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Get a Taste of History with Jewish Preserving

Emily Paster, Guest Blogger on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Crunchy kosher dills. Hamantaschen filled with prune levkar. Date honey and pomegranate molasses. Foods like these demonstrate how preserving has played an important role in Jewish cuisine, both Ashkenazi and Sephardic, from Biblical times to today.

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A Talk-Feast, No Fuss, and Fun!

Hazzan David Silverstein, jd, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in Holidays 
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I was intrigued. I have seen it advertised for years. Ta’am Ha’Ona, the teaser for the Passover Seder created by our JCC advertises “food, fun, and no fuss.” 

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Your Story: Meet the Hessels

JCC Member Services on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Ellen and Ira Hessel and their four daughters, Joanna, Melissa, Kathryn, and Sarah, have been members of the JCC since the early 1990s. 

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Welcome to April and a full array of new and returning JCC activities designed to serve both our Jewish Community Center members and the general public. 

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Passover: Our Stories

JCC Staff on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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Passover is a special time of the year filled with matzah, family traditions, matzah, favorite recipes, memories, and did we mention - matzah? Your JCC staff have their own memories and favorites, so we thought we'd share a few.

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Good to Your Guf: Children & Yoga: 7 Benefits

Sports & Fitness Staff on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Good to Your Guf 
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It’s hard to be a kid today. Children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation, and peer pressure. 

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Your Story: Meet the Bowers

JCC Member Services on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Meghann and her husband Alex have been members of the J since 2014. They took a little break from their fitness routine to welcome their first child, Thane (3 years), followed last year by twins, Rowan and Clark.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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It’s hard for me to fathom that I have now called San Antonio home longer than any other place in my life. In fact, later this year the JCC will begin to celebrate its 20th year here at the Campus. 

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Good to Your Guf: Heart Healthy Diet - 8 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease

Sports & Fitness Staff on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women? The good news is, with the right tools, however, heart disease can be prevented. Here are eight steps to help you prevent heart disease and take control of your life.

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Hamlet Lands at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The highly anticipated steampunk adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, opens at the Sheldon Vexler Theatre this Saturday, Feb. 10.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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February has arrived and I am already looking forward to warm weather and all the great activities that take place at the JCC in the coming spring and summer months. 

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Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

Betsy Cowan on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in Jewish Journeys 
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10th anniversary of Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a global campaign to advance disability inclusion in Jewish communities. Over the past 18 ...

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Your Story: Meet the Pecks

Allison on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Cathy “Cat” and Carl Peck joined the JCC in 2005, having just returned to San Antonio following Carl’s retirement from GUND, a toy company. They found their way to the JCC after a strong recommendation from Dr. Mel Baden, himself a former member AND the person from whom the Pecks purchased their home.

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ECD Registration Opens for 2018-19 School Year

Lisa Guerrero, Early Childhood Director on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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A meeting will be held for prospective families who want to learn about the Block and Dreeben School for Young Children Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7pm. The program's philosophy and curriculum will be highlighted and a tour of the classrooms will be given.

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Good to Your Guf: Tai Chi

Anita Lemon, Tai Chi Instructor on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Tai Chi may be hundreds of years old, but it is the current low-impact exercise that is so frequently recommended for its benefits to many fitness levels and age groups.

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BBYO: Shabbat, Chanukah, & Friends

Kesley Bradshaw, San Antonio BBYO BBG Chapter Advisor on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Teens 
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Latkes, brisket, and Shabbat candles brought dozens of Jewish teens from San Antonio’s BBYO chapters together December 8 for a mega-event, combining Chanukah, Shabbat, and a gift exchange. 

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Steampunk 'Hamlet' Coming to The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Hamlet, has been on Artistic Director Ken Frazier’s bucket list for a number of years. But it can be a beast of a show to direct, and he wanted to make sure he had not only the right cast and team, but also the right vision.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Welcome 2018! It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly 20 years since the JCC relocated to our current home here at the Campus back in 1999. So much has happened over that time. From the tragedy of 9-11 in 2001, to surviving a catastrophic hail storm in 2016, which threatened to shut down our building, we have sustained. 

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Your Story: Meet Jeremy Rosen

JCC Member Services on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Jeremy joined the JCC in July 2016, after moving to San Antonio to take a job at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital as an RN. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Jeremy was very involved in the Jewish community and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Good to Your Guf: Just You & The Bike

Sports & Fitness Staff on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Here are 5 incredible benefits happening to your body while you pedal away:

  1. Cardiovascular: ACSM (American Council of Sports Medicine) recommends that healthy adults aged 18-65 years old should participate in aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week or vigorous intensity, aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 days per week.

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Sheldon Vexler Theatre News

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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An Act of God, written by 13-time Emmy-winning writer David Javerbaum, opened at The Vex in October, with the Almighty speaking through actor John Stillwaggon.

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Your Story: Meet Eddie Klauer

JCC Member Services on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Although Ed technically joined the JCC in 2005, he started his J journey back in 1976 with his sisters and mother. Ed jokes about how his mom enrolled him and his siblings on the JCC Swim team so they would be too tired to get into trouble.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Youth Staff Take on New Roles

JCC Staff on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Youth Programs 
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Dylan Ashworth and Rachel Rustin will take on new roles in the Youth & Camping department beginning this fall.

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The Moth and the Window

Stephen Tobolowsky on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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In the mid 1970’s I came out to Los Angeles to become an actor. It only took me three years before I realized it was impossible. I couldn’t get a job. I couldn’t get an agent. I couldn’t even work for free.

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'An Act of God' Next at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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 In 2013, American comedy writer David Javerbaum visited the JCC as part of the Author & Speaker Series to share and discuss his book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, which also spurred his creation of the Twitter account, @TheTweetOfGod. 

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Good to Your Guf: PowerHouse: It's what you're missing in your workout

Chris Rhoades, JCC Fitness Instructor on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Why are we so enamored with our core? We might think of it superficially (sculpted six-pack or soft), or how it feels after you eat (firm or bloated). The muscles of your core (trunk) support your organs (better digestion and breathing for example), as well as create a higher-functioning lifestyle. 

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Your Story: Meet the Schafers

JCC Member Services on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Parents, Aimee & Brian Schafer, and their daughters, Marlena and Eve, have been members of the JCC since 2010, and have been enjoying all that the J has to offer ever since.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus: The Main Event

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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On Saturday, November 18 at 7pm. the JCC will host its annual fall fundraiser, The Main Event. Each year the Main Event has three primary goals. First, to bring our Community together for an evening filled with great food, fun, and entertainment. 

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