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SEPTEMBER 2013 Elul/Tishrei 5774

OCTOBER 6, 2013

A New Day for the JCC:

FunFest is Coming

16,000 sq.ft. Expansion Now Open

Don’t Miss This Exciting SEPTEMBER 2013 Community-wide Event


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Don’t miss the final events of our 100 year celebration October • • •

JCC FunFest, Sunday, October 6, 10am-6pm Historical exhibit for Gallery Players’ 65th FunFest co-chairs, Denise Glimcher, Jennifer Wasserstrom and Connie Tuckerman anniversary in the JCC lobby Jewish Bookfair

Zip Line… Laser Tag… Bowling… Bands… Gaga Pit… even Kosher funnel cakes! November • Columbus Jewish Filmever—the Festival JCC100 fall FunFest! Mark your calendars for the biggest festival


On Sunday, October 6, come one, come all for a day of music, entertainment, bouncing, zipping, jumping, and, of course, noshing! FunFest is the carnival of the century, with activitiesFinale for all, from outdoor bowling to a family kickball tournament, classic games • Hanukkah event like ring toss and skee ball, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and even a Reverse Bungee Jump (hint: this involves a giant trampoline, bungee cords, and jumping to new heights). Reflect on a year chockfull of fun and exciting events all celebrating our 100th year. The Harmony Project choir will perform, and everyone is invited to visit Anatevka one last time for a Fiddler on the Roof reunion performance. These are just a few of the more than 100 activities planned for the day. Of course, no JCC event is complete without food. Chef Toney will be cooking up kosher carnival fare with fall flair. Everything from cotton candy and funnel cakes to shawarma and barbecue brisket will be available for purchase.

Catch up, kick back, and spend the day at the J… • Groove to the sounds of The Conspiracy Band, a lively rock ensemble playing everything from Aretha Franklin to Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind, and Fire to Macklemore. • Sing along with Marc Rossio, Angelo Dunlap, and Mark Moscardino remembering Tot Shabbat melodies and campfire favorites. • Make your own creation in one of many all-ages arts activity stations; then add it to the JCC Time Capsule!

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• Score points on the sports court in one of our family-style tournaments; dodgeball, Gaga ball and more! • Try your luck at the many carnival-style games like ring toss and skee ball. • Knock down some pins in our outdoor bowling alley. • Make memories and beautiful art that can be treasured for years to come, from mosaics to menorahs. • Test your courage on the zip line or reverse bungee jump. • Let the kids get their wiggles out on the bouncies.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-century event! Come for the fun. Come for the food. Come for the friends. Just make sure you’re here! celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013 SEPTEMBER 2013

Thank you to our JCC 100 sponsors

Me’ah (Lead) The Schottenstein Family —

Jay and Jeanie, Joey and Lindsay, Jonathan, and Jeffrey

Leslie and Abigail Wexner Mishpacha (Family) The Columbus Jewish Foundation Yahalom (Diamond) Susan and Jon Diamond Family L’Dor V’Dor (Generation) The Glimcher Family Limited Brands, Inc. PNC Bank L’Chaim (To Life) The Lewin Family The Wasserstrom Family Ktzat (Decade) Gary and Margey Cheses G&J Pepsi Bottling Company Graeter’s Ice Cream Frank and Linda Kass & Family Mike and Heidi Levey & Family Nancy and Thomas Lurie Wes and Ina Rosenthal & Family Laurence G Ruben Family and Florine C Ruben Services Galore, Inc./Ruth and Joe Sniderman & Luann and Michael Gurevitz Wallick Communities celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center


Chagiga (Celebration) Jeff and Marjie Coopersmith Creative Distinctions Downes, Fishel, Hass & Kim ECDI The First Bexley Bank Carol and Jeff Folkerth Law Offices of David Goldstein Great Neck Games The Kroger Company Jon and Karen Meyer Sig and Rita Munster & Family Art and Ellen Pollack The Robert Weiler Company Chuck and Joyce Shenk Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP The Wasserstrom Foundation Miriam and Bernie Yenkin Ben and Mary Beth Zacks Chai (Festival) Big Lots

Arnold Good and Lisa Newmark Hummel Title

Jeff and Aliza Levy & Family Meyers Jewelers

M/I Homes Foundation

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Sandy and Nanette Solomon

Zidel Dental Group – Dan and Greta Zidel / Eric and Katrina Zidel Kibudim (Tribute) America’s Floor Source Artina Promotional Products BBYO Ron and Ruth Ann Blank Irene Braverman Bob and Bev Darwin Barbara and Doug Davis Donato’s Pizza Geri Ellman Allan and Bonnie Finkelstein Bob and Clemy Keidan Matrix/Kurt and Leslie Malkoff Jane Mattlin Rick and Senah Meizlish Sid and Babs Miller The New Albany Company Dr. Allen and Barbara Nichol David and Miriam Portman Linda and Stanton (z”l) Robins Gary and Ellen Rogers Mark and Rosanne Rosen Frankie Schottenstein Joan Wallick Alan and Bobbie Weiler Jim Winnegrad and Janice Manheim As of 8/19/13

Dear friends of the JCC, As we welcome 5774 we are full of optimism for the sweetness of this new year, and excited about what lies ahead. The holiday has also given us time to reflect on the amazing year that has passed. Just one year ago we were eager to break ground on a new addition and looking forward to the JCC’s 100th birthday in 2013. Today we are already enjoying the 16,000 square feet of new space and recounting great memories from our centennial celebration. We are full of pride as we think about all you have done to help us achieve and celebrate this milestone. While there were hundreds of moments we will treasure, here are a few of our favorites. • A giant balloon birthday cake in the JCC lobby • Delicious kosher wine at the Food & Wine Tasting • A trip back to Anatevka as Gallery Players performed Fiddler on the Roof • Planting 18 trees around the JCC with the Harmony Project • A stroll through JCC’s 100-year history with the Columbus Jewish Historical Society’s The Center of It All exhibit • A fabulous evening with Columbus’ own Michael Feinstein at The Lincoln Theatre • Our very own Graeter’s ice cream flavor! • Welcoming members into the new addition • Walking along side the JCC 100 float in Bexley’s July 4th parade • Reconnecting with old friends at the BBYO/Teen club reunion • Knocking down pins at the JCC bowling tournament • Reuniting with old softball friends None of this would be possible without you. Thank you for helping us create so many wonderful memories, and please don’t miss all the exciting events still to come this year, like JCC FunFest on October 6, Gallery Players’ productions of Yentl (October 19-November 3) and the world premiere production of Elijah’s Angel, adapted from the book written by local author Michael J. Rosen (December 7-15). Plus Jewish Bookfair (October 13-29), and the Columbus Jewish Film Festival (November 3-17)!

JCC 100 STEERING COMMITTEE Gary Cheses, Co-Chair Heidi Levey, Co-Chair Ted Fireman Marc Fishel DeeDee Glimcher

Denise Glimcher David Goldstein Pam Gurwin Shelly Igdaloff

Jeff Milgrom Greg Munster Sig Munster Lisa Newmark

Ira Nutis Joel Schwartz Robyn Silberstein Susan Steinman

Connie Tuckerman Jennifer Wasserstrom Ben Zacks Mary Beth Zacks

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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2013 Elul/Tishrei 5774


from the Director It has been an amazing and inspiring year so far celebrating the JCC’s 100th birthday! The many creative programs, touching JCC stories and fun activities, are making this a year to remember. And now as the leaves begin to turn and the Jewish New Year and holy days are with us, we not only look back, we begin to look forward. What will JCC 101 look like? What will inspire us next year and the years and decades after that? “A community is too heavy for anyone to carry alone.” Deuteronomy 1:10 When we look back at the proud history of the JCC, it is obvious that from the early founders to today, the JCC thrived due to the partnerships it nurtured. These partnerships spanned both the Jewish and the general community, commitment by lay leaders and professionals, and resources—both local and national. Inside these pages you will hear from our Executive Directors, review the long list of partnerships we have today and learn from stories that connect the JCC with so many other agencies and institutions.


That is perhaps, one of the “secret” ingredients that has provided strength to the JCC for the past 100 years and it will be an ingredient that is essential for our future.


Kol Ha Kavod and thank you to all the volunteers and staff who have made this year so very special.


Keep that dedication going for the next 100 years! Shalom,

Carol Folkerth Executive Director

CENTENNIAL STAFF Sheila Cline Ron Friedman Jason Goggins Aviva Hauser Felicity Nesham-West Karen Scholl JCC BOARD PRESIDENT Lisa Newmark, Board President

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JCC EXECUTIVE STAFF Carol Folkerth, Executive Director Mike Klapper, Assistant Executive Director Louise Young, Chief Financial Officer Melanie Butter, Program Director

L’chaim! On March 17, when the curtain fell on the eighth and concluding performance of Fiddler on the Roof, it marked one of the most successful productions in Gallery Players’ 65-year history. Including four complete sellout performances, nearly 2,400 people journeyed to Anatevka to honor tradition, to explore change, and to celebrate life. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!

The generous loan of a food cart from the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and the Columbus Jewish Foundation made it possible for the JCC to offer kosher grilled lunches this summer. Once a week patrons who stopped by B’tayavon! – The JCC Kosher Food Cart enjoyed specialties from Chef Toney including grilled Reubens, fish tacos, roast beef Phillies, brisket sandwiches and chicken shawarma. B’tayavon will be open once a week (Wednesdays) through October 6.

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A New Day for the JCC: Expansion Opens Limitless Possibilities for Health and Wellness for the Whole Community By Felicity Nesham-West

As we embark on a new year, the future sparkles with possibilities for the Jewish Community Center members. Now that the 16,000-plus square foot expansion has opened, completing a six-month long construction and renovation project that began with a groundbreaking on December 6, 2012, everyone in the community is invited to join the J and try something new. In keeping with the Jewish philosopher, rabbi, and physician, Maimonides, who said, “The health of the soul can only be achieved after the health of the body has been achieved,” the JCC provides more opportunities than ever for the Columbus Jewish community to ensure that the tradition of Sh’mirat HaGuf, or “taking care of our bodies,” continues generation after generation. With a multi-functional gymnasium, a renovated and enlarged fitness center, and more lounge and meeting areas for parties and events, we are ready to meet the needs of the growing central Ohio Jewish community. But more than meeting the health and wellness needs of the community, the JCC expansion will facilitate communal connection and

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commitment to Jewish community, nourishing not only the body but also the soul of each and every member. Since the Capital Campaign’s inception in 2007, the JCC has grown in size and scope—all with L’dor V’dor, linking the generations, in mind—to create vibrant communal spaces that appeal to every member of the community, now and into the future. “We look forward to you, your children, and your children’s children coming to our new JCC to meet, connect, work out, compete, play, learn, interact, engage, laugh, enjoy, and just be a part of the Center of it all,” said JCC Executive Board Vice President Jennie Cammeyer, who has been a leader on the project from start to finish. Past President Joe Sniderman is eager for members and the entire community to come see the new space and enjoy all that it offers. “This has been the most exciting project that I have worked on for our community. It was truly a community effort... over 530 donors, countless hours by Jennifer Cammeyer, Lisa Newmark, and our professional staff, Carol Folkerth and Mike Klapper. It is fun

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to walk through the new and renovated areas and hear how happy our members are. We are one of the best, if not the best, JCCs in the country,” Sniderman said with great pride. One of the first things members will notice about the added space is just how open and inviting it is. With more room to move freely, members can now pause and enjoy each moment of their JCC visit. “This is something that our members have not seen. There’s no other place like this in this area. JCCA—the national JCC Association—said that we are one of the top five JCCs in the country. That says a lot about our community, too, because without the community, there’s no way we could have done this,” said Jeanna Brownlee, JCC Director of Recreation and Wellness. Meyers + Associates, the architectural firm behind the project, designed every last detail with members’ ease of use in mind. Multipurpose and lounge space were added in several areas of the building to cultivate a feeling of openness and an atmosphere conducive to conversation, complete with couches, televisions, and much more to make

members’ interaction and experience at the JCC as user-friendly as possible. The biggest and most noticeable feature is the new 8,000 square foot gym. Equipped with adjustable basketball hoops and all-purpose flooring, the new gym gives members more room for sports activities. Plus, the addition of batting cages and netting allows for indoor play of soccer, baseball, softball, golf, and lacrosse. Brian Saunders leads the personal training program as Fitness Director of the JCC. “Now that the JCC is on the cutting edge of fitness offerings, we have capabilities for functional, dynamic movement that we have not had before. The Center’s really ahead of the competition. The opportunity to enhance our members’ fitness level, and keep them healthy, strong, and fit for the future, that’s what I’m excited about,” said Saunders. Treadmills and ellipticals equipped with personal TVs, several with internet access, in the expanded fitness center now face floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a view of the patio. Glass walls surround the newly constructed Personalcelebrating Training a centuryoffices, of the Jewishinviting Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013

members into a more approachable and confidential workspace in which eight personal trainers are ready to assist clients with wellness assessments, discuss fitness goals, and meet healthy targets during private training sessions. One of Saunders’ clients and a nearlifelong JCC member, Joel Schwartz, was blown away by the new offerings in the Fitness Center. “I’ve been doing personal training or working out here since day one. I come here twice a day. Brian Saunders really keeps me in good shape and challenges me,” said Schwartz. “Today’s my first day on the new equipment. That equipment is great. It’s going to be a really big benefit to the Center,” Schwartz praised the JCC’s expansion. The expanded fitness area offers the latest in cardio equipment like Precor Treadmills, along with more fitness classes. The weight and functional training space has tripled in size, and is decked out with new equipment, music and TVs. More small-group training and TRX- or CrossFit-style classes will also be offered, including functional training for the way you live. A new pilates reformer can be used in mind/ body classes and during private pilates training. Some of the new classes members can expect to see on the fall schedule include a metabolic conditioning class, a barre strength class, Tabata, and a core/flexibility class. Jon and Susie Diamond are major supporters of the JCC, from their family’s commitment to fitness through their creation of the Diamond Family Fitness Center to the current expansion of that space. “I think expanding the

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facilities and allowing more opportunity for simultaneous use of the gym by younger kids and older kids and adults all at the same time allows our facilities to be more available,” said Jon Diamond. “From what I’ve seen… it looks phenomenal. It has a lot of great flow and functionality built into it. I think it’s going to be terrific for the community to have for the next 100 years.” Like the bowling lanes of the former Jewish Center, the College Avenue expansion is intended to bring people together to hang out, socialize, and celebrate, all while maintaining a fit and active lifestyle. “We will have everything from meetings and luncheons to birthday parties and b’nei mitzvot,” said JCC Assistant Executive Director Mike Klapper of the new multipurpose space. “The additional space can accommodate events with its kitchen, beverage station, and nearby restrooms,” Klapper said. “It all adds up to year-round offerings for fitness buffs, for families, for sports junkies, and everyone in between—making the J a place where everyone from toddlers to emptynesters can find something to do no matter the season.” The JCC is very grateful to the more than 530 members of the community who supported the JCC’s Capital Campaign, with major support from the Jay and Jeanie, Joey and Lindsay, Jonathan, and Jeffrey Schottenstein family; Leslie and Abigail Wexner; and from the Columbus Jewish Foundation. The JCC also truly appreciates and is thankful to its members who were so patient throughout the entire construction process, and especially during the final phase of construction.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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Next Generation in Mind

Youth is the Focus of Space for Next Hundred Years By Felicity Nesham-West

From the outset, the vision for the 2013 JCC Capital Campaign expansion included an emphasis on making the new space as kid-friendly as possible. This vision of a youth- and family-focused design for the renovated interior became reality in the newly opened J-Zone, K-Zone, and gymnasium. The J-Zone is a fun and fitness area with an exergaming wall complete with interactive video games like WebRacer that incorporates movement on a stationary bike, air hockey and a Pop-A-Shot basketball game. A space for kids ages 612, the J-Zone is designed to help the next generation stay fit and active, all while hanging out with friends after school or at JCC-sponsored theme parties and events, like J-Zone Teen Night. Next door, the JLounge is another great option for kids to gather.

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“I’ve already played with the air hockey, the Motion Touch Magix [interactive game], and the basketball game, and I love all of them,” said nine-year-old Samson Judd, son of JCC member Amy SilverJudd. “My favorite things are the new chairs. They are fun to move around and build forts and hide-outs with. I’m really looking forward to hanging around with my friends here,” Samson added. In addition to the J-Zone, the K-Zone, designed with younger children in mind, is an expanded babysitting space for ages six weeks to eight years. A new, separate crawling area is perfect for pre-walkers and toddlers. A creative play zone with a kitchen, tool bench, and train table offers something for little chefs, builders, and engineers to occupy their imaginations. And to burn off all that excess energy, there’s the Large Muscle Zone and Ball

Zone, where climbers, ball hoppers, and a ball pit await little ones eager to get their wiggles out. “Our kids are already loving the K-Zone! Plus, we’re excited that this new expansion creates opportunities for everyone at the JCC. It’s a great place to be for so many different sports and other activities,” said Lindsay Schottenstein, whose family is the lead support for the JCC expansion project. Another unique feature of the K-Zone is that the space remains open for children accompanied by an adult. The K-Zone is a great resource for young families to meet and maintain friendships with other families in the community while their children play. The open, indoor play space is especially convenient on those gray, rainy Columbus days. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


Discover CATCH JCC Premieres Healthy Living Program to Young Families By Felicity Nesham-West

With the Jewish Community Center’s fitness and gymnasium expansion and the addition of new kid-friendly fitness zones, generations can continue the tradition of caring for their bodies, keeping them healthy and strong. Sh’mirat HaGuf (care of the body) is also an important component of another new program coming to our JCC this fall: Discover CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). The program—which teaches kids about eating right and staying active for a healthy life—is the only one of its kind currently in Central Ohio to be implemented in a preschool. During classroom activities, preschoolers will learn how to make better nutrition choices by being shown the difference between “Go foods”—ones they can enjoy anytime—and “Whoa foods”—those sugary or fatty snacks that are not as healthy. Alternative snack options—“Go foods”—will be given at meal times in conjunction with educational celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



programming that brings in movement activities whenever possible. JCC Early Childhood Director Nikki Henry, who is leading the program’s implementation in the preschools, explained, “The program takes everyday childhood games we all know and love—Duck, Duck Goose, Simon Says, Red Rover—and ‘CATCHifies’ them— turning them into games where everyone is up and moving throughout the entire activity; Hide and Seek becomes Cat and Mouse, for example.” “Good health is a primary Jewish value because we are all made in the image of God,” said JCC Association Early Childhood Director Mark Horowitz. And CATCH certainly does this by bringing the Jewish fundamental of physical fitness to children in stimulating and meaningful ways through creative explorations of what it means to take care of one’s body and stay fit.

“We are so thrilled to provide the Discover CATCH program to children of all ages. We are helping our kids create healthy habits now that will be part of the solution to the epidemic of childhood obesity. This new program will also help families develop a foundation of valuing nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness that will last a lifetime,” Henry said. JCC Recreation and Wellness Director Jeanna Brownlee, who is using CATCH in recreation offerings and Mighty Mites classes, added, “The program is easily adaptable and can be used for all ages from preschool up to adults. The JCC plans on premiering CATCH in our preschool, youth fitness and recreation, camp, and swimming lessons.” Like Henry, Brownlee is training her staff in using the program. JCCA Associate Vice-President of Training and Professional Leadership, Joy Brand-

Richardson is helping to train JCC staff on using CATCH in the classroom. She pointed out that with the hustle and bustle of parents’ busy lives, physical fitness and nutrition may not be emphasized in the home as much as families would like. But JCCA hopes that by partnering with the University of Texas to bring CATCH to JCCs nationwide, Jewish families all over can work together to seamlessly teach children how to make wholesome decisions, making healthy lifestyles a priority. “JCC Association realized that we touched so many young children and families, but there was no formal nutritional or physical education program designed specifically to combat childhood obesity. Our hope is that children will learn at an early age to make healthy choices,” said Brand-Richardson. The program includes parent tip guides that will be communicated through weekly

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Children from the JCC Early Childhood Education’s “Zoom” Room participate in a gym class.

newsletters. Brand-Richardson explained, “It’s not meant to be a burdensome thing. This is something that they can take pieces of. It takes the curriculum of the early childhood program and enhances it with physical activity and nutrition.”

cool down, with underlying themes designed to teach locomotive skills and spatial awareness in a fun, non-elimination way, meaning that children are involved in the entire game and no one is sent to the sidelines to sit and wait while everyone else continues the game.

CATCH Early Childhood incorporates a teacher-led, nutrition-based classroom curriculum. “It’s Fun to Be Healthy!” consists of nine nutrition-based lessons aimed at promoting healthful eating habits. The program provides teachers with a Physical Activity Box with over 500 games and ideas designed to improve gross motor skills and classroom management, while increasing overall physical activity.

The JCC Early Childhood teachers began implementing CATCH in their classrooms at the start of this school year. Each of the three JCC sites will bring CATCH to its preschoolers on a daily basis. While CATCH is currently in the Columbus JCC preschools, JCCA hopes to implement the program nationwide over the next few years.

Like the JCC, CATCH Early Childhood helps cultivate an environment where physical activity, health education, and proper nutrition are valued and encouraged. Scarves, bean bags, and hula hoops are all incorporated into fun lesson plans and activities that include a warm-up, a GOfitness, a GOactivity, and a

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“We’ve seen this program expand and filter down through the whole agency. We see it working with after school programs, birthday parties, even with the snacks provided in the vending machines,” added Brand-Richardson. “Between Carol Folkerth and Mike Klapper who are really into it, and the great trainers like Nikki Henry, they’ll hold onto it and embrace it and make it their own.”

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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100 Years and Still Going Strong: Athletics at the Center By Felicity Nesham-West

From the early 1900s to today, sports and athletics have always played a prominent role in programming at the JCC. Between boxing star Lou Bloom in the 1920s and baseball hero Lou Berliner in the 1960s, the Columbus Jewish community and the JCC have been a part of the sports careers of a long, illustrious list of sports greats. Over the years, the JCC has made many improvements to ensure that the values of physical fitness are maintained. In 2001, the 4,500 square foot Diamond Family Fitness Center opened and, in the summer of 2013, the expansion of that fitness center is now complete. In 2007, the William Barkan Memorial Sports Court was built to ensure that outdoor enjoyment of all sports would continue.

“I played softball with my father and brother back in Cleveland when I was a kid. I used to watch my dad play in the Jewish Center at Forest Hills and Woodland Park. When they were short guys, they sometimes had me fill in. It was a highlight of my youth when I would play catcher for them. It certainly was a thrill to be able to play in the adult softball leagues. So it kind of instilled in me a love for softball that I played obsessively all the way through, probably until I was about 50 years old,” Jon Diamond reflected.

Softball and basketball have always had a special place at the JCC, especially for the Diamond family. Starting with the family’s patriarch, the late Herb Diamond, athletics have become a family tradition, and that

Jon moved to Columbus 30 years ago, and his brother, Steve, followed him. Since then, sports at the Columbus JCC have become central to their lives. “The Jewish Center has always been home to our family whether it

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tradition has largely been carried out and enriched by their participation in league sports at the JCC. The Diamond brothers, Jon and Steve, still remember watching their father play softball in the Cleveland JCC Leagues.


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be for camps or for preschool or for my own sports activities with softball and basketball. It’s a very important community asset that the entire Jewish community and beyond shares in.” It is no wonder the family has been so supportive of the JCC’s Capital Campaign to expand the Diamond Family Fitness Center. Jon and Steve have always enjoyed playing basketball here at the JCC and hope to bounce many more three-pointers off the new Randy Kohn Memorial gymnasium floor. The brothers played in the YYA and AK leagues every season, and the family won the AK league championship. Jon explained the family’s basketball enthusiasm, “My brother still plays five days a week. He’s the creator of the 5:30 am basketball group. Dozens of guys get together before anyone wakes up and are playing basketball at the Jewish Center. Steve has organized dozens of hard courters here at 5:30 am to play together as they did in Cleveland; Steve’s passion is obviously contagious.” For others, the JCC swim program is equally inspiring. With the opening of the JCC’s indoor pool in 1950 and the outdoor pool in 1951, a longstanding JCC swim tradition was born. Children began earning brightly colored badges, proving their successful completion of swim instruction celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



Ron Berman caught up with old friends at the JCC Bowling Reunion

at the JCC as part of the Red Cross swim program. JCC members advanced from swim levels like Tadpole and Turtle to Sea Horse and Porpoise, before moving up, perhaps, to join the competitive swim team or become a certified life guard or water safety instructor. Canoe lessons, sailing, and small watercraft activities began in 1952. Scuba lessons began being offered in the mid-1970s, and water aerobics became popular in the 1980s, continuing still today. Swim teams also began forming around the time of the first pool’s opening. Water polo and distance swim teams organized. The Nereides synchronized swim team formed in the early 1950s. Movie stars like the late Esther Williams popularized the graceful water performance, and this led to the JCC hosting water ballets and diving shows such as the 1954 “Aqueous Isle” and the spectacular “Neptune Goes Calypso,” a water ballet in 22 acts, in 1957. Water ballet classes gave way to the formation of the Coraletts, a co-ed water ballet group in the mid-1950s. Synchronized swim teams continued into the late 1960s, and competitive swim teams like the Blue Marlins formed in the 1980s, paving the way for the JCC’s Dynamo Swim Team that continues to this day.

BOWLING AT THE JCC In the 1950s and 1960s, the Jewish Community Center was known as a place where friendship and camaraderie would

blossom, and where Jewish connections and relations were strengthened. This same spirit of Jewish community lingers today, and is fortified by the JCC’s constant evolution and growth to meet members’ needs today and long into the future. The most recent expansion adds to the JCC’s communal feel and reminds members of days gone by. During the JCC 100th Anniversary Reunion weekend, a bowling tournament was held on Sunday, July 7, which hearkened back to this golden era of the Jewish Center. Looking back 50 years, the weekend reunited former bowlers and pin spotters who remember the lanes and leagues of yesteryear. Prior to the current building, the former Jewish Center that opened in 1949 was a community gathering place. It was where friends would meet to swim in the two outdoor pools, teens would congregate for teen clubs like Pegasus or, later, for BBYO conventions, Little Leaguers would pop fly balls in the air, and, of course, members of all ages would enjoy hitting strikes and spares in the bowling lanes, whose popularity peaked in the mid-1950s to early 1970s. The bowling lanes are at the top of the list when members recall the early years. Nearly everyone who went to the old Jewish Center remembers them, and many say their fondest memories are of the lanes and of the iconic figure of its former manager, the late Carl Berman. Carl managed the lanes for more than 20 years, and for his son, Ron Berman, the lanes were more than memorable. Ron spent his formative years at the lanes, making friendships that have lasted a lifetime. He continued bowling long into adulthood, as a member of the I.M. Harris B’Nai Brith men’s bowling league. “The bowling lanes were a hang out place, a place where you could talk and solve the problems of the world, you know— talk about the things that teenagers talk about,” Ron reminisced about the years he would come to the JCC and spend the whole day near his dad in the bowling lanes, swapping

stories, scoring strikes, or even helping out. “Like the pinboys and pinsetters back then, I used to help out sometimes with setting the pins back up, too; you know, there’s nothing better than setting pins and having a bowling pin come up and hit you in the shin,” Ron joked. Former JCC Executive Director Mayer Rosenfeld, of blessed memory, remembered the 12-lane bowling alley of the former Center in his oral history as recorded by the Columbus Jewish Historical Society. “There are a lot of members of the Jewish community who remember the fact that they were once pin boys, like Marshall Harris, the son of Iz Harris, who at the time was President of B’nai B’rith. Marshall Harris was a pin boy and that was a good way for some of the young teenagers to make money and earn extra money.” Berman fondly remembers his dad as one of the Jewish Center’s pillars. “He fit right in. My father was proud to be a part of the social, cultural fabric of the JCC. Judaism has survived the last hundred years or so because of the social aspects of it, and my father was proud to be a part of that. He was very close to the JCC. The most important thing in his life was his family, and the JCC was like an extended family for him,” Ron recalled. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


Not only did Carl Berman manage the Center’s bowling lanes, he also helped promote them, writing weekly publicity pieces which he submitted to the OJC and other local publications. “I remember running over to the Ohio Jewish Chronicle Sunday nights to drop off his articles before their deadline. The leagues would play on Sundays—they still do to this day—and he would report the results of the games every Sunday night, which came out in the following Saturday’s edition of the OJC.” Don Zauderer, a former JCC member and avid bowler who now resides in Bethesda, Maryland, also remembers Carl Berman as an iconic folk figure in the Jewish community of the 1950s and 1960s. “He was an interesting guy who was always around to discuss the topics of the day with and get advice from. He was a genuinely nice guy, almost like a teacher to us kids at the lanes,” recalled Zauderer. “Carl made the JCC a welcoming place. We felt comfortable there because of him; he was a great steward for the JCC and he made that world hospitable and friendly for us.”

Joel Schwartz learned to bowl at the Jewish Center when he was a young boy and his mother, a bowler on the JCC’s traveling women’s team, taught him. He has vivid memories of Berman and the bowling lanes. “Carl ran the place. He was just the nicest guy. He would do anything for you. Carl knew my grandfather, my mom, I mean, he knew everybody,” Schwartz said. “I bowled in the league here in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. When we bowled, we usually came to the Center. It cost forty cents to bowl a game back then. I vividly remember the candy and food machines they had in there—a dime bought you the best ice cream sandwich! And every time we used to bowl, we always got an ice cream sandwich afterwards. It was a great place.”

Zauderer grew up on the South side of Columbus, he said, and without the Jewish Center, he doesn’t think he would have had nearly the connection to fellow Jews or nearly the number of Jewish friendships that he had then, and continues to maintain to this day. A friend first introduced Zauderer to the bowling lanes at 10 years old. “Fred Luper, Al Friedman, Alan Weinberg, these were some of my best friends growing up. And I met them all through my connection to The Jewish Center and the bowling lanes. So the Center is very important to me, and the lanes were, for me, a nice gathering place to enjoy each other’s company. There was a spirit of community there that is hard to find.”

For the past five years, Schwartz, a local attorney, has also presided as Treasurer of the I.M. Harris B’nai Brith Bowling League. Years after his youthful days hanging out in the Center’s bowling lanes, he ran into some friends he had played with in his elementary and junior high years. They encouraged him to join the B’Nai Brith league. “I’ve been doing that for 30 years now,” Schwartz said. “The J-Zone and all that kind of stuff is nice; this will build memories for the kids. This will do for the next generation what the bowling alley did for mine. The same kind of memories I have of the bowling alley and stuff, this will be what the kids remember. So they’ll keep coming back.”

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the Jewish people. And our special culture, traditions, and values were all strengthened and reinforced for me by my involvement in the Jewish Center.” And of the bowling lanes of yesteryear, Zauderer was especially fond, “It was a terrific time. A very robust, wonderful, and rich experience for me.”


Charles Solomon Award


Given at Sports Spectacular since 1988, this award recognizes a Jewish individual who personifies the same commitment to JCC sports and fitness programs as Charles Solomon – playing a sport, facilitating youth sports programs at the JCC as a coach, leader or funder; being instrumental in shaping the athletic lives of youth in central Ohio.

Sports at the Center have enjoyed a long and storied history, with notable sports standouts being honored and acknowledged with our Sports Hall of Fame and Charles Solomon Awards. During our annual Sports Spectacular celebration, these awards are bestowed upon Jewish residents of Columbus who have displayed excellence in sports, either as an outstanding athlete or coach in amateur or professional athletics. Since 1979, the JCC has proudly honored the most noteworthy athletes and coaches of our community, ensuring that the legacy of physical fitness and sports achievement extends well into the future for Jewish Columbus.

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The first sports awards banquet at the Center was held in 1953 with Woody Hayes addressing the audience. In 1961 the Banquet of Champions celebrated the first 10 years of Jewish Center athletics programs. It was not until 1978 that the first annual All Sports Awards was held. That banquet would lead to the creation of the Sports Spectacular, the first of which was held in 1982. The first Sports Spectacular began the tradition of bringing known sports greats to the Center for two days of competition and sportsmanship in games of golf, tennis, and basketball. In 1979, the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame began with Lou Berliner, Leah and Thelma Thall among its first inductees, for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to society through sports. The Sports Hall of Fame and Sports Spectacular have been celebrated together since 1994. The Charles Solomon Award has been given at each Sports Spectacular since 1988 to recognize an individual who personifies the commitment to JCC sports and fitness programs for which Charles Solomon stood in his lifetime.

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The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame recognizes Jewish men and women for outstanding accomplishments in sports. Pictures and biographies of the following inductees are proudly displayed in the Hall of Fame: 1979 Lou Berliner*, Alex Clowson*, Leah Thall Neuberger, Thelma Thall Sommer 1980 Joe Bonowitz*, Dr. B.B. Caplan*, Howard Schoenbaum*, Mendy Snyder* 1981 Sol Maggied*, Moses Solomon*, Leo Yasenoff*, Joseph Zimmerman* 1982 Ray Benjamin*, Dr. Jerome Fisher*, Sam Gordon*, Bernie Sully* 1983 Don Erkis*, Al Kauffman, Lou Levin*, Harry Munster* 1984 Frank Glassman*, Robert Glick*, Morris Greene, Donald Shusterman* 1985 Lou Bloom*, Ken Kauffman, Joseph Skilken* 1986 Meyer Kravitz*, Sigmund Munster, Jeff Nacht, Zalman Rosenfeld* 1987 Dr. Ivan Gilbert, Sanford Stern*, Harold Ziegler* 1988 Arnold Levinstein, Leonard M. Schiff, Barry Zacks* 1989 Ronald Golden, Neal Newman 1990 Ben Cowall*, Elizabeth Goldberg*, Bernard Mindlin 1994 Stewart Brownstein, Herbert Pollock, Steve Skilken 2001 Tim Kauffman 2002 Patti Schiff-Brawer 2003 Ricky Clowson*, Scott Weisman 2005 Michael S. Schiff, Jonathan Gurian 2006 Michael Broidy 2007 Allan Byer, David Kass 2008 Eric Golden, Jerry Schiff 2009 Amy Schiff Ackerstein, Steve Golden, Meyer Weisman 2010 Sandy Solomon 2011 Jeff Edelstein 2012 Mike Boren Dennis Mendelson * Deceased

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Elijah’s Angel Final Event of 100th Year is a Cross-Cultural Collaboration By Felicity Nesham-West

A story of faith, friendship, and finding commonality will conclude our centennial celebration. Turning what originally was a children’s tale of the unlikely bond between a young, Jewish boy and an elderly African-American man into the culmination of the JCC 100, Gallery Players will stage the world premiere of the family-friendly play, Elijah’s Angel. The play originates from the children’s book by Columbus-born author, Michael J. Rosen. As a picture-book, Elijah’s Angel was loosely based on Rosen’s own friendship with the local icon and much-lauded folk artist, Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). Now, Rosen can add “playwright” to his long list of accomplishments. The story of friendship is set in Rosen’s childhood neighborhood of Berwick, and it is through a class field trip that Rosen’s protagonist, nine-year-old Michael, meets 80-year-old Elijah in his barbershop, where he whittled wood in between giving haircuts. But it was through another treasure of the Columbus celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center 28


community, Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, that Rosen met Pierce in real life some 40 years ago. Chenfeld leads the JCC’s Early Childhood creative movement program among other endeavors focused around arts education. She and her late husband, Howard, were among the first to collect Pierce’s woodcarved creations. Today, a large collection of Pierce’s woodcarvings resides in the Columbus Museum of Art. One year, the Chenfelds took Rosen to Pierce’s barbershop, just as in the story. “I immediately swooned. I was 19, but I felt like a little boy because the space was overwhelming: floor-to-ceiling artwork. It was all so powerful—everything from the jaw-dropping time and painstaking effort, apparent in every carving, to the immense, yet plainspoken, presence of the artist’s beliefs. Whether I was nine, 19, or 99, I would have asked the same questions of Elijah: Tell me this story? When did you do this? How long did it take you to do? When the audience sees this play, I want to offer them that same sense of gob-smacked awe,” Rosen explained.

Much like the friendship between Rosen and Pierce, the book is a cross-cultural collaboration between Rosen and artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, who grew up in Poindexter Village down the street from Elijah’s barbershop and art studio. Elijah’s Angel became the first of many such successful illustration projects for Robinson. Rosen’s words on the page are complemented by Robinson’s strikingly vivid art. “Aminah and I were friends— and both friends of Elijah’s. She is also an outsider artist, to some extent, even though she’s formally trained, unlike Elijah,” so, said Rosen, it made perfect sense to marry Rosen’s tribute to Pierce with Robinson’s beautiful illustrations. Turning such a moving story into a play was no small feat for Rosen. Having written over 100 books as a poet, humorist, cookbook author, and writer of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature, this is his first foray into the art of playwriting. But the story began during Rosen’s childhood of hanging out at the JCC in youth groups, attending summer

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camp, working as a swim instructor and counselor, and cultivating a love of art, of learning, and of the natural world.

Michael Rosen sketched this drawing of Elijah Pierce in his studio.

“The Center was instrumental to finding my way. When I answer the question, ‘Where did I grow up?,’ I have to say it wasn’t in Columbus. It wasn’t in Berwick. It wasn’t anywhere but at the JCC. That was where I swam, where I bowled, where I went to camp, and where I found opportunities for my own artistic leanings. It was where I did ceramics downstairs and where I developed a love of nature— everything from just peeling a stick while walking to looking for salamanders in the creek. I remember Camp Hoover, in particular, because that was where we sailed, canoed, rode on horseback…. All those things really formed my character, my passions, and my openly empathic spirit,” explained Rosen of his childhood growing up with the JCC in his old neighborhood of Berwick with next-door neighbors like Judge Robert Duncan, the Chenfelds, and the Feinsteins. The play, however, takes a different turn from the book. In the play, young Michael is the “new kid,” fresh from California. He is not familiar with snow, kickball or other sports, or with the art that he finds so fascinating in Elijah Pierce’s barbershop. Rosen draws a sharper picture of a boy struggling to find himself and his place in a community that is not quite home yet. Pierce helps the young boy believe in himself as an artist. And by the play’s conclusion, Michael comes into his own.

Book cover illustration by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

On December 7, 2013, Elijah’s Angel will premiere on the Eisenstein Stage of the Roth/Resler Theater. The effort to turn the book into a live stage production

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“It’s a play about faith, and different kinds of faith. It’s about religious faith: Here’s a man, Elijah Pierce, who exudes faith. His actions, his every deed, are inspired by G-d. But it’s also about faith in yourself. And Michael literally goes from being the kid with no confidence to being a young man on the crest of identity: a recognition that his difference, his passion for art, is what defines him. So Elijah recognizes Michael’s need for art, and he supports him and guides that desire to create,” explained Rosen.


truly began as a community collaboration, and Rosen couldn’t be more excited. “The great thing about the Jewish Center’s involvement in this is that, WOW! in 100 years this is the first time a play’s been commissioned. I’m honored to be the native son who brings this play to the Center. It is really a profound thing for me,” said Rosen. Cheryl Agranoff, Gallery Players committee member and teacher in the Olentangy Local School District, first brought the idea for turning Elijah’s Angel into a play to the attention of Melanie Butter, JCC Program Director. “It’s such a great, feel-good story. It just seemed to me that it would be a perfect fit for our anniversary celebration. It started out as this little idea, and then all of a sudden, BOOM! It was something,” said Agranoff. For Agranoff, who has a 24-year connection to the JCC and Jewish community and is a former Teacher of the Year and Columbus Jewish Day School teacher, the fact that the community mobilized, taking her small suggestion and transforming it into action, was especially meaningful. “It really speaks to how the people in our community support each other’s endeavors and want to see other people succeed. You don’t find that in a lot of places. Elijah’s Angel spoke to me from the very first time I read it as this book of hope and of friendship and of love and respect between people, and I can’t wait to see that come across on stage,” Agranoff enthused. There are many parallels between the story of the friendship in Elijah’s Angel and the culture of the JCC. “Of course, this play has to happen here,” Agranoff said. “The friendships and the ties that bind people are unbelievable. This play is perfect for the 100th anniversary because it goes back to a Columbus friendship between people of different backgrounds. That’s what happens at the JCC every day.” As a teacher, Agranoff uses the holiday tale of Elijah’s Angel to bridge gaps in experience among her students and help them identify and appreciate their differences and similarities during the holiday season. “To reach a child,” she said, “and help them see that there is light, and they can find it, and

“The friendships and the ties that bind people are unbelievable. This play is perfect for the 100th anniversary because it goes back to a Columbus friendship between people of different backgrounds. That’s what happens at the JCC every day.” — Cheryl Agranoff spirituality, and connection, through the lessons of this story,” that is what Agranoff considers to be her most important job. “By sharing books like Elijah’s Angel, we give children the tools to come to those truths on their own,” Agranoff concluded. The heartwarming holiday play shows there are ways to agree to disagree without conflict, judgment, or cruelty. The character of Michael’s mother, in the play, crystallizes this idea with her advice to her conflicted son after he receives a gift he is not sure he can accept. “We can’t share Elijah’s beliefs. But we can respect them.” Difference is confronted and confounded in the very first scene, said Rosen. “Michael is asked what he can play. He says, ‘I don’t play anything,’ and one of his new classmates quips, ‘Those who do, play; those who don’t, cheer.’ Then another classmate adds that only girls are cheerleaders, so Michael should just come watch. Just as Michael agrees and grabs a little sense of inclusion, his classmate continues, ‘This Saturday, at 10.” Michael, deflated, admits: ‘That’s when I go to synagogue.’ Behind his classmates’ reactions of ‘Oh…,’ the meaning is there: ‘Ohhhh. You’re the Other.’” Interestingly, Rosen takes this concept of finding one’s identity, of being included or excluded from community, and turns it around. “I would underscore that every kid experiences difference in some way. It

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could be body type. It could be self-consciousness from not being a part of this or that activity. It could even be the social stigma surrounding divorce that existed when I grew up. Almost every child can appreciate what it’s like to be teased or bullied, and in that way, we’re not different. At our very core, we all experience difference—and that makes us alike. Much of what I write—this play included—is about recognizing, achieving, and honoring difference,” said Rosen.

The play will speak to everyone, children and adults alike, through its delicate treatment of basic conflicts and problems that can arise in anyone’s life, regardless of faith. “I want people to recognize themselves up on the stage. I want them to be engaged.” Rosen continued, “When a story is genuinely engaging, it will call to mind echoes of previous experience. If I’m telling a really good story, I want you to think of your story.”

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Drawing on the idea that experience carves our memories and vice-versa, the play takes the simple act of Michael and Elijah carving wood together and turns it into an apt and poignant metaphor. The two friends are sharing their different perspectives with each other as much as they are sharing their time carving wood together. “Just as Christmas Eve and Chanukah shared the same day this year,” as the character of Michael offers in the play. Through his friendship with Elijah, Michael learns to express himself. Truly affected by Pierce’s art, he tells them, “Elijah says some carvings come from memories. His father was a slave.” His parents then draw on their own Jewish point of view to build a connection between the very different sets of experiences. Michael’s mother says, “Yes, artists help us not forget. When we read the Passover Seder, that’s a not-forgetting story of slavery. Slaves in Egypt were a long, long time ago. But not in America....” Rosen conceded that the act of writing the play was, indeed, very humbling, but the result has been well worth the effort. As Elijah says in the play, “Only G-d’s perfect. You and I, we can try reaching for perfect, and maybe grab us some excellent.”

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The play presents an opportunity to bring multiple perspectives together into the theater. For families with children ages 6 and up, the play is a perfect chance to get together and discuss the meaning of the holidays, of friendship, and how different faiths can intersect and find common ground. Activities for children will be incorporated into pre- and post-play discussions and workshops, such as a carving demonstration and creative art table for kids to show their skills and learn some new ones. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and Rosen will be onhand to sign them, as well. The JCC invites the entire community to come be a part of this story—meet the playwright, join the dialogue, or contribute to our Elijah Pierce folk art collection on display in the JCC lobby the whole month of December. Community members are encouraged to share their memories and works of Elijah Pierce’s art. The JCC is gathering loaned works and woodcarvings of Pierce’s to showcase this holiday season. If you are interested in contributing to this special gallery display, please contact Melanie Butter at mbutter@ Not only a lesson in friendship, but an opportunity to experience a living history lesson, the play presents multiple educational opportunities for educators across Columbus. “We want to take this moment and really remember the past, and to continue to ensure that the community keeps Elijah’s memory alive,” said Rosen. For the JCC and the Jewish community, Elijah will always be in our hearts as we remember the past 100 years, just as Elijah says in the play, “I send prayers to all the wood I carve. Now, you’ll always be in my prayers.” To purchase tickets or learn more about Elijah’s Angel, contact Jared Saltman at or visit the Gallery Players website at or call (614) 231-2731. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013 Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.


Intriguing Stories, Inspiring Creations, and Eye-Opening Performances By Felicity Nesham-West

Gallery Players Celebrates 65 Years of Remarkable Performances for Jewish Community Gallery Players is pleased to announce that Yentl will open its 65th season. Performances of the play, by Isaac Bashevis Singer & Leah Napolin, run October 19-November 3, 2013. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” Yentl centers on a young girl who defies Jewish tradition by disguising her gender and studying the Talmud. The play explores Yentl’s resulting identity crisis and is not to be confused with the musical starring Barbra Streisand. Steve Black, theatre instructor at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, will direct. Community educator Eran Rosenberg will serve as the play’s dramaturg, ensuring the play stays true to life in an Orthodox community in the early 1900s. The 65th season will premiere two plays for Central Ohio audiences. The world premiere of theofplay Elijah’s celebrating a century the Jewish Community Angel Center is in December, and the 34


Central Ohio premiere of Other Desert Cities is in May. Other Desert Cities, the final show of the 2013-2014 season, will push boundaries with its provocative portrayal of a family in conflict. The critically acclaimed play by Jon Robin Baitz draws on the intersections of memory, history, and secrets to portray the consequences of a family facing long-avoided truths. Post-performance discussions, director Q&As with the audience, and fun, educational programming is all planned to accompany each play. A truly thought-provoking, intriguing season is in store for audiences of all ages as we celebrate the start of the next 100 years of the JCC. Gallery Players encourages the entire community’s participation, from volunteering on the committee to working backstage, to auditioning for any of these four shows, all of which offer a diversity of roles for the entire community, all ages and backgrounds, to fill.

Visit the Gallery Players website at or call 614-231-2731, to purchase tickets or find out more.

The 65th Season Performance Schedule Yentl by Isaac Bashevis Singer & Leah Napolin Show Times (2013): 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 20; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 27; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 31; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 3.

Elijah’s Angel by Michael J. Rosen Show Times (2013): 7:30 p.m., Saturday December 7; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 8; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 15.

The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Show Times (2014): 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 2; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16.

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz Show Times (2014): 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 4; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 11; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15; 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17; 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18.

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2013-14 Jewish Bookfair Schedule Bill Rabinowitz Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, an Inspired Team, and a New Era at Ohio State October 13th @ 10am

B.A. Shapiro The Art Forger October 14th; 5:30 Dinner; 7pm Event

It’s a Mitzvah Grover October 18th @ 10am - Mitzvah Day!

David Nirenberg Anti-Judaism October 20th @ 11am; Brunch RSVP required

Francesca Segal The Innocents October 22nd @ 7pm; JCC New Albany

Nicki Bloch Women of the Metro Ballet October 24th @ 7pm

Local Author Expo October 27th @ 11am

Ed Farber Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate October 29th @ 7pm

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank February 6, 2014 @ 7pm

Jessica Soffer Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots March 20, 2014 @ 7pm

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Celebrating 50 Years, Jewish Bookfair Casts Wide Net with 2013 Selections The Columbus Jewish Bookfair is in its 50th year bringing new authors, new ideas, and a variety of events, extending all the way into April, to the Columbus Jewish community. Bookfair chair Jill Eisenberg is excited to be leading Bookfair, one of the state’s longest-running book fairs, into its 50th year. “We’re putting together lots of vibrant, engaging events that will bring all the different spectrums of the community together. We have events for kids, for adults, fiction, non-fiction, and hands-on projects. These are events that people will really enjoy doing, events where they aren’t just sitting and listening,” said Eisenberg. Eisenberg, who has been involved with the Bookfair committee for two years, is eager to bring interactive events to all segments of the Columbus Jewish community. “The authors are really interesting and fun. I’m excited about getting new people in the community to attend. We’re trying to build these trans-generational events that will bring everybody in,” she added. One of the events Eisenberg is most looking forward to is one that should interest both men and women, young and old. Kicking things off will be local author Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch sports writer and author of Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, an Inspired Team, and a New Era at Ohio State. The Bookfair opens with a brunch on Sunday, October 13, at 10 am at the JCC. Guests are invited to nosh on bagels and enjoy talking Buckeye football with a local expert. Rabinowitz’s look inside the new era of football at Ohio State gives readers an all-access pass, from the locker room to the sidelines with Urban Meyer. He also details Meyer’s early life and coaching career—providing a full picture of the man expected to lead the Buckeyes to new heights in the years to come. This year’s Bookfair promises a “little something for everyone,” said past Bookfair chair and committee member Julie Wasserstrom, whose mother is a librarian and helped cultivate her lifelong love of reading. “Every year has its own flavor, which is what makes Bookfair so much

fun,” she said. Wasserstrom calls books her “happy place.” She hopes that this year’s Bookfair will take readers to a happy place, as well, by bringing an amazing line-up to Columbus audiences. At Bookfair, “You never know what you’re going to learn and fall in love with,” she said. Arts enthusiasts or those who just love a good, intriguing crime plot will fall in love with The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. At the 4th Annual Bookclub Night, sponsored by Hadassah, on Monday, October 14, at 7 pm, Shapiro will share her work, which takes place almost 25 years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In this heist mystery based on the true events surrounding the largest unsolved art theft in history, the art forger is budding artist, Claire Roth, who enters into a bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show. But she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for 100 years—may itself be a forgery. A dinner honoring individuals who have worked on Bookfair over the past 50 years will accompany the author event. For the kids, It’s a Mitzvah Grover, by Ellen Fischer, will be an opportunity for a fun story time centered on learning all about mitzvot. Beth Muncy, Columbus Metropolitan Library librarian, will lead the children in a fun-filled morning. Hands-on activities, mitzvah projects, and singing along with Marc Rossio will all be part of this special Tot Shabbat on Friday, October 18, at 10am at the JCC. Listen to a reading of the book as Grover and his friends on Sesame Street spruce up the neighborhood playground. Author David Nirenberg will discuss his work, Anti-Judaism, on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 7pm at the JCC. The powerful history explores how Judaism’s prominence in many cultures has been fundamental to other religions’ visions of the world. With deep learning and eloquence, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West. Questions of how we are Jewish and, more critically, how and why we are not, have been churning within the Western imagination throughout its history. Ancient

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Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, Christians and Muslims of every period, and even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world. An expert on relations between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, David Nirenberg is the Jannotta Professor of History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Our New Albany campus will host author Francesca Segal on Tuesday, October 22, at 7pm, when Segal will discuss her work, The Innocents. A novel that brings humor and insights on modern life and the written and unwritten social rules of the Jewish community, The Innocents is a gently satiric and irresistible look at manners for the 21st century. A dazzling contemporary recasting of Edith Wharton’s classic novel The Age of Innocence, Segal’s debut portrays modern-day Jewish life with both wit and empathy, guiding us effortlessly through a contemporary cultural milieu whose social rules are just as claustrophobic as those of 19th-century New York. Segal has been a features writer at Tatler and for three years wrote the Debut Fiction Column in The Observer. The Innocents won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction in 2013, as well as the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Nicki Bloch captures the innerlife of five women trying to find themselves in her novel, Women of the Metro Ballet, a nontraditional narrative geared toward women ages 35-80. Bloch, who studied dance in her youth and now transports her two daughters to and from dance classes in Bexley, is a co-president of the Columbus section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She will join us for a discussion of her book, and growing up Jewish and female in today’s often-hectic world, on Thursday, October 24, at 7 pm at the JCC. Bloch will also be a part of our Local Author Expo, which will take place at the JCC on Sunday, October 27, at 11 am. Then, on Tuesday, October 29, at 7pm, Edward Farber will talk about his book, Raising the Kid You Love With the Ex You Hate, a book that gives powerful advice for divorcing couples about how they can reduce conflict and protect their children’s well-being through co-parenting. Dr. Edward Farber is a licensed clinical psychologist in

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Virginia and Maryland, and founded the Reston Psychological Center and Reston Family Center to provide pre-divorce counseling, parent coordination interventions, and psychotherapy. Bring your beauty bag and a bag of questions to Andrea Pomerantz Lustig’s discussion of her work, How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank. On Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 7pm at the JCC, we’ll learn how to look gorgeous on any salary. Pomerantz Lustig has distilled 20 years of industry experience to bridge the gap between what women want to look like and what they can afford. Since its debut, How to Look Expensive has become the must-have beauty encyclopedia for anyone looking to stage their own personal “celebrity makeover.” Unlike generic beauty guides, How To Look Expensive gives readers specific product recommendations and actionable tricks to look enviably polished on a realistic income. Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is known around the offices of Glamour as the “Beauty Sleuth,” thanks to the popular beauty column and articles she wrote for the magazine for the last decade. She is cherished by readers for her original tips, ideas, and solutions. Prior to Glamour, she was editor-in-chief at and spent 10 years as beauty and fitness director at Cosmopolitan. Author Jessica Soffer will discuss her work, Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7pm at the JCC. In it, two women meet and bond over their love of food and cooking, before realizing their connection to each other. But there is more to their relationship than meets the eye. This is a story about the people we love—the people we have to love and the people we choose to love. It’s the story of two women in New York, a widow and an almost-orphan, each searching for someone she’s lost. Both women have lives built around food: Victoria ran an Iraqi Jewish restaurant with Joseph for many years on the Upper West Side; Lorca has resolved to replicate her mother’s ideal meal in order to win her respect and attention. They come together when Lorca enrolls in the cooking lessons that Victoria has begun to teach in her home. It is a story about how we create families, about how we have to accept our families

for who they are, and accept ourselves for who we are. Jessica Soffer was a founding editor of The Tottenville Review and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, and Granta, among other publications. June Hersch will bring her uplifting look at the recipes of more than 80 Holocaust survivors when she comes to the JCC to showcase Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7pm. In its heart it is a cookbook, but in its soul it is a storybook. These recipes become life-affirming stories that focus on hope, faith and bashert. The fully tested recipes are easy to follow, with both classic and unexpected dishes representing Jewish cuisine from the Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions. June Hersh is a passionate home cook and twice published cookbook author. She contributes content to many websites and food publications, conducts book talks, holds cooking demonstrations, and has been featured in many mainstream media outlets as well as morning TV and QVC. The Columbus Jewish Bookfair began 50 years ago as a celebration of Jewish Book Month. In 1963, the culminating event of Jewish Book Month, which began on November 8 and extended to December 8, was a Sunday, December 1, Bookfair, which took place over a single day and brought in hundreds of books and dozens of community organizations working together to promote well-stocked Jewish libraries in every Jewish home. Various booths displayed books for purchase in many different categories, from Jewish philosophy and Zionism to cultural arts and Yiddish to children’s books, poetry, and fiction. A highlight of that first Bookfair was its demonstration of Hebrew Braille writing by Mrs. Fred Roland. That event’s organizers included Sonny Halle, Geraldine Keller, and Mrs. Jack Wolman. These women, along with others who helped inspire the event and make it what it is today, will be honored at the Hadassah-sponsored Bookclub Night and dinner on Monday, October 14, at 7pm. The event began as a community collaboration between groups such as Hadassah, Temple Israel, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Tifereth Israel,

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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among others, and continues to involve their collaborative efforts to this day. One of the most notable aspects of the Jewish Bookfair’s 50-year history is how many famous authors and celebrities have visited the Columbus JCC over the years, some before their fame reached its peak. “That’s one of the coolest aspects of Bookfair,” said Jill Eisenberg, “You never know who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to learn, but there’s always bound to be a diamond in the rough waiting to be mined there.” Past JCC Bookfair Director Rozanne Stern, who organized the Bookfair for 20 years during a soaring era, which peaked in the mid-1990s, remembered how the whole College Avenue building would transform into a bookstore for the month of November. She recalled some pinnacle moments during her time as its director. “Al Franken came to our Bookfair and did a 70-minute, unbelievable show in the theater as Stuart Smalley.” Thomas Kinneally visited right when the movie Schindler’s List came out to talk about his book, Stern added. “That was pretty amazing.” Other noteworthy authors and performers—some famous, some still yet to be discovered—have made appearances at the Columbus JCC. Peter Yarrow and humorist “Kinky” Friedman have performed in the Roth/Resler Theater. Alan Zweibel, an early Saturday Night Live writer, also visited. “Bookfair is a magical place where you may meet someone who is a rising star in the literary world, or make the acquaintance of someone who is already a star in their own right,” said Eisenberg. Don’t miss this year’s 50th anniversary of Bookfair. The Bookfair bookstore opens in the JCC lobby on Sunday, October 13, and will be open during the JCC’s regular hours of operation. Contact Cheryl Dritz at or call 614-559-6238 to learn more. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



Columbus Jewish Film Festival: A Rising Star in the Long History of Cultural Arts at the JCC

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival began as a quest to enrich Jewish culture in Columbus in a new and dynamic way nearly a decade ago. Now, in its ninth year bringing contemporary, relevant cinema to Columbus—with a focus on films by Jewish filmmakers or with Jewish content—the festival continues to show films that audiences won’t find anywhere else in Central Ohio. The first Columbus Jewish Film Festival was pioneered by three women: Melva Schottenstein (z”l), Gigi Fried, and Marjie Coopersmith. Fried and Coopersmith discussed how the festival began as a vehicle to enrich and expand the cultural landscape of Jewish Columbus. “We were in search of a new cultural arts event to enliven the programming at the JCC. We wanted to engage a larger audience of people,” said Coopersmith. “We decided that was our mission--to light a spark under the cultural arts programming,” added Fried. And with that spark, the festival became known for offering a forum that would stimulate discussion, inspire others, and expand hearts and minds. The Columbus Jewish Film Festival has been a popular and useful vehicle for reaching wider audiences, Jewish and otherwise, and to bring people of opposite, even opposing, backgrounds, together for discussions, to find common ground, and most importantly, to share opinions and perspectives. “We did one movie about the song, ‘Strange Fruit,’ which was famously sung by Billie Holiday. It was written by a Jewish school teacher. The post-film dialogue between the mixed Jewish and African-American audience was fascinating,” recalled Coopersmith. “We also screened a film about Orthodox women, about the Biblical mandate to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ To that panel discussion, we brought in Orthodox women, a Muslim woman, some Catholic nuns, and people to talk about having many children and what that means. I remember one of the young Muslim women in the audience asked the Jewish person on the panel how many wives a Jewish

man had. So it showed you the lack of cultural understanding. We did one with Evangelicals; that was the best. It was pretty powerful. It was all about the rapture, and people who are awaiting the rapture,” Fried elaborated. “There was so much discussion after the movie and the audience was just entranced. It was a mixture; there was the Jewish community and there was a good representation from the Evangelical community. Afterward, when the movie was over, everyone went out into the lobby for coffee and dessert, and nobody wanted to go home. We finally had to throw everybody out at about 10:30, but it was so great because it was a healthy discussion,” added Coopersmith. When the Columbus Jewish Film Festival first began, the founders were determined to supplement films with programming—either with a discussion, hands-on activity, or symposium designed to contextualize, answer questions, or provide additional information that would enrich the event. Creative programming continues to this day. In keeping with the past, multiple perspectives will be brought to the table on a sensitive, but timely subject: the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Sponsored by Atid, the Young Adult Division of the Columbus Jewish Federation, the JCC will show the film, Two-Sided Story, which takes the divisive subject matter and uses it to create an opportunity for reconciliation. Following the screening, the JCC will encourage a many-sided dialogue during moderated table discussions. “The Festival tries to create a safe space for people to speak to each other. It rejects the notion that there is only one valid point of view,” said Fried. Directed by Tor Ben Mayor, Two-Sided Story is about the families—on both sides—that have been left behind in the wake of terror and tragedy, and the reconciliation efforts between them. It is a project of The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF), which is a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. The discussion following the screening of Two-Sided Story will feature representatives from local synagogues, churches, and mosques. The Festival’s current organizers are proud of its position as a highlight of the year for much of Jewish Columbus, but for them, the growing

likelihood that the Drexel Theatre, a Columbus institution known as Central Ohio’s first source for independent film, has begun to show films with a Jewish connection, modeling on the success of the festival, is a sure sign that they are doing “something right.” “They will now go out looking for those films. You can find them being reviewed in The Forward and the New York Times, but, before the festival, those films never made their way to Columbus,” said Coopersmith. Coopersmith and Fried said that from the beginning, the festival aimed to show films from all over the world that looked at Jewish life from a wide variety of lenses, showing everything from comedy to documentary. “We wanted to do something that recognized that there were a multiplicity of ways to be Jewish,” Coopersmith explained. “There were a couple times our films were on the cover of Outlook. There were a lot of themes that overlapped with themes relevant with not just the Jewish community but also the gay community, the LGBTQ community in general. There were films that people walked out of. We thought that meant that we were having a successful film festival. If everybody was happy with the selection, then maybe we weren’t pushing the envelope as far as we could,” Fried added. Another important aspect in the history of the festival is how many partnerships were forged over the shared interest in presenting Jewish films to new audiences. The festival itself is community-building, not only in bringing audiences together, but bringing its organizers together, too. The JCC has partnered with the Wexner Center, local synagogues, Jewish Family Services, the National Council of Jewish Women, OSU Hillel, and many others over the years. Coopersmith and Fried, who attended other film festivals such as the Toronto Film Festival to find inspiration and develop their own festival, explained, “Over the years we’ve had a lot of terrific partners. We learned something at the film festival conferences. We learned that, you know what, more is more. The more people you engage, the better,” said Coopersmith. “The film festival is not only about film, it’s about building community around film,” Fried concluded. Following last year’s hugely successful Columbus Jewish Film Festival, the Columbus Museum of Art will again help us kick off the festival with an opening night screening of the touching, family-friendly film,

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The ZigZag Kid, which takes audiences on a wildly imaginative ride with a young boy on the brink of his bar mitzvah. A dessert reception will follow the Sunday, November 3rd opening film. “Film Fest does its best to appeal to all ages, and this film will do the trick,” said Emily Schuss, Columbus Jewish Film Festival Director. All of the 12 films chosen for this year’s Film Fest are representative of the wide array of Jewish films that are now available—from comedy to dark drama, feature films to documentaries, historical films and films on the Holocaust and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. One of the highlights of the festival involves a partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts. Together, the JCC and the Wexner Center are bringing audiences The Art of Spiegelman, a documentary that provides an intimate portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and artist of Maus. The collaboration will coincide with the opening of the Ohio State University Cartoon Library, which is debuting on November 14. Film Festival co-chair, Jody Altschule, who has been involved with the Film Fest committee since it formed nine years ago, explained that the film industry in Israel has really taken off in recent years and is on par with that of mainstream Hollywood. This makes the selection process for the festival that much harder, because there are so many good ones to choose from, she explained. “I’d say over half the films that we’ve watched are from Israel. Israel is supporting filmmakers. The quality of the films shown at Film Fest are just as good as anything one might see made in Hollywood,” said Altschule. The festival truly is a labor of love taken on by a large committee of dedicated fans of Jewish filmmaking, said festival co-chair Linda Katz. “Our steering committee is a terrific group of enthusiastic volunteers, and we’re so lucky to have them. I think they all feel that choosing the films and planning the programs is so much fun that it’s worth having to raise the funds we need to put this program on! We couldn’t do it without them – and all the generous people who contribute. We really want to thank all of them!” “It is really an honor to co-chair the Columbus Jewish Film Festival,” added Katz. “I believe wholeheartedly that the Festival is one of the best events our community puts on. We, as an audience, laugh, cry and learn together. What could be better than that?” celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



2013 Columbus Jewish Film Festival Schedule SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 OPENING NIGHT Columbus Museum of Art

Film & dessert reception 7:00 pm The ZigZag Kid Nono is a 13-year-old boy on the brink of his bar mitzvah with a rich imagination and quite the knack for getting into trouble. Inspector Jacob Feierberg is his father and also happens to be the best police inspector in the world. Zohara, his mother, died when Nono was an infant and remains a mystery to him. Inspector Feierberg helps Nono hone his powers of observation and deduction, while Gaby—his father’s young, zaftig secretary/girlfriend—fosters Nono’s imagination.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Gateway Film Center

7:00 pm Two Sided Story While the willingness for dialogue and reconciliation has fallen off the public agenda in Israel and Palestine, an extraordinary dialogue workshop comes together in the Palestinian town of Beit Jala. Movie followed by a moderated discussion.


7:00 pm Suskind The gripping true story of a Jewish industrialist who saved hundreds of Dutch children from death camps. Walter Suskind joins the local Jewish Council charged with the devil’s work of overseeing the orderly transfer of fellow Jews. He exploits his position to protect his family and maneuver 600 children to safety. When a weak-minded SS commandant realizes his cat and mouse friendship with Suskind has been betrayed, the Nazis ruthlessly exact revenge. Movie in commemoration of Kristallnacht.


11:00 am Sukkah City When best-selling author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. Foer thought, what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct 12 radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.” The film tracks the competition from jury day, as an all-star cast of architects, academics and critics (Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger, Ron Arad) debate the merits of the 600

submissions; to the construction, installation and exhibition of the 12 winning structures in Union Square in the heart of New York City; and the critical and popular response of some of the 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition. The film explores the artistic process of architects, documents how an ancient building was reinvented for the 21st century, and reveals how there is a good story behind all interesting architecture. 1:00 pm The Lost Town Tells the story of one man’s obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. The town’s 5,000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 people who escaped the massacre there. 3:00 pm Joe Papp in Five Acts Raised from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, the streetwise producer-director set out to democratize theater for audiences of every ethnic and socioeconomic background, mounting free outdoor Shakespeare plays and founding the Public Theater. 5:00 pm Kinderblock 66 Return to Buchenwald 65 years after being imprisoned in Buchenwald, four men reunite to commemorate the anniversary of their liberation. It also tells the little known story of the camp’s Communist-led underground that protected and saved many Jewish children.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Drexel Theatre

7:00 pm Simon & The Oaks Nominated for a record 13 Swedish Academy Awards. A picturesque coming-of-age epic about family secrets that entangle two boys from different backgrounds growing up in 1940s coastal Gothenburg. Intellectually gifted but hindered by his working-class upbringing, Simon befriends schoolmate Isak, the traumatized son of a wealthy, artistic Jewish bookseller who fled Nazi persecution in Germany. As Swedish anti-Semitism surges, circumstances force the contrasting households to merge into a single, makeshift surrogate family that forms and breaks alliances in unexpected ways. Fast forward to after the war, a disastrous romance with a concentration camp survivor and a startling discovery send Simon in a search for his true identity that will either ruin or redeem him.

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1:00 pm Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy The first documentary to explore the phenomenon that Broadway musicals of the past 50 years were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. Narrated by Joel Grey. Includes footage with Barbra Streisand, Nathan Lane, Fanny Brice, Zero Mostel, Matthew Broderick and more.


7:00 pm Every Tuesday: Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists Go behind the scenes and see the drawing studios and Tuesday lunches with a select group of cartoonists who are forever seeking the perfect fusion of drawing and caption as they ponder inspiration and rejection. Q&A with director following film. The Art of Spiegelman This is an intimate and homey portrait of the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and artist, Art Spielgeman. Spiegelman evokes rich childhood memories and reflects on the evolution of his seminal work, Maus, and his development into a key figure in the underground comic movement. 8:15 pm Dessert reception

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Drexel Theatre

7:00 pm God’s Neighbors Leading a brigade of Orthodox watchdogs, Avi and his testosterone-fueled cronies take it upon themselves to patrol the streets of Bat Yam. Although under the tutelage of a charismatic rabbi, their behavior – berating immodestly clothed woman, harassing store owners who do not observe Shabbat – is less than pious. Order is upended with the arrival of attractive and independent Miri, stirring a romance while triggering a crisis of faith for Avi.


5:00 PM The World is Funny Israel’s number one box office hit, that garnered a recordbreaking 15 Ophir Award nominations, blurs fantasy and reality in a multilayered, tragicomic exploration of past traumas and catharsis. 7:00 PM Dinner 8:00 PM Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


907 W. Broad St. (614) 228-2262 Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

JCC 100 Special Offer!

Fantastic films Thought-provoking books Captivating theater performances

Each year the JCC searches worldwide to bring unique cultural arts experiences—authors, films, and plays—to Columbus. This year, as the JCC celebrates its 100th birthday, you have the special opportunity to take it all in. JCC All-Access Arts Pass $225 Gain entrance to all Gallery Players shows for the 2013-2014 season, all films in the 2013 Columbus Jewish Film Festival, and all events for the 2013 Jewish Bookfair. JCC Arts Sampler $50 Get a taste of the arts with this mini-pass that includes entrance to one Gallery Players performance of your choice, 2 films (not including opening night or dinners) of your choice from the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, and 3 author-only events of your choice at the 2013 Jewish Bookfair. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center Learn more at SEPTEMBER 2013


Making a Present of the Past:

Artist Paul Palnik Created a Beautiful Gift of JCC History By Felicity Nesham-West

Walking into renowned, local artist Paul Palnik’s studio in the heart of the Short North is a bit like walking into a sanctuary. Upon entry, any negativity that may have been in the air immediately dissipates as the sun pours into the open, airy studio surrounded by wall-to-wall art from Palnik’s career that spans nearly half a century. His art is fun and festive, yet reverent and moving at the same time, filling one, as his studio does, with a sense of wonder and awe. In this space, Palnik honors the memory of his elders: from his ancestors, the ancient tribe of scribes and artists, the Levites, to those whom he first met as an undergraduate on the campus of The Ohio State University in the 1960s or at the JCC sauna. Palnik, a familiar face to many at the JCC, now brings his art to a familial subject—the many years and many memories of the JCC. Palnik has taken the memories of members like him and turned them into a charming yet whimsical commemorative poster celebrating 100Centeryears of Jewish community. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community 46


This heartfelt, original creation on display in the JCC lobby features 100 memories of the JCC, humorously reflecting on everything from JCC swim lessons to the old bowling alley to the Camp Hoover ropes course. The poster pays homage to the Jewish community that has been near and dear to Palnik’s heart since first coming to Columbus as an undergrad in the ‘60s. He has been a JCC member for many years since, and calls Bexley home. His poster, titled, “I Love the JCC! 100 Years Young and Better than Ever,” demonstrates the passion he has for the Center and it venerates the memory of dear friends he met there through the years. “The people, certain personalities, are my favorite memory,” Palnik explained. “Many of them have passed away. I just remember all the old guys who are gone now. They’re part of [this poster]. …That’s why this is meaningful for me. There were so many wonderful, wonderful people, people like Abe Weinrib, Moe Mendel and his father, Mim Chenfeld, and Hani Hara and his

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father. These were wonderful, colorful, Yiddish kind of characters. I remember Dan Harrison who was the head of the Hebrew School. They all taught me so much,” Palnik recalled. Palnik’s biggest influence was his mentor and former professor at The Ohio State University, the late Sid Chafetz. “He was my creative father. …He changed everything for me. No Sid Chafetz, no Paul Palnik. I stand on the shoulders of people who came before me.” And it is the spirit of the people who came before him that is most reflected in this one-of-a-kind poster that truly preserves the history of the JCC, for him and so many others. For the poster, he has taken his memories of old, familiar friends and his strong sense of the Creator being in all things, and worked them into the poster in small ways. “I sneak as much in as I can. I have a sunny, happy faith. I couldn’t name all the wonderful souls, so I tried not naming. But the Jewish Center’s made up of people. It’s the people who make it what it is. I feel a oneness with the Jewish people. …That is fixed in my soul,” said Palnik. Palnik revels in finding connection in all things, big or small, black or white. His art unites even the seemingly opposite, he said. For example, one square panel featured in the cartoon-style poster is of the Bexley-born crooner, Michael Feinstein, seated behind

his piano, while the panel below celebrates a simple fondness for kosher hot dogs. But all these memories hold value for Palnik, as they do for the JCC. Palnik said he is most interested in the juxtapositions of life. And he has had quite a few notable intersections of his own. His unique blend of gentle humor and spirituality in his intricate artwork is celebrated around the world and displayed in The Smithsonian and The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at the Wexner Center, among other places. Although his work has sold all over the world, from Japan to South Africa, Poland to the UK, the humble artist is proud to have gotten his start “standing on Columbus’ street corners at these outdoor art shows, sometimes in the rain, standing like a schmendrick selling cartoons,” said Palnik. The idea for an exclusive JCC 100 poster came from a collaboration between former Associate Executive Director David Valinsky, Hani Hara, and Paul Palnik. Valinsky and Hara approached Palnik about creating some sort of artwork that would reflect the 100 years of JCC history, featuring members’ memories, and would become a collector’s item. But the idea evolved into much more, explained collaborator and artist in his own right, Hani Hara. “We had the idea to work with Paul to create a poster that reflected 100 things Visual Arts Committee Chair, Hani Hara poses with Palnik as he signs a few of the prints.

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about the JCC, but he took that idea and just ran with it. He really brought the memories to life in this poster,” said Hara, who has a 20-plus year friendship with Palnik. “I couldn’t name a favorite. They’re all so good,” continued Hara, who designed one of the murals that Harmony Project volunteers recently painted and installed as part of the beautification effort of the Livingston Avenue Streetcar District. Hara also created the visually stunning JCC 100 Birthday Card and chairs the JCC’s visual arts committee. For members near and far, the poster will be a wonderful way to honor the 100 years of history and help keep the memories alive. “This would also make a great gift for someone who has moved out of town—to help them relive their memories,” Hara added. Any and all of Palnik’s distinguished body of work would make a wonderful gift. It has even earned the admiration of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel, who said of Palnik’s work, “Palnik’s calendar with its words and drawings is a gift, a beautiful gift.” Ironically, Palnik’s career began in greeting cards. Having just finished his Master’s of Arts at Ohio State, Palnik immediately took a job with American Greetings in Cleveland. “I noticed that they were selling my cards by the millions and I wasn’t getting a penny more. I said, ‘This isn’t right,’ so I quit. … Then I made up my mind to start a studio. I just came up with the idea of making big greeting cards, and then they started becoming deep and meaningful.” Past and present JCC members will delight in finding their own meaningful memories in Palnik’s signed and numbered prints. Those who are interested in owning a piece of history more distinctive than the 100 limited edition posters may opt for a more personalized version. An additional

set has been created, each featuring a blank, individual square where personal JCC stories can be added by none other than the artist himself. Palnik will personally come to the JCC to create a matchless design to enjoy and pass down from generation to generation, just like the JCC. Palnik’s open attitude toward Judaism and spirituality can be astonishingly unexpected. When asked what one thing he wanted to share with the JCC and future generations, Palnik revealed, “In the center of who you are is your soul, and G-d lives there, right there with you, sitting there right now, and if you only look within, you’ll find G-d.” His sometimes unpredictable but often wise insight in the form of cartoons has accompanied the work of Allen Ginsberg, Gloria Steinem, and Abbie Hoffman (in Win magazine in the ‘60s). He has been praised by notable writers such as Nobel Prize Winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, who said admiringly that Palnik is “an artist who expresses his philosophy in images and fantasies drawn with originality. He is in his own way, unique.” Palnik’s affecting artwork is indeed a matchless complement to the JCC’s 100th year. Like his poster, “What’s uplifting about the Jewish Center is that it provides a Jewish center. It’s a magnificent place, and I love it,” he said. For Palnik, creating the poster also helped him bring back his old memories of fun times he had at the old bowling alley, playing in the basketball leagues, or teaching art classes at the Center. Palnik reminisced, “The JCC was always there for me, always a place where we could go and meet with family and friends. It was just a part of our lives.” To order the special gift of Paul Palnik’s poster, contact Melanie Butter at celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


Gathering Around the Table JCC Kosher Kitchen Serves Up Cuisine and Community By Aviva Hauser & Felicity Nesham-West

Walk into the Jewish Community Center’s kosher kitchen at any time and you will find a buzz of activity: meal boxes are packaged for delivery to various venues, lunches are prepared for the seniors and the preschool, delicious smells waft from the oven, and people dart back and forth between counters, ovens, and stovetops. Throughout all of this, smiles and jokes are passed around, and there is no doubt that this kitchen is a fun and vibrantly thriving hub for the JCC. Starting out over 50 years ago serving lunch to the preschoolers, the kitchen has evolved into so much more, not the least being that it is the only certified kosher dining option in Columbus. Offering restaurant fare with a contemporary flair thanks in large part to the innovation of the kitchen’s long-time chef, Toney Robertson, the Columbus community can rely on the JCC kitchen to provide a delicious and varied menu that just happens to be entirely kosher under the supervision of Vaad. Running things from behind-the-scenes are Chef Toney and celebrating a century of the Jewish Community CenterFood Services Director, Tina 50


Rice. Both work tirelessly to utilize the kitchen to its full capabilities. For 16 years Tina has taken her knowledge and experience gained in the catering world and brought it to her role at the JCC, adding a higher level of organization, insight and skill to the team that works together as efficiently as a beehive. For Chef Toney, the journey began long before coming to the JCC. “I started cooking at age 19 and cooked around Columbus at various places, and landed on country club catering,” he said. Cooking dinner for 5,000 people and doing four weddings in one day gave him a wealth of experience in the kitchen. Chef Toney attributes this experience to why the JCC kitchen is as inventive and creative as it is today. A graduate of the Culinary Apprenticeship Program at Columbus State Community College, Chef Toney worked in established restaurants such as the Little Turtle Country Club and the 55 Restaurant Group under Cameron Mitchell before coming to the JCC. As a lifelong Christian, he

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applies the same sense of conviction and respect he has for G-d to his kosher cooking. Upon his arrival 13 years ago, Tina said, she knew he would be a great match for the JCC, in part because of his own religious background. “I think a lot of people take shortcuts, but Chef Toney never does because he’s respectful in his own religion, which means he’s also respectful of other people’s beliefs,” admired Tina. Just this past March 2013, Chef Toney’s respect, admiration, and dedication to the art of kosher cooking was honored at the NAACP’s 6th Annual Civil Rights Celebration by both the NAACP and Ohio Secretary of State, Jon A. Husted. Cantor Jeff Siegel of Beth Jacob Congregation, the JCC’s mashgiach (kosher supervisor) at the time of Chef Toney’s arrival, taught him the basics of kosher cooking. But, Chef Toney noted, cooking kosher food was never especially hard for him, even at first. “My whole thought process was, ‘OK, well, I’m going to cook food.’ But I didn’t think of it as being kosher, I thought of it as just cooking ‘different.’” Chef Toney’s kitchen took off running when it catered its first event for the Beth Jacob Chanukah dinner back in 2000. “We made about 600 latkes for 200 people. They were gone in ten minutes, and they were just scarfing them down,” said Chef Toney, which, as any chef knows, is the greatest compliment, especially after peeling, grating, and frying potatoes for 200 people. Since then, the JCC’s catering service has only grown, now offering services all around Columbus, including at the JCC’s satellite locations at Camp Hoover in Westerville, the JCC New Albany campus, and the JCC North preschool. One of the biggest events the kitchen catered was the 2004 Maccabi games, with over 1,000 kids from all over the country and in Columbus, participating. The JCC took on the enormous task of providing and transporting food for the entire group. “We had a big semi truck out back with all the food in it. It was wild. We did their meals for a week: every day, three meals a day,” said Chef Toney. “It was fun; we’re ready to do it again,” Tina added. When ChefToney was awarded the Joel Dinkin staff recognition award for his outstanding contributions

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to the JCC team in 2012, his commitment to the JCC and to the kosher kitchen was brought into the spotlight. The scholarship he was awarded went toward his trip to New York to attend the annual Kosherfest, which, Chef Toney said, was a highlight of his career. “I’m continuing to learn what I can use, what I can do, things I can find,” and attending Kosherfest helped him grow tremendously, he explained. “I want to go again. I was just basking in all the kosher food and snacks and different cuts of meat that I could find there. I wanted to bring it all back here to catering, especially when I found out I could actually get beef ribs at a decent price,” exclaimed Chef Toney. For those who view kosher cooking as limited to the realm of kugel, matzah ball soup, and brisket, Chef Toney turns the art of kosher cooking on its head with his broad menu incorporating a variety of cooking styles and ingredients with ease and sophistication. Kosherfest helped further educate Chef Toney on how, with a few slight modifications, there is almost nothing one can’t do with kashrut. “They had this thing called Fakin.’ It tasted just like bacon. It had the fat on it and everything,” he enthused. Chef Toney hopes to one day travel to Israel. For him, that would be the ultimate learning experience. “I’d love to really check out the food there,” he said. “So many people I know who’ve gone there came back and told me how wonderful t h e

food is. Being in the Mediterranean, that beginning hub for a lot of sources of food, that would be pretty incredible.” The JCC is proud of the menu the kitchen has made available for the kosher community. It opens up a world for people who normally can’t eat out. The JCC can cater or provide meals for anyone in Central Ohio, including those traveling in from out of town. Area hotels and convention centers contact the JCC frequently to request they provide kosher meal service at various events. But tuna salad, it’s definitely not. “We can handle everything from cupcakes to sushi to ribeye steaks,” said Chef Toney. “Anything done in the non-kosher world, we can do our take on it.” The kitchen has even provided meals for children with food-sensitive conditions at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Tina added, “When people call me, I always say, ‘You tell me what your menu is and we’ll try to match it.’” “I can make steak 20 different ways and it will still be kosher,” Chef Toney explained. He even makes a variety of pareve sauces to go with it, including a mushroom and brandy combination or a dairyfree, hollandaise-style sauce that, he said, “tastes just like the real thing.” For the Jewish community as a whole, the JCC kitchen provides more than just food. It provides a family atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. The home-cooked meals provide a sense of comfort and familiarity in a way that not many places can. Bexley resident and JCC member Leslie Chase has enjoyed working with the JCC kitchen for her events over the years because of its convenience, price, and quality. “Having the ability to have a kosher event is important, and Chef Toney and Tina are so easy to work with,” Leslie said. Miriam Portman has also used the kitchen for three of her family’s celebrations. “I was very pleased with the professionalism, willingness to work with our requests, and, of course, the ease and comfort in working with JCC staff,” she said. Another repeat customer is Betsey Lane, who has used the kitchen on numerous occasions. Lane has never been disappointedcelebrating by the eagerness to tryCenter a century of the Jewish Community SEPTEMBER 2013


new things. “Once I even took Toney a cookbook of new recipes that I wanted to include on a menu; he was awesome about it!” When it comes to catering large events, the JCC has more than outdone itself numerous times. For Allison and Jonathan Skaggs, the JCC’s kosher catering team delivered so much more than a deliciously memorable meal. For months, the Skaggs had been planning their summer wedding down to the last detail. Their July 2012 nuptials were scheduled to take place at Congregation Agudas Achim using a local caterer. However, their plans were nearly ruined by the high winds of that summer’s derecho and subsequent widespread power outages. All was not lost thanks to the entire JCC team which quickly mobilized to help the Skaggs family regroup and reimagine the entire event in a new space (the JCC’s Roth-Resler Theater) with a new, JCCcreated menu, overnight. They went above and beyond what was necessary for a simple wedding, bride Allison recounted. “We didn’t have so much as a wedding cake that day, but Tina even went to the kosher bakery and picked one up for us. You never would have known that it wasn’t planned that way the entire time,” Allison marveled, “which we believe speaks volumes about Chef Toney and the kitchen staff. With next to no notice, they threw a beautiful wedding for us.” The kosher kitchen is providing more services than ever for the Jewish community to enjoy including catering for any event one can think of and even helping with the creative process. Kosher Take and Bake is available at affordable prices for those who are pressed for time and want a meal that tastes like home; just pop it in the oven. The dairy cafe in the lobby and the meat snack bar by the pool provide everyone with on-the-go meals at great prices. Addressing the need for places to eat kosher meat out in Columbus, the JCC’s new outdoor, kosher food cart has been a hit. Once a week through early fall, lunch patrons on the go can celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



enjoy al fresco dining right in front of the College Avenue JCC. B’tayavon! has been grilling up delicious gourmet sammies and such at affordable prices. Everything from Reubens to Phillies to BBQ brisket is being served up with even more in the works, such as Jewish favorites like corned beef and pastrami. The JCC extends a very big thank you to the Columbus Jewish Foundation and ECDI (Economic and Community Development Institute) for their support in loaning the cart to the JCC through the fall. “We really like what we do, we really like the people, and we really like each other. We mesh really well and the staff meshes well. Even on a bad day, you love it because it’s different every single day, and you’re never bored at this job,” said Tina. They don’t just love their job; it’s their passion. “You have to be passionate or you cannot do this,” noted Tina. Toney credits his success to the many people who encouraged him with words of wisdom and advice, like that which he received from Irv Szames, of Bexley Kosher Market, early on when it came to ordering food, especially during Jewish holidays. He is thankful to the support of members who daily feed him with new ideas, recipes, and suggestions. “So many people, too many to count or name, helped me along the way,” he said. The JCC’s kosher kitchen is a little engine doing big things, from making daily lunches for preschoolers to catering for a 3,000-plus guest wedding. Chef Toney—always with an eye to the future—looks forward to what he and his team can do with all the new space now that the JCC’s expansion is complete. “With this big, huge building, I’m sure everybody’s going to want to have a big party here, and we will be ready to accommodate them,” said Chef Toney. The kitchen has taken off and flown to great heights in the past 50 years and hopes to continue soaring into the next 100. Let the JCC Kosher Kitchen cater your next meal or event. Contact Tina Rice at or call (614) 231-2731.

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Special Thanks to Our Partners

One hundred years of service is a feat the JCC could never have done alone. We extend our deep appreciation to the many organizations that graciously and generously partner with the JCC. Todah rabah! JEWISH COMMUNITY AGENCIES BBYO-KIO Beth Jacob Congregation Camp Livingston Camp Wise Chabad Columbus Community Kollel Columbus Jewish Day School Columbus Jewish Federation Columbus Jewish Foundation Columbus Jewish Historical Society Columbus Torah Academy Congregation Agudas Achim Congregation Ahavas Sholom Congregation Am Brit Congregation Beth Tikvah Congregation Tiferth Israel Emma Kaufmann Camp Goldman Union Camp Institute Hadassah

Harold and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Hillel at The Ohio State University J Camp 180- The Grinspoon Foundation Jewish Community Centers Association of North America Jewish Family Services Jewish Outreach Institute Jewish Youth Groups Little Minyan Melton Mini School International National Council of Jewish Women ORT OSU Melton Center Temple Beth Shalom Temple Israel The Wexner Foundation The Orthodox Union – Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities Torat Emet/Main Street Synagogue Wexner Heritage Village

“The JCC received its first endowment fifty years ago through a bequest from Dr. E. J. and Reva Gordon. Since then, a supportive community has donated endowments for the JCC’s benefit that now total $3.94 million. The JCC endowment portfolio is managed by the Columbus Jewish Foundation. The Foundation also provides special grants that enable the JCC to continue its tradition of excellence. The Columbus Jewish Foundation congratulates the JCC for its first century of community services and innovation in serving the needs of the local community.” — Jackie Jacobs, Executive Director Columbus Jewish Foundation

“Our community is fortunate to have such wonderful facilities, staff and programming available to all ages. The Federation is honored to work closely with the JCC during this milestone year of change and beyond.” — Gordon Hecker, President and CEO Columbus Jewish Federation

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COMMUNITY AGENCIES “FirstLink” Foster Grandparent Program “Help Me Grow” through the State of Ohio Action for Children American Camping Association Area Hospital Social Workers Arthritis Foundation Bexley Recreation CAPA Capital University Catholic Social Services Central Ohio Diabetes Association Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Columbus Association of Education of Young Children Columbus Foundation Columbus Metropolitan Library Columbus Museum of Art Columbus Public Library Columbus Department of Recreation Columbus Speech & Hearing Columbus State Community College Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Franklin County Office on Aging Franklin/Fayette County Title XX Assistance Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Haugland Learning Center

Helping Hands in Worthington LifeCare Alliance School Systems Bexley, Columbus, Worthington, Dublin, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, New Albany and Gahanna Matrix Psychological Services National Association of Education of Young Children Nationwide Children’s Hospital Nisonger Center Ohio Arts Council Ohio Association of Education of Young Children Ohio Department of Education Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Ohio Health Ohio Jewish Communities The Ohio State University Park of Roses Pediatric Therapy Partners Solutions Counseling for Evaluations and Treatment State of Ohio State of Ohio Child and Adult Food Service program Step Up to Quality United Way of Central Ohio Weight Watchers Wexner Center for the Arts

“Both of our agencies have existed for over a century and in that time we have worked together and helped so many members of our community. There has always been a true spirit of support and collaboration between Jewish Family Services and the JCC, and we look forward to another 100 years of working together in partnership to serve our Jewish community.” — Dr. June Gutterman, CEO Jewish Family Services

“We are proud to call the JCC our partner in ensuring the long-term health and wellness of the Central Ohio community. Together, we are building a stronger, more active and more vibrant community and cementing the foundation on which the next 100 years of physical, cultural and spiritual growth will be built.” — David Rosen, President and CEO Wexner Heritage Village

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JCC Executive Directors Share their Reflections on 100 Years Interviewed by Felicity Nesham-West Photos Courtesy of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Barton Schachter Executive Director, 1977-1982 What was your goal for the JCC when you first took on the role of Executive Director? When I first accepted the position, I had one major challenge: engage the community in the concept of expansion and make that vision a reality. We had to accommodate the growing community’s expectations of the JCC, and I enjoyed those greater expectations for what the community could offer. For you, what were some of the stand-out moments during that time? I was very much excited by the enthusiasm and optimism of the JCC Board’s leadership, of the Federation, and of the entire community’s support, especially from folks like the Schottensteins, the Roths, and the Reslers. I especially remember the tremendous support of Florence Melton and Ben Mandelkorn. Mandelkorn stood out as our Capital Campaign consultant; watching him work was inspiring. What has changed at the JCC and what has remained constant? Of course, seeing the generations of families grow up at the JCC has really been a wonderful thing to watch. You can really see that it works to keep Jewish families Jewish. During my time there, the Center was completely updated, so that of course changed—like night and day. Kids today have entirely different communication, transportation, even education methods and choices—things we just didn’t have back then. But we’re always looking for the same results, to keep families engaged and active in Jewish life. What advice would you give to someone reading this 100 years from now? To the leadership and staff, I say: Keep talking to your members. Keep finding out what they want and need. Don’t be complacent with having a good building, or good programs and services. Always strive for better, for “best.” celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



Allan Finkelstein Executive Director, 1982-1991 What vision did you have for the JCC during your time as Executive Director? I wanted to take the long tradition of the JCC as a community-building institution in Columbus and bring the latest vision of Jewish education and peoplehood to all aspects of the JCC. What were some of the highlights of your time here? Opening the building, hiring our first full-time Jewish educator, initiating board and staff seminars in Israel, opening the first “branch” preschool up north, filling the new building with new programs that impacted an already strong community, and, I must say, that being the “resident conductor” of Gallery Players as we brought in Broadway guest stars is a special memory. How do you think the JCC has evolved over the years? The move to the new building was significant. So much happened in the late 1980s as the community moved north and we responded. When I see the renovated JCC and the new programs all over the city, it is rewarding. What advice do you have for the next generation? Keep our core of building a strong Jewish community, or a “community of communities.” Never forget the “why” of our mission...not just the “how.”

Joel Dinkin Executive Director, 1991-2006 What vision did you have for the JCC, coming in to your role as Executive Director? My vision was to stretch ourselves beyond College Avenue while at the same time working to create a presence and a sense of JCC community in other parts of Columbus. Tied into the vision was the recognition that the portal into the Jewish community is early childhood education and that this program had to be excellent and serve as a feeder for lay leadership, membership, and program revenue. Could you name some events that were especially significant to you in your time here? Opening the facility in New Albany, renovating the early childhood facility, meeting Florence Melton, and hosting the JCC Maccabi games three times, these are all some favorite memories. The endowment gift from the Weinberg Foundation that provides a source of longterm financial support to the LYJCC (Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center) for facility needs was a special highlight of my time as Executive Director. And Chef Toney’s first Kosher Chinese Dinner on Christmas brought the community together. What about the JCC has changed over the years, and what has remained constant? What has remained an important constant: the critical role of volunteers and lay leaders. Columbus has a rich and vibrant history of compassionate and engaged lay leaders that give of their time, resources and expertise. I was fortunate and blessed to work with a dedicated group of professionals, many of whom are still at the LYJCC. What advice would you give to the next generation of JCC community members and leaders? You can make a difference at the JCC. The programs and the activities impact individuals and families in ways that we will never know. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


Carol Folkerth Current Executive Director, 2006-Present What vision for the JCC do you bring to your time here as its Executive Director? My vision has been to position the JCC at the center of Jewish life and community. In partnership with all the organizations in the Jewish community, to enhance Jewish connections, promote Jewish learning, and inspire Jewish journeys. I’ve also worked to achieve and increase the JCC’s financial independence and sustainability. What have been some of your proudest moments? Following that vision, milestones for me include the creation of the Jewish Community Campus in New Albany, renewing the JCC’s extensive outdoor facilities with the addition of the Spray Ground, Barkan Sports Court, Zusman Center, and our newest expansion to College Avenue. It is an honor to be the Executive Director during the celebration of the JCC’s 100th anniversary and many of the events and programs that we are providing to the community this year are also milestones in the history of our JCC. How has the JCC changed or stayed the same since you began? The core values of our JCC have remained the same, and I hope they always will: It is all about living Jewishly in the “Big Tent” of the JCC where everyone feels comfortable. Our agency is blessed with many family generations of participation and giving and a veteran staff that is committed to our mission. What has changed are our facilities. New ones have been created and existing ones enhanced, and new programs and services have been identified, especially through our 100 celebration. What advice would you give someone reading this 100 years from now? The JCC is a “family business.” Never take its potential to change lives for granted, and always love and protect its mission.

Mayer Rosenfeld: Dedicated to Jewish Community, 1950-1977 “The purpose of the Jewish Center is to serve the Jewish community…, to enrich family values and family lives. We set out to secure membership on a family basis for all who wanted to belong….” –Mayer Rosenfeld, Courtesy of Columbus Jewish Historical Society, August 1992 Mayer Rosenfeld was the first Executive Director to lead the staff in the new building on College Avenue, having taken the reins from Rose Sugarman. After the early success of the Schonthal Center, Rosenfeld, who grew up in Columbus and whose life was interwoven with Jewish community and the JCC from birth, helped to take the growing community in a new direction. And in his 27 years helping to carve the road for future Jewish generations to follow, Rosenfeld dedicated himself to bringing people together in new and exciting ways, from outdoor adventures and bowling alley fun to Hebrew lessons and b’nei mitzvot. As a young man, Rosenfeld studied, and later taught, social work at The Ohio State University. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy “Dotty” Jacobs Rosenfeld. He was a World War II veteran; he entered the Army as a second lieutenant and served for four years. Upon returning from the war, he became a social work instructor who would lead his classes on canoe trips to Tar Hollow, and it was on one such trip that he and one of his students, Dotty Jacobs, fell in love. In 1948, job opportunities at the Kansas City Jewish Center took the family out of Ohio, but Columbus was always home. The Rosenfelds returned in 1949 and Mayer went on to spend the rest of his professional career as the head of the Columbus Jewish Center. He was responsible for many of the things that helped make our JCC the success that it is today. Most notably, he secured the grounds around the Center—formerly a garbage dump—for ball diamonds and other recreational space. Once the new College Avenue Jewish Center had opened through the efforts of Rosenfeld and others, the offerings for Jewish children grew and expanded. It was Rosenfeld who ensured that Jewish children would have a strong educational foundation on which to build their futures by bringing on Rose Schwartz to lead the preschool. From there, the preschool became the centerpiece of the Jewish Center. Together, Mayer and Dotty also organized more youth programming, such as Tween Travel Camp, a program that took “tweens” on camping trips like the Tar Hollow canoe trip on which Mayer and Dotty first connected. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



Our Founding “Pops,” Joseph Schonthal By Felicity Nesham-West In the words of his great-grandson, Fred Summer, the JCC’s forefather, Joseph “Pops” Schonthal, was loved by all: “The community loved him. The kids loved him. He did a lot of good things.” From advocating for orphaned infants to visiting children in juvenile detention, Pops Schonthal could be found wherever his community was most in need. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus began as his vision. Schonthal’s tribute to his late wife, Hermine, has gone from helping Jewish immigrants to growing into the robust, vibrant Center that we know today. The Schonthal family helped shape the Columbus Jewish community. Now, Blacklick resident Fred Summer continues to honor his great-grandfather’s legacy by giving back to our community through his own service. Just as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him were dedicated to Jewish life and to Columbus’ oldest Jewish congregation, Temple Israel, so, too, is Summer. His lifelong commitment to Jewish community through his membership to Temple Israel, and continued connection to Jewish life and the JCC, all demonstrate how the Schonthal vision is still being carried out today. And it all began so many years ago with those first community meeting rooms on 355 South Washington Avenue. Like many Jewish immigrants in the 1800s, Joseph Schonthal started out peddling goods in Chillicothe before settling in central Ohio, having arrived in the United States from Austria-Hungary in 1887. Schonthal’s early struggles gave way to later success; he built the Joseph Schonthal Co. iron manufacturer and the West Virginia Rail Co., which made rails for coal-mining cars. After Hermine’s death in 1910, he devoted his life to charity and welfare work, creating the Hermine Schonthal Community House to help immigrants like himself adapt to a new way of life in America. Schonthal provided opportunities for hundreds of families through the creation of the community center as well as Camp Schonthal, a summer camp for Jewish children, and the Jewish Infant Orphans’ Home. Schonthal’s closest living descendant, Fred Summer, does not have any memories of his great-grandfather, who died in 1929. He was adopted by Schonthal’s grandson, Joseph, after his own father died in a tragic accident, but he remembers hearing many stories

about his great-grandfather, which turned what was, for him, a largerthan-life image of Joseph Schonthal, into an almost mythical figure. Like Summer, the Columbus Jewish community owes much of the success and growth it has seen over the past 100 years to the man who saw a need and sought to meet it. “Finding institutions for the welfare of the Jewish community was important from the get-go. And Joseph Schonthal was certainly instrumental in doing a lot of that. And I think [my great-grandfather] would be enormously proud of the way the JCC has grown into all kinds of other areas. He’d be proud that he started it,” said Summer. “When I was growing up, the focus was really more on becoming assimilated into the community: yes, we were Jews, and yes, we go to Temple, but you know, we didn’t wear it on our sleeves— which again, makes my great-grandfather so interesting to me. He was very proud to be Jewish,” Summer said admiringly of Schonthal. Today, the JCC is focused on opening doors and breaking barriers to include everyone. Summer could see his forebear approving of that, and embracing how inclusive the JCC has become. “The JCC is sort of a melting pot. There are people from different backgrounds all across the spectrum. I can only hope that would be the case for the generations coming up.” Growing up, Summer remembers coming to the JCC to go swimming and play sports. “I was proud of the Jewish community. I went to camp in the JCC, so I have memories of that. I enjoyed it. And I remember playing baseball in the league there,” he said. Summer is proud of his family’s legacy and connection to the source of the Columbus Jewish community. “I’d like my family to be remembered simply for being involved in the Jewish community. I’d like people to remember that they cared and contributed to it. We gave of ourselves-- our time, our spirit, and our service to the congregation and the community.” Summer said, “I think the Center does some amazing stuff. I love going to the plays there. I love their displays right now. My family’s pictures are all over the place, and that’s really nice. I think that the resources the JCC has are terrific. There’ll always be a place for the Center.” celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


JCC Teens Continue Jewish Journey By Felicity Nesham-West

The pathway into Judaism for the youngest members of the Jewish community is very wide, with many entrances, including early childhood education programs, religious school, summer camp, and Hebrew school. But post-Bar and Bat mitzvah, this path narrows. The JCC—like most Jewish organizations—wrestles with one question: How do you keep teenagers engaged in Judaism? “After the Bar/Bat mitzvah years, some teens seem to pull away from Judaism, and engaging them through synagogues, youth groups, summer camps, volunteer efforts, and love for Israel is one way to find and keep their personal Jewish identity thriving,” said BBYO City Director Mark Moscardino. “This then follows them to college, where they bond with other Jewish students. Jewish life is a process, and the teenage years are vulnerable and important to keep one’s Jewish identity alive and Judaism strong.” celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



While it’s common to find clusters of teens heading into the JCC after school—going to the gymnasium to shoot baskets, or downstairs for a workout on the cardio machines or the rig—JCC Executive Director Carol Folkerth said it is also important to have formalized programming, meaning consistent opportunities for teens to join in and be Jewish in a fun, relaxed environment— whenever they are ready. “We try to focus on what’s important to them—leadership opportunities, sports, recreation, and social activities,” explained Folkerth. “We know that we need to go where they are—to focus on programming that supports the interests they already have.” JCC programming for Jewish teenagers includes the B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), a worldwide youth-led organization for Jewish teens in grades 9-12. BBYO chapters meet weekly at the JCC and organize their own events, fundraisers, and

“Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:16

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community service projects on a regular basis. Highlights of the year include regional conventions, elections, and dances. JET (Jewish Experiences for Teens) is another avenue for teens to connect and learn more about their common cultural heritage. JET, one of the many JCC programs supported by the Columbus Jewish Federation, offers low-barrier outreach opportunities for Jewish teens all over the city. Through JET, teens can get together, bond, and create their own Jewish community, which is especially important for teens who may be among very few other Jewish students in their high schools. Since 1982, the JCC Maccabi Youth Games have been an important pathway to Jewish commitment for teens. Each year, JCCs nationwide send delegations to a host city for a week of competition, team spirit, and sportsmanship. The Columbus JCC has hosted the games three times: in 1995, 1999, and 2004. Teens ages 13-16 sign up annually

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for the games that include a variety of athletics ranging from dance and swimming to soccer and flag football. This summer, the JCC sent a delegation of athletes to Austin, Texas, where 11 teens competed in tennis, golf, baseball, and basketball, returning home with nine medals. Teens in the Lead A teen-focused approach is what fuels programs like BBYO, which is one of the things that drew Ben Zacks to it when he was a teen. “The best part about BBYO was that it was 100% kid-directed. So all these ideas of how to raise money for various charities, how to build community and grow Jewishly in our identities, they all came from us, the kids. That’s the great thing about BBYO—you come up with the ideas and the advisors help you implement them,”said Zacks. Because of his involvement, Zacks explained, he believes he is more connected to the Jewish community and agencies. “BBYO gave you a sense of community, of participating and celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center SEPTEMBER 2013


learning new things. Here we felt like we really had control over a program and we got to do things that were interesting, and it taught us all kinds of life skills: planning, organizing, leadership, writing speeches, learning about Judaism in a creative way that touched us and had meaning for a kid.” 2013 Columbus Academy grad and Vanderbilt University freshman Grant Hansell said he acquired all those skills through his own experience with BBYO. Hansell said that while he was hesitant at first to get involved with the teen group, some encouragement from his sister got him to one get-together where he said, “something in that meeting clicked and I was hooked.” Hansell described his experience saying, “BBYO has absolutely shaped the person that I am today. As my time in the organization is coming to a close, I have been thinking a lot about how much I have changed. There are the obvious things such as that I am more in touch with my Judaism, I am a better public speaker, and I know more about the world around me. But more importantly, I have realized that BBYO changed every aspect of my life for the better. I am able to balance my time better, I have more confidence, I know how to stay composed during an interview, and I’m an outright happier and better person because of my time in the organization. I wake up each and every day knowing that I’m part of a movement that makes a difference for thousands of teens.” During his years in BBYO, Hansell went from sharing ideas at chapter meetings to running for a local position of Mazkir, which focused on effective chapter communication. Then he shifted his emphasis to programming where he served as chapter S’gan (Vice President of Programming). Next, he went on to serve in those positions celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



at the regional level —Kentucky-IndianaOhio—and then served on several BBYO international teams and committees. “As I get ready for the future, I realize that I know a lot more about leadership. I used to think leadership was about getting to the top rung of the ladder, but now I think it’s about building the rungs so that others can follow in your footsteps. I now have the confidence to go out into the world and experience everything it has to offer. I’m ready, thanks to BBYO,” said Hansell. Providing leadership opportunities is a long-running theme for BBYO chapters like the AZA boys’ Heart of Ohio and POPS Dworkin/Saul Kauffman and BBG girls’ Aliah and Bat Shalom. Marilyn Mendelman, who joined BBYO in 1963, became president of the former Emma Lazarus chapter the following summer, then became a BBYO advisor through the 1980s, leading girls’ chapters like the former Chaverim. She said the focus was on citizenship, community, leadership, charity, and service. “We would have leadership workshops and programs on citizenship. When I was in BBYO, it was during the Civil Rights movement,” said Mendelman. “In those days we had what we called a skit night, and all the members of the teenage council would put on 15-minute skits. I wrote the skits with the help of two other people that talked about getting along together, black and white. We focused on things of that nature and that part of our community and how do we get along better even as Jews, as Orthodox and Reform. We debated different issues like that. Civil Rights was a big topic and there were a lot of political things going on with Cuba, and the president getting assassinated. We talked about those things in an overt way in BBYO.”

Robyn Silberstein credits the mentorship of Mendelman as her advisor for her own path to leadership at BBYO. Silberstein became president of the local Chaverim chapter and went on to become president of the KIO region. “I was able to travel to various cities meeting people and sharing my experiences and encouraging others to get active. It was a great opportunity for me to get really involved,” said Silberstein. In addition to the dances, softball tournaments, and conventions, Silberstein said she really enjoyed the workshops BBYO organized. “I learned and grew as a person. It was fun to think and expand my own thoughts and opinions. I think it definitely has helped and it is a very strong part of me. BBYO instilled and made me really appreciate Judaism, and Havdalah and other traditions.” Ted Fireman remembered the BBYO traditions of his era that continue today. BBYO is still held at the JCC on Tuesday evenings, when Fireman said he and his Heart of Ohio friends would gather in the lobby of the former building. “In our era, it was common to have more than 200 BBYO’ers together. Our meetings were total chaos but BBYO was a highlight of my high school years. Some of my closest friends today were fellow Heart of Ohio AZA members more than 40 years ago!” After college, Fireman served as the Teen/BBYO/ Camp Director at the JCC. “I saw that generation of young people have the same great experience. For lots of Jewish teens, the JCC and BBYO were synonymous.”

Former BBYO members reconnect during the BBYO reunion as part of the JCC’s Reunion Weekend

Grant Hansell (second from left) receives an award for his BBYO leadership from City Director Mark Moscardino. Grant’s parents, Harriette and Randy Hansell celebrate with them.

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Teens on the Team The JCC has always been a strong supporter of youth sports and fitness—from Mighty Mites preschool-age sports, fitness classes, and swimming lessons to youth celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center 2013 BBYO friends fromSEPTEMBER 1990


basketball leagues and specialized sports training—so it was only natural to have strong participation in the national JCC Maccabi Games and the World Maccabiah Games for young adults. The JCC Maccabi Games are open to Jewish teens, aged 13-16, who want to participate in the week-long sports competition. Richard Williams, a JCC Board Member who has been a Maccabi team coach for over 10 years, has gone with the teens to the Maccabi host city each year as a chaperone and mentor. For him, the gratification of supporting these teens endeavors comes from seeing kids “who don’t know each other at the start of the trip to by the end they are carrying the other kids’ bags because they need a hand,” he said. As a coach, Williams gets to see firsthand how important the games are to young Jewish athletes just starting to build a solid foundation in their identities as both athletes and Jews. “Maccabi is about Jewish kids recognizing that other Jewish kids like to do the same activities they like and getting to see the connection with other Jewish kids in their age group, and trying to nurture that and grow that and develop that,” Williams explained. Not only do Jewish teens from Central Ohio represent the JCC each year in the Games at a national level, but Columbus has also played host to this enormous event—with more than 1,000 teens from around the world coming to Columbus for this week-long event—three times, in 1995, 1999, and again in 2004. “Hosting the JCC Maccabi Games was a major feat, one that took the entire community, but one that I believe serves the entire community,” said JCC Assistant Director, Mike Klapper, who was Games Director for several years beginning in 1995. “We work really hard to help children celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



begin their Jewish journey through our Early Childhood Education Program, but it’s equally important that we work at keeping these teens engaged and involved in Judaism—in whatever way fits best for them. So it just felt right to come together as a community to bring the JCC Maccabi Games to Columbus—to be at the epicenter of this tremendous Jewish teen experience.” For the 1999 Games, 165 Columbus families served as hosts for visiting teens. “It was really fun,” said event co-chair and JCC Past President Heidi Levey. “Every house that was connected to the JCC was housing an athlete. There were local Shabbat dinners, where families could get together and it became a very big community event,” explained Levey. The event created a community within a community for the young Jewish athletes who came from all corners of the globe, even some from as far as Israel, to participate. Shelly Igdaloff co-chaired the event with Levey. She remembered that the 1999 Maccabi Games truly were a journey, for both the communityat-large helping to house the teenagers and coordinate the event, and for the young athletes coming together to participate in the competition. “So much was asked of every agency, synagogue, and person in the Jewish community, and in the end, they all rose to the occasion! But there was no doubt from the start of the opening ceremonies to the end of the closing ceremonies, Columbus produced a Maccabi game week that the kids still remember today.” In 2004, Jon Diamond was the chair of the Games. At the time, he had no idea what a source of pride the Games would be for Columbus in the years to come. Diamond recalled, “I do a lot of traveling across the country. I’ve met a lot of national Jewish

leaders of Federations and Israel Bonds and others. Many of them have memories of coming to Columbus with their kids participating in the Maccabi Games. They speak of what a wonderful experience they had in Columbus. It’s no secret that Columbus is a very common destination for the JCC Maccabi Games because we always do such a nice job of it.” JCC Young Adults Honored to Represent USA at World Maccabiah Games in Israel Beyond the JCC Maccabi games, athletes as young as teenagers can begin to compete for spots in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel—the Jewish Olympics. This two-week competition takes place every four years. The 2013 games were held this past July 17-30, with six young adults from the Columbus JCC attending: soccer players Ross Friedman and Leah Levey, tennis players Abram Schottenstein and Hannah Wexner, field hockey player Gabby Goldach, and runner Jake Tuckerman. The Maccabiah Games is the third largest international sporting event in the world, consisting of over 9,000 athletes representing 77 countries. To be selected for the games is almost as prestigious as participating in the Olympics and has featured many world-class athletes over the years, most notably: Mark Spitz (swimming), Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics), Ernie Grunfeld and Danny Schayes (basketball), and Brad Gilbert and Dick Savitt (tennis). Friedman, a Harvard University defender and Columbus Crew Youth academy soccer player, was selected from a field of 90 players to represent his country on the U.S. Maccabiah soccer team. He was excited to play against some of the best players in the country, especially, he said, because “everyone shares a common heritage.” Friedman, who

Ross Friedman is shown here playing soccer for Harvard University.

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Jake Tuckerman, Hannah Wexner SEPTEMBER 2013 and Abram Schottenstein in Jerusalem during Israel Connect.


has been playing soccer since he was five years old at Columbus Torah Academy, won backto-back national championships as a member of the Columbus Crew Youth Academy soccer program. Though that was a highlight of his soccer career, he said the experience of playing on the U.S. Maccabiah soccer team was even more awe-inspiring. The U.S. men’s soccer team won the gold medal, a first for any U.S. national soccer team. “Being a part of the first U.S. soccer team to win gold at the Maccabiah Games is an experience that I will never forget,” said Friedman. Friedman led the team in assists and scored one of the penalty kicks during the championship game to help secure the victory. Leah Levey also made the U.S. Maccabiah soccer team. She was very excited to have the opportunity to play on the U.S. Maccabi team. “Every player who was at try-outs was very talented. It was a great compliment that I was picked for the team. The Maccabi Games allowed me to interact with Jewish people my age from all over the world. I have never been around this many Jewish athletes before!” Bonding on the field and noting the different playing styles of players from all over the world was also something that Gabby Goldach, currently a varsity field hockey player at Miami University, looked forward to in the World Maccabiah competion. Goldach was selected for the U.S. Maccabiah women’s field hockey team. She played field hockey for Bexley High School and at the club level and was excited for the Maccabiah tryout itself. “It was a very cool experience for me. Girls from all across the country came and brought their playing styles with them,” said Goldach. For Goldach, just making the team was a huge honor. “Not only did I get to go to Israel—one of the most amazing places on this planet—I got to go and do something that I absolutely love doing: playing field hockey. celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center



Bringing it together and working as one unit was thrilling. As Jews, we are extremely lucky to have opportunities such as the Maccabiah Games to represent ourselves, our religion, and our religious connectivity across the globe.” Columbus Academy senior and Division II tennis champion Abram Schottenstein has played tennis most of his life. Schottenstein played against 50 other kids from across the country; he and only six other young tennis players qualified for the Jr. U.S. Maccabiah tennis team. “It was an unbelievable feeling to know I was representing my entire country in Israel. It gives me a sense of patriotism that I did not have before. The entire experience is life-changing. Competing with athletes from so many countries has been a major eye opener,” Schottenstein said. Schottenstein, who grew up at the JCC, attending preschool here and playing in the Sunday basketball leagues, also played in the U.S. Maccabi Games with Team Columbus in San Diego, San Antonio, Richmond, and Israel. “I actually played basketball for these because it was fun to be a part of a team. A Columbus kid, Ari Richman, also competed in the international Maccabiah games four years ago on the tennis team and ever since then it has been my goal to make the team,” Schottenstein explained. “Most of my childhood athletic experiences can be traced back to the JCC and to the summer camps here. Some of my good friends and competitors, people I’ve played high school sports against, were kids that I grew up with playing in the gyms here, so I think the JCC has definitely been a medium to help breed friendship and competition at the same time.” Another aspect of the trip that all six of the athletes looked forward to was the Israel Connect program, which included a community service aspect, taking the young

athletes around the country to learn more about the culture while giving back. This intensive, six-day educational, cultural and social experience that lead right into the competition introduced the athletes to the people of Israel and to their rich Jewish culture and traditions. The Columbus delegation of athletes, prior to making the trip to Israel, explained how excited they were to participate in the Israel Connect program. Hannah Wexner, who competed in the games as the high school state champion in women’s tennis, added that she was excited for the chance to not only meet other Jewish teens from around the world, but to learn more about the Jewish homeland and give back while there, too. Wexner, a senior at Columbus Academy, remembered preschool at JCC New Albany, but more than that, remembered gaining a sense of connection to her Jewish roots through playing sports at the JCC. The 2013 Maccabiah Games were her first time being involved with Maccabi, and she said her goals for the competition were similar to those of her fellow Columbus athletes: to meet new people from around the world and to make new friends, especially through participation in the Israel Connect program. “I think that, if you meet someone Jewish, no matter where you are, you kind of have a connection with them, and also, if you meet someone who is a tennis player, you just kind of understand each other that much more. It is really cool to get to have that kind of double-connection with people and just grow from the experience,” said Wexner. Jake Tuckerman, who runs track and field, is also a senior at Columbus Academy. Tuckerman had not been to Israel before and said he was overwhelmed by the exciting opportunity to compete there. He added that he believes his involvement with the JCC has

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contributed significantly to his desire to play sports and to represent his faith and culture at the Maccabiah Games. “There’s no other way to say it: I did sports here; I did preschool here. I grew up through the JCC, and it fostered a lot of friendships that I still have today.” Tuckerman explained that he and a lot of other athletes his age first came to know one another through their involvement playing sports at the JCC. “So the JCC’s meant a lot to me growing up. It really was the first place I played sports— recreational sports and stuff like that seem to all be filtered through the JCC,” Tuckerman said. That this was an amazing opportunity to see a country he’s never seen and to participate on an international level in such a high-level competition is not lost on Tuckerman, though it was a bit intimidating, he said. “I once had a coach say to me, ‘You have to start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.’ And for me, I’m very nervous and apprehensive to leave my house for that long. So the idea of being in Israel for three weeks was a little scary to me. Me putting myself in a situation that I was uncomfortable with and having to get comfortable with it, has been life-changing.” For all the athletes, though, being the “oddman out” is a normal experience. They all can relate to the notion of “being the only Jew on the team”—and through participation in World Maccabiah Games in Israel, they all shared in an experience that was very much the opposite of that. “I’ve played a lot of team sports growing up, specifically soccer; and every single team I played on, I was the only Jew. On every single team. And the summer track that I competed in, I can pretty much assure you, I’d be ofthe only JewCenter at the meet,” said Tuckerman, celebrating a century the Jewish Community 76


getting to the heart of why the Maccabi Games and World Maccabiah Games are so important for so many young Jews. “It’s really interesting that I’ve now had the opportunity to go to Israel to compete in a Jewish sporting event with people who are very, very athletic, very, very competitive, and everybody’s Jewish. I think that’s really important, to actually be in a group where the people are similar to you, where you all have a similar identity.” Tuckerman won two bronze medals at the Games, in the 800 (with a time of 1:59.85), and as part of a team, for the 4X400 relay. “Israel was an incredible experience,” said Tuckerman. “Standing on the medal podium and the opening ceremonies, walking with 1,100 Jewish American athletes and 9,000 Jewish athletes worldwide, in a stadium filled with 35,000 people, was the highlight of my trip.”

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Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.


Love Blooms at the JCC

Countless families met, formed, and found their first beginnings right here at the JCC. From JCC preschoolers making their first friends to high schoolers meeting their sweethearts at BBYO to empty nesters finding their beshert after a lifetime of searching, these shared stories get to the heart of what the JCC is all about: bringing people together in every stage of life.

Sharon Levy-Weiss and Steve Weiss

Two wonderful life cycles in my life happened at the JCC. My husband and I were the first couple to be married in the new, remodeled JCC in 1983. It was beautiful. Keni Garver was the caterer then, and in 1997 when our first son, Geoffrey, had his Bar Mitzvah party, Keni was the caterer again. -Sharon Levy-Weiss

Bobbie and Shike “Saul” Izeman

I am truly a product of the JCC.... In my youth, I came for BBYO meetings and events. The JCC was the place to be. I have so many good memories, like when I first met my husband in the bowling alley. We are celebrating our 56th wedding anniversary on September 1st. We met at the JCC Bowling, that is a long time! After marriage and children, we spent hours at the pool, the camps, and the gym. I had a great feeling when my kids looked forward to “going to the Center.” In my bridal consulting career, I have orchestrated weddings at the JCC. I still come every morning to work out. In every way, I’ve benefited from belonging here. –Bobbie Izeman

Cheri and Tod Friedman

I would not be here if it were not for the JCC. My parents met on the bowling alley steps in the 1950’s. My father, Marty Hoffman, the youngest of 12 children, attended Camp Schonthal. Tod and I attended preschool at the JCC. We participated in Sunday Fundays, summer camp, BBYO, and consider the JCC to be our second home. Our children, JCC 4th generation, are following in our footsteps. Health and fitness, Jewish programs, and celebrations are among the many programs we enjoy as a family. –Cheri Friedman

Wes and Ina Rosenthal

There was never a dramatic moment when we first met. We were always just there together in preschool, in JCC clubs, in Jr. High and High School. Things changed when Ina called Wes to borrow his letter sweater to wear to a dance. It was the beginning of a life time romance. JCC Youth clubs, walks home from the JCC, Gallery Players, and sports were all part of our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. Thank you, JCC. –Wes Rosenthal

Ted and Lori Fireman

More important than any of my specific BBYO memories, I met my bride, Lori, at the JCC! As the JCC Youth Director in the mid-1980s, I attended a meeting of a newly formed organization of local Jewish community professionals. I met Lori who was new in town and was working at the Anti-Defamation League. The Jewish professionals’ organization was defunct after one meeting, but Lori and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary on July 6th – around the time of the JCC reunions. That meeting at the JCC was the most important hour of my life! (Thank you, Mike Broidy, former Jewish Federation Executive, for convening the meeting!) –Ted Fireman

Robyn Bogante Silberstein and Jon Silberstein

I met Jon, in passing, while we were each bringing our parents, both of whom were suffering from Alzheimer’s, to exercise at the JCC. When my dad and I arrived, he and his mother would be leaving. We would always greet each other and chat. But Jon and his mom stopped coming to the gym and we lost touch. Then, in the summer of 2005, I ran into Jon at Picnic with the Pops and we started talking. Our first date was in October 2005, and Jon proposed on my birthday in October 2006. We’ve been married since May 2007. I’ve never been happier; he’s the love of my life. –Robyn Bogante Silberstein

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Mazel Tov on 100 years of being the heart of the Columbus Jewish Community! Lisa Newmark & Arnold Good

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The Munster Family proudly celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the JCC. We look back on the wonderful memories of the past generations and look forward to continuous years of excellence in serving the Columbus community. Rita and Sig Munster celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center Alicia and Greg Munster Emily,SEPTEMBER Gavin 2013 and Brett Munster 79

JCC’s Grand Celebration Hundreds of people turned out at The Lincoln Theatre to celebrate the JCC’s 100th birthday with Michael Feinstein, who sang lively, heartwarming pieces from The American Songbook. In between songs Feinstein stood in front of the piano, picked up the microphone and shared stories of his early days growing up in Columbus at the JCC. After the performance, Feinstein joined concert guests upstairs in the ballroom for a dessert reception, which included the brand new JCC 100 ice cream flavor created by Graeter’s Ice Cream—Jazzberry Cinnamon Crunch. Photos Courtesy of Lorn Spolter

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Harmony Project Thanks to the Harmony Project—a hybrid arts and community service organization—the JCC added several neighborhood beautification projects to its extensive list of 100th birthday celebrations. During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, The Harmony Project adopted 25 blocks of Livingston Avenue between Parsons Avenue and Nelson Road—the Streetcar District. Partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the JCC, The Harmony Project organized activities including mural painting and tree planting. The murals were designed by local artists and reflect the 100-year history of the neighborhood. JCC preschoolers helped volunteers plant 18 trees around the JCC building on College Ave.

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Reunion Weekend Starting with the Bexley 4th of July parade, JCC fans showed their ruach while walking beside, riding on or cheering for our specially made float. The next day, former BBYO and teen club members reunited for an afternoon of noshing and catching up over photographs and memorabilia. Event hosts Jon and Robyn Bogante Silberstein were honored to be a part of such a fun and unique way of celebrating what many, like Robyn, called the best four years of their youth. Former advisors like Stu Zwelling, Benjy Zacks and Marilyn Mendelman joined their former advisees to reminisce and reconnect. Family-friendly competition was of the order at the July 7 Bowling Tournament. Ron Berman, son of former JCC bowling lanes manager and icon Carl Berman, joined the crowd of reuniting bowling buddies, along with generations of league bowlers like Andy Mendel, Joel Schwartz, Ira Nutis and his son, Joey, who won first place at the end of several round robin-style games, along with his entire family’s victory in the team competition. Photos Courtesy of Lorn Spolter

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Annual Meeting Chaired by Shana and Michael Levin, the 2013 Annual Meeting was a celebration of the accomplishments of the many JCC volunteers, Board members, and staff . The Gaynor Jewish Cultural Award was given to the 2013 production of Fiddler on the Roof. For her efforts and dedication to the Early Childhood Preschool committees, the camp committee, and the JCC Book Fair committee, Heather Pliskin was awarded the 2013 Helen Nutis Volunteer Mitzvah Award. Joe Sniderman passed on the gavel to incoming President, Lisa Newmark, and the Board’s newest members were inducted, while departing members were honored. Carlin Coffey and Rebecca Landon tied for the female award for the 2013 Erkis/ Berliner Jewish Scholar Athlete. Abram Schottenstein won the Scholar Athlete award for Jewish male athlete. JCC North preschool teacher Lisa Keller was honored with this year’s Shehecheyanu Award, with parent nominations citing her infectious enthusiasm for learning and love for her students.

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JCC LOCATIONS JCC College Avenue 1125 College Ave Columbus, OH 43209 p. 614.231.2731 f. 614.231.8222 JCC North 1985 Swansford Dr Dublin, OH 43016 p. 614.764.2414 f. 614.764.2415

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JCC New Albany 150 E. Granville Rd. New Albany, OH 43054 p. 614.855.4885 f. 614.855.4872 JCC Hoover Family Park 4290 E. Walnut St Westerville, OH 43081

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Hine(y) ma tov u’ma-nayim Shevet ach-im gam ya-chad “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for all of us to dwell together in unity!” That is why we love the JCC! Jeff and Carol Folkerth

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JCC Departments Membership General Membership JCC annual members have access to all of the JCC’s programs, services and facilities. Deluxe Health Center Members 18 years and over can upgrade their membership to include the Deluxe Men’s and Women’s Health Centers for an additional fee. The Deluxe Health Centers offer deluxe locker rooms and lounges, sauna, whirlpool and steam room. Other amenities include towel service, personal care items, beverages, free mind/body fitness classes including yoga, pilates, kinesis and free babysitting. 3-Month Memberships Looking for a short-term option? If you are 18 years or older, and a new or former member who would like to take advantage of the fitness center and other opportunities available at the JCC, sign up for the three-month JCC membership.

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Silver Sneakers® Individuals who are Medicare-eligible and have supplemental insurance may qualify for The Silver Sneakers Program and receive a general senior adult membership to the JCC – FREE! Contact Membership Services Director Linda Starr, at (614) 559-6229 or

Early Childhood Education The JCC Early Childhood program provides a comprehensive early education for young children in a warm, Jewish setting. We nourish a child’s natural curiosity and excitement while allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace, with loving, enriching attention. As a Center of Jewish learning we are deeply committed to teaching young children about their religious identity. Jewish traditions are integrated with prayers and values into classroom learning. This Jewish focus

Share Your JCC Story Memories, moments, and mazel tovs. Please help us remember the first 100 years of community, art, learning, camp, sports, performance, food, or fitness at the JCC through your eyes. For every member, there is a different JCC story. We want to hear yours. Tell us your JCC story in 100 words or less. We will be collecting stories—and sharing them—all year. Go to or email to share your JCC story.

offers an opportunity for our children to experience Judaism while learning universal values. Three sites: College Ave, New Albany and North. Open to children age 6 weeks to 5 years. What Makes Our Early Childhood Education Special? Options and Flexibility Full-day 7am-6pm Half-day (for children 2 years and older), two and three day, or part-day for Kindergarten-bound Occasional care available for any child in our program. Programs We offer specialized instruction in the areas of: Judaics, Swim Lessons, Music, Physical Education, Movement, Shabbat Assembly and Hebrew Enrichment.

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Our Teachers and Staff Our staff consists of warm and nurturing Early Childhood Educators who through their education, the JCC’s commitment to continued early childhood training and longevity with our program provide the “Best in Class” preschool experience in developing children’s maximum potential. Contact Early Childhood Education Director Nikki Henry (614) 559-6290 or

Children, Youth, Teen & Camping After school, throughout the summer, and for special events, young members have many ways to have fun and be a part of the Jewish community. Kaleidoscope After-School Program Open to children from Kindergarten through 6th grade, Kaleidoscope provides quality supervision and offers a combination of structured and free play,

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Robin Brenneman My dad, Mayer Rosenfeld, was the director of the JCC starting in 1950, the year before I was born. I literally grew up at the JCC. I went to preschool with Rose Schwartz. I went to Camp Cojacee, Pioneer Camp and Tween Travel Camp. I have fond memories of our trip to Canada. I went on to become a camp counselor and then a lifeguard under the guidance of Peggy Pierce. I loved coming to the swim shows put on by the JCC synchronized swim team. I also participated in BBG and got my first acting role in the Gallery Teens production of The Curious Savage. I have wonderful memories of Gallery Players’ productions, including the play, The Flowering Peach, directed by Harold Eisenstein. All these things shaped me into the adult I am today.

space and assistance for homework, nutritious kosher snacks, and the opportunity to take advantage of JCC classes and facilities. For more information, contact Kim Moore (614) 559-6253 or Summer Camp Daily camp life includes swimming, sports, music, nature, Israeli culture, and Judaics. The JCC offers camp programs at College Ave and Hoover Family Park for children up to 8th grade, and for campers with special needs, ages 5-22 years. For more information, contact Halle Schwartz (614) 559-6279 or BBYO/JET BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organization) and JET (Jewish Experience for Teens) help teens stay connected to their community. In BBYO, youth leaders plan community service, Judaics, social action, brotherhood/sisterhood, athletic, and social programs for their peers. JET connects

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unaffiliated Jewish teens through large social events and smaller programs with Jewish youth groups and culture clubs. For more information contact Mark Moscardino at (614) 559-6218 or about BBYO or Halle Schwartz at (614) 559-6279 or about JET.

Sports and Fitness

The Diamond Family Fitness Center offers stateof-the-art fitness equipment and added amenities including: group exercise classes, personal trainers, massage services, and cardio and weight equipment. Facilities • Cardio area complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, stair climbers and more • Weight area complete with free weights, strength equipment, and functional training space

Fred Luper 1947: played in basement of new building; 1949: set up bowling pins for 12 cents a line; 1950: member of Boy Scout Troop #126, met in basement; 1950-55: attended Columbus Hebrew School and knew every hiding place but Mr. Harrison always found me. Played softball (badly)! 1965: met Harold Eisenstein; Carol and I did acting class and Gallery shows; I headed the concert for the Russian Refuseniks, the Panov Ballet dancing couple. Board member/Executive officer for decades; headed first Michael Feinstein concert; headed first planned giving board; produced Amy Wolk Caberet concert. I can be found downstairs on a stationary bicycle regularly and, before TVs were in every bicycle, I would insist on turning the TV in the health center to Channel 6 whenever Carol might have been on. I was the Rabbi in Gallery Players’ 6th production of Fiddler on the Roof. My children (and now grandchildren) attended preschool and day camp. In short, my life has been made richer and fuller by my affiliation with the JCC.

• Racquetball courts • Tennis courts • Indoor running track • Softball fields • Indoor and outdoor pools • Gymnasium • Spinning studio • Yoga and Pilates studio • Group exercise rooms • Babysitting services • Men’s and Women’s Deluxe Health Centers • General locker rooms Fitness From novice to pro, the JCC offers fitness programs for all levels of experience and ability, including free fitness assessments, functional fitness training, personal and small group training, Women on Weights, bootcamps, fitness challenges, and more.

For more information, please contact Brian Saunders at (614) 559-6217 or bsaunders@ Group Exercise The group exercise program includes strength, flexibility, core, Zumba, step, spinning and Les Mills classes. These are free to all members. Mind/ Body classes, including several levels of Yoga and

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Patty Schiff

I was about six or seven years old when I decided to jump in the pool, but to grab the side wall to hold me up instead of going under. When I jumped my mouth landed on the wall and not my hands. Both my front teeth were lodged in the roof of my mouth. My sister, Martine, and her friend, Steve Eberly, rushed me to my dentist who removed my two front teeth. So I guess I won’t forget how I lost my two front teeth.

Physio-Pilates, are free for Health Center members and offered at a small fee to general members. For more information on group exercise classes, call Beth McCullough at (614) 559-6207 or Massage Therapy Highly qualified and certified male and female massage therapists will tailor your massage to meet your needs. Whether it is just for relaxation or an injury issue our therapist can do a massage that is right for you. The JCC offers 30- or 60-minute massages. Make a massage appointment today by calling (614) 559-6274. Recreation The JCC offers a wide variety of recreational activities for all ages. For ages 3-5, programs include: basketball, soccer, flag football, tennis,

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gymnastics, and t-ball. For ages 6-18 the JCC offers a basketball program for all skill levels from recreational to travel teams. In addition to basketball the JCC also offers lacrosse for ages 8-12. For adults there are year-round basketball leagues for all levels and a summer softball league. For more information please contact Chris Staten at (614) 559-6286 or

Marvin Kaplan

A few years ago on a visit to Washington, D.C., we went to meet with our daughter’s brother-in-law, the Asst. Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and we were duly stopped by the security guard at the gate to check IDs. By mistake, I pulled out my JCC membership card instead of my driver’s license. Without a minute’s delay, we were waved right through! It happened again not long thereafter. This time, I couldn’t find my government-issued ID at the Columbus airport. Not to worry. The JCC membership card worked just fine! Moral of the story: Always carry your properly issued JCC membership card and you need never be concerned about meeting U.S. security requirements!

Contact Sports and Wellness Director Jeanna Brownlee, at (614) 559-6274 or Aquatics The Aquatics Department features three heated pools, two at the JCC facility on College Avenue and another at Hoover Family Park. The indoor pool at the JCC is a 6-lane 25-meter heated competition pool. The indoor pool also has a regulation diving board and is open year-round. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 to 9 a.m., the JCC pool is open to women only, for those members who observe Halacha. The outdoor pool is open during the summer, and is a 6-lane 25-meter heated pool. The outdoor pool features a slide and a 1-ft. baby pool, a pool deck with lounge chairs, and a fully stocked kosher concession.

The Hoover pool is a 6-lane 25-meter heated pool and is used primarily by the JCC Summer Campers but is available to the JCC members on select Sundays during the summer. Swimming Lessons The JCC offers American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes for all ages and abilities. Group and private lessons available. Aquatics Programs Throughout the year the JCC offers a variety of aquatics programming including water fitness classes, water therapy, Red Cross lifeguard WSI certification classes, a summer recreational swim team, and the JCC Dynamo Swim Team, an innovative and competitive swim program with a highly trained staff. Contact Jeanna Brownlee at (614) 559-6274 or jbrownlee@

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Phyllis Roth Schlezinger Cantor

Beginning when I was seven or eight years old, Sundays were spent at the Schonthal Center on a variety of activities. As a teen, I attended B’nai B’rith girls’ meetings and other events. I taught a cooking class for kids at the Yassenoff building. It was the era of “singalongs.” We sat on the floor with a Rabbi who had ruach and a guitar. Later, he became famous—Shlomo Carlebach. As a widow with two little children, I heard of a new group for single parents with children under 18, called Parents Without Partners. I went to the J and we started a group which was great for many— and a marriage came out of it.

Arts, Culture, and Education The JCC is a leader in providing unique Jewish programming for community members seeking social, educational, and enriching programs. Active Adult and Senior Services Shabbat dinners, Sunday brunch, bingo, health and wellness speakers, fitness and flexibility classes, lectures with Rabbis, transportation, acculturation, and hot kosher lunches are some of our programs and services designed for active adults over 60 and senior community members living independently. Contact Melanie Butter at 614-5596233 or Jewish Learning The JCC has been the proud host of The Florence Melton Adult Mini School for over 20 years. This text-based learning course is copyrighted by The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a one-of-a-kind pluralistic and interactive learning opportunity. Contact Melanie Butter at 614-5596233 or

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SEPTEMBER 2013 Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

J-Reach An initiative of The Columbus Jewish Federation and the JCC, J-Reach provides inclusive Jewish programming in Northeast and Northwest Columbus for families, interfaith couples, young adults, and the LGBT community. Programs are open to those interested in participating in Jewish life and learning regardless of affiliation with religious institutions. Contact Becca Nitzberg at 614-559-6215 or Gallery Players Central Ohio’s longest running community theater presents a seasonal line up of plays and musical events that highlight the Jewish experience or the work of Jewish artists. Contact Jared Saltman at 614-559-6248 or JCC Jewish Bookfair For over 50 years, the Jewish Bookfair has highlighted Jewish authors and Jewish literary work by transforming the JCC Lobby into a bookstore and presenting engaging and thought-provoking speakers. Contact Cheryl Dritz at 614-231-2731 or

Pam Gurwin

I went to this JCC preschool. I have no recollection of it whatsoever, but I’m proud to say I went there. My son and stepson went there, so the consistency thing is cool. JCC camp: I can remember that pretty well. “On the line, on the line, on the Camp Ora line....” Haunts you in a way, but in a great way. My biggest recollection is the JCC swim team that led into a mini-synchronized swimming career. Now that was very cool. Past 10 years or so? LOTS of JCC meetings.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival CJFF is a cultural celebration of Jewish themes in film, exploring who we are as a people through film screenings, educational programs, social events, and community collaborations. International films and programming that reflect Jewish experiences from around the globe facilitate dialogue among diverse communities. Contact Emily Schuss at 614-559-6205 or Visual Arts Paintings, hand-crafted quilts, sculptures, photographs, and other artwork is on display throughout the year in the JCC’s Goldberg Gallery, in the building’s lobby. Exhibits are free and open to the community, and each exhibit highlights Jewish content and/or a Jewish artist. Contact Melanie Butter at 614-559-6233 or mbutter@

Kosher Catering In a kitchen supervised by the Columbus Vaad-Hoir, the JCC offers kosher food for meals and events of any size at our College Ave, New Albany and Hoover Family Park sites, as well as to go—for your home, office or other location. Kosher catering services include Take & Bake dinners for times when you don’t want to cook, meals to companies, hotels and hospitals all over the city, pool parties, and community dinners, including Christmas Eve, pre-Passover, and Mother’s Day Brunch. Contact Tina Rice at 614-5596276 or

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Young at 100 Crossword Puzzle

By: Steven L. Zisser ©2013, 5773 Across 1. No Clue 5. Indian rulers 10. It can tell if your heart skips a beat 13. Main ingredient in some gefilte fish recipes 14. Shalom in Oahu 15. Duelling memento 16. First Nations tribe 17. What many a person who holds court in the men’s lounge thinks he is 18. “Comin’ ____ The Rye” 19. Where one may dip once, twice or any number of times at the 1-D 22. Filler of some shows at the 1-D 24. Many an MBA holder 25. They eventually have replaced Hydrox at the 1D 26. Exercise classes at 1-D 31. “_____ a volunteer” 32. Actress Sommer 33. Like a yenta 34. Areas such as where the security desk, coffee stand, and gift shop are located at the 1-D 36. Big name in music compilation albums 40. Second bk. of the Torah 41. A little giggle 42. Troupers at the 1-D 47. Famous spokes-bovine 48. Adult ____ (19-A, 26-A, 50-A, 56-A, etc. collectively) 49. Derek and Belinsky 50. Where members may run or bike and get nowhere fast, at the 1-D 55. ____ fixe 56. AK Basketball, slangily 57. “Rama ____ Ding Dong” 60. Where 47-A may be put to pasture 61. Groom oneself on the run 62. Jewish ____ Festival (event at the 1-D) 63. Class offered at 1-D for those who are new to the USA 64. Walkmans and Discmans that were once common at the 50-A 65. Music to a mohel’s ears? Down 1. No Clue 2. Haman’s ___ (hamantash) 3. Railroad supporters? 4. Erupt 5. One who may run into doors? 6. Los _____, New Mexico 7. Bon ___ 8. Fox in ____ house 9. Performed in 42-A, perhaps 10. Board member who seconds the motion? 11. Guitarist Santana 12. 8 chai

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15. Put away 20. Soothed one’s muscles, after using the 50-A 21. Walks slowly, as on the indoor track at the 1-D 22. Z _____ zebra 23. Independent-thinking GOP’er, to some 27. “Oy ____ iz mir!” 28. Like Howard Wolowitz (or Sheldon, Leonard, or Raj) 29. Biblical priest who went to Yale? 30. High School Basketball League, ___ “Jewball” 34. Give the boot to 35. Home of some Blue Jays, for short 36. It opens 1-D every day 37. What solving this puzzle may stimulate 38. Architect Saarinen (who actually had nothing to do with the design of 1-D) 39. It is sometimes more, oxymoronically 40. “Waiting for the Robert ___” 41. Diplomacy 42. Travels like Rocket J. Squirrel 43. “You got ____” (congratulations to a good negotiator) 44. They must be learned by members of 42-A 45. Like Niedermeyer in “Animal House” or Winthorpe in “Tradng Places” 46. “1 or 2” alternatives at the optometrist’s office 47. Satisfy a 4/15 requirement on-line 51. Cows and mares 52. 42-A highlight 53. Skin for Crockett’s cap 54. Some small workers (var.) 58. 1051, to Caesar SOLUTION on page 104 59. Roadie’s burden

Richard Williams

When my family moved to Columbus in 1990, we immediately joined the organization. All six of my children went through the JCC preschool and youth sports activities. Everyone grew comfortable at the JCC! My wife and I met many wonderful people at or through the JCC! We enjoy participating and volunteering our services at the Center. Simply stated, it does not seem possible to be a good community person without being a member and participator at the JCC!

JCC 100 Volunteers Honey Abramson Rachel Joy Baransi Ruthann Blank Anne Bonowitz Toby Brief David Brown Sue Bottigi Seth Cammeyer Jay Canowitz Gary Cheses Sharon Chittock Jack Chomsky Marc Dunn Geri Ellman Ronnie Feerer Babette Feibel Ted Fireman Marc Fishel Cheri Friedman Al Friedman Jerry Friedman Julie Glassman Denise Glimcher DeeDee Glimcher David Goldstein Shylee Grossman Mike Gurevitz Pam Gurwin Harvey & Shelley Handler Hani Hara Shelly Igdaloff Erix Infante Cheryl Jacobs

Harriet Kallenberg Helga Kaplan Ken Kerstein Heidi Levey Shana Levin Stacy Levin Rachel & Jason Lichten Carol & Fred Luper Rose Luttinger Carrie Madison Kurt & Leslie Malkoff Sunny Masser Cindy McLaughlin Debbie Meyer Jon & Karen Meyer Bonnie Milenthal Karen Milenthal Jeff Milgrom Marlene Miller Greg Munster Sig Munster Lisa Newmark Ira Nutis Danielle Ramsey Gayle Rosen Michael Rosen Ina Rosenthal Wes Rosenthal Mark Rossio Jeff Rycuss Patty Schiff Ginny Schlonsky Melanie Schottenstein

Joel Schwartz Sarah Segel Neal Shapiro Chuck & Joyce Shenk Cheryl Sher Steve Shkolnik Carol Shkolnik Rebecca Shocket Robyn Silberstein Levana Slabodnick Joe Sniderman Lisa Stavsky Susan Steinman Sheri Steptoe Linda Szames Randy Topolosky Connie Tuckerman David Valinsky Rena Vesler Jennifer Wasserstrom Mary Weiler Laura Weiser Gwen Werman Jim Winnegrad Bette Young Marianne Young Mary Beth Zacks Ben Zacks Dana Zager Dan & Greta Zidel Mindie Zisser

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Honey Abramson When Mayer Rosenfeld was Executive Director in the 1950s, he started a group for young adults. We had a social every Sunday night. Young singles could come together and schmooze, dance, nosh, and relax with friends. We went on overnight camping trips to Tar Hollow State Park and other places like it, getting together with similar groups across the state. On Sundays in the summer, the sailing club would go to Buckeye Lake using Morris Skilken’s donated 22-goot K-class sailboat. The B’Nai B’rith Women put on a musical every year. Rehearsals were held in the ballroom at the Schonthal Center. There was singing, dancing, and comedy routines. Singers included Jack and Ed Feinstein (Michael’s late father), and dancers included Mazie Cohen Feinstein, Michael’s mother.

JCC Past Presidents Samuel Summer** I.W. Garek** Dr. E. J. Gordon** Edward Schlezinger** David Goldsmith** Abe I. Yenkin** Herman Katz** Joseph Zox** Richard Abel** Howard Schoenbaum** Leon Friedman** Myer Mellman** David Roth** David Derrow Robert Aronson Dr. James Tennenbaum** William A Goldman Michael Talis Dr. Al Tyroler** David Milenthal

Incorporating President President During Construction Honorary President for Life 1951-1952 1953-1954 1955-1956 1957-1958 1959-1960 1961-1962 1963-1964 1965-1966 1967-1968 1969-1970 1971-1972 1973-1974 1975-1979 1980-1983 1983-1985 1985-1987 1987-1989

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Ruth Ann Blank Ted Fisher Carole Genshaft Geri Ellman Michael J. Canter Louis J. Chodosh Jeffrey A. Coopersmith Heidi Levey Lee Abraham Jeff Meyer Marc Fishel Joe Sniderman Honorary Members Dr. B.W. Abramson** Dr. S.D. Edelman** J. S. Resler** Mayor Rosenfeld** Harry Schwartz** ** Deceased

1989-1991 1991-1993 1993-1995 1995-1997 1997-1999 1999-2001 2001-2003 2003-2005 2005-2007 2007-2009 2009-2011 2011-2013

Alla Kushnir, the Bulkovshteyns, Mr G. Dvorkin, Mr. N. Grebesky, Mrs. B. Kaganovskaya, the Polyaks, Mrs. M. Shnayder On behalf of the numerous emigrants who had the opportunity to study English here, we thank you, JCC, for making it possible. We also thank Mrs. Marilyn Rofsky, our teacher, who was a JCC volunteer for 20 years (1991-2009). Mrs. Rofsky’s devotion to teaching is unprecedented, as well as her ability to involve students in the learning process. She taught us not only language but also American customs, and she showed us how to enjoy our new lives. She was kind, helpful, and wholeheartedly committed to teaching. Her creativity was beyond bounds. Students couldn’t stop being amazed and surprised by her versatile talent. To each lesson, she brought something essential. She never sat on her chair; she was acting! Her acting skills complemented her teaching and helped us better understand words and grammar. We are grateful to her and to the JCC for having this great experience.

JCC Past Executive Directors

JCC Committees

1914-1920 1920-1921 1921-1949 1950-1977 1977-1982 1982-1991 1991-2006 2006-Present

Adult Sports Aquatics Audit BBYO Budget & Finance Capital Campaign Columbus Jewish Film Festival Day Camp Early Childhood Education Council Early Childhood East Early Childhood JCC N Early Childhood NAP Fitness Gala Gallery Players Hall of Fame

Joseph Hyman** Dr. Maurice Taylor** Rose Sugarman** Mayer Rosenfeld** Barton Schacter Allan Finkelstein Joel Dinkin Carol Folkerth

** Deceased

Committees make everything happen. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Carol Folkerth at Health Centers Investment JCC 100 JET Jewish Book Fair Marketing/Communications Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Membership Outreach Scholar Athlete Softball Sports Spectacular Visual Arts Youth Sports

The Diamond Family congratulates the Columbus JCC for maintaining a strong, vibrant center providing Jewish services, culture, and rich memories that have touched generations of families Mazel Tov! Susie & Jon Diamond Jillian, Josh, and Jacob

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Congratulations JCC on your 100th anniversary!! Our family is eternally grateful for the many happy memories that were made there! Wes and Ina Rosenthal

Celebrating our JCC! Heidi, Mike, Brian, Rachel, Ben, Deena & Leah Levey

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SEPTEMBER 2013 Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

MAZEL TOV TO OUR JCC FOR 100 GREAT YEARS! Art and Ellen Pollack and Families In loving memory of Bruce Siegel Shirley Pollack

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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Jewish Community Center Board of Trustees 2013-2014 President Lisa Newmark Vice-Presidents Rick Barnett Jennifer Cammeyer Rick Meizlish Laura Weiser Treasurer Richard Williams Secretary Shana Levin Immediate Past President Joe Sniderman Board of Trustees Stacy Beckman Rachel Weiss Berger Gary Cheses Julie Cohen Wendy Cohen Caroline Cohn Marilyn Cole Todd Delman Ilissa Eiferman Jill Eisenberg June Frankel Cheri Friedman Pam Gurwin Seth Hoffman Barry Igdaloff Marc Leder Stacy Leeman Jeff Levy Randi Lewis

Rachel Lichten Karen Shore Meyer Ira Nutis Mike Polster Miriam Portman Ken Rubin Patty Schiff Stephanie Schiff Lindsay Schottenstein Jon Segaloff Ali Senser Chuck Shenk Andrew Smith Heidi Solomon Jamie Topolosky Mark Ungar Ben Zacks Dana Zager Greta Zidel

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Aaron Dachner AK Softball Endowment Fund Arye Scholarship Fund in Memory of David Miller Barbara & Irving ‘Red’ Spigner Memorial Fund for Jewish Bookfair Beatrice & David Roth Fund for the Roth-Resler Theatre/Gallery Players Betty & Charles Talis Fund B’nai B’rith Youth Operations Fund Byer SML Baseball/Softball Endowment Fund Carolyn Friedman Memorial Fund Charles Solomon Endowment for Sports Spectacular Charlotte & Ben Kahn JCC Theater Fund Children’s Scholarship Fund Columbus Jewish Film Festival Fund David & Joseph Berman Cubbage Corner Endowment Fund For Hoover Family Park David Zucker Fund for Israeli Programs Denise Glimcher Teacher Education Fund for College Avenue Don Erkis/Lou Berliner Scholar Athlete Fund Douglas Lee Memorial Fund for Youth Sports Scholarships Dr. Benjamin & Nell Kaplan JCC/OSU Fund Florence Melton Memorial Teen Programming Fund Florence Melton Tribute Fund for Adult Mini School Programs Francine & Irv Szames March of the Living Fund Goldsmith Teen Leadership Fund Harold M. Eisenstein Fund Harriet & Harold Korn Fund Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Endowment Fund Helen & Albert Chodosh Fund Helen Nutis Volunteer Fund Henry Saeman Memorial Endowment Fund Irving & Sophie Starr Family Fund for Gallery Players Irving J. Miller Memorial Endowment Fund Jack & Lillian Marks Bloom Endowment Fund for Youth Aquatics JCC Maccabi Games Endowment Fund Joan & Jack Wallick Fund Joel Dinkin Fund for Staff Continuing Education Lawrence D. Schaffer Shem Tov Fund Lil Strouss Fund for Gallery Players Mendy Snyder Sports Hall of Fame Fund Merilynn & Thomas Kaplin “Building for Tomorrow” Fund Michael & Deborah Broidy Health & Wellness Fund Michael Feinstein Cultural Arts Endowment Fund Michael Isroff Memorial Racquetball Fund Mim Chenfeld Children’s Art Fund Morris Skilken Endowment Fund Myer & Selma Mellman Fund Phyllis & Saul Sokol BBYO Fund Phyllis & Sig Wasserman Endowment Fund for Special Needs Programs Pikuach Nefesh Fund for Lifesaving Equipment Rabbi Nathan & Sylvia Gaynor Judaic Endowment Fund Randy Kohn Youth Basketball Fund Raymond & Pauline Kahn Art Fund Reva & E.J. Gordon Cultural Arts Endowment Fund Rita & Sig Munster Fund Rose Schwartz Early Childhood Fund Rosenfeld Family Fund for Gallery Players, Preschool, Gala, & Sports Spectacular Sally & William Glick Fund Sam Melton Endowment Fund Sandy Simon Women’s Health Center Fund Senior Adult Activities Fund Seymour & Marlene Raiz Scholarship Fund Shehechyanu Fund for Early Childhood Teacher Excellence Simon Lazarus Fund for Health & Physical Education Activities Simon Lazarus Outdoor Athletics Fund Simpson Playwright Fund Simpson/Blair Theater Lighting Fund Talis Fitness Equipment Fund William A. Barkan Youth Basketball Memorial Fund Zal Rosenfeld JCC Sports Fund Zal Rosenfeld Pavilion Maintenance Fund Zelkowitz Family Foundation

*To establish a fund for the future of the JCC, contact Carol Folkerth at 614-559-6223 or

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Endowments Keep Our JCC Strong


Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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We are proud to be a part of the JCC ! Congratulations on 100 years of service to the community!!

Taking pride in our great Columbus Jewish Community’s foresight in deciding to build a Jewish Center, and for continuing to support its important role up to today -- we congratulate the JCC, its leadership, and staff on this celebration of 100 years! Miriam and Bernie Yenkin and Family

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of making families welcome and taking care of our community!! celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center


The Glimcher Family Herb & DeeDee, Michael & Denise and Ellen Glimcher SEPTEMBER 2013

JCC 100 Celebration Poster This one-of-a-kind representation of life at the Columbus JCC was created by JCC member and Columbus resident, renowned artist Paul Palnik. Memories of camp, the bowling alley, and all that makes the JCC so special as we celebrate the past and look forward to the next 100 years. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the JCC’s 100th Anniversary Year!

Cost $100*/$136* (personalized)** Limited Number (Actual dimensions: 18”x24”) * Includes sales tax. **Available for personalization by the artist at the JCC on two dates TBD.

Name(s)_______________________________________ Address_ ______________________________________ E-mail_________________________________________ Phone_ _______________________________________ Enclosed is my check for $_________________________ made payable to the JCC OR

charge my



American Express


#_ ___________________________________________ Exp:_ _________________________________________ Return completed order form to JCC Front Desk For information about shipping please contact Melanie Butter at or 614.559.6233

The Lewin Family is proud to support the JCC 100 “Year of Celebration” Elaine Lewin Carrie and Andy Madison Connie and Craig Tuckerman Adam and Stephanie Lewin

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Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Excellence is the Only Acceptable Outcome Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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SEPTEMBER 2013 Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

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We love our J yesterday, today and certainly tomorrow! Here’s to the next 100 years. Karen, Jon, Sydney, Max, Andi and Robby Meyer

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SEPTEMBERCongratulations 2013 JCC on 100 years of service.

Supervised by Columbus Vaad Hoir

Don’t feel like cooking? Let the JCC make dinner for you! Macaroni & Cheese $10 for ½ pan • will serve 4

Spaghetti & Meatballs $14 for ½ pan • will serve 4

Please call by noon for afternoon pickup.

Please call by noon for afternoon pickup.

Baked Ziti $10 for ½ pan • will serve 4

Roasted Whole Chicken $8.50 • will serve 4 • Friday only

Please call by noon for afternoon pickup.

Quiche $10 spinach, mushroom or cheese only • will serve 4

Please call 24 hours in advance.

Please call by noon for afternoon pickup.

Contact Tina Rice at 559-6276 or for more information.

Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Do you have a Long Term Care plan? Medicaid Planning * Long Term Care Insurance * Asset Protection Adam Eisenberg, CLTC Eisenberg Insurance 2699 East Main Street Bexley, Ohio 43209 celebrating a century of the Jewish Community Center 614-528-0011 • Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.



Congratulations JCC on 100 years of service.

Congratulations JCC on serving our Jewish Community for 100 years!!! Sandy and Nanette Solomon and Family

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We congratulate the JCC for being a constant in our community and for providing us with 100 years of memories. Joe & Ruth Sniderman Mike & Luann Gurevitz

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Congratulations on your 100th Anniversary! Best Wishes For Continued Exemplary Service to the Community For Generations to Come Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein Jacob, Jonah and Emma

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The JCC family extends heartfelt appreciation to Leslie and Abigail Wexner for their generous gift to the JCC’s “Year of Celebration”

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