No hot water, no air conditioning… these are all necessary inconveniences our members have endured lately for an infrastructure upgrade. We have been serving families and individuals of Houston out of our current facility for more than 50 years. The current mechanical equipment has exceeded its expected useful life. Utility bills at the J understandably have skyrocketed over the years, leaving less money to serve the community. We have also experienced significant indoor comfort issues and extensive repair costs because of its aged and inefficient equipment.
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.
J 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...
There are hundreds of families and children who were affected by the flood and need support for school supplies for the coming school year. Needs range from backpacks and uniforms to general notebooks, pencils, binders, folders, etc.
Anyone who is interested in donating items can take the items to UOS starting now through this weekend.
- composition books
- binders and loose leaf paper
- pencil holders
- general school supplies
Please consider supporting this effort if you are able. For questions, please contact Amy at email@example.com.
The last two days have been filled with donation drop offs and lots of supplies being provided to households in need in the community. The need is still great, and your community needs your help.
The J will continue as a drop off and pick up site for cleaning and packing supplies. We have the greatest need for boxes, gloves, masks, tarps and any cleaning supplies.
If you are interested in volunteering, or need volunteers in your home, the coordination of this will be handled by JFS. You can email JFS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling and Crisis Management:
Counseling and crisis management will be coordinated by JFS and should call JFS directly at 713-667-9336.
Gift card donations can be sent to JFS, or dropped off at the J, and we will make sure they get to JFS.
This has certainly been a challenging week in our community as we respond to the devastation caused by the flooding. I wanted to share an update regarding the relief effort, the damage sustained at the J and plans for start of summer camp.
I know that you join me as part of a larger community to lend a helping hand and offer whatever assistance you can to families and friends in need. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Jewish Family Service are coordinating relief support and the J is a drop-off site for the following items: bottled water, work gloves, plastic storage bins, heavy trash bags, heady duty razor blades to rip out carpet and cleaning supplies, including old towels. We are also collecting gift cards from home repair stores and grocery stores for our Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School families that have experienced loss. Additional information on ways to offer support can be found on the Jewish Federation website at www.houstonjewish.org/houstonflood.
Child Care Needs
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Bobby Lapin, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC member and volunteer, recently recounted his experience with Houston Astro’s great, Craig Biggio. Bobby shared his story of how Biggio took the time to have a huge impact on his child’s life at a time that he needed most. Read the full story, “Biggio belongs in everybody’s hall of fame” here on chron.com.