Schenectady JCC

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Michal Livneh (right) and Keren Ilan (left) are Israeli citizens spending their summer volunteering at the Schenectady JCC's summer camp program.

Young Israelis share culture via summer role at JCC

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — As part of the Summer Shlichim Program, two Israeli citizens are helping with summer camps this year at the Schenectady JCC. Keren Ilan, 21, and Michal Livneh, 20, arrived June 18 and will…

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Around 30 people gathered to learn about container gardening at the JCC's monthly LEV program.

LEV program promotes an affinity for gardening

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It was a full house as nearly 30 participants took a seat and rolled up their sleeves at the B’nai B’rith house for the second installment of the Schenectady JCC’s LEV program. Patty O’Hare of…

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Schenectady JCC board president Marv Garfinkel and Fitness Director Terry Santoro have received positive feedback on the center's recent renovations.

JCC finishes extensive locker room reno

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — It just got a lot cooler to be a member at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center — literally. After a year of planning in consultation with members, its board and staff, followed by…

Niskayuna artist Lorraine Roth poses at her latest exhibit at the Schenectady JCC with a sculpture called 'Waves'. Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Artist found calling by happenstance

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA- Lorraine Roth found her artistic calling almost accidentally. “I was having a girls night out with some friends and we were supposed to go to this swimming class,” Roth said. At the time she…

Zachary Leighton and Stephanie Bailund-Witty sample apples with honey before voting on which variety tastes best. Photo: Rebecca Isenhart

Sweet start to Rosh Hashanah in Niskayuna

JCC holds gathering ahead of Jewish new year with food, fun BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The Schenectady JCC’s first annual pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration brought together new friends from several of Schenectady’s Jewish congregations on Tuesday evening. The…

Shahar Bar-meir, left, and Tomer Aldubi stand with a group of JCC campers.  (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Emissaries teach about Israel, learn about America

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Every year for more than 15 years running, the Schenectady JCC and its community members host two young Israelis for an entire summer, shuffling them between doting local families. And every year, the…

Rabbi Abraham Kelman, left, and his son Barli Kelman work on their paintings in the JCC's pavilion. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

PHOTOS: Fun with the sun

This summer at the Schenectady JCC, fresh air, sunshine and oil paint were a recipe for happiness. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, about a dozen students of all levels layered brush strokes to create nature scenes as the sun set behind…