she moved from Rockland County to Cliffside Park. Widowed and alone in a new community, she wasn’t sure where the next phase of her life would take her. Seeking a new social outlet, she discovered the JCC and began attending JCC events. She came to see films and shows, joined the JCC U program, and became a regular at the weekly Canasta group. She made new friends, found new interests and outlets, and slowly, her loneliness was replaced with a newfound comfort. The JCC had become her new extended family. Estee says: “The JCC is the center of my social life and a place where I can continue to learn and discover new things. It’s a lifeline for so many people and offers just one great experience after another. So when I say how grateful I am, I know I am speaking for hundreds of others in our community.