Dear Members and Friends,
As you go through the JCC’s Winter Program Guide, we hope you will notice the scores of programs, classes and activities we provide – as well as the many special events we sponsor. The winter is always an exciting time at the J, and this year is no exception.
The Holiday season is a time to count our blessings and give thanks—for the love of family and friends, for the warmth and security of home, for the hearty meals we share. But as we express our gratitude, it’s important we remember that we do not all experience these same comforts. Within our community, there are families facing challenges—some temporary, and some long-term. It is for these families that we practice the Jewish value of Tzedakah, acts of charity. We give thanks, and then we give back. As we end 2018 and you begin to plan your year-end contributions to one or more charitable organizations, please consider including the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in your plans. Your support makes a real difference for hundreds of people. Our JCC annual campaign, makes membership financially possible for families each year, supports children in our Blaustein Early Childhood Center and sends children to our camps.
Speaking of camps, Early Bird Registration for JCC Day Camps will end in just a few short days. We’re hard at work finalizing details for our amazing summer camp experiences. Our camp team is busy working on a range of exciting new options for a fun-filled summer for campers of all ages.
The JCC also has a variety of cultural programs to satisfy everyone, and we are starting off the New Year with an incredible program on Sunday, January 13, featuring Dr. Ruth. Her life has been anything but boring—from her escape from the Nazis at age ten aboard a Kindertransport, to her training as a sniper with the Haganah in Israel, and her immigration to the United States. She started as a maid and became a college professor, and eventually a radio and television star. Please join us as we welcome Dr. Ruth to our community.
With the grand reopening of our fitness center, we hope you’ll feel motivated, excited, and ready to take your fitness to another level.
From culture to camping, fitness to family, there is sure to be a place at the JCC where you will feel passionate about making a contribution. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about supporting the JCC; call or stop by and to chat!
Looking forward to an incredible 2019!
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year
Seth Geldzahler Laura Friedman
President, JCC Board of Directors Executive Director