February 2011 News

Seniors’ Club

The JRCC Seniors’ Club launched last month. Currently, the club features a weekly gathering of approximately 50 seniors for a stimulating program that includes exercise, mind-sharpening study, entertainment, and information about upcoming Jewish holidays and community events. Lunch is also served. The program is part of the Healthy at Home initiative, a project of the UJA Federation, Bernard Betel Centrem JIAS, Baycrest and the JRCC. The weekly gathering runs every Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm at the JRCC West Thornhill, 1136 Centre St., Unit 2.

Mind, Body & Soul

A Rosh Chodesh for women, organized by the JRCC @ Rockford, West Thornhill and East Thornhill, drew a large crowd for an evening dedicated to exploring issues surrounding women’s health. Participants were enlightened by the wisdom and experience of Dr. Esther Libman, and the warm atmosphere was enhanced by a delicious selection of hot soups. For more information on upcoming women’s events, visit www.jrcc.org or call 416.222.7105.

Avoiding Depression

We all the get the blues sometimes. The question is, what tools can we develop to prevent feeling down, and cope with negative feelings when they do occur? Jewish mysticism outlines detailed and practical guidelines for dealing with depression, some of which was explored in a two-part course taught by Rabbi Yisroel Karpilovsky. The course was well-attended, and participants learned to develop tools they could carry with them and implement in their everyday lives. For information about upcoming courses, visit www.jrcc.org/ijs.

Kids Club Begins Winter Session

The JRCC @ Rockford Kids Club began its winter session, with another series of exciting and educational program that brought smiles to the faces of parents and children alike. The program, which runs Sunday mornings for boys and girls ages 5-10, features a and a pizza lunch – a great combination that engages and entertains kids. It’s not too late to join the winter session. To register, contact 416.222.7105 x235 or [email protected]

Trivia Finale

The final game of Jewish trivia season culminated an exciting and stimulating series with lots of learning, thought, debates, and, most of all, great fun and a good time for all participants. These evenings were thoroughly enjoyed by all! Congratulations to all the teams for participating. You are all winners! See you all back next season! To find out about the next Trivia Night, get on the mailing list by visiting www.jrcc.org/rockford or call 416.222.7105 x 235.

Challah Baking for Women

According to Jewish tradition, when women gather together to bake challah for Shabbat, it is an auspicious event that can elicit tremendous blessing and positive energy – to heal the sick, cure infertility, and bring the warmth and love of Yiddishkeit into our homes. Each month, different JRCC branches host Challah baking events to tap into this potential. Last month, women gathered at the JRCC West Thornhill to bake Challahs together and with their daughters. Each participant also baked an additional Challah to deliver to a friend in need of blessing or a little love. At the JRCC East Thornhill, women gathered to bake Challah as well as Hamantaschen, the traditional Purim treat, in anticipation of Purim which occurs this month. In addition to being a unique and enjoyable social and spiritual experience, many women also find the gatherings very therapeutic. To find out about upcoming events in your neighborhood, visit www.jrcc.org, or send an email to [email protected] to subscibe to our weekly updates.