Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Soul to Soul, Where African-American and Yiddish Music Meet

Posted by: Marilyn Hassid

We are bringing an outstanding show to Houston for one night only. Soul to Soul will perform at the J on Saturday, February 18 at 8:15 p.m. Soul to Soul was scheduled during the month of February, purposely. But timing is everything, who knew that in today’s America, bridging cultures, celebrating our similarities and our differences, would be so very important, urgent, actually.

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Category: Arts and Culture      Tags: differences, diversity
Monday, January 9, 2017

Eight Years in the Making: Film Explores Gaga Dance

Posted by: Maxine Silberstein

In 1988, Dance Month at the Kaplan Theater presented little-known choreographer, Ohad Naharin.  In 1990, Naharin was appointed artistic director of  Batsheva Dance Company. Now Naharin is revolutionizing modern dance with the advent of his Gaga technique.

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Category: Arts and Culture
Monday, December 26, 2016

What Would Judah Macabee Do?

Posted by: Rabbi Jill Levy

Rabbi Israel Salanter stated: “Any rabbi whose congregation never considered firing him [her] is no rabbi. Any rabbi whose congregation does fire him [her] is no mensch.

This statement captures the essence of the debate – should rabbis become involved in politics? On one hand, if rabbis do not take a stand to lend a voice to contemporary issues, then are they really engaging in leadership? On the other hand, the rabbi’s role is to welcome members of the entire Jewish community, and how can one do that in a mench-like way if he or she isn’t able to address the needs of all of their constituents?

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Category: CJLL
Monday, October 31, 2016

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Posted by: Steven Garfinkel

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Season of Theatre Presents Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins 

Who is Hershel? With the first nips of crisp Fall weather in the air, and piles of pumpkins lining the entrances to our grocery stores, we can be sure of one thing – the Holiday Season is just around the corner!  And just in time to get folks in the mood for Hanukkah, this year the J is offering an exciting treat in the form of the new play, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

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Category: Arts and Culture
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Coming to the 2016 Jewish Book & Arts Fair

Posted by: Marilyn Hassid

This year’s Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair offers a broad range of programs, topics, and events. There is something for everyone, or so I’ve been told!

It is rare that I single out a book by an author who will appear, but I believe Dov Waxman’s bookTrouble in the Tribe: The American Conflict Over Israel, is the most important Jewish book published this year. As someone who has devoted 40 years in service to our Jewish community, I have witnessed, and addressed, the many challenges we have faced. But today, I am both saddened and frightened by the disunity over Israel that we are experiencing to the likes I’ve never seen.

Families can’t have reasonable conversations about Israel—I personally experienced this last year. At shul...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair

Posted by: Marketing

One of the headliners of the 1986 Jewish Book & Arts Fair was Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique and influential leader of the Women’s Rights movement. JCC Patron Barbara Paull was her host that year. One afternoon, Betty complimented Barbara on her outfit which led to an afternoon of shopping. What happened next is the image that keeps this story alive thirty years later. When they walked into the J that evening, Betty was unrecognizable wearing a fabulous black dress, a silver necklace and lipstick, which she never wore.

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Category: ERJCC Blog
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Olympic Inspired Fitness

Posted by: Marketing

Olympic Inspired Fitness

It’s hard to watch the Olympics and not want to amp up your own fitness routine. Whether you’re inspired by the fastest man alive or the all-time record holder for most medals, there is plenty of motivation right now to get you back in the gym. In fact, fitness experts say that it's actually after the Olympics when people seek gym memberships and get more active with sports.

“My favorite part of the Olympics is watching in awe at physical abilities and physiques of all of the athletes," said Robin D. Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. "They actually push the limits of what is humanly possible. It reinstates my desire to push my limits and increase my own fitness levels.”

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Olympic Energy at HGC

Posted by: Tim Erwin

The Olympic Games are always an exciting time of year for those of us in the gymnastics business. There is a lot of excitement and you can see it on a regular basis in our kids’ faces this summer as they train in the gym and at camps.

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Category: Gymnastics
Monday, July 25, 2016

J Meals Houston Helps Launch National Meals on Wheels Campaign

Posted by: Marketing

Kate Goes to WashingtonJ Meals volunteer, Kate Daniel, was chosen by the Ad Council to help launch a national campaign in Washington D.C. this summer. Right out of the University of Hou
ston, 23 year old Kate came to Evelyn Rubenstein JCC as an intern with J Meals and quickly moved into a part time staff position. Her enthusiasm and passion landed her in this great role to serve her community. Kate shared her experience with us in her words... 

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Category: ERJCC Blog
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stars of David Comes Full Circle

Posted by: Steven Garfinkel

Stars of David Comes Full Circle at Houston’s Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

Author Abigail Pogrebin and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston have a long-standing relationship; one that comes full circle this month as the new musical revue, Stars of David: Story to Song, takes the stage at the J’s Kaplan Theatre. The musical is based on the best-selling book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, the publication of which brought Ms. Pogrebin to the J in 2005 for a speaking appearance at the Jewish Book & Arts Fair that year.

Now, over a decade later...

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