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Free JCC daytrip for teens to American Jewish History museum Dec. 11

Local teenagers looking to explore and celebrate their Jewish heritage will have an opportunity to do just that during a road trip to Philadelphia next month. The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, in collaboration with area synagogues, will host a “JCC Teen Initiative” excursion for students in grades 8-12 to the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, Dec. 11. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. from the JCC of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt, and return to the JCC around 10:30 p.m.

This free outing includes roundtrip travel, museum admission, a guided tour and a kosher lunch and dinner. There are only 35 spots available on a first come, first served basis. The flyer and registration form are available to download at right. The “JCC Teen Initiative” daytrip is sponsored by the Joseph Elman Family Fund for Holocaust Studies at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York.

“We are very excited to coordinate this trip and give local teens a chance to connect with the history of Jews in America,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “With so much to do and see at the museum, this is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to appreciate who they are and discover their place in the Jewish-American experience.”

Leading the “JCC Teen Initiative” excursion and traveling with the teens will be the JCC’s Mick Hagan, director of children and teen services. Hagan heads up a number of JCC teen programs throughout the year, including summer camps and the annual high school Battle of the Bands held each January.

The National Museum of American Jewish History, located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., was established in 1976 and is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. With more than 25,000 objects, the museum is the repository of the largest collection of Jewish Americana in the world.

For more information about the “JCC Teen Initiative” trip, call 315-445-2360, email Mick at or check out the downloads at right.