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Parkinson’s Proves to be “Rock Solid” with Rock Steady Boxing at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC!

Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, will be available in the North Miami Beach area at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing, and lots of non-contact boxing led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

"Thanks to the National Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day® Miami, we are fortunate to be able to bring this program to North Miami Beach. Rock Steady Boxing at the MAR-JCC is giving the Parkinson's fighter an opportunity to FIGHT BACK against this disease,” said grant recipient Dany Weil, Health and Wellness Director at the MAR-JCC, who successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp, and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes. “In partnership with the Herbert Kay Chapter of the NPF and with the invaluable support of members of our Community, this grant has enabled us to start classes that address all levels of the PD spectrum, from early onset to those that have been fighting the disease for many years. The support of NPF in the community provides hope through grants like this.” Said Weil. Classes start (date, time, place)

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years.
In 2012, the Training Camp was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are 89 Rock Steady Boxing affiliates in 25 states, and international affiliates in Italy and Canada, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.

“We have always believed in the Rock Steady Boxing Method,” said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Executive Director Joyce Johnson. “When evidence began to emerge that our program had a very positive impact on the ‘boxers’, our mission became clear -- to share our knowledge and experience with all people with Parkinson’s. That is why we decided to make our training available worldwide -- to train as many as we can, so together we can improve the care of people with Parkinson’s everywhere.”

Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in Indianapolis in 2006 with six participants. Participation has steadily increased to more than 155 members today, including men and women ranging in age from 35 to 90. Classes are geared to people at all stages of Parkinson’s disease. Multiple volunteers contribute their time and talents to assist with the classes. It is estimated that 1-1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, with as many as 40,000 diagnosed in Miami-Dade. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing at the MAR-JCC, Contact: Gerard Myruski, RSB Certified Coach, at mar-jcc@rsbaffiliate.com or 305-932-4200 x161.

Michael-Ann Russell JCC “Falls” into New Season of Enrichments!

The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center located on the Sanford L. Ziff Campus has announced that registration for its extensive Fall/Winter After School Enrichment Classes, is now underway. More than 650 classes and programs for ages 3 – high school can be found in the MAR-JCC’s Fall/Winter Program Guide, at www.marjcc.org. Hard copies may be picked up from the MAR-JCC’s Membership Services Office.

The Guide features the MAR-JCC’s diverse offerings that are developed by the directors of its 15 program departments, embracing both the world of sports/fitness and the world of the arts. Program areas include early childhood development, elementary services, Hebraica youth and leadership, dance, flag football, gymnastics, basketball, tennis, aquatics, skateboard, art, fitness, drama/theatre, soccer, baseball, and the performing arts.

According to MAR-JCC Assistant Executive Director, in addition to the many programs classes that have remained popular over the years, there are numerous additions, which includes bringing back “the national pastime” to the MAR-JCC menu of activities featuring - Danny Berry’s Baseball; expanding the Dance Department’s offerings with hip hop (powered by Live in Color) and Ballet (powered by Kirova Ballet Academy); and offering children with special needs the chance to “pick up their game” in the Exceptional Tennis Program for children with Special Needs.

To learn more about the MAR-JCC and its many programs and activities for children, tweens, teens , and adults, please call Membership and Guest Services Office, at 305-932-4200, ext . 146/145.

“Israeli Artists Help Create a Colorful Israel @68!

An Israeli Artists Fair will be part of an Israel @ 68 Community Celebration on Thursday, May 12, from 2 – 8pm, at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Coinciding with the actual date of Israel Independence Day, some of the presenting artists showing and selling their works are: •Meira Alkobi, who creates sculptural jewelry and Judaica with various kinds of metals, leather, and gems •Amir Ilani, who creates hand-made jewelry •Talma Liran, who creates hand-made jewelry •Yael Milfender, who creates Judaica art in wood •Liat Polotsky, whose painting create a magical world through color
•Yonit Rahmani, whose creates works of art through papier – mache – combining recycled plastic, old newspapers, and other materials. •Sarah Rom, whose paintings express her feelings through composition and color Elisheva Zabar, whose sculptures, in bronze and stone castings, reflects different human emotions.

The Israeli Artists Fair is open to the community, at no charge. It is one component of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center’s Community Israel Independence Day Celebration, which will feature a family-oriented festival from 4 – 8pm, that will include entertainment, food and wine tasting, carnival attractions for the kids, interactive activity stations, food court, and more.

For further information, contact David Surowitz, MAR-JCC Assistant Executive Director, at 305-932-4200, ext. 127

MAR-JCC Meet The Author Series Presents Steven Pressman

The Michael-Ann Russell JCC presents Steven Pressman, Author of "50 Children"

Israel is Turning 68, Let's CELEBRATE!

Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center on YOM HA’ATZMA’UT – Thursday, May 12, from 4 -8pm with a free ISRAEL @ 68 Community Celebration!

Program highlights include:
• Israeli Art Fair featuring the works of 12 Israeli artists • Cooking demonstrations and food tasting with two visiting chefs from our Partnership Community of Yerucham! • A ‘Mimouna’ Moroccan Celebration! • Entertainment, carnival attractions and interactive activity stations for the kids! • Wine tasting, glatt kosher Israeli-style food court, and more!

ISRAEL @ 68 is supported by more than 2 dozen Jewish community organizations, day schools, and agencies. For information, contact Yael Cohen, Community Shlicha, at 305-932-4200, ext. 128 (yaelb@marjcc.org).

Then Comes Roberta Kaplan! Author Presents Book at Michael-Ann Russell JCC

Attorney Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court for the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), will be the next author featured at the MICHAEL-ANN RUSSELL JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER’S MEET THE AUTHOR JEWISH BOOK SERIES, on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30pm, at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. Kaplan will discuss her recently published autobiography/memoir,” THEN COMES MARRIAGE; United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.”

In her book, Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul Weis and described by some as a “litigation superstar,” describes her strategy and shares insights into the dramatic oral argument she made before the Supreme Court justices. She depicts the love story (of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer) behind this watershed case, as well as her own difficult “coming-out” journey and relationship with her clients, family, and community.

Open to the public at no charge, the Series is a collaborative effort of the Michael-Ann Russell JCC with: Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Jewish Community Services of South Florida (the sponsoring organization for this author event), Mishkan Miami of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Temple Sinai of North Dade, and WIZO. The Series is dedicated to the memory of Sami and Charlotte Rohr a’h and is made possible “With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

A book signing will take place at the conclusion of the program, books will be available for purchase, and complimentary refreshments will be served. For questions and further information, contact David Surowitz, Michael-Ann Russell JCC Assistant Executive Director and Meet the Author Series Coordinator, at 305-932-4200, ext. 127.

Then Comes Roberta Kaplan!

Attorney Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court for the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), will be the next author featured at the MICHAEL-ANN RUSSELL JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER’S MEET THE AUTHOR JEWISH BOOK SERIES, on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30pm, at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. Kaplan will discuss her recently published autobiography/memoir,” THEN COMES MARRIAGE; United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.”

In her book, Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul Weis and described by some as a “litigation superstar,” describes her strategy and shares insights into the dramatic oral argument she made before the Supreme Court justices. She depicts the love story (of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer) behind this watershed case, as well as her own difficult “coming-out” journey and relationship with her clients, family, and community.

Open to the public at no charge, the Series is a collaborative effort of the Michael-Ann Russell JCC with: Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Jewish Community Services of South Florida (the sponsoring organization for this author event), Mishkan Miami of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Temple Sinai of North Dade, and WIZO. The Series is dedicated to the memory of Sami and Charlotte Rohr a’h and is made possible “With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

A book signing will take place at the conclusion of the program, books will be available for purchase, and complimentary refreshments will be served. For questions and further information, contact David Surowitz, Michael-Ann Russell JCC Assistant Executive Director and Meet the Author Series Coordinator, at 305-932-4200, ext. 127.

Join the Jewish International Teen Choir!

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? By joining the Jewish International Teen Choir, that's how! Now is the chance for Jewish teens to sing high-level Jewish Choral Music. There will be an informational Open House and Auditions on Sunday, August 30, and Sunday, September 20 at 11am at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach.

This incredible Choir is open to Jewish musical teens, grades 8-12. Audition requirements include: Must be able to match pitch and hold their own in a 4-part arrangement. Must attend weekly rehearsals on Sundays, from 11am-1pm at the MAR-JCC. College Credit Program is available to Juniors and Seniors.

The newly formed HaZamir Miami will be one of 31 chapters throughout the United States and Israel that will meet weekly to learn a common repertoire, which will be performed at regional, national, and international events culminating in a spectacular Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, April 3, 2016!

The Conductor of HaZamir Miami is Dr. Alan Mason. Alan has a BA and Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. A renowned pianist, Alan is a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami and was an Associate Professor of Music at Barry University, from where he recently retired.

For fees and registration, please call Dror Gershoni, Children and Family Services Director at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, at 305-932-4200 ext. 165.

Get the Max at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC Mini-Camps!

As many summer camps in South Florida begin to wind down for the season, and going back to school is around the corner, the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach will be extending the fun by providing Post-Camp Mini-Camps.

2015 was a great year for the MAR-JCC with summer camp attendance at its highest in several years. As the regular summer camp season cools down into its final session, the momentum continues to soar at the Center, with many fun options for kids to continue their summer vacations up until the beginning of the new school year. There are a variety of Mini-Camps to choose from, including: Field Trip: Grades K-5, For two additional weeks, kids enjoy local field trips to places such as Game Room, Laser Quest, Ice Skating, Airboat Rides and more. Tennis Mini-Camp: Grades K-5, kids learn drills, strength training, strategy, stroke analysis, match Play. Cool off each day in the JCC pool. Skateboard Supercross, NEW this year at the MAR-JCC, kids learn/enhance skateboarding skills on the Center’s new Skateboard Supercross tracks! Aquatics: Ages 3-6, children learn basic swimming skills while improving existing skills All Star Basketball: Ages 8-17, learn from the Pros with famous Basketball Legends! Lessons will range from shooting & passing to dribbling and more. Includes contests, games and tournaments. Presented in conjunction with ALL-STAR Basketball Camp with Kenny Anderson (Offered from August 10-14 only) Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Optional Extended Care: 8-9 am & 4-6 pm

For further information and to register, call the Michael-Ann Russell JCC Membership Services Office at 305-932-4200 x145/146.

International Jewish Teen Choir to Launch Miami Chapter

HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, will be launching a HaZamir Miami chapter at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, in the fall of 2015, directed by Dr. Alan Mason. There will be informational Open Houses + auditions on Sunday, August 30, and Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11am at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach. Parents and teens are welcome to attend the Open House, speak with the leaders, and learn more about the group.

HaZamir is a Jewish, Zionist musical youth movement that provides a unique opportunity for Jewish teens of all denominations and backgrounds to sing high level Jewish choral music in a fun, social environment. The Miami chapter will be part of the HaZamir network of thirty HaZamir chapters throughout the U.S. and Israel. Individual chapters meet weekly in their local cities to learn a common repertoire, and gather together to polish and perform that repertoire at regional, national and international events, culminating in a gala concert with over 350 performers from America and Israel. Last year’s sold-out gala concert was at Carnegie Hall and this year HaZamir sang to a full house in Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Next April 3, 2016, HaZamir will return to Carnegie Hall for its gala concert.

HaZamir is open to Jewish teens in grades 8 through 12 who meet the HaZamir musical eligibility requirements, and will be meeting on Sundays, 11am-1pm, at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC. Dr. Alan Mason will conduct HaZamir Miami, the newest chapter of HaZamir. Dr. Mason has distinguished himself in the academic world as well as on the performance stage, and has a BA and Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami and was an Associate Professor of Music at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, when he retired this year to explore new challenges. Dr. Mason has been the Director of Music at Temple Israel of Greater Miami for 24 years. He is the President Elect of the Guild of Temple Musicians and has been the Director of the Winter Jewish Music Concert since 2009.

Dr. Mason is known throughout the United States and Israel as a renowned pianist. He has performed with the Zamir Chorale on their tour of Israel in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and joined them in a performance for the President of the United States in the White House. Mason has been on the permanent staff of the North American Jewish Choral Festival since 2001 and was honored to play for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, in the first concert of Sacred Jewish Music ever presented there. HaZamir also sponsors a highly selective Honors Choir – its Chamber Choir – consisting of approximately fifty American and Israeli HaZamir members who are auditioned at a higher standard than the larger ensemble. HaZamir Chamber Choir singers aspire to an even more challenging level of choral music and perform as an independent ensemble at the gala concert. HaZamir offers a college credit program for high school juniors and seniors, accepted at over seventy prestigious colleges and universities in the United States and facilitates leadership among its teens through its Teen Leadership Initiative.

HaZamir is now in its 22nd year and is a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director. For information on HaZamir, please visit www.zamirchoralfoundation.org/programs/hazamir. For information about the Miami chapter, contact Dr. Alan Mason, email: dralanmason@hotmail.com, 305-772-6890 or Dror Gershoni, drorg@marjcc.org, 305-932 4200 ext. 165