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Facility Update 9-18-17

Monday, September 18, 2017
Posted by: admin
We have some good news to share in today's update. We have generators running and have AC and electricity in parts of the Weingarten Building. We are working area by area to check the mechanical systems. We've already had one air handler motor catch fire and burn out. We will have a much better idea in the next few days when we can re-open the Weingarten Building. We estimate it will be at least another 7+ days as we are waiting on ...
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Program Updates 9-14-17

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Posted by: Joel Dinkin
As we continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey, our staff has worked diligently to get programs back up and running, both in the short term with the limited facilities available, and for the future as we get buildings operational. Today we wanted to provide you with an update on the programs we are currently running and looking forward to in the near future. We hope that you'll come out to show your support for the J at one or several of these ...
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Program & Facility Updates 9-13-17

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Posted by: Joel Dinkin
Program Updates Our staff continues to find facilities to open their doors for our programs. Four different gymnastic gyms are providing space for our competitive gymnasts to train. Congregation Brith Shalom that hosted our concert this past Sunday is providing space for our children and teen theater productions to rehearse, and Shlenker Day School is hosting our KidZone program. Our staff is amazing. They have been working under very ...
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Facility and Program Update from the J

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Posted by: Joel Dinkin
Facilities Update As many schools prepare to open on Monday and businesses start to re-open, I wanted to provide you with updates on the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC facilities. We are working this week to set up temporary generators to get electricity to the Weingarten building and operate temporary chillers that will provide air conditioning. We will also bring in a temporary boiler to have hot water available in restrooms, showers and heat water ...
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Boot Camp at Godwin Park and West Houston Preschool to Resume

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Posted by: Jason Dobrolecki
Boot Camp at Godwin Park We're bringing fitness to you! Our fitness instructors and personal trainers are holding a free boot camp in Godwin Park every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 AM. This is a free class to anyone in the community who wants to get back into a workout routine. "We had 11 members out there yesterday, and it just felt so good. Folks were happy to see one another, and most importantly they were just so happy to get a ...
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J Meals on Wheels and other Programs are Up and Running

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Posted by: Jason Dobrolecki
J Meals on Wheels As we all assess the damage in our lives, those of our family and neighbors, and work through the physical and emotional toll of recovery and relief, there’s another population that we don’t see at the J collecting donated supplies and water. Our homebound seniors who cannot get out of their homes to get to supplies are also in desperate need. We’re happy to report that J Meals on Wheels is back up and ...
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Remediation Begins

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Posted by: Jason Dobrolecki
We have several updates to share with you today. Remediation In Progress Remediation work continues, and we are assessing the damage to the central plant to determine how we will provide electricity and air conditioning to the Weingarten Building. We are continuing clean up work at the Merfish Teen Center and Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School. All three pools at the main campus are closed indefinitely as we assess repairs needed. We are ...
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Hurricane Harvey's Impact on our Facilities

Monday, September 4, 2017
Posted by: Jason Dobrolecki
It’s been a long and difficult week for so many in our community and across Greater Houston and beyond. Along with the Jewish Federation and other Jewish Agencies, the J has been host to a massive recovery and relief effort. We’ve collected supplies and distributed to those in need since Hurricane Harvey pressed on to the east. We even had the Houston Texans and the JJ Watt Foundation lend a hand with additional supplies and ...
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The Energy Sucking Beasts Within

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Posted by: Marketing

No hot water, no air conditioning… these are all necessary inconveniences our members have endured lately for an infrastructure upgrade. We have been serving families and individuals of Houston out of our current facility for more than 50 years. The current mechanical equipment has exceeded its expected useful life. Utility bills at the J understandably have skyrocketed over the years, leaving less money to serve the community. We have also experienced significant indoor comfort issues and extensive repair costs because of its aged and inefficient equipment.

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The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair

Friday, October 21, 2016
Posted by: Marketing

One of the headliners of the 1986 Jewish Book & Arts Fair was Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique and influential leader of the Women’s Rights movement. JCC Patron Barbara Paull was her host that year. One afternoon, Betty complimented Barbara on her outfit which led to an afternoon of shopping. What happened next is the image that keeps this story alive thirty years later. When they walked into the J that evening, Betty was unrecognizable wearing a fabulous black dress, a silver necklace and lipstick, which she never wore.

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