6505 Sylvania Avenue 

Sylvania, OH 43560

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Federation and Foundation offices have temporarily closed and we have canceled all in-person programs. Please contact the Jewish Living Center if we can be of assistance to you during these extraordinary times. Join the private JLC Facebook group here for exercise videos, free resources, and other posts that will help make staying at home more enjoyable and productive. 

Rene Rusgo

419-531-2119 ext. 1



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March 2021 JLC Newsletter


  • Get Fit…It’s Never Too LateThis exercise class offers you great music and great moves that will give you a comprehensive workout that includes cardio, strength, and flexibility. Balls, bands, chairs, and light weights are used in this class. All supplies are provided. Free.
  • Foundation Fitness 



  • Get Fit…It’s Never Too Late 
  • Ballet Fusion  - This is a great combination class that brings together basic ballet, Tai Chi, and drumming to give you a complete and fulfilling workout unlike anything else with music to guide you. With a focus on your core for balance and strength and full range of motion to increase your stretch and breathing.



  • Zumba FridaysHeat up your winter with this exercise craze! Featuring various dances from flamenco to samba, Eileen will get those hips shaking and feet moving. Dance routines are customized for our 60 & Better participants by our very own licensed Zumba instructor. 
  • Drumming  - A full body workout for any fitness level that anyone can do!  Drumsticks are pounded on exercise balls, clinked overhead and side to side to upbeat music that has you moving in step and around the circle.  This class keeps you moving and gives your core a great workout. All supplies are provided. Free.


Coffee & Schmooze with JLC

Tuesday: April 6 & May 4 

11:00 a.m.  

Zoom Chat     

Registration requested by emailing registration@jewishtoledo.org at least 2 days prior to the schmooze

No need to fret about missing your friends at the Jewish Living Center … we’re here and bringing the coffee chat to you!  How are you feeling?  Just want to chat and catch up! Share how you are staying active and busy?  Just feel like talking and seeing people that you haven’t seen in a bit…. this is an open space to grab a beverage and say hello.  We would LOVE to see you, because we miss you.

BINGO Trivia

Tuesday, March 16   

1:00 p.m.   

Games are played via Zoom – Winner of the most games will win a prize!

Registration requested by emailing registration@jewishtoledo.org at least 2 days prior to BINGO to get the Zoom link

Join your friends at the Jewish Living Center as we test our skills and match wits in topics from sports to movies to pop culture & history.  This BINGO game isn’t calling numbers, this is all based on trivia and knowledge about anything and everything. Who can answer the questions the fastest and fill in the block’s wins? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – so come give it a try, you just might like it!

Jewish Living Center of Greater Toledo

Who are we? 
The Jewish Living Center (JLC) is a fresh approach to how we look at aging. It is a holistic attitude about how we view ourselves as we age. We want to be the place that you come to when you want to learn about something new and exciting. When you want to try out the newest trend in movement and exercise. Where you want to gather with friends and make new ones. Where you can feel comfortable being you. Where technology is just a touch away. Where adventure will take you places. The Jewish Living Center (JLC) and all of its programs are open to those who are 60 and better and are supported through a generous grant from the Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization (JSSSO) and through your campaign dollars.
Come join the fun!
All of the JLC’s programs are open to those who are 60 and better. All you have to do is fill out a registration form and you are set to enjoy all that the JLC has to offer! Click here for special events. Click here for special trips. For more information on the Jewish Living Center and its programs, please feel free to call Rene Rusgo, Director or Stephanie Hinamon, Program Associate.

This series is a unique glimpse into the lives of New York actors who are sharing their gift of song and entertainment with us. They come from near and far with amazing stories that make each one of them a star unto themselves. So, come along with us for the journey into the spotlight for just a little song, a little jazz, a little fun and a lot of enjoyment! Registration is requested for each individual event by emailing registration@jewishtoledo.org for a unique zoom link a least one week before the event.



Tuesday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Rebbekah Vega-Romero – A Broadway Love Affair

A Broadway Love Affair: Join feisty ingenue Rebbekah Vega-Romero on a journey through the ever-evolving landscape of American Musical Theatre, exploring how the art form that she loves has defined romance in our culture and in her own life. You will hear a range of tunes, from Golden Age classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Sondheim, up to modern composers like Menken, Ahrens, and Flaherty, and Guettel. The music will make you swoon, and the stories will make you think. 


Rebbekah Vega-Romero is an NYC native, a proud member of Actor's Equity, and a triracial Latina bruja. A YoungArts award-winning writer, Rebbekah graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Rebbekah has a wide-ranging career as an actress, from her "luminous" portrayal of Maria in “West Side Story” at the 5th Avenue Theatre, to her upcoming short film, “The Question,” which she also wrote and produced. Her poetry has been featured in The Quaranzine Zine, and in the forthcoming Sixfold.  Rebbekah hopes her work will inspire other mixed-race girls to realize that “there’s a place for us.” Visit her virtually at www.RebbekahVegaRomero.com.



Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Gina Morgano – American Songbook

Whisk yourself back in time and feel the heartbeat of the American Songbook. As Gina Morgano shares hits from the Golden Age of Broadway and jazz, you will fall in love with these classic tunes all over again.


Gina Morgano helps people to find their voice - both inside and out - so that they ca offer their highest creative​contributions. As a performer and voice teacher at the 92nd Street Y and the Professional Performing Arts School, Gina and her students have appeared on New York's most prominent stages, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Gina believes that curiosity and storytelling are the floodgates to empathy and compassion and that a classic always offers something new. 



JLC & National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance

The Jewish Living Center is thrilled to announce that we are now a partner in the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. This alliance allows us to bring you cutting-edge, exciting, and relevant programs – to the comfort of your home. Through this new effort, we are able to select the programs and events that best-fit our community, allowing us to provide the most diverse programming possible. Look at these phenomenal new offerings below:


Terrific Tastings: Valley Ford Cheese 

Sunday, March 21, 2021 

6-7:15pm on Zoom

Located on the rural coast of California’s Sonoma County, Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery produces award-winning, handcrafted, Italian-style artisan cheeses. Never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, the cows have access to pasture on certified organic land 365 days a year.  Let us deliver a curated cheese collection with a special gift to your doorstep, then join culinary host James Sokol and cheesemaker Karen Bianchi-Moreda for a discussion & guided tasting of her delicious cheeses.   

To “meet” our James and hear about our tasting events, click here.

For details and tickets, click here.



Songs of Remembrance: A Multi-Genre Musical of Yom HaShoah

Thursday, April 8, 2021

2-3:15pm on Zoom free with advance registration

Although in the early 1950s Israel’s parliament passed a resolution establishing Yom HaShoah, this “Holocaust & Heroism Remembrance Day” has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of remembrance along the way.

For tickets and details, click here



Author Insights: The Paris Photo

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

4-5:00pm on Zoom free with advance registration

Named by Kirkus as “one of the best books of 2019,” Jane S. Gabin's The Paris Photo is set in Paris near the end of WWII and in the present. Based on truth and inspired by her father’s actions, Gabin’s thoroughly researched novel tells of a young US Army soldier who arrives in Paris and forms a friendship with one particular mother and son. The repercussions of this relationship carry forward into the present day. With the frightening rise of anti-Semitism and xenophobia today, many of the book’s messages are especially meaningful. Join Gabin to hear about the real-life events that led her to write the novel and learn more about German occupation of Paris from this personal perspective.

For details and tickets, click here



Exploring Opera: Popular Paris

Monday, April 26, 2021

5-6:30pm on Zoom

Such a beautiful, romantic, historic city, it’s no wonder Paris is such a ubiquitous setting for operas! Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for an operatic journey to Paris, touching on an array of repertoire from beloved masterpieces (such as Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s La Traviata) to rarely-staged gems (such Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Donizetti’s Ugo, Conte di Parigi). Audio & video performance clips bring the charm of Paris and the excitement of opera into the discussion! This is a fun and interesting exploration for both opera newcomers and long-time fans! 

For details and tickets, click here




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