Jewish Community of Louisville https://jewishlouisville.org Together in Life, Learning and Leadership Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:29:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 JCL Hosts Partnership Meetings https://jewishlouisville.org/jcl-hosts-partnership-meetings/ https://jewishlouisville.org/jcl-hosts-partnership-meetings/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:20:18 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22596 Read More >]]> DSC00063This week, the Jewish Community of Louisville hosted the Parnership2Gether Central Consortium Steering Committee meetings. Not only did our community roll out the welcome mat for visitors from the Western Galilee in Israel and representatives from 12 other Consortium communities in the United States, as well as Budapest, Hungary; but our Israeli visitors visited every congregation last Shabbat to connect with Louisvillians and to share personal stories.

The Partnership meetings also provided an opportunity for outreach to Louisville’s medical community. Dr. Arie Eisenman, head of the Medical Emergency Department and Dr. Ohad Ronen, a senior physician/surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology at Western Galilee Hospital/Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, spoke with 20 local physicians about emergency preparedness and handling mass casualty events.

Dr. Ronen, who specializes in head and neck cancer surgery, has been pressed into service this year treating Syrians injured in that country’s internal war. The situation presents many unique challenges that Dr. Ronen shared not only with his fellow doctors, but at The Temple on Friday night and with steering committee members on Sunday.

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JFCS 2015 MOSAIC AWARDS HONOREES https://jewishlouisville.org/jfcs-2015-mosaic-awards-honorees/ https://jewishlouisville.org/jfcs-2015-mosaic-awards-honorees/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:18:50 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22594 Read More >]]> The honorees at Jewish Family & Career Services 2015 MOSAIC Awards include an industrial entrepreneur, a pharmaceutical pioneer, a civil rights attorney and activist, a publisher and a business and community builder, all of whom have made their mark in our community.

Dr. George Digenis, Luis David Fuentes, John Rosenberg, Lalit Sarin and Van Tran will be honored at the annual MOSAIC Awards dinner on Thursday, May 21, at The Louisville Downtown Marriott.

“This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our event,” said Judy Freundlich Tiell, JFCS executive director. “To date, the event has honored 47 international Americans who make our community a richer and more interesting city, creating a mosaic of many colors and perspectives.”

The cocktail reception, start at 5 p.m., features a showcase of new micro-businesses that have received training and financial assistance from the JFCS Navigate Enterprise Center.

“Many new businesses only have a small budget for marketing,” comments Dan Heffernam, Navigate director. “By introducing our businesses to the people attending the MOSAIC Awards, we hope to generate interest in the products and services they provide and create new clients for them.”

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Originally from Greece, Dr. Digenis is the retired chair/director of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutics at UK. He is internationally known for tracking the efficacy of drugs as they are synthesized by our bodies.

Dr. Digenis holds 14 drug-related patents and continues to be published in more than 250 publications. He formulated many of the gel capsules we ingest today and he is best known in the industry for making drug formulations like the first vaginal gelatin capsule to offer protection against the transmission of AIDS.

After retirement, Dr. Digenis became the chief scientific officer and co-founder of US World Meds, which develops unique pharmaceuticals that address unmet medical needs or overcome limitations of existing products.

Dr. Digenis is active in Louisville’s Greek Orthodox community and has an endowed chair at the UK School of Pharmacy.

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Fuentes, from Cuba, has been an air quality engineer at the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection since 2009. He is also the owner and editor of the very successful publication, El Kentubano, for the Latin community of Louisville abd Kentucky.

El Kentubano provides news, resources, stories and events for the Latin community and helps small businesses that are focused on the Spanish population. It has also sponsored several events that have had a positive impact and have benefited the Latin community.

Fuentes supports many new and small Latin-owned businesses, promoting them through articles, free advertising and interviews.

Fuentes also created Peña Cultural, bringing together cultural artists and writers in Shively and Kentucky and rededicated an old bust of Jose Marti, a hero for Cuban independence.

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In his native Germany, Rosenberg experienced Nazi persecution and internment before coming to America.

He started his career in this country working under Attorney General Robert Kennedy as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. He was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the Klansmen responsible for the disappearance and death of three civil rights activists, which ultimately led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Rosenberg served as director of AppalReD, the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in rural Eastern Kentucky, for 28 years, where he assisted more than 6,000 clients in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia annually in obtaining basic needs.

He took on corporations that exploited poor families, with such practices as illegal predatory lending schemes and selling defective mobile homes. He also started a mine safety project, which represents miners seeking reinstatement and damages from being fired unjustly or seeking black lung benefits.

Rosenberg has also served as a Special Justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court and on advisory boards for both the University of Kentucky Law School and the Appalachian School of Law and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

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An immigrant from India, Lalit was part of the early teams at General Electric that implemented process controls not seen before at GE’s Appliance Park. His greatest accomplishments have been in the areas of product quality and safety, entrepreneurship, manufacturing and small business leadership.

Lalit risked everything to acquire Shelby Industries to prevent its closure and the loss jobs for the Shelby County community. Since then the business has sustained profitability for more than 30 years.

With an interest in education, Lalit has established scholarships at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Wisconsin University and serves or has served on the UofL Foundation Board and Overseers Board, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board, Associated Industries of Kentucky Board, Louisville/Jefferson County Redevelopment Authority Board, American Red Cross Board, Boy Scouts of America and many others.

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As one of the surviving boat people who escaped Vietnam, Tran eventually came to Louisville and established the Van Tran Insurance Agency. She also became a realtor with S.G. Priest Realty. She is a top seller in real estate and insurance in the Kentucky area and regularly makes the Allstate’s top five sellers list.

Tran has dedicated her life to volunteering in and improving the Vietnamese community in Louisville and to supporting Vietnam War vets. She is a board member for Crane House and is a founding board member of the Vietnam Community of Louisville, which is dedicated to raising the funds needed to build a Vietnam Warriors Memorial in Jeffersontown Park.

Tran is a member of the Iroquois Area Business Association and Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Drepung Gomang Institute. She also is a volunteer manager at Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN), which covers news in the Vietnamese community.

The MOSAIC Awards is a fundraising event that benefits JFCS. It honors international Americans who have made a significant contribution in their profession and in our local/global community. JFCS was founded to assist newcomers to Louisville, and this event honors its original mission.

The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is the title sponsor, and WLKY 32 is the media sponsor with Rick Van Hoose acting as the master of ceremonies. Papercone Corporation, PharMerica and Kindred Healthcare are also major sponsors.

Dr. Diane Tobin and previous honoree, Claudia Peralta-Mudd, are the event chairs. “We are happy to have Jerry and Madeline Abramson as our honorary chairs this year. We hope that their participation during this anniversary celebration will generate a whole new level of interest for the event,” says Dr. Tobin.

Tickets to the event are $125/person, and table sponsorships begin at $1,500. For reservations, contact Beverly Bromley, JFCS director of development, at 502-452-6341, ext. 223 or bbromley@jfcslouisville.org.

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Yom HaShoah Focuses on Stories to be Shared https://jewishlouisville.org/yom-hashoah-2015/ https://jewishlouisville.org/yom-hashoah-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:15:16 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22590 Read More >]]> Conrad Age 10Kurt Gusta Conrad A time to remember. A time to listen. A time to bear witness.

The annual Jewish Community Relations Council Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration, “The Story Has to Be Shared,” will be Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Keneseth Israel. RSVP today.

Each year, the number of Holocaust survivors able to stand up and present first-hand testimony grows smaller and smaller. Today’s young people, who are old enough to understand, are among the last who will be able to hear the stories from those who lived through the horrors. They will be among the last to learn directly from those who endured through Nazi persecution and among the last to receive the survivors’ charge to bear witness.

“For the past two years, we’ve broken away from the format of hearing a speaker and truly celebrated the coming of the next generation,” said Yom HaShoah Chair Fred Whittaker. “There’s been great participation of youth and teens.”

During the planning for this year’s program, he explained, the committee decided to return to having a survivor speak, but keeping the same sense of celebration of the next generation because “we are rapidly approaching the time when we will not have survivors with us,” he added.

This year’s speaker, Conrad Weiner, was a child survivor, Whittaker continued, “but he was old enough that he still retains memories that were personal to him. … Conrad makes great effort to convey to the audience that we are not just listening, we are bearing witness.

Weiner was born in Storojinetz, a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania and currently part of the Ukraine, in 1938. After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet Army in 1941, Romanian authorities in alliance with German forces started a massive campaign of annihilation and deportation of Jews to Transnistria.

They were taken by cattle car, a journey of two days and one night, and then forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the forced labor camp, Budi. He was 3-1/2 years old at the time, and, luckily, he had a strong uncle who carried him most of the journey.

Weiner will share the story of how he survived until 1944 when, at the age of 6-1/2, he and the 300 surviving prisoners at Budi were liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and repatriated to Romania until he and his family were finally allowed to come to the U.S. in 1960.

Weiner is committed to educating the community about the Holocaust, his experience and the lessons, despite the difficulty of sometimes recounting it. “It must be done to keep our promise, ‘Never Again,’” he states. “We must learn from history in order to not repeat it. We see many examples of intolerance everyday.

“It is unfortunate that today, in the 21st century, we still have wars, ethnic cleansing, poverty and hunger,” he added. “Education and dialogue are key elements in sharing the world in peace and harmony.”

“We have a great obligation not just to listen,” Whittaker observed, “but to be changed by the words we hear.”

Students from four public schools who have participated in a special Anne Frank educational program with the Louisville Orchestra will participate in the program, as well as representatives from

classes at Manual and Atherton High Schools and St. Francis of Assisi who have studied about the Holocaust will also participate.

As in years past, the program will honor the memories of those who perished during the Holocaust and will include the traditional candle lighting recalling the different groups that were persecuted and the recitation of Elie Wiesel’s adaptation of the Kaddish.

“Becoming a witness doesn’t mean being overwhelmed by the darkness of the Holocaust,” Whittaker added. “It means being called into greater meaning and empowerment and connecting to the deep traditions of Yom Hashoah.”

The entire community is invited to this commemoration.

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Ramping Up https://jewishlouisville.org/ramping-up/ https://jewishlouisville.org/ramping-up/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:13:39 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22587 Read More >]]> DSC_0185Construction has begun on the JCC’s new ADA-compliant handicap- and stroller-friendly ramp. The work should be completed within six weeks. This project is funded by community contributions to Meet the Challenge and a matching grant from Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. The JCL still has nearly $5,000 to raise to complete this $120,000 challenge by March 31. Your help is needed. Please go to www.jewishlouisville.org/challengegrant.

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Party Planned for JCC’s 125 Birthday https://jewishlouisville.org/party-planned-for-jccs-125-birthday/ https://jewishlouisville.org/party-planned-for-jccs-125-birthday/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:10:04 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22585 Read More >]]> The JCC is celebrating 125 years in the Louisville community. Generations of people have considered the JCC an important part of their lives and continue to do so. You are invited to celebrate with birthday cake and a special guest of honor on March 29 at the JCC.

The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. after the final performance of Fiddler on the Roof, and all are welcome to join.

“We want to bring people together to celebrate their second home,” said Sara Wagner, senior vice president and chief operations officer of the JCC. “The JCC continues to be a place where people grow, learn and connect with others. Each person has a unique experience that together creates the larger vibrant and caring JCC community.”

A special guest of honor will be long-time staff member Annette Sagerman, who worked at the JCC for 65 years. “Annette was a part of our childhood. She welcomed every person with a smiling face and open arms to the JCC family. We could not celebrate our 125 years without including Annette,” said Joanie Lustig, co-chair of the 125 celebration.

“The JCC’s success has always been driven by passionate people. Annette represents hundreds or thousands of staff and volunteers who devoted themselves to making the JCC extra special. I am so glad Annette will be part of the March 29 event,” Wagner said.

The JCC is also collecting memories and hopes that are “Honoring the past, shaping the future” on a wall in the lobby. Everyone can share their dreams on bricks which will be hung on the wall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Jean Timmel at 502-238-2722 or mjtimmel@jewishlouisville.org.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration to Feature Israeli Shuk, Dinner https://jewishlouisville.org/yom-haatzmaut-celebration-to-feature-israeli-shuk-dinner/ https://jewishlouisville.org/yom-haatzmaut-celebration-to-feature-israeli-shuk-dinner/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:07:10 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22582 Read More >]]> Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrates the independence of Israel, and this year, BBYO will lead the community in the celebration with a picnic and cross-cultural fun.

BBYO is hosting a group of Israeli teens who will visit Louisville, staying in homes with members, said Mike Steklof, teen director. They will visit schools and try to get as clear a picture of what it’s like to be an American teenager, while BBYO members will learn from their visitors what it’s like to be an Israeli teen.

The visit will culminate with a shuk festival at the JCC on April 22, to which all are invited, Steklof said.

The shuk festival celebrates the Israeli shuk, or marketplace. American and Israeli children will staff each station on the JCC campus.

“It’s very exciting for BBYO to partner with Israeli teens, who will give insight into what it’s like to be a teenager in Israel,” Steklof said. “It’s a great way to foster international friendships.”

It will be a fun family festival with food, games and activities.

Simona Koren, the leader of the delegation from Israel, is a high school drama and theater teacher from Akko, Israel. She will also sing with Lee Koren and Metar Katz.

There will be an Israeli dinner. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 2 and younger. Register today.

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Price Goes to Israel; Returns with Lots of Program Ideas https://jewishlouisville.org/price-goes-to-israel-returns-with-lots-of-program-ideas/ https://jewishlouisville.org/price-goes-to-israel-returns-with-lots-of-program-ideas/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:04:49 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22580 Read More >]]> Lenae Israel Trip 2015-06A trip to Israel can be educational, inspiring and life-changing. When CenterStage Development and Outreach Manager Lenae McKee Price participated in the JCC Association’s Israel Enhancement program in early February, it proved to be all that and more. She came back to energized and full of ideas about how to incorporate more about Israel into many aspects of programming at Louisville’s Jewish Community Center.

As the only non-Jewish participant in the mission, Price brought a unique perspective, and the other participants “were delighted that our JCC was forward-thinking enough to send someone non-Jewish for this program,” she said. “I didn’t come with the cultural background and preconceived notions” of many of the others and “I was one of only three people who had never been to Israel before.”

Designed to teach JCC staffers about Israel and ways to incorporate Israel into programming, this was not a sightseeing trip. Participants were busy from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. every day and Price brought home nine pages of notes about ideas for programs that could be implemented in Louisville.

She’d like to see some Israeli breakfast events at the JCC and an Israel exhibit that can be changed regularly and moved to different locations in the building. She also would like to help develop a presentation about Israel that can be tailored to the needs and interests of different groups like seniors, BBYOers, staff, Board members and others. This presentation would help increase understanding of the many facets of Israeli life and amazing things that are happening in the country.

Another possibility is to create a “Learn While You Burn” program to take advantage of the new high tech exercise equipment at the JCC to offer Israel programming and Hebrew language instruction to members as they work out.

Lenae Israel Trip 2015-24Based on what she had read and heard before her trip, Price expected to see desert, bomb shelters and crumbling buildings, but found a very different place with a lot to see and felt totally safe the entire time.

During a visit to Sderot, the town in Southern Israel next to Gaza that is frequently the target of missile attacks, she visited the Peace Wall. She described it as “a giant wall with a mural. People are taking small pieces of concrete and plastering them to the wall with messages.”

This art project lets the children experience art while distracting them from the harsh realities of daily life and giving them an outlet to express their feelings. The Iron Dome protects Israel cities and towns from sophisticated, powerful missiles, Price explained, but most of the munitions launched against Sderto are low tech projectiles – PVC pipe bombs.

When a launch is detected, a tzeva adom (code red) warning is sounded and people have 10 seconds to seek safety. Living next to Gaza, she explained, is not stopping them from living full lives.

In her travels through the country, Price always felt safe. She was also impressed with the landscape. “It was nothing like I expected,” she said. “there were gorgeous, beautiful desert landscapes juxtaposed with lush countryside.

“The West Bank was interesting,” she continued. “We could see the Green Line … because Israel has made such progress in planting new trees. It speaks to their innovation. They are making the land as vibrant as possible.” The Green Line is a political and geographic boundary that defined the State of Israel prior to the 1967 war. Today, it is also a visible green line thanks to the hundreds of thousands of trees that have been planted within Israel’s boundaries.

Price described the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben Gurion University as amazing. “They showed us all the experiments the scientists are doing” that result in advances in cosmetics, food production, water conservation and architecture. That facility attracts people from all over the world, and, she added, “it is the only desert research center in a desert.”

Visiting the Western Wall for Shabbat services impressed Price. “It was a most powerful experience to see every kind of human being and hear every language. To see quiet prayer to singing and dancing spoke of the diversity of Israel from religious perspective. There were people who were as conservative as can be to people like me that just want to coexist.”

Another program that impressed her was the Lone Soldier program that provides emotional support and surrogate family connections for those serving in the IDF who have no family in Israel. This group also includes soldiers whose families are very religious and oppose their service so strenuously that they disown their children who chose to go into the IDF.

Tel Aviv, Price said, “is like New York City meets Miami Beach. Tel Aviv is a Jewish city, and yet it is more diverse than any place I’ve ever been.”

The group spent time in Jerusalem at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they talked with Israeli leaders about Israel’s image in the world. “They showed us some videos they produced to see if we would want and would be comfortable showing them.” The Israelis also sought the visitors’ opinions about Israel’s image among North Americans.

Partnership2Gether was also a big part of the seminar.

Prior to this trip, Price struggled with Israel and all of its complexities, the negative publicity and its troubling image. After a week in Israel, seeing the country’s wonders, learning about its history, feeling its spirituality and discussing its complexity, she discovered a land with which she can associate and of which she can be proud.

She brought back to Louisville an enthusiasm and excitement that she is eager to share.

This trip was subsidized by the JCCA.

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Cahen Named Director of JCC’s Early Learning Center https://jewishlouisville.org/cahen-named-director-of-jccs-early-learning-center/ https://jewishlouisville.org/cahen-named-director-of-jccs-early-learning-center/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:02:50 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22578 Read More >]]> Norma Cahen

The already excellent Early Learning Center at the Jewish Community Center is now moving on to the next level, thanks to its new director, Norma Cahen.

“I’m so thrilled that we found Norma to lead our Early Learning Center, and I’m confident with her expertise, passion and talents she will take our wonderful program to new heights for many years to come,” said Sara Wagner, senior vice-president and chief operations officer of the JCC.

Cahen unfortunately got her start in Louisville during the winter storms of February 16, but she didn’t seem fazed by the chaos.

Cahen was born in Augusta, GA, and raised in Aiken, SC. She’s spent most of her adult life in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and she recently spent a couple of years “on a mountain” near Waynesville, NC.

She started working in early childhood education 38 years ago with an associate’s degree, but due to the demands of raising four boys, she didn’t finish her bachelor’s degree until she was 45 years old. For 23 years of her teaching career, she worked at a Reform temple in Fort Lauderdale, FL, though she was raised in an ultra-Orthodox family.

She then retired and began working for a government agency for which she coached preschools to better their quality of education. She has also spent many years teaching early childhood education at the college level.

While living in North Carolina, Cahen struggled to find a job teaching college, and she realized that she really missed the interaction with children and their parents. A friend sent her a link to the job listing at the JCC and she applied.

When she first talked on the phone to Wagner, she said, “I could feel the commitment and the excitement of the Jewish Community Center. It was such an exciting conversation, and I knew I wanted to work with her.”

When the opportunity in Louisville arose, Cahen and her husband Howie considered it because they were already familiar with the community as they have cousins here. With their children grown and moved away with their own families, the pair decided to make the move.

Wagner is glad they did.

“Our JCC is really fortunate that Norma and Howie decided to move here, and we welcome her to Louisville and the Jewish community,” Wagner said.

Cahen has also served as the national president of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, and says that teaching and Judaism are both very important to her. She plans to take the ELC into the future with more high quality Jewish early learning.

“The JCC’s ELC provides outstanding opportunities for infant to 5-year-old children to learn through their play activities,” Cahen said. “Using high-quality best practices found in early childhood learning today, my goal will be to bring more creative ideas to assist the educators. It is important that young children learn about the world around them, and it is equally important to learn about their world through the morals and ethical values of Judaism. It will be my honor to expand upon this goal through holiday songs, art and celebrations.”

Angie Hiland, ELC assistant director, said the changes have already become apparent at the center.

“She brings a wealth of early childhood knowledge,” Hiland said. “She comes from the perspective of, ‘When we play, we learn,’ so she knows easy ways to hide academics in play. She teaches the kids Hebrew words and numbers and new Jewish songs, and she took our Purim celebration to the next level with a Megillah reading.”

Cahen has very good reason to make those holiday celebrations extra fun.

“Research and experience tell us that to be effective with young children teaching practices need to be developmentally and age appropriate,” she said. “Implementing Judaic holiday celebrations and assisting the educators will strengthen the bond of quality early childhood education for all of us here at the JCC.”

Hiland said that under Cahen’s direction, the school is increasing the education of the teachers, too.

“We’re working with all our staff who don’t have degrees to get CDA credentialed, and Norma used to teach that,” Hiland said. “She’s helping them get continuing education and professional development to make them better educators, which will raise the quality of education offered to our ELC children.”

Cahen said the education of teachers is an ongoing process: “I truly believe that one can never learn enough about how to care for young children! Jewish early childhood education can be done at a high level,” she said. “It’s my passion, my vocation, my avocation and my life. Judaism and early childhood education defined me.”

Hiland added that Cahen is fitting in well and adjusting to life at the JCC.

“The kids enjoy her, and the parents enjoy her,” Hiland said. “It’s wonderful. It’s so nice to have a partner again!”

Wagner said she is very pleased with the decision to hire Cahen and excited about the future of the ELC.

“Norma is the kind of professional that teachers, children and families will gravitate to, and she will be a major influence in their lives for years to come,” Wagner said.

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Some JCC Summer Camp Weeks Already Filled https://jewishlouisville.org/jcc-summer-camp-weeks-filled/ https://jewishlouisville.org/jcc-summer-camp-weeks-filled/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:56:34 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22575 Read More >]]> DSC_0804

If you want to get your child into summer camp at the JCC, you’d better act fast – several of the summer camps have sold out. But there are still plenty of opportunities for summer camp fun!

Camp enrollment has more than tripled over the registration numbers this time last year, said Mary Dooley, JCC program and camp assistant.

Camps that are full are the cooking camps for grades 1-3 and the Lego Minecraft camp for grades 1-3. Those camps now have a waiting list. There are still openings for cooking and Lego Minecraft for grades 4-6.

“This is the earliest we’ve waitlisted camps,” said Betsy Schwartz, senior director of camp and youth services. “And we have several that are on the cusp of being waitlisted because some camps can only accommodate a small number of campers.”

The reason camp is selling fast? Because last year was amazing!

“Campers had such a great experience last year, so they want to make sure they’re enrolled early this year,” Schwartz said. “We don’t want any kids to lose out on their first choice of camp, but our space is limited. Kids want what they want.”

Some of the specialty camps offered this year include The Mighty Titan Obstacle Course, Nutty Scientists, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Clash of Bricks, Wiley Brown Basketball Camp, Water World, Spotlight Youth Musical Theater and more. Children with special needs can join the fun, too, with our Yachad program.

For more information or to enroll in JCC’s summer camp, visit www.jcclouisvillecamp.org.

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JCC Adding Tennis and Additional Pool Options https://jewishlouisville.org/jcc-adding-tennis-and-additional-pool-options/ https://jewishlouisville.org/jcc-adding-tennis-and-additional-pool-options/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:54:41 +0000 https://jewishlouisville.org/?p=22573 Read More >]]> The Jewish Community Center is always striving to enhance members’ experiences and looks for opportunities to partner with other organizations in the community. For this summer, the JCC is able to do both.

Working closely with the leadership of the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE) and the Standard Club, the JCC has developed two add-on packages for its members – one for tennis and one for swimming – to run from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The JCC currently does not offer tennis on its Dutchmans Lane campus, and there are five clay courts available at Standard Club. This summer, for a $150 add-on fee, JCC members will be able to use the Standard Club courts. Participants in this program will also be able to participate in tennis clinics and other organized activities at reduced rates.

For those JCC members who would like an additional option for summer swimming, the JCC is offering an add-on pool package for $300,  providing the option of swimming at either location.

“We are proud of the breadth of quality experiences our JCC provides and would like to expand our reach into the community by offering additional programs at Standard Club throughout the year,” said Sara Wagner, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “The JCC program cabinet has discussed a variety of opportunities, and details will be available soon. Taking JCC programs to new locations introduces our programs to a new market.

“Following this summer’s add-on opportunities,” she continued, “we look forward to learning from the experience about the best ways to serve the needs of our members and the community.”

The opportunity for the JCC to offer programming at the Standard Club site arose when the Standard Country Club ceased its clubhouse operations and Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence purchased the property. Standard Club still operates the golf course, pool and tennis courts. The JCC is partnering with both agencies for this summer’s programs.

To purchase your add-on membership for tennis and/or swimming at Standard Club this summer, stop by the Membership Department at the JCC or call 502-238-2721.

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