This Week at JCC and around town: July 20-25

Highlights: Hike, fitness class, yoga, MWV Jewish film forum, music at local venues & Music under the Tent (library), Awareness in Sanctuary series (Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation), C3 conversation, shabbat service, worship and more

TUE, July 20

  • Community Event: CHAIR YOGA – A Healthier You with Anjali Rose
    9:15am • Zoom. (Zoom pre-registration link)
    6-week series/online class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We explore various exercises to improve posture, balance and strength using the core weight of the body and light hand weights. This fun and insightful class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a chair, two blocks, a strap and light hand weights.
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30-2pm • Zoom.
    Meeting of Clergy of the Eastern Slope for peer work and community networking. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org

WED, July 21

  • FITNESS with LAURIE McALEER
    9am • JCC Parish House (in-person)
    Join us for a free, gentle fitness class. Please let Laurie McAleer know you will attend. Masking and social distancing required.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    5pm • Zoom. (Zoom Pre-registration link)
    Class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We will explore the body, mind and soul with mindful movement. These yoga classes are intentionally created with sequences to instill strength, flexibility and mobility. This fun and community oriented class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a mat, strap, block and blanket.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN CEILI BAND
    5:30 – 9pm • Wildcat Tavern Dinner reservations required: 800-228-4245 or 603-383-4245.
    The musicians will play on the porch of the Igloo a safe distance from guests and vice versa. Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes. For more information on the White Mountain Ceili Band visit: whitemountainceiliband.com

THURS, July 22

  • Community Event: NATURALIST LED HIKE in JACKSON
  • 10am • Tin Mountain Conservation Center Field Station, Jackson
    Registration required link. Or call Call 447-6991.
    Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center for weekly hikes at the Jackson Field Station property every Thursday in July & August. Highlights include the summit of Tin Mountain, a tin mine on the property, and historic homestead, and a mountain pond. Tin Mountain’s naturalist will explain the historic use of the property, help identify plant species, and point out animal signs. These hikes are a great way to explore the lesser trod trails of the White Mountains and avoid the crowds. Participants of all ages welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    1pm • Food pickup
    2:30pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
    @ 15 Grove St, North Conway, NH
    Rev Gail and JCC volunteers serve this weekly outreach to local homeless and housing-insecure residents.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAINS JEWISH FILM FORUM – AMERICAN PASTORAL
    7:30pm • Register (required) here: Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ode-gpzwqHNMrAgWIy847oogkB4MPSZ2A  Watch the film first on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, ahead of time on your own and then join the group at 7:30pm for a conversation led by author Benjamin Taylor. From Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation: A film based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth: Seymour “Swede” Levov comes of age just after World War II, in a thriving and triumphant America. A legendary high school athlete, the diligent and successful inheritor of his father’s glove factory, the proprietor of an eighteenth-century stone house in the heart of WASP country, the devoted husband of a beautiful and intelligent wife, and the father of a charming daughter, the Swede appears to have fulfilled the ambitions of generations of struggling forebears. But his carefully constructed life begins to collapse as he and America face the challenges of the turbulent sixties, and he sees his adored daughter, Merry, turn first into a rebellious adolescent and then into a revolutionary terrorist. As Swede Levov watches in bewilderment everything he treasures, everything so industriously created by his family over the course of three generations, is blown up by an angry girl’s bomb. American Pastoral is a wrenching and cathartic piece of work. It is a book about America: about loving and hating it, about wanting to belong and refusing to belong.

FRI, July 23

  • Community Event: AWARENESS in the SANCTUARY — Deep Eyes
    9:30-10:a5am • Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem, NH / Zoom
    Led by Jacki Katzman, Movement Mentor, BHC member and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®.
    Registration Required for All participants. Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUode2rqjkqGtZyCr28HqH3tWbTa1ZGTvRX Questions? Please contact Jacki – jackisue@aol.com. Upcoming sessions:  July 30 – Resting on Inside Eyes, August 6 – Prayer Hand Eyes – Direct Your Attention. A donation to the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation for the 4-lesson series ($50), or $15 per single session, will be appreciated. Participants  have the option of Zoom or in-person attendance in the sanctuary. Open your eyes to fresh perspectives, guided by principles of the Feldenkrais Method. “Fresh Perspective” begins with a topical reading selected by Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum followed by a guided, body-based meditation. Lessons are appropriate for people of all abilities, body types, levels of fitness, faiths and spiritual orientations. .
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS (zoom link)
    5pm • Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83028442916
    Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866 Meeting ID: 83028442916 (#)
    Conversation about this week’s scripture.
  • Community Event: SHABBAT SERVICE
    6pm • In-Person @ Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation Sanctuary & Via Zoom
    To join us on Zoom, please register here: bhcsynagogue1920@gmail.com
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Mike Malkin & Becca Deschenes
    Evening • Shannon Door

SAT, July 24

  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-2pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: GARDEN STAGE CONCERT SERIES – TYLER JAMES KELLY
    Evening • Wildcat Tavern
    Link: Tickets and reservations required.
    https://www.wildcattavern.com/events/the-garden-stage-dinner-concert-series-with-tyler-james-kelly/ Two shows per night, 4:30p-6:30p (Seating 3:45p), 7p-9p (6:45p Seating), Tables have a max of 6 people, All Events are 21 years and older only.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

SUN, July 25

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    8am • Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center & Zoom
    Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.. Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    10:30am •  Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Live music by Alan Labrie
    • Message with Rev Gail Doktor
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • Singing in community now practiced.
    • In-person attendance requires social distancing, masking requested for non-vaccinated individuals.
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • Community Resource: MUSIC under the TENT – Shana Aisenberg (Appalachian & Contra Dance Fiddle)
    4pm • Jackson Library tent and lawn
    Bring chairs and a picnic. Come early for space under the tent.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

UPCOMING BOOK STUDY: Listen by Reuben Job

The next ecumenical study series begins Tue, 9:30am on May 25th. Sue Davidson from the Conway United Methodist Church leads this group and she has a few copies of the book available for purchase ($9).

To attend on 9:30am on Tue, May 25th: 

We live in a world of noise. Everywhere we go, we hear sounds that compete for our minds and hearts. Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around us and focus our thoughts.

Listen, by Rueben P. Job, is a 40-day experience created to offer help to those new to prayer, those with a daily prayer routine, and those whose lives seem too busy to pray. With a focus on listening prayer and prayer as a two-way conversation, the experience will assist individuals and groups in building and deepening a personal prayer practice and spiritual discernment.

As we learn to listen, we find a new depth and fulfillment in our relationship with God and a new experience of God as guide and companion in our lives. The daily prayer pattern includes an invitation, silence, Bible reading, a story, guided time for reflecting and listening, and practical help for developing six specific prayer practices.

Listen is perfect for use by individuals, small groups, or congregations during Lent, Easter, or any time of year.

Lenten Devotional – FRI, Mar 19: PEACEMAKER

Notice that in this blessing, those who receive it are those working toward peace. Even this state of being, whether internal or societal, has not yet been accomplished. The gift is offered to those who seek its achievement, if not in their own lifetimes, then in generations to come. They help build it up.

Perhaps we can best refer to the adage attributed to Lao Tsu when we consider the scope of how we strive for peace in our lives:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

All of us, at one time or another, need peace in our hearts, our homes and relationships, or within our communities. And most of us, at one time or another, have contributed to the possibility of knowing such peace, even for a period of time.

We are all, at some time and in some places, the peacemakers.  — Rev GaiI

MEDITATIONS:

When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed. — Fred Rogers

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk

Challenge or Question: What gives you peace?

LENTEN PROGRAMS

MINDFULNESS for INTENTIONAL WELLBEING
with Anjali Rose
Sundays: Feb 28 & March 14
3-4:15pm • Zoom

The deacons at JCC have crafted this two-part series with Anjali Rose to provide a free self-care and mindfulness experience for our faith community. This experience is open to all. Friends and members welcome.

What is Mindfulness and how better might we use this technique to create well-being in our community and lives? 

During this Mindfulness for Intentional Well-being (2 part series),  Anjali Rose, MEd. 500 RYT, RMT will guide us in exploring the nuances of mindfulness, focusing on the subtle differences each of us can attain in creating awareness for healthy living.   Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity.

It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus.Mindfulness is a state, a trait, and a practice.

Mindfulness can be thought of a “state,” a “trait” or a “practice.” You can have a moment of mindfulness, which is the state of your mind. You can also have a sustained experience that is more like a habit or strong tendency to be mindful, a trait. Or you can engage in a more intentional practice of mindfulness by using different forms, postures and activities, such as seated mindfulness meditation, mindful walking, and mindful eating. (Mindfulschools.org)

To join us on Sunday February 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Sunday March 14 from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. to explore Mindfulness within this workshop series, simply register here.

A FATHER’S KADISH
Sun, March 21
4pm • Zoom
Event is free, registration will be required.

Documentary Screening and Q&A with
Artist/Potter Steve Branfman & Director Jen Kaplan.

Co-sponsored by Mt Washington Valley Chavurah & Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation

A Father’s Kaddish tells the story of how Steven Branfman used the art of pottery to help him work through his grief after the death of his 23-year-old son. The film is a potent and moving journey through the universal experience of loss, mourning and rebuilding a life. To learn more about the film, please visit: afatherskaddish.com.

Join us for a live Q & A with the director Jen Kaplan and the film’s featured artist, potter, instructor and subject Steven Branfman.


STUDY GROUP
The Walk by Adam Hamilton
Tuesdays during LENT

  • Zoom link and password required. Email the church for this information: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org
  • Join Sue Davidson for a bible study focused on The Walk by Adam Hamilton. It helps participants develop five spiritual practices that allow us to walk closer with God.
  • A few copies of this book will be available to borrow (sign them out please) as of Wed, Feb 17 at noon, inside the front doors, on the Lent-Easter library shelves.
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