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Jewish-focused Aging Mastery ProgramŽ

The Jewish-focused Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) aims to help aims to help individuals take key steps to improve their well-being, add stability to their lives, and strengthen their ties to communities.


The Jewish-focused Aging Mastery Program® is a 12-week program designed to support baby boomers and older adults, in making the most of their gift of longevity. It combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. The program includes expert speakers, group discussion and various levels of mastery aimed at improving the aging process. The series includes two sessions that connect Jewish spirituality and wisdom with actions proven to improve health and well-being. 

Mondays, September 11 - December 18 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Full Program Package:

  • Price: $109  JCC Member Price: $89

Full Program Package includes admission to all 12 classes, light refreshments, tote bag, bound educational materials, supplemental materials, hand-outs, graduation gift and celebration. 

Individual Sessions*:

  • Price: $16  JCC Member Price: $12

Individual Sessions include light refreshments and hand-outs.  Advanced registration is required prior to the start of class.

*Any payments made for individual sessions will be deducted from the Full Program Package price if participant chooses to register for the Full Program Package before the start of the 3rd session. 

Why is the Jewish-focused Aging Mastery Program® Important?

Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, yet societal expectations of older adults have changed little. Moreover, people are generally unprepared for this increased longevity. AMP® offers an innovative approach to guide individuals through this phase of life. The program incorporates evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, group discussion, peer support, and small rewards to give participants the skills and tools they need to achieve measurable improvements in managing their health, remaining economically secure, and contributing actively in society. All program materials and resources align with the goal of helping people enjoy self-sufficient lives.

Who will benefit from attending the program?

This program has broad appeal for life-long learners in many situations. It will benefit anyone who is:

  • Approaching or already experiencing older adulthood
  • Helping an aging parent or other individual
  • Wanting to learn more about health and wellness topics that critically impact aging and the older adult population in an interactive and community-building model

For more information, please contact Amy Sams at 610.435.3571 or


Meet some of our fall speakers:

Rebecca Einstein Schorr, Rabbi

This former career-driven mother of three became a reluctant stay-at-home-mom when her autistic son and his two adorable sidekicks needed more from her. Formerly known for her popular blog, Frume Sarah’s World, Rebecca Einstein Schorr has embraced the challenge of stepping off the rabbinic pulpit and into the kitchen – some say for the very first time. The transformation from a religious community leader to what her kids call a “house-mother” has been nothing short of life-altering.

She will be leading the sessions "Jewish Perspectives on Aging Mastery" and "Harvest Time: Living Fully the Rest of Our Lives"

Melissa Hakim, MD

Dr. Melissa Hakim grew up in the Lehigh Valley and the JCC was an integral part of her
childhood. She left Allentown for her education. She obtained her MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She returned to the Lehigh Valley and decided to forgo a traditional medical career and instead focus on the upbringing of her three children. Hakim decided to formally become a Healthcare Advocate in January 2016 although she has been informally helping people navigate the healthcare system since receiving her MD degree in 1992. Over the years, she has noticed that people don’t necessarily understand their health care needs and they are often asked to make decisions without fully comprehending their various options. Dr. Melissa Hakim is there to help her clients understand their health situations, to educate her clients, and to enable them to make the decisions best suited for their needs. She guides her clients through the complicated healthcare system maze.

She will be leading the session "Navigating Longer Lives"

Denise Minkoff, CRT

Denise Minkoff is the Adult Operations Supervisor for the Sleep Disorders Centers at Lehigh Valley Health Network. She has been a Respiratory Therapist for the past 20 years and has worked in sleep medicine for over 15 years.  Denise has experience in trauma, critical care, and clinical education as well as many other aspects of healthcare. Denise has worked in management for the past 15 years and loves to teach others.  In her spare time Denise enjoys gardening, going for long walks, playing the piano and traveling with her husband and son. 

She will be leading the session "Sleep"

Jenn Dietz, Group Exercise Instructor/Personal Trainer

Jenn started teaching Group exercise classes in 1997 and became a certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE),  a certified personal trainer in 2003 through the  Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and recently recertified as a personal trainer by American Aerobics Association International (aaai/isma). Jenn gained classroom experience as adjunct instructor at Gettysburg College teaching the aerobics portion of "Major Skills," a class required for Phys Ed majors, and taught "Basic Fitness" at Harrisburg Area Community College.  Jenn's experience in the fitness studio has covered a variety of classes, including Step, Zumba, kickboxing classes, Dance Aerobics, Les MiIls BodyPump, interval workouts, cycling and Silver Sneakers. She has been teaching classes at the Allentown JCC since 2008.

She will be leading the session "Exercise and You"

Mike Schlossberg, PA State Representative

Prior to his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Nov. 6, 2012, Mike Schlossberg was employed by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as vice president of member relations and applied technology. In that role, Schlossberg worked with small-business owners helping them navigate the challenges of the economy, and training them on how to take advantage of social media. Before holding that position, Schlossberg worked as a state-certified urban revitalization specialist, helping volunteers, government officials and business owners redevelop and enhance communities. 

He will be leading the session "Community Engagement"

Julie Knight, Financial Planner

Julie Knight has been a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley since 2010.  As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, she focuses on family wealth planning that has multi-generational impact.  She has 15 years of client-facing experience in the finance and logistics industries including seven years which she spent overseas where she worked with Deutsche Bank and Daimler AG in Germany.  She has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School in Australia and her Bachelor of Business Administration is from the University of North Florida.  She volunteers as the Chair of the Ambassadors Council and as a member of the Board of Governors with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Julie is a member of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley.  She is a recipient of the Young Professional Athena Award, which is given by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council. 

She will be leading the session "Financial Fitness"

Jenni Levy, MD, FAACH

Jenni Levy is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare and has 30 years of experience, including a decade as medical director of a non-profit hospice. She has special training in relationship-centered communication, motivational interviewing, and end-of-life communication.

She will be leading the session "Advance Planning"

Travis Robbins, MSPT, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Travis owns and operates Robbins Rehabilitation, the Lehigh Valleys largest privately owned physical therapy companies with 5 locations running from Upper Macungie to Phillipsburg.  He has dedicated his career to solving the mysteries of the low back through treatment in his offices, online education on his website, community workshops as well as teaching at local colleges and universities.  He is currently writing his first book "How To Get Your Spine To Last 110 Years" based on experience and education surrounding the #1 orthopedic problem we face as humans: low back pain.  When not teaching, he is coaching his 4 kids soccer teams or or taking his wife and best friend, Amanda, out to dinner.

He will be leading the session "Fall Prevention"


Vincent Hartzell, PHARM.D.

Vince graduated Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in May 2005 and served his post-doctorate residency at Leesburg Pharmacy in Northern Virginia. Vince is on the national faculty for the American Pharmacists Association's Immunization Delivery Certificate Program. In 2009, Vince was awarded APhA's Immunization Champion Award for Individual Practitioner and PAIC Immunization Champion for his contributions to increase access to immunizations.

He will be leading the session "Medication Management"

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