2013-2014 Kidz Club & Senate

Kidz Club - 1st, 2nd, 3rd graders; Senate - 4th-7th graders

$30 membership fee/$50 family membership/non-JCA member $65

Saturday, November 23- Kidz Club & Senate:  Movie Nite - Cost of movie plus snack $20.00; Arrive at JCC 6:30 pm, Walk to Movies 14, pick up at JCC at 9:30 pm

Saturday, December 7 -  Kidz Club Only - In House-No Fee; 7:00-9:00 pm - swim, gym, bowling and snack

Saturday, December 21 - Kidz Club & Senate - Ice Skating at Coal Street Ice Skating Rink - $7.50 if you need skate rentals; $4.50 if you have skates.  Arrrive at 6:45 pm at Coal Street Ice Rink; Pick up 9:30 pm at Coal Street Ice Rink

Saturday, January 4 - Kidz Club & Senate - Movie Nite - Cost of movie plus snack $20.00.  Arrive 6:30 pm at the JCC; walk to Movies 14; Pick up at JCC at 9:45 pm

Saturday, January 18 - Kidz Club & Senate - In House 7:00-9:00 pm

Call Sara Pisarz, Senate & Kidz Club Director at 570-824-4646 ext. 243.  Register your child for a fun-filled season of activities.

We need at least 10 participants for each scheduled event or the event will be cancelled.  Please register your child by November 20 for Senate or Kidz Club Membership.

JCC Teen Program

Director: Sara Pisarz
The JCC sponsors its own Teen Youth group, a highly sophisticated and developed teen group run by teenagers and assisted by a professional staff member.

The teen program has two unique facets. One being a charter member of BBYO (B'nai B'rith Youth Organization), a Jewish based youth organization concentrating on Judaic cultural values, education, recreation, drama & art and athletics.

A $75.00 membership fee is required to participate in BBYO. Register today by going to b-linked The BBYO activities are held throughout the year at various regional locations. The BBYO Program offers a unique opportunity for teens to be part of a total program at whatever level they wish, depending on their interests and desires.

The second facet of our teen program requires no membership fee and is done on a local level. The aim of the teen program is to develop individual growth of our teens and to provide an atmosphere for group interaction. These goals are achieved through:

1) Social Programming: Dances, Hayrides, Movies, Socials and Parties.

2) Social Action: Teens volunteer with community based projects such as telethons, hospital visits, senior citizen programs, etc.

3) Fund Raising: Flower sales, UJA Campaign and other events are used to raise money for the individual group or special project.

4) Intergenerational: College students, teens & senior citizens meet for an exchange of ideas.


For more info please contact Sara Pisarz

 @ 570-824-4646

BBYO & JCA Visit St. Luke's Villa

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, members of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and the Jewish Community Alliance visited St. Luke's Villa on the first day of Rosh Hashanna.  Our mission is to honor the memory of Larry Roth by blowing the shofar to those who are home bound and cannot attend services.  It is important to hear the sound of the shofar as it represents a wake up call for personal improvement for the Jewish New Year 5774.

The group also visited B'nai B'rith Apartments where Ross Kleinman blew the shofar for Doris Levinson and David wolf.

We thank Jason Cohen & Jeff Roth for their help with this important mitzvah.

Pictured left to right are:
Zeke Berger, Abigail Winters, Cole Winters, Liv Winters, Sara Schwartz, Jason Schwartz, Noah Hammerman, Zach Roth, Ross Kleinman, Sydney Roth, Jason Cohen, Monsignor Vincent Joseph Grimalia.
Absent from photo:  Amy Cohen, Kim Kleinman, Jeff Roth

2013-2014 Kinder Kids Preschool at the JCC

This program is designed to be an effective first school experience for children who turn 2 by September of their enrollment year.  Kinderlach implements a good foundation to the learning process while providing a loving and caring atmosphere for your child.


“Circle Time” is included in our daily schedule where children participate in Jewish and Secular learning experiences including songs, story time and more!

Weekly events include: Weekly themes, art, swimming, music, show-n-tell and baking Challah.  A variety of other activities are offered including play-dough creations, puzzle time, finger painting, counting and shapes, large button/bead stringing and creative play.


Snack and lunch will be provided each day.


The Kinderlach Program has complete access to all Center facilities including the gym, indoor playground, outdoor playground and the pool.

Program runs from September through the first week of June

Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 noon. Fee:  $350/month.

*Kinder Kids Plus is also available starting at 8:00 am-12:00 PM for a price of $410.00

After Care from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm for a price of $250.00 additional

Please contact Sara Pisarz, Youth Director at 824-4646

7 Secrets of Highly Happy Children

When it comes to kids, people just don't think about happiness enough these days. They think about success. They think in comparisons. They think about milestones, graduations and shiny trophies. (The ones they earned, of course. Because, you know, not everyone deserves a trophy these days).

They think about things like redshirting a potential Kindergartener -- not so that he will be happy, but so that he will have an advantage on the playing field or in the classroom.

They think about how many soccer teams a 9-year-old should play on at any given time to increase her odds of getting a full ride to some top-rated college at some point in the future.

They think about the obstacles that make parenting such an exhausting job. Yes, they think a lot about those.

But they don't spend a lot of time thinking about what makes kids happy.

Once upon a time, childhood was filled with endless days spent outside and very little TV. Imaginations ran wild and kids made their own fun with nothing but a few Matchbox cars and an old cardboard box. They played, they learned, and they socialized. But most of all, they had fun.

Life is far too scripted today. Plans are made. Classes are attended. Craft projects are intended to mimic those found on Pinterest. Gone are the days of free play and creating something out of nothing. Many kids today are simply following a script.

That's not to say that kids aren't happy, because many kids are. Many kids live a life full of adventure and wonder in their own backyards. But many don't. Many simply follow the plan. And that's a shame, because childhood should be all about happiness.

How can we focus on happiness when there is always so much to do? We can start by taking a breath (don't worry, that enormous pile of laundry will wait for you), and then we can take a few cues from happy kids.

7 Secrets of Highly Happy Kids:

1. They eat on time.
I know what you're thinking; that's too simple to be a real parenting strategy. Think again. Have you ever been so hungry that you just wanted to scream? That's how kids feel when they miss a snack or have to wait two hours past their normal mealtime to participate in some super-fancy family dinner.

Eating at regular intervals refuels their growing brains and bodies and keeps hunger under control. When kids are calm and satisfied, they experience greater happiness.

2. They get consistent sleep.
I know, I know, some kids are better sleepers than others. While that's certainly the truth, it isn't an excuse for poor sleep habits. Kids need to learn how to sleep. It's up to us to teach them. When they are completely exhausted, they are cranky. When they are well-rested and ready to embrace the day, they are happier. Make sleep (and a consistent bedtime) a priority.

3. They play without instructions.
Unstructured playtime appears to be a lost art these days. It used to be that kids made their own fun. Today, kids are over-scheduled, dialed in and in awe of toys that essentially do the playing for them. Sure, those garbage trucks with all of the bells and whistles are neat, but be sure to mix in some wooden trucks and building blocks. And, please, take a look at the busy schedule and find some time where your kids can just play each day. Play is good for the soul.

4. They are allowed to express emotions.
Kids yell when they're mad. They cry when they're sad. They might even stomp their feet and run around in circles when they're not sure what to feel. And sometimes, if you're really lucky, they do all of that in the middle of aisle 9 at your friendly neighborhood Target store. Let them. Kids need to express their emotions. While adults know to call a friend to vent when the going gets tough, kids are a bit more primitive. Shushing them and publicly shaming them doesn't help. Let them vent in their own little way and then offer to help. Enduring a public temper tantrum might feel overwhelming in the moment, but it's better than a lifetime of internalizing negative emotions that could lead to eating issues, depression or other emotional problems for your child.

5. They get to make choices.
Kids have very little control over their lives. They are constantly being told where to go, what to do and what to eat. A little bit of control goes a long way toward feeling happy. Let your kids choose their outfits. Allow them to choose the dinner menu one night per week. Ask them what classes they want to take. Give them the opportunity to make some decisions and watch them smile in return.

6. They feel heard.
Kids are intuitive. Even toddlers can tell when parents are tuning them out or answering on autopilot. When kids feel like their parents truly listen to them (about everything from Lightning McQueen's best race to what they learned in school), they feel more connected. This increases their self-confidence and increases their overall happiness. Listen when your children speak. It's the best way to build an open and honest relationship with your child and it makes your child happy.

Are you still with me? Because this last one is important.

7. They experience unconditional love.
Kids mess up. You tell them not to jump off the couch over and over again, but they do it anyway. And then they cry. Because childhood is largely based on trial and error, and sometimes kids just need to take chances. Forgive them. Love them anyway.

When kids know that their parents love and support them no matter what, they are more likely to take healthy risks. They are confident and secure in their decisions. They learn that sometimes people make mistakes, but there is always a chance to right a wrong.

When children know that their parents will always be there for them, for better or for worse, they are happy.

 2013-14 Kids Club & Senate

Kids Club—1st, 2nd & 3rd Graders

Senate—4th—7th Graders