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Update from the J Re. Covid-19

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our staff, members and participants. As the world community monitors the news about the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to assure you that the senior leadership team at the J is keeping up to date on the situation, listening to recommendations from appropriate authorities, and taking proactive steps to minimize disease transmission. In fact, members of our senior leadership team participated in a call recently with the CDC specifically for JCCs to discuss this global concern facilitated by the JCC Association.

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Category: News

Big News from the J

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO, and Lauren Kaufman Blachman, Board President

Our New J Street ViewWe Are Renovating the J!

We are so excited to finally share that after four years in the making, the J will be undergoing a major renovation this September! Let’s take you back to how this all got started…

In 2016, we developed a master plan that would engage our members and the community in exciting and dynamic ways. Unfortunately, our plan was cut short in 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey. At that point, we knew that before moving forward, we had an obligation to revitalize our community first.

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Category: Our New J

A Long and Healthy Life

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Posted by: By Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

Dr. Hurwitz Working OutIn Memory of Dr. Charles Hurwitz

A long and healthy life. When I hear that phrase, the person that comes to my mind is Dr. Charles Hurwitz. In my first year as Director of Fitness Services, I had the pleasure of meeting Charles. At that time he was a bit of a celebrity at the J, mostly because of his age. Charles was just over 102 years old at that time and had been a member of the J for 20 years, regularly working out three times a week.

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Fencing Comes to the J

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Sports & Recreation Director

Young Girl FencingFencing is one of the oldest sports, dating back to the very first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Its popularity in the U.S. is increasing, becoming the new "It" sport for kids. And while it may look easy, fencing is not only a great workout, it also builds your mental muscles as well. 

So why should you and your kids try fencing?

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Resolve To Be Successful

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

2020 New Year's ResolutionsThis is the time of year where there is a lot of talk about resolutions to lose weight, gain muscle, get in shape, tone up, get fit, etc., etc., etc. There is also a lot of talk about "New Year, New You," which means exactly what? The problem is that all of this information is too vague and doesn't give the average individual, who wants to make positive changes with their health, any real direction. Don't get caught up in hype and catch phrases. Instead, start your New Year's resolution by setting some realistic goals. 

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Fall Men's Basketball Season Wrap-up

Friday, December 20, 2019
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Aquatics and Sports & Rec Director

All Star PlayersWe finished up our men’s basketball season with two exciting championship games on Monday, December 9. The first championship game was in our 35+ League where we saw an exciting match with Rody Grant’s team beating Ohad Nezer’s team for the championship.

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The Battle of the Bennys

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Posted by: Gil Brav, Israeli Shaliach (Emissary)


We are living in one of the most interesting eras for Israeli politics.

Like a bad TV reunion (I'm looking at you, Fuller House), Israel is yet again moving fast towards an election—the third in one year—and it is very confusing, even for Israelis.

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Category: CJLL

Building Community at Family Retreat

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Posted by: Rabbi Erin Mason, Chief Program Officer

Family Around CampfireMy kids’ happy place is Jewish camp. They can run free, be as loud as they want, try new things, make new friends, and connect with old friends, all in a Jewish setting. While it’s fantastic to know that kids have this, how much better is it when we as parents get to join in?

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Category: Childrens Programs

Getting Through The Season of Indulge

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Posted by: By Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

LatkesWe are now in the middle of what is referred to as the Holiday Season. It is a festive time of year full of get togethers, travel and celebration. And regardless of what specific holiday you celebrate, almost all come with a wide variety of epicurean delights in the form of food and drink.

So how do we enjoy the festivities and maintain a healthy weight? By finding a balance of indulgence and maintenance. Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy your favorite holiday sensibly and with moderation.

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Give The Gift Of A Warm Meal and Double Your Impact

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Posted by: Kari Stein, Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator

Giving TuesdayA warm meal. A friendly smile. A helping hand. This is how our Meals On Wheels program makes a difference every day for the seniors that live in our neighborhood...550 seniors to be exact!

Our Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff ensure these seniors have food on their table, a friend to say hello to and peace of mind. 

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Category: Giving

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