Blog of the Barshop JCC

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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Summer J-Camp Spotlight

Betsy Cowan, Project Manager for Special Needs & Inclusion on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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The Steinmetz family first started participating in JCC programs two years ago, shortly after moving to San Antonio from Kansas City. 

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Connect with Your Child!

Alissa Levey Baugh, Director of Curriculum & Creative Experiences on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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Cell phones, computers, and other hi-tech inventions have helped us connect with each other more easily, often making our lives easier. 

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JCC Maccabi Games® 2017

Devin Billstein, BBYO City Director on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Teens 
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The Barshop JCC recently took 17 athletes to compete in this year’s JCC Maccabi Games® in Miami. Over the span of 6 days, from August 6-11, the athletes competed in a variety of different sports against teams from throughout the US, as well as a number of countries from around the world. 

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Good to Your Guf: What is L.E.A.N.?

Brenda Morgan, Fitness & Nutrition Instructor on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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An Answer to the Health Care Crisis Your body makes its own medicine. When you eat a whole-food, plant-based diet and exercise regularly, you are creating an environment that allows your endothelium to maintain and repair your body naturally.

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Lisa Guerrero New ECD Director

JCC Staff on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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Lisa Vest Guerrero has officially begun in her new role as Director of the JCC’s Block & Dreeben School for Young Children early childhood education program, effective Sept. 1. 

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Your Story: Meet the Traegers

JCC Member Services on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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After looking for a fitness center to become more active, Terri & Charlie were referred to join the JCC by close friends who were already members. Nine months later, they have begun to see results, while improving their health.

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A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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A number of years ago we made a conscious effort to put a spotlight on the community aspect of the Jewish Community Center, and we intentionally tagged “Community is our middle name” in a series of marketing efforts. 

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Men's 3.5 USTA Tennis League Takes Dallas by Storm

Rodney Munoz on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Texas Sectionals - Adult 18 & Over 3.0 - 3.5 Strongest Teams by Championship Event and Flights Texas Section Championships for 18 & Over, 3.0 and 3.5 takes place ...

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The Vex Presents 'Don't Dress for Dinner'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is thrilled to kick off their 19th season with Marc Camoletti’s bedroom farce Don’t Dress for Dinner, on stage August 17 through September 10. The show is a sequel of sorts to Boeing-Boeing, which was previously produced here in 2015.

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Good to Your Guf: How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Sports & Fitness Staff on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Good to Your Guf 
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This time of the year many of us find ourselves gearing up for that big summer vacation. Too often we approach diet and exercise on vacation with reckless abandon...meaning what diet and why exercise?! Many take a vacation to relax, and for some of us, exercise isn't that relaxing. 

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Your Story: Meet the Wiemers Family

JCC Member Services on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Dean Wiemers, his wife Marcy, and their two children, Beau and Raelynn, are all regulars at the JCC. Since joining in 2015, everyone in the family has participated in numerous activities throughout the year.

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A Message from the President/CEO: Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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As Summer J-Camp began last month, I took a moment to reflect back on the past year. 2016-17 was a banner year for the JCC; from Early Childhood to Sports and Fitness, Camp to Cultural Arts, and everything in between, our JCC continues to be the place to be.

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Be Good to Your Guf: Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga

Sports & Fitness Staff on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Originating in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise and stress reduction. The word yoga means to yoke or unite, which refers to the practice of using the mind and body together to achieve balance, flexibility and strength.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 11): Whitney M. & Michael D.

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 6:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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In this final edition of getting to know the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher, we bring you Whitney Marlett (Grempkin) and Michael Duggan (Lord Aster). 

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Your Story: Rhoda Rappaport

JCC Member Services on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Rhoda Rappaport has been a member of the JCC for almost a decade. A friendly woman full of energy, she continues to fulfill the goals which she set years ago upon joining, to “not be stuck at home,” and to “make friends and socialize.”

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A Message from the President/CEO: Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:30:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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It’s June already and it just hadn’t registered with me until recently because the weather has been so mild, even cool on some days. But the dog days of summer are now upon us and just in time for our outstanding Day Camp programs and another full summer at the pool.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 10): Steven Valdez

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Steven Valdez is no stranger to Vex audiences, having recently appeared in last season's hilarious farce One Man, Two Guvnors and again in Little Shop of Horrors in 2013.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 9): Michael Cooling

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Michael Cooling appears in Peter and the Starcatcher as Alf, a kind old seafarer who takes a liking to one of his ship's passengers.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 8): James W. Robinson

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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James W. Robinson makes his Vex debut in Peter and the Starcatcher, as Captain Scott, a ship captain whose circumstances take a turn for the worse when his crew and ship are taken over by several sneaky pirates.

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What to Bring to Summer J-Camp

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm in Camp 
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As we get closer to the beginning of another GROOVY summer at J-Camp, you and your camper may have questions about what to bring and what to wear.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 7): John D. Boyd

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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John D. Boyd was last seen at The Vex in the play North Shore Fish. For this show, he takes on the pirate sidekick of Black Stache, Smee.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 6): Gabriel Itzcoatl Luera

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Gabriel Itzcoatl Luera makes his Vex stage debut with Peter and the Starcatcher. In the show, he portrays Sanchez, a hilarious pirate with a lisp, and Fighting Prawn, king of the Mollusks, a tribe of people who have a penchant for a certain cuisine.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 5): Maggie Tonra

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Maggie Tonra plays Molly Aster, the smart, witty, precocious young Starcatcher apprentice who will risk anything for the sake of what is right in The Vex's production of Peter and the Starcatcher

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 4): Michael Parisi

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Michael Parisi portrays Prentiss, one of the orphan boys who longs to be the leader of the group. Peter and the Starcatcher is Michael's Vex and San Antonio theatre debut.

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