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May 10, 2018 -- 25 Iyyar, 5778  

Welcome to the latest edition of  CENTERSCENE , spotlighting programs and events happening at the J in the upcoming days and weeks. Register for programs  online  or with our JCC App!
May 10 - May 17
Click to see a comprehensive list of all JCC programs
Upcoming programs at the JCC:

  • Incident at Vichy -- Thursday, May 10
  • Incident at Vichy -- Saturday, May 12
  • Mother's Day Brunch -- Sunday, May 13
  • Incident at Vichy -- Sunday, May 13
  • Monday Movie Matinee -- Monday, May 14
  • Annual Meeting -- Wednesday, May 16
  • RBG at the Drexel -- Thursday, May 17
  • Teen Awards Night -- Thursday, May 17

Details below
Continuing Tonight: Incident at Vichy !

Catch one of the final performances of Gallery Players 69th season this weekend. Arthur Miller's play focuses on e ight men that have been picked up for questioning on their religious status in World War II Vichy, France. While the men intellectually understand their situation, they remain in denial of what is seen as an inevitable outcome.

Check out sneak-peak pictures from Broadway World and read a full review from The Columbus Dispatch.

Attending Mother's Day Brunch on May 13? Get a special discounted ticket price to Incident at Vich y for $10! Use code 'MOM'!
Sunday, May 13 @ 11:00 am
Monday, May 14 @ 12:30 pm
Thursday. May 17 @ 12:00 pm
Annual Meeting May 16
At 7:00 pm, join us for the JCC's annual review of accomplishments, goals, and awards including the Joel Dinkin Staff Award, Rabbi Nathan and Sylia Gaynor Jewish Cultural Award, Helen Nutis Volunteer Mitzvah Award, and the Shehechyanu Teacher of the Year Award! All members are welcome! 
Teen Awards Night May 17
Celebrate the upcoming leaders of tomorrow at the JCC from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm awarding the David and Irene Cole Essay Contest winner, Don Erkis/Lou Berliner High School Jewish Scholar/Athlete Award winner, and more! Special Emcee Josh Barkan. Free! For more information, contact Halle Schwartz .
JCC Women's Tennis Begins May 23
Join Pro Marc Wurtzman and learn best practices while having a blast with team practices on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Fridays at 9:00 am and GCTA Women's League Play on Mondays at 6:30! For more information or to register, contact Nathan Fox at 614-559-6286.
Memorial Day Mayhem May 28
Join our annual Black Diamond Obstacle Course 5K and put your fitness to the test! With over 30 obstacles, this award-winning outdoor obstacle course is both challenging AND fun! Spots are filling up quickly! Sign up here or contact Jason Goggins for more information at 614-559-6237.
Spring and Summer Lifeguard Training
Pre-Camp Pool Hours
Outdoor Pool Opens May 26!
Jr. Maccabi Invitational June 3
Boys and girls ages 9 - 12 can join Team Columbus for a day of friendly and competitive basketball, soccer, or kickball! The day includes lunch, pool games and swim ,and a cookout! Register by May 25 here or contact Jeanna Brownlee for more information at 614-559-6274.
YYA Basketball Begins June 4
Get a team together and play full court basketball games in the main gym on Monday evenings through July 31! 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm games. Ages 18+. Up to four non members per team. Register by May 28. For more information, contact Nathan Fox at 614-559-6286.
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 Fitness Director Jason Goggins walk through the proper way to jump this obstacle!
Crazy Softball Tournament June 17
Get together with friends to play a fun and competitive take on Softball/Kickball on Sunday from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Each inning will have different rules to change the game. Age 18+. Register by June 3. Contact Nate Fox for more information at 614-559-6286.
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!
Introducing Giselle Siegel
The JCC welcomes new Gallery Players Artistic Director, Giselle Siegel. Starting with its blockbuster 70 th Season, Giselle will dive head-first into planning, organizing, and promoting Gallery Players as its head, bringing three stunning musicals to the JCC stage.

Giselle is an actress, director, choreographer, and teaching artist from New York City. Her credits include national tours, children's theater, original off-Broadway runs and premieres, and regional theater. Giselle has served as a director and choreographer for numerous productions featuring kids, teens and adults at many different schools and community centers in New York and New Jersey. In 2013, she founded Open Tent Theater Company, a community of theater artists dedicated to creating quality theater experiences in Uptown Manhattan and beyond.

Giselle received her musical theater training from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School and an M.S.ED degree in Educational Theatre with Initial Certification in Theatre for grades Pre K-12 from The City College of New York.

Giselle, with her husband and daughter, moved to Columbus in July 2017 to be closer to family. Their daughter attends JCC Preschool. This past year, she taught high school drama at KIPP Columbus producing one act plays and teaching improvisation, acting technique, playwriting, and theatre history.

“Gallery Players is great community of people putting on a high-caliber theater productions,” Giselle said, “My vision is to grow into an even larger community experience with educational workshops for all ages, partnerships with community organizations, and getting the community involved in all aspects of theater production recognizing the highly collaborative process of producing a show.”

For more information, contact the Columbus JCC or visit her website at

Columbus JCC in Memphis!
Representatives from our JCC Board of Trustees and our Executive Director are in Memphis, TN this week at the JCC's of North America Biennial 2018 Conference!

Left to right: Immediate Past President Ben Zacks, Treasurer Rick Meizlish, Executive Director Carol Folkerth, Shem Tov Award Winner and Board Member Julie Cohen, and Board President Jennifer Cammeyer
Jr. Cavs Playoff Watch Party
Playoff excitement filled the JCC on May 3 as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jr. Cavs’ program hosted a watch party at the JCC.. There was free food and playoff tickets and packages were given away. For more information on next year’s youth basketball program at the JCC and other Jr. Cavs events please contact Nathan Fox at 614-559-6286.
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 Shylee and Andrew Grossman
By Susan and Barry Reis
Mim Chenfeld Children’s Art Fund
In honor of Hershel Arcus-Goldberg
By Rachel and Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg
Columbus Jewish Film Festival
By Stacy Leeman and Gary Liebesman
The JCC is currently hiring for the following full and part-time positions:
Assistant Catering and Rentals Manager, 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.
Are you missing keys? hats? accessories?
Stop by the front desk to check the lost and found!
  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 Calendar for  upcoming programs  scheduled around Columbus.