The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is a community compromised of hundreds of extraordinary individuals, all representing something essential. Members of our capable staff put together Shabbat dinners, coach kids in the gym, and work with individuals with special needs. JCC members represent the vast array of programs, each impacting them in myriad ways. As you scroll through the videos below, keep in mind that each serves his or her purpose in the mosaic that makes up our vertical village on the Upper West Side. Each person featured here has a role to play, and his or her own way, makes our community better.


Hannah Schrader
Few exemplify the JCC journey better than Hannah Schrader, who has been a part of the JCC community her entire life. To learn more about BBYO and other teen programs visit:


Zurisadai Robert
As a membership supervisor and one of the first faces people see when they come to the JCC, Zurisadai's message is simple--that we don't want you to leave! Become a JCC member today:


Allison Pillinger Choi
Member Allison Pillinger Choi co-founded Experiment in Dialogue, a JCC-hosted group that allows people with diverse viewpoints to come together over dinner and find common ground. Learn more about Allison and Experiment in Dialogue:

To read our story about EID that appeared in our Fall 2018 Program Guide, click here.


Rabbi Abigail Treu
Rabbi Abigail Treu works to build community by connecting people with programs that will enhance their lives Jewishly and spiritually.

ImmerseNYC is a pluralistic, feminist, community mikveh project that facilitates deep ritual experiences and educational programs. To learn more about ImmerseNYC, visit

To read our story about ImmerseNYC that appeared in our Fall 2018 Program Guide, click here.


Eve Landau
The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility's mission is to engage people to become more effective civic actors through education and advocacy, and features programs including The Democracy Project, Volunteering, the JCC's Greening Initiative, and more.

Learn more about the Center and its exciting initiatives here.

To read our story about The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility that appeared in our Fall 2017 Program Guide, click here.


Sarah Heller
Serious physical obstacles haven't kept JCC + Adaptations member Sarah Heller from participating in 50+ marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and more. For her, every day is a gift to be cherished.

To read our story about Sarah Heller that appeared in our Fall 2018 Program Guide, click here.

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Sarah-Kay Lacks
Since 2004, Sarah-Kay has developed free and low-cost Shabbat and holiday celebrations for our community and beyond.

To read our story about Shabbat Shabbang that appeared in the Winter/Spring 2017 Program Guide, click here.


Sammy Kanter
As our 20s + 30s and Out at the J director, Sammy Kanter brought the 20s + 30s community together for Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, sports leagues, Israel programs, and more. He also led Out at the J, strengthening our LGBTQ community.

To read our story about Out at the J that appeared in our Fall 2017 Program Guide, click here.

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