel photographer, Udi Goren, and his life changing hike through the incredible Israel National Trail (INT). The INT is a hiking trail that crosses the entire country of Israel and is filled with a wide variety of beautiful landscapes, diverse cultures and rich flora and fauna.
About the Speaker: Udi is an honored graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in California and his work has been displayed in several international exhibitions, publications, and media outlets including the National Geographic Channel. This event is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be provided.
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
CLICK HERE to register by March 6

Movie and Lunch Bunch:

An Affair to Remember
Join us as we watch a classic love story, An Affair to Remember, in honor of Valentine's Day. A handsome playboy (Cary Grant) and a beautiful nightclub singer (Deborah Kerr) have a whirlwind romance on a cruise from Europe to New York -- despite both being engaged to other people. They agree to reunite six months later at the top of Empire State Building, but fate deals them a complicated hand.
Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $8/Member | $11/Non Member
CLICK HERE to register


The Theory of Everything
In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this, and with Jane at his side, he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine. A light lunch will be served.
Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $8/Member | $11/Non Member
CLICK HERE to register

Adult Education Courses
This winter, the JCC will be offering two different weekly classes of Adult Education Courses. These classes are open to all.
Two Sessions:
January/February Session by January 4
March/April Session by February 22

Adult Jewish Learning
Our Jewish Educator, Matan Norany, will share his knowledge of the Jewish world from his unique point of view. Our studies will cover life dilemmas, family and interpersonal relationships and many more interesting topics. Matan is a Judaic and Hebrew teacher at Akiva Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Philosophy and received his teaching license from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Matan also served seven years in the Israel Defense Force.
Date: Wednesdays, January 10 – April 25 (No classes on February 14, 28 & April 4)
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: JCC Library or Adult Lounge
Cost Per Session: $37/Member | $50/Non Member
CLICK HERE to register

Conversational Hebrew Course
Israeli community members, Gon and Shai Erez, will teach a conversational Hebrew course this winter. You will learn conversational phrases, enrich your vocabulary and practice reading the language. All of the above will be taught with fun methods which include games, songs and discussions.
Date: Thursdays, January 11 – April 26 (No classes on April 5 & April 19)
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: JCC Library or Adult Lounge
Cost Per Session: $37/Member | $50/Non Member
CLICK HERE to register

2018 JCC Scholar Series
This winter, we invite you to a series of educational lectures from scholars at Youngstown State University and Westminster College. The subject matter will vary in topic and a light lunch will be provided at each program.
CLICK HERE to register for the Scholar Series.

Sacred Emergencies: Religion and Violence Today
Speaker: Michael Jerryson
As long as history is recorded, humanity has engaged in violence. While religion has been a force for generosity, empathy and social justice, it has a darker side as well. In this talk, Dr. Jerryson addresses a cognitive pattern he calls "Sacred Emergencies" that explains the religiously justified violence across religious traditions and communities.

About the Speaker: Michael Jerryson is an associate professor of religious studies at Youngstown State University. He is the author and co-editor of numerous books and articles, such as The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (2013). Jerryson serves as an expert on religious terrorism, Asian culture and Buddhism for local, national and international news networks.
Date: Friday, February 2
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: FREE
Registration required by January 26

Embodying an American Conscience: Dorothy Day’s Life, Work and Honors
Dr. Angela Lahr will discuss Dorothy Day, who is a co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. This movement worked to “arouse the conscience” of Catholics and non-Catholics alike to the needs of the poor. Day drew inspiration from her Catholic faith, especially from the lives of the saints, to draw attention to her causes. While Day accepted many honors recognizing her work, it was also her principled rejection of certain honors that revealed her unique contribution to a national political conscience.

About the Speaker: Dr. Angela Lahr is Associate Professor of History at Westminster College. She researches American religious history and is the author of Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of American Evangelicalism.
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: FREE
Registration required by March 15

The Holocaust in Czech Cinema
Speaker: Jacob Ari Labendz
Between 1959 and 1969, Czechoslovak filmmakers released about ten Holocaust-themed films, many of extremely high quality. Dr. Labendz will discuss the films in their historical contexts with specific attention to the complex political and cultural uses of Holocaust memory by state actors, citizens and proto-dissidents. Through this cinematic journey, we will learn more about the place of Jews in communist Central Europe, why Jews could function as potent political symbols, and what this all meant for actual Jews.

About the Speaker: Jacob Ari Labendz is the Clayman Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Youngstown State University, where he directs the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. He specializes in the history and culture of Jews in modern Europe, with a focus on postwar Czechoslovakia.
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: FREE
Registration required by April 6
This program is also a part of the JCRC's 2018 Yom Hashoah events.

JCC Music Series
The JCC will host two concerts from artists and students from the YSU Dana School of Music. Join us for these wonderful evening performances with great music and lots of fun. Light refreshments will be served at each performance. 
CLICK HERE to register for the JCC Music Series.

YSU Barbershop Chorus: “One Achord”
“One Achord” is a 17 member Acappella Men’s Chamber Ensemble, singing in Barbershop Harmony tradition. Since the inception of the ensemble in 2015, “One Achord” has become an enormously popular vocal chamber group in the region. The ensemble has performed at a variety of events including Carols and Cocoa/Dana Holiday Concert, and they have also appeared on local TV stations WFMJ and WKBN.
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $8/Member | $11/Non Member
Registration required by February 23

An Evening of Music: Flute Solos and Duets

A delightful evening with flute solos and duets played by two of Youngstown State's finest graduate flute students, Anna Reitsma and Morgan Frederick. They will be accompanied by part-time YSU faculty member, Diane Yazvac. Music will include works from Bach, Nielsen, Doppler and more!
Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $8/Member | $11/Non Member
Registration required by April 19

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