J Blog

Teens Share J-Serve Experiences

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Posted by: Sarah Foster

J-ServeOn Sunday, April 22 over 325 Jewish teens from across Houston joined together for an afternoon of service. In addition to the service projects, the teens participated in a Holocaust commemoration and heard from keynote speaker, Allen Woods, about how they could make change in our community. The theme for the day was “Never Forget: You are the Force for Change.

Hear from several of the teens about the experience: 

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Category: Teens

Challenge Yourself

Monday, April 16, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

Blair on Rowing MachineWalking into a new gym can be an overwhelming experience: so many machines, big dudes by the dumbbells, and what the heck is that contraption that looks like I could break a limb trying to use?!

At our Fitness Center, we are holding periodic challenges to get our members interested and educated in the different machines and offerings we have, while upping that competitive spirit! The month of May will lead off with a 500m row challenge on our new skill row machines. The world record for the fastest 500m row is 1 minute and 14 seconds. 

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Theatre at the J Then and Now

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Posted by: Steve Garfinkel
Steve Garfinkel
Steve Garfinkel
Theatre Program Coordinator

A True Story! 

It happens all the time in fairytales and mythology.  Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger and goes to sleep for 100 years before awakening to the kiss of a handsome prince. The mythological Phoenix bird dies in flames, only to rise again from its ashes.  Today the ancient tradition continues – only this time, it’s no fairytale or myth, but the story of the Theatre Program at the J. 

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Category: Arts and Culture

Teen Artists Highlight Community

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Posted by: Amy Brazda

J Teen Art Scene’s 2018 Grand Opening Showcase welcomed art enthusiasts to enjoy a program of speakers, musicians and teen artists. Presented by the J's exceptional Teen and Arts &  Culture Department, this year’s teen exhibit for students ages 13-18, in its 9th year, seemed the most inspiring yet as its theme, CommUNITY, held special meaning for all, especially the teen artists who participated after the devastation of Harvey’s wrath.

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Category: Teens

Fitness Center Debuts New Equipment

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

While choosing new equipment for the Fitness Center at the J, Director Robin Fortenberry wanted to ensure we had a wide range of functional fitness equipment.  We want to keep members engaged and educated on all that we have to offer.  We held demonstrations on Sunday, March 25 on the new Escape equipment located in the far back corner of the fitness center floor.  Trainers Vince and Ulises showcased their training styles while incorporating the new pieces with functional exercises.  

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Adult Art Classes Return to the J

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Posted by: Maxine Silberstein

Member Ora FarchySix months ago the painting/drawing and ceramic studios, located in our lower level, were washed away by Hurricane Harvey. Renovations to the studios are underway and expected to be completed by the end of May. However, students will not have to wait for the studios to re-open and can once again enjoy art classes this spring in temporary spaces at the J.

After Harvey, art students lost all of their tools and pieces they were working on before the flood. The ceramic studio lost six potting wheels and two kilns. Maxine Silberstein, program coordinator for adult visual arts, stated, “Having lost the studio due to Harvey, we were not sure when it would be possible to offer another ceramic class.”

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Category: Adults

Meet Theatre Instructor Erin Lamb

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted by: Eva De La Cruz

Erin LambWe have a great team of working theatre professionals teaching our youth theatre classes. Erin Lamb started with us as a summer camp counselor for Performing Arts Camp last year and then took on the mammoth challenge of designing the costumes for the JCCS fall production of Cats.

She is now on board as one of our Assistant Directors for our JCCS production of Seussical. She sat down with us to share a little bit about her background and passion for the arts. 

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Category: Childrens Programs

Interview with a Professional Bridesmaid

Friday, February 16, 2018
Posted by: Morgan Steinberg

Jen Glantz is the author of Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers, a professional bridesmaid and blogger.

Glantz will join us on Thursday, March 1 to kick off Celebrating Women Month. She recently shared her thoughts on being a bridesmaid, weddings and her nomadic lifestyle.

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Category: Adults

Update on Frozen J Camp Fees and Feb 4 Registration Kickoff

Friday, January 26, 2018
Posted by: Anna Shabtay, Director of Children, Camping and Member Services
Update on Frozen Camp Fees for 2018 J Camps Registration Day, Sunday, February 4, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM While it is January outside, inside the J preparations are well underway for the upcoming summer day camp program. Registration for summer camp opens on Sunday, February 4 at 9:00 AM. Summer camp is one of our most popular programs, and we are excited about what the summer will bring to the J and the community. Frozen Camp Fees We have frozen ...
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Category: J Camps

Update from the J 12-20-17

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Posted by: Joel Dinkin

Happy Holidays,

On behalf of the J, I would like to extend the best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2018!

It was great to see many of you this past Sunday at the Jewish CultureFest at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. The weather cooperated so we could all enjoy the live music, great food and the many great activities. Special thanks to the City of Bellaire and Evelyn’s Park staff for assisting with the festival and to Rabbi Samantha Safran for coordinating the festival.  

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Category: ERJCC Blog

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