March 8, 2018 -- 21 Adar, 5778

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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Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11!
March 8 - March 15
Click to see a comprehensive list of all JCC programs
This week's upcoming programs at the JCC:

  • Side Show -- Thursday March 8
  • Side Show -- Saturday, March 10
  • Mamanet Family Festival -- Sunday, March 11
  • Side Show -- Sunday, March 11
  • Goodbye, Christopher Robin -- Monday, March 12
  • J-Reach Game Night -- Monday, March 12
  • Tour College Lecture Series -- Monday, March 12
  • CJFF Sneak Peak @ The Drexel! -- Thursday, March 15

Details below
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Come to the JCC!
Touro College Lecture Series March 12

Join Dr. Steven Huberman, Dean of
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, at 7:00 pm speaking on the relevant topic of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia: Extremism and Violence in America.

Admission is FREE and open to the community but please RSVP to Melanie Butter at 614-231-2731.
Side Show continues this weekend

Gallery Players' stunning production of Side Show continues tonight at 7:30 pm in the Roth/Resler Theater at the JCC.

"It’s difficult for a musical to deliver the surging, cathartic thrills most audiences come for and also have a core tone of melancholy. This production of Side Show excels at sticking that kind of tricky landing, again and again." -- Columbus Underground

Performances run Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm through March 18.

Read the opening weekend preview in the Columbus Dispatch and the Columbus Underground Review.
Early Childhood

Enroll your child ages six weeks - pre K in the #1 CBUS Top Picks Preschool in Columbus! For more info on registering your child(ren) for the 2018 - 2019 school year in this joyful, dynamic learning experience, contact Early Childhood Education Director Nikki Henry at 614-559-6290.
CJFF Sneak Preview March 15
Catch an exclusive glimpse of the upcoming Columbus Jewish Film Festival with the screening of 7 days in Entebbe at the Drexel Theater at 7:30 pm. The film depicts the 1976 counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation of hijacked  A ir France Flight 139 . Cost: $5.
J - Reach Game Night March 12
Bring old friends and make new ones at Tabletop Game Cafe in Clintonville from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Cost: $6 for adults (which can be used for food, drink, or retail), kids under 13 FREE with paying adult. RSVP by email to Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg.
Mamanet Kfar Saba is coming to Columbus March 11!
Meet the delegation of Mamanet players from Israel from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm and cheer on Columbus Mamanet as the play the team from Kfar Saba. Enjoy Israeli sports activities for kids, face painting, henna body art, and arts and crafts. A Kosher lunch will be available for purchase. FREE and open to the community. For more information click here or contact Merav Livneh-Dill or Jeanna Brownlee at 614-559-6274.
Monday Movie Matinee March 12
Enjoy a FREE screening of Goodbye, Christopher Robin at 12:30 pm in the Roth/Resler Theater. Popcorn included! The flim is a behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
3X Your Impact!
From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! Click here and Amazon donates to Jewish Community Center of Columbus!
Active Adults 'Day at the J' March 18
Join Gallery Players and JCC Active Adults in an afternoon at the JCC. Eat a delicious kosher lunch at 1:00 pm, attend the artist reception of Sharone Putter at 2:00 pm, and catch the Sunday matinee of Side Show at 2:30 pm. Cost for the entire afternoon: $10. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shana Beigelman at 614-559-6214.
Artist Reception March 18
Join artist Sharone Putter in a celebration of her artwork at 2:00 pm in the Goldberg Gallery located in the JCC lobby. "Works Scapes" is done in collaboration with Ran Berdichesky and depicts everyday scenes that often go unnoticed. Fore more information, visit the artist's website or contact Melanie Butter at 614-231-2731.
Annual Pre-Passover Dinner March 28
Throw away your bread and break bread at a JCC community dinner at 5:00 pm. Gumbo, Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, fruit and more! Member cost: $16/adults; $10/kids. RSVP online by March 23. For questions, contact Matan Gutwaks at 614-559-6276.
(((SEMITISM))) Book Launch April 3
Join New York Times Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman at 7:00 pm at the College Ave. JCC for the launch of his new book, ((SEMITISM))) : Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump and explore how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how to move forward to fight anti-Semitism. In partnership with Grammercy Books, tickets go on sale March 9.
Never miss a class! Check out the March Group Fitness Schedule here!
NEW! Vinyasa Flow Yoga Tuesdays
Join Jim Ryan at 9:00 am for a 60-minute class using breathing as a guide to flow from pose to pose. Standing poses and balance will be emphasized. PLUS all mid-morning yoga classes will now be at 9:00 am Monday - Friday.
Tai Chi Begins March 19
Register for a twice weekly, 12-week program that includes eight Tai Chi forms which improve body alignment, balance, and strength. Mondays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Cost: $45. To register, contact Beth McCullough at 614-595-6207.
NEW! Teen Strength Training Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:45 pm
A new FREE class begins March 13 for any and all teens looking for an introduction to strength training. Participants will use weight machines, free weights, and other equipment to learn how to properly weight train with good form in a safe, fun environment. **13-15 year olds MUST take three of these classes to be able to use strength training equipment without supervision.
Fit Tip of the Week

Join the JCC fitness staff each week to learn about proper form, gym etiquette, healthy lifestyle tips, and all the Diamond Family Fitness Center has to offer!

Click to listen to Jason announce a brand new strength training class just for teens!
New Water Fitness Classes
Join Aquatics Director Jenna Kreider for new, fun aquatics classes during the week.
Mondays at 12:00 pm: Aqua Yoga
Tuesdays at 6:00 am: Aqua TABATA
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm: Pi-Yo-Chi
Thursdays at 6:00 am: Aqua TABATA

For more information on these classes, visit the Aquatics page on our website!
Looking for a fitness class or to stay heart healthy?
...Check out what the J has to offer!
Click here for the fitness schedule or click MindBody to sign up!
Spring Break Camp March 19 - 23
K - 8th graders can have a blast at the JCC with Craft Day, Wendy's Gymnastics, "The Works" field trip, Chopped, and Beach Vacation Day! 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, aftercare available. Cost: $60/day, $10 off per sibling per day. Register online at least one week before to avoid late fees.
Contact Kaley Rosenthal with questions at 614-559-6253.
Katie Smith Basketball Clinic March 27
Girls 4th - 8th grade can build up basketball skills from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm with Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Katie Smith as they work on specific skills needed for each age level. Cost: $25 for JCC members/$45 for guests. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeanna Brownlee by March 22 at 614-558-6274.
Cole Essay Contest due April 20
High school seniors can submit a no more than 1,200 word essay describing how they will “perpetuate their own Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why” through the JCC website. Winners will receive up to $1,000 at the Teen Awards night on May 17. For details and submission, click here . For more information, contact Halle Schwartz at 614-559-6251 .
Don Erkis/ Lou Berliner Scholar Athlete Award Applications due April 20
Candidates must reside in the Central Ohio area, be a Jewish high school senior graduating and attending college, have participated in a high school sport, club level sport, or other recognized amateur sport, and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Winners receive $1000, a one year JCC membership, and a gift card. Contact Jeanna Brownlee at 614-559-6274 for more information.
JCC Maccabi Games 2018
Participate in the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games on a team of 13 - 16 year olds from the Akron, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Youngstown JCC delegations to form Team Ohio! From August 5 - 10, 2018, compete in the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens in the world either at the JCC Maccabi Games in Orange County, CA or the JCC Artsfest (ages 13 - 17) in Long Beach, CA. Spots are limited! A deposit is due by March 15. Scholarships are available. Learn more about the Maccabi games here
or contact Nathan Fox at 614-559-6286.
Join us in celebrating Israel @ 70 with recipes, stories, activities and more! Each week leading up to Yom Ha'atzmaut on April 19, CenterScene will feature ideas, fun facts, trivia, and more to help you and your family celebrate with us or at home!
Traveling to Philadelphia? New York? New Orleans? Paris? London? Check out these 18 Israeli chefs who are bringing Israeli flavors to their top-notch restaurants around the world.
Pictured: 5:30 am basketball players after their morning games.
March Madness? Try Morning Madness.
For seven years, as soon as the JCC opens its doors in the morning, a large group of basketball players start their day on courts. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5:30 am, these men and women get to the JCC at the crack of dawn to use both sides of the gym to play basketball games.

What started out as a small gathering of friends has grown into a whole community of early morning basketball players that meet year round for their days to start with a sport they love, creating friendships and community through the game.

This early morning play is open for anyone to join! Just be up and ready to start at the JCC at 5:30 am.
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.  
Andrew Good Memorial Fund for Youth Sports
In memory of Andrew Good

By Kevin and Yael Bortnick Shkolnik
By Laurie and Ron Shkolnik
By Chris and Sue Vail
By Rachel and Adam Leeds
By Peggy Fothergill
By Rena and Rick Vesler
By Mike and Denise Klapper
By Cheryl Weiner and Lee Pearlman
By Nancy and Danny Rosen
By Carol and Jeff Folkerth
By The Diebler Family
By The Arenstein Family
By Carol and Steve Handler
By Dr. and Mrs. William Bauer and Daughter
By Jay Hanna
By Robert and Clemy Keidan
By Carole and William Jarrell
By Janis Block
By Don and Michele Brosius
By The Spillman Family
By Karl Rubin and Sharon Simon
By Marti Netler, Eric Spiller, Bryant and Kelly, Mia Greening and Zack Greening
By Robert and Jane Cozzarelli
By Samara and Seth Preisler
By Lee, Jared, Taylor and Kelsey Smith
By Howard and Ellen Burnett
By Lori and Christopher Essman
By Patrick and Kara Whitlatch
By Dottie Erb
By Pam and Stacy Kusma
By Nicholas and Lani Davakis
By Bruce Wasserstrom, Seth and Rachel Wasserstrom, Dana Wasserstrom and David Luksenburg
By Elon D. Gerberg

Early Childhood Education
In memory of Helen Speyer
By Elaine Lewin

Ali Senser Memorial Fund for New Albany Preschool
In memory of Ali Senser
By Sandy and Bernie Senser
Matanot levyoinim/Mishloach Manot for Holocaust Survivors
By Izzy and Samantha Cousin
The JCC is currently hiring for the following full and part-time positions:
Preschool Teachers & Assistant Teachers, Housekeepers, Maintenance Techs, Recreation Coordinator, Lifeguards & Water Safety Instructors, and Personal Trainers.

JCC Employees enjoy competitive wages, fitness center membership and a range of benefits for both full-time & part-time employees, including paid time off.

A list of all open positions (with job descriptions) can be found here . Applicants can apply directly from the website. For more information, contact JCC HR Director, Pamela J. Andrews , PHR, SHRM-CP at 614-559-6287.
  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
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