A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus
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. This month’s issue of the Center Peace further reinforces one of our long standing tag lines…Community is our middle name. When you reach the centerfold section between pages 10 & 11, you will have the opportunity to learn about Jewish Family Service (JFS), our sister agency and our partner at the Campus since we moved here in 1999. One of the best kept secrets in San Antonio, JFS also proudly serves the community at large through affordable mental health counseling, case management, advocacy, senior services, and victims of crime services.
On the next page of the same section you will see an ad for this year’s Texas Senior Games, which the JCC has been associated with and coordinated for over 25 years. The Games serve over 2500 adults 50 years of age and better each year through 25 different competitive sports at some of our community’s top sports and recreation venues. The Games have been further strengthened this year with the addition of a new Title Sponsor Clover Health. Clover is a Medicare Advantage insurer that combines technology and preventive care to lower costs and increase the quality of life for those who need it most. They have partnered with the Texas Senior Games with a shared goal to encourage everyone to live stronger, healthier, better. On a side note, we are excited to announce that our own Cathy Pottorf, Senior Games Director and Director of JCC Adult and Senior Adult Services, is being installed into the Texas Senior Games Hall of Fame. Congratulations Cathy!
The special center fold section this month also includes a reminder about the Tricentennial Shindig and Cultural Fair which will take place Sunday, April 15, from 12-6pm in the Monte Vista neighborhood (bordering Temple Beth El). Coordinated by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, the event is FREE and open to the community and will feature live entertainment, a crafts market, and family friendly activities. We hope to see you there.
Of course, April’s warmer weather also brings more outdoor activities back into play, which means the pool and tennis courts will begin to see more activity and our available for families from early June through mid-August. Youth Soccer Academy will be in full swing with hundreds of children and their families participating on the ball fields throughout the weeks, especially on Sundays. On Friday, May 4, our Annual Fore! the Kids Golf Classic will be held at the Quarry Golf Club with a 1pm Shotgun tee time. And then there’s Summer J-Camp, which believe it or not, is truly right around the corner with over 50 different camp options.
By the time this issue is published, our Annual First Night Seder may have already occurred (Friday, March 30). But don’t despair! We are pleased to once again offer our Kosher for Passover Community Dinner Tuesday, April 3 at 6pm as an opportunity to take a break from one more night of Passover cooking, and share in a family holiday dinner without all the commotion (or clean-up). And later in the month when Passover meals are a thing of the past, you can move on to thinking about food differently, and join Author Emily Paster as she speaks about her book, The Joys of Jewish Preserving. It’s all in this month’s Center Peace.
Yes, the month of April has lots of community activities designed to fill your schedule. Come on out and join us at the J. We’re glad you belong here!