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The Past Twelve Months

Friday, March 12, 2021
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

A little over twelve months ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Scholarship Ball. A little over twelve months ago we announced that we were embarking on a major renovation project to transform the J. Twelve months ago, we informed the community that the J would close due to a virus that would define the days, weeks and months ahead for all of us. 

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5 Ways To Celebrate Purim @ the J

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Posted by: Rene Alvarez

Purim starts tonight, have you made your triangle-shaped foods? Got your costumes ready? Planned out your mishloach manot (sending portions to one another) and mattanot la-evyonim (gifts to the poor)? Saved the Jewish people from Haman? No? Well, we're here to help!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Purim with the J.

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New Beginnings, Then and Now

Friday, January 22, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Two weeks ago an angry mob scaled the walls of the Capitol Building. This week a peaceful transition of power took place at that very same building, reinforcing the bi-partisan, democratic process that has sustained our country for generations. The 2021 inauguration ceremony was like none we’ve ever seen in United States history for many reasons—25,000 National Guard units patrolling the Capitol grounds, 200,000 flags standing in as ...
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Shabbat Message

Friday, January 8, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Love Your Neighbor The events of this week were extremely disturbing to watch and difficult to comprehend. The Capitol Building, great sanctuary of American democracy, was desecrated and defiled. Windows were smashed, objects were stolen, and lives were lost. Three days ago it was unimaginable that this could occur, and today, we are faced with the reality that it did. We as Jews know what it’s like for a holy place to be defiled; for ...
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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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A Message from Your Jewish Community Center

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Posted by: CEO Joel Dinkin and Board President Lauren Kaufman Blachman

Dear Friends,

As your Evelyn Rubenstein JCC President and your Chief Executive Officer, we would like to take this opportunity to share some important updates and insights about the current state of the J as we look to the future.

Fall 2016: Vision and Planning

In the fall of 2016, our Board of Trustees completed a visioning process which resulted in the creation of a master plan for the J. Elements of the plan included significant renovations and updates to our 50-year-old building and the approval of a capital campaign. From January to August 2017, J leadership embarked on a fundraising initiative which raised 50% of our goal. We were preparing to share these exciting plans with the community in September 2017.

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Thankful for Book Festival Volunteers

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Posted by: Diane Kraitman and Mardi Kunik, Volunteer Chairs for the 2018 Book & Arts Festival

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to give special thanks to the dedicated volunteers that made this year’s Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival a success. Our Festival volunteer core, 160 people strong, put in more than 550 plus hours to make meaningful programs and an outstanding book store happen. If you happened to be at the J during the Festival, you saw packed audiences listening to authors, enjoying films, music and theater, shopping in the book store and connecting with friends.

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Giving Tuesday is Coming

Monday, November 19, 2018
Posted by: Anita Bormaster, Chief Development Officer

Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This year it falls on Tuesday, Nov 27.

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Two Ways You Can #standwithpittsburgh from Right Here in Houston

Monday, November 5, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Erin Mason, Chief Program Officer

We’d like to share with you two ways you can show support for the Pittsburgh Jewish community. First is a way to share what a “Window of Hope” means for you through social media. Second is a virtual 5K that the Pittsburgh JCC is conducting that you can participate in right here from Houston. 

In the spirit of solidarity and claiming public spaces for positive expressions of unity, we invite you to participate in the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s Windows of Hope project.

From Nov 4-11, we encourage you to #standwithpittsburgh and use your windows to create messages of hope for all groups being targeted by hate including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, racism….

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Update from the J 12-20-17

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Posted by: Joel Dinkin

Happy Holidays,

On behalf of the J, I would like to extend the best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2018!

It was great to see many of you this past Sunday at the Jewish CultureFest at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. The weather cooperated so we could all enjoy the live music, great food and the many great activities. Special thanks to the City of Bellaire and Evelyn’s Park staff for assisting with the festival and to Rabbi Samantha Safran for coordinating the festival.  

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