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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Upper West Side, New York, New York
(432 Reviews)

Our mission:

Together with our community, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to
connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape.

Our vision:

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan imagines Jewish life that is diverse and engages meaningfully with
its values, culture, and ideas in our everyday lives.

Our values:

  • We’re committed to redefining what Jewish life means today.
  • We serve as a model of what’s possible in the ever-evolving and diverse Jewish community, incubating innovative programs that are shared nationally.
  • We’re dedicated to the well-being of everyone in our community.  As people in our community seek out opportunities to grow physically, intellectually, and spiritually, we’re dedicated to helping them reach their full potential.
  • We have a broad and inclusive view of Jewish life and family.  There are multiple ways to live in a community. The experiences we offer invite everyone to explore what it means to be part of that community.
  • We take responsibility for one another. Our community is bound by a shared commitment to a better,fairer world, which we put into practice every day, giving back and supporting each other through meaningful actions.
  • We take pride in our culture. Whether celebrating Jewish holidays, exploring new ideas, or engaging with the arts, the growth of a community relies on its access to culture.
  • We believe in accessibility. We strive to create an inclusive and accommodating environment for people of different backgrounds and abilities with opportunities for growth and connection.
  • We are deeply connected to Israel.  Our community connects to Israel through its sights, sounds, history, and complexity. We embrace the challenge of weaving our relationships with Israel into our diverse Jewish identities.

What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Our shoemaking classes, watercolor, jewelry, ceramics and silk painting classes tend to be most popular. 

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history? 
The JCC art studios have been business for 14 years this 2016. The JCC was created as a community center to serve the needs of the community, and part of that was ensuring the community have space to feel welcome being creative. The art studios have been here since the building opened and have been a huge part of countless community members lives. 

What is your average class size?  
Our jewelry classes are maximum eight, our painting/drawing classes are a maximum of 10, and our ceramics classes are a maximum of 10. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals?  
Our students are typically those who want to find a creative outlet in a warm, welcoming community. It is as much a social and community experience as it is an art class. We have students of all types, but I think for the most part their goals are to learn something new, have a great time, find and express their creativity and find a community that is welcoming and non-competitive. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
The JCC is located on the Upper West Side, which hosts tons of bars and restaurants, the beacon theatre, and lots of shopping, as well as the American Museum of Natural History and the New York History Society.

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, while we are a Jewish community center, nothing about our art classes are religious and all are welcome in our building at all times.

Reviews of Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

(432 Reviews)
50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels


Attended: 50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels

Lots of individual attention from Gene who allows you to decide what you'd like to work on and helps you take it to a new level. He is precise, knowledgeable and encouraging! Best drawing teacher I've ever had!

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Megan P.

Attended: Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

This class is great and for all levels! Susan is one of the best jewelry instructors I've had experience with. I plan to continue my classes with her at JCC Manhattan.

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Joanna K.

Attended: Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Great class and teacher as usual!

Glass Fusing

Corinne C.

Attended: Glass Fusing

Great to create new art

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Joanna K.

Attended: Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Great class again!

What to Look For When You Look at Art


Attended: What to Look For When You Look at Art

I enjoyed the class but it was essentially the same presentation from the Six Hour Art Major. If I knew it was essentially the same material, I likely would not have taken it. It was a good class - but I would not recommend taking it in addition to the Six Hour Art Major course.

Beading Basics

Jill Z.

Attended: Beading Basics

This class was life-changing for me, a lawyer who thought she did not have a creative bone in her body. The teacher was AWESOME. I learned techniques to make jewelry in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. I learned that maybe I do have a creative bone in my body! Maybe more than one!

Glass Fusing

Robin Lander

Attended: Glass Fusing

This was my first experience with anything creative. I loved this glass fusion class. Melissa Terman is a great teacher. She’s patient, has a great eye and is extremely clear in how she teaches and coaches. Glass cutting is dangerous but she makes it fun and not at all scary. After four weeks, I produced a number of pieces that are really beautiful and useful (plates, jewelry). I will continue taking additional classes with Melissa.

The Six-Hour Art Major

Lisa S.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major

It was a terrific class and I really enjoyed the presentation and was impressed by the instructor's knowledge. I would be very interested in taking more art history classes but I see there are not many offered on this platform. Looking forward to reviewing the other offerings.

Handbuilding + Wheel Throwing (Beginner)

Karen B.

Attended: Handbuilding + Wheel Throwing (Beginner)

Rebecca was great. Loved it!

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334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Upper West Side, Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
At W 76th St
New York, New York 10023

Upcoming Classes at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Exploring Oil Painting
Exploring Oil Painting
Next start date:

Thursday Feb 9th, 9:30am - 12:30pm Eastern Time

The Art + Practice of Street Photography
The Art + Practice of Street Photography
Next start date:

Sunday Mar 5th, 12pm - 3pm Eastern Time

Advanced Drawing: Find Your Unique Line
Advanced Drawing: Find Your Unique Line
Next start date:

Friday Mar 10th, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time

Teachers at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Abby Zonies Alison Kowalski Allison Estes Amanda Gale Amy Schnitzer Anne Mulford Anya Marfin Ava McNamee Bernadette (Bernie) Daroux Beth Sosin Carole Peck Harrison Chef Irene Yager Chef Jen Cinclair Chef Jenny Matthau Chef Shaya Klechevsky Clover Swann Dan Janison Daphna Simon Denis Ponsot Eileen Serwer Elizabeth Coleman Elizabeth Marraffino Emily Putterman-Handler Emily Socolov Emma Pearse Eva Nikolova Gabriela Dellosso Gal Cohen Gene Wisniewski Heather Slingerland Heidi Johnson Hermine Meinhard Jackie Topol, MS, RD, Nutritionist Jacqueline Dylan-Rose James Nussbaum Jan Ulan Jane Mogel JCC Art Instructors Jeanne Levinson Jenn Adams Jenny Kroik Jensen Jim Hemmel John Drury Jonathan Safran Foer and Randy Cohen Josh Schutz Judith E. Greenwald, Ph.D. Jungwon Lee Karen LaPorte Karen Haberberg Karen Atkinson Karen LaPorte Laurie Brodsky Laurie Brodsky Laurie Brodsky, James Nussbaum & Linda Rose Iennaco Leanne Staples Lee Apt Leo Genkin Linda Vallejo Lisa Spiros Liz Marraffino Marika Hahn Matt Merkel Hess Matthias Merkel Hess Melissa Terman Michele Berman Micol Hernandez Miriam Leviton Mrs. Lee Nadine Sobel Nancy Adler Nelson Levine P. J. Cobbs Pat Daugherty Paula Gold Peter Cusack Peter A. Davis Rachel Miller Rebecca Manson Robert Rosenthal Robert Rosenthal Ross Martin Ruta Reifen Ruth Danon Sally Wright Sara Stopek Sarah Emond Shida Kuo Sigrid Orr Steve Riley Steven Erickson Susan Barth Suzanne Punch Talia Segal Tavia Sanza Vanessa Kanamoto Rivka Villanueva Vera Lightstone Wendy Akin Yvonne Cassidy Zoe Armiger
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