We are working to create tools and resources to help you stay healthy, connected and engaged during these unprecedented times. We will be updating content daily! The role of the JCC has always been to be the place that people can gather – where people welcome and take care of one another. That continues to be our mission and we are working hard to keep us all connected!
We’ll work together to create a customized training plan, hold you accountable and show you how to train smart – not just hard. Plus, we will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals while you build a relationship with a professional trainer who cares!
- Gain general strength and flexibility
- Improve balance and core strength
- Lose body fat and weight
- Reduce pain or ease back into exercise after an injury
- Customized programs designed to fit your goals
Express Session (30 minutes) Starting at $46
Full Service (50 minutes) Starting at $77
To schedule a session or to learn more, contact Anna Golv, Fitness & Group Exercise Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
*St. Paul JCC Members Only
Enjoy the benefits of a personalized workout and coaching in a virtual small group setting.
VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP TRAINING
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS • 7 AM
$25/CLASS • MEMBERS ONLY
Unsure about what to do for your at home workouts? Join a trainer each week to increase your strength while at home, no matter what equipment you have. The trainer will lead you through a personalized workout that will help you progress throughout each week.
VIRTUAL WOMEN'S SMALL GROUP STRENGTH
MONDAYS • 6 PM or TUESDAYS • 6 AM
$25/CLASS • MEMBERS ONLY
Learning to strength train can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Looking to increase your strength and move without pain? Have you ever thought that strength training wasn't for you? Don't know what to do for your strength program while working out at home? This group is for you!
VIRTUAL YOUTH POWER CLUB
MONDAYS & THURSDAYS • 5 PM
$149/MONTH (2X/WEEK) • $100/MONTH (1X/WEEK) • $25/CLASS
MEMBERS AGES 12+
Whether missing your school sport or looking for fun ways to exercise virtually with kids your own age, POWER CLUB has something for everyone!
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DECEMBER 1 - 31
Grab your sneakers and bundle up! Walk or Run 60 miles in 30 days to get a jump on the new year.
Register for free and receive:
- Facebook group with tips/tricks to stay on track; weekly leaderboard updates
- Prizes along the way for hitting different landmarks
Looking for a Customized walk/run program?
- custom run/walk program; $30
- custom 2x week strength program to go along with challenge, including one Personal Training session to review program; $50
- custom run program and custom strength program; $75
For more information or to register, contact Anna Golv at email@example.com
EATING HEALTHY & HEALTHY CHOICES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 • 1:30 PM
Join us for a discussion about healthy eating and how to stay on track during these unprecedented times. Led by Jena Radant. Topics include:
- Balanced meals including vegetarian options
- Best practices to make healthier choices
- Practical portions for individual needs
- How to read labels and much more!
Want to keep the conversation going?
Register for our 8 week Virtual Healthy Eating Group
- Mondays at 6pm or Tuesdays at 1:30pm; $100 for Members
- Miss a session? They’ll be recorded and sent to you
If you have any questions, contact Anna Golv at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE to register
INVITE YOUR SQUAD FOR A PRIVATE VIRTUAL WORKOUT!
Stay active, stay social and stay safe with this FREE private virtual workout with your Squad!
You and your friends are invited to share your JCC! Choose your guests, select a time and format, and we’ll do the rest. Your group will stay safe in their own homes while staying active and social – virtually!
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CLICK HERE to view the JCC YouTube Channel
AGES 12 AND UNDER
FREE FOR MEMBERS • $24 NON MEMBERS & NON ACTIVE MEMBERS
Give your kids an outlet for all their energy with this four-week adventure the entire family can enjoy! Each week your child will participate in one interactive Zoom call on Sundays to inspire creativity and imagination, and three challenges that reinforce healthy habits through simple and fun activities designed to help them stay active. This is complimentary to our current active members. For non members or memberships on hold, there is a small fee!
WEEK 1: MIND MASTERS
Get kids moving and thinking! Participants will have fun naming animals and designing their perfect imaginary island.
WEEK 2: MOVE IT
Let kids be kids with Wacky Sports Day, a card game designed around healthy movement, and a fun dance party.
WEEK 3: BRAIN FOOD
Kids will learn how to fuel their bodies for movement, then mix it up to see who can master the water bottle flip and reimagine a healthy family dinner.
WEEK 4: TAKE CARE
The final week’s adventure includes a yoga class, cup stacking challenge, and an imagination station challenge to help kids learn how to wind down after a full day of activity.
MEMBERS AGES 12+
$100/MONTH (1X WEEK) • $149/MONTH (2X WEEK)
Whether missing your school sport or looking for fun ways to exercise with kids your own age, POWER CLUB has something for everyone! Safe, socially distanced, outdoor and indoor options for small groups.
Our Book Group reads a wide variety of texts: novels, memoirs, non-fiction, short stories and everything in-between! The conversations are enlightening and fun; the people are engaged and enthusiastic.
December Book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career and was the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a very successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.
Wilkerson describes their first exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work.
December 17 • 10 AM
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 838 4700 2441
Listen and learn from inspiring, knowledgeable and prominent individuals of the Twin Cities. Professors, sports figures, entrepreneurs, theater directors and more!
Monday, December 14 • 9 - 10 AM
Darla Kashian, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor RBC Wealth Management
State of the financial world as we inaugurate a new President and move forward to 2021.
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 828 8829 1502
Monday, January 11 • 9 - 10 AM
Catherine Penkert, Library Director City of St. Paul
How the St. Paul libraries are showing up for you.
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 870 6450 5617
Mondays • 10:30 AM - Noon
Do you have a passion for words? Join like-minded writers in this supportive and uncritical weekly creative writing group.
To join the group, contact Barbie Levine at email@example.com
Pirke Avot: Ancient Rabbinic Wisdom for Today's World
Pirke Avot, is a collection of pithy sayings on how best to live an ethical life. Come study this ancient work with much to say to our lives today.
Fridays 11 am - Noon on Zoom
MUDDY WATERS: CLIMATE CHANGE, THE ENVIRONMENT AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM JEWISH TEXTS
A virtual Exhibit featuring new works by the Jewish Artists' Laboratory
Muddy Waters explores a wide array of pressing environmental issues using a diverse breadth of art forms. These new works comment both subtly and overtly on the current state of our planet, our responsibility to serve as activists and how art plays a key role in making change.
ARTISTS INCLUDE: Aarah Aizman, Susan Armington, Robyn Awend, Jaymee Chanen,
Gloria Cooper, Toni Dachis, Suzanne Fenton, Ann Ginsburgh-Hofkin, Leah Golberstein, Jonathan Gross, Rani Halpern, Bonnie Heller, Sylvia Horwitz, Anita Konikoff, Paula Leiter-Pergament, Carolyn Light Bell, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Alison Morse, Aimee Orkin, Dina O’Sullivan, Diane Pecoraro, Kris Prince, Phil Rosenbloom, Sarah Routman, Roslye Ultan, Susan Weinberg, Rochelle Woldorsky, Liba Zweigbaum-Herman
CLICK HERE to view the exhibit
The Interfaith Artist Circle of the Twin Cities is a group of visual artists who pursue art as a spiritual journey. Originally founded in 2005 as the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle, the group now includes women artists from multiple faiths. The exhibit, Visual Prayer is the creative exploration of prayer through images, finding commonality and connectivity as well as diversity among religions. This exhibit was curated by Aimee Orkin, a Judaic artist and teacher who embarked on a one year sabbatical studying prayer with rabbis, scholars and cantors. “We hope our interfaith exhibits in the community will inspire collaboration among all faiths,” states Aimee Orkin.
Artists include: Jeanne Aaron, Beth Andrews, Hend Al-Mansour, Sandy M. Baron, Jane Bassuk, Kirsten Malcolm Berry, Sandra Brick, Gloria Cooper, Elizabeth Erickson, Lucy Rose Fischer, Renanah (Rani) Halpern, Angela Heida, Joyce Lyon, Aimee Orkin, Paula Leiter Pergament, Susan Peploe, Regula Ruselle, Anita White, Rochelle Woldorsky
Enjoy watching members from our own community, as they perform amazingly funny and poignant stories from their own lives - recorded live at the 2020 Twin Cities Jewish Humorfest.
Enjoy a morning coffee break, learn and speak a little Hebrew. This informal class is designed as an opportunity to meet and talk all things Israel with our Community Shlichah Kehset Edry. This RAJE (Random Act of Jewish Education) is free, some Hebrew experience is helpful in this conversation based program and everyone is welcome.
If interested, please contact our Community Shalicha, Keshet Edry, at firstname.lastname@example.org for dates & times.
KIDS & FAMILIES
Josh the Otter is a great story that covers water safety tips for your family.
RESPECT the Water
Water Safety is still a priority, even if you can't get to the pool today. Check out this page to learn to RESPECT the Water.
Educate children and caregivers about water safety. Stay in the know with these Water Safety Steps.
Verbal cues are very important to alert your swimmer to a change in activity. This is especially important when preparing to go underwater, as with bobs or jumping in. Counting or saying 'Ready, Set, Go" are excellent ways to verbally prepare your kiddo. Verbal cues also keep young swimmers safe. Learning to wait for a signal before jumping in helps prevent unexpected entries into the water. You can practice the basics with a game of red light, green light or putting your swim in charge of the situation, and you become the "good listener".
Practicing kicks without the pool can be fun! Little ones can practice in the tub, lying on their front or back. Older swimmers can lay on the edge of the bed, practicing kicking in the air. Wherever they are, make sure they keep their legs straight but flexible with toes pointed, making little splashes. Kicking should come from the hip, using the entire leg-no bicycle kicks!
Will It Float?
Have your child select a few item from around the house for bath time and have them guess if they will sink or float. If you use kitchen items (those are my families favorites), you can also pretend to make food as an added bonus. You should really try an orange: Does it float or sink? Peel the orange and try again: What is different? The peel of the orange is like a lifejacket for your swimmers. When you back at the pool, you can also look for what things might float (Hint: PFDs, lifeguard tube, rescue ring).
The tub can be a great place for your to explore opening your eyes under water. Have a few prizes you can drop to the bottom of the tub and have your swimmer look under the water to try to find them. Want to a add a challenge to the skill: Fill the tub with bubble bath. This is a great way for you to try out a pair of goggles, if you have them.
Gently introducing your young swimmer to water is imperative to having a good relationship with it. Turn this introduction into play time! Using a colander, watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in it, sprinkle water over their head while in the tub. Smile and laugh while doing this, so they associate this activity with positivity. Teach them to wipe their eyes with their hands after getting wet. Progress to poring cups of water over their head and having them wipe their eyes afterwards. This activity will prepare them for their next step, submersions!
Practice blowing bubbles underwater. Start out with teaching your child how to “blow out candles”, then when they are able to breath out through their mouth, have them try this with their nose. To do nose bubbles, encourage your child to hum and breathe out as they put their nose underwater. If they want a challenge, count how many seconds they can make bubbles!
Water Hokey Pokey
For very young children, acclimate them to water by playing a game of Water Hokey Pokey. Encourage them to put their chin, ears, mouth, and back of their head in the water. Ex: “We put our right hand in, we take our right hand out...”
Submerging is an important skill in learning to swim. Not approaching this properly can cause unnecessary fear to be associated with this fundamental skill. Start slow, by putting different parts of the face in the water. Begin with dipping the chin in the water, then move to covering the mouth with water. Next, have them move their head so they can look directly at the bottom, then dip nose in water. Continue this with eyebrows and forehead. Finally, dip entire face in the water. All of this should be done under the child's own power, so they are controlling the activity. With this method, water avoids going up the nose and scaring the child from going underwater again.
Back floats can be challenging! Often, young swimmers do not like the feeling of water in their ears. They will become better with practice once they become more desensitized to the feeling. The bathtub is a great place to get in this practice because of the shallow floor. You can start, just like in the pool, with a hand under the head and back. Help your swimmer practice taking slow breath, getting relaxed, and even tipping their head back with a high chin. They will slowly become more independent, and you can add a little more water to the tub to float higher.
There is nothing like life altering days to make us think about if our family is ready for an emergency to occur. There are great resources available on https://www.ready.gov/plan to help guide the discussion with your family. If you are going to be socially distancing and getting quality family time in, why not be prepared for now and emergencies that may occur in the future. There are great resources available for kids here, but the Daniel Tiger App for Parents has also been a great tool to help work through life lessons (Chris is using it to potty train this week as well.)
We also Partner with the American Red Cross for our Health and Safety Classes taught throughout the year. Click the link above to see the resources they recommend for preparing for emergencies. Once we're open, we will be releasing a new round of classes for CPR/AED/First Aid, Lifeguarding and more. Consider checking out a class, and you can learn more about classes at the St. Paul JCC and Sabes JCC.
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Dryland training prepares us for life in the pool! Check out these mini sets to do from the comfort of your home!
:40 sec on / :10 sec off - 3 x (Mountain climbers / Bird dogs / Burpees / Plank / High knees / Streamline stretch)
Streamline stretch / Downward dog/ cobra / Inchworm push-ups—build to 5 / Burpees with 5 X jumping jacks / Burpees with lunges / Plank / Streamline crunches / Plank with shoulder taps / Streamline flutter kicking / Streamline squats + hold / Single, single, double leg lowers / Mountain climbers
Streamline stretch / Downward Dog & Cobra / Running in place / High knees / Butt kickers / Lunge hold / Push-ups / Snowboard burpees / Squat burpees / Tuck jump + squat push up / Streamline crunches / Streamline flutter kick
Yoga is one of our favorite compliments to an in water workout. Here is a great resource for swimming specific stretches to improve your skills in the water. Click here to learn more.
At Home Aquatics BINGO!
Join us in a fun game of BINGO while we are away from lessons! You gave from now until we are open to complete the activities on this card. Turn into your aquatics staff in the first seven days we are open to be entered into a raffle for a free session of swim lessons! Download card here
If you are 60 and over and in need of transportation to essential medial appointments, please contact Anne Rickert at 651 + 255 4743
Want to talk on the phone with a student from HMJDS (Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School)? You will meet some interesting youth and find out how students are spending their time these days. Call Barbie Levine at the St. Paul JCC at 651 + 255 4734, to get in touch with a student.
Certified Metro Mobility customers, can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. Metro Mobility will pick your order up and deliver to for to your house with NO delivery fee.
You can book same day or in advance, for groceries and household essentials, just like you book a ride for yourself. You’ll receive your delivery within 60 minutes of the scheduled pickup time.
Please book rides with your provider. For questions about the service, contact the Metro Mobility Service Center at:
Call 651 + 602 1111
TTY 651 + 221 9886
Tikkun Olam - Donating Gloves to Health Care Professionals
Have you always wanted to visit a famous museum or park but haven't had the chance? Tour these places from the comfort of your home!
National Parks - guided park tours, click and learn
Nature Areas - click and learn
Street Art Tour - graffiti and murals
National Aquarium in Baltimore Click and learn
The MET Museum - Click and drag around during the video for a 360 degree view
Adult Coloring - printable coloring pages
Daily Doodles - doodle activities with Mo Willems
Storyline Online - books read out loud with animated pictures
Home Safari - Fascination and fun animal videos form the Cincinnati Zoo
Sea Curious - Kids ask and learn about animals at the Shedd Aquarium
St. Paul Wellness Program
Are you a current participant in the St. Paul Wellness Program? Contact Anna Golv, at email@example.com, to set up an online session with your personal trainer.
Click here, for Silver Sneaker workouts, wellness videos and exercise programs
Classes by your favorite JCC Group Ex instructors