Blog of the Barshop JCC

BBYO San Antonio Recognized in February

Neely Kasanoff, Sababa Chapter President on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Teens 
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During President’s Day weekend this past February, San Antonio sent five teens to Dallas for the BBYO International Convention.

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Be Good to Your Guf: Healthy Recipes

Sally Scharff on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Good to Your Guf 
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Sally Scharff has worked at the JCC in Membership since April 2008. She has been a JCC member all of her life; she worked as a counselor-in-training as a teenager, and all three of her children went to the JCC preschool on Rampart Drive. Sally loves Sharing her favorite healthy recipes with her fellow staff members. Here are some of her favorites!

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Local Athlete to Compete in World Maccabiah Games

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Teens 
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Haley Herzberg, a former Block & Dreeben student who was active in BBYO San Antonio and took swim lessons as a child at the JCC, has been invited to compete as part of Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games.

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Tickets on Sale for 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Vex’s next production, Peter and the Starcatcher, promises to be an exhilarating, imaginative, pageant of linguistic turns for adults of all ages.

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Your Story: The Makey Family

JCC Member Services on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00:00 pm in JCC Stories 
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The Makey family joined the JCC in the fall of 2013, and since then they have tried a little bit of everything the J has to offer, from Adult Tennis and Group Exercise to cooking and parenting classes.

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

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Eighteen years ago, when we first moved to our new home here at NW Military Highway, we were in a state of transition.

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'Peter and the Starcatcher' at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became “the boy who refused to grow up”, or what caused Captain Hook to have such vengeance for his nemesis? Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice with music (it’s not a musical) by Wayne Barker, which opens at The Vex May 4, answers all of this and more.

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Support the J: It’s PAR-TEE Time!

Tracy Hungate, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Time to dust off those clubs and get ready to hit the links! The JCC’s annual Fore! the Kids Golf Classic is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss it!

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A Message from the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:30:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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2016 was a challenging year for our Campus building and facilities. As you may recall last April, San Antonio was hit with several hail storms. Initially, we didn’t see any damage, but only 3 days later the building began to take on water from the ensuing rain; and we spent the next 8 months recovering, repairing, and replacing elements of our building that were subsequently damaged.

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Your Story: Ken Rugh

Membership on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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The chorus of children’s playful voices, combined with the repetitive splash beat of lap swimmers, are some of the first things that come to Ken Rugh’s mind when he thinks of the JCC.

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Be Good to Your Guf: Nia

Brenda Morgan, JCC Nia Instructor on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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IT’S TIME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW! It’s time to exercise in an exciting and motivating class that will get your heart pumping, all of your muscles strengthened, and allow you to connect to the joy of movement. Nia is a fun fitness class in which you are encouraged to move and play in your body’s way – all in a nurturing environment. 

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Summer J-Camp: Did You Know?

Lisa Guerrero, Youth & Camp Director on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Youth Programs 
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The JCC Summer Camp program is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). The American Camping Association mission “is a community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience.”

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17th Annual Start Seeing Diversity Conference

JCC Staff on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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Friday, Mar. 3, the JCC will host the 17th Annual Start Seeing Diversity Conference from 8am to 4pm. Participants include early childhood teachers and directors from local public and private schools, parent educators, as well as those who work in agencies who support the needs of young children and families.

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Be Good to Your Guf: Cardio Fitness Blast

Audrey Koch, Group Exercise Instructor on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Cardio Fitness Blast! is a newly designed class at the JCC incorporating three very important workout techniques in one session: Cardiovascular Endurance Fitness/Resistance Training, and Interval Training.

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The Vex presents 'North Shore Fish'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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There’s something Fish-y on stage this month at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre. Israel Horovitz’s comedic drama, North Shore Fish, is a “blue collar elegy, a tough, funny and eventually poignant look at the expendability of people when their jobs - and lives - become obsolete” (Associated Press, 1987).

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Your Story: Sonja Cervantes

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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After retiring as a Radiologic Technologist, member Sonja Cervantes began her search for a place to work out and maintain her personal fitness.

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A Message from the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Well, 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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'North Shore Fish' Up Next at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Tickets are now on sale for the Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s production of North Shore Fish, written by Israel Horovitz, on stage Feb. 2-26.

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Your Story: Jamie McMullan

Membership & Marketing on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Jamie McMullan, who, (fun fact) was born in Australia, came to live in Texas where he attended Preschool at the JCC’s Block and Dreeben School for Young Children.

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A Message from the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Last year in my January column I took some editorial license and announced that I was revolting against my own personal inclination to put off until tomorrow what I should be doing today and re-engage my workout regimen to get myself back into shape.

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Anyone Can Act!

Eva Laporte, Guest Blogger on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Adults 
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I am so excited to start this six-week acting class Anyone Can Act Mon., Jan. 9 for any adult who is looking to learn more about performance and public speaking in a casual, fun environment. Each class will be 90 minutes and will start with easy movement and vocal warm-ups, improvisation games, and acting exercises to strengthen confidence in performance.

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J-Camp Teaches the Importance of Charity

Lisa Guerrero, Youth & Camp Director on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Youth Programs 
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At Summer J-Camp, one goal we have every year is teaching campers the importance of caring for others and making a positive change in the world around us.

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JCC Maccabi Games® Athlete Spotlight: Neely Kasanoff

Neely Kasanoff, Guest Blogger on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:00:00 pm in Teens 
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Hi! My name is Neely Kasanoff and the 2017 Miami Maccabi Games® will be the fourth games I have competed in! My first year, I played on a mixed volleyball team with girls from Milwaukee.

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Be Good to Your Guf: Top Ten Reasons to Return to Indoor Cycling This Fall

Cesar De La Canal, Cycling Instructor on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Looking for a reason to sign up for one of the JCC's Cycling classes? We'll give you TEN! What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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Final Precious Minds, New Connections Class

ECD Staff on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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Since 2002, the Barshop Jewish Community Center has offered Precious Minds, New Connections parenting classes thanks to generous grants from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

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A Message from the President/CEO: The Main Event

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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This year’s JCC annual fall fundraiser, The Main Event, will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7pm at the JCC. Our theme for the event is “Leading Ladies” as we honor three (3) past JCC Board Chairs, Shari Pulman, Varda Ratner, and Sharon Stern.

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Your Story: Our Leading Ladies

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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As the JCC's annual Main Event approaches (Sat., Nov. 19!), get to know a little bit about this year's honorees - Shari Pulman, Varda Ratner, and Sharon Stern. And then make plans to join us for the best party of the year!

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Newly Revised 'Anne Frank' Comes to Vex This Month!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Next at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is The Diary of Anne Frank, on stage October 20 through November 13.

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Your Story: The Randles

JCC Membership Department on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Brad joined the J in 2005 shortly after moving to the area. A Trinity University graduate, he decided to stay in San Antonio and was looking for a place to stay in shape.

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A Message from the President/CEO: Tennis, Anyone?

Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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We are very proud to claim our Sokol Tennis Complex as among the best Tennis facilities available in San Antonio. The complex features seven (7) courts refinished just last year and according to our most avid players, a lighting system that is considered to be the best in the area.

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