Renovation Update: The Resilience of Our Community

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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Our New JDear members of our community,

It’s been a while since we updated you on our renovation progress – nearly five months ago we announced a massive, multimillion-dollar overhaul of our facility. However, a lot has changed since late February, causing us to change the way we think, act and live. This includes the J.

While our programming and available facilities have changed over the last few months, our commitment to you – our community – will never waver. Now more than ever, all of us at the JCC feel we must support our community in any way possible.

Update on Renovating Our New J

As this relates to the renovation project we announced in February, we are very grateful that the renovation will still move forward. Everything we planned to update will still be updated: More space dedicated to socializing, state-of-the-art aquatic and fitness facilities, enhanced security, new programs, and more. The groundbreaking and renovation timeline might slightly change, and we will continue to let you know details as we become aware.

Even more good news to share with you all, Velva and Fred Levine – longtime supporters of the Houston Jewish community – have generously made the lead gift for the new Federation building, which will be named the Velva G. and H. Fred Levine Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Building. We are incredibly grateful that our entire campus – the JCC and the Federation building – will eventually be renovated and expanded to allow us to better serve you for decades to come, pandemic or no pandemic.

How You Can Stay Updated on Renovations

Starting with this July update, we will be sending monthly updates to you to ensure you’re equipped with the latest information on what’s happening, and changes (if any) that may occur to your programming and facilities.

If you want to get the J’s email updates (which will include our monthly construction reminders), feel free to sign up here. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to get the latest construction updates.

As our CEO, Joel Dinkin said earlier this month, there are no easy answers during this pandemic. We’re all going through a lot right now with no clear path forward, so we thank you for the continued support and understanding. Please reach out to Joel if you have questions about the renovation or programs being offered right now at If you would like to support this renovation or programming during the pandemic, please contact Anita Bormaster, at

Stay safe, wear a mask, keep calm. We will get through this – together.


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