September 7, 2017 -- 16 Elul, 5777

Welcome to the latest edition of  CENTERSCENE, featuring programs and events happening at the J in the upcoming days and weeks. Register for programs  online or with our JCC App!
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JCC Houston Facility Update

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston has begun assessing damages sustained during catastrophic Hurricane Harvey. Some areas sustained damage with water levels of 8-10 feet. The Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School, Kaplan Theater, Fitness Center, Merfish Teen Center, and West Houston Campus all sustained flooding and water damage.

While the JCC is hard at work recovering to get its facilities up and running, consider helping the Jewish Community and the Greater Houston area:

2nd Annual Jewish Arts and Music Festival September 17
Violinist Arkadiy Gips and friends are back for a fantastic day of Jewish music and celebration with a concert lineup of performers starting at 12:00 pm in the lobby of the JCC. The afternoon of FREE performances will culminate in a ticketed gala featuring Gips and international Jewish folk singer Svetlana Portnyansky. Gala Tickets are $15. For more information and a list of performers, visit the website.

Read more in Newsworthy!
Chopped - Rosh Hashana September 10
Join Halle and Kaley for fun afternoon of cooking for K - 8th graders from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. $20 per person, each additional child $10. Register online or call the children's office at 614-559-6251.
Coming Soon! Shabbat Sha-Boom
Children 0-5 years and their grown-ups are invited to celebrate together at the JCC New Albany and North campuses with songs and crafts. FREE and open to the community. Read more here !
BBYO Kick Off Party September 17
All Jewish 8th -12th graders are invited to enjoy a night of laughs and to experience BBYO at "Comedy in the Park." Two comedy acts, a food truck, kosher pizza and ice cream will be at Jeffrey Mansion Park from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Register online or contact Adam Polocek with questions at
JCC/Bexley COBA Travel Team Tryouts
Boys and Girls Tryouts will be at the JCC on the following dates:
Sundays, September 17 and 24
Tuesdays, September 19 and 26.
Click here for full information or contact Jeanna Brownlee at 614-559-6274.
Oliver! Auditions September 24 and 25
Kids and adults alike should prepare a song NOT from Oliver, a resume, and a headshot and bring them to the JCC at 6:30 pm. Sign-up for a time slot is required. For full information, visit the Facebook page or contact Jared Saltman at 614-559-6248.
Never miss a fitness class! Read the September/October Fitness Schedule here .
Power Flow Yoga Begins September 11
Instructor Brian Bordner leads this NEW yoga class Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. FREE for members. Register through Mindbody or contact Carlie Snyder for more information at 614-559-6219.
Women on Weights starts TODAY!
Join female fitness instructors in an all-woman class on Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:20 pm for a fun weight and heart rate training class. Classes are $15. For more info , contact Carlie Snyder at 614-559-6219.
Looking for a fitness class or to stay heart healthy?
...Check out what the J has to offer! Click below!
  • The Indoor Pool is CLOSED through September 14 for annual maintenance.
  • The Outdoor Pool will remain open. Hours will vary.
  • Click here for Fall Outdoor Pool Lap Schedule
Pooch Pond September 24
Bring your dog big or small for one last summer swim at the JCC Outdoor Pool from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Cost: $5 per dog. For more information, contact Jenna Kreider at 614-559-6213.
Red Cross Lifeguard Classes Start September 8 - October 1
Learn everything you need to know to become a lifeguard. Click here for full details or contact Jenna Kreider at 614-559-6213.
Columbus Jewish Arts and Music Festival
For the second year, the sounds of violins, guitars, and singing will echo from wall to wall in annual Columbus Jewish Arts and Music Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus on Sunday, September 17.

In an event open to the community, free musical performances will entertain guests of all ages starting at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of the JCC, culminating in a ticketed gala concert at 7:00 p.m. featuring international Jewish folk singer Svetlana Portnyansky with Columbus-based violinst Arkadiy Gips and guitarist Alex Gordez.

Gips, with his sister Mira Axelrud, is the driving force behind the event.

“It was our dream,” said Axelrud, “We came to America in 1994 and were trying to become part of this community. We didn’t know the language well, but we knew music. Music is a language for everybody.”

The pair wanted to create a music festival that brought together everyone in the community to celebrate Jewish music and culture. This year’s festival will highlight Jewish music from the theater. Read more here.

Get Charged Up!

Grab your friends and a cup of coffee at the J-Cafe or just get some work done in the lobby of the JCC!

Thank you to a generous anonymous donor for the new furniture, work station, and FREE charging stations in the main lobby and the Schiff Gymnasium lobby!

J-Cafe Hours are 8:00 am -1:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Tribute and memorial gifts are meaningful ways to honor a special occasion or the memory of a friend or loved one. Recipients will be notified of the thoughtful gift made in their name. To make a donation in honor or in memory of someone  click here  or call Sheila at 559-6225.  
Early Childhood Education
In memory of Shara Reiss' grandmother, Mae
By Jenny and Jon Grishkan

Rosenfeld Family Fund for Preschool
In memory of Mae Goldman
By George and Barbara Wainer

Ali Senser Memorial Fund for New Albany Preschool
In memory of Ali Senser
By Ginna and Jeffrey Rinkov

  Guest passes may be purchased during Member Service hours Sunday - Friday. Members must make arrangements in advance if they want to bring a guest on Saturdays
See the local Jewish Community Calender for  upcoming programs  scheduled around Columbus.