Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

The Rosenthal JCC is a place of belonging, caring and sharing - inspiring vibrant Jewish and community spirit, nurturing individual potential, respecting diversity and celebrating life. Across Northern Westchester, our exceptional social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and services promote experiential learning, teamwork, artistic and intellectual exploration, the love of Jewish tradition and Israel, and pure fun - while building enduring friendships and support networks.
Nov 25, 2014

Sunrise - The Wheels Keep Rolling Along

Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers bring joy and play to the outpatient waiting and infusion sites at area hospitals, creating a camp-like atmosphere filled with FUN!  The Sunrise on Wheels Pearl River program has achieved great success over the past six months and has served more than 300 children this year.

In April 2014, Sunrise Day Camp Pearl River initiated its first Sunrise on Wheels Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.  A few months later in July 2014, the Wheels program rolled into New York- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital's outpatient setting, and we anticipate that Sunrise on Wheels will be bringing smiles to children at Hackensack University Medical Center in Winter/Spring 2015. We are very excited about our new endeavors in the hospitals and appreciate their wonderful collaboration and reception of this program.

Crafty creations presented weekly have kept participants from ages 1 to 23 years engaged and distracted from the reality of being at the site for necessary and often painful and scary cancer treatments. Some of our most recent favorite projects are classy clipboards, painted pumpkins and terrific turkeys. In addition, children and teens at the program have learned to play new games, master puzzles and interact with one another in a playroom-like atmosphere.  Much fun lies in the donated trunk filled with treasures to keep patients occupied during our sessions. Parents often share in the activities or take the opportunity to meet with a medical professional while their child is busy with the Wheels team. One parent at New York Presbyterian said, "I changed the appointment day I come to the hospital for outpatient treatment with my 19 month old as she loves the projects she gets to make and spending time playing with the Sunrise on Wheels volunteers!" 

The magical weekly activity at Maria Fareri and NYP could not be accomplished without the generosity of our volunteers and donors. Sunrise on Wheels has been welcomed and so well-received at our 9 Sunrise Day Camp hospitals.  We are thrilled to report that when the Wheels roll into Hackensack University Medical Center we will be at #10!!!  Let’s roll on….

Nov 25, 2014

JCC Kids Club

JCC Kids Club photo
JCC Kids Club photo

This month’s update focuses on the JCC Kids Club… an interactive after school play program for school-aged children who require extra support in the area of socialization.  Exciting news… Fall… 2014… The JCC Kids Club is going strong with another amazing season!  Kids, new and old, are excited to have another year together, forming friendships, building on peer connections and having fun.  Week after week, friendships are strengthened and kids get excited to hear about what has been going on in each other’s lives from the previous week.  Whether the group meets to share in a special activity, game or snack, the group always makes sure every idea is heard.  The group is lucky to have the assistance of a skilled teacher who facilitates the social dynamic of the group.  What is so special about this program is the connections the kids are making, all while learning important tools that help them communicate and interact with each other. 

Many parents give feedback that the skills their children learn in the class transfer over to real world scenarios effortlessly.  Whether kids are communicating through gestures or body language, they are becoming more social beings who are developing different ways to communicate their message. 

"The Get Social program has really helped K develop her social skills.  In just four months, I have seen a transformation and a great improvement in her ability to handle situations that are not as structured… she has been to apply what she’s learned at the JCC in the real world and I know it is sinking in.  It has been a wonderful experience.”

Aug 26, 2014

Corporate Volunteers + Sunrise = Superhero Fun!

At Sunrise – Pearl River, local corporations play a vital role in the keeping our camp's magic going year after year.  So every summer we invite our corporate supporters to help with a special volunteer day event for the kids.  This year, we were thrilled to have our friends from Pfizer join us during “Superhero Week”.

Over 25 volunteers toured our beautiful campgrounds and then helped prepare and run an afternoon of “super” activities.  We began with field games including, Pass the Kryptonite, The X-Ray Vision Game, Super Duper Obstacle Course, Guess the Superhero, and Superman’s Cape.  Then we moved indoors for some superhero themed arts and crafts.  The children also received a surprise, live visit from Batman and the Hulk! 

Volunteers from the Pfizer Pearl River Team later commented, “Volunteering at the Sunrise Camp Corporate Day gave each of us such joy.   The campers reminded us that what we do each day to produce pharmaceuticals for children is important work and the results are immeasurable. Their smiles said it all. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your wonderful program.”

This summer, nearly 150 children submitted applications and were medically cleared to attend Sunrise – Pearl River, which is offered completely free of charge.  Without the support of the entire community, including generous individuals and corporations like Pfizer, Sunrise could not do what it does each summer.  Therefore, every year we begin our efforts anew, to ensure that children with cancer in our area get the chance to stop feeling like patients and the opportunity to just feel like kids again.

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