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What’s for Tweens? 6–8 grades SAVE THE DATE:

Tweens Help Out: Sukkot Edition Sunday, Sept 26 • 3:00 - 6:00 PM


14 & up

Bring your mother, sister, aunt, or any other females, and learn some important techniques that will help keep you safe. In this class you will have opportunities to learn surprise moves to get free if you’re grabbed from behind while also learning how to stay safe and still have fun at parties, athletic events and other social activities. Min 5/Max 30. Sun Sun

2:00 - 3:30 PM 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Oct 10 $25 per person 63001 Oct 17 $25 per person 63002

A great opportunity for tweens to get community service/mitzvah hours while enjoying the JCC’s Sukkot Celebration.

Classes will take place at the Merfish Teen Center. Please contact Maytal Babajanov at for more details.



Sunday, Oct 24 • 6:00 - 9:00 PM

The teen cooking crew is looking forward to starting up again this fall. The cooking classes are led by Meredith Lerner, a junior at Lamar High School. Meredith has a passion for culinary arts and wanted to help spread that passion to the other teens through instructional cooking courses where teens can create and eat their own dishes while enjoying the company of their friends and watching Glee. Not interested in cooking but more interested in eating? No worries, everyone is invited to come and enjoy the delicious creations made by your friends. Teen Cooking is a once a month event held at the Merfish Teen Center. Inst: Meredith Lerner

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween with your friends!

It Glows in the Dark! Saturday, Nov 13 • 7:00 - 9:30 PM We’re going on a glow-in-the-dark trek through Houston and you should join us!

Tween’s nite Out Saturday, Dec 11 • 6:00 - 10:00 PM Come have a free night at the JCC with your friends watching movies, snacking, playing sports and so much more!

Tween Trip

Contact Matt Frank at 713.838.7200 or for more information.

MERF AFTER DARK 9 - 12 GR Merf After Dark or better known as M.A.D. will be making its way back on the monthly Merf calendar. M.A.D. is an ’after hours’ hangout for teens held at the Merfish Teen Center from 9:30 - 11:30 PM one Saturday night a month. M.A.D. is sponsored by BIFTY, BBYO, TEFTY, and The Jewish Community Center. M.A.D. will continue to have its ongoing themes, and back by popular demand, we will feature our famous bubble wrap room. We provide a fun and safe alternative hangout for Jewish teens in our community. You do not need to be affiliated with any of the partnering programs to join the fun. There is no cover charge to attend, but we do ask that teens sign in and show us a photo ID. Information about upcoming events will be sent out in the Merf Teen Happenings newsletter. Inst: Maytal Babajanov, Matt Frank Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 PM Dates: Sept 12, Oct 16, Nov 20

Play basketball for a great cause in the first-ever Merfish Teen Center: Hoops for Ahava (Love) charity basketball tournament being held this fall. This 3-on-3 tournament will help benefit Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli non-profit agency providing essential cardiac surgeries and medical services to children from around the third world. Each team will solicit sponsorships from local families and individuals in an effort to raise awareness of the tournament and make it the best charity event possible. This is a fantastic opportunity to get out for a GREAT cause and play a little basketball in the process. Min 6/Max 48. Inst: Matt Frank, Eric Bishop

MERF U ROAD TRIP: THE COLLEGE TOUR 9 - 12 GR Pack a bag, grab a coat and get in the van! This fall the Merfish Teen Center will be offering its first Texas college road trip with stops at Texas A&M; University of Texas, Austin; University of Texas, San Antonio; Rice University and much more. Experience the universities you may be applying to firsthand and gain the knowledge necessary to gain an informed opinion on where to apply. Texas has a lot of wonderful college options to choose from, so sign up today to reserve your spot on this adventure through the Lone Star State! Inst: Matt Frank Informational Meeting, Thursday, Sept 2 at 7:00 PM. For more information please contact the Merfish Teen Center at 713.838.7200 or ALL AGES

Our first cooking class will begin in October. Please contact Maytal Babajanov at 713.838.7200 or for more details. Please check the Teen Page on the JCC website to find out more information about upcoming classes.

Do you dream of skating your way to an Olympic medal or are you looking for a sport that will keep you physically fit? Sharpstown School of Skating has an exciting Learn to Skate Program which is fun, challenging and rewarding. Classes are one hour in length and the best value for your dollar. Proud partner with the JCC. All JCC members receive 10% off and the first 25 people who register will receive a FREE 30 MIN. PRIVATE LESSON.


We offer a Wednesday class at 5:45 PM and a Sunday class at 12:45 PM each week. Our group classes begin with the basic skills for figure, hockey or recreational skating and progress through freestyle teaching jumps, spins and moves in the field.

9 - 12 GR

Dodge, Dip, Dive and Dodge. Let's get it started, join the ‘Merf Crew’ as we start our first ever Kickball and Dodge Ball leagues. You will have the opportunity to form your own teams and be crowned the first ever Merf League Champions. Inst: Maytal Babajanov, Matt Frank $15 per person per sport Informational meeting Sunday, Sept 12 at 2:00 PM Contact the Merfish Teen Center 713.838.7200 to find out more information.




T 7:00 - 9:00 PM Once per month $5 if you cook, $8 if you don't

Dec 19 – 21 Let the JCC take you out of town while school’s out! We’re planning a 3 day, 2 night out-of-town trip during winter break to an exciting location, so enjoy a chance to take a break with your friends!


ELUL 5770 - TEVET 5771

We specialize in the following disciplines: • Pre-School/Parent - Tot Classes • USFS Learn to Skate Group Classes • Adult Classes - Theater on Ice • Hockey (Beginner) and Power Classes • Competitive Figure Skating and Private Lessons Visit the Sharpstown website at Register today at 713.389.8497 or email




2:00 - 3:30 PM

Nov 14 Min $25 donation

For more information please contact the Matt Frank at 713.838.7200 or

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Teen MiTzvah 9 - 12 GR Days Sun

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Wanna help make a difference in your community? Need community service hours for school? Join the Merf Crew as we take our desire to help make our community a better place by volunteering for our ongoing Teen Mitzvah Day. One Sunday a month will be dedicated to helping others in need. Just think, a few hours of your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life. Programs will vary each month; some may be more physical, while others maybe as simple as reading a book to a child. Inst: Eric Bishop, Maytal Babajanov and Matt Frank Dates: Sept 26, Oct 31, Nov 14, Dec 25 Contact the Merfish Teen Center 713.838.7200 for more information.


9 - 12 GR

You’ve seen the fun and excitement on TV, and now here’s your chance to try it out for yourself. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. The program combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun. Zumba classes are offered through licensed instructors in more than 60,000 fitness center locations in 105 countries and with 7.5 million participants. Th

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Oct 7 - Dec 7 $10m/$15p per person per session

Contact the Merfish Teen Center at 713.838.7200 for more information. Come to one session or all sessions for more details. Classes will take place at the Merfish Teen Center. No Children • Tween • Teen classes 11/26, 12/24.


JCC Houston 2010 Fall Program Guide  

Fall classes and programs for the Jewish Community Center of Houston