From The Sid Jacobson JCC


The Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center will host Shabbat Stop on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Shabbat Stop has activities for all ages including games, face painting, crafts, music and more for children, exercise classes for teens and adults and family community service opportunities. The event is free and open to the community.

For more information on Shabbat Stop, visit

Film Festival Closes Out The Winter Season

The JCC’s 22nd Randi and Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival closes out the winter season with two short film documentaries Border Living and Fire Lines on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Filmmaker Ronit Ifergan documents her family’s life for three years when they move to Kfar Aza, a community on the Israeli-Gaza border. When the missiles from Gaza falling on their community become routine, the family finds themselves living in an ongoing state of insecurity. Released in 2014, Border Living is in Hebrew with subtitles.

In December of 2010, a devastating forest fire tore through Mount Carmel. The fire stretched Israel’s fire services to the absolute limit and the Palestinian Civil Defense offered to help join the international effort to the surprise of many. Fire Lines tells the story of the Israeli and Palestinian firefighters who set aside history and politics to battle Israel’s worst natural disaster. Released in 2013, the movie is in Hebrew with subtitles.

Tickets for the Jan. 17 showing are $14 and tickets for the Jan. 21 showing are $10 and can be purchased at

Theatre Workshop

The JCC in collaboration with A Class Act New York, will host a “Wicked” one-day theatre workshop for children ages 7 through 18 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18 from 1-5 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity to work with a performer from the Broadway musical Wicked on a song and dance combination. A top New York City talent manager will also work with students on musical theatre audition technique. Participants of A Class Act’s workshops have appeared on Broadway, in television shows, films and commercials.

The cost of the workshop is $160 for members and $175 for non-members. To register for the workshop visit

The Sid Jacobson JCC is at 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. For information on all of the above programs, contact 516-484-1545.



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