Our EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTRE is OPEN.  Limited spaces are available! Contact us to book your tour today.

    THE JACK AND PAT KAY CENTRE CAMP will be BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! Never before has camp been so important for our children. Join us this summer to make memories that last a lifetime! Find out more and register today!

    FITNESS, AQUATICS AND RECREATION Although much of our in-person programs remain closed, we are offering a WIDE ARRAY of high-quality virtual programming through our FREE online platform, VIRTUAL J. Create your account today and let us bring the JCC experience to you at home.  We are eager to welcome you back when capacity restrictions decrease which will allow us to properly serve our member base*. 

    OUTDOOR FITNESS PROGRAMMING An expanded offering of outdoor fitness programming will be starting this May! Subscribe to our mailing list to learn about the many ways the J will help you stay healthy and active – both physically and mentally, by offering programing such as: group exercise, personal and small group training and many other specialty programs.

    Please feel free to email to chat with one of our representatives.

    J. Roots and Kachol Lavan are offered through distance learning.  Email us at or to learn more or to inquire about 2021-2022 school year.  

    *Membership fees remain on complimentary freeze, and an update will be provided once the reopening timeline has been confirmed. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    As a dynamic hub of community in Vaughan, we pride ourselves on our

    ability to enrich your lives through high quality programs and

    experiences. With the current government restrictions, we truly feel we

    are unable to fulfill our membership commitment that you have come to

    expect. Add to that the current increase in the number of COVID-19 cases

    and the situation becomes untenable with respect to our overall mission.

    We have made the heartbreaking and difficult decision to

    temporarily close our in-centre fitness, aquatics, and

    programming (including both Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Inclusion

    Services) at The Schwartz/Reisman Centre, effective this Saturday,

    December 12.

    Please continue to use the facilities this week. All fitness reservations will

    be honoured until Friday, December 11.

    Membership billing will continue to remain on hold. No billing will occur

    for any December usage. If you have further membership questions,

    please contact us at and we will be happy to

    assist you.

    We look forward re-opening in the New Year, safely and responsibly, as

    COVID-19 cases decrease and gathering limitations improve. We are in

    communication with our local government. Should restrictions change, we

    will be quick to reassess and be in touch on a re-open date. We are eager

    to be back together. Learn more on how we are continually updating

    our industry-leading health precautions to keep our community safe.

    Although, we are closing our in-centre fitness, aquatics, and

    programming, we encourage you to connect and gather online

    at Additionally, some programs will be moved to

    distance learning. Our staff will be in touch with more information soon.

    To our loyal community members, we are tremendously grateful for your

    support and trust over these challenging months. We appreciate and

    thank you for keeping our community strong.

    From every one of us at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, we wish everyone

    a safe and healthy Chanukah and holiday season.

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  3. Update Regarding Modified Stage 2

    To our valued JCC Community,

    Two months ago we reopened our doors to welcome you back to the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. At that time we made a commitment to you to prioritize your health and safety. We put in place standards and guidelines that exceeded public health recommendations and implemented a new user experience to ensure physical distancing. We are incredibly proud that we have not had a single known case of COVID-19 transmission at the centre since we reopened thanks to the extensive safety measures we implemented and the incredible support of our staff and members.

    Today, the Government of Ontario made an announcement that moves York Region to a modified version of their Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, including a 28-day closure of gyms and fitness centres. As a result, effective Monday, October 19th, 2020, many of the amenities included in your membership will be impacted. Specifically, the fitness floor, which includes resistance training, cardio equipment and group exercise classes will be temporarily on hold until November 16, 2020.

    All membership dues will be immediately frozen and no charges will be processed on November 1st, 2020. We are tentatively scheduled to reopen fitness programming on November 16th, 2020, and will be in constant contact with the Government, including Public Health, as the situation evolves.

    The next billing date will be December 1st, and the remaining balance of your October membership fees will be credited back to you from November 16th-December 1st, 2020.

    The Following Amenities/Programs Will Remain OPEN:
    -Early Childhood Centres
    -Children and Family Programs
    -JCC Maccabi Warriors Development Program
    -The Aquatics Centre will remain open for lane swimming, lessons and aqua fit

    For members who decide to participate in the aquatic centre, please continue to use our booking and scheduling app as normal. Please note: any usage of the aquatic centre starting November 1st, 2020 will result in your regular November dues payment being charged.

    Outdoor Fitness:
    We know the important role that the Schwartz/Reisman Centre plays in your daily life, and we recognize that now, more than ever, physical and mental wellbeing are priorities. As a result, we will be launching a series of outdoor classes and boot camps to keep our members healthy and connected over the next 28 days. We are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for you to stay well and engaged during this time. Stay tuned for additional information on outdoor fitness opportunities.

    Virtual Programming:
    We will continue to offer a huge library of live and on-demand content through our Virtual JCC platform featuring world-class speakers and fitness classes. Be sure to visit to take advantage of our FREE programming that is designed to keep you and your family healthy, mentally stimulated, and connected to our JCCs. We are bringing the JCC directly into your homes!

    Should the closure extend beyond November 16, 2020, we will be in communication with you regarding future updates that may impact your membership.

    We are committed to remaining connected to and supporting you and your families throughout this time. Our community means everything to us and we are already counting the days until we can once again welcome you back to the JCC. In the meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at our outdoor fitness classes and at the Virtual J. During this time you can check the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC websites for regular updates. We thank you for your support, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible!

    Stay healthy.

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  4. JLIVE Streaming Schedule Saturday, April 4 - Friday, April 10

    FITNESS streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @Wearejfitness

    Facebook:  JCC Fitness & Aquatics Vaughan, Schwartz/Reisman Centre

    PROGRAMMING streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @JCCtoronto

    Facebook:  Schwartz/Reisman Centre

    Saturday, April 4th

    9:30am - Express Bootcamp with Heather

    10:30am - Lyengar Yoga with Michèle

    Sunday, April 5th

    9:30am - Cardio Sculpt with Alin Rista

    10:30am - Pilates with Sharna

    Monday, April 6th

    9:30am - Boot Camp Blast with Karen 

    11:00am - Tips and Tricks for Manicures at Home with Rita Remark, Nail Expert

    2:00pm - Danya Koplowitz interviews Elana Horwich demo Charoset 

    5:30pm - Cardio Sculpt with Alin Rista

    8:00pm - Financial Relief Programs during COVID-19 with Basia Pozin

    8:30pm - Healing Yoga with Orli

    Tuesday, April 7th

    9:30am - Pilates with Nadine 

    10:00am - Nealy Fisher demos Passover chocolate chip cookies -HB

    12:30pm - Midday Stretch Break with Irina

    3:00pm - Lana Feinstein interviewing Sara Dimerman - Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

    4:00pm - Passover Hebrew Storytime with Naama Yaacov  

    5:30pm - Total Body Sculpt with Lesley

    8:30pm - Lyengar Yoga with Michèle

    Wednesday, April 8th

    9:30am - Cardio Sculpt with Heather

    Thursday, April 9th

    9:30am - Circuit Challenge with Stephen

    12:30pm - Midday Stretch Break with Irina

    Friday, April 10th

    9:30am - Cardio Sculpt with Alin Rista

    10:00am - Lisa Oberman Passover/ Shabbat Program -HB

    10:30am - Pilates with Nadine

    12:30pm - Healing Yoga with Orli

    1:30pm - Keeping Clean & Organized with Melissa Maker

    12:30pm - Healing Yoga with Orli

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  5. JLIVE Streaming Schedule Saturday, March 28 - Friday, April 3

    FITNESS streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @Wearejfitness

    Facebook:  JCC Fitness & Aquatics Vaughan, Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Prosserman JCC

    PROGRAMMING streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @JCCtoronto

    Facebook:  Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Prosserman JCC


    Monday, March 30th @ 1:00pm

    Own Your Anxiety with Julian Brass (International Best-Selling Author)

    Tuesday, March 31st @ 1:30pm

    Tips for Parenting During Covid-19 with Joe Rich (Marilyn Denis, CTV & CityLine/City TV)

    Wednesday, April 1st @ 1:30pm

    Nutritional Advice with Dr. Joey Shulman (CityLine Health Expert)

    Wednesday, April 1 @ 6:00pm

    Dance Party with Jed Harper the official DJ for the Toronto Blue Jays Grey 

    Thursday, April 2 @ 8:30pm

    Goose Date Night Cocktail Lesson with Stephanie Lamb (Canadian Brand Ambassador)

    Saturday, March 28th 

    9:30am - Total Body Sculpt with Karen

    10:30am - Yoga Flow with Fern

    Sunday, March 29th 

    9:30am - Cardio Sculpt Challenge with Alin

    10:30am - Pilates with Sharna

    11:15am - Yoga with Avital

    Monday, March 30th 

    9:00am - Baby Circle with Lisa Oberman

    9:30am - Basement Boot Camp with Andy

    1:00pm - Own Your Own Anxiety with Julian Brass

    5:30pm - Cardio Sculpt with Alin 

    8:30pm - Healing Yoga with Orli

    Tuesday, March 31st 

    9:30am - Pilates with Nadine 

    10:30am - JProjects Presents: Kitchen Science Experiments For Kids

    12:30pm - Midday Stretch Break with Irina

    1:30pm - Tips for Parenting During COVID-19 with Joe Rich

    5:30pm - Full Body Blast with Lesley 

    7:30pm - Latin Jam with Irene

    Wednesday, April 1st 

    9:30am - Total Body Sculpt with Heather 

    12:00pm - The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp Playdough Making with Evan Roth 

    1:30pm - Nutritional Advice with Dr.Joey Shulman

    5:30pm - Cardio Sculpt with Alin

    7:00pm - JProjects Presents: Imaginarium Story Time with Veronika

    8:30pm - Yoga Flow with Fern 

    Thursday, April 2nd  

    9:30am - Circuit Challenge with Stephen 

    12:00pm - Challah Bake with JRCC 

    12:30pm - Midday Stretch Break with Irina

    5:30pm - Full Body Blast with Lesley 

    7:30pm - Yoga Flow with Avital

    Friday, April 3rd 

    9:30am - Cardio Kick with Alin Rista

    10:30am - Pilates with Nadine

    12:30pm - Healing Yoga with Orli

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  6. JLIVE Streaming Schedule Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27


    Dear Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC Community,

    Social distancing does not mean you and your family can’t have fun at home! The JCC is more than just a building and we are here for you, mind, body and soul!

    With JLIVE STREAMING, our JCC community can still enjoy custom programming, fitness and activities ONLINE! Our trainers, teachers, dancers and leaders you have come to love, are helping us stay active, healthy and entertained in time we need it most. Check out the schedule below for all we have going on – STREAMING LIVE in the first ever Virtual JCC!


    FITNESS streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @Wearejfitness, @JCCtoronto

    Facebook:  JCC Fitness & Aquatics Vaughan, Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Prosserman JCC

    PROGRAMMING streams can be found on the following accounts

    Instagram: @JCCtoronto

    Facebook:  Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Prosserman JCC

    *The schedule is subject to change

    Monday, March 23rd

    9:30am - Restorative Yoga with Orli Ziv
    10:30am - Mini Movement with Lisa Oberman
    1:30pm - JROOTS Music with Eldan Cohen
    5:30pm - Total Body Sculpt with Alin Rista
    7:30pm - Boot Camp Blast with Andy Hvizd

    Tuesday, March 24th

    9:30am - Pilates with Nadine
    3:00pm - ADULT LEARNING: Reiki-Physical, Mental & Emotional Healing with Rabbi Corber
    5:30pm - Full Body Blast with Lesley
    7:30pm - Synergy & Social with the Fitness Team

    Wednesday, March 25th

    9:30am - Express Morning Boot Camp with Roz
    10:30am - Life in Israel during COVID-19 With Yael & Ravid
    1:30pm - Talking Sports with Elliotte Friedman
    5:30pm - Total Body Sculpt with Alin Rista
    7:30pm - Yoga Flow with Fern

    Thursday, March 26th

    9:30am - Total Body Sculpt with Heather
    10:30am - THE JACK AND PAT KAY CENTRE CAMP FLAGPOLE with Bounce Entertainment
    2:00pm - Challah Bake with Anat Ishai
    3:00pm - JCC READS: Zelda Abramson – The Montreal Shtetl
    5:30pm - Full Body Blast with Lesley
    7:30pm - Full Circuit Challenge with Stephen Gray

    Friday, March 27th

    9:30am - Morning Cardio Kick with Alin
    10:30am - Pilates with Nadine
    12:00pm - Israeli Cuisine with Gayla Sarner
    12:30pm - Restorative Yoga with Orli

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    To our valued JCC Community,

    The Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCCs are vibrant communities made up of diverse populations including many who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The health of our community is our priority.

    As of today, there are no known cases or potential exposure to COVID-19 at either the Schwartz/Reisman Centre or the Prosserman JCC.

    However, to ensure the continued health of the larger Toronto community, the JCCs have decided to close their doors effective Sunday March 15th, 2020. This decision is in line with all Toronto public health directives. We are tentatively scheduled to reopen on April 6th, 2020, and will re-evaluate as the situation evolves.


    • The fitness centre, pools and gymnasiums and all scheduled programs, services, group exercise classes, drop-ins and personal training sessions are closed
    • The Early Childhood Centres, under the strong recommendation of the Ministry, are closed at both campuses
    • There will be controlled access to the medical facilities on the 3rd floor of the Lebovic Campus through the North Entrance only

    Our administrative offices are closed, though many of our staff will be working remotely.

    We appreciate your patience with us, and we will communicate regularly with you during this time. Please check our websites, or social media platforms for the latest updates and announcements.

    We thank you for your support, and look forward to welcoming you again as soon as possible.

    Stay healthy.

    Andrew Levy
    Executive Director

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  8. Event Cancellation Due to Covid-19

    Supplementary Hebrew Schools

    Kachol Lavan Classes and Events

    closed starting March 15th

    All locations


    J. Roots Classes and Events

    closed starting March 15th

    All locations


    J. Roots Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

    April 19th




    Sivan Rahav

    March 21st



    Sing A Long Events

    March 24th, April 21st



    Zikaron Ba Salon

    April 22nd



    J. Academy/J. Projects

    Camp reunion (Midbar & Arava)

    April 5th



    J.Projects Presents: Interactive workshop for children and parents with Victoria Prooday

    April 6th

    Sky Zone


    JCC Reads Events

    Miel and Spiel

    March 22nd



    Susan Kaplan Carlton

    March 24th

    Lipa Green


    Zelda Ambramson

    April 20th

    Bernard Betal Centre


    Other Events

    Shabbat Dinner (Shabbat at the J)

    March 27th




    March 29th



    Challah Baking w/JRCC

    April 17th



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  9. We Were Given T-shirts – My JResponse Experience

    We Were Given T-shirts
    – My JResponse Experience

    October 25 – 28, 2019
    Written by Cheri Szereszewski
    Director of the Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool in Toronto, Ontario

    We were given t-shirts so we could be identified but we were also given name tags with the Pittsburgh JCC logo on it and our name.  

    When I first heard about JResponse at the JCCA Professional Conference last year I was so interested in finding out more about this amazing initiative.  The idea behind the JCCA initiative is that a group of JCC staff from throughout the JCC community could volunteer to go help Jewish communities in need. With permission from their Executive Directors they would be released from their jobs at home. They would be called upon to go wherever there was a crisis to help in any way needed. The difference is that usually JResponders, as we are called, would normally go after all the other social agencies, volunteers and media were gone. To me this was truly demonstrating Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Chesed (acts of kindness and compassion).

    As the Early Childhood Director at a JCC I have worked diligently to incorporate the principles and lenses of the Sheva Learning framework into our program. The lenses take our Jewish values and help us find concrete ways to teach them to the children.  I cannot think of a more concrete way to demonstrate these values than being a part of the JResponse deployment to Pittsburgh.

    The Pittsburgh JCC gave all their staff the day off for the one year anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. The staff could spend the day in any way they wished. There was a morning of therapeutic activities they could choose to attend or they could spend time with their families. They could attend the commemoration activities in person or by watching on tv. Regardless, they did not have to work- we did that for them.

    In addition, aside from all the therapeutic activities being offered at the JCC, the rest of the facilities (fitness, pool, etc) were closed for the day.  The 20 JResponders from communities all over North America answered phones, guided people to where they were going, helped at the two blood drives that were going on and did anything else required.

    To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I was assigned to the reception desk with Steve Wendel, the Executive Director of the JCC in Newport News, Virginia, answering phones, granting access to the building and helping people sign in.  We were distinctive in our blue t-shirts and people asked who we all were. When they found out that we were 20 JCC professionals who came to help, the response was always the same, "Thank you so much for being here. It means so much."  I was so humbled and grateful to be there. My response was "You are welcome; I am honoured to be here to help." 

    Some people just wanted to talk.  I heard so many stories about that terrible day from people who had been there- in the synagogue, in the neighbourhood.  Even from a police officer who was helping on Sunday and who had been responsible for the Tree of Life synagogue for 25 years as part of his daily beat.  Everyone had a connection and a story. Many just needed to be heard or to get a hug.  A local coffee shop sent over coffee and bagels for the police officers who were keeping us safe that day. When people in the Brueggers heard that they were donating the coffee and food, they insisted on giving money to the owner to offset the cost.  There were signs that said Strength Not Hate everywhere. From the airport monitors when I arrived, to signs in every store window the support shown was remarkable.  This was a community in the truest sense and they were actively showing the Jewish community that they were there for them.

    This JCC is a true hub within this community. They have built a resiliency centre which gives people a place to come just to have a space to be (even if they don't want to talk), support staff who can help, and a space for community groups (like AA) to meet. This grew out of the circumstances of the shooting that took place when the JCC became command central for law enforcement, media, and the people in the Squirrel Hill community, whether Jewish or not.

    So often we see things on the news and we feel like we wish we knew how to help (other than financially, which is easy).  I know that being in Pittsburgh at this time was appreciated but I so appreciated the opportunity to be able to DO something. Being able to work with my JCC colleagues from all different departments and from all over North America in a meaningful and concrete way. During our preliminary Zoom meeting 2 weeks ago and orientation when we arrived, we quickly formed close relationships as we knew we were sharing something special. As we all sat in the large hall at the JCC ago watch the live stream of the Commemoration ceremony we took each other's hands, offered each other kleenexes and truly felt the emotions of this yahrtzeit.  We all go home feeling connected to the Pittsburgh community, each other and our JCC community.  Through JResponse we made a made a difference and I am so grateful that I could play a small part in that. While the hope is that we will never be needed, Should I be asked to deploy again to another crisis I know I will be part of something special.

    A few of the takeaways that I brought back to Toronto with me included how as a JCC we help build connections, we support our community and that it is so important to give to those in need - to those we know and to strangers equally. We were given t-shirts so we could be identified but we were also given name tags with the Pittsburgh JCC logo on it and our name and this truly made me feel like I belonged.

    We were supporting the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jewish Community as they joined to reflect, to remember, and to build resilience as we commemorated one year since the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue. 

    I would be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in volunteering to be part of JResponse to tell you more about this incredible initiative and my experiences in Pittsburgh. 

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  10. More patience or a different point of view?

    Tribe Team Training

    More patience or a different point of view?

    Toddlers are busy little people. They like to run, explore and have things their way. As an early childhood expert, parents often ask me: ‘how are you so patient?’. The truth is, I do have patience but when you understand the toddler’s perspective you don’t need as much.

    I have trained myself to have a different point of reference when looking at a situation. Here are three examples of natural triggers for even the most saintly of parents and what can be done for a smoother parent-toddler experience.

    Going to the mall

    The first thing a parent must do is decrease the to-do list. Have a plan for your mall visit with only one to two goals. Browsing with a toddler is impossible so set your own personal expectations in advance with that understanding. Plan your visit to be longer than needed, this way you can give your child more time to explore the environment. Leave time for your child to lead the way, and just follow (no questions asked). Approaching the mall visit form your child’s point of view will make the experience less stress for you. You may even enjoy it, along with some good educational time for I Spy games such as finding colours, shapes, animals, or playing catch. Be creative.

    Going to the park

    This may be your toddler’s first spring outdoor experience. There is no need to push children to play with ALL the playground structures at once. As adult, we are conditioned to be excited about the ability to try everything. Toddlers, however, need time to learn new environments. It is better for children to use their senses to understand their surroundings than to simply “play” in the playground. Let your child listen to the birds and airplanes in the sky. Encourage touching the grass, sand, rocks (feel free to take off shoes, and yours too if possible). Smell the flowers, examine bugs, ants, bees, and flies (don’t show your dislikes- be brave). Teach your child to be respectful of nature and share your knowledge and curiosity.

    Going to the grocery store

    We all know toddlers will sit in the shopping cart for less than a minute before asking to be unbuckled. Don’t fight it. Ask your toddler to help with the grocery list and in leading the way. Follow your child through the aisles and load your shopping cart with items on your list (make your shopping list short so the experience can be successful).

    Some grocery stores have small shopping carts that can be used by the children such as the Sobeys on Rutherford and Bathurst. Allow your child to keep busy putting items in the mini-cart, just like you. If possible, allow your toddler to also feel the accomplishment of helping to pack the bags with your support.

    The bottom line is, toddlers will be toddlers! Be there for them, listen, engage, guide, share, laugh and make memories for a lifetime as they don’t stay this age forever. What does stay the same? Stores at the malls, park play structures the supermarket shopping. You’ll have a lifetime of that.

    Naama Yaacov, Director of Early Childhood Education Development at the ProssermanJCC and Schwartz/Reissman Centre

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