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New Class Prepares Kids for Swim Test

Monday, May 14, 2018
Posted by: Lee Hutchens

Boy UnderwaterSummer is almost here and with the Outdoor Pool now open weekends, it’s time to think about preparing your child to pass the swim test.  All swimmers under the age of 18 must pass the test, which allows them to use any area of any pool past the 3 ft. depth marker rope line. 

It’s fairly common for kids to have the jitters about passing the swim test, especially if they haven’t been in a pool since last summer. 

To help our young swimmers build their confidence and review the skills needed to pass the test, we’re offering a NEW Swim Test Class beginning May 22. The class will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15 PM—4:45 PM or from 4:45 PM—5:15 PM for four sessions. 

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Memorial Day Murph Challenge and Indoor Circuit

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

Michael MurphyThis Memorial Day our Fitness Center will host an outdoor Murph Challenge and an indoor circuit workout for all who want to participate.

In honor of Memorial Day, athletes across the world complete a “Murph” to honor our service men and women.

The workout itself is designed to honor a specific lieutenant named Lt. Michael P. Murphy. He put himself into the line of fire to save his team and call for back up.

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Golden Girls Plus One Share Passion for Tap

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Posted by: Michele Schroeder

Golden Girls Plus OneThe Golden Girls Plus One Tap Ensemble is an exciting and versatile senior tap dance group based at the J. We perform throughout the city for various community events, retirement centers and just about anywhere we have a space and surface that accommodates our tap dance shoes! 

The group, formerly named the Golden Girl Tappers, has been together since June 1999 when they took a beginning tap class from Margorie Swiss at the Tracy Gee Community Center.  One year after they started the tap lessons, the group began performing and eventually moved to the J where they still practice every Monday afternoon.

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Category: Dance

500m Row Challenge in May

Monday, April 23, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

From May 15-31 we are challenging you to a 500m row challenge.  As a Fitness Center member and exercise enthusiast, challenge yourself to beat your best time and the times of others while rowing, perfecting your form and getting some quality work in. 

The winners will be announced after the end of the challenge, so keep rowing until you get a time you are happy with. We will keep track of them at the Fitness Center front desk. 

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Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Donates Books to BAS

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Posted by: Faye Casell

BAS Kids ReadingFirst Lady Barbara Bush has a lasting legacy in the hearts of Americans as being an advocate for volunteerism and a dedicated matriarch to her family. For the families of Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center, of which 1/3 flooded, Mrs. Bush will be remembered for a more personal reason. 

After flooding in Hurricane Harvey, so much was lost in the homes of families at Bertha Alyce. In March, the entire school community was delighted to learn that the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was giving each Bertha Alyce student ages 0-4 a gift of six books for the child’s home library.

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Category: Early Childhood

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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