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Writers in the Schools Online Classes

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Posted by: admin

Writers in the Schools

Writers in the Schools (WITS) offers NEW online classes open to members and the public! Creative Writing Camp Online sessions are taught by professional teachers and writers who have mastered the ability to layer social and emotional support for students through daily online instruction.

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Category: Childrens Programs

Update Regarding Mask Requirement

Monday, June 22, 2020
Posted by: Teri Greenblatt, Ass't. Exec. Director & COVID-19 Coordinator

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

The safety and well-being of our community remains our first priority, and we appreciate our continued partnership with you to ensure a healthy and safe environment. With continued reports of a higher than desired amount of positive COVID-19 cases in Harris County, we must all stay vigilant.  

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Category: News

Speaking Up and Showing Up for Racial Justice

Friday, June 19, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Holding HandingThese past few weeks, our pandemically traumatized nation was further shaken to its core by the death of George Floyd and the resurfacing of the centuries-old plague of systemic racism. "I can't breathe" wrenched our hearts as protesters took to the streets to demand justice and affirm that black lives matter. Jelani Cobb writes:

"The shock of revelation that attended the video of Floyd's death is itself a kind of inequality, a barometer of the extent to which one group of Americans have moved through life largely free from the burden of such terrible knowledge."

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Category: CJLL

Family Recreational Swim Set to Begin June 20

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Aquatics Director

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

We are happy to announce that beginning Saturday, June 20, the J will offer weekend family recreational swim times. In order to participate, a reservation must be made ahead of time. Reservations are available beginning Thursday, June 18.

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Category: News

An Update from the J

Friday, June 12, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

On behalf of the entire J staff and Board of Trustees, I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. We continue to see increased participation at the outdoor pool, tennis and fitness centers and look forward to seeing you soon. This week, for the first time since March 13, children and their parents were on the campus to meet and greet their teachers at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School. Our staff are looking forward to reopening our Early Childhood programs in West Houston and Bertha Alyce, along with gymnastics, tennis and our new Summer Fun at the J program. 

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Category: News

Facility, Summer Fun & Early Childhood Updates

Monday, June 8, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO and Jeremy Samuels, Board President

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we implement our plans to reopen the J. We have had a successful first week of operations in fitness, tennis and aquatics, and we are now prepared to implement our next phase.

We are thrilled to share with you that effective Monday, June 15, we will reopen the Bertha Alyce School, Ellen Boniuk School in West Houston, Summer Fun at the J and Merfish Teen Center, and expand the use of the gymnastics facilities. Specific program details and our health and safety protocols for BAS, West Houston, Gymnastics and Summer Fun will be emailed later this week to all program participants.

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Category: News

In Memory of George Floyd

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Posted by: Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees and Joel Dinkin, CEO

The death of George Floyd and the protests across the world continue to be a reminder of how deep the pain is in our society. We are reminded of the universally applicable Jewish value to love your neighbor as yourself.

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Category: ERJCC Blog

Gathering Our Stories This Shavuot

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Days of GratitudeWhen I was in elementary school, I was given an assignment to interview one of my grandparents about World War II. I chose to interview my Poppy Joe, who I knew had served in the army during that time, though I knew little else. We sat down in my grandparents’ kitchen and he told me all about how he flew planes over Burma. He had immigrated to the United States from Poland at 7 years old, and he was so proud to have served his country. And I was so proud to hear his story! I knew him as a small business owner who loved swing music and a good joke, and I had no idea about his military history. The interview revealed a completely new side of my grandfather to me, and I still treasure the recording of it to this day.

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Category: CJLL

Reopening Health and Safety Guidelines

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees

On behalf of the entire J staff and board of trustees, we look forward to reopening the fitness and tennis centers and outdoor pool this Sunday, May 31. So much has changed since we closed on March 16, and it is essential that you take the time to review a number of critically important documents to maximize everyone’s health and safety. 

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Category: News

Our Reopening Update

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, Chief Executive Officer, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees
We are pleased to provide you with an update regarding the reopening of our recreation facilities and an approximate timeframe to reopen our early childhood schools, Summer Fun at the J program and gymnastics. 
 
Please know that the health and well-being of our members and staff continues to be our first priority. We look forward to bringing our community back together in the safest way possible, understanding that everyone will play a critical role in maintaining a healthy environment. Next week we will email you with specific details including operating hours and safety procedures. 
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Category: News