"It wouldn't be Passover without matza"
To celebrate the holiday of Passover and help seniors in need, the JCC distributed 900 lbs of free matza. Click on the link below to read the article about this event featured in the Manhattan Times.
Annual Chanukah party
The JCC's annual Chanukah party for seniors was held on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. This wonderful event brought together more than 150 seniors as well as several representatives of local elected officials as well as the NYPD.
Flattening the Hills Street Fair: A Celebration of Jewish Life in Washington Heights. This first-of-a-kind event took place on October 10th and attracted close to a thousand people. Local synagogues and Jewish community institutions highlighted their resources. Vendors, craftsmen, and entertainers sold their goods and showcased their talents.
JCC staff were recently featured in a Jewish Week article.
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Over 150 seniors attended the JCC-WHI annual matza distribution on March 16th. Following a brief and inspirational message about Passover in English and Russian, Council Robert Jackson spoke about the importance of filling in the census. The seniors then received free matza, one box per member of the family, in order to alleviate some of their financial strain before the holiday. The JCC will also be holding communal seders on both nights of Passover.
Close to 80 seniors gathered on February 22nd for a presentation about the importance of filling out the census questionnaire. At this joint event between the JCC and Moriah Luncheon Club, guest speaker Milagros Vicente from the Census Bureau shared the importance of returning the census, which is due to arrive in everyone's mailbox between March 15-18th. Also in attendance where Frank Hess representing Senator Schneiderman's office, and Councilman Robert Jackson who shared with the group that it cost $3,000 per person who doesn't not submit their questionnaire.
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The Jewish Community Council will be running a Health and Wellness Program for seniors, in conjunction with Moriah Luncheon Club. This 7-week course, starting February 4th, will discuss different tools to reduce stress and will be led by an OT student from SUNY Downstate. Call the JCC office at 212-568-5450 to register.
On Thursday, December 10, 200, Nicole E. Leahy, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Burn Outreach, made a timely video slide presentation on fire/ burn prevention. This workshop was jointly sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights and Inwood and the Moriah Older Adult Luncheon Club with more than 80 people in attendance. The presenter emphasized that many fires and burns can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken. Other topics discussed were care of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, Fire Department approved gates, and fire and burn prevention tips. Special mention was made on ways to protect yourself during the holidays.
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The food pantry at the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights-Inwood received a special gift on Thursday, November 12. The Kindergarten-1 class from Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (often known as ‘Breuers’) presented the Council with some cans and boxes of food, as well as the tzedakah money that the children had been bringing to school.
JCC-WHI staff gave the children a tour of the food pantry, which serves an average of 300 families per week. Community Affairs Coordinator Anat Coleman explained that the pantry follows City guidelines regarding the nutritional content of the packages, and gave each student a chance to guess what items a package may contain. They were also shown where the food is usually stored, but the pantry is virtually empty as the demand for food assistance has soared. In response, the class teacher Morah Sura Rosenberg has initiated a school-wide food drive to help bring in vital provisions. Please click here for a picture of the children.
The Jewish Community Council attended Seniors Health Week at the Allen Pavillion in late October. This was a wonderful opportunity to inform local seniors of the many services available to them through the JCC. Seniors were able to take home useful information on health issues including fall prevention, cold weather preparedness, and the swine flu.
State Senator Eric Schneiderman held a rally on September 22nd announcing his plans to introduce legislation in the State Senate that would keep landlords from discriminating against tenants holding Section 8 vouchers. Manhattan Boro President Scott Stringer was on hand to lend support; such legislation already exists on the City level. Debbie Hes, Executive Director of the JCC, and staff members attended the rally together with some JCC clients who support this legislation.
The Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights-Inwood has been awarded a grant from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, having been nominated for the award by Congressman Charlie Rangel. The awardees gathered for a special Harlem Community Charity Luncheon on August 4th aboard the Carnival Miracle cruise ship (see 'photos' tab). The award will be used to fund computer classes for seniors, which is a new program starting at the JCC-WHI in the fall.
The JCC, in conjunction with Moriah Senior Center, recently held a safety workshop. A representative from the Office of Emergency Management spoke about protecting oneself from illness and the JCC's Housing Director, Shelley Bulman, spoke about the importance of upkeeping smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (see the 'photos' tab).
The food pantry at the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights received a special gift from a group of 4th and 5th graders from PS48. The students presented the Council with a check for $100 towards the purchase of extra provisions for the pantry, which provides food assistance to an average of 155 local families every week. Through the support of these young neighbors, the JCC can increase our capacity to serve residents of our community (see the 'photos' tab).