Subject: JCC Centerscene - April 20, 2017/24 Nisan, 5777

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Welcome to the latest edition of CENTERSCENE, featuring programs and events happening at the J in the upcoming days and weeks.  Register for programs online or with our JCC App!

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Ohio Premiere: Nana at Drexel Theater April 23, 4:00 pm Follow filmmaker Serena Dykman's journey as she retraces her grandmother's Auschwitz survival story and investigates how her life-long fight against intolerance can continue in the 21st century in this gripping, award-winning documentary. The showing is part of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival and is sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Film Festival.  There will be a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker. Purchase tickets here or contact Emily Schuss at 614-559-6205 or for more information. 

JCC Jewish Book Fair Author Series The JCC Jewish Book Fair continues its visiting author series at Congregation Beth Tikvah with Dr. Joel Hoffman and his book, The Bible Doesn’t Say That on Thursday, Apr. 27 at 7:00 pm. Distinguished translator and biblical scholar, Hoffman explores dozens of mistranslations, misconceptions, and other misunderstandings about the Bible in forty short, straightforward chapters covering morality, life-style, theology, and biblical imagery. For tickets, call 614-231-2731 or purchase them at the Front Desk. For questions, contact Cheryl Dritz at 614-559-6238.
The Merchant of Venice opens May 13 Gallery Players opens the final show of its 68th season, presenting William Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Buy tickets online or contact Artistic Director Jared Saltman at or 614-559-6248 for more info.  
Collecting Gently Used Books Donate used books in good condition for the upcoming Used Book Sale. Books are accepted now through May 1 and donations will receive a tax- donation letter. Contact Cheryl Dritz at 614-559-6238 or with questions. 
Yom Hazikaron Ceremony April 30 Join the community at 7:00 pm to honor fallen soldiers on Israel's Memorial Day. Israelfest May 2 Celebrate Israel's 69th Independence Day with the community at 6:30 pm at the JCC featuring comedian Benji Lovitt. More information here
Celebrate Victory Day May 8! 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A concert featuring Arkadiy Gips and students of the Columbus Russian Club will follow a ceremony and dinner. RSVP here by May 1.  
Annual Mothers Day Brunch May 14 Enjoy a buffet of waffles, french toast, baked salmon, fresh fruit, danishes and more! RSVP to Carolyn Reis at 614-559-6258 by May 4 to reserve your spot!
J Talks lunch and Learn May 10 Enjoy a light Kosher lunch and hear Dr. Bernie Master discuss his book, No Finish Line. 12:00 - 1:00 pm at the JCC College Ave. Buy tickets here
ATTENTION: The Group Exercise Room is getting a new floor! All classes scheduled in the Group Exercise Room will move to the Racquetball Courts through May 1! 
  • May 16: JCC Annual Meeting recognizing member and staff accomplishments and contributions in the                  last year. 7:00 pm, JCC College Ave. 
  • May 17: Food, friends and Fame! Annual Teen Awards including Erkis/Berliner Scholar Athlete Award,                    Cole Essay Contest Winner and more. 6:00 pm, JCC College Ave. 
  • May 29: Memorial Day Mayhem Obstacle Course Race. Details here
Kef Sports Returns for Spring Session April 27
Sessions are on Thursdays for four weeks. K-6th graders will play kickball, dodgeball, capture the flag and more at the Columbus Jewish Day School from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Contact Josh Goldstein by April 21 to register at 614-559-6284. 
AfterSchool Fun Sports Begins April 26 
Sports, Games, and TeeBall for Pre-K students will be Wednesdays through May 17, after school in the Main Gym. Register online or RSVP by Apr. 23 to Josh Goldstein at or 614-559-6284.. 
JCC Member Spotlight: Galina Dashevksy, Senior Companions Coordinator 
Three times a week Galina Dashevsky walks through the door of the JCC for her water aerobics class – a class she has been taking for more than ten years. A dedicated member of the JCC and the Jewish Community, Dashevsky came to America in 1993 and almost immediately enrolled in English classes at the JCC. “My son, who came to America two years earlier, said that I had to bring two things here – to know how to drive and how to speak English. My English was very limited”. Since then, Dashevsky has been involved in volunteering for Jewish Historical Society, leading English classes at the JCC, and a liaison for Russian-speaking members of the JCC community.

Dashevsky holds a PhD in Economics. While in Russia, she worked in second education for Russian top managers in the chemical industry, but she and her husband decided to move to America to be with her family. To Dashevsky, family is the most important thing. 

With care and attention, she works with clients, volunteering through the Senior Companions program. Senior Companions provides connections and socialization to home-bound citizens. Her clients are Russian speakers who know very limited English, and she assists them with day-to-day activities that let them feel less isolated, enabling them to live in dignity, navigating day-to-day needs.Her work gives clients peace of mind, helping them solve problems that come with being transplanted in a new culture. She goes to client’s homes, helping them go through mail, makes contacts with social agencies, doctor’s offices, insurance companies, and pharmacies, and engages them in cultural conversation. “I meet their real needs and that’s what I really like about this program. The program is really very helpful to let them lead their life the best way they can”’ Dashevsky said, “Life is rapidly changing, constantly. We have to accept it and we have to adjust to it and it’s not easy, especially for elderly”.

Dashevsky values her time at the JCC immensely because of all it has given her. “The JCC is my second home. I feel very comfortable here”’ she said.     

Tribute and memorial gifts are meaningful ways to honor a special occasion or the memory of a friend or loved one. Recipients will be notified of the thoughtful gift made in their name. To make a donation in honor or in memory of someone click here or call Sheila at 559-6225. 
In memory of Sue Harmon
In memory of Marilyn Knable
By Judy and Ron Kaplansky

Allison Goldberg Senser Memorial Fund
In memory of Ali Senser
By Mimi Berg

Senior Activities
In memory of Robert Goldman
By Leslie, Hesh, Erica, and Ilise Green

The Michael J. Canter Leadership 
Development Fund
In honor of the birth of Ayla Arthur Raskin
By Shari Canter George

Guest passes may be purchased during Member Service hours Sunday - Friday. Members must make arrangements in advance if they want to bring a guest on Saturdays
Community Programs and Events
See the local Jewish Community Calender for upcoming programs scheduled around Columbus.
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