The JCC Mid-Westchester Hosted Hundreds of Community Members at Annual Day at the J Event

Hundreds of community members enjoyed a “Day at the J” on Sunday, April 7 at the JCC Mid-Westchester’s annual open house. The event was free and open to the public and treated families, adults, teens, and children to activities, entertainment, live music, delicious treats, and lots of fun surprises. This year the day took on a special meaning as it fell on the six-month anniversary of the deadliest attack in Israel’s history. The program provided much-needed joy and connection and represented the strength and resiliency of this community as well as its support of Israel.

On the main stage in the Bendheim Performing Arts Center, Puppetsburg performed an interactive Passover puppet show with dancing, instruments, dress-up photo-ops, and bubble time. After the puppet show, participants jumped into the pool for family swim time and participated in a session of family freeze dance. Children enjoyed arts and crafts, science experiments, gymnastics, sports activities, face painting, and free play in the playground. Greenburgh Nature Center introduced participants to a snake and a chinchilla. 

Adults tested their knowledge while making new friends at Trivia 55+. All generations joined together to work on a volunteer project with Project Linus making blankets for children in need. The NYBC was on site all day with a mobile van in the JCC parking lot collecting blood donations.

Families were given the opportunity to explore the inside of an ambulance and witness the dedication of three ambulances to Magen David Adom (Israel’s ambulance service). Over 20 local organizations contributed to the success of the day.

The JCCMW’s annual KugelFest showcased a variety of kugel recipes with delicious samples for all! Congratulations to this year’s KugelFest champions, Ana and Jim Lasser, from Tamid. Their savory kugel was a true winner.

The JCC Mid-Westchester is a nonprofit organization that supports the community by offering outstanding recreational, cultural, educational, and human services programming to all people regardless of age, background, religion, or sexual orientation. Programs are grounded in Jewish values and are open to all. The JCCMW enriches families, connects friends, strengthens community, and helps people lead joyful lives.