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.
J Meals volunteer, Kate Daniel, was chosen by the Ad Council to help launch a national campaign in Washington D.C. this summer. Right out of the University of Hou
ston, 23 year old Kate came to Evelyn Rubenstein JCC as an intern with J Meals and quickly moved into a part time staff position. Her enthusiasm and passion landed her in this great role to serve her community. Kate shared her experience with us in her words...
There are hundreds of families and children who were affected by the flood and need support for school supplies for the coming school year. Needs range from backpacks and uniforms to general notebooks, pencils, binders, folders, etc.
Anyone who is interested in donating items can take the items to UOS starting now through this weekend.
- composition books
- binders and loose leaf paper
- pencil holders
- general school supplies
Please consider supporting this effort if you are able. For questions, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last two days have been filled with donation drop offs and lots of supplies being provided to households in need in the community. The need is still great, and your community needs your help.
The J will continue as a drop off and pick up site for cleaning and packing supplies. We have the greatest need for boxes, gloves, masks, tarps and any cleaning supplies.
If you are interested in volunteering, or need volunteers in your home, the coordination of this will be handled by JFS. You can email JFS at email@example.com
Counseling and Crisis Management:
Counseling and crisis management will be coordinated by JFS and should call JFS directly at 713-667-9336.
Gift card donations can be sent to JFS, or dropped off at the J, and we will make sure they get to JFS.
This has certainly been a challenging week in our community as we respond to the devastation caused by the flooding. I wanted to share an update regarding the relief effort, the damage sustained at the J and plans for start of summer camp.
I know that you join me as part of a larger community to lend a helping hand and offer whatever assistance you can to families and friends in need. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Jewish Family Service are coordinating relief support and the J is a drop-off site for the following items: bottled water, work gloves, plastic storage bins, heavy trash bags, heady duty razor blades to rip out carpet and cleaning supplies, including old towels. We are also collecting gift cards from home repair stores and grocery stores for our Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School families that have experienced loss. Additional information on ways to offer support can be found on the Jewish Federation website at www.houstonjewish.org/houstonflood.
Child Care Needs
I recognize that families may have...
Bobby Lapin, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC member and volunteer, recently recounted his experience with Houston Astro’s great, Craig Biggio. Bobby shared his story of how Biggio took the time to have a huge impact on his child’s life at a time that he needed most. Read the full story, “Biggio belongs in everybody’s hall of fame” here on chron.com.
My grandparents are the perfect couple --- and not in a cliché “still in love after all these years” Hallmark card sort of way, but in a really solid, loving and tender sort of way. Anyone who spends a little bit of time with them can see how much they admire each other. It’s in the way they look at each other and even more in the way they speak to and about each other. Together they have survived war, hunger, anti-Semitism, a Communist regime, persecution, immigration and illnesses, and still through it all there is no bickering. If they harbor any irritations towards each other, they are overshadowed by their deep love and mutual respect. I once asked my grandmother what their secret is. She told me that when they got married, they made a decision that there would be peace in their home and they have kept that promise to each other.
Ten years ago, Betsy Levinson thought it would be fun to join an aquatic exercise class at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.
Little did she know she later would become the teacher.
Now, the 53-year-old fitness instructor leads several different classes five days a week, working with men and women from a wide variety of age groups.
In 2013 Greg Orphanides was awarded the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award by U.S. Masters Swimming. This award recognizes and thanks USMS coaches excel in the areas of building a foundation of a new club, reenergizing an existing club, mentoring a new club, create coaching education opportunities or successfully drive new events for USMS members such as meets, open water swims or clinics.