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Building Kehilla (Community)


New and Improved Throughout this issue, I hope you will notice all the enhancements to our programs and services that are designed to deliver more value to you as a member. This year, we’ve elevated our programming with increased emphasis on YOU. It’s all part of our mission to provide inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth. Highlights include: Aquatics. In partnership with the American Red Cross, we’ve enhanced swim lesson participants’ individual growth by providing progress reports (written and via a free app) as well as take-home materials (skills checklists, coloring pages, etc.). Plus, joining swim team has never been easier! See pages 3–5 for details. Member Engagement. As part of our external service standard to provide a sense of belonging, on Thursday, February 13 we’ll have treats all day long. And at 5 pm, there’ll be a “wild” guest appearance. More on page 12.

ARTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

3 CAMP JCC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 DANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 DEVELOPMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 EARLY CHILDHOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS. . . . . . . . . . . 15 HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 J CAFÉ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 LETTER FROM CEO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 MASSAGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 PERSONAL SERVICES & RENTALS. . . 23 SCHOOL AGE & BBYO. . . . . . . . . . . 7 SPORTS & LEAGUES . . . . . . . . . . . 10 TENNIS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 AQUATICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .





J Café. For your enjoyment and convenience, the J Café has a newly expanded menu, including tasty hummus plates, a delicious vegetarian Cobb salad and a satiating full breakfast (served all day), and now also offers catering for your events and special occasions. Page 17 has more info. You’ll find that every department at the J now offers programming designed around you. From a Family Scavenger Hunt (page 7) to a clinic for volunteer youth soccer coaches (page 11) to Arts & Education’s dynamic spring season (pages 18–19), we are pleased

Arthur M. Glick JCC Association of Indianapolis, Inc. 6701 Hoover Road Indianapolis, IN 46260 Brian Modiano President

Hanna Fogel Content Creator & Editor

Eric H. Koehler CEO

Aaron Drown Design Design/Layout

Lisa Waite Director of Marketing

to provide you with experiences that lead to your personal growth and our growth as a community, helping you to be the best you so that, together, we are the best “we.” B’shalom,

The J Magazine is a bi-monthly publication of the Jewish Community Center Association of Indianapolis. Volume 25, Issue 1

Eric H. Koehler, CEO 2


The JCC is a non-profit affiliated agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., The United Way of Central Indiana and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America.


Group Swim Lessons

Classes limited to 6 participants and meet in the Backer Therapy Pool unless otherwise noted. No make-up classes or refunds due to participant absence. $90 / $66 M (6 classes) For more information and to register, visit JCCindy.org/youth-aquatics.

Learn to Swim The new and improved American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum now includes the following items to help children progress in their swimming while having fun learning a skill that lasts a lifetime:

Parent/Tot Class (6–36 Months) SAT, MAR 7–APR 11 | 11–11:30 am SUN, MAR 8–APR 12 | 11:30 am–Noon

Henry, Ann, Ava and Ellie with some of the new American Red Cross swim lesson take-home materials

• Achievement Tracker where swimmers can track their progress through the different levels of the swim program, earning stickers along the way • Swimmer Card each time a Learn-to-Swim level is successfully completed • Coloring pages and home activities to keep swimmers engaged between lessons • Progress reports for parents mid-session and end-of-session Parents and guardians are encouraged to download the American Red Cross Swim App!

Learn to Swim LEVEL 1 Intro to Water Skills (Ages 3–5) For children with little to no swim experience Sat, Mar 7–Apr 11 | 9–9:30 am Sun, Mar 8–Apr 12 | Noon–12:30 pm Mon, Mar 9–Apr 13 | 4–4:30 pm

LEVEL 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Ages 4–6)

For beginners who have some swim experience Sat, Mar 7–Apr 11 | 9:30–10 am Sun, Mar 8–Apr 12 | 12:30–1 pm Mon, Mar 9–Apr 13 | 4–4:30 pm

LEVEL 3 Stroke Development (Ages 5–7) For children who can swim a little on their own Sat, Mar 7–Apr 11 | 10–10:30 am Sun, Mar 8–Apr 12 | 1–1:30 pm Mon, Mar 9–Apr 13 | 4:30–5 pm

LEVEL 4 Stroke Improvement (Ages 6–12) For children who need little to no assistance Sat, Mar 7–Apr 11 | 10:30–11 am Sun, Mar 8–Apr 12 | 1:30–2 pm Mon, Mar 9–Apr 13 | 4:30–5 pm

• The app breaks down each Learn-to-Swim level, outlines the purpose of each skill learned in the class, and identifies what caregivers can do with children in between lessons to reinforce what they’re learning, ensuring a higher success rate. • The app also includes sections dedicated to water safety in specific environments, useful for both adults and children. • When Achievements and Badges are unlocked, they can be shared electronically with friends and family. Text SWIM to 90999 to be sent a link to download the app, or search the iTunes app store or Google Play for American Red Cross.

LEVEL 5 Stroke Refinement (Ages 6–12)

For independent swimmers not yet ready for swim team but able to work on developing strokes in a small group setting. Class meets in the Regenstrief Natatorium. Must be able to swim independently Sat, Mar 7–Apr 11 | 11:30 am–Noon Sun, Mar 8–Apr 12 | 2–2:30 pm




Lifeguarding Courses (Clockwise from left) Noa, Vivian, George, Emma, Ardan and Rahm enjoying Swim Team

Swim Team at the J

Practice is now year-round on a monthly draft payment instead of by session! Register at any time, and contact Nicole (info on next page) to try one practice FREE before joining. TUE AND THU, 4:15–5 PM | Regenstrief Natatorium $72 / $56 M per month (Tue and Thu) $36 / $28 M per month (Tue or Thu only) ($9 / $7 M per practice) Ages 5–15. Swim team at the J welcomes swimmers at all levels! Swimmers work on improving strokes and endurance while having fun. Must be able to swim at least 25 yards unassisted with face in the water.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons The J offers private and semi-private swim lessons for ages 3–adult. All skill levels welcome.

Private $35 / $25 M (Single half-hour session) $300 / $200 M (10 half-hour sessions. The more you buy, the more you save!)

Semi-Private $45 / $35 M (Single half-hour session:) $400 / $300 M (10 half-hour sessions. The more you buy, the more you save!)

To schedule, contact Nicole! (information on next page) 4


Ages 15+. Participants in either course must pass a pre-course session that includes the following: 300-yard swim, 2 minutes treading water without the use of hands and 20-yard swim to retrieve a 10-lb brick, return with it to the wall and exit the pool within 100 seconds. Upon successful completion of either course, participants will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. Attendance to all scheduled dates and times is required.

Review Course Participants must be currently certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. SAT, MAR 28 | 9:30 am–5:30 pm $135

Full Course Learn to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. TUE, MAR 31–FRI, APR 3 9:30 am–5:30 pm each day $245

Nicole is the J’s new Director of Aquatics! She has more than 19 years of experience in the field — she majored in Aquatics at Ball State University, served as Park Manager and Aquatics Supervisor for Indy Parks, and most recently worked at the Jordan YMCA where she oversaw all aquatics operations. HAS BEEN SWIMMING SINCE: A very young age at the neighborhood pool; joined the swim team at age 8. FAVORITE SWIM STROKE: Butterfly, though now she usually prefers to swim freestyle. SPORTS HERO: Summer Sanders (same as Director of Member Engagement Amy Lowe; check out her story on page 23!) and Reggie Miller. FAVORITE MOVIE GENRE: Adventure FAVORITE BOOK GENRE: Mystery

Meet Nicole Hagemeyer! Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Programs Work on your range of motion with gentle exercises in shallow water (Aquajoints) or aerobic exercises in deep water (Fit Joints Leona (Lee) Shevitz in Aquajoints Plus) in the 89-degree Backer Therapy Pool. Participants must purchase a Water Movement pass from the Welcome Desk. Try one class FREE before you buy! $10 / $5 M (1 class) $80 / $40 M (10-class punch pass)

FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at her house! FAVORITE WORD: Resfeber — the restless race of a traveler’s heart before the journey begins. HOBBIES: When she’s not at the J, Nicole can be found spending time with family in the great outdoors. They especially love to camp, hike, kayak and scuba dive.

SCUBA Diving (Ages 10+)

FEB 15–16, MAR 21–22 (SAT–SUN) | 8 am–1 pm each day $175 per two-day session

Learn diving techniques and equipment usage and explore life underwater with Indy Scuba! Participants will receive PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Scuba Certification. Register at indyscuba.com.

Water Scouts

In Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? Come to the J to earn aquatics badges or complete swim testing for summer camp! Contact Nicole (information below) to make your reservation. $15 per Scout (minimum 5 children).

Aquatics Text Alerts! Stay informed on aquatics updates in real time! To subscribe, send a text to 81010, and in the message box enter @jccaqua. When prompted, select “S” for student, and you’ll be all set.

AQUATICS CONTACT Nicole Hagemeyer Director of Aquatics nhagemeyer@JCCindy.org 317-715-9222



CAMP JCC Camp Registration Day



Get 7% off camp prices!

SUN, FEB 9 | 1–3 pm Laikin Auditorium Parents and guardians, fill out your registration forms with other camp families and the staff team right beside you while the kids have a blast in the bounce house. Hang out with old friends and new, score great deals and more!

Davanti R. watches as Bricks4Kids demos what campers will make William J. and dad Robbie registering for CampJCC!

CAMP JCC 2020 OFFERINGS PRE-CAMP: Tue, May 26–Thu, May 28

WEEK 1 (JUN 1–5): Traditional day camp, tennis camp WEEK 2 (JUN 8–12): Traditional day camp, tennis camp, Bricks4Kidz, CIT training Tue, Jun 9: Late night for Gr K–1 until 8 pm WEEK 3 (JUN 15–19): Traditional day camp (travel week for Gr 4–5), tennis camp, equestrian camp, Junior Pacers basketball camp, CIT training Thu, Jun 18: Overnight for Gr 2–3 WEEK 4 (JUN 22–26): Traditional day camp, CIT training Thu, Jun 25: Leon Mordoh Lip Sync

WEEK 8 (JUL 20–24): Traditional day camp, tennis camp, optional CIT practicum

POST-CAMP WEEK 1 (JUL 27–31): Traditional post-camp, tennis camp, pickleball camp POST-CAMP WEEK 2 (AUG 3–7): Traditional post-camp


WEEK 5 (JUN 29–JUL 3) Traditional day camp WEEK 6 (JUL 6–10): Traditional day camp (travel week for Gr 4–8), tennis camp, Bricks4Kidz, golf camp, volleyball camp, optional CIT practicum Tue, Jul 7: Late night for Gr K–1 until 8 pm WEEK 7 (JUL 13–17): Traditional day camp, Indy Eleven soccer camp, tennis camp, Bricks4Kidz, equestrian camp, optional CIT practicum Thu, Jul 16: Overnight for Gr 2–3

Counselor Bryan and the Green Team getting into the Yom Sport spirit

Want to get paid to have the best summer ever? Email your details to Caitlyn at cmills@JCCindy.org.


Caitlyn Mills, Director of CampJCC cmills@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9254 6


Counselor Deylon with Rocco M.

SCHOOL AGE (K-5) / BBYO , nt Hu er g en av Sc ily m Fa S L O O H SC



$83 / $65 M PER DAY (7 AM-6 PM) MON, FEB 17 AND TUE, FEB 18 President’s Day

SUN, APR 5 | 9 am-1 pm $75 per family of four

Spring Break MON, MAR 23 Wilderness Skills Day at the J TUE, MAR 24 Cardboard Giants Day at the J

2019 Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio (KIO) BBYO Regional Convention

WED, MAR 25 Roller Skating Field Trip (Location TBD) THU, MAR 26 Trivia Battle at the J FRI, MAR 27 Putt-Putt Field Trip (Location TBD) MON, MAR 30 Constructing and Crafting at the J TUE, MAR 31 Spikeball Tournament at the J WED, APR 1 All SySTEMs are Go at the J THU, APR 2 Dodgeball on the Field at the J FRI, APR 3 Field Trip to Eagle Creek Park (please dress accordingly)


Kyle Riege, Director of School Age Programs kriege@JCCindy.org | 317-475-4438

Indianapolis’ BBG chapter B’Yachad SG was named chapter of the year! Pictured L-R are members Ezri Burton, Reese Dery, Carmeron Burnett, Abby Batler and Rachel Jacobson Indy’s own Ryan Plaskoff (left) was elected as the 66th Regional S’Gan (Vice President). He stands beside the newly elected Regional Godol (president), Noah Pelburg of Cincinnati

To learn about upcoming BBYO events, contact City Director Ethan Cohen


Ethan Cohen, BBYO City Director ecohen@JCCindy.org | 937-304-8682 (cell) J MAGAZINE / FEB MAR 2020


EARLY CHILDHOOD (L-R) Finley, Magnus, Julia and Molly hold some of the Kofim classroom’s donations to the Julian Center

North Wing’s Thanksgiving Tzedakah Right around the Thanksgiving holiday, to learn more about tzedakah (charity), JCC Early Childhood Education (ECE) North Wing’s Kofim classroom collected items for the Julian Center, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. They gathered several miscellaneous clothing items, and: 7 adult blankets 21 baby blankets 7 towels

In December, JCC Early Childhood Education (ECE) families gathered together to enjoy a festive Chanukah dinner featuring class-made menorahs, books, games and more!

ECE graduate Owen G. with mom Amanda

24 washcloths 27 hats 5 ear warmers 16 scarves 23 sets of gloves 2 pillows 23 pillowcases 4 dolls/lovies

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CONTACTS Erica Johnson Director of Early Childhood Education ejohnson@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9235 Abigail Sweeney Asst. Director of Early Childhood Education asweeney@JCCindy.org | 317-715-6987 8


ECE teachers serving dinner

Eric R. and his children Suzanne and Sammy choosing sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)


Parents and siblings observing the last Happy Feet I class of the session

ADULT DANCE AT THE J DANCERSTRONG (AGES 16+) TUE, MAR 10–MAY 12 (10 classes) Noon–1 pm $150 / $120 M

TAP FITNESS (AGES 16+) FRI, MAR 13–MAY 15 (10 classes) | 11:45 am–12:45 pm $150 / $120 M DancerStrong and Tap Fitness 1-Class Drop-In $12 / $10 M DancerStrong and Tap Fitness 5-Class Drop-In $75 / $60 M

BEGINNING ADULT BALLET (AGES 16+) MON, MAR 9–MAY 11 (10 classes) | 7–8:15 pm $200 / $160 M

CLASSICAL BALLET (AGES 18+) TUE, MAR 10–MAY 12 (10 classes) | 9–10:30 am OR FRI, MAR 13–MAY 15 (10 classes) | 10–11:30 am $212 / $175 M Ballet 1-Class Drop-In $25 Ballet 5-Class Drop-In $100 / $90 M

CHICAGO STYLE STEPPIN (AGES 16+) THU, MAR 12–MAY 14 (10 classes) | 7–8:30 pm $120 / $100 M Chicago Style Steppin 1-Class Drop-In $12 / $10 M Chicago Style Steppin 5-Class Drop-In $60 / $50 M



MON, MAR 23–MAY 11 (7 sessions; no class Mar 30) Happy Feet I (Ages 3–4) 3:30–4 pm Happy Feet II (Ages 4–5) 4–4:30 pm Tot Hop (Ages 3–4) 4:30–5 pm $100 / $76 M

SUN, FEB 2/9/23, MAR 8/15/22 Beginning Tap Teens 12:45–1:45 pm Musical Theater/Jazz Teens 1:45–2:45 pm Intermediate Tap Teens 2:45–3:45 pm $20 / $17 M per class

Hip Hop (Ages 5–9) 5–5:45 pm Beginning Kids Tap (Ages 6–10) 5:45–6:30 pm $118/ $92 M TUE, MAR 17–MAY 12 (8 sessions; no class Mar 30) Junior Ballet (Ages 5–9) 5–5:45 pm Broadway Bound Musical Theater (Ages 9–12) 5:45–6:30 pm $135 / $105 M

DANCE CONTACT Kelsey Eberle Cultural Arts Coordinator keberle@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9240 J MAGAZINE / FEB MAR 2020


SPORTS & LEAGUES Dakota C. dribbles to midfield

Irene and Everly partnering up in Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga

SAT, FEB 8–MAR 28 OR SUN FEB 9–MAR 29 (8 sessions) | 10–10:45 am $150 / $105 M

Junior Pacers Boomer’s Mini Dribblers SAT, FEB 15–MAR 7 (4 sessions) | 10–11 am Prices online. Register at pacerscamps.com (click Camps-Clinics and under Location select JCC Indianapolis)

Tiny Tot Athletics (Ages 3–4)

Introduce your young athletes to a new sport each week! TUE, MAR 17–APR 21 (6 sessions) | 3:30–4 pm $78 / $60 M

Gymnastics Build coordination, balance and confidence. Provided by Indy Star Gymnastics Curriculum. WED, MAR 18–MAY 27 (9 sessions; no class Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover]) $137 / $105 M Tumbler I (Ages 3–4) 3:30–4 pm OR 4–4:30 pm Tumbler II (Ages 4–5) 4:35–5:05 pm

Tae Kwon Do (Ages 7–Adult) Instructor: Master Jean-Pierre Decaudin. Promotion test every three months. MON/WED, APR 6–JUL 15 $192 / $160 M (26 sessions; no class Wed, Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover] or Mon, May 25 [Memorial Day]) Beginner 6–7 pm | Advanced 6–8 pm Advanced students may be involved in helping beginners during the 6–7 pm session. Advanced class also includes Hapkido. 10


The Red Team circles up for a strategy session

Allen Katner Youth Soccer $10 late registration fee after Apr 1. One practice per week. Practices start the week of Apr 5. Volunteer coaches determine weekday practice day/time. Micro Soccer (Ages 3–4) THU, APR 16–MAY 21 (6 sessions) 4–4:30 pm, 4:30–5 pm, OR 5–5:30 pm |

$78 / $60 M

Kindersoccer (Ages 4–6), Ages 6 ½–8 Soccer: Games Sun (between 2 and 4 pm) APR 12–MAY 31 (7 games) | $128 / $99 M Makeup games (rain, etc.) on Wed between 5 and 6 pm Ages 9–11 Soccer: In partnership with First Baptist Athletics. Game dates/times TBD. Contact Anita (info below) for more details.

Karate for Kids Instructor: Master Mike Marienthal. Additional $30 fee for students ready for end-of-session promotion test. TUE, APR 7–JUN 9 (9 sessions; no class Apr 14 [Passover]) $144 / $105 M Beginner (Ages 4–10) 4:15–5 pm Advanced (Ages 7–13) 5–5:45 pm

Pickle Ball Hours

Visit JCCindy.org/pickleball for the most up-to-date schedule

SPORTS & LEAGUES CONTACT Anita Hernandez Director of Recreational Sports ahernandez@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9250

Coach Jennie (right) with her co-coach Mark. “It’s really helpful to have another adult (or two) out there with you.”

Coach Jennie checking on her team between game periods

Coach Jennie enjoying the moment with her team Coach Jennie talking to her subs


ennie Carr and her family have been JCC members for almost eight years and throughout that time have come in to the facility at least five days a week. The kids have been involved in several areas of the J — early childhood, afterschool care, camp, basketball, martial arts, dance, gymnastics — but the family has found their niche in Allen Katner Youth Soccer. Jennie has been coaching soccer at the J for about five years. She grew up playing the sport and has always loved it, but wanted to get even more involved once she had kids old enough to play. “I practically counted down to it!” Jennie said. “I wanted to be part of their experience playing the game.” For Jennie, the most rewarding thing about coaching youth soccer is watching the kids grow as individuals and as a team. “All of the kids transform over the course of every season. It is really fun to be a part of that progress,” she said.

Youth Soccer Coaches’ Clinic

SUN, APR 5 | 2 pm Learn from your fellow coaches and get ideas on drills, practice planning and more!

Coach Jennie’s Tips for Volunteer Coaches DON’T LET INEXPERIENCE HOLD YOU BACK FROM COACHING. “When coaching younger kids, I don’t think it’s all that important to know every detail about the sport. Part of it is just being enthusiastic and tying shoes!” CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AS A CO-COACH. “I have had excellent experiences sharing the responsibility with another parent/guardian. Plus, when another commitment pops up, you aren’t in a scramble.” FOCUS ON FUN, AND KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED. “Each kid needs their own ball for the majority of practice. Their attention spans are really short, so even when we talk as a team, we try to move with the ball at the same time.” IT’S MORE FUN TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS. “I ask my players to acknowledge their teammates off the field as well. It can be a wave, a nod, a hello or high five in the hallway, just something. My hope is that they all become friends, or at least friendly, outside of soccer and for years to come. The JCC brings together kids from so many different schools, and I find that while they may not know each other at the start, they will end up seeing each other at JCC summer camp, aftercare or other sports and rec activities, so I try to facilitate those personal connections with teammates.”




The Calili family enjoying the Regenstrief Natatorium




etween the five of them (mom Laura, dad Rotem and kids Noa, Rahm and Oren), the Calilis are at the J virtually every day: Laura and Rotem work out with a trainer or on their own, the kids participate in one of the many athletic activities the J offers, or they come in as a family to swim in the pool (indoor or outdoor) or run around in the gym. At minimum, their week looks something like this:

Rahm, Rotem, Noa and Oren Calili in the Schloss Gymnasium

Rotem brings the kids in after school to play in the gym. Usually, they play soccer, basketball or a game they call “line tag,” where you can only run along the lines on the gym floor.






5 PM


HEDGEHOG HANNAH! Rotem and Oren Calili playing “line tag”

Noa and Rahm Calili take a breather during swim team


Rotem Calili getting tips from his instructor during his swim lesson in the Regenstrief Natatorium

Noa and Rahm jump in the water for swim team. (They’ve also participated in Allen Katner Youth Soccer, dance, karate, Tiny Tot Athletics — the list goes on.)


Laura arrives at 5:30 am for a personal training session, then continues to work out on her own on a stationary bike or in the pool. Laura Calili takes a stationary bike for a spin in the Mordoh Fitness Center


Rotem comes in early for a swim lesson, then the rest of the family joins him in the pool for some free play.

So why the J? “It has everything we want,” Laura said. “Our kids feel comfortable here, people say hi to you when you come in and know your name. You always see someone you know when you come here. We’ve made good friends here who we met through all the classes and activities we do, and now we’ll call them up and say, ‘We’re going to the pool, want to come?’” The Calilis joined the J right when they moved to Indianapolis almost a decade ago. Getting used to the Midwest was a bit of an adjustment after living in Long Island, and Israel before that, but this community has become home, and belonging to the J has been a large part of that. J MAGAZINE / FEB MAR 2020


RACQUET SPORTS Youth Tennis AGES 3–4 MON, MAR 2–MAY 4 | 3:30–4 pm | $128 / $98 M (9 sessions; no play Mar 30 [spring break]) WED, MAR 4–MAY 6 | 3:30–4 pm | $100 / $76 M (7 sessions; no play Apr 1 [spring break], Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover]) SAT, MAR 7–MAY 9 | 9–9:30 am | $128 / $98 M (9 sessions; no play Apr 4 [spring break])

AGES 5–8 MON, MAR 2–MAY 4 | 4–5 pm | $162 / $126 M (Beg/Int – 9 sessions; no play Mar 30 [spring break]) WED, MAR 4–MAY 6 | 4–5 pm | $126 / $98 M (Int/Adv – 7 sessions; no play Apr 1 [spring break], Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover]) SAT, MAR 7–MAY 9 | 9:30–10:30 am | $162/ $126 M (Beg/Int/Adv – 9 sessions; no play Apr 4 [spring break])

AGES 9–10 MON, MAR 2–MAY 4 | 5–6 pm | $162 / $126 M (Beg/Int – 9 sessions; no play Mar 30 [spring break]) WED, MAR 4–MAY 6 | 5–6 pm | $126 / $98 M (Int/Adv – 7 sessions; no play Apr 1 [spring break], Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover]) SAT, MAR 7–MAY 9 | 10:30 am–Noon | $243/ $189 M (Beg/Int/Adv – 9 sessions; no play Apr 4 [spring break])


(Pro Admit required)

WED, MAR 4–MAY 6 | 4:30–6 pm | $189/ $147 M (7 sessions; no play Apr 1 [spring break], Apr 8 or Apr 15 [Passover])

Junior Tennis

(L-R) Robin Weiss, Diane Abrams, Sarah Binford, Eileen Metzger, Angela Luchik and Gretchen Blair enjoying a Thursday morning ladies' tennis clinic

Adult Tennis CARDIO TENNIS Work on tennis drills and get a great high-intensity aerobic workout! TUE, FEB 4–APR 14 | 8–9 am | $190 / $149 M (10 sessions; no play Mar 31 [spring break]) THU, FEB 6–APR 16 8–9 am | $174 / $134 M (9 sessions; no play Apr 2 [spring break]) or Apr 9 [Passover])

MIDDLE SCHOOL MON, MAR 2–MAY 4 | 5–6 pm | $162 / $126 M (Beg/Int – 9 sessions; no play Mar 30 [spring break]) SAT, MAR 7–MAY 9 | 10:30 am–Noon | (9 sessions; no play Apr 4 [spring break])

$243 / $189 M

HIGH SCHOOL TUE, MAR 3–MAY 5 | 7:30–9 pm | $216 / $168 M (Adv – 8 sessions; no play Mar 31 [spring break] or Apr 14 [Passover]) SAT, MAR 7–MAY 9 | Noon–1:30 pm | $243 / $189 M (Beg/Int/Adv – 9 sessions; no play Apr 4 [spring break]) 14


TENNIS CONTACT Kim Shippy Director of Racquet Sports kshippy@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9244


10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

WED, MAR 18 1–2 pm | FREE

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter. This program will teach you how to recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in yourself and others. Learn tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and explore typical age-related changes as well as the importance and benefits of early detection and diagnosis.

Aging Mastery

WED, MAR 25–MAY 27 1–2 pm | FREE *No class Apr 8 or Apr 15 (Passover); classes will be held on Tue, Apr 7 and Apr 14

Personal Training

The J is excited to offer this FREE course in partnership with Oasis. Topics include exercise, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, advance planning, healthy relationships, medication management, community engagement and fall prevention.

Keep your New Year’s resolutions alive! Work with one of the J’s personal trainers to take your workouts to the next level and motivate you along the way. Visit JCCindy.org/personal-training to meet the personal trainers on staff, and contact Tammy (information at right) to schedule your sessions.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CONTACTS Personal trainer Kylie Barnett working with member Maureen K.

Stay informed about group exercise class cancellations and instructor swaps in real time! Send a text to 81010, and in the message box enter @jccgrpx. See Tammy or Ashley Quarles with questions!

Tammy Hopkins Kramer General Manager, Fitness & Membership fitness@JCCindy.org 317-715-9245 Ashley Quarles Assistant Director of Fitness aquarles@JCCindy.org 371-715-9255 J MAGAZINE / FEB MAR 2020



NEW AND IMPROVED! Relax, unwind and do your body a favor with massage therapy at the J, in the new massage studio just inside the Mordoh Fitness Center. Available for men and women.


Soft, kneading strokes and light, rhythmic taps on the topmost layers of your muscles. $55/50 minutes, $75/80 minutes


Slow strokes using firm pressure to reach the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissue. Particularly beneficial for chronic pain relief and injury rehabilitation. $65/50 minutes, $85/80 minutes


A soft but powerful form of energy healing, often used to relieve physical or emotional challenges. This soothing experience provides deep relaxation without manipulating tissue (the practitioner will place their hands lightly on or just above the receiver). $60/60 minutes To schedule your session, contact Tammy at 317-715-9245 or fitness@JCCindy.org. 16




New Menu Items


Come in and try for yourself!

Visit JCCindy.org/jcafe for a full menu! Hummus plate

MONDAY – FRIDAY 9 am–2:30 pm THURSDAY ONLY Pizza Night 4–7 pm

Full Breakfast: Egg scramble with caramelized onions, mushrooms and zucchini, potato pancake and toast, with option to add veggie sausage or veggie bacon

LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH Sushi available starting at 11 am

Vegetarian Cobb salad

Catering Get one point for every dollar you spend, and get a free item once you’ve accumulated enough points! Sign up in person at the café by leaving your phone number or text JCCINDY to 578-277 to receive ongoing offers, and download the Fivestars app to keep track of your points. Apple, walnut and blue cheese salad


Hummus, pita and crudités

The J Café is available to cater your next event! Visit JCCindy.org/catering to fill out a Catering Request Form, and email jcatering@JCCindy.org for more information or with any questions.


New Direct Phone Line

To order from the J Café via phone, please call 317-715-9247.

Christine Woodward Director of Food Operations cwoodward@JCCindy.org 317-532-5968

Sam Moehle J Café Manager smoehle@JCCindy.org 317-715-9203 J MAGAZINE / DEC 2019 JAN 2020



E.J. DIONNE, author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save the Country THU, FEB 13 | 7 pm |


Bestselling author and politics expert Dionne will be at the J in conjunction with the release of his eighth book, Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save the Country, which comes out just one week before his visit. Code Red provides a blueprint for uniting progressives and moderates through shared goals of social tolerance, economic justice and democratic values.

E.J. Dionne Photo by Paul Morigi


Gallery Reception and Performance

THU, FEB 20 | Reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm | FREE Exhibit runs Feb 14–Mar 29 Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and “Jonah: The Vortex” by Claudia Labin Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

JOY LADIN, author of The Soul of the Stranger:

Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective THU, FEB 27 | 7 pm |


Part of the J’s Gender Journeys series. In partnership with Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and Indy Pride. Dr. Joy Ladin is a nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity. A highly respected poet, author and blogger, as the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English Joy Ladin at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, she is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her book The Soul of the Stranger helps readers see some of the bestknown Torah stories through the lens of the transgender experience, transforming understandings of the Torah’s portrayals of God, humanity and the relationships between them. 18


Alan Zweibel

ALAN ZWEIBEL, author of A Field Guide to the Jewish People THU, MAR 5 | 7 pm |


Sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis and Congregation Beth Shalom. This very funny guy asks — and answers — baffling questions like “Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly?” and “Who was the first Jewish Comedian?” Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer and has won five Emmy awards for his work on The Late Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.


ITALIC CALLIGRAPHY WITH ELLEN SIMON WED, FEB 19–MAR 25 | 1–3 pm OR 7–9 pm | Please register by Wed, Feb 12

$136 / $92 M

This class is designed for both beginners and those who have had some previous experience with Italic, the alphabet most people think of when they think of calligraphy. Beginners will learn upper- and lowercase letters while those with more experience fine-tune their skills, and both will have weekly homework assignments including finished projects reflecting what they have learned. Emmet Cohen



Emmet Cohen is one of jazz’s new superstars. From his European tour to his five-day gig at the legendary jazz club Birdland, Cohen proves why he is a Cole Porter Fellow and won the 2019 American Pianist Awards. Join Cohen and his trio as they lead the audience into the life and work of some of jazz’s most important composers. Free after-party with the musicians. Sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund and Leslie M. Jackson In partnership with the American Pianists Association and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation After-party provided by Gadi Boukai, Realtor/ Broker – F.C. Tucker Company

JAZZ HISTORY 101 WITH ROB DIXON WED, MAR 4, MAR 11, MAR 25 AND APR 1 7–9 pm | $49 / $35 M (also Indianapolis Jazz Foundation members) Acclaimed jazz man Rob Dixon — Artistic Director Rob Dixon of the Indianapolis Jazz Photo by Linda Evans Foundation, IUPUI adjunct professor and director of jazz ensembles — will lead you through the history of jazz from the New Orleans sound of Louis Armstrong through the groundbreaking music of today. In partnership with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation.

Beginners’ supplies cost approximately $20–$25 and will be available at the first class. Please indicate if you are left-handed so special supplies can be ordered for you. Others should bring their usual supplies to the first class.

AMY KIRCHNER: UNSCRIPTED GALLERY EXHIBIT MAR 31–MAY 27 Opening Reception: WED, APR 1 5:30 pm | FREE Using abstraction to explore form in her acrylic paintings, Kirchner’s sense of balance and use of contrasting and complementary palettes result in compelling compositions that offer an almost Zen sense of peacefulness. “Pillar” by Amy Kirchner. 2018, acrylic and graphite on canvas. Image courtesy of Long-Sharp Gallery.


You could win a hand-signed, framed “Pillar” valued at $1,950! Visit go.rallyup.com/jccindykirchner to enter. $25/10 chances.

BOYS OF TEREZIN FILM SCREENING THU, APR 2 | 7 pm | FREE Five Holocaust survivors, a boychoir and a chamber music group unite to tell the story of the secret concentration camp journal, Vedem, created under the noses of their Nazi captors. A panel discussion will follow the film. In partnership with the Indianapolis Opera.

ARTS & EDUCATION CONTACTS Lev Rothenberg Director of Arts & Education lrothenberg@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9233 Kelsey Eberle Cultural Arts Coordinator keberle@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9240 J MAGAZINE / OCT NOV 2019


DEVELOPMENT The Indianapolis Jewish community recently completed the fouryear LIFE & LEGACY program, designed by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to help individuals create permanent endowment legacy gifts for Jewish organizations close to their hearts. Thank you to all those listed below for choosing the J!

— Years 1 and 2 — Anonymous (2) Diane and John Abrams and Family Toni Bader Sharyl Goldberg Border Michele Lee Boukai Katy and Dan Cantor Karen and Chuck Cohen Claudette and Larry Einhorn Linda and Bruce Frank Sarah Freeman and Ian Stewart Diane L. Goldberg Leonid Grabovsky Janie and Tom Herman Cherri and Ira Jaffee Shelley and Marshall Kahn

Rita and Keith Pitzele Anna Price Ralph Redmond, III Jason Rich Leslie and Mike Rubin William Shank Michael G. Skolnick Marcella and Alex Slabosky David Wiener Rita and David Woll

— Year 3 — Anne and Jeff Adams Sandy and Eric Koehler Ellen and Brian Modiano

Donald B. Katz

— Year 4 —

Nancy Katz

Nancy and Brad Bell

Andrew Kleiman

Esther and Frederick Fogle

Nancy and Gary Koppel

Linda and Elliott Gold

Judy and Sid Laikin

Jason T. Mintz

Lynn Lambuth

Sharon and Sidney Mishkin

Barbara Levy

Susan and Jack Moss

Lynn S. Levy

Rebecca and Mark Ristow

David Lurvey

Sandy Schwarz

Pat Milner and Bob Stedron

Ana and Ayoob Solooki

Christine Morris

To have a conversation about giving to your J, please contact Hillary McCarley. 20


DEVELOPMENT CONTACT Hillary McCarley Director of Development hmccarley@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9209

Tribute and Program Gifts

Marks Levy Staff Recognition and Development Fund

Barb Levy

OCT 17–DEC 13, 2019

Lynn Levy In loving memory of Jon Ellison and Louise Litwack

Tribute funds are a wonderful way to acknowledge a simcha,

Sosin Fund

birthday, wedding, b’nai mitzvah, anniversary, graduation or other life cycle event, or to honor or memorialize a loved one or colleague. The J relies on the interest income from restricted funds as well as direct donations to programs and departments to provide ongoing, needed support. Your tax-deductible contribution helps to assure the quality and vitality of these programs. You may make a secure donation (suggested $10 minimum)

Melanie and Oren Gottlieb Tiny Houses Returns TITLE SPONSORS

Floors to Your Home JP Morgan Chase

online at JCCindy.org/donate, by phone,

Marshall Kahn

or stop by the Welcome Desk.

Jamie Ratner Rich EVENT SPONSORS

Engledow Events 2019 Annual Campaign Fund

Early Childhood Education Programs

Patrick Corsi

DJ McManus Family Foundation

Loraine Cox

Fran Seyer

Mim Dixon

Zoe Weiss

Sherry Faris

Early Childhood Education Program & Equipment Fund


Betsy and Jason Weatherly

Ace Rentals

Janine and Evan Fogel Helen and Asaf Goldstein Sallie and John Gould, Jr.

Friends of the Arts Program

Cathy and Richard Hahn

Ruth Feinberg

Rebecca and Jeff Kosc

Lisa Freeman and Kevin Hardie

Kevin McKasson Ellen and Brian Modiano Myrna Nelson Tammy and Alex Nelson Cynthia Reynolds

The Glick Fund Nancy and Gary Koppel Marcella and Alex Slabosky Stanley Talesnick Rita and David Woll

Lucy and Robert Riegel

Harry Hochman Fund

Hannah and Mike Wipper

Mel Tishler In memory of Bruce Tishler

Elaine and Howard Zukerman Cultural Arts & Education Programs

Lisa Freeman and Kevin Hardie Rita and David Woll In memory of Jenni Berebitsky

Old 55 Second Helpings Sysco The Cigar Bar

AMS Butler University Arts Administration Internship Program Butler University Musicians Congregation Beth-El Zedeck ERMCO Fox Hill Elementary Hasten Hebrew Academy Indy Portables Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Latvia Community Center

Jazz at the J

Kevin Nanny

Leslie Jackson

The Orchard School

Kenneth “Kenny” Lambert Camp Fund

Steve Pearson

Lynn Lambuth

Howard Shorr J MAGAZINE / DEC 2019 JAN 2020



Meet Amy Lowe! Amy is the J’s new Director of Member Engagement! A graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Exercise Science, Amy brings over 20 years of experience to her position. Most recently, she was Membership Director/Assistant General Manager at Broadmoor Country Club, and she also served as Membership Director at Five Seasons Country Club. She’s excited to bring back the J’s member appreciation events – see page 12 to learn more about the first one coming up on Feb 13! FAMILY: Husband, two daughters (12 and 8 years old), 8-year-old goldfish her daughter won at a fair FAVORITE WORD: Intentional LEAST FAVORITE WORD: Can’t FAVORITE BOOK: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss SPORTS HERO: Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders. Amy was a butterfly-er and trained with her one summer! FAVORITE QUOTE: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”




Please remember that all members age 12 and over MUST scan their key fob every time before entering the sports and fitness corridor. If you lose your fob, simply stop by the Welcome Desk for a new one. There is no charge for the first replacement, $5 thereafter. Tired of carrying your fob? Ask about our JCC app for your smart phone.

New members are entitled to a free 30-minute fitness orientation. Please contact Ashley at aquarles@JCCindy.org to set up your appointment.

Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms are for adults, ages 16 and older. Any children under the age of 16 may use the Water Park Changing Rooms or the Family Changing Rooms.


Please respect our members’ privacy. Parents and guardians accompanying children of the opposite gender over the age of 5 should use the Family Changing Rooms.

REFERRALS Tell friends, family members and co-workers about the J. We’ll give them a free tour and when they join as a paying member and tell us you referred them, you get a $25 credit and they get $25 off their enrollment fee. It’s that easy.

GUEST PASSES Guests are always welcome at the J! Entry for all guests requires the purchase of a daily guest pass at the Welcome Desk. A waiver, photo ID and emergency contact information must be presented in order to validate the guest pass. We also have a 5-punch pass available for guests who will attend more often. Visit JCCindy.org for more details about our guest policies.

MEMBERSHIP CONTACT Amy Lowe Director of Member Engagement alowe@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9228 22


Remember your key fob when you travel because, as a JCC member, you’re welcome at any of the more than 150 Js across North America. We extend the courtesy to members from other Js when they’re here up to two weeks. They just need to present proof of current membership.

JCC BEHAVIOR STANDARDS Loud, boisterous or vulgar language and/or behavior, loitering in or about the building or grounds, or any conduct that disturbs the peace and order of the J will not be permitted. Locker rooms are intended for changing, spa use and showering only. Playing, loitering, laundering clothing, coloring hair or any other behavior not consistent with regular locker room use is not permissible. Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated. Such behavior may be cause for expulsion or suspension from the J. Members are accountable for the behavior of their guests at all times. Guests shall be held accountable to the same standards of behavior as members.

Parents, please remember all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older while at the J.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION The J maintains a zero-tolerance child abuse prevention Code of Conduct for all members, guests and staff. Violation of this code is cause for termination. Visit JCCindy.org/ policies to review our Code of Conduct for child abuse prevention.

THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS As of January 2020, the J accepts Prime, Silver Sneakers and Renew Active.

NO PHOTOS/VIDEO For the privacy, safety and security of all, use of any device with photo or video capabilities is not permitted in locker rooms. As well, please be courteous to others and confine cell phone use to public areas.



Let us watch your little ones (6 weeks– 7 years) while you work out. Pay with Baby Bucks at the Welcome Desk. Bucks expire one year from purchase date.

Get the personalized practice you want.

ONE CHILD, ONE HOUR $2 ($1 per added child) ONE CHILD, TWO HOURS $3 ($2 per added child) BABYSITTING ROOM HOURS Mon–Fri 8 am–Noon Mon–Thu 4:30–7 pm Sat & Sun 9 am–1 pm

PERSONAL TRAINING For an additional fee, the JCC offers personal training. Discounts are available for multiple-session purchases. Email Tammy at fitness@JCCindy.org to schedule. New members receive a complimentary 30-minute fitness orientation.

PILATES REFORMER For an additional fee, the JCC offers Pilates on the Reformer. Discounts are available for multiple-session purchases. Email Tammy at fitness@JCCindy.org or call 317-715-9245 to schedule your sessions.

ROCK STEADY BOXING FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PARKINSON’S Included in membership for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers (must show PD diagnosis from doctor to be eligible).


$85 / $65 M

To schedule your private lessons, contact Ashley at azeller@JCCindy.org.

CORPORATE YOGA We are so flexible, we will come to you! De-stress during the work day or host a chair yoga session for your staff. $100 per session For more information, contact Tammy at fitness@JCCindy.org.


The JCC of Indianapolis, guided by Jewish values and traditions, provides inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth and community building.


The JCC of Indianapolis…Together, we inspire all people to become the best versions of themselves.


COMMITMENT (M’sirut) Providing the very best programming and services COMMUNITY (Kehilla) Enriching our neighborhood & Jewish community, making them better


Look no further! The J host groups for all occasions — from intimate baby showers to large family events and corporate seminars. Better yet, all members and nonprofits receive a discount on room fees! Contact Krista at rentals@JCCindy.org or 317-532-5966 for more information.

The JCC encourages participation by all people and in this way fulfills its mission. The JCC celebrates a diverse society of cultures, beliefs and perspectives whose knowledge strengthens us as an organization and a people.

JCC 2019–20 BOARD MEMBERS Brian Modiano, President Sharyl Goldberg Border, Vice President Leonid Grabovsky, Vice President Rebecca Miller, Vice President Kent Newton, Vice President Jason Rich, Vice President Benjamin Abraham

CONNECTIONS (K’sharim) Incorporating our Jewish values and ties to Israel

Joshua Abrams

See our website for days/times: JCCindy.org/group-exercise-schedule.

INTEGRITY (Yo’sher) Earning trust through excellence & ethical behavior

Marshall Kahn

Non-members with Parkinson’s diagnosis may drop in to try it out for $10.

WELCOMING (Kabalat Panim) Engaging our members and guests with warmth & respect

Lynn Levy


WELLNESS (Briyut) Offering healthy choices for improving the mind, body and spirit

Amanda Pitzele

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION The JCC Indianapolis believes in fairness and recognizes the value of inclusiveness.

Adrianne Slash

For an additional fee, the JCC offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and reiki. Contact Tammy at 317-715-9245 or fitness@JCCindy.org to schedule.

Jeffrey Adams Rachel Modiano Johnson Jeffrey Kosc Erin Mundy Justin Olson Eric Ratner Sandra Schwarz Richard Weiss Michael Wipper J MAGAZINE / DEC 2019 JAN 2020


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EVENTS CALENDAR FEB 9 Camp Registration Day | 1–3 pm FEB 13 Member Appreciation Day Hedgehog Hannah | 5 pm E. J. Dionne, author of Code Red | 7 pm FEB 20 Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah | 5:30 pm FEB 27 Joy Ladin, author of The Soul of the Stranger | 7 pm


Save the date for the J’s 9th Annual Earth Day Community Celebration

April 26, 2020 NOON–5 PM

MAR 5 RESCHEDULED Alan Zweibel | 7 pm MAR 18 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs | 1 pm Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen | 7 pm

Find a full schedule of events at JCCindy.org/events

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