Upcoming Programs

JCC Israeli Scholar Series
Israeli scholars living in the U.S will speak about their fields of study. These programs are free and open to the public, a light lunch will be provided at each program.

The ‘Small-Talk” of our Body: How Information is Being Transferred
Scientist Shlomit Kenisberg will discuss the exciting field of exosome research and its applications. Exomes have been found to carry important signals to distant parts of the body. Isolating and studying these cells is now used for the diagnosis of various pathological conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Speaker:
Shlomit Kenigsberg, PhD, MBA, MO3, is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor. She currently holds a managing position at the Juno fertility clinic in Canada. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, January 14

What’s Inside the Capsule? The Science Behind Pharmaceutical Product Development
Have you ever wondered why new drugs are so expensive? What are the differences between generic and brand name products? In this talk, Dr. Galit Regev, will walk us through the complex process of new drug development including the large investment of money needed, manufacturing the product, and regulatory approval.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Galit Regev is the Director of Formulation Sciences at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, LLC. She received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She is an expert in the development and formulation of innovative drug products.
Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, February 4

Fashioning American Citizens: Jewish Immigrants in the Land of Dollars
Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox of Case Western University will discuss the ways the fashion and textile industry played an important role in Jewish immigrants' assimilation during the late 19th and early 20th century. She will show how the garment industry became an important avenue for Jews to enter the middle-class, gain political influence, and create a community in the new country.

About the Speaker:
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University. Einav holds a PhD in History from New York University in 20th Century U.S. history with a particular focus on Women's and Gender History.
Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, March 4

Hummus Nation
You are invited to dip into hummus! Dr. Rafi Grosglik will discuss its history, social meaning of consumption and production in Israel, the shared culinary passion of this food by Jews and Arabs, and its representation of globalization and localization in Israel and the Arab world.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Rafi Grosglik is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Jewish Studies at UC Davis. He earned his PhD at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and was a recipient of the Jonathan Shapiro post-doctoral fellowship at Tel Aviv University. He was also a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University and has taught at Boston University and Tufts University.
Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, April 1

Adult Programs

African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem
Established in 1966, the Black Hebrew Israelites is a very unique community in Israel made up of African-Americans who moved to Israel under the belief that they are the descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Hear the fascinating story of Rookamah Goldston, who was raised as part of this unique community with many distinct rituals.
Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Click Here to register by Monday, January 21

Special Needs Youth in Israel
Founded in 2003, Kivunim, meaning “directions’’ in Hebrew, serves as a non-profit organization for young people with disabilities. They provide services to individuals with physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, chronic illness disorders, brain injuries, hearing impairment, and high functioning young adults on the autism spectrum. Michal Nitzany, Resource Development Director at Kivunim, will discuss their work to empower young people with disabilities through innovative programs that emphasize capabilities and strengths.
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, February 11

Hen Mazig- IsraeLGBT
Join us for a talk with Israeli writer and speaker Hen Mazzig who was named one of the 100 people most positively influencing Jewish life in 2018. Mazzig served in the IDF as an openly gay commander and worked as an intermediary between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Palestinian Authority, the UN, and the many nongovernmental organizations working in the West Bank. He was also the Campus Coordinator for StandWithUs where
he fought BDS on college campuses and in communities.
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, March 11


YSU Barbershop Chorus: “One Achord”
The JCC is happy to welcome back “One Achord’’! This 17-member acappella men’s chamber ensemble has been singing barbershop harmony since 2015. They have performed at a variety of local events such as Carols and Cocoa/Dana Holiday Concert, and they have also appeared on local TV stations WFMJ and WKBN.
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Click Here to register by Monday, April 8

Club Gelbe Stern Cabaret Night
Set in Berlin, 1933, Club Gelbe Stern - a musical in one act - tells the story of Erika Stern, a fictional Jewish chanteuse living and performing in Berlin as the Nazis rise to power. Erika is provocative, sassy, feisty and above all determined to give a magnificent performance to her loyal audience. Using German, British and American cabaret music of the 1920’s and 30’s, Club Gelbe Stern is a cabaret within a play, offering audiences a glimpse into what it may have been like for Jewish performers in the final days of the Weimar Republic.
Date: Thursday, May 16
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Adult Education

The JCC is now offering a series of classes for adults to further their Jewish education. These classes will be held on Thursdays and everyone is welcome to participate!

Modern Hebrew Conversation
Taught by Hebrew and Judaic instructor Matan Norani, this class is for participants who can already read and understand Hebrew, but wish to improve their skills.
Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JCC
$18/Member | $25/Non Member
Click Here to register

Hebrew Primer
Israeli educator Gon Erez will teach this crash course in Hebrew reading. Once completed, you will be able to phonetically read any Hebrew word. You can choose from an afternoon (lunch included) or evening class. You must attend the same class time weekly.
Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. or 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: JCC
$25/ Member | $35/Non Member (afternoon class)
$18/Member | /$25/Non Member (evening class)
Click Here to register for the afternoon class
Click Here to register for the evening class

Mussar (Morals) Class
Want to be happier and more fulfilled? Rabbi Dario will teach us about the Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar. This practice gives guidance on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. Rabbi Elya Lopian described Mussar as ‘‘teaching the heart what the mind already understands.’’
Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JCC
$18/Member | $25/Non Member
Click Here to register

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