Blog of the Barshop JCC

Be Good to Your Guf: Healthy Hydration

Gretchen Hokenson, Group Exercise Coordinator on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Our South Texas summer temperatures and humidity are coming soon. When the heat hits, hydration becomes even more important.

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Your Story: Melissa Brunson

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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Melissa Brunson joined the JCC in October of 2015 when the weather had gotten too cold to swim in her apartment’s pool. 

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Be Good To Your Guf: 4 Non-Scale Signs of Progress

Sports & Fitness Staff on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Good to Your Guf 
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We have all been there, working hard on our fitness goals and then the scale seems to stop.

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Your Story: Meet Gabrielle (Gabbe) Grodin

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 3:30:00 pm in JCC Stories 
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Growing up at the JCC in Dallas, Gabrielle Grodin, or Gabbe to her friends and family, is no stranger to Jewish Community Centers. And fun fact, this is the second time she and Director of Member Engagement, Aliyah Kuchinsky, have belonged to the same J!

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Get Moving with our March Member Motivation

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Member Engagement on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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Get moving and get rewarded! In the month of March, when you use your membership card to check-in at the JCC, as you always do, you’ll be entered to win a variety of prizes!

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New Members Give Back

Alexis St. John, Member Services Associate on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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The Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio is committed to helping individuals develop to their maximum potential as citizens of our community and to strengthen individual life, family unity and community involvement. With that in mind, we partner with local non-profits that benefit underserved populations and give new joining members, and long standing members, the opportunity to ‘give back’ by donating the items most needed by those non-profits.

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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - Coming Soon to The Vex!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Recently, Vex Artistic Director Ken Frazier sat down with Production Manager Dylan Brainard to discuss the final show of the 17th Season, Richard Bean's hilarious award-winning play, One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Rachel's Chanukah at the J

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Holidays 
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Two weeks have passed since Chanukah and I have finally put away all of the decorations, candles, games and other items that we used for celebrations here at the JCC.

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Vex Honored with Ten ATAC Awards

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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On Sunday, October 25, The Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s four productions from the 2014-15 season – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trojan Women, Talley’s Folly, and Rumors – received a total of ten Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) awards for excellence. 

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Sukkot Is A Reminder of Community

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Legend says that knowledge of Torah is like taste and doing good deeds is like aroma. This idea is particularly relevant during Sukkot and is used to describe the pieces of the lulav and etrog:

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Shalom SA Welcomes You to the Community

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm in Jewish Journeys 
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In a rare and wonderful confluence of events last week, I got to attend both a bris and a baby naming within 24 hours.

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A Look Back at the J: Then & Now

Your JCC Staff on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Sixteen years ago, the JCC relocated to its current home here at the Campus along with the Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service and Golden Manor. JCC staff who transitioned from the Rampart location to the Campus, particularly those who were here on August 15, 1999, the very first day we opened the doors, reflect on what they remember most about the move.

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Facebook Feed Offers Insight into Jewish Sporting Events

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Youth Programs 
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Time Magazine recently called the Facebook News Feed the “most valuable billboard on Earth.” If that’s the case, then over the past two weeks, I saw a giant advertisement for the Maccabi movement.

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A Tour of Theaters - First Stop: The Vex!

Christie Beckham, Guest Blogger on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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I settled in the San Antonio area about eight years ago, after working in regional theater and film; on tour and in New York, Dallas and Chicago. Coming from a larger arts community like Dallas, San Antonio was a culture shock. I wasn’t so sure about the River City and its potential for providing me with a creative outlet.

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And Yet, I Act

Brandi Hollsten, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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Some guy once said to me “If you have a passion for anything other than acting, choose that instead.” As an Aries, I feel it’s my duty – nay, my responsibility – NAY, MY DESTINY – to challenge Mr. Passion-Quote-Man and his statement.

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Join Us for A New Spin On!

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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I like to multi-task. With life being so busy, why do only one thing when you could be doing two things at the same time? This thought is one of the things that lead us to introduce an innovative series, called A New Spin On, here at the JCC. How often have you been exercising and felt like you could be doing so much more with your brain?

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Join Us for YOUR JCC Community Dinner!

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Y’all Come! Don’t Cook, Don’t Clean - Just Make Reservations and Join Us!

Kids aged 5 and under eat FREE, 6-11 $10 and 12+ $15.

You have been busy here at the JCC. Campers are cheering, swimmers are lapping, tennis players are swinging and the basketball players are dribbling. Let us make your Thursday night simple and social…

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Summer at the J

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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“School’s out for summer!”

There aren’t many among us who have not uttered that phrase or sung that lyric with unbridled enthusiasm as the final bell chimes, announcing the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. When I think of summer, visions of beaches, pools, road maps, journals, reading, and camp dance through my brain.

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Poise in the Face of Adversity: What Our Troops Can Teach Us About Spotty WiFi, Starbucks Lines, and Bad Drivers

Mark Lee Greenblatt, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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This post is featured on Mark Lee Greenblatt's website and is used here with his permission.

As we approach Veterans Day, our thoughts naturally turn to the men and women who have served our country and their sacrifices on our behalf. This year, let’s take it one step farther and contemplate what we civilians can learn from the experiences of our military men and women.

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STARZ Actor Moves from Stage to Production Team

Miriam Bernstein, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Youth Programs 
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My t-shirt from NOVA’s 2008 production of Alice in Wonderland, my fifth and final NOVA performance, has a special place in my room, along with my shirt from NOVA’s How to Eat like a Child, and my STARZ shirts from Singin’ in the Rain, Honk! and Beauty and the Beast.

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A Day at the J

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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What does your day at the J look like? Surely each of us can paint a very different picture. For some, their day may be playing a tennis match followed by relaxing at the pool. For others, part of their day could be enjoyed on a calming walk on our nature trail prior to attending a meeting on Campus. 

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JCC Staff Culinary Adventures, Passover-style!

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Matzah Pizza, a go-to Passover staple, amateurish maybe. It can easily be prepared in a toaster oven in a dorm room, a microwave at the office, or even prepared cold and uncooked (yes, people do that, ask Rachel!).

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Join Us for a 6th Night Kosher for Passover Dinner

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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What to prepare for dinner?

When you are responsible for feeding other people than yourself, it can be a tricky question. Add Passover into the equation and now the query is even more complicated, especially towards the end of the holiday when your Matzah supply may be low. Passover is certainly a feasting holiday, but one with many restrictions, especially on some of the most easy weeknight meals to prepare for busy families, such as pasta, quesadillas, or even a frozen pizza.

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Rabbi Returns to JCC for Third First Night Seder

Rabbi Steve Fisch, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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It hardly seems possible that this will be the third year I am honored by being the Rabbi for the JCC’s community Seder.

When I accepted the invitation for my first Seder with y’all (I am still a southern boy at heart), I had no idea what to expect. Would my jokes and offhand remarks be well received?

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The JCC Culinary Creativity Continues!

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Cooking for others is even more satisfying than cooking my favorite meal all for myself.  Whether it be for my family, friends, co-workers, or the teachers at the Block and Dreeben School for Young Children, I am often in the kitchen, preparing at least one of the three daily meals, sometimes a snack, and most often, a dessert.

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The Four Mitzvot to Purim

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Holidays 
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Purim is known for costumes and cookies, but there’s a lot more depth to the holiday.

There are actually four mitzvot to Purim, or four things we are supposed to do to celebrate the holiday. Having a feast is indeed one of them, as are listening to the story (The Megillah Esther), giving gifts to friends (mishloach manot), and giving to the poor (matanot la’evyonim).

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An Adventure to My Never-Visited 2nd Home: The Western Galilee

Samantha Mazuz, Coordinator of Teen & Young Adult Services on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Living in Israel, traveling throughout the country numerous times, and leading Birthright Israel trips, one would think my connection to all parts of my homeland is strong and meaningful. However, part of having a connection with people, forming real memories on the land, and understanding its importance truly brings you much closer to the place.

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Tu B'Shevat

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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I have too many books.

I’ve got bookshelves at home and bookshelves at work. I have books I’ll never look at and books I should have given away long ago.

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The JCC & The Vex: The Perfect Pair as an Actor Prepares

Kathy Becker, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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My family and I moved here from Pennsylvania in August and even before we arrived, we had researched the JCC online. The tour of the facility we took on our very first day in San Antonio included a stop at The Vex, where I chatted with Ken Frazier and Dylan Brainard while my kids played on the set of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 

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Choosing Movies at the J

Wendy Barker, Guest Blogger on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Once again, we're upstairs at the "J," in the JCC's Conference Room. There's just enough light coming from the hallway and the flat screen before us that I can make out the faces in profile of the other members of the Film Festival Committee. It's not just seeing two movies a week from the end of June till mid-October that makes me smile—it's the chance to spend time with a group of congenial grown-ups kibbutzing a few minutes before we start the movie of the day, and then, best of all, to join in the lively discussions that follow.

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