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  1. Week 9 of construction and going strong!



    We are now in our 9th week of construction at the Prosserman JCC. It is completely amazing to see the large steps that have been accomplished in such little time.

    The large machinery has been brought in and the foundation is in the process of being laid down. The contractors have begun the backfilling and compaction for the new roadway.  Additionally, the excavation for the pool and lower level foundation walls has started and the pouring of concrete for the foundation footings commenced last week. 

    Whether you grew up with the Flintstones or Bob The Builder – it’s exciting to watch!

    The daycare kids are mesmerized with their front row seats watching as their future JCC comes to life right in front of their eyes. One of the construction workers even showed them some of the equipment and see how it works. They loved it!

    Despite all the excitement, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind members and visitor that the trucks and heavy equipment traffic will be sharing the access road.  Please use extra caution.  When necessary, there will be flagmen in place to direct traffic.  For safety purposes, all pedestrian access should be through the Bathurst Street entrance. The potential relocation of the southbound TTC stop has been delayed due to some technical considerations so we will update you once the situation has been resolved. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at anytime.

    If you haven’t already, check out this time lapse which will be updated each month, here.

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  2. Celebrating Two Decades - Liz Pearl

    Liz Pearl

    This year I am celebrating my 20-year anniversary with the Prosserman JCC Stroke Recovery and Parkinson’s Support and Fitness Group. (Twenty years translates to over 1000 hours!) Of course back then the centre had a different name and in fact we were located in a different building. When I first began facilitating this inspiring group my children (now adult Millennial) attended the Centre Camp on campus and I was happy to be on site. My kids have since grown and flown, however I continue the routine drive up Bathurst Street on Monday mornings to the Prosserman JCC – my home-away-from-home.


    It’s well-known in our community that Ben and Jerry are much more than just ice-cream. This quasi-autonomous group is spearheaded by Ben Swartz and Jerry Weinper, two longtime and exemplary members and volunteers at the Prosserman JCC. They were on the scene when I arrived way back and they share a friendship longer than my lifetime (I think). When they are not volunteering they can be found on the treadmill downstairs in the gym. These two guys are incredible role models for all of us. Thank you Ben and Jerry for your constant enthusiasm longtime commitment to this wonderful group. The world needs more Ben and Jerrys!

    Over the years this group has benefited from many dedicated volunteers including former Y members, members of the community and compassionate caregivers (too numerous to list). Maurice Rabinovitch and Joe Steinberg are longtime volunteers from before my time. This incredible group of people including, participants, spouses, volunteers and caregivers is a tremendous source of inspiration and pride to the staff, and members of the community at large.

    The group meets on Wednesday and Fridays too, but that’s Elv’s story to tell.

    Several members of this group are contributing authors to Brain Attack - The Journey Back - A Collection of Inspirational Personal Narratives about Stroke Recovery (PK Press, 2005, 2016). Lynne, and Alma thank you for sharing your heartfelt stories with us.

    We look forward to our Monday mornings together filled with music of many genres: Classical, contemporary, golden-oldies, ballroom dancing and of course sing-along favourites. Music is magical: it resonates deep in our brains and prompts our bodies to “Shake, Rattle, Rock and Roll”! We all love to sing and dance, in any way we can.

    But most of all, we look forward to schmoozing and sharing updates and celebrations. What’s our favourite part of the program? No question: coffee and fresh bagels. Sometimes we enjoy freshly brewed coffee with bagels, lox and cream cheese―what a great start to the week. On special occasions… we enjoy homemade sweets and treats. Mmm.

    The Prosserman JCC Stroke Recovery and Parkinson’s Support and Fitness Group is a hidden gem in the community. We are dedicated to the wellness of our participants; we are a caring and compassionate network.

    My very best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! I look forward to many more Monday mornings together in 2018.
    Until 120! Ad Meah V’Esrim! Biz a Hoondred oon Tzvuntzig!


    Liz Pearl
    December, 2017

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  3. Suzanne Metz at the SLATE Atrium Gallery in Vaughan City Hall

    Suzanne Metz



    Artist Suzanne Metz is celebrating a career milestone. The Thornhill, Ont.-based artist has a one-woman art show now running at the SLATE Atrium Gallery in Vaughan City Hall.

    Suzanne regularly teaches at both the Schwartz/ Reisman Centre and the Prosserman JCC.

    Born in South Africa, Suzanne Metz graduated with an Honours BA (fine arts) degree in 1980 from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She emigrated to Canada in 1986. She has been teaching art and painting professionally for over 25years. Suzanne is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, her work having been featured in solo and group art exhibitions, including Toronto and New York art expos and the Artist Project Toronto. Her work is housed in private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally.

    Website: www.suzannemetz.com

    Learn more about her upcoming show here: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/artists-urban-graffiti-welcomed-inside-vaughan-city-hall

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  4. An exhibition of work by Tilya Helfield

    Tilya Helfield Exhibition


    An exhibition of work by Tilya Helfield

    Tilya was a prolific artist who worked in Montreal most of her career as a printmaker, papermaker, sculptor and painter. She exhibited widely and her works are included in Canadian and international collections. Canadian artist and educator, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, has curated this exhibition of paintings produced during the last stage of Tilya’s career in Toronto from 2005 to 2017.

    The exhibition will run October 15 to December 4, 2017 at the Prosserman JCC, 2nd floor.

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  5. Teaching children to read, it’s so much more than phonics

    Prosserman JCC Daycare


    Teaching children to read, it’s so much more than phonics
    By Cheri Szereszewski, RECE
    Director, Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool

    Learning to read begins in early infancy. By reading to your baby everyday parents begin to instil a love of language and reading while simultaneously providing physical and emotional stimulation that leads to positive bonding and attachment.

    Studies have shown that the amount of time a child spends being read to can affect a child’s own ability to learn to read. (1) Over time, sounds begin to have meaning. Looking at books with children helps them make connections between the pictures, the sounds and the words on the page

    The Ministry of Education ELECT Curriculum Framework, used daily by the teachers at the Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool in their program planning, outlines how the imitation and repetition leads to the ability to pretend and imagine, two skills important for early literacy.

    As children become more verbal, parents are encouraged to engage children in conversation with open-ended questions and responsive statements, rather than reading books cover-to-cover. This interaction can enhance a child’s understanding of and ability to use language, ultimately leading to reading comprehension. (2) For example, ask “What do you think is going to happen next?” Then, stop to identify elements in the pictures that provide food for thought.

    Provide your child with real world experiences that show them that letters and words are all around. Look for opportunities to teach letters and words by playing with letter blocks, sharing books to look at independently, singing songs and labelling items.

    Make reading a habit. Read every day as part of the daily routine as well as something that happens spontaneously. Above all, make it fun! Use funny voices, sing songs, encourage your toddler or preschooler to tell you the story. Make stories up with your child and write them down together. This is a great way for your child to make literacy connections between reading and writing.

    Learning to read is not all about phonics anymore. Learning to read is a balance of learning letters and learning sounds. It’s about taking the time to expose your children to books, letters and sounds and to encourage them to develop a love of reading that will help them gain the skills needed to become a lifelong reader.



    PJCC Daycare Children Reading

    1. Wolf, Maryanne; Stoodley, Catherine J. (2007). Proust and the squid: the story and science of the reading brain. New York: Harper. pp. 81–83. 2. Ministry of Education (2014). How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. Ottawa. Retrieved from: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/HowLearningHappens.pdf

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  6. Jews of Iran

    Jews of Iran



    Jews of Iran
    by Elizabeth Katchen, Programs Department



    Did you know that there are still Jews living in Iran today?

    The Jews of Iran event grew out of my surprise in discovering this information. My curiosity was a catalyst to weeks of research on this community and on the Persian Jewish community in North America.

    What started as a small talk has evolved into a full evening celebration of the culture, heritage and history of the Jews of Iran. As well, a cross-cultural and bridge building initiative with the greater Iranian community has come about thanks to this community’s incredible support of the event. I encourage you to join us Tuesday October 24th. The evening promises to be an enlightening and informative opportunity to learn and celebrate through art, music, imagery, refreshments and discussion.

    To register, please click here

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  7. THE 2017 JCC MACCABI GAMES AND ARTSFEST

    2017 Maccabi Games & Artsfest



    THE 2017 JCC MACCABI GAMES AND ARTSFEST

    By Andrew Levy, Executive Director of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC



    The lens through which we see the world defines our experiences and our JCCs continuously explore opportunities to strengthen Jewish identity and build community locally, continentally and globally. Last week over 2000 teenagers took part in a powerful and transformative experience in Miami, FL and Albany, NY at the 36th annual JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. The JCC Maccabi Games brings Jewish teenagers together from around the world to represent their communities by competing in sporting events, while ArtsFest provides talented artists with the opportunity to work with experts in their fields in order to fine-tune their craft. However, the competition was secondary this past week to the celebration of our Jewish heritage and the global Jewish community.

     

    Every year Toronto sends a very strong delegation and this year we were represented by 130 outstanding athletes and coaches, the third largest delegation at the Games. Accompanying them was a large contingent of enthusiastic and patriotic family members who were soaking in the experience with Canadian flags and big smiles.

     

    While the games foster a healthy sense of competition, every aspect of this unique experience is infused with Jewish values. Awards for rachmanus (compassion) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) are awarded in addition to the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals. Lior Cyngiser, who sits on the Board of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC, found the games to be “an extremely powerful and inspiring experience. The JCC Maccabi Games provided great insight into the power that sport, Jewish values and community have not only on the athletes and artists, but for the families, volunteers and the community at large as well. The Games are more than just a sports tournament – they galvanize the community. The passion and Jewish pride from all those involved was contagious and inspiring.”

     

    On behalf on the Toronto delegation, we are incredibly proud of all the young people who took part in this year’s Games and ArtsFest and would like to congratulate them on their many accomplishments. Our swimming team brought home an impressive 71 medals from Miami, the most in Toronto’s history at the games. Toronto was undefeated in hockey, bringing home the gold. Other highlights include a gold medal in girls soccer, a silver medal in boys soccer, a gold medal in girls tennis, and innumerable showings of sportsmanship, teamwork and Jewish spirit along the way.

     

    Lorne Goldstein, Chair of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC Board of Directors, had the pleasure of attending this year’s games and found it be a hugely impactful experience, stating that “This gathering of young athletes and artists from North America, Great Britain, and Israel really provided a unique opportunity for the participants to share and grow their Jewish identity and values under the JCC international banner. Kol Hakavod to our 130 athletes and coaches who competed. A special thanks to our Miami hosts who worked so hard to put these games together and graciously housed our Toronto contingent.”

     

    The games are so much more than a sporting competition. The JCC Maccabi experience is truly one that our athletes and artists will carry with them for the entire lives. It connects on the highest level their passions with their heritage and offers them a deep and meaningful Jewish experience. This is made possible by our incredibly dedicated volunteer coaches and passionate delegation heads. We are so fortunate to have them on our team.  

     

    We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest (Aug. 5-10, 2018), to be hosted by the Merage JCC of Orange County and the Alpert JCC of Long Beach in California. For information about how you can join a future delegation, email us at [email protected].



    MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE GAMES:

    “Victorious athletes not only winners at Maccabi Games” – Times Union, Albany, NY

    “Thousands expected at JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Miami” – Sun-Sentinal, Broward County, FL

    Video: “JCC Maccabi Games Underway” – WBRC Fox 6 News, Birmingham, AL

    Additional coverage can be found on our Facebook page

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  8. Fall Registration is Open! Learn how to register for Programs using our New Website!

    Fall Registration is now open!


    Fall Registration is Open! Learn how to register for Programs using our New Website!

    We are excited to open registration for our upcoming Fall session! We pride ourselves on offering something for every member of your family. Whether you want to stay active, learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby or do something with the entire family; we have you covered.

    Registration is now open and classes are already starting to fill up. Make sure to reserve your spots today!

    The Prosserman Fall 2017/ Winter 2018 Program Schedule is Now Available Online! Download the guide, and take a look at our amazing classes!

    Click here to view Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Program Schedule

    REGISTER

    Members and non-members can register with prossermanjcc.com to make the program registration process faster. If you’re a member, just enter your membership ID in order to receive member value pricing on programs.If you don’t know your member ID, simply click the ‘Get ID’ button, submit the email address used to become a member, and an email with your member ID will be sent to you.

    SEARCH

    There are now many different ways to find programs!

    • Browse ‘Popular Programs’ on our main home page or within a specific department.
    • Use our new ‘Program Finder’ to search programs by time of day, day of the week, program type and age range.
    • Use the ‘Search tool’ to search for specific programs by name, theme and program type. 


    CHOOSE

    Once you find a program you’re interested in, check out the details, reviews, and Q&A for more information about the program.Check off the time and day of the class you’d like to register for and enter the attendee information.Add to Cart!Once you’ve filled your cart with all the programs you wish to register for, head over to ‘Checkout’. Fill out the necessary information and click ‘Place Order’ to finish the registration process!

    Click here to watch a video on “how to create an account and link your membership”, and “How to register for a program”

    NEED HELP

    We’re committed to our member’s experience both on and offline and have a variety of ways to offer support.
    • Check out our ‘Need Help’ section online to reference our frequently asked questions and registration videos.
    • Take advantage of our live chat tool to message one of our helpful staff members in real-time.
    • Email our support team at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
    • Call us at 416-638-1881 or visit us in person at our guest services desk

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  9. #MyJCCStory North Bay girl using The Maccabi Games to connect with Jewish identity

    MyJCCStory


    North Bay girl using The Maccabi Games to connect with Jewish identity

    Mia Playing soccerWhen most girls look back on their bat mitzvah celebrations they will remember their party with friends or a portion of learning they nailed in a speech or in front of the Torah.


    For Mia Cochran from North Bay, however, deciding what to do to mark her Bat Mitzvah wasn’t as easy. Her two older brothers had bar mitzvahs – one in Israel and one in the local North Bay synagogue. But, Mia wasn’t sure either of those options was right for her.


    While her brothers played football in high school, she is considered the jock of the family. So, when the opportunity came along to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games, she knew this was it – THIS was going to be the way she marked her Bat Mitzvah and formal connection to the Jewish community. At 15 years old, Mia will be going to the JCC Maccabi Games in Florida as part of the girls soccer team Toronto delegation. She will be traveling with a new network of Jewish teammates and staying with a local Jewish family in Florida. Her parents, Irit and Rob, will be flying down to cheer her on.


    Mia’s ambitions including playing soccer in university and is hoping her talents will be noticed by members of the sporting community at the Games. 


    What they will surely see is a midfield and defense player that is a fast runner, patient, driven and skilled at reading the game. They will also notice her light-heartedness and joy of playing, often with a huge smile across her face.


    Mia has been playing soccer for as long as her father can remember. Currently, she is playing with the North Bay Rep team and she is part of the Northern Soccer Academy (Centre of Excellence). This year, she took the ref course and currently is a referee for North Bay Women’s Soccer and Youth Soccer leagues.


    There is no doubt she is exceptional and will be noticed for her sports prowess and, no less, for her unique way of building her Jewish identity.


    Mazal tov Mia Cochran on this amazing milestone! May you continue to go from strength to strength.


    Learn more about JCC Maccabi Games

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  10. #MyJCCStory: Meet Marty Leaf

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    #MyJCCStory:
    Meet Marty Leaf


    For some, camp is a summer escape. But for Marty Leaf, it’s his passion.

    Marty isn’t a man of many words but his character speaks volumes as he walks down the corridors of JCC.

    Marty is a resident of Reena, a home in Thornhill for individuals with developmental disabilities. He grew up going to The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp and declares it his second home.

    “I love it,” exclaims Marty.

    During the summer, Marty is often the first person you’ll see in the morning. His smiling face greets campers at drop off and this happy nature is enough to let you know your child is in good hands.

    Marty is a true mentor figure and friend, evidenced by the onslaught of kids that run up to him for a hug or a good laugh.

    He keeps old cabin photos in his backpack to show campers and share memories of the years when he too was a camper at this same camp. The nostalgia and excitement that these photos evoke remind him why he continues to reach out and connect with new people.

    Marty’s been coming to the JCC for almost 19 years now and enjoys every second. His warm-hearted approach and gentle nature make him one of the most popular figures at camp and his loyalty, passion and involvement won him the prestigious Dan Shulman Community Volunteer Award last year.

    As a camp volunteer, he participates in a variety of activities such as swimming, dance, drama and sports. It’s almost as though he’s reliving his own childhood through the work he does.

    Marty Leaf’s JCC story is about building a sense of belonging and developing relationships that transcend decades.



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