There aren't too many places that feel like home. For me, for my two little boys, and for my wife, the JCC is a home. I have a long history at the JCC. My first ever job was cleaning the gym on Sunday nights shortly after the facility opened. Years later, my (now) wife and I worked together at Camp Ruach. We drove together each morning, and, back then, she controlled the radio, which I can't blame the JCC for. Many years later, I have watched my sons flourish in school at the JCC. It's nearly impossible to describe the appreciation and thanks that I feel following them around as they point out their favorite adventure spots; beam with pride as they show off their classrooms and projects; and finally say hello to countless staff members, who each go out of their way to make my sons feel special. During these challenging times, the JCC has provided education, connection, and physical fitness for us in innovative ways that I wouldn't have ever dreamed possible. These are just some of the ways that the JCC has enriched our lives.
I've recently had the honor of joining the Board of Directors, a vantage point from which I've had the opportunity to learn more about the truly amazing work the JCC does for those with special needs, the elderly, and, in the most selfless and gracious manner possible, anyone who needs, well, anything. Extending your hand to whoever may need it is, after all, the essence of community, a spirit that the JCC embodies. Please watch the video on this page to learn more about what the JCC has done to sustain our community during the Covid Crisis. I hope you'll be moved to join me in helping the JCC sustain its mission during these unprecedented times. Every little bit counts and will be matched, dollar for dollar, in the next 72 hours. Thank you so much for your consideration.