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: March 2 & April 6

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 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Jenna Pastuszek – Get Happy! a cabaret saluting Judy Garland!

Introducing Get Happy! a cabaret saluting Judy Garland- the world’s greatest entertainer- starring Jenna Pastuszek and featuring Broadway’s Joshua Zecher-Ross on the keys! This isn’t a traditional Judy Garland tribute — there will be no impersonation here. Instead, the cleverly curated playlist of classics and forgotten gems will leave Judy fans and Judy novices alike tapping their feet as Jenna pays homage to one of her favorite divas. Featuring music from The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, Judy Live at Carnegie Hall, Judy at The Palace, The Judy Garland Show, and more, you won’t want to miss Jenna’s spirited celebration of Judy’s legacy. "Forget your troubles" and join us for a wonderful time!


Jenna Pastuszek is a performer and teaching artist based out of New York City. She's performed from Maine to Florida, from Cape May, NJ to Breckenridge, CO and is thrilled to be with you virtually today. Select NYC credits: Smile (Musicals Tonight!), Single (NYMF), The Incredible Fox Sisters (New Ohio Theatre), Joey & Ron (The Player's Theatre), Days of Rage (GR42). Select Regional Theatre: Diner (Delaware Theatre Company), Side Show (Media Theatre), Because of Winn Dixie (DTC), The Last Five Years (Eagle Theatre), Winter Wonderettes (Walnut Street Theatre), Catch Me If You Can (Eagle Theatre), South Pacific (DTC), Evita (Stage Door Theatre, Carbonell Award Nominated Best Actress), Co-Founder of Innovative Voice Studio, Graduate of NYU Steinhardt & UVA. Thank YOU for continuing to support the arts! www.JennaP.com


Joshua Zecher-Ross has worked on hundreds of productions and concerts in New York and around
North America as a pianist, music director, supervisor, conductor, arranger, and electronic music
designer. Broadway: Be More Chill (conductor sub). Recently: The Louder We Get directed by Lonny Price
at Theatre Calgary and Cheek to Cheek with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Joshua is a musical theatre
instructor at the NY Film Academy and at Actor Therapy, a cantorial soloist and frequent synagogue
musician in the NY area, and he holds a Bachelor of music in vocal performance from the Steinhardt
School at New York University.



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: Bubbles & Bites 

Let our curated collection of treats be delivered right to your doorstep, then join culinary host James Sokol and two special guests on Zoom for special live discussion and guided tastings – Bubbles & Bites – each featuring a different sparkling wine from an award-winning vintner and a perfect food pairing.  Order only the “bubbles,” only the “bites,” or both; whatever strikes your fancy!


Bubbles & Bites Part III: Sparkling & Chips  

Sunday, March 7 – Order by Feb 21st  

5-6:15pm (EST) 

Special guests are Schramsberg Vineyards Wine Educator, Tom Scott and Billy Goat Chip's Chef, Brian Roth.  For this tasting, choose from: One bottle of Schramsberg’s 2016 Blanc de Noirs, and/or One 1-pound bag of each of three different flavors (so 3-pounds total!) of Billy Goat Chips: classic Original, bold Sweet Potato & spicy Kicker. 

For details and tickets, click here.

Terrific Tastings: Ritual Reubens (build-your-own-sandwich)

Sunday, March 14, 2021 

3-4pm on Zoom 

Since Zingerman's (one of the US’s most famous delis) first opened their doors in 1982, their most popular sandwich has been the Reuben. People line up around the block for the massive sandwich, which has been lauded as one of the best sandwiches available anywhere. Let us deliver a kit of goodies to your doorstep, then join culinary host James Sokol and a special guest on Zoom for a journey “back to the days” of an almost ritual lunch at the local Jewish deli. Since this is a "build-your-own-sandwich" event, feel free to add or leave-off whatever ingredients or amounts you like; make it to your taste! 

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

For details and tickets, click here.

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.


Senior Resource Connect, a service of the Association of the Jewish Family and Children's Agencies (AJFCA) network, provides information and resources to assist older adults and caregivers in discussing their needs with aging services professionals. Check out this one-stop connection to local service providers.