J Blog

Gymnastics for Early Childhood

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Posted by: Tim Erwin
Gymnastics is a great activity for early childhood because it builds the mind, body and awareness all while having fun. The skills developed through gymnastics are incredible and aid in the development of: Strength, Balance and Coordination Social and Emotional Skills, Building Self-Esteem Focus, Following Directions, and Organization of Thoughts Sharing and Taking Turns As children learn new gymnastics skills, they are developing cognitive ...
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Category: Early Childhood

Letter to the Editor: Drive-In Movie Nights

Friday, December 11, 2020
Posted by: Amy Rahmani

A letter to the editor of the Jewish-Herald Voice from Gayle Kamen-Weinstein in regards to Resistance, our drive-in movie during the Jewish Book & Arts Festival 2020, and response from our own Arts & Culture Director, Amy Rahmani. 

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Category: Arts and Culture

2021, Here We Come!

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

Most of us are ready to put the year 2020 behind us and move on to a more hopeful 2021. Don't wait for 2021 to make those small changes and most importantly, stay positive and don't get discouraged with set backs.

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Fall Teen Programming in Full Swing at the J

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Posted by: Michelle Fingeret
We are thrilled to let you know about many opportunities for teens to engage in virtual and in-person programming at the J this fall! Many of our award-winning and popular teen programs have been re-imaged with health and safety in mind. Our Houston Connect 68 (HC68) in-person social program for middle schoolers kicked off in September with a “Saturday Night Dive” pool party. In October, we offered an improv comedy program and a ...
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Category: Teens

Member Update for Nov 11, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Posted by: admin

Periodically over the past few months, we have provided updates on the progress of our Capital and Endowment Campaign to renovate our J. I am thrilled to share with you to date we have raised $41.3 million towards our $50 million goal. While we still have an additional $8.7 million to raise, our Board of Trustees is confident of our ability to reach our goal and last month approved moving forward with our very exciting and transformational renovation plans.

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Category: Our New J

Flexibility Is The Key

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

For the purpose of this article, flexibility has nothing to do with yoga, Pilates or gymnastics. It has everything to do with taking a different approach than your normal way of accomplishing goals and overcoming set-backs. The definition of flexibility is "the quality of bending easily without breaking". While this the definition is in the physical sense, I feel that it is relevant with what our society has been dealing with and for what may be to come. We want to bend, change and adapt but not to the point of simply giving up. The real key is to be cognitively flexible in order to improve your ability to create options.

So many changes have come about since this past spring...

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Age Is Just a Number

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

The following article is by Certified Personal Trainer Ellen Goren. Ellen has worked for the J nearly five years helping clients of all ages meet their fitness goals. Below is just a short recap of Ellen’s transformation to fitness and her dedication to working with others.

The other day I was training a client who said, “I never used to be able to lift the heavy bags of mulch into my car by myself before. Today I told the sales clerk...

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The Weather is GREAT, More Outdoor Activities at Merfish Teen Center

Friday, October 30, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

We are pleased to announce that members will be able to enjoy Pickleball and Recreational Basketball at the Merfish Teen Center (9000 S. Rice) starting Sunday, November 1. Please continue to the full blog post for further details. 

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Family Engagement Programs Are Making A Return To The J

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Posted by: Diane Lee Kraitman and Leigh Rappaport

We are happy to report that the J has started to offer family activities through the J’s new Family Engagement program! Many of us have missed family programming, Jewish and recreational, in a community setting. Family Engagement programs offer small, in-person, outdoor gatherings for families that are ready to attend events and provide activities that families may complete at home for those who prefer to stay isolated. These events celebrate Judaism through creative family activities.

The J’s Family Engagement programming is intended for families of pre-school and elementary-aged children. Many families have children in both age groups and want to be able to attend activities as a family. We will continue to offer...

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Category: Childrens Programs

Next Scheduled Blood Drive for Sunday, November 15

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Posted by: admin

Sunday, Nov 16 | 9:00 AM-1:30 PM

Join us as we do our part to help our community in this time of need. The J is partnering with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for a Community Blood Drive. The Blood Center will be on site at the J at 5601 S. Braeswood, and those interested in donating should schedule an appointment

Blood donations remain an essential operation during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. The coronavirus does not pose any risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or while attending organized blood drives. Learn more about how the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is implementing safety measures to protect donors and the importance of donating during this difficult time. 

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Category: News

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