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T RI BU T ES ANN & STEPHEN KAUFMAN JEWISH EDUCATION FUND In Honor of Lauren & Jeremy Blachman – Kathy & Stephen Parven BBYO FUND In Honor of Debbie & Stephen Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Carol Goldberg for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber In Honor of Patti Hanfling for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber The Following Tributes are given by Carol Goldberg and Patti Hanfling in honor of:

Linda Chess for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Robin Greenspan for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager and for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Louise Kershman for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Ruth Morris for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Sheila Sack for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Carol Sternberg for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Cynthia Stetzer for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Beverly Sufian for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Marc Davis for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Renee Stern for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Liz Aussenberg for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Sue Goott for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Mignon Wolf for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Ilana Bell for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Vikki Evans for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lillie Hurwitz for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Sharon Laderman for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lolly Friedman Miller for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lauren Vines for enthusiastically chairing the highly successful Oliver Lapin Family Day during Book Fair • Susan Schneider for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair and for her expert assistance with set design for the Book Store and gym • Irene Weingarten for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair • Carolyn Kaplan for preparing attractive hospitality bags for our authors during Book Fair • Susan Altschuler for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Judy Arfa for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Ellen Grabois for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Shirley Warshaw for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Karol Musher for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Ruth Strudler for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Samantha Melman for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Esther Polland for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Doug Freedman for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Esther Steinfeld for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Diane Gelman for doing a great job as Library Liaison for Book Fair • Leah Gross for doing a phenomenal job as coordinator of Niche Marketing during Book Fair • Tracy & Gary Stein for graciously hosting the Patron Brunch in their beautiful home • Rosita Gaon for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Michael & Vicky Richker for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Stella Blumenthal for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • Annette Kavin for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • David Bell for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Ali Katz for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Daniel Musher for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Patricia Rauch for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Elinor & Jack Goldberg for doing an absolutely extraordinary job as chairs of set up and break down of the Bookstore • Barbara Winthrop Rose for her valuable mentoring and for doing a nice job overseeing the special needs initiatives for Book Fair • Isabelle Mayer for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Shira Yoshor for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Lisa Estes for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Debbie Lapin for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Roger Stern for doing an exceptional job as Volunteer Coordinator for Book Fair • Susan Morris for her helpful guidance during Book Fair • Dan Steiner for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Jerry Wische for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Bobbi Samuels for her valiant efforts on behalf of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Jonathan Fass for his expert leadership of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Marilyn Hassid for her passion, dedication, knowledge and indefatigable efforts in ensuring that the Houston JCC Book & Arts Fair is one of the preeminent Book Fairs in the country • Judy Weil for her cheerful and expert manner in handling endless Book Fair details • Barbara Lindenberg for her exceptional leadership as Bookstore Manager • Jennifer Handy for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Brittany Horwitt for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Naomi Barancik for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Michele Faudem for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Maxine Silberstein for her many accomplishments as Dance Director • Jerry Lynch for being a great Theater Manager • Michelle Groogan for doing a wonderful job with public relations for Book Fair • Bettina Stap for doing a wonderful job with graphics for Book Fair

CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP BALL FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid, for her dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose In Honor of Jonathan Fass for his dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose DANCE MONTH FUND In Honor of Karen Freedman’s Birthday – Beverly & Dave Sufian DONNA FRANKOFF JEWISH BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Dr. Daniel Brener’s Special Birthday – Cathy & Joe Jankovic, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Libby & Buz Marvins In Honor of the Birthday of Dr. David Bell – Cathy & Joe Jankovic GERALD RAUCH MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Mrs. Lila Rauch – Patricia & Mark Rauch, Linda & Larry Rauch, Linda Susman, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Rauch In Honor of the Birthday of Bernard Fuchs – Lila Rauch In Memory of Gerald Rauch – Linda Susman In Honor of the Birthday of Edith Lewis – Lila Rauch In Memory of Mr. Jules Maltz – Lila Rauch In Memory of Charles Leff – Patricia & Mark Rauch GENERAL FUNDS In Memory of Elizabeth Bock – Norman Bock In Memory of Elaine Spector – Ruth & Arnold Walkow In Honor of the Steiner/Savrick Family - Mr. Charles Steiner In Memory of Izadore Segal – Ann & Stephen Kaufman HARRIS WEINGARTEN OUTDOOR TENNIS CENTER FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Alan Rauch – Emily & Albert Stein HARRY K. SMITH MEALS ON WHEELS FUND In Memory of Sarah Seiden, Mother of Mrs. Ronnie Melnick – Beverly Manne In Memory of Lura Mendelson – Robert A. Mendelson In Honor of the Birthday of Zelda Halpert – Lisa Halpert In Memory of Jerry Derogatis – Dena Linda & Family In Honor of The Holidays – David Barkhausen In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Ellen Robinson – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of the 75th Birthday of Morton Seline – Carol & Desey Desenberg In Honor of the Birthday of Rose Gordon Finkelman – Marie & Gerson Cweren In Memory of Charles Nathan – Bernice Friedlander, Sam Blustein, Karol & Daniel Musher, In Memory of Celia Kramer – Ellen & Stephen Leventhal In Honor of Mark Getz for his courage – Samuel Blustein In Honor of Joanne & Donald Brodsky, Honorees of the 2010 Children’s Scholarship Ball – Daniel & Sandi Cohan IRVIN KAPLAN CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Bernie Fuchs – Wendy & Andy Bernstein In Memory of Dr. Louis Weinstein, father of Jeri Shapiro – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Elaine Spector – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sidney Goldstein, Father of Teri Greenblatt – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Nancy & Steve Lerner, Hanky Rapp, Renee Harris, Cynthia Whittington, Diana Howard, Linda & Joel Chess, Irene & Alex Wolchansky In Honor of Martha Kaplan Freedman for Receiving the JOE Award – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FUND In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Herman Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Hilda & Bobby Frank In Memory of Charles Nathan - Bobbi & Vic Samuels, Ed & Susan Septimus, Margaret Wische, Lorraine & Sid Brown In Memory of Daniel Pearl – Elaine & Walter Heller In Honor of the Birthday of David Bleyzer – his loving parents

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MACCABI YOUTH GAMES FUND In Memory of Sonny Penner - Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Lenny Dubin – Sheryl Eskowitz In Memory of Betty Moore – Judy & Michael Feinstein In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Debra & Adam Traub, Carol Lee, Susan Green, Myra Wilson, Bruce Farrar, Mindy & Miles Wertheimer and Family, Lorrie Klein & Frank Paul, Michele & David Weiss, Gretchen Herman, Michael Coffin, David & Sally Goodroe

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MARILYN HASSID JEWISH BOOK FAIR EMERGING AUTHORS FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid – Dee Dee Dochen In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for her hard work for Book Fair – Mitchel Levy In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber MARILYN STEINER MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of Harding Frankel – Shirley & Sonny Landsberg, Lucky & Sandy Burke MIKE GROSSMAN/JUDY RICHKER MACCABI SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of Patti & Dan Steiner – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Laurie Brown – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Golda Baker – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Dr. Herman Lapin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Harold Raizes – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Bernice Hager Vejans – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Israel Wuntch – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Robert L. Astrich – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Shirley & Bruce Stein – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Ginger Spira Kaplan upon the dedication of “Main Street” at Seven Acres in memory of Madeline & Henry Spira – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sam Abramson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Charles Davidoff – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Mariam Rachel Gurin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Linda Gardner Segal – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Carl “Bud” Friedman of Cincinnati, OH, father of Debra Shniderson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Dr. Al Gordon upon becoming Gabbai Emeritus for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Alan F. Levin upon becoming Head Gabbai for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Dr. Jack H. Levine – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Belle Malev – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Morris Zeidman – Michael & Vicky Richker NANCY LERNER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of Dick Schissler’s Birthday – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sonny Penner – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Ellen Red – Nancy & Steve Lerner PATRON OF THE ARTS FUND In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Janet & Mickey Frost RAYMOND PLOTKIN FUND In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Karen Akkerman, John, Pam & Kegan Blumenthal, Ellen & Tim Sosinski, Elise Sheppard, Deanna Roll, Patricia Lippold, Lisa Stone & Scott Cantor, Rhoda L. Goldberg, Phillips Steel & Industrial Supplies, Bill Jarvis, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Selig, Margaret A. Davis, David Cherry, Mardi, Mark, Max & Illan Kunik, Diane & Robert Pont, Freda, Peter, Jaime & Jeff Justiz, Michaele and Michael Brown, Susana Pena, Paul Duckworth, Bruce D. Friedman, DDS, Charles & Sharon Suessmuth, Madeline & Martin Gold, Gilda & Warren Sprung, the Daniel Landson Family, Carol Thompson, David M. Jones, Marna & Stephen Meyer, Vicky & Michael Richker, Stacy & Brian Rose, Barbara Bush Library Staff, Tomball Library Staff, Paula & Joel Picker, Robert & Judith Lever, Joel, Judi, Maureen & Daniel Levy, Sharon, Dan, Marc, Seth & Joshua Brener, Julie & David Fessler, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Rubin, Rabbi Jack Segal, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Solomon, Marshall Hoffman, Karen & Shelton Courville, Coby Nathanson Mc Elroy and Frank Mc Elroy, Barbara H. Magid, Gertrude & Don Teter, Bobbie & Leon Kestenbaum, Debra & Matt Kestenbaum, Nina & Brian Abell, Glenda & Terry Waldman, Suzanne Hawley, Sandra & Richard Jackson

Celebrating 30 Years of Dance at the IW Marks Theatre Center January 7 - February 20, 2010

Supplement to Jewish Herald-Voice, Herald Publishing Co.

Dance Month continues to spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers.

Thursday, Jan 7 · 7:00 – 10:00 PM Warehouse Live · 813 St. Emanuel Street We will highlight 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, marking 30 years of presenting prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers. We will honor Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series. Brace yourself for an evening of fun, prizes and surprises featuring the world sounds of Moodafaruka! Hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Bowl Café. Attire: chic casual or like a “dancing fool.”

WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. It’s more convenient than ever to pay your dues or make a donation! PLEASE NOTE: Names and organizations listed in this newsletter reflect donations received by December 4, 2009. Great care has been exercised to ensure the proper recognition of our donors. If an error or omission does occur, we apologize and hope you will bring it to our attention. Please address all corrections with the Development Office, 713.729.3200, ext. 3212 or cwhittington@jcchouston.org

The Jewish Community Center of Houston - The Milton Levit Family Campus Dedicated to strengthening the Jewish Family and Building the Jewish community 5601 S. Braeswood Houson, Texas 77096 713.729.3200 jcchouston.org

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n Saturday, February 13, the JCC will welcome more than 600 guests to the Westin Galleria for the 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball. Irvin Kaplan, for whom the Ball is named, had a long standing commitment to children’s causes and issues in our community. The Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund benefits children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in need of financial assistance for preschools, infant care, after-school care, summer camp and special needs programs offered at the JCC. Each year more than 300 children are recipients of the proceeds.

$25 per person / $12 per student with valid I.D.

Tirkedu Houston! Friday, Jan 15 - Sunday, Jan 17 Featuring the young Markid Dance leader from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi.

Houston Ballet II Sunday, Jan 17 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee Houston Ballet II’s “Around the World in Seven Dances” teaches the history, culture and music of the seven continents through ballet. In collaboration with the JCC Children’s Performing Arts Series.

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LehrerDance Saturday, Jan 30 · 8:00 PM Concert An inspiring and innovative contemporary dance company under the direction of Jon Lehrer.

LehrerDance Family Favorites Sunday, Jan 31 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee

Triple Focus Saturday, Feb 6 · 8:00 PM Concert An evening of dance featuring three professional companies: Ad Deum Dance Company Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company.

Dancing the Night Away Saturday, Feb 20 · 8:00 - 8:45 PM Lesson / 8:45 PM Dance Celebrate 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. Spend the evening dancing to The Maria Williams Band, and arrive early for a 45-minute lesson with the JCC’s ballroom dance teacher, Johnny Tanon.

For complete listings or to purchase tickets online visit jcchouston.org

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SENIOR ADULT MITZVAH FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Diana Howard In Memory of Ruth Starkschall – Amelia & Joseph Kornfeld In Honor of the Birthday of Kurt Carsch – Babette Weiser In Memory of Charles Nathan – Nancy & Steve Lerner, Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Maxine & Herman Lapin. Cathy & Joseph Jankovic, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff, Esther Shelby, Ruth White Brodsky, The Weiner Family – Leslie, Sandy, Rebecca, Edward, Jamie, Eliana, David, Stacy, Michael, Evan, Dina & Bryna Esther Weiner; Diana Howard, Hanky Rapp In Memory of Sonny Penner - Maxine & Herman Lapin, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, In Honor of Cantor Sharon Eve Colbert – Lisa C. Trimarchi In Honor of the Wedding of the Daughter ( Julia) of Mr. & Mrs. Jonny Lake – Renee & Hank Bickart In Memory of Carl Friedman, father of Debra Shniderson – Leah & Jon Gross In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Judy & Rusty Zainfeld

The Senior Adult Shabbat Diner Program is underwrtitten in memory of Paul Lipnick who was active in JCC senior adult activities by Elton & Janet Lipnick, David Lipnick and Myles and Amy Kelman.

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Maccabi Tryouts Begin Dance Month Begins Fitness Center Open House Preschool Open House Judaism Alive: Tu B’Shevat Celebration Horvitz Scholar Opens

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West Houston Summer Day Camp Info Night Summer Day Camp Info Night Daddy / Daughter Dance Summer Day Camp & Early Childhood Registration Day 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball Dance Month Ends: Dancing the Night Away Bowling Night for Bertha Alyce Center

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Spring Class Registration 6th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival Begins Spring Break Camp Begins

Approximately 2,700 children, infant through teen, participate in JCC programs each year. The Center strives to provide the highest standards in activities, staff and facilities. The Children’s Scholarship Ball started 20 years ago with a group of a dozen women who came up with the idea of holding a gala to help raise money for children’s scholarships. The Ball continues to honor the most devoted and committed members of the community. This year’s theme “Brightening Lives for 20 Years” will focus on the successes made possible by a community who makes children a priority. The 2010 Ball will honor Joanne & Donald Brodsky and Imogen “Immy” Papadopoulos for their commitment to improving the quality of life for children and youth. Honorary Chairs are Barbara & J. Victor Samuels, Catherine Clark Mosbacher and Suzie & Honorable Alvin Zimmerman. The event chair is Patti Steiner. More than $7,000,000 has been raised since the inception of the Children’s Scholarship Ball. Approximately $375,000 in financial

“This is our time to showcase the JCC. We are going though tough economic times and more and more people are looking at what the J does for kids and families. I was surprised looking into all that the J does for teens, kids and seniors. The community needs to know the depth and breadth of what the J does and how many people get helped. Kids are not turned away from programs because of their family's situation.”

assistance is given to families. Sixty percent of the recipients are from single-parent families with annual incomes ranging from $12,000-$22,000. The hope for the Ball is to raise enough money to maintain the level of financial aid that the JCC gives families and to expand programs and help even more children. You only have to look at the programs the JCC offers to know that children are a priority. In 2004, the JCC initiated the STARS preschool intervention program to better serve children with autism. The STARS program provides year-round, intensive educational support and multidisciplinary intervention for children ages two through five on the autism spectrum. For more information about the Children’s Scholarship Ball or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Melissa Gordon at 713-729-3200, ext. 3103 or mgordon@jcchouston.org.

Imogen S. Papadopoulos, Honoree

“This honor is probably the highest in the city when it comes to those working with children and families.”

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DID YOU KNOW? You can recycle the following items at the JCC ■ Aluminum ■ Plastic ■ Paper ■ Batteries

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TRYOUTS IN-PROGRESS For a schedule of listings visit jcchouston.org


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What to Look for in a Jewish Preschool

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he JCC is a place for every Jewish child. Little ones begin their Jewish journey in our Early Childhood Education programs at the Bertha Alyce Center and the Ellen Boniuk Center in West Houston. The schools are caring, skill-building, learning environments immersed with Judaic enrichment including music and Hebrew language instruction. Along with a flexible early childhood curriculum that focuses on learning pre-kindergarten skills, kids get Judaic enrichment taught by highly qualified teachers and staff. “The JCC Early Childhood Centers allow Jewish children an opportunity to engage in high quality, innovative and meaningful Jewish and early childhood experiences. The flexible programs are designed to build on the individual strengths while developing a love of learning and maintaining a close relationship with Jewish values and culture” said Bonnie Kasner, Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCC.

The Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC believes these informal Jewish education experiences are an important way for parents to make their child’s Jewish journey an impactful one. “Raising a Jewish child means exposing kids to Judaism in diverse environments. Even if your child receives a first-class education at a Jewish day school, there is value in being connected to the larger Jewish community and participating in programs that only the JCC can offer,” said Jonathan Fass, Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC Houston. “If your child goes to public school, programs at the JCC may be a way to explore Jewish life after school, on weekends and during the summer.” Children who grow up at the JCC are offered opportunities to explore Jewish life through Summer Day Camp, youth activities, teen socialaction programs, JCC Maccabi and ArtsFest, the annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair, the Children’s Performing Arts Series and Holiday programs.

Three Multi-Session Mini-Courses Focusing on Aspects of Biblical Studies

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he Jewish Community Center is excited to host Dr. Yair Zakovitch as the 22nd Bunny and Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Yair Zakovitch’s primary interests are literary analysis, the history of beliefs and ideas, biblical historiography and early Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In Israel, Dr. Zakovitch is a well-known lecturer, teaching regularly at teachers’ seminars and continuing education programs as well as appearing on national radio and television programs. Literary Archeology and the Beginning of Exegesis is the topic of the opening night lecture of this year’s residency. In this lecture Professor Zakovitch will take one

“We have programs that promote Jewish values. We teach kids honesty, integrity and we talk about moral values that come out of Jewish text.” “Being Jewish should be a year round, seven-day-a-week experience,” said Fass. Parents who have discovered the preschool programs at the JCC are thrilled with the year-round flexible enrollment options of half day or full day and two, three and five day schedule options. Parents love the small teacher-to-child ratio and open communication.

There are limited spaces available in each of the classrooms next year. Both campuses will host an Open House Wednesday, January 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This is a day for families to see the school, meet the teachers, tour the building and ask questions. For more information contact Bonny Kasner 713.551.7200 or visit jcchouston.org.

WINTER CLASS REGISTRATION There is still time to register for classes.

CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 12 Visit jcchouston.org for more details and to register.

Last Year’s Rate Summer Day Camp Registration Special

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uality is the best way to sum up Summer Day Camp at the J. That includes quality instructors, quality facilities and quality programming. The JCC has been giving children the ultimate summer day camp experience for more than 60 years. This summer’s stellar lineup of camps includes more than 50 camping opportunities with numerous theme camps such as Art Camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, Sports Camp, Kinder Camp, Tennis Camp, Teen Trek Camp, Gymnastics Camp and Aquatics Camp. Summer Day Camp at the J blends fun and skill development with an enriching Judaic experience. Quality and flexible program options from one to twelve weeks are not only making the JCC’s Summer Day Camp a popular choice for parents but a smart, affordable choice. You can learn more about all the fabulous camps the JCC has to offer by attending Camp Parent Information Night at 7:00 PM on February 3 (West Houston JCC) or February 4 ( JCC Main Campus). For more information about Summer Day Camp at the J call Randy Comensky at 713.729.3200 ext. 3247 or visit jcchouston.org.

ONE DAY ONLY! Receive 2009 Rates! SUMMER DAY CAMP REGISTRATION Sunday, February 7 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

biblical narrative and reconstruct its history, demonstrating the various techniques and phenomena of biblical exegesis. This opening night lecture is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 7:30 PM. Over the course of the residency, Dr. Zakovitch will offer three multisession mini-courses, with each focusing on a different aspect of Biblical Studies. The Monday evening mini-course will focus on biblical personalities. The Wednesday evening course will explore the relationship between religion, politics and sacred space. The Thursday evening course will discuss the biblical understanding of miracles and miraculous births. New to the program this year is the establishment of a mid-residency lecture. The topic of this lecture is Canonization and Interpretation. The lecture will focus on how the gradual development of the biblical canon affects the interpretation of the Bible as a whole. This lecture is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 at 11:00 AM.

The residency will conclude on Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 PM with a closing lecture entitled Why was the Torah Given at Sinai? The Bible places great emphasis on the fact that the Torah was delivered directly from God to the Israelites in the wilderness. In this closing lecture, we will nevertheless uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.

All lectures of the residency are open to the community at no cost. The three mini-courses are open to the public with an $18 series ticket. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Horvitz family. For more information about the program, please contact Rabbi Michele Faudem at mfaudem@jcchouston.org or by phone at 713.729.3200 ext. 3322.

22nd Annual Bunny & Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence Program January 31 – February 18, 2010 Dr. Yair Zakovitch Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“We will uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.”

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of the full-scale musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to be performed in the Kaplan Theatre April 22 and 25. A mandatory Parent Meeting will take place Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 PM to register and meet director Krysti Wilson. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 12 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-6:45 PM Auditions will take place during the first few rehearsals and casting may be limited. For more information contact Randy Comensky at rcomensky@jcchouston.org or 713.729.3200 ext.3246

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17 $70 JCC member / $100 public $50 student with valid I.D. Full weekend workshop. Dance Month begins with the return by request with the return of the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi. Alfasi, who has increasingly been making a mark both at home and abroad is back to lead Tirkedu Houston! He is known for his enthusiastic teaching style and magnetic personality. For details and registration visit jcchouston.org.

JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 8 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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INFLUENCE AND IDENTITY: THREE WAYS OF BEING A JEWISH COMPOSER Richard Lavenda, Professor of Composition and Theory and Director of Graduate Studies at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University In collaboration with the Rice University Jewish Studies Program The question of what makes a piece of music Jewish has long been a source of discussion and dispute. The three lectures of this series will focus on the music of three composers, all of whom, in one way or another, have written Jewish music.

EARLY ZIONIST ARTISTS: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel Instructor: Alec Mishory, Visiting Professor of Art History at Rice University

$24 member / $34 public This course will focus on the visual interpretation of several Zionist ideas and myths as they are found in works of art created in Europe before World War I and in Jewish Palestine of the 1920s.

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SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual Jewish Film Festival March 9 - 21, 2010

Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei: A German Protestant writes Sacred Jewish Music Sunday, January 17 • 10:00 AM

GOD IN THE OBAMA ERA: Presidents’ Religion and Ethics from George Washington to Barack Obama Dr. Niels Nielsen, Jr., The J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University (Emeritus) Monday, January 11 at 8:00 PM $6 member / $8 public

Three Thursday evenings, beginning January 14 • 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Salomone Rossi: A Jewish Composer in the Italian Court Sunday, January 10 • 10:00 AM

MP

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

D

ance Month at the Kaplan Theatre celebrates three decades of dance showcasing Houston’s talent as well as national dancers, teachers and choreographers. The Jewish Community Center of Houston will host a series of performances, concerts and workshops January 7 through February 20. The festivities kick off with Celebrate Dance on January 7 at 7:00 PM The event honors Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. They are: June Christensen, Society for the Performing Arts; Andrea Cody, Dance Houston; Christina Giannelli, Dance Source Houston; Nancy Henderek, Dance Salad; Sixto Wagan, DiverseWorks and Jennifer Wood/Louie Saletan, Barnevelder Movement/Arts

Complex. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series, which allows hundreds of students to take classes from dance masters. Opening weekend of Dance Month is January 15-17. Workshops

performed on Sunday, January 17 following the performance. LehrerDance is coming to Dance Month January 30 and 31. The contemporary dance company from New York is comprised of eight individuals who bring their own unique skills to dance, including break-dancing, modern, ballet and gymnastics. The Jewish Community Center is proud to bring back Triple Focus February 6, featuring Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company. Ranging in style from jazz to classical, these three professional local companies will premier one new work and one piece from their repertory.

Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. will feature Israeli folk dance. Ofer Alfasi, the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel who has been making a mark both at home and abroad returns to lead Tirkedu Houston! The Jewish Community Center Dance Month presents Houston Ballet II in “Around the World in Seven Dances,” as part of the Children’s Performing Arts Series being

Dancing the Night Away on February 2 offers A fun filled party of dancing to The Maria Williams Band. Come early and learn some popular dance steps from JCC instructor, Johnny Tanon. Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. The artistic leaders of Triple Focus will come together to give a Contemporary Master Class on February 4. For more information on Dance Month including performance, concerts, master classes and workshops, please visit jcchouston.org or spa.org. Call 713-729-3200 ext. 3223 or email Maxine Silberstein at msilberstein@jcchouston.org.

.............................................................................................................................

FREE SERIES

TIRKEDU HOUSTON!

Decades of Dance

In his new book, an examination of the role of religion in the life and work of our Presidents, Dr. Nielsen revisits one of the most controversial issues of the recent presidential campaign — Obama’s religious beliefs and background — and explores how they influence day-to-day decisions.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These lectures will take place at the JCC.­­

HURRAY FOR TREES:  TU B’SHEVAT CELEBRATION Sunday, January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

■ Free Babysitting (ages 6 months - 7 years)

F itness Center Open House Schedule January 10 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

■ Complimentary Classes Including Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Water Fitness and more!

FREE MASTER CLASSES: WATER FITNESS, INDOOR CYCLE, CARDIO, MIND, BODY & SPIRIT, BODYPUMP™ AND MORE!

■ Personal Fitness Training & Massage Therapy Available

FREE BODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS FROM 9:00 – 11:00 AM

GROUP EX SAMPLER 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

2-WEEK

S S A P E FRE

H US E TH RO UG . VA LI D FO R SI TO RS ON LY VI E M TI Y. TR FI RS M AY AP PL WJ CO NN RS HI P IS FO ST RI CT IO NS TR IA L M EM BE 10 . OT HE R RE TW O W EE K M AR CH 31 , 20

WATER FITNESS 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM INDOOR CYCLE 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MIND, BODY & SPIRIT 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

AUGUST 8 - 13 / GRADES 7 - 11 For information please contact Delegation Head Brittany Horwitt at 713-729-3200 ext. 3327 or visit www.jccmaccabiartsfest.org

Sing, Act, Rock and More!

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■ 15,000 sq. ft. Renovated Facility

■ Indoor & Outdoor Pools

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees, with eco-friendly arts and crafts. Following the fun, join us for a LehrerDance family friendly modern and jazz dance program.

Between Worlds: Jewish Music in Contemporary, Secular America Sunday, January 24 • 10:00 AM

SHAKE UP

YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

■ visit jcchouston.org for class times

BODYPUMP™ LAUNCH 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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K I D S & FAMI LY

Get With the Program

Scholar-in-Residence Series

What to Look for in a Jewish Preschool

T

he JCC is a place for every Jewish child. Little ones begin their Jewish journey in our Early Childhood Education programs at the Bertha Alyce Center and the Ellen Boniuk Center in West Houston. The schools are caring, skill-building, learning environments immersed with Judaic enrichment including music and Hebrew language instruction. Along with a flexible early childhood curriculum that focuses on learning pre-kindergarten skills, kids get Judaic enrichment taught by highly qualified teachers and staff. “The JCC Early Childhood Centers allow Jewish children an opportunity to engage in high quality, innovative and meaningful Jewish and early childhood experiences. The flexible programs are designed to build on the individual strengths while developing a love of learning and maintaining a close relationship with Jewish values and culture” said Bonnie Kasner, Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCC.

The Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC believes these informal Jewish education experiences are an important way for parents to make their child’s Jewish journey an impactful one. “Raising a Jewish child means exposing kids to Judaism in diverse environments. Even if your child receives a first-class education at a Jewish day school, there is value in being connected to the larger Jewish community and participating in programs that only the JCC can offer,” said Jonathan Fass, Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC Houston. “If your child goes to public school, programs at the JCC may be a way to explore Jewish life after school, on weekends and during the summer.” Children who grow up at the JCC are offered opportunities to explore Jewish life through Summer Day Camp, youth activities, teen socialaction programs, JCC Maccabi and ArtsFest, the annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair, the Children’s Performing Arts Series and Holiday programs.

Three Multi-Session Mini-Courses Focusing on Aspects of Biblical Studies

T

he Jewish Community Center is excited to host Dr. Yair Zakovitch as the 22nd Bunny and Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Yair Zakovitch’s primary interests are literary analysis, the history of beliefs and ideas, biblical historiography and early Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In Israel, Dr. Zakovitch is a well-known lecturer, teaching regularly at teachers’ seminars and continuing education programs as well as appearing on national radio and television programs. Literary Archeology and the Beginning of Exegesis is the topic of the opening night lecture of this year’s residency. In this lecture Professor Zakovitch will take one

“We have programs that promote Jewish values. We teach kids honesty, integrity and we talk about moral values that come out of Jewish text.” “Being Jewish should be a year round, seven-day-a-week experience,” said Fass. Parents who have discovered the preschool programs at the JCC are thrilled with the year-round flexible enrollment options of half day or full day and two, three and five day schedule options. Parents love the small teacher-to-child ratio and open communication.

There are limited spaces available in each of the classrooms next year. Both campuses will host an Open House Wednesday, January 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This is a day for families to see the school, meet the teachers, tour the building and ask questions. For more information contact Bonny Kasner 713.551.7200 or visit jcchouston.org.

WINTER CLASS REGISTRATION There is still time to register for classes.

CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 12 Visit jcchouston.org for more details and to register.

Last Year’s Rate Summer Day Camp Registration Special

Q

uality is the best way to sum up Summer Day Camp at the J. That includes quality instructors, quality facilities and quality programming. The JCC has been giving children the ultimate summer day camp experience for more than 60 years. This summer’s stellar lineup of camps includes more than 50 camping opportunities with numerous theme camps such as Art Camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, Sports Camp, Kinder Camp, Tennis Camp, Teen Trek Camp, Gymnastics Camp and Aquatics Camp. Summer Day Camp at the J blends fun and skill development with an enriching Judaic experience. Quality and flexible program options from one to twelve weeks are not only making the JCC’s Summer Day Camp a popular choice for parents but a smart, affordable choice. You can learn more about all the fabulous camps the JCC has to offer by attending Camp Parent Information Night at 7:00 PM on February 3 (West Houston JCC) or February 4 ( JCC Main Campus). For more information about Summer Day Camp at the J call Randy Comensky at 713.729.3200 ext. 3247 or visit jcchouston.org.

ONE DAY ONLY! Receive 2009 Rates! SUMMER DAY CAMP REGISTRATION Sunday, February 7 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

biblical narrative and reconstruct its history, demonstrating the various techniques and phenomena of biblical exegesis. This opening night lecture is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 7:30 PM. Over the course of the residency, Dr. Zakovitch will offer three multisession mini-courses, with each focusing on a different aspect of Biblical Studies. The Monday evening mini-course will focus on biblical personalities. The Wednesday evening course will explore the relationship between religion, politics and sacred space. The Thursday evening course will discuss the biblical understanding of miracles and miraculous births. New to the program this year is the establishment of a mid-residency lecture. The topic of this lecture is Canonization and Interpretation. The lecture will focus on how the gradual development of the biblical canon affects the interpretation of the Bible as a whole. This lecture is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 at 11:00 AM.

The residency will conclude on Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 PM with a closing lecture entitled Why was the Torah Given at Sinai? The Bible places great emphasis on the fact that the Torah was delivered directly from God to the Israelites in the wilderness. In this closing lecture, we will nevertheless uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.

All lectures of the residency are open to the community at no cost. The three mini-courses are open to the public with an $18 series ticket. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Horvitz family. For more information about the program, please contact Rabbi Michele Faudem at mfaudem@jcchouston.org or by phone at 713.729.3200 ext. 3322.

22nd Annual Bunny & Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence Program January 31 – February 18, 2010 Dr. Yair Zakovitch Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“We will uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.”

.............................................................................................................................

UPCOMING CJLL EVENTS

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ARO UND T H E J

C EN T ER F O R J EWISH LIVI NG & LEARNI NG

CASTING CALL! Be a part

of the full-scale musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to be performed in the Kaplan Theatre April 22 and 25. A mandatory Parent Meeting will take place Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 PM to register and meet director Krysti Wilson. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 12 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-6:45 PM Auditions will take place during the first few rehearsals and casting may be limited. For more information contact Randy Comensky at rcomensky@jcchouston.org or 713.729.3200 ext.3246

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17 $70 JCC member / $100 public $50 student with valid I.D. Full weekend workshop. Dance Month begins with the return by request with the return of the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi. Alfasi, who has increasingly been making a mark both at home and abroad is back to lead Tirkedu Houston! He is known for his enthusiastic teaching style and magnetic personality. For details and registration visit jcchouston.org.

JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 8 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

......................................................... ■

Ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Child’s day out, part-time, full-time options

STARS program for children with developmental delays*

Immersion Hebrew program

Let us prepare your child for kindergarten!

CA

......................................................... *Exclusively at our Southwest Houston location

Meet the Teachers. Ask Questions.

CLASSROOM VISITATION & TOURS JANUARY 27 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM S RSHIP

M

E EMB

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$199

I SPR

AK E R B RCH G N

M A 15 - 19

JCC: Bonnie Kasner, Director 713.551.7200 JCC West Houston: Rachel Wallach, Director 281.556.5567

INFLUENCE AND IDENTITY: THREE WAYS OF BEING A JEWISH COMPOSER Richard Lavenda, Professor of Composition and Theory and Director of Graduate Studies at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University In collaboration with the Rice University Jewish Studies Program The question of what makes a piece of music Jewish has long been a source of discussion and dispute. The three lectures of this series will focus on the music of three composers, all of whom, in one way or another, have written Jewish music.

EARLY ZIONIST ARTISTS: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel Instructor: Alec Mishory, Visiting Professor of Art History at Rice University

$24 member / $34 public This course will focus on the visual interpretation of several Zionist ideas and myths as they are found in works of art created in Europe before World War I and in Jewish Palestine of the 1920s.

HOUSTON

JEWISH

film festival

SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual Jewish Film Festival March 9 - 21, 2010

Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei: A German Protestant writes Sacred Jewish Music Sunday, January 17 • 10:00 AM

GOD IN THE OBAMA ERA: Presidents’ Religion and Ethics from George Washington to Barack Obama Dr. Niels Nielsen, Jr., The J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University (Emeritus) Monday, January 11 at 8:00 PM $6 member / $8 public

Three Thursday evenings, beginning January 14 • 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Salomone Rossi: A Jewish Composer in the Italian Court Sunday, January 10 • 10:00 AM

MP

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

D

ance Month at the Kaplan Theatre celebrates three decades of dance showcasing Houston’s talent as well as national dancers, teachers and choreographers. The Jewish Community Center of Houston will host a series of performances, concerts and workshops January 7 through February 20. The festivities kick off with Celebrate Dance on January 7 at 7:00 PM The event honors Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. They are: June Christensen, Society for the Performing Arts; Andrea Cody, Dance Houston; Christina Giannelli, Dance Source Houston; Nancy Henderek, Dance Salad; Sixto Wagan, DiverseWorks and Jennifer Wood/Louie Saletan, Barnevelder Movement/Arts

Complex. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series, which allows hundreds of students to take classes from dance masters. Opening weekend of Dance Month is January 15-17. Workshops

performed on Sunday, January 17 following the performance. LehrerDance is coming to Dance Month January 30 and 31. The contemporary dance company from New York is comprised of eight individuals who bring their own unique skills to dance, including break-dancing, modern, ballet and gymnastics. The Jewish Community Center is proud to bring back Triple Focus February 6, featuring Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company. Ranging in style from jazz to classical, these three professional local companies will premier one new work and one piece from their repertory.

Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. will feature Israeli folk dance. Ofer Alfasi, the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel who has been making a mark both at home and abroad returns to lead Tirkedu Houston! The Jewish Community Center Dance Month presents Houston Ballet II in “Around the World in Seven Dances,” as part of the Children’s Performing Arts Series being

Dancing the Night Away on February 2 offers A fun filled party of dancing to The Maria Williams Band. Come early and learn some popular dance steps from JCC instructor, Johnny Tanon. Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. The artistic leaders of Triple Focus will come together to give a Contemporary Master Class on February 4. For more information on Dance Month including performance, concerts, master classes and workshops, please visit jcchouston.org or spa.org. Call 713-729-3200 ext. 3223 or email Maxine Silberstein at msilberstein@jcchouston.org.

.............................................................................................................................

FREE SERIES

TIRKEDU HOUSTON!

Decades of Dance

In his new book, an examination of the role of religion in the life and work of our Presidents, Dr. Nielsen revisits one of the most controversial issues of the recent presidential campaign — Obama’s religious beliefs and background — and explores how they influence day-to-day decisions.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These lectures will take place at the JCC.­­

HURRAY FOR TREES:  TU B’SHEVAT CELEBRATION Sunday, January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

■ Free Babysitting (ages 6 months - 7 years)

F itness Center Open House Schedule January 10 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

■ Complimentary Classes Including Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Water Fitness and more!

FREE MASTER CLASSES: WATER FITNESS, INDOOR CYCLE, CARDIO, MIND, BODY & SPIRIT, BODYPUMP™ AND MORE!

■ Personal Fitness Training & Massage Therapy Available

FREE BODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS FROM 9:00 – 11:00 AM

GROUP EX SAMPLER 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

2-WEEK

S S A P E FRE

H US E TH RO UG . VA LI D FO R SI TO RS ON LY VI E M TI Y. TR FI RS M AY AP PL WJ CO NN RS HI P IS FO ST RI CT IO NS TR IA L M EM BE 10 . OT HE R RE TW O W EE K M AR CH 31 , 20

WATER FITNESS 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM INDOOR CYCLE 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MIND, BODY & SPIRIT 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

AUGUST 8 - 13 / GRADES 7 - 11 For information please contact Delegation Head Brittany Horwitt at 713-729-3200 ext. 3327 or visit www.jccmaccabiartsfest.org

Sing, Act, Rock and More!

page 3

■ 15,000 sq. ft. Renovated Facility

■ Indoor & Outdoor Pools

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees, with eco-friendly arts and crafts. Following the fun, join us for a LehrerDance family friendly modern and jazz dance program.

Between Worlds: Jewish Music in Contemporary, Secular America Sunday, January 24 • 10:00 AM

SHAKE UP

YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

■ visit jcchouston.org for class times

BODYPUMP™ LAUNCH 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

page 4


K I D S & FAMI LY

Get With the Program

Scholar-in-Residence Series

What to Look for in a Jewish Preschool

T

he JCC is a place for every Jewish child. Little ones begin their Jewish journey in our Early Childhood Education programs at the Bertha Alyce Center and the Ellen Boniuk Center in West Houston. The schools are caring, skill-building, learning environments immersed with Judaic enrichment including music and Hebrew language instruction. Along with a flexible early childhood curriculum that focuses on learning pre-kindergarten skills, kids get Judaic enrichment taught by highly qualified teachers and staff. “The JCC Early Childhood Centers allow Jewish children an opportunity to engage in high quality, innovative and meaningful Jewish and early childhood experiences. The flexible programs are designed to build on the individual strengths while developing a love of learning and maintaining a close relationship with Jewish values and culture” said Bonnie Kasner, Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCC.

The Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC believes these informal Jewish education experiences are an important way for parents to make their child’s Jewish journey an impactful one. “Raising a Jewish child means exposing kids to Judaism in diverse environments. Even if your child receives a first-class education at a Jewish day school, there is value in being connected to the larger Jewish community and participating in programs that only the JCC can offer,” said Jonathan Fass, Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC Houston. “If your child goes to public school, programs at the JCC may be a way to explore Jewish life after school, on weekends and during the summer.” Children who grow up at the JCC are offered opportunities to explore Jewish life through Summer Day Camp, youth activities, teen socialaction programs, JCC Maccabi and ArtsFest, the annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair, the Children’s Performing Arts Series and Holiday programs.

Three Multi-Session Mini-Courses Focusing on Aspects of Biblical Studies

T

he Jewish Community Center is excited to host Dr. Yair Zakovitch as the 22nd Bunny and Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Yair Zakovitch’s primary interests are literary analysis, the history of beliefs and ideas, biblical historiography and early Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In Israel, Dr. Zakovitch is a well-known lecturer, teaching regularly at teachers’ seminars and continuing education programs as well as appearing on national radio and television programs. Literary Archeology and the Beginning of Exegesis is the topic of the opening night lecture of this year’s residency. In this lecture Professor Zakovitch will take one

“We have programs that promote Jewish values. We teach kids honesty, integrity and we talk about moral values that come out of Jewish text.” “Being Jewish should be a year round, seven-day-a-week experience,” said Fass. Parents who have discovered the preschool programs at the JCC are thrilled with the year-round flexible enrollment options of half day or full day and two, three and five day schedule options. Parents love the small teacher-to-child ratio and open communication.

There are limited spaces available in each of the classrooms next year. Both campuses will host an Open House Wednesday, January 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This is a day for families to see the school, meet the teachers, tour the building and ask questions. For more information contact Bonny Kasner 713.551.7200 or visit jcchouston.org.

WINTER CLASS REGISTRATION There is still time to register for classes.

CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 12 Visit jcchouston.org for more details and to register.

Last Year’s Rate Summer Day Camp Registration Special

Q

uality is the best way to sum up Summer Day Camp at the J. That includes quality instructors, quality facilities and quality programming. The JCC has been giving children the ultimate summer day camp experience for more than 60 years. This summer’s stellar lineup of camps includes more than 50 camping opportunities with numerous theme camps such as Art Camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, Sports Camp, Kinder Camp, Tennis Camp, Teen Trek Camp, Gymnastics Camp and Aquatics Camp. Summer Day Camp at the J blends fun and skill development with an enriching Judaic experience. Quality and flexible program options from one to twelve weeks are not only making the JCC’s Summer Day Camp a popular choice for parents but a smart, affordable choice. You can learn more about all the fabulous camps the JCC has to offer by attending Camp Parent Information Night at 7:00 PM on February 3 (West Houston JCC) or February 4 ( JCC Main Campus). For more information about Summer Day Camp at the J call Randy Comensky at 713.729.3200 ext. 3247 or visit jcchouston.org.

ONE DAY ONLY! Receive 2009 Rates! SUMMER DAY CAMP REGISTRATION Sunday, February 7 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

biblical narrative and reconstruct its history, demonstrating the various techniques and phenomena of biblical exegesis. This opening night lecture is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 7:30 PM. Over the course of the residency, Dr. Zakovitch will offer three multisession mini-courses, with each focusing on a different aspect of Biblical Studies. The Monday evening mini-course will focus on biblical personalities. The Wednesday evening course will explore the relationship between religion, politics and sacred space. The Thursday evening course will discuss the biblical understanding of miracles and miraculous births. New to the program this year is the establishment of a mid-residency lecture. The topic of this lecture is Canonization and Interpretation. The lecture will focus on how the gradual development of the biblical canon affects the interpretation of the Bible as a whole. This lecture is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 at 11:00 AM.

The residency will conclude on Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 PM with a closing lecture entitled Why was the Torah Given at Sinai? The Bible places great emphasis on the fact that the Torah was delivered directly from God to the Israelites in the wilderness. In this closing lecture, we will nevertheless uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.

All lectures of the residency are open to the community at no cost. The three mini-courses are open to the public with an $18 series ticket. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Horvitz family. For more information about the program, please contact Rabbi Michele Faudem at mfaudem@jcchouston.org or by phone at 713.729.3200 ext. 3322.

22nd Annual Bunny & Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence Program January 31 – February 18, 2010 Dr. Yair Zakovitch Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“We will uncover that there are many similarities between our Torah and the texts of surrounding societies at that time.”

.............................................................................................................................

UPCOMING CJLL EVENTS

............................................................................................................................

page 2

ARO UND T H E J

C EN T ER F O R J EWISH LIVI NG & LEARNI NG

CASTING CALL! Be a part

of the full-scale musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to be performed in the Kaplan Theatre April 22 and 25. A mandatory Parent Meeting will take place Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 PM to register and meet director Krysti Wilson. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 12 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-6:45 PM Auditions will take place during the first few rehearsals and casting may be limited. For more information contact Randy Comensky at rcomensky@jcchouston.org or 713.729.3200 ext.3246

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17 $70 JCC member / $100 public $50 student with valid I.D. Full weekend workshop. Dance Month begins with the return by request with the return of the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi. Alfasi, who has increasingly been making a mark both at home and abroad is back to lead Tirkedu Houston! He is known for his enthusiastic teaching style and magnetic personality. For details and registration visit jcchouston.org.

JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 8 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

......................................................... ■

Ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Child’s day out, part-time, full-time options

STARS program for children with developmental delays*

Immersion Hebrew program

Let us prepare your child for kindergarten!

CA

......................................................... *Exclusively at our Southwest Houston location

Meet the Teachers. Ask Questions.

CLASSROOM VISITATION & TOURS JANUARY 27 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM S RSHIP

M

E EMB

T STAR

AT

$199

I SPR

AK E R B RCH G N

M A 15 - 19

JCC: Bonnie Kasner, Director 713.551.7200 JCC West Houston: Rachel Wallach, Director 281.556.5567

INFLUENCE AND IDENTITY: THREE WAYS OF BEING A JEWISH COMPOSER Richard Lavenda, Professor of Composition and Theory and Director of Graduate Studies at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University In collaboration with the Rice University Jewish Studies Program The question of what makes a piece of music Jewish has long been a source of discussion and dispute. The three lectures of this series will focus on the music of three composers, all of whom, in one way or another, have written Jewish music.

EARLY ZIONIST ARTISTS: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel Instructor: Alec Mishory, Visiting Professor of Art History at Rice University

$24 member / $34 public This course will focus on the visual interpretation of several Zionist ideas and myths as they are found in works of art created in Europe before World War I and in Jewish Palestine of the 1920s.

HOUSTON

JEWISH

film festival

SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual Jewish Film Festival March 9 - 21, 2010

Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei: A German Protestant writes Sacred Jewish Music Sunday, January 17 • 10:00 AM

GOD IN THE OBAMA ERA: Presidents’ Religion and Ethics from George Washington to Barack Obama Dr. Niels Nielsen, Jr., The J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University (Emeritus) Monday, January 11 at 8:00 PM $6 member / $8 public

Three Thursday evenings, beginning January 14 • 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Salomone Rossi: A Jewish Composer in the Italian Court Sunday, January 10 • 10:00 AM

MP

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

D

ance Month at the Kaplan Theatre celebrates three decades of dance showcasing Houston’s talent as well as national dancers, teachers and choreographers. The Jewish Community Center of Houston will host a series of performances, concerts and workshops January 7 through February 20. The festivities kick off with Celebrate Dance on January 7 at 7:00 PM The event honors Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. They are: June Christensen, Society for the Performing Arts; Andrea Cody, Dance Houston; Christina Giannelli, Dance Source Houston; Nancy Henderek, Dance Salad; Sixto Wagan, DiverseWorks and Jennifer Wood/Louie Saletan, Barnevelder Movement/Arts

Complex. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series, which allows hundreds of students to take classes from dance masters. Opening weekend of Dance Month is January 15-17. Workshops

performed on Sunday, January 17 following the performance. LehrerDance is coming to Dance Month January 30 and 31. The contemporary dance company from New York is comprised of eight individuals who bring their own unique skills to dance, including break-dancing, modern, ballet and gymnastics. The Jewish Community Center is proud to bring back Triple Focus February 6, featuring Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company. Ranging in style from jazz to classical, these three professional local companies will premier one new work and one piece from their repertory.

Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. will feature Israeli folk dance. Ofer Alfasi, the young Markid (dance leader) from the south of Israel who has been making a mark both at home and abroad returns to lead Tirkedu Houston! The Jewish Community Center Dance Month presents Houston Ballet II in “Around the World in Seven Dances,” as part of the Children’s Performing Arts Series being

Dancing the Night Away on February 2 offers A fun filled party of dancing to The Maria Williams Band. Come early and learn some popular dance steps from JCC instructor, Johnny Tanon. Master classes and workshops continue to be an integral part of Dance Month. The artistic leaders of Triple Focus will come together to give a Contemporary Master Class on February 4. For more information on Dance Month including performance, concerts, master classes and workshops, please visit jcchouston.org or spa.org. Call 713-729-3200 ext. 3223 or email Maxine Silberstein at msilberstein@jcchouston.org.

.............................................................................................................................

FREE SERIES

TIRKEDU HOUSTON!

Decades of Dance

In his new book, an examination of the role of religion in the life and work of our Presidents, Dr. Nielsen revisits one of the most controversial issues of the recent presidential campaign — Obama’s religious beliefs and background — and explores how they influence day-to-day decisions.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These lectures will take place at the JCC.­­

HURRAY FOR TREES:  TU B’SHEVAT CELEBRATION Sunday, January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

■ Free Babysitting (ages 6 months - 7 years)

F itness Center Open House Schedule January 10 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

■ Complimentary Classes Including Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Water Fitness and more!

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AUGUST 8 - 13 / GRADES 7 - 11 For information please contact Delegation Head Brittany Horwitt at 713-729-3200 ext. 3327 or visit www.jccmaccabiartsfest.org

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■ 15,000 sq. ft. Renovated Facility

■ Indoor & Outdoor Pools

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees, with eco-friendly arts and crafts. Following the fun, join us for a LehrerDance family friendly modern and jazz dance program.

Between Worlds: Jewish Music in Contemporary, Secular America Sunday, January 24 • 10:00 AM

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■ visit jcchouston.org for class times

BODYPUMP™ LAUNCH 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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T RI BU T ES ANN & STEPHEN KAUFMAN JEWISH EDUCATION FUND In Honor of Lauren & Jeremy Blachman – Kathy & Stephen Parven BBYO FUND In Honor of Debbie & Stephen Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Carol Goldberg for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber In Honor of Patti Hanfling for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber The Following Tributes are given by Carol Goldberg and Patti Hanfling in honor of:

Linda Chess for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Robin Greenspan for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager and for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Louise Kershman for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Ruth Morris for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Sheila Sack for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Carol Sternberg for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Cynthia Stetzer for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Beverly Sufian for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Marc Davis for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Renee Stern for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Liz Aussenberg for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Sue Goott for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Mignon Wolf for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Ilana Bell for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Vikki Evans for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lillie Hurwitz for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Sharon Laderman for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lolly Friedman Miller for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lauren Vines for enthusiastically chairing the highly successful Oliver Lapin Family Day during Book Fair • Susan Schneider for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair and for her expert assistance with set design for the Book Store and gym • Irene Weingarten for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair • Carolyn Kaplan for preparing attractive hospitality bags for our authors during Book Fair • Susan Altschuler for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Judy Arfa for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Ellen Grabois for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Shirley Warshaw for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Karol Musher for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Ruth Strudler for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Samantha Melman for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Esther Polland for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Doug Freedman for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Esther Steinfeld for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Diane Gelman for doing a great job as Library Liaison for Book Fair • Leah Gross for doing a phenomenal job as coordinator of Niche Marketing during Book Fair • Tracy & Gary Stein for graciously hosting the Patron Brunch in their beautiful home • Rosita Gaon for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Michael & Vicky Richker for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Stella Blumenthal for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • Annette Kavin for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • David Bell for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Ali Katz for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Daniel Musher for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Patricia Rauch for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Elinor & Jack Goldberg for doing an absolutely extraordinary job as chairs of set up and break down of the Bookstore • Barbara Winthrop Rose for her valuable mentoring and for doing a nice job overseeing the special needs initiatives for Book Fair • Isabelle Mayer for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Shira Yoshor for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Lisa Estes for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Debbie Lapin for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Roger Stern for doing an exceptional job as Volunteer Coordinator for Book Fair • Susan Morris for her helpful guidance during Book Fair • Dan Steiner for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Jerry Wische for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Bobbi Samuels for her valiant efforts on behalf of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Jonathan Fass for his expert leadership of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Marilyn Hassid for her passion, dedication, knowledge and indefatigable efforts in ensuring that the Houston JCC Book & Arts Fair is one of the preeminent Book Fairs in the country • Judy Weil for her cheerful and expert manner in handling endless Book Fair details • Barbara Lindenberg for her exceptional leadership as Bookstore Manager • Jennifer Handy for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Brittany Horwitt for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Naomi Barancik for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Michele Faudem for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Maxine Silberstein for her many accomplishments as Dance Director • Jerry Lynch for being a great Theater Manager • Michelle Groogan for doing a wonderful job with public relations for Book Fair • Bettina Stap for doing a wonderful job with graphics for Book Fair

CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP BALL FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid, for her dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose In Honor of Jonathan Fass for his dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose DANCE MONTH FUND In Honor of Karen Freedman’s Birthday – Beverly & Dave Sufian DONNA FRANKOFF JEWISH BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Dr. Daniel Brener’s Special Birthday – Cathy & Joe Jankovic, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Libby & Buz Marvins In Honor of the Birthday of Dr. David Bell – Cathy & Joe Jankovic GERALD RAUCH MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Mrs. Lila Rauch – Patricia & Mark Rauch, Linda & Larry Rauch, Linda Susman, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Rauch In Honor of the Birthday of Bernard Fuchs – Lila Rauch In Memory of Gerald Rauch – Linda Susman In Honor of the Birthday of Edith Lewis – Lila Rauch In Memory of Mr. Jules Maltz – Lila Rauch In Memory of Charles Leff – Patricia & Mark Rauch GENERAL FUNDS In Memory of Elizabeth Bock – Norman Bock In Memory of Elaine Spector – Ruth & Arnold Walkow In Honor of the Steiner/Savrick Family - Mr. Charles Steiner In Memory of Izadore Segal – Ann & Stephen Kaufman HARRIS WEINGARTEN OUTDOOR TENNIS CENTER FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Alan Rauch – Emily & Albert Stein HARRY K. SMITH MEALS ON WHEELS FUND In Memory of Sarah Seiden, Mother of Mrs. Ronnie Melnick – Beverly Manne In Memory of Lura Mendelson – Robert A. Mendelson In Honor of the Birthday of Zelda Halpert – Lisa Halpert In Memory of Jerry Derogatis – Dena Linda & Family In Honor of The Holidays – David Barkhausen In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Ellen Robinson – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of the 75th Birthday of Morton Seline – Carol & Desey Desenberg In Honor of the Birthday of Rose Gordon Finkelman – Marie & Gerson Cweren In Memory of Charles Nathan – Bernice Friedlander, Sam Blustein, Karol & Daniel Musher, In Memory of Celia Kramer – Ellen & Stephen Leventhal In Honor of Mark Getz for his courage – Samuel Blustein In Honor of Joanne & Donald Brodsky, Honorees of the 2010 Children’s Scholarship Ball – Daniel & Sandi Cohan IRVIN KAPLAN CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Bernie Fuchs – Wendy & Andy Bernstein In Memory of Dr. Louis Weinstein, father of Jeri Shapiro – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Elaine Spector – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sidney Goldstein, Father of Teri Greenblatt – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Nancy & Steve Lerner, Hanky Rapp, Renee Harris, Cynthia Whittington, Diana Howard, Linda & Joel Chess, Irene & Alex Wolchansky In Honor of Martha Kaplan Freedman for Receiving the JOE Award – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FUND In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Herman Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Hilda & Bobby Frank In Memory of Charles Nathan - Bobbi & Vic Samuels, Ed & Susan Septimus, Margaret Wische, Lorraine & Sid Brown In Memory of Daniel Pearl – Elaine & Walter Heller In Honor of the Birthday of David Bleyzer – his loving parents

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MACCABI YOUTH GAMES FUND In Memory of Sonny Penner - Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Lenny Dubin – Sheryl Eskowitz In Memory of Betty Moore – Judy & Michael Feinstein In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Debra & Adam Traub, Carol Lee, Susan Green, Myra Wilson, Bruce Farrar, Mindy & Miles Wertheimer and Family, Lorrie Klein & Frank Paul, Michele & David Weiss, Gretchen Herman, Michael Coffin, David & Sally Goodroe

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HAPPENINGS AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF HOUSTON

MARILYN HASSID JEWISH BOOK FAIR EMERGING AUTHORS FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid – Dee Dee Dochen In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for her hard work for Book Fair – Mitchel Levy In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber MARILYN STEINER MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of Harding Frankel – Shirley & Sonny Landsberg, Lucky & Sandy Burke MIKE GROSSMAN/JUDY RICHKER MACCABI SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of Patti & Dan Steiner – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Laurie Brown – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Golda Baker – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Dr. Herman Lapin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Harold Raizes – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Bernice Hager Vejans – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Israel Wuntch – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Robert L. Astrich – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Shirley & Bruce Stein – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Ginger Spira Kaplan upon the dedication of “Main Street” at Seven Acres in memory of Madeline & Henry Spira – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sam Abramson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Charles Davidoff – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Mariam Rachel Gurin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Linda Gardner Segal – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Carl “Bud” Friedman of Cincinnati, OH, father of Debra Shniderson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Dr. Al Gordon upon becoming Gabbai Emeritus for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Alan F. Levin upon becoming Head Gabbai for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Dr. Jack H. Levine – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Belle Malev – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Morris Zeidman – Michael & Vicky Richker NANCY LERNER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of Dick Schissler’s Birthday – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sonny Penner – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Ellen Red – Nancy & Steve Lerner PATRON OF THE ARTS FUND In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Janet & Mickey Frost RAYMOND PLOTKIN FUND In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Karen Akkerman, John, Pam & Kegan Blumenthal, Ellen & Tim Sosinski, Elise Sheppard, Deanna Roll, Patricia Lippold, Lisa Stone & Scott Cantor, Rhoda L. Goldberg, Phillips Steel & Industrial Supplies, Bill Jarvis, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Selig, Margaret A. Davis, David Cherry, Mardi, Mark, Max & Illan Kunik, Diane & Robert Pont, Freda, Peter, Jaime & Jeff Justiz, Michaele and Michael Brown, Susana Pena, Paul Duckworth, Bruce D. Friedman, DDS, Charles & Sharon Suessmuth, Madeline & Martin Gold, Gilda & Warren Sprung, the Daniel Landson Family, Carol Thompson, David M. Jones, Marna & Stephen Meyer, Vicky & Michael Richker, Stacy & Brian Rose, Barbara Bush Library Staff, Tomball Library Staff, Paula & Joel Picker, Robert & Judith Lever, Joel, Judi, Maureen & Daniel Levy, Sharon, Dan, Marc, Seth & Joshua Brener, Julie & David Fessler, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Rubin, Rabbi Jack Segal, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Solomon, Marshall Hoffman, Karen & Shelton Courville, Coby Nathanson Mc Elroy and Frank Mc Elroy, Barbara H. Magid, Gertrude & Don Teter, Bobbie & Leon Kestenbaum, Debra & Matt Kestenbaum, Nina & Brian Abell, Glenda & Terry Waldman, Suzanne Hawley, Sandra & Richard Jackson

Celebrating 30 Years of Dance at the IW Marks Theatre Center January 7 - February 20, 2010

Supplement to Jewish Herald-Voice, Herald Publishing Co.

Dance Month continues to spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers.

Thursday, Jan 7 · 7:00 – 10:00 PM Warehouse Live · 813 St. Emanuel Street We will highlight 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, marking 30 years of presenting prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers. We will honor Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series. Brace yourself for an evening of fun, prizes and surprises featuring the world sounds of Moodafaruka! Hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Bowl Café. Attire: chic casual or like a “dancing fool.”

WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. It’s more convenient than ever to pay your dues or make a donation! PLEASE NOTE: Names and organizations listed in this newsletter reflect donations received by December 4, 2009. Great care has been exercised to ensure the proper recognition of our donors. If an error or omission does occur, we apologize and hope you will bring it to our attention. Please address all corrections with the Development Office, 713.729.3200, ext. 3212 or cwhittington@jcchouston.org

The Jewish Community Center of Houston - The Milton Levit Family Campus Dedicated to strengthening the Jewish Family and Building the Jewish community 5601 S. Braeswood Houson, Texas 77096 713.729.3200 jcchouston.org

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n Saturday, February 13, the JCC will welcome more than 600 guests to the Westin Galleria for the 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball. Irvin Kaplan, for whom the Ball is named, had a long standing commitment to children’s causes and issues in our community. The Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund benefits children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in need of financial assistance for preschools, infant care, after-school care, summer camp and special needs programs offered at the JCC. Each year more than 300 children are recipients of the proceeds.

$25 per person / $12 per student with valid I.D.

Tirkedu Houston! Friday, Jan 15 - Sunday, Jan 17 Featuring the young Markid Dance leader from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi.

Houston Ballet II Sunday, Jan 17 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee Houston Ballet II’s “Around the World in Seven Dances” teaches the history, culture and music of the seven continents through ballet. In collaboration with the JCC Children’s Performing Arts Series.

JCC Ma cc Tryouts abi Games Te am Hou begin J ston anuary 3.

LehrerDance Saturday, Jan 30 · 8:00 PM Concert An inspiring and innovative contemporary dance company under the direction of Jon Lehrer.

LehrerDance Family Favorites Sunday, Jan 31 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee

Triple Focus Saturday, Feb 6 · 8:00 PM Concert An evening of dance featuring three professional companies: Ad Deum Dance Company Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company.

Dancing the Night Away Saturday, Feb 20 · 8:00 - 8:45 PM Lesson / 8:45 PM Dance Celebrate 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. Spend the evening dancing to The Maria Williams Band, and arrive early for a 45-minute lesson with the JCC’s ballroom dance teacher, Johnny Tanon.

For complete listings or to purchase tickets online visit jcchouston.org

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SENIOR ADULT MITZVAH FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Diana Howard In Memory of Ruth Starkschall – Amelia & Joseph Kornfeld In Honor of the Birthday of Kurt Carsch – Babette Weiser In Memory of Charles Nathan – Nancy & Steve Lerner, Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Maxine & Herman Lapin. Cathy & Joseph Jankovic, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff, Esther Shelby, Ruth White Brodsky, The Weiner Family – Leslie, Sandy, Rebecca, Edward, Jamie, Eliana, David, Stacy, Michael, Evan, Dina & Bryna Esther Weiner; Diana Howard, Hanky Rapp In Memory of Sonny Penner - Maxine & Herman Lapin, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, In Honor of Cantor Sharon Eve Colbert – Lisa C. Trimarchi In Honor of the Wedding of the Daughter ( Julia) of Mr. & Mrs. Jonny Lake – Renee & Hank Bickart In Memory of Carl Friedman, father of Debra Shniderson – Leah & Jon Gross In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Judy & Rusty Zainfeld

The Senior Adult Shabbat Diner Program is underwrtitten in memory of Paul Lipnick who was active in JCC senior adult activities by Elton & Janet Lipnick, David Lipnick and Myles and Amy Kelman.

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Maccabi Tryouts Begin Dance Month Begins Fitness Center Open House Preschool Open House Judaism Alive: Tu B’Shevat Celebration Horvitz Scholar Opens

Joanne & Donald Brodsky, Honorees

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West Houston Summer Day Camp Info Night Summer Day Camp Info Night Daddy / Daughter Dance Summer Day Camp & Early Childhood Registration Day 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball Dance Month Ends: Dancing the Night Away Bowling Night for Bertha Alyce Center

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Spring Class Registration 6th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival Begins Spring Break Camp Begins

Approximately 2,700 children, infant through teen, participate in JCC programs each year. The Center strives to provide the highest standards in activities, staff and facilities. The Children’s Scholarship Ball started 20 years ago with a group of a dozen women who came up with the idea of holding a gala to help raise money for children’s scholarships. The Ball continues to honor the most devoted and committed members of the community. This year’s theme “Brightening Lives for 20 Years” will focus on the successes made possible by a community who makes children a priority. The 2010 Ball will honor Joanne & Donald Brodsky and Imogen “Immy” Papadopoulos for their commitment to improving the quality of life for children and youth. Honorary Chairs are Barbara & J. Victor Samuels, Catherine Clark Mosbacher and Suzie & Honorable Alvin Zimmerman. The event chair is Patti Steiner. More than $7,000,000 has been raised since the inception of the Children’s Scholarship Ball. Approximately $375,000 in financial

“This is our time to showcase the JCC. We are going though tough economic times and more and more people are looking at what the J does for kids and families. I was surprised looking into all that the J does for teens, kids and seniors. The community needs to know the depth and breadth of what the J does and how many people get helped. Kids are not turned away from programs because of their family's situation.”

assistance is given to families. Sixty percent of the recipients are from single-parent families with annual incomes ranging from $12,000-$22,000. The hope for the Ball is to raise enough money to maintain the level of financial aid that the JCC gives families and to expand programs and help even more children. You only have to look at the programs the JCC offers to know that children are a priority. In 2004, the JCC initiated the STARS preschool intervention program to better serve children with autism. The STARS program provides year-round, intensive educational support and multidisciplinary intervention for children ages two through five on the autism spectrum. For more information about the Children’s Scholarship Ball or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Melissa Gordon at 713-729-3200, ext. 3103 or mgordon@jcchouston.org.

Imogen S. Papadopoulos, Honoree

“This honor is probably the highest in the city when it comes to those working with children and families.”

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DID YOU KNOW? You can recycle the following items at the JCC ■ Aluminum ■ Plastic ■ Paper ■ Batteries

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TRYOUTS IN-PROGRESS For a schedule of listings visit jcchouston.org


T RI BU T ES ANN & STEPHEN KAUFMAN JEWISH EDUCATION FUND In Honor of Lauren & Jeremy Blachman – Kathy & Stephen Parven BBYO FUND In Honor of Debbie & Stephen Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Carol Goldberg for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber In Honor of Patti Hanfling for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber The Following Tributes are given by Carol Goldberg and Patti Hanfling in honor of:

Linda Chess for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Robin Greenspan for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager and for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Louise Kershman for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Ruth Morris for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Sheila Sack for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Carol Sternberg for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Cynthia Stetzer for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Beverly Sufian for being a dedicated Bookstore volunteer manager • Marc Davis for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Renee Stern for doing a beautiful job on the Book Fair brochure • Liz Aussenberg for doing a great job working with Community Partners for Book Fair • Sue Goott for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Mignon Wolf for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair Community Read • Ilana Bell for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Vikki Evans for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lillie Hurwitz for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Sharon Laderman for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lolly Friedman Miller for a job well done as Day Chair Coordinator for Book Fair • Lauren Vines for enthusiastically chairing the highly successful Oliver Lapin Family Day during Book Fair • Susan Schneider for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair and for her expert assistance with set design for the Book Store and gym • Irene Weingarten for co-chairing the selection of incredible films for Book Fair • Carolyn Kaplan for preparing attractive hospitality bags for our authors during Book Fair • Susan Altschuler for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Judy Arfa for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Ellen Grabois for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Shirley Warshaw for doing a wonderful job with the Host Committee for Book Fair • Karol Musher for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Ruth Strudler for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Samantha Melman for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Esther Polland for all of her efforts in planning the outstanding Alexander Institute/Book Fair Inclusion Seminar • Doug Freedman for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Esther Steinfeld for chairing the popular Inside the Authors Studio program during Book Fair • Diane Gelman for doing a great job as Library Liaison for Book Fair • Leah Gross for doing a phenomenal job as coordinator of Niche Marketing during Book Fair • Tracy & Gary Stein for graciously hosting the Patron Brunch in their beautiful home • Rosita Gaon for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Michael & Vicky Richker for doing a superb job on the Patron Campaign • Stella Blumenthal for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • Annette Kavin for being so helpful with Patron events during Book Fair • David Bell for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Ali Katz for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Daniel Musher for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Patricia Rauch for doing a superb job as Program Committee Chair for Book Fair • Elinor & Jack Goldberg for doing an absolutely extraordinary job as chairs of set up and break down of the Bookstore • Barbara Winthrop Rose for her valuable mentoring and for doing a nice job overseeing the special needs initiatives for Book Fair • Isabelle Mayer for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Shira Yoshor for doing a fabulous job coordinating the Teen Community Read during Book Fair • Lisa Estes for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Debbie Lapin for being so helpful with teen involvement during Book Fair • Roger Stern for doing an exceptional job as Volunteer Coordinator for Book Fair • Susan Morris for her helpful guidance during Book Fair • Dan Steiner for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Jerry Wische for his steadfast support of Book Fair • Bobbi Samuels for her valiant efforts on behalf of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Jonathan Fass for his expert leadership of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning • Marilyn Hassid for her passion, dedication, knowledge and indefatigable efforts in ensuring that the Houston JCC Book & Arts Fair is one of the preeminent Book Fairs in the country • Judy Weil for her cheerful and expert manner in handling endless Book Fair details • Barbara Lindenberg for her exceptional leadership as Bookstore Manager • Jennifer Handy for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Brittany Horwitt for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Naomi Barancik for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Michele Faudem for her substantial talent as Program Coordinator at the JCC • Maxine Silberstein for her many accomplishments as Dance Director • Jerry Lynch for being a great Theater Manager • Michelle Groogan for doing a wonderful job with public relations for Book Fair • Bettina Stap for doing a wonderful job with graphics for Book Fair

CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP BALL FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid, for her dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose In Honor of Jonathan Fass for his dedication to culture, arts & education – Barbara Winthrop Rose DANCE MONTH FUND In Honor of Karen Freedman’s Birthday – Beverly & Dave Sufian DONNA FRANKOFF JEWISH BOOK FAIR FUND In Honor of Dr. Daniel Brener’s Special Birthday – Cathy & Joe Jankovic, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Libby & Buz Marvins In Honor of the Birthday of Dr. David Bell – Cathy & Joe Jankovic GERALD RAUCH MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Mrs. Lila Rauch – Patricia & Mark Rauch, Linda & Larry Rauch, Linda Susman, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Rauch In Honor of the Birthday of Bernard Fuchs – Lila Rauch In Memory of Gerald Rauch – Linda Susman In Honor of the Birthday of Edith Lewis – Lila Rauch In Memory of Mr. Jules Maltz – Lila Rauch In Memory of Charles Leff – Patricia & Mark Rauch GENERAL FUNDS In Memory of Elizabeth Bock – Norman Bock In Memory of Elaine Spector – Ruth & Arnold Walkow In Honor of the Steiner/Savrick Family - Mr. Charles Steiner In Memory of Izadore Segal – Ann & Stephen Kaufman HARRIS WEINGARTEN OUTDOOR TENNIS CENTER FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Alan Rauch – Emily & Albert Stein HARRY K. SMITH MEALS ON WHEELS FUND In Memory of Sarah Seiden, Mother of Mrs. Ronnie Melnick – Beverly Manne In Memory of Lura Mendelson – Robert A. Mendelson In Honor of the Birthday of Zelda Halpert – Lisa Halpert In Memory of Jerry Derogatis – Dena Linda & Family In Honor of The Holidays – David Barkhausen In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Ellen Robinson – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of the 75th Birthday of Morton Seline – Carol & Desey Desenberg In Honor of the Birthday of Rose Gordon Finkelman – Marie & Gerson Cweren In Memory of Charles Nathan – Bernice Friedlander, Sam Blustein, Karol & Daniel Musher, In Memory of Celia Kramer – Ellen & Stephen Leventhal In Honor of Mark Getz for his courage – Samuel Blustein In Honor of Joanne & Donald Brodsky, Honorees of the 2010 Children’s Scholarship Ball – Daniel & Sandi Cohan IRVIN KAPLAN CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of the Birthday of Bernie Fuchs – Wendy & Andy Bernstein In Memory of Dr. Louis Weinstein, father of Jeri Shapiro – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Elaine Spector – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sidney Goldstein, Father of Teri Greenblatt – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Nancy & Steve Lerner, Hanky Rapp, Renee Harris, Cynthia Whittington, Diana Howard, Linda & Joel Chess, Irene & Alex Wolchansky In Honor of Martha Kaplan Freedman for Receiving the JOE Award – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische In Honor of a Speedy Recovery for Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FUND In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Herman Lapin – Kathy & Stephen Parven In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Hilda & Bobby Frank In Memory of Charles Nathan - Bobbi & Vic Samuels, Ed & Susan Septimus, Margaret Wische, Lorraine & Sid Brown In Memory of Daniel Pearl – Elaine & Walter Heller In Honor of the Birthday of David Bleyzer – his loving parents

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MACCABI YOUTH GAMES FUND In Memory of Sonny Penner - Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Mitzi Shure & Jerry Wische, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Lenny Dubin – Sheryl Eskowitz In Memory of Betty Moore – Judy & Michael Feinstein In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Debra & Adam Traub, Carol Lee, Susan Green, Myra Wilson, Bruce Farrar, Mindy & Miles Wertheimer and Family, Lorrie Klein & Frank Paul, Michele & David Weiss, Gretchen Herman, Michael Coffin, David & Sally Goodroe

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HAPPENINGS AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF HOUSTON

MARILYN HASSID JEWISH BOOK FAIR EMERGING AUTHORS FUND In Honor of Marilyn Hassid – Dee Dee Dochen In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for her hard work for Book Fair – Mitchel Levy In Honor of Marilyn Hassid for the Wonderful Book Fair – Betsy & Ed Schreiber MARILYN STEINER MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of Harding Frankel – Shirley & Sonny Landsberg, Lucky & Sandy Burke MIKE GROSSMAN/JUDY RICHKER MACCABI SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of Patti & Dan Steiner – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Laurie Brown – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Golda Baker – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Dr. Herman Lapin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Harold Raizes – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Bernice Hager Vejans – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Israel Wuntch – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Robert L. Astrich – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Shirley & Bruce Stein – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Ginger Spira Kaplan upon the dedication of “Main Street” at Seven Acres in memory of Madeline & Henry Spira – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Sam Abramson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Charles Davidoff – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Mariam Rachel Gurin – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Linda Gardner Segal – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Carl “Bud” Friedman of Cincinnati, OH, father of Debra Shniderson – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Dr. Al Gordon upon becoming Gabbai Emeritus for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Honor of Alan F. Levin upon becoming Head Gabbai for Congregation Beth Yeshurun – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Dr. Jack H. Levine – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Belle Malev – Michael & Vicky Richker In Memory of Morris Zeidman – Michael & Vicky Richker NANCY LERNER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of Dick Schissler’s Birthday – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Sonny Penner – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of Sally & Bernie Fuchs – Nancy & Steve Lerner In Memory of Ellen Red – Nancy & Steve Lerner PATRON OF THE ARTS FUND In Honor of Vicky Richker’s Birthday – Janet & Mickey Frost RAYMOND PLOTKIN FUND In Memory of Raymond Plotkin – Karen Akkerman, John, Pam & Kegan Blumenthal, Ellen & Tim Sosinski, Elise Sheppard, Deanna Roll, Patricia Lippold, Lisa Stone & Scott Cantor, Rhoda L. Goldberg, Phillips Steel & Industrial Supplies, Bill Jarvis, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Selig, Margaret A. Davis, David Cherry, Mardi, Mark, Max & Illan Kunik, Diane & Robert Pont, Freda, Peter, Jaime & Jeff Justiz, Michaele and Michael Brown, Susana Pena, Paul Duckworth, Bruce D. Friedman, DDS, Charles & Sharon Suessmuth, Madeline & Martin Gold, Gilda & Warren Sprung, the Daniel Landson Family, Carol Thompson, David M. Jones, Marna & Stephen Meyer, Vicky & Michael Richker, Stacy & Brian Rose, Barbara Bush Library Staff, Tomball Library Staff, Paula & Joel Picker, Robert & Judith Lever, Joel, Judi, Maureen & Daniel Levy, Sharon, Dan, Marc, Seth & Joshua Brener, Julie & David Fessler, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Rubin, Rabbi Jack Segal, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Solomon, Marshall Hoffman, Karen & Shelton Courville, Coby Nathanson Mc Elroy and Frank Mc Elroy, Barbara H. Magid, Gertrude & Don Teter, Bobbie & Leon Kestenbaum, Debra & Matt Kestenbaum, Nina & Brian Abell, Glenda & Terry Waldman, Suzanne Hawley, Sandra & Richard Jackson

Celebrating 30 Years of Dance at the IW Marks Theatre Center January 7 - February 20, 2010

Supplement to Jewish Herald-Voice, Herald Publishing Co.

Dance Month continues to spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers.

Thursday, Jan 7 · 7:00 – 10:00 PM Warehouse Live · 813 St. Emanuel Street We will highlight 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, marking 30 years of presenting prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers. We will honor Houston’s premier presenters who have helped cultivate the Houston dance community. Brad Marks, Champion Benefactor of Dance, will be honored for underwriting the IW Marks Master Class Series. Brace yourself for an evening of fun, prizes and surprises featuring the world sounds of Moodafaruka! Hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Bowl Café. Attire: chic casual or like a “dancing fool.”

WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. It’s more convenient than ever to pay your dues or make a donation! PLEASE NOTE: Names and organizations listed in this newsletter reflect donations received by December 4, 2009. Great care has been exercised to ensure the proper recognition of our donors. If an error or omission does occur, we apologize and hope you will bring it to our attention. Please address all corrections with the Development Office, 713.729.3200, ext. 3212 or cwhittington@jcchouston.org

The Jewish Community Center of Houston - The Milton Levit Family Campus Dedicated to strengthening the Jewish Family and Building the Jewish community 5601 S. Braeswood Houson, Texas 77096 713.729.3200 jcchouston.org

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n Saturday, February 13, the JCC will welcome more than 600 guests to the Westin Galleria for the 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball. Irvin Kaplan, for whom the Ball is named, had a long standing commitment to children’s causes and issues in our community. The Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund benefits children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in need of financial assistance for preschools, infant care, after-school care, summer camp and special needs programs offered at the JCC. Each year more than 300 children are recipients of the proceeds.

$25 per person / $12 per student with valid I.D.

Tirkedu Houston! Friday, Jan 15 - Sunday, Jan 17 Featuring the young Markid Dance leader from the south of Israel, Ofer Alfasi.

Houston Ballet II Sunday, Jan 17 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee Houston Ballet II’s “Around the World in Seven Dances” teaches the history, culture and music of the seven continents through ballet. In collaboration with the JCC Children’s Performing Arts Series.

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LehrerDance Saturday, Jan 30 · 8:00 PM Concert An inspiring and innovative contemporary dance company under the direction of Jon Lehrer.

LehrerDance Family Favorites Sunday, Jan 31 · 3:00 PM Family Matinee

Triple Focus Saturday, Feb 6 · 8:00 PM Concert An evening of dance featuring three professional companies: Ad Deum Dance Company Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company.

Dancing the Night Away Saturday, Feb 20 · 8:00 - 8:45 PM Lesson / 8:45 PM Dance Celebrate 30 years of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. Spend the evening dancing to The Maria Williams Band, and arrive early for a 45-minute lesson with the JCC’s ballroom dance teacher, Johnny Tanon.

For complete listings or to purchase tickets online visit jcchouston.org

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SENIOR ADULT MITZVAH FUND In Memory of Pearl Goldin – Diana Howard In Memory of Ruth Starkschall – Amelia & Joseph Kornfeld In Honor of the Birthday of Kurt Carsch – Babette Weiser In Memory of Charles Nathan – Nancy & Steve Lerner, Betsy & Ed Schreiber, Maxine & Herman Lapin. Cathy & Joseph Jankovic, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, Sharon & Gerald Laderman, Gayle & Richard Rockoff, Esther Shelby, Ruth White Brodsky, The Weiner Family – Leslie, Sandy, Rebecca, Edward, Jamie, Eliana, David, Stacy, Michael, Evan, Dina & Bryna Esther Weiner; Diana Howard, Hanky Rapp In Memory of Sonny Penner - Maxine & Herman Lapin, Debbie & Stephen Lapin, In Honor of Cantor Sharon Eve Colbert – Lisa C. Trimarchi In Honor of the Wedding of the Daughter ( Julia) of Mr. & Mrs. Jonny Lake – Renee & Hank Bickart In Memory of Carl Friedman, father of Debra Shniderson – Leah & Jon Gross In Memory of Sophie Yambra – Judy & Rusty Zainfeld

The Senior Adult Shabbat Diner Program is underwrtitten in memory of Paul Lipnick who was active in JCC senior adult activities by Elton & Janet Lipnick, David Lipnick and Myles and Amy Kelman.

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West Houston Summer Day Camp Info Night Summer Day Camp Info Night Daddy / Daughter Dance Summer Day Camp & Early Childhood Registration Day 20th Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball Dance Month Ends: Dancing the Night Away Bowling Night for Bertha Alyce Center

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Spring Class Registration 6th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival Begins Spring Break Camp Begins

Approximately 2,700 children, infant through teen, participate in JCC programs each year. The Center strives to provide the highest standards in activities, staff and facilities. The Children’s Scholarship Ball started 20 years ago with a group of a dozen women who came up with the idea of holding a gala to help raise money for children’s scholarships. The Ball continues to honor the most devoted and committed members of the community. This year’s theme “Brightening Lives for 20 Years” will focus on the successes made possible by a community who makes children a priority. The 2010 Ball will honor Joanne & Donald Brodsky and Imogen “Immy” Papadopoulos for their commitment to improving the quality of life for children and youth. Honorary Chairs are Barbara & J. Victor Samuels, Catherine Clark Mosbacher and Suzie & Honorable Alvin Zimmerman. The event chair is Patti Steiner. More than $7,000,000 has been raised since the inception of the Children’s Scholarship Ball. Approximately $375,000 in financial

“This is our time to showcase the JCC. We are going though tough economic times and more and more people are looking at what the J does for kids and families. I was surprised looking into all that the J does for teens, kids and seniors. The community needs to know the depth and breadth of what the J does and how many people get helped. Kids are not turned away from programs because of their family's situation.”

assistance is given to families. Sixty percent of the recipients are from single-parent families with annual incomes ranging from $12,000-$22,000. The hope for the Ball is to raise enough money to maintain the level of financial aid that the JCC gives families and to expand programs and help even more children. You only have to look at the programs the JCC offers to know that children are a priority. In 2004, the JCC initiated the STARS preschool intervention program to better serve children with autism. The STARS program provides year-round, intensive educational support and multidisciplinary intervention for children ages two through five on the autism spectrum. For more information about the Children’s Scholarship Ball or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Melissa Gordon at 713-729-3200, ext. 3103 or mgordon@jcchouston.org.

Imogen S. Papadopoulos, Honoree

“This honor is probably the highest in the city when it comes to those working with children and families.”

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LEFT TO RIGHT Honorary Chairs for Joanne & Donald Brodsky: Barbara & J. Victor Samuels Honorary Chairs for Imogen S. Papadopoulos: Catherine Clark Mosbacher Susie & Honorable Alvin Zimmerman

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DID YOU KNOW? You can recycle the following items at the JCC ■ Aluminum ■ Plastic ■ Paper ■ Batteries

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TRYOUTS IN-PROGRESS For a schedule of listings visit jcchouston.org


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