Special Programs and Trips

Creative Writing Workshop

Free First Class! Try it out!

 7-9 pm | February 1, 9,16, 23 March 2 (Mondays)

Find your voice as a writer in a safe, risk-free environment.  Exercise your imagination and memory in this five week workshop to tell the stories that are uniquely yours to tell. We’ll write to timed prompts using the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, creating first drafts of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  Along the way you’ll learn elements of writing craft to help you continue shaping images and characters. Participants are encouraged to read their work aloud only positive feedback will be provided. Writers at all levels are welcome.

5 weeks

Instructor Barbara Krasner


culinary-center-imageCulinary Center in NYC

Thursday, March 12

Behind e very meal a t L’Ecole is the passion and dedication of 50 chef-instructors and students from every corner of this world-class culinary school. At L’Ecole, it is always about our guests and their experience. There’s no better place for a great meal, wine, cocktails and personalized service.

Leave the JCC at 10am and return at 4pm.

Fee: $65 includes coach bus, delicious three course lunch with coffee/tea.  Gratuities are included.


Buyer and Cellar at the George Street Playhouse

Thursday, March 26 | 2pm Show

Alex More is an under employed actor who is hired for the oddest of odd jobs – toiling in the basement “mall” of a famous actress. Equal parts fantasy and farce, Buyer and Cellar is a hilarious examination of the pressures of fame and perfection, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as, “Hilarious! Beyond Brilliant!

Fee: $45 includes lite lunch at the JCC at 11:30am.

Transportation to the theater on your own.


madame-tussauds-imageMadam Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Thursday, April 16

There’s so much to see and do at Madame Tussaud’s New York! Get up close and personal with over 200 life-like wax sports, history and more. Mingle with movie stars in your own A-list party before getting on stage with your favorite pop star. Address the world alongside famous leaders and then challenge legendary athletes on the court. 

Fee: $50 includes coach bus and entrance fee to museum.

Tour on your own at your own pace. Enjoy lunch in Times

Square (not included) Leave JCC at 10am and return at 4pm.


west-point-imageHistoric West Point and U.S. Military Academy

Thursday, May 14

Learn the history of West Point and the Revolutionary War on a 90-minute guided bus tour.

Fee: $80 Per person includes coach bus/tour and buffet lunch at the Thayer Hotel

Leave the JCC at 9 am and return at 4:30pm.