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Join Our Community Read

Friday, August 17, 2018
Posted by: Andrea Wolfe, Program Coodinator, Arts & Culture

The Weight of InkAre you part of a book club and looking for your group’s next read?  We’ve just announced our Community Read event for the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival and hope you’ll join us by reading Rachel Kadish’s new novel The Weight of Ink!

Kadish will be speaking at the Book Festival on Monday, Nov 5 at 8:00 PM. For this event during the Festival, we ask book clubs and interested readers to read The Weight of Ink in advance of her author talk.

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Category: Arts and Culture

Voter Registration at the J

Friday, August 10, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

People RegisteringThere is a debate in the Talmud over how to interpret a particular phrase in the Book of Psalms. “Rabbi Judah HaNasi and the sages differed in this matter. One said [the phrase should be interpreted as], ‘The character of the generation is determined by its leader.’ And one said [the phrase should be interpreted as], ‘The character of the leader is determined by its generation’” (Arachin 17a).

Although the debate is not definitively concluded, its implications are worth noting—a nation and its leaders are inextricably linked, and each has a role and responsibility in shaping the other. 

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Category: Adults

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Nominated for Grand Champion

Sunday, August 5, 2018
Posted by: Sarah Classen, Foster Grandparent Program Director

Blynthia ScottWe are proud to announce that our very own Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Foster Grandparent volunteer, Blynthia Scott (AKA Granny Blu), has been selected as a nominee for WellCare | TexanPlus® Grand Champion. Blynthia, along with the other four Champions, exemplifies excellence by giving back to our local community and making a difference in the lives of older adults.

Granny Blu lives a life full of compassion and devotion. She volunteers as a Foster Grandparent 40 hours a week at the Harris County Psychiatric Center, working with youth with mental illness.


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Category: Senior Services

(Re)Discover Your Jewish Roots

Friday, August 3, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Jewish Learning Classes

Got 4 weeks? How about 6, 8, 10 or 12? No matter your schedule or interest, we’ve got a class for you.

If you’ve always wanted to explore your Jewish roots and discover what they can mean to you as an adult, now is the time to do it! Our Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning (CJLL) is proud to be a hub of pluralistic adult Jewish learning classes, bringing together students and faculty from various synagogues and other institutions in the Houston community.

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Category: CJLL

Aqua Stand Up is Here!

Monday, July 30, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil, Health & Fitness Coordinator

Aqua Stand UpThe boards are here, the instructors are trained, now we just need YOU to practice your surf moves! Join us for demo days where you can learn the basic moves from our instructors out on the boards. 

Thursday, Aug 2 | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM 
Sunday, Aug 5 | 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

These are come and go, take some time in the pool to learn how to get on the board, stand up, work the paddle, and balance. We will have music playing and instructors ready to help.  Meet us outside by the BAS pool. 

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Bertha Alyce School Teachers Partner with Rice University

Friday, July 27, 2018
Posted by: Faye Casell, Director, Curriculum and Instruction

BAS Teachers at RiceThis summer, educators from our Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School (BAS) were able to attend two Rice School Literacy and Culture (SLC) Institutes.

The first, the Rice SLC Summer Institute for Teachers, is an opportunity for early childhood educators to review new research in the field of early childhood language development and literacy and to bridge the gap between research and practice by learning hundreds of strategies to promote literacy skills and development in the classroom. Three Pre-Kindergarten teachers and our BAS Director of Curriculum and Instruction attended the week-long institute.

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Category: Early Childhood

Jewish CultureFest Receives Festival Grant

Friday, July 20, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Jewish Culture FestMayor Sylvester Turner recently announced the first awardees of the new grant program Festival Grant via the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). Sixteen festivals with venues across Houston were selected for funding totaling $145,475. 

We are proud to announce that the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC's Jewish CultureFest is one of the recipients of the 2018 Festival Grant. We thank the City of Houston and HAA for its support of this unique community event. 

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Category: CJLL

The Oy Vey! 5K Family Fun Run is Back

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services

Oy Vey 5KAs some of you may remember, we were days away from putting on our first Oy Vey! 5k Family Fun Run at Godwin Park in Meyerland when Hurricane Harvey hit our city last year. Obviously, the J, the City of Houston and especially the community of Meyerland were in no position to even consider hosting such an event at that time.

While we made some attempts to reschedule the event, we never felt confident about the timing. Nearly a year later, our community is coming back to life, and it's the perfect time to bring this event back to life also!

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Nite Owls Still Going Strong

Friday, July 6, 2018
Posted by: Marian Bell

Nite Owls 1It was 45 years ago that my mom, Henrietta Bell, started the Nite Owls program. My sister was in her teens when my mom realized she would need a peer group for social activities to meet her developmental differences as she aged. This was in 1964.

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Category: Adults

Supply Donations for Families at US-Mexico Border on World Refugee Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Make a DifferenceJewish tradition is deeply rooted in welcoming the stranger. Our Torah teaches: "You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9).”

June 20 is World Refugee Day, and the J is proud to be a part of our #HoustonStrong community, coming together to assist families seeking resources and comfort at detention centers in McAllen, Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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Category: CJLL

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