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Update Regarding Hurricane Laura

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

Please make note of the following important updates regarding the J and our plans to keep you and our staff safe and out of harm's way with Hurricane Laura threatening the Texas Coast and possibly Houston.  

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Category: News

An Update from the J

Monday, August 24, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO
I know that everyone is concerned about the weather and how it may impact Houston and residents along the Gulf Coast. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates regarding how the storm may impact J programs, facilities and operations. 
 
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100 Years of Women's Suffrage

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning

American Suffragists100 years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing and protecting a woman’s constitutional right to vote. The 19th Amendment was the result of a decades-long movement of women and men who believed that women deserved a voice in the United States government.  

A lesser known fact about women’s suffrage is that the ratification of the 19th Amendment came down to one vote, in the Tennessee House. A state representative by the name of Harry Burns had initially planned to vote against the amendment. But when he received a letter from his college-educated, women’s rights activist mother, Febb Burns, he flipped his vote. That November, 10 million American women--roughly one third of all eligible female voters—headed to the polls for the first time.  

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Category: CJLL

An Update from the J

Monday, August 17, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO
I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. I wanted to provide you with a quick update on what's happening at your J. Last week we announced our new Schools Day at the J initiative to support families and children as they transition back to school and our fall line-up of enrichment programs for children and teens. Watch for additional announcements in the coming days regarding our fall programs in:
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The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce the Sherry and Gerald Merfish and Family Matching Gift Program to continue momentum towards Our New J, the renovation and expansion project announced in February. The family has agreed to a $2-to-$1 match of any pledged commitment of $10,000 to $250,000 that is made by Labor Day. 

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Category: Our New J

Renovation Update: The Resilience of Our Community

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Posted by: admin

Dear 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.

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Category: Our New J

Tisha B'Av: From Mourning to Consolation

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

Praying at Western WallThe holiday of Tisha B’Av, which begins tomorrow evening at sundown, is known as the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. Tradition teaches that many tragedies throughout Jewish history, including the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, occurred on this day. Tisha B’Av actually marks the culmination of a three-week mourning period on the Jewish calendar, during which we remember the events leading up to this fateful day.   

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Category: CJLL

Facility Reopening Update

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO & Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees
 
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we reopen our J. We are pleased to announce that we will be reopening the Fitness Center, Indoor Tennis Center and Houston Gymnastics Center effective Sunday, July 26. In addition, we will be extending enrollment options for BAS and Summer Fun for families that were enrolled prior to our transitioning to childcare for essential workers to start as of Monday, August 3. Specific program information will be emailed to gymnastics, Summer Fun and BAS families within the next few days. For updates on health and safety protocols and updated hours of operation in fitness, tennis and aquatics, please visit our website
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Celebrate Tu B'Av, the Jewish Holiday of Love

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Posted by: Morgan Steinberg, Adult Programs Director, and Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, BVSCJLL

Heart Plate

As the sun sets on Tuesday, August 4, we begin the celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. Our post-biblical sages teach that on this day, "the daughters of Israel would go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards," looking to find a husband. After the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the holiday went largely unobserved for centuries, until the founding of the modern state of Israel, when Zionists looked to revive ancient Jewish customs. Today, though Tu B'Av is a regular workday in Israel, music and dance festivals are often held, and Israelis enjoy giving cards and flowers to their loved ones. Tu B'Av is also considered a serendipitous day to get married.

In today's world, we could all use a little extra love. So, the J is excited to offer three very special ways for you to celebrate and share love with your family and neighbors.

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Category: Adults

Back to School Survey & Updates

Friday, July 17, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO
 
I wanted to share a number of important updates in our ongoing commitment to support you and your children through the summer and into the fall when schools reopen
 
As public and private schools finalize their plans for the upcoming school year, we are considering ways that the J can continue to provide the community with options that could include support for remote learning at the J and a wide variety of enrichment programs. We are thankful for the trust and confidence you’ve placed in us. We will continue our health and safety protocols implemented this summer and will continue to adapt and evolve those protocols for the coming school year 
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