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Inside Connections SUMMER FUN AT J CAMPS








ummer fun at the ERJCC may have a new name, but make no mistake that it is the same quality summer day camp that thousands of children will get to experience again this summer. The ERJCC is offering new camps this summer to 3rd – 5th graders such as Water Skiing, Scuba Diving and Golf. All camps are off site and include transportation. All J Camps for kindergarten though second grade will have daily instructional swim by Red Cross trained instructors. “Summer is right around the corner and we’re adding new activities to some of our camps,” said Randy Comensky, ERJCC Camp Director. “The difference between our Summer Day Camp and other camps around the city is the quality of our caring and experienced staff as well as including instructional swimming to all campers younger than third grade.” When it comes to versatility the

ERJCC is the best option for parents who want to choose how many weeks their children attend J Camps and what skills they want their children to acquire. This summer’s camp lineup includes more than 50 options with numerous themes including favorites such as Art, Sports, Tennis, Circus, Equestrian, Gymnastics and Cooking. The ERJCC also offers traditional day camps for preschoolers through 2nd grade such as Camp Bami, Kinder Camp and Camp Kaleidoscope. Swimming is not only a daily, recreational activity in all camps, but also a daily instructional lesson for every child between the ages of 3-7 years old. The ERJCC camp swim instructors are certified in safety and quality by the American Red Cross and maintain a 1:4 instructor/child ratio. “At the ERJCC, kids can enjoy summertime fun in a traditional camp setting and at the same time learn how to swim or sharpen their skills. Kids who don’t know how to swim are given personalized instruction (or small groups) to help them get the confidence they need,” said Susan Heyl, parent and ERJCC Children and Camping Committee Chair. J Camps runs May 29 - August 24.

Judaic enrichment is interspersed throughout all camps. The ERJCC has been giving children the ultimate summer day camp experience for more than 60 years.

For more information about J Camps, contact Randy Comensky at or call the camp office at 713.551.7208.

At the ERJCC, kids can enjoy summertime fun in a traditional camp setting and at the same time learn how to swim or sharpen their skills. Kids who don’t know how to swim are given personalized instruction (or small groups) to help them get the confidence they need. —Susan Heyl, parent and ERJCC Children and Camping Committee Chair


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ERJCC Membership Required for Camp Two easy ways to become a member!

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Children’s Membership only $28/month Membership based on 12 mos. Includes camp access. First year joining fees apply.

REFRESHER COURSE PROGRAMS NEW! Starfish Refresher Course This class is designed for the 2 year old beginner swimmer. Emphasis on adjusting to group situation, water acclimation and developing independent movement in the water on the front, side and back. Min 2/Max 3. T/TH 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Summer Family Pool & Camp Membership $398 Includes camp access. No joining fee. Not valid for Fitness & Tennis.


Limited Time Specials thru May 31

$199 Summer Family Pool Membership ........................................................................... does not include camp access

$99 Individual Pool Membership Add $75/month and receive Summer Fitness & Tennis membership and enjoy unlimited access to over 50 FREE drop-in fitness classes weekly.

May 1 - May 24

8 classes $140


LEVEL 1 3 - 6 YRS For children with little or no water experience. Children will become comfortable in the water, learn water safety skills and basic swimming. Each child will be provided a reusable water swim diaper which is included in the class fee. Min 4/Max 6. M/W 3:00 - 3:30 PM T/TH 4:00 - 4:30 PM

April 30 - May 23 8 classes $140 May 1 - May 24 8 classes $140


LEVEL 2 4 - 11 YRS For children who are comfortable in the water, have basic swimming knowledge and are able to go underwater without support. Children will learn front crawl, back crawl and beginning butterfly stroke. Min 4/Max 6 M/W 3:30 - 4:00 PM T/TH 3:30 - 4:00 PM

April 30 - May 23 8 classes $140 May 1 - May 24 8 classes $140


LEVEL 3 5 - 11 YRS For children who can swim 10 yards, front crawl, back crawl, and beginning butterfly. Children will learn breaststroke and work on stroke refinement with distance. This class will also prepare swimmers for the FROGS Swim Team. Min 4/Max 6. M/W 4:00 - 4:30 PM T/TH 4:00 - 4:30 PM

April 30 - May 23 8 classes $140 May 1 - May 24 8 classes $140





his summer the ERJCC will bring together some of the brightest minds for Dialogues 2012 on Thursday, June 14. Dialogues 2012 is a special evening where guests are treated to a seated dinner with conversation facilitated by a Table Host of notoriety, representing a particular field of interest. Committee chair, Barbara Marcus, and co-chair, Rosanne Kaufmann, have recruited a variety of table hosts including: County Judge Ed Emmett, Chef Matt Marcus of the Eatsie Boys, child actor Grant Goodman, social media specialist Brian Block, Cressandra Thibodeaux of 14 Pews, Arthur Schecter and Fred Zeidman political adversaries; Fashion Diva Roz Pactor, entrepreneur Janet Gurwitch and KHOU news anchor Courtney Zubowski. Barbara and Al Marcus hosted committee members to a kick-off reception in their home, featuring a sampling of the Grateful Bread’s best

nibbles. New Committee members Rhoda Goldberg, Jay Steinfeld, Deborah Kaplan, Helen Lesartre and Elizabeth Kaufmann generated an exciting list of potential hosts

are filled on a first come, first served basis, with 9-10 guests at each table. Couples can choose to sit together or with different Table Hosts, based on their unique areas of interests.

WE AIM FOR A VARIETY OF HOT TOPICS AND NEW HOSTS TO KEEP THE OFFERINGS FRESH AND TRENDY EACH YEAR. AND NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALWAYS HAVE NEW IDEAS AND CONTACTS TO BRING TO THE TABLE. representing the arts, business, sports, politics, education, food and wine, social media, entertainment, personalities and Houston society. “We’re very excited about the caliber and variety of our new Committee members this year,” said Barbara Marcus. “We aim for a variety of hot topics and new hosts to keep the offerings fresh and trendy each year. And new Committee members always have new ideas and contacts to bring to the table.” When guests send in their reservations, they send in their first three choices of Table Hosts. Tables

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception followed by a three-course Kosher, seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. The Table Host acts as a facilitator, presenting information on one’s field of expertise, followed by questions and conversation amongst the table guests. It is always a fun evening with lots of positive energy in the room. The event is limited to ten tables and the first 90 guests to control the noise level and ensure an intimate feeling for all. For more information, contact Gayle Rockoff at 713.595.8171 or Janey Finger at 713.729.3200, Ext. 3209.

upcoming cjll events

(Israel Independence Day)

Center for Jewish Living & Learning Scholar Series

FREE Community Celebration at the ERJCC

Dr. Stephen Berk Thursday, April 26 ● 7:30 PM

Yom Ha’atzmaut

MAIMONIDES on the Issues of Our Times

(Folloing the Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration)

Thursday, April 26 ● 5:00 - 7:00 PM

3rd Annual Teen Visual Art Exhibition

$10 Member / $15 Public (per lecture)

Rock Climbing / Face Painting

April 22 – June 1

Camel rides / Games & crafts

For the 3rd year, the ERJCC Deutser Art Gallery will exhibit original works by local Jewish teenagers. This year, the exhibit will open with the J Teen Art Scene: Showcase for (e)ART(H), an all-day arts festival showcasing teenage artistic talents across many platforms.

Food & carnival snacks (free 1/2 pita falafel as long as supplies last, drinks available for purchase)

Three Who Made Israel: Weizmann, Ben Gurion and Begin

Israeli folk dancing Israeli animation short “Ben Gurion Hosting” (for adults)

SUMMER ISRAELI FILM SHOWCASE Don’t miss this annual premiere of three of Israel’s greatest films from the past year. View one film each month this summer.

This showcase is the best way to take a trip to Israel…at the movies!

The Last Century that Shattered the World and Transformed the Jewish People Dr. Stephen Berk is the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair in Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY. This lecture will consider how these early statesmen both created the first modern, Jewish state and changed the socio-political reality of the Middle East and the World post the Second World War. Steven Spielberg in History Thursday, May 24 • 7:30 PM This lecture will explore how three of Spielberg’s films: Schindler’s List, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan can be used as a valuable window into modern history and how these films changed the world’s perception of the modern Jewish experience.

To register contact Nomi Barancik at 713.729.3200 ext. 3208 or

Instructor: Amy D. Goldstein Four Wednesdays Beginning May 9 7:30 – 8:30 PM $36 Member / $45 Public One of Judaism’s greatest thinkers, Moses Maimonides, addressed the most pressing issues of his own times for Jews - many of which reflect concerns today. His life experience and writings included addressing the challenge of radical Islam, conversion, women’s issues, anti-Semitism, interfaith relations, secular versus religious education, Jewish communal responsibility and medical ethics. We will explore these and other related topics in Maimonides’ writings such as his Mishneh Torah, Guide for the Perplexed, various letters and other writings. Amy D. Goldstein holds a Masters in Jewish Cultural History specializing in Sephardic Jewry from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she pursued her doctoral studies. For more than 20 years she applied this knowledge while working for such organizations as Hadassah, AIPAC, the AntiDefamation League and B’nai B’rith International all the while teaching about the history and culture of the Jewish people.




2012 Honoree Bobbi Samuels with Honorary Chair Ann Kaufman and husbands, ERJCC Past Presidents Vic Samuels and Stephen Kaufman

Honorary Chair Marc Watts with 2012 Honoree Ken Simon

Tributes ANN & STEPHEN KAUFMAN JEWISH EDUCATION FUND In Honor of Sandy Chaskin’s Speedy Recovery – Kathy and Stephen Parven In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Debbie Goodman BERTHA ALYCE CENTER ANNUAL GIVING FUND In Honor of Abraham’s Birthday – Gary Fruhman In Honor of Michelle Friedman – Sara and Ron Ralph In Honor of Lauren and Elliot Getz – Yvonne De Leef In Honor of Amalya A. Patrick – Cynthia and David Patrick In Honor of Shira and Talia Babajanov – Maytal and Daniel Babajanov In Honor of Haley Fingeret – Susan and Alan Cororve In Honor of Sam Glina – Mel and Dan Glina In Honor of Lincoln Tigerman – Susan and Izhak Grinbaum In Honor of Rayna Laufman – Robin Laufman In Honor of Riley Most – Mira and Darry Temkin In Honor of Benjamin Adachi – Karen J. Vigil In Honor of Isabella Adachi – Karen J. Vigil In Honor of Blair and Aerin Carstensen – Helen and Richard Wolf In Honor of Walker Cable – Jennifer and Alan Cable In Honor of Isabel Kariel – Rene and Jason Kariel In Honor of Drayden and Bren Johnson – Jennifer Krohn In Honor of Henry Rorai – Dawn and Tony Rorai In Memory of Rosalind Horwitz – LivHome In Honor of Beryt and Ezra – Adrienne and David Scott In Honor of Isabel Kariel – Cindy and David Lipshutz

he Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s 22nd Annual Children’s Scholarship Ball welcomed over 500 guests to the Westin Galleria on Saturday, March 3 for an evening of “Tuscan style” entertainment that raised a record amount of over $600,000 for the Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund. Beginning with a cocktail reception replete with street artists, a Roman “living statue,” and delectable antipasto bar, guests then entered the exquisitely-designed ballroom featuring colors of the Tuscan sky, grass, sun and grapes. While natural spiraled cypress trees offset the stage adorned with a backdrop of the Tuscan countryside and lush greenery, the draped dance floor resplendent with soft, colored lighting and more natural foliage formed “Club Arno” at the opposite end of the Ballroom. The black tie event honored long-time ERJCC community leader Bobbi Samuels, Managing Partner of

the Locke Lord LLP Houston Office; Ken Simon; and President and CEO of El Paso Corporation, Doug Foshee. An inspiring video entitled, “In the Presence of Our Future,” highlighted the Honorees’ dedication and passion to children’s and educational causes, as well as the important work performed at the ERJCC and its Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center and The Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood Center on the West Houston campus. The Honorees received the awards from their respective Honorary Chairs, ERJCC Past President and community leader Ann Kaufman for Bobbi Samuels, The Friedkin Group President Marc Watts for Ken Simon, and KIPP Co-Founder and Houston Superintendent Michael Feinberg for Doug Foshee. After which, the Honorees shared their thoughts on education, community activism, family, and the importance of the ERJCC’s scholarship program. “Each day our Honorees and Honorary Chairs work to make children’s lives better through their many community commitments and ability to motivate others to

2012 Honoree Doug Foshee with Honorary Chair Michael Feinberg

Michael Feinberg, Ann Kaufman, Doug Foshee, Bobbi Samuels, Ken Simon, Marc Watts, ERJCC Executive Director Joel Dinkin, Elizabeth Cohen and Mark Toubin

Thank You to our Generous Donors! We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our many individual, corporate and foundation donors whose generous ongoing support helps the ERJCC continue to be a vital community asset.

BUNNY & LEO HORVITZ SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE FUND In Memory of William Nezmin – Shirley and Sigmund Horvitz In Memory of Manny Kaplan – Shirley and Sigmund Horvitz In Honor of Bunny & Leo Horvitz – Orna and Jacob Tsabar DANCE MONTH In Honor of Maxine Silberstein – Ed J. Smith In Honor of Joanne and Donald Brodsky – Terry and Martin Cominsky ELLEN BONIUK EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FUND In Honor of Dr. Stephen Wallach – Bonnie and Marc Kasner EVELYN RUBENSTEIN JCC HOUSTON FUND In Honor of Stanley Rosenblatt’s Retirement – Nancy and Steve Lerner In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Julie and Ronnie Stein GENERAL TRIBUTE FUND In Memory of Manny Kaplan – Karen and David Wolf In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Abigail Neiman and Marshall Levit In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Carol and Michael Goldberg In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Stephanie and M. David Odle In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Ann and Stephen Kaufman In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Sherry and Gerald Merfish In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Barbara and Raymond Kalmans

In Memory of Rachel Wallach’s Grandmother – Sharon and Gerald Laderman In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Martha and Don Freedman In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Helen Charski In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Liz and Ron Oppenheimer In Honor of Joanne and Donald Brodsky – Barbara and Raymond Kalmans In Honor of Edith and Bob Zinn – Veda Mae and Morris Glesby In Honor of Jack Turk – Veda Mae and Morris Glesby In Honor of Gerald Merfish – Alan Eisenman, John Rubin, Arnie Miller, Alan Law, Max Blankfield, Mark Huvard, Carl Schmulen In Honor of Bobby Lapin – David Polatsek GERALD RAUCH MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of Marvin Kaplan – Lila Rauch In Honor of Fern Granowitz’s Birthday – Lila Rauch In Honor of Sally Fuch’s Birthday – Lila Rauch In Honor of Elaine Proler’s Birthday – Lila Rauch In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Fuch’s Anniversary – Lila Rauch HARRIS WEINGARTEN OUTDOOR TENNIS CENTER FUND In Honor of Emily and Albert Stein’s Anniversary – Cherill and Maurice Dubinski HARRY K. SMITH MEALS ON WHEELS FUND In Honor of Walter Hecht – Carol and Desey Desenberg In Memory of Dinah Wuntch – Sandy and Joseph Kirk In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Saundra and Jack Turk In Honor of Shirley Toomim – Ellen and Stephen Robinson

In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gold – Wendy and Steven Schwartz In Honor of Harvey Reiter – Leanne and Mark Reiter In Honor of Penny Murphy & Jim Lanclos’ Wedding – Diann Resnick In Honor of Aaron Resnick – Diann Resnick In Honor of Barry Lewis – Carol and Desey Desenberg In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Max Levit – Carol and Desey Desenberg In Honor of Mr. Melford Meyers – Carol and Desey Desenberg IRVIN KAPLAN CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of Rick Stein – Holthouse Foundation for Kids In Honor of the Scholarship Ball Honorees – Francine and Bradley Beckman In Honor of Elizabeth Cohen and Mark Toubin – Meryl and Murry Cohen In Honor of Sam Stolbun – Phillip Ladin In Honor of Sam Stolbun – Ronald Ladin In Honor of Doug Foshee – Petrello Family Foundation In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Kelli Cohen and Martin Fein In Honor of Kenneth J. Simon – Cindy and Bill Warner In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Linda May and John Morrison In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Janet and Jeff Pozmantier In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Ayala and Ami Samuels In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Julia and Jack Mazow In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Julie and Andrew Alexander In Honor of Elizabeth Cohen and Mark Toubin – Liz and Ron Oppenheimer In Honor of Bobbi Samuels – Stephen Reiner In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Julie and John Gilbert

LOOKS FORWARD TO THE FUTURE do the same,” said Ball Co-Chair Mark Toubin. Added Mark’s Co-Chair and wife, ERJCC Vice President Elizabeth Cohen, “We could not be any more grateful for Doug, Bobbi, and Ken. Their impact on the lives of young people at the ERJCC, as well as the greater Houston community, cannot be calculated.” The Ball’s online and silent auctions raised additional scholarship funds due to the community’s generosity and the hard work of Auction Chair Lauren Kaufman Blachman and her committee. Lauren

custom-built playhouse by Cronin Builders and Hollenbeck Architects; a $1,000 Reliant Energy gift certificate; a Tootsies $1,000 shopping spree and fashion show; and a NYC trip for four including round-trip airfare on United Airlines with luxury hotel accommodations and tickets to see “The View,” “Live with Kelly,” and a late-night talk show host. Following dinner, guests partook in “la dolce vita” — a mouth-watering dessert bar featuring mini-tiramisu, colorful meringue cookies and kosher gelato, and snapped a few photos backed by a gorgeous Tuscan land-

“Each day our Honorees and Honorary Chairs work to make children’s lives better through their many community commitments and ability to motivate others to do the same.”

staff all contributed towards creating the most successful Ball to date.” Proceeds of the Ball benefit the Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund, named in memory of one of the Houston Jewish community’s most outstanding public servants, Irvin Kaplan. Providing financial assistance to families of all religions, races and origins, the fund enables all children access to the outstanding ERJCC children’s programs including infant care, preschool, summer day camp, special needs and after school care. Since its inception over two decades ago, The Children’s Scholarship Ball has generated approximately $8 million in scholarship assistance to children, allowing the ERJCC to ensure that no family in need of financial assistance is ever turned away. And though this year’s Ball is now concluded, the need to help our children remains. Please contact Michele Rathers in the Development Office at the ERJCC at 713.729.3200 ext. 3103, or visit, for more information and to contribute to the Irvin Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund.

re-introduced the “Big Board” concept but with a high-tech twist; creating a “live electronic auction” that enabled guests to bid via wireless, iPad-like touch-screen tablets. This newly-added feature resulted in higher bids for the 13 luxury items including a $5,000 Zadok’s gift certificate; a realistic,

scape. The evening concluded with dancing in the cozy “Club Arno.” “Elizabeth Cohen and Mark Toubin really gave the community a night to remember,” said ERJCC President Sam Stolbun. “Our dedicated Ball Chairs, their committee, our Honorees and Honorary Chairs and ERJCC

Vic and Bobbi Samuels with their grandchildren – Megan, Leah, Nathaniel, Gabby, Mimi Zachary and Ethan - who sang the HaMotzi.

Past Honorees Roslyn Fuchs Haikin and Nancy Lerner with husbands Ricky Haikin and Steve Lerner

2012 Auction Chair Lauren Kaufman Blachman with parents Honorary Chair and ERJCC Past President, Ann Kaufman, and ERJCC Past President Stephen Kaufman

In Memory of Cantor Mark Levine’s Mother – Elyse Kunick In Memory of Cantor Mark Levine’s Mother – Barbara and Jay Rosenfeld In Memory of Cantor Mark Levine’s Mother – Nancy Stern

OLIVER LAPIN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR FUND In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Eve and Bobby Lapin

Roman “living statue” entertained guests during the cocktail reception.


JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FUND In Memory of Betty Brourman Dinkin – Marcia and Stanley Katz In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Rochelle and Lee Wunsch In Honor of Susie Askanase’s 70th Birthday – Lorraine and Alexander Dell MACCABI 2012 GAMES FUND In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Sherry and Lenny Dubin In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Mardi and Mark Kunik In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Debbie and Stuart Diamond In Honor of Marilyn Hassid – Debbie and Stuart Diamond In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Mindy and Barry Levinson In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Kathy and Stephen Parven In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Gayle and Richard Rockoff In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Nancy and Steve Lerner In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Michelle and Robert Perchonok In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Betsy and Ed Schreiber In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Marsha and Stanley Rosenblatt In Honor of Glenn Lowenstein – Shari and Daniel Spier In Memory of Joel Mandel – Sherry and Lenny Dubin MARILYN HASSID JEWISH BOOK FAIR EMERGING AUTHOR FUND In Honor of Judy Weil – Susan and Ed Septimus MARILYN LANDSBERG STEINER PRE-SCHOOL FUND In Memory of Josephine Eskanos – Shirley and Sonny Landsberg In Memory of Arnold Leanse – Shirley and Sonny Landsberg In Memory of Arnold Levine – Shirley and Sonny Landsberg In Memory of Morton Gart – Shirley and Sonny Landsberg MELTON MINI SCHOOL FUND In Memory of Cantor Mark Levine’s Mother – Michelle and Jim Dannemiller In Memory of Cantor Mark Levine’s Mother – Renee and Alan Helfman

MIKE GROSSMAN/JUDY RICHKER MACCABI SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of Rena Katz – Selma and Jorge Guttin In Memory of William Nemzin – Selma and Jorge Guttin In Memory of Ruth Backrach – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Carl Seltzer – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Eva Grevsky – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of David Haimovich – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Rena Katz – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of William K. Nemzin – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Bertha Grevsky Kaplan – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Lionel Roberts – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Esther Sadoff – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Phillip Rose – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Irvin Leder –Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Dr. Maryon Ruchelman – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Ida Bauer Robinson – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Paul Brochstein – Vicky and Michael Richker In Memory of Darryl Edelman – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Judy Yambra – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Richard Kammerman – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Hope Lipnick – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Greg Lewis – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Malcolm Slatko – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Steven Croft, M.D. – Vicky and Michael Richker In Honor of Sanford Herskovitz – Vicky and Michael Richker

SENIOR ADULT MITVAH FUND In Memory of Phil Kraus – Ethel Shocket SOPH & AL NATKIN STARS PROGRAM In Honor of Sandy Chaskin’s Recovery – Linda and Jerry Rubenstein STARS PROGRAM In Memory of Betty Dinkin – Linda and Andrew Burger

Recognize special lifecycle events with a tribute to support

................................................................................ Elton and Janet Lipnick, David Lipnick, and Myles and Amy Kelman underwrite Shabbat Dinners in memory of Paul Lipnick, an active senior participant, so that other active adults can enjoy the traditional meal and meaningful service to usher in Shabbat. Paul Lipnick enjoyed dining with friends, and his family has chosen this special way to honor his memory.

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............................................................................................. PLEASE NOTE: Names and organizations listed in this newsletter reflect donations received by March 23, 2012. 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. 3103 or

promotion, sympathy,

For corrections or to make a donation visit the Support the ERJCC tab on our website or call the Development Office at 713.729.3200 ext. 3103.

at the ERJCC. A gift can be made for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, graduation, wedding, new baby, bar/bat mitzvah and more.

CELEBRATING 76 YEARS OF JEWISH JOURNEYS Carol Goldberg Selected to Receive the David H. White Award


he ERJCC of Houston will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s meeting will mark the beginning of 76 years of committed service to the Houston Jewish community. New board members will be elected and leaders and contributors will be recognized for outstanding service, leadership and community impact. The annual meeting will provide an opportunity to hear reports on events of the past year and projections for the future. ERJCC President Sam Stolbun will speak about his first year as President of the ERJCC. “The ERJCC has continued to push forward, guided by its mission to bringing Jewish values to life and building a strong, active and sustainable Jewish community,” said Stolbun. “We are proud that we have been able to increase the level of scholarship assistance so that families impacted by this difficult economy continue to

participate in our exceptional childcare, preschool and camping programs.” The program will highlight the creativity and leadership of several key members of the community. The Selection Committee, chaired by Bobby Lapin and Karol Musher, is pleased to announce the 2012 recipient of the David H. White award is Carol Goldberg. “We are thrilled to honor Carol for her outstanding volunteer commitment and legacy of great leadership,” said ERJCC Executive Vice President Joel Dinkin. ERJCC staff member Rachel Wallach will be presented the Jerry Wische Staff Excellence Award and Jack Turk will receive the Stanley Rosenblatt Volunteer Excellence Award. The evening will also include the election of officers, presentation of awards, and highlighting the Agency’s community building initiatives. Visit for more information about our upcoming 76th Annual Meeting.


THE ERJCC HAS CONTINUED TO PUSH FORWARD, GUIDED BY ITS MISSION TO BRINGING JEWISH VALUES TO LIFE AND BUILDING A STRONG, ACTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE JEWISH COMMUNITY. WE ARE PROUD THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE David H. White, who died on January 12, 1972, represented the finest in Jewish life. He left a legacy of love for his family, service to his community, and a heritage characterized by a deep devotion to equal rights for all mankind. In view of his unique role in the community, this living memorial was established by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center as an annual award to a man or woman whose service to the Jewish community of Houston reflects the highest integrity, love for one’s fellow man and commitment to the ideals of Jewish life.





his spring the Jewish Community Center Stage Performing Arts will perform Alice in Wonderland. This is an incredible experience for 16 young actors in grades 3-7. Eva De La Cruz will be directing the Spring JCCS production of Alice in Wonderland, a show Eva has directed before. Eva will be working with Assistant Director, Kendahl Atkinson and Musical Director, Bill Bartlett. Alice in Wonderland is based on the 1951 Walt Disney film.

Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Enjoy this fast-paced stage adaptation featuring many of the classic songs like “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” The JCCS production of Alice in Wonderland will take place at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Kaplan Theater on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM, Sunday May 6 at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM The actors are children from all over our community who take part in the ERJCC Children’s theater program.


his year the ERJCC has launched “Mishpacha and Me: Jewish Experiences for Young Children and their Families,” a series of Judaic outreach events taking

place at family-friendly venues around Houston.

Geared for families with children between the ages of 0-6 years old, Mishpacha and Me events give young families the opportunity to celebrate Jewish festivals and events together. In the past few months, Mishpacha and Me has celebrated Tu B’shevat at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cockrell Butterfly Center, Purim at Wonderwild in the Heights, and Passover at the Children’s Museum. More than 50 families from around the Houston community have shared their Jewish experiences with one another. For more information on Mishpacha and Me, please contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Gillian Richter, at

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WONDERFUL ACTORS BY TAKING IN A SHOW: Naomi Alberts, Emma Arriaga, Brianna Burgan, Olivia Dadoun, Katie Faour, Rachel Feldman, Karli Fisher, Noah Friedman, Max Hoffman, Rachel Levine, Sarah Levine, Julia Minkowitz, Samara Moll, Katherine Solberg, Julia Strug and Daisy Walters

For reserved tickets visit and look for the Alice in Wonderland

or 713.729.3200 ext. 3256.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM HOUSTON! The JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® are coming back to Houston! From August 5 - 10, thousands of Jewish teens will meet, compete and have a great time, creating memories that will last a lifetime. NOW PRESENTING YOUR 2012 ATHLETES, ARTISTS, COACHES, MACS & DELEGATION HEADS ATHLETES

Ashley Doctor

Esther Graves

Rebecca Leisten

Brandon Olifant

Evan Sack

Ilana Vines

Ross Aaronson

Jordan Dokell

Abby Greenbaum

Shane Lerner

Zach Oretsky

Henry Sarshalom

Andrew Warden

Dylan Agnich

Tomer Downing

Jake Greenberg

Zach Lerner

Darci Papell

Alex Schaffer

Alex Wasserstrom

Samantha Agnich

Jonathan Downing

Jillian Greenberg

Eliana Lerner

Sophie Pappas

Sydney Scherer

Lauren Weinberger

Tomas Aisenberg

Logan Elitzky

Jacob Grzebinski

Jeremiah Leventhal

Sean Pappert

Grant Schneider

Jamie Weiser

Joshua Alevy

Natalie Engel

Sarah Grzebinski

Emily Leventhal

Zach Pappert

Jamie Schneider

Sam Weiser

Daniel Amran

Bucky Engel

Jonathan Gurvey

Sammy Levin

Jamie Penn

Lauren Schoen

Jackie Wertheimer

Rachel Amran

Joe Engelhart

Megan Haas

Joshua Levy

Jordan Penn

Nicole Schwartz

Lindsay Weycer

Lauren Applebaum

Ian Estes

Josh Hamat

Mecah Levy

Jake Plantowsky

Lindsey Selzer

Jared Wiesenthal

Ciara Appelbaum

Liam Faigen

Taylor Hartman

Sean Levy

Zack Pokroy

Carlos Serna-Cohen

Jake Yudkin Holden Zisman

Meagan Applebaum

Daniel Feldman

Collin Hecht

Akiva Levy

Jake Polansky

Elle Shaw

Jacob Arnold

Jake Feldman

Sofia Heyl

Morgan Levy

Josh Raizner

Grayson Sheena

Dylan Zisman

Alyssa Arnold

Annie Ferdman

Rebeccah Hoffmann

Alexandra Lewinbuk

Kayla Raizner

Erin Sheena

Nicole Zucker Grant Zucker

Ian Arzt

Richard Fielkow

Greg Holste

Mallory Lieberman-King

Dana Ran

Meagan Sheena

Amanda Atzil

Priya Fink

Molly Horowitz

Seth Lieberman-King

Michael Ran

Sara Shkedy

Michael Barsky

Kelly Finnerman

Rebecca Kalinsky

Jacob Lighthill

Drayton Ratcliff

Lauren Shkolnick

ARTISTS Mitch Chaiet

Reagan Bazarsky

Zachary Fleishman

Andrew Kalmans

Lauren Liss

Dylan Rich

Ari Silverman

Will Bazarsky

Jonathan Flusberg

Samuel Kaminsky

Jordan Loev

Larson Riff

Hudson Silverman

Rachel C

Anabella Berti

Sean Folloder

Jordan Kaplan

James Long

Benjamin Roberts

Trenton Simmons

Sarah C

Scott Bickart

Sarah Friedman

Michael Kaplan

Geoffery Lore

Ashley Rogers

Bailey Slawin

Anna Epstein

Brandon Binder

Tyler Gehring

Emily Kaplan

Coby Lowenstein

Brandon Roseman

Dennis Smirnov

Allan Frederick

Harrison Biro

Ellie Gershenwald

Brooke Kaplan

Everett Lowenstein

Kacy Rosen

Mikayla Smolensky

Madolyn Friedman

Dylan Bishop

Sophie Gershenwald

Dylan Katz

Jeremy Maislin

Lauren Rosenberg

Dylan Solomon

Audrey Goodman

Nathan Bishop

Alex Ghelman

Aaron Katz

Jonathan Maislin

Amanda Rosenfield

Joseph Sondock

Abraham Hausman-Weiss

Benjamin Blachman

Yael Ghelman

Ethan Katz

Holden Markoff

Katie Rosenkrantz

Ben Spier

Aiden Israel

Joseph Blanga

Doug Ginsberg

Sarah Katz

Brooke Markowitz

Jill Rosenkrantz

Logan Stalarow

Holly Kapp

Lennie Blatt

Adam Glombicki

Hannah Kay

Alyssa Marks

Adam Rosenthal

Jonathan Stein

Mika Kol

Grear Blitzer

Meagan Glover

Rebecca Klaff

Kaitlyn Massin

Sterling Rosenthal

Kyle Stein

Sam Linda

Jonathan Blum

Shelby Glover

David Kleban

Sigal Melnik

Max Rosenthal

Jake Stein

Elana Loftspring

Hersh Bootin

Jeffrey Gold

Michael Klein

Jake Meltzer

Holden Rosenthal

Jake Stern

Abbie Markowitz Emery Mintz

Ryan Brandt

Jordan Goldberg

Mackenzie Kleinman

Max Mendel

Jason Rosenthal

Sam Stewart

Belle Bressler

Natalie Goldberg

Sebastian Kopinsky

Ethan Middleman

Harrison Rosenthal

Sara Suttin

Marlo Olifant

Lindsey Bronston

Melissa Goldblatt

Matias Kopinsky

Jenny Miller

Jonathan Rosenzweig

Danny Tadmor

Marisa Papell Hallie Perlman

Ryan Bronston

Hannah Golub

Jordan Kreindler

Amitai Miller

Samuel Ross

Michael Talisman

Ariel Brown

Orly Golub

Illan Kunik

Joseph Minkowitz

Gavin Roth

Avery Thomas

Ben Portugal

Brianna Burgan

Danielle Golub

Sophia Kuperman

Samantha Minkowitz

Zachary Rouah

Jillian Ticatch

Michael Rosen Gabrielle Ross

Jake Chotiner

Brandon Gomel

Asaph Kupferman

Michael Moroz

Zach Roubein

Avery Tiras

Tyler Cohen

Andrew Gomel

Gayla Kusin

Rachel Morris

David Roubein

Ryan Tiras

Noah Rubin

Alyssa Cohen

Sam Goodfriend

Ashley Kwartler

Talya Morris

Cameron Rubenstein

Rachel Totz

Erika Selzer

Sarah Cohen

Rachel Goodman

Noah Lack

Justin Moser

Alec Rubenstein

Josie Toubin

Bet Suttin

Caroline Cweren

Jonathan Gorell

Alec Lapin

Jonathan Moulton

Lauren Rubenstein

Andrew Towber

Dikla Taylor-Sheinman

Melissa Darlow

Kyra Goren

Johnny Lefkowitz

Zach Nathan

Jordan Rutman

Simone Trevas

Jenni Daum

Ervin Graubard

Adam Leightman

Eli Night

Aron Sable

Ben Tuchshnieder

Evan Diebner

Isabel Graubart

Matthew Leightman

Ashton Normand

Ryan Sable

Adi Tuchshnieder


Cori Leva


Sam Robinson


Jeff Abrahams

Jennifer Leventhal


Ryan Sack


Marty Applebaum

Louis Lippman

Lucas Aisenberg

Cara Sheena

Lenny Dubin

Dave Barsky

Bruce Loeser

Taylor Bookstaff

Jacob Silver

Dan Edelstein

Kelly Bormaster

Isaac Malca

Jessie Bursten

Sarah Skolnick

Debbie Kaplan

Michael Borrel

Gordon Morrison

Josh Daum

Ellie Stein

Matt Caplan

Mike Pappert

Haley Greenberg

Austin Thomas

Jordan Dubin

Ryan Peel

Jordan Hecht

Jordan Tiras

Jordon Emmott

Todd Riff

Alex Lampert

Elle Wermuth

Alli Feinstein

Jeff Rovinsky

Kevin Lefkowitz

Sara Witz

Marc Hanfling

Brittany Sadoff

Sarah Leisten Michelle Levine

Michael Hirschfield

Brett Levinson

Ashley Horn

Brandon Levinson

Taylor Hunt

Drew Levy

Rick Kaplan

Dean Melloul

Melanee Kaplan

Kase Pappert

Juan Kopinsky

Erica Robinson

Seeking 500 Beds Welcome at least two visiting teens into your home for the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest and engage your entire family in this rich, cultural, social, athletic and artistic experience. A few meals, transportation and a comfortable resting place suffice for you to provide the home away from home that the teens will appreciate after long days of athletic competitions, arts master classes, community service and social events.

MAJOR SPONSORS United Way of Greater Houston


Craig Hersh


as of print deadline

Andy Bursten – Co-Chair Mindy Levinson – Co-chair Alan Lipman – Games Supervisor Ken Leventhal – Games Director Eric Bishop – Assistant Games Director Terry Cominsky – Artsfest Vice-Chair

For a complete list of sponsors go to

Brittany Horwitt – ArtsFest Director


Volunteer! We can’t do this without you!

The 2012 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest is in need of more than 2,000 volunteers to ensure that all participating teens are fed and hydrated properly, transported safely, connected socially and able to engage in all athletic events and arts classes to the best of their abilities. A wide range of skill sets and expertise are essential. There are opportunities for everyone.

To become a host family or volunteer, for more information and to register, visit



“teamhouston” and “jccmaccabihouston”


Considering membership? Take a tour of our new and expanded fitness facilities. Call or visit the membership office today, now located in the Fitness Center.



AUGUST 5 – 10, 2012




Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage

Houston, Texas Permit No. 6217




EVELYN RUBENSTEIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 5601 S. Braeswood | Houston, Texas 77096 erjcchouston .org



Already a member? Take advantage of all we have to offer. Fitness Center & classes, swimming pools, basketball, racquetball, tennis, gymnastics, access to free programs and invitations to member-only special events. To learn more call the Membership Department 713.729.3200 or visit

Golf Ball Sponsor

Hole-in-One Sponsor

Tournament Underwriter

Dinner Sponsor

Prize Sponsor

Inside Connections

Monday, April 23, 2012 24th Annual ERJCC Golf Tournament BlackHorse Golf Club


Beer & Beverage Cart Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Golf Cart Sponsor

As of print deadline




FAMILY TRIATHLON part of the 2012 USAT


May6 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston



7:30 AM


SERIES Register

Today! Maximize your race potential by joining

To register, visit and click ‘imathlete’. Your patronage of our wonderful sponsors is what puts on our race! Please show them you appreciate them.

Kerry Bloom, DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Rita Cammarata, DDS Pediatric Dentistry

EVELYN RUBENSTEIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 5601 S. Braeswood | Houston, Texas 77096

May 3 & 6

youth championship

JCCS Presents Alice In Wonderland

5 & 19 Kids Nite Out 5

Outdoor Pool Open (weekends)


4th Annual Houston Family Triathlon


ERJCC Annual Meeting


An Afternoon of Dance


CJLL Scholar Series


Erev Shavuot ERJCC closes at 6


Shavuot ERJCC Closed


ERJCC Reopens at 6


Pre-Camp Session 1 Begins

June 4

Pre-Camp Session 2 Begins


Splash Day


J Camps Open House & Meet the Counselors


Summer Classes Begin


Camp Session 1 Begins


Dialogues: Summer in the City


Summer Israeli Film Series

Like us on Facebook at Tri Kids Camp




For more information visit

Spring 2012 J Connections  

Newsletter of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

Spring 2012 J Connections  

Newsletter of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston