News & Events
Posted: December 13, 2017
#MyJCCStory: All heart!Read more »
For some art is a hobby, for Kaylee painting provides a sense of pride and accomplishment & allowing her to feel as though she can do anything. It is also the main reason she continues to come to the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (SRC).
Kaylee is a resident of Reena, and she walks to the SRC to participate in an art class every Thursday. Painting is a way for Kaylee to express herself and the SRC community can always spot one of Kaylee's pieces.
"I have lots of hearts in my art. That is who I am...it is what I do for my signature and people know my signature."
Beyond support in her artistic endeavours, Kaylee loves her weekly visits to the SRC as it provides her with a sense of community, interacting with fellow members and staff and picking up new techniques to incorporate into her painting. It is also where she came up with her signature heart – a symbol that truly encompasses her spirit.
Kaylee’s JCC Story is about empowerment through art and the heartfelt creations developed each Thursday.
Posted: December 12, 2017
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.
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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!
Posted: November 09, 2017
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.
Learn more about her upcoming show here: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/artists-urban-graffiti-welcomed-inside-vaughan-city-hallRead more »
Posted: October 18, 2017
CAMP FALL FUN FAIR
You are invited to a CAMP FALL FUN FAIR presented by The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp!Read more »
Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Location: West Entrance of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on the field.
Parking will be available in the surface lot of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre off of Lebovic Campus Drive and the parking lot in the Kimel Family Education Centre off of Marc Santi Drive.
Join us to learn more about camp, meet the camp directors, exclusive camp promotion, and fun fall activities!
• Dance with Bounce Entertainment!
• Rock Wall and Bouncy Castles
• Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
• Pick your own Pumpkin! ($2/pumpkin)*
• Photo Booth for the whole family from The Leo Baeck Day School
• Interactive tours of The Leo Baeck Days School
• For more info on The Leo Baeck Day School, please visit leobaeck.ca/openhouse
*All proceeds from the sale of pumpkins and fall treats will go directly to our camp scholarship fund.
Event generously sponsored in partnership by The Leo Baeck Day School and Bounce Entertainment
For questions, please email [email protected]
Posted: October 18, 2017
Please join us as we wish Rina a “Hearty Mazel Tov” on her retirement!Read more »
Rina has been with the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre and the Prosserman JCC for 16 years and given herself tirelessly in serving our members and community!
Please join us for breakfast in honour of Rina!
Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Where: Prosserman JCC Lounge (Room 107)
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Please RSVP to Karen 416-638-1881 ext. 4255 or [email protected] by no later than October 24th, 2017
Posted: October 04, 2017
An exhibition of work by Tilya HelfieldRead more »
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.
Posted: October 02, 2017
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.
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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
Posted: September 27, 2017
Jews of Iran
by Elizabeth Katchen, Programs Department
Did you know that there are still Jews living in Iran today?Read more »
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
Posted: August 15, 2017
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.Read more »
Posted: August 10, 2017
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
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.
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.
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”
We’re committed to our member’s experience both on and offline and have a variety of ways to offer support.Read more »
• 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