A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus
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. Initially, we wanted to highlight that the JCC is the place to be for all aspects of our community, and over the past 18 years, I am proud of our efforts to accomplish this objective. The JCC proudly serves both the Jewish and general communities with distinction, from our youngest constituents in Early Childhood, to the many senior adults who grace our facility and programs on a daily basis.
Whether we are entertaining or educating, providing recreation or fitness, or simply just being a place where our community comes to meet and spend time with one another while engaging in one of the many activities we feature throughout the year, the JCC and our Jewish Community Campus is the place to be. In addition to our efforts at the Campus, we are so enriched by the partnerships we enjoy with our sister agencies and religious institutions and the many community organizations that support and strengthen the fabric of our Jewish community.
There is an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But, if you want to go far, go together.”
I believe this is particularly accurate for a small Jewish Community like San Antonio. Despite our differences in make-up and mission, our organizations and agencies share a common goal of service to our community. In the year ahead, the JCC will strive to once again reach our constituencies through programs and activities designed to enhance and enrich, and we look forward to engaging our partners to collaborate wherever appropriate.
As we prepare to kick off our 19th year at the Campus, our Board and staff are cognizant of the importance of maximizing resources and minimizing duplication of services. More than ever we are focused on the need to seek out collaborations that will benefit both our agencies and the community.
In the center of your September Center Peace, you will find our most recent collaborative effort in a special section containing information highlighting the outstanding work of Jewish Family Service, the new Wandering Jews project in partnership with San Antonio Jewish Senior Services (formerly Golden Manor Jewish Senior Services), the Hebrew Free Loan Association’s new Circle of Friends initiative, as well as the Jewish Federation and this year’s Super Sunday program, which supports so many essential services in our community.
We believe these and other collaborative efforts will continue to strengthen our community through increased engagement, and we look forward to seeing and serving a larger segment of our community more regularly.
Later this month, we will begin our celebration of the Jewish High Holiday season. This is a perfect opportunity to reflect back on the past year to ask ourselves if and how we made a difference, and to consider how we can be better in the year ahead. On behalf of our Board and staff I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy New Year.
And let’s remember that together, we go far.