June 2013 at the JCC 
This month's programs, special offers, and schedule changes
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Highlights This Month

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

Sunday, June 23rd from 3:00-8:00pm

Spend a beautiful summer afternoon outdoors at the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival. This is one of our BIGGEST events of the year. Lineup includes the Moshav Band, Dan Nichols, and Six13. There will be food and drinks for sale, artisan vendors, activities for children, and more. $5 JCC members, $7 general admission, kids 4 and under are free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. You can buy tickets in advance online. More... 


Float Night Pool Party
Child at Float Night Wednesday, June 19th from 5:00-8:00pm
Our first pool party of the summer! Pool admission is FREE to the public during Float Night. We'll have food for sale so you can stay for dinner. Bring your inner tube or other floaties, because flotation devices are allowed in the pool on Float Night (but no water wings please). More info: or 408.357.7402.

TRX Team Blocks Is Now Available at the JCC
TRX The JCC is proud to announce that we are the first (and only) fitness center in the South Bay to offer TRX-designed classes! Get toned and lose weight. Develop and maintain a rock-solid core. Achieve a total body cardio and strength training workout in less than an hour. TRX is for all fitness levels. Age 13 and up. For details, see the TRX flyer and schedule. Sign up at the Fitness Desk or call 408.357.7419. 

Photos from the JCC's Garden
Jason Goldstein (left) and Rabbi James Greene with the first strawberry The JCC has established an aquaponic garden in the field area behind the pool. In an aquaponic garden, fish live below, plants live above. We picked the first fruit from the garden on May 19th -- a strawberry. Here's a photo of JCC staff members Jason Goldstein and Rabbi James Greene picking the momentous fruit. Rabbi James asked us to share the blessing for strawberries with you:
The first strawberry to grow in the aquaponic garden Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam, bo're p'ri ha'adama. 
Blessed are you, Lord our God, who brings fruit from the earth. 

Kid Fun  

How Day Camp Can Benefit Your Child
Camp sign Check out this article from the American Camp Association about the benefits of traditional day camps like APJCC Summer Camp...

To learn more about APJCC Summer Camp, and to sign up, visit our camp website:

Photos from the APJCC Preschool's Visit to "Israel"
Archeological dig Camel ride Milking the kibbutz cow
On Israel Independence Day in May, the children of the APJCC Preschool took an imaginary trip trip to Israel. They boarded an El Al flight and landed near Tel Aviv. On their journey, they fished in Elat, dug for artifacts in Cesarea, rode camels in the desert, milked a cow on a kibbutz and danced at the Western Wall. Then they took a return flight and were back at preschool in time for snack. Magical!
The preschool is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. If you would more information or to schedule a tour please call 408.357.7417 or email

Tzofim Friendship Caravan Performs at the JCC
Tzofim Friendship Caravan Saturday, June 1st at 8:00pm
Free performance in the APJCC Auditorium. The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is a delegation of ten teenagers from Israel traveling across North America bringing Israeli culture, music and dance, as well as a message of peace. Our local Tzofim (Israel Scouts) chapter, which meets at the JCC each weekend, has arranged for this performance in order to say thank you to the JCC members for having them here. For more information contact Jason Goldstein, or 408.357.7497.  

Jewish Life  


Rabbi Wolf-Prusan, Talmud in hand, shows off his need for speed. Photo from the J Weekly.
Speed Talmud: On One Foot, In One Hour
Monday, June 3rd from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Are you intrigued by the Talmud but don't know where to start? After just one hour, you will gain the confidence to engage in Talmudic repartee that will that will put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Taught by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan of Lehrhaus Judaica. FREE. More info: or 408.357.7411

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival
Sunday, June 23rd from 3:00pm-8:00pm
Big outdoor music festival. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. We'll have food for sale or you can bring a picnic. More info...

What's New in Wellness Michelle Fenner is back!
  • TRX is here! Sign up now at the Fitness Desk. More info... 
  • Our J Dance instructor this month is Rebecca Setziol who will be teaching Zumba Fitness on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am in June. 
  • New Spinning instructor Nicole Wasserman will be teaching on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Yoga instructor Michelle Fenner is back to the JCC. Welcome back Michelle! She'll be teaching a Thursday 7:00am Hatha Yoga class starting June 6th.
  • New Aquatics class: Due to its popularity, Aqua Tabata will now be held twice a week: Mondays 9:00-9:45am and Thursdays 6:30-7:15pm.
  • New Pilates class: Pilates for Teens. Mondays 4:15-5:15pm.
  • Dance class for children with special needs: The APJCC Dance Academy is now offering a Friday morning dance class for children with special needs. Note that Dance Academy classes for children and adults continue throughout the summer and we're offering a summer camp too. Contact or 408.357.7534. 

Branch doing JingaFit JingaFit Workshop
Thursday, June 20th, 6:00-8:00pm

JingaFit is a form of exercise inspired by Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art. It combines dancing, martial arts, yoga, Pilates and break-dancing. We'll be offering it here at the JCC. Take this workshop and get started. For more information, contact Deborah Rothschild at or 408.357.7440. 


Yoga Workshops

- Intro to Yoga. Sunday, June 2nd at 10:45am. Free for Full Center Members. Become familiar with the fundamentals of yoga at the JCC.

- Restorative Yoga Workshop. Sunday, June 2nd from 4:00-6:00pm. $20 Full Center Members, $30 Social Members/non-members. More info... 


Special offers - Pilates Summer Special
. Sign up for at least 3 classes out of the 4 for the month, and get the monthly rate. Valid for June, July and August 2013. You must sign up by the 15th of the month prior, and may make changes up to the 1st of the month. To reserve your spot, contact Giselle Venema at or 408.357.7427.


- ProShop Sale. At the Service Desk. We have selected items on clearance through the month of June. You'll find items from yoga supplies to foam rollers to heart rate monitors at up to 40% off.


Etiquette Corner
Please leave space for other members to sit on the benches in the locker rooms. Don't completely cover the benches with your things, or leave your things under the benches while you work out -- please put them in a locker!
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Community News  


Jewish Cultural Fair logo Temple Beth El in Aptos invites you to the Jewish Cultural Fair.

Sunday, June 9th, from 11:00am-7:00pm

Come for the food, stay for the culture. For details, see Temple Beth El's website.




Sharone Hadassah, the local chapter of Hadassah, invites you to attend its upcoming IMA Buffet and Boutique.

Sunday, June 2nd at 11:30am

At the Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos/Saratoga Road in Los Gatos. Guest speaker is Victoria Zackheim, author of "For Keeps. Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance." She will speak on "Learning To Love the Body" about women writers and celebrating imperfections. Cost is $70. Checks, made payable to "Hadassah," should be mailed to Glenda Dennis, 22981 Stonebridge, Cupertino, CA 95014. For more information contact Sandi Weinstein at  


Host Families Needed for International Russian Piano Music Competition

The 13th Annual International Russian Music Piano Competition (soon to become the San Jose International Piano Competition) will take place June 7th through the 16th in Downtown San Jose. Many of the contestants are looking for host families to stay with. Host families will receive two complimentary tickets to all the competition events. For more information, visit or contact Scott Ellner at