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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019 TAMMUZ 5779 – TISHREI 5780

Helping Each Other,

Hand in Hand HELP BUILD THE J’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND


Building Kehilla (Community)

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh

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Happy Tu B’Av! The 15th day (tu) of the Hebrew month of Av,

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this year falling on August 16, is known as the Jewish day of

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love. A wonderful way to celebrate such a holiday is by giving to

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others, and you can do just that by contributing to the J’s second crowdfunding campaign, Hand in Hand, beginning August 18. This year, the beneficiaries of the campaign are the more than

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65 individuals and families who receive JCC scholarships.

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On pages 12–13, you’ll meet three families who all receive

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scholarships and are all part of our JCC family (names have been

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changed to protect their privacy). Your participation in the Hand in

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Hand campaign ensures that the J can still be “the place to be” for

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the Halston family, the Jameson family, JCC staff member Angie’s family and others like them, regardless of financial status. In a conversation with Alex and Tammy Nelson, two of the

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about how the JCC is family. “It just makes everyone stronger when they feel that support [of this community],” Tammy said. With your help, we can take care of each other and truly live up to the J’s mission, vision and values, especially those of kehilla (community) and kabalat panim (welcoming). I hope you will join me in this opportunity to continue building and enriching our community. As the Talmud (post-Torah book of Jewish law) says, “Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh” — “all of Israel are responsible for one another.” Collectively, we are stronger than

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the sum of our parts. To make your gift, please visit JCCindy.org/hand-in-hand.

B’shalom,

The JCC Update is a bi-monthly publication of the Jewish Community Center Association of Indianapolis. Volume 24, Issue 4

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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.


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ust in time for the 2019-2020 school year, ECE at the J is opening up its 18th classroom! 18 is a special number in Judaism: ‫( חי‬chai), the Hebrew word for “life”, is written with the letters chet (the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet) and yud (the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet), making the word’s combined numerical value 18. ECE is excited to bring even more life to the J! The new pre-kindergarten classroom is in ECE’s North Wing, which opened in 2016. Some students began their ECE journey as infants in the brand new North Wing a few years ago, so it is only fitting that they finish off their time in ECE in another new North Wing classroom. Georgia C. is one of them. After hearing about the wonderful ECE experience family friends had had at a JCC in Florida, Georgia’s moms Gaby and Jill visited the Indianapolis J when they were just a few months pregnant and fell in love with the program. They remained on the waiting list until the North Wing opened when Georgia was 11 months old, but according to them, “it was worth the wait!” Finding a childcare, preschool and pre-K program can be stressful, but Gaby and Jill said they had a great experience with the J’s ECE team. “We feel so lucky to have found the J. The teachers have been very inclusive and affirming, providing an environment where kids can learn by playing and exploring their world. We feel fortunate that the J has been able to attract and retain great teachers and staff members.”

L-R: Georgia, Jill, Jude and Gaby C.

The environment and community at the J are what keep Georgia and her family coming back. When baby brother Jude came along, Gaby and Jill noted that “although it’s always hard going back to work, it was such a comfort handing him over at 12 weeks old to teachers we already knew and loved.” They have also made great friendships with other ECE families. Georgia loves all the activities she gets to do throughout the day in ECE. As she’s gotten older, Gaby and Jill have enrolled her in dance, swimming and soccer at the J so she can continue to enjoy those extracurriculars in the same building. “We love that she’s been able to grow up at the J and will be well-prepared socially and academically when it comes time for her to go to kindergarten,” Gaby and Jill said. “We know she’ll enjoy coming back for summers at the J and hopefully seeing her old ECE friends.”

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CONTACTS Erica Johnson Director of Early Childhood Education ejohnson@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9235 Jill and Jude C. enjoying ECE Family Painting

Georgia C. swinging on the ECE North Wing playground

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SCHOOL AGE (K–5) Fall 2019

After School Care (ASC) Program Offerings FALL 2019 ASC BEGINS AUGUST 1! The J provides trained and engaged staff, a well-rounded activity schedule with an emphasis on choices, and balanced snack offerings. In addition to ASC, the J also offers many other programs (like School’s Out Days) throughout the school year.

ASC AT THE J CAN WORK

WITH YOUR SCHEDULE! PROGRAM OPTIONS INCLUDE:

SKY ZONE

LOCK-IN

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 5:30 pm through

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15 8:30 am

$85 / $65 M

Meet at the J, take a field trip to bounce around the trampolines at Sky Zone, then come back to the J for an overnight!

• 1 DAY a week • 3 DAYS a week • 5 DAYS a week • 5+ DAYS (every day after school plus any school’s out programming)

TRANSPORTATION TO THE J

IS PROVIDED BY MOST WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS, OR CAN BE PROVIDED BY THE J FROM SOME SCHOOL AREAS FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.

ASC FALL

BREAK

OCT 7-8 (MON-TUE) OCT 10-11 (THU-FRI) OCT 15-18 (TUE-FRI)

SCHOOL'S OUT DAYS

$83 / $65 M PER DAY (MOST 7 AM-6 PM)

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SCHOOL AGE CONTACTS Kyle Riege Director of School Age Programs kriege@JCCindy.org | 317-475-4438 Caitlyn Mills Assistant Director of Camp & Youth cmills@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9254 4

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(JCC CLOSED FOR YOM KIPPUR AND SUKKOT RESPECTIVELY)

Contact Kyle or Caitlyn or visit JCCindy.org/k-5 for more information on ASC, upcoming programs or how to register.


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Having Fun and Doing Good Gesher (grades 6–7) and Kesher (grades 8–9) groups at CampJCC helped serve the community this summer! They ran a “Tooth Fairy” dental hygiene drive benefiting Popsie’s Pantry at Jewish Family Services.

Leon Mordoh Lip Sync At CampJCC’s annual Lip Sync performance on June 27, it was announced that from this point forward, Lip Sync will be known as Leon Mordoh Lip Sync in memory of Leon M Mordoh, who was a great supporter of the J and especially loved CampJCC’s Lip Sync program.

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AQUATICS 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. For more information and to register, visit JCCindy.org/youth-aquatics.

Parent/Tot Class

AGES 6–36 MONTHS

SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 11–11:30 am SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 (6 classes) | Noon–12:30 pm $90 / $66 M

Learn to Swim

BEGINNER I (AGES 3–4)

For children with little to no swim experience *WED, SEP 11–OCT 16 (5 classes) | 4–4:30 pm $75 | $55 M SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 9–9:30 am SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 (6 classes) | Noon–12:30 pm $90 | $66 M

BEGINNER II (AGES 4–5)

STROKE DEVELOPMENT (AGES 6+)

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. SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 11:30 am–Noon SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 (6 classes) | 2–2:30 pm $90 | $66 M *No class Wed, Oct 9 due to holiday observance

Swim Team at the J Ages 5–15. Swim team at the J welcomes swimmers of all levels! Swimmers work on improving strokes and endurance while having fun. Must be able to swim at least 25 yards. TUE/THU, SEP 3–DEC 19 | 4:15-5 pm in the Regenstrief Natatorium $261 | $203 M (29 sessions) $126 | $98 M | Tue only (14 sessions) $135 | $105 M | Thu only (15 sessions)

For beginners who have some swim experience *WED, SEP 11–OCT 16 (5 classes) | 4–4:30 pm $75 | $55 M

*No practice Tue, Oct 1 or Oct 8 or Thu, Nov 28 due to holiday observances

SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 9:30–10 am SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 | 12:30–1 pm $90 | $66 M

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

INTERMEDIATE I (AGES 4–6)

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

For children who can swim a little on their own *WED, SEP 11–OCT 16 (5 classes) | 4:30–5 pm $75 | $55 M SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 10–10:30 am SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 (6 classes) | 1–1:30 pm $90 | $66 M

INTERMEDIATE II (AGES 5–7)

For children who need little to no assistance *WED, SEP 11–OCT 16 (5 classes) | 4:30–5 pm $75 | $55 M SAT, SEP 7–OCT 12 (6 classes) | 10:30–11 am SUN, SEP 8–OCT 13 (6 classes) | 1:30–2 pm $90 | $66 M

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PRIVATE

Single half-hour session $35 | $25 M 10 half-hour sessions $300 | $200 M

SEMI-PRIVATE

Single half-hour session $40 | $35 M 10 half-hour sessions $350 | $300 M

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Water park hours will be reduced as of Mon, Aug 12. Visit JCCindy.org or check the J’s mobile app or with the membership desk for more details.

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Save the Date for Winter Sports!

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Coach D talks strategy with the team guards him shoot as Liron B. Elias C. looks to

Coach Jennie encourages her team

Winter sports at the J begin mid-October! Registration now available for Junior Pacers Basketball ($10 late fee after Oct 1), Karate for Kids and Tiny Tot Athletics winter session along with the fall sports listed on this page.

Tiny Tot Athletics (Ages 3–4)

TUE, AUG 13–SEP 17

(6 sessions) 3:30–4 pm $78 / $60 M

Gymnastics

Allen Katner Youth Soccer

The J is proud to partner with Indy Star Gymnastics to provide gymnastics sessions that build coordination, balance, and confidence.

WED, AUG 21– OCT 23

Register by Aug 1 to receive an early bird discount! Micro Soccer and Advanced Micro Soccer (Ages 3–4) River L. with his tea m sportsmanship award THU, AUG 15–SEP 18 (6 sessions) and Indy Eleven sca rf $78 / $60 M Advanced Micro Soccer: 4:30–5 pm Micro Soccer: 5–5:30 pm OR 5:30–6 pm

(9 sessions; no class Oct 9) $137 / $105 M

Tumbler I (Ages 3–4) 3:30–4 pm OR 4:05–4:35 pm Tumbler II (Ages 4–5) 4:40–5:10 pm

Kindersoccer (Ages 4–5) and Ages 6–8 Soccer: Games Wed (between 5 and 6 pm) or Sun (between 1 and 4 pm) AUG 18–OCT 6 (7 sessions) | $114 / $99 M

Sula G. focusing on the balance beam

Ages 9–11 Soccer: Games once a week (7 sessions); 3 Saturdays, 4 weekdays. In partnership with First Baptist Athletics. | $114 / $99 M Practices start the week of Aug 5. Volunteer coaches determine weekday practice day and time. Quinn B. visualizing

SPORTS & LEAGUES CONTACT Anita Hernandez Director of Recreational Sports ahernandez@JCCindy.org 317-715-9250 8

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For more information and to register visit JCCindy.org/ youth-sports-rec

Pickle Ball Hours

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Florence S. and Paige D. know that gymnastics is more fun with friends

Cohen Gymnasium Mon Wed Fri 10 am–Noon Tue Thu 1–3 pm | Sun 4–6 pm Schloss Gymnasium Sat 1:30–3:30 pm


TENNIS Youth Tennis AGES 3–4

MON, SEP 9–OCT 28 (5 sessions) 3:30–4 pm $45 / $35 M (No class Sep 30, Oct 14 or Oct 21 due to holiday observance) WED, SEP 11–OCT 30 (7 sessions) 3:30–4 pm $63 / $49 M (No class Oct 9 due to holiday observance) SAT, SEP 14–NOV 2 (8 sessions) 9–9:30 am $81 / $56 M

AGES 5–8

MON, SEP 9–OCT 28 (5 sessions; beginner and intermediate) | 4–5 pm $90 / $70 M (No class Sep 30, Oct 14 or Oct 21 due to holiday observance)

WED, SEP 11–OCT 30 (7 sessions; intermediate and advanced) | 4–5 pm $126 / $98 M (No class Oct 9 due to holiday observance) SAT, SEP 14–NOV 2 (8 sessions; beginner, intermediate and advanced) 9:30–10:30 am $144 / $112 M

AGES 9–10

MON, SEP 9–OCT 28 (5 sessions; beginner and intermediate) | 4–5 pm $90 / $70 M (No class Sep 30, Oct 14 or Oct 21 due to holiday observance)

SAT, SEP 14–NOV 2 (8 sessions; beginner, intermediate and advanced) 10:30 am–Noon | $216 / $168 M

AGES 10 AND UNDER TOURNAMENT LEVEL

(Pro Admit required) WED, SEP 11–OCT 30 (7 sessions) | 4:30–6 pm $189 / $147 M (No class Oct 9 due to holiday observance)

WED, SEP 11–OCT 30 (7 sessions; intermediate and advanced) | 4–5 pm $126 / $98 M (No class Oct 9 due to holiday observance)

Junior Tennis MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

MON, SEP 9–OCT 28 (5 sessions; beginner and intermediate) | 4:30–6 pm $135 / $105 M (No class Sep 30, Oct 14 or Oct 21 due to holiday observance)

MON, SEP 9–OCT 28 (5 sessions; beginner and intermediate) | 4:30–6 pm $135 / $105 M (No class Sep 30, Oct 14 or Oct 21 due to holiday observance)

SAT, SEP 14–NOV 2 (8 sessions; beginner, intermediate and advanced) | 10:30 am–Noon $216 / $168 M

TUE, SEP 10–OCT 29 (6 sessions; advanced) | 7:30–9 pm $162 / $126 M (No class Oct 1 or Oct 8 due to holiday observance)

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Kim Shippy Assistant Director of Racquet Sports kshippy@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9244 J MAGAZINE / AUG SEP 2019

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DANCE

Adult Dance at the J

Youth Dance at the J

BEGINNING ADULT BALLET (AGES 16+)

MON, AUG 19–OCT 7 (6 classes – no class Sep 2 or Sep 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 $85 / $65 M

MON, AUG 19–OCT 7 (6 classes – no class Sep 2 or Sep 30) 7–8:15 pm $114 / $96 M

CLASSICAL BALLET (AGES 18+)

TUE, AUG 20–OCT 8 (7 classes – no class Oct 1) 9–10:30 am OR FRI, AUG 23–OCT 4 (7 classes) 10–11:30 am $133 / $112 M Ballet 1-Class Drop-In $25 5-Class Drop-In $100 / $90 M

ADVANCED BEGINNING TAP (AGES 16+)

TUE, AUG 20–OCT 8 (7 classes – no class Oct 1) 1–2 pm $133 / $112 M

Teen Dance at the J (AGES 12-18)

SUN, AUG 18–OCT 6 (6 classes – no class Sep 1 or Sep 29) 7–8:15 pm Beginning Tap Teens 12:30–1:30 pm Musical Theater/Jazz Teens 1:30–2:30 pm Intermediate Tap Teens 2:30–3:30 pm $102 / $90 M Teen Drop-Ins $17 / $15 M

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Hip Hop I (Ages 5–7) 5–5:45 pm Hip Hop II (Ages 8–10) 5:45–6:30 pm Beginning Kids Tap (Ages 6–10) 6:30–7:15 pm $132 / $102 M TUE, AUG 20–OCT 8 (7 classes – no class Oct 1) Junior Ballet (Ages 5–9) 5–5:45 pm Broadway Bound Musical Theater (Ages 9–12) 5:45–6:30 pm $115 / $89 M Register now for the J’s fall dance programs on this page and winter sessions for these classes and Chicago Style Steppin beginning in October! Learn more at JCCindy.org/dance (youth) and JCCindy.org/adultdance (adults)

Sacred Dance Institute PROMISE(D) LAND… THE RETURN!: AN ETERNAL WORSHIP MOMENT SUN, SEP 15 | 3 PM $10 (ages 12 and under FREE) “Do you know the destination? Come taste and see as we move through a sacred pace of the Psalms and returned to The Promise(d) Land.” For more information visit sacreddanceinstitute. com. Register at JCCindy.org, the JCC membership desk, or by phone at 317251-9467.


GALLERY

Looking: 2 Ways THOMAS MUELLER AND FREDDIE KELVIN

AUG 20–OCT 11

OPENING RECEPTION

Thomas Mueller, Windblown

THU, AUG 22 | 5:30-7 PM | FREE Tom Mueller has been photographing for more than 40 years, with formal training at the International Center for Photography in New York City. Tom has had one-artist exhibits of his fine art photography at several private galleries in Indianapolis and New York as well as at Butler University and the University of Indianapolis, and he has participated in group shows at the Herron School of Arts and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Mueller enjoys contributing his photographic skills to nonprofit organizations such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and Conner Prairie, which published a book of his photographs entitled Conner Prairie: Immersion, Engagement, Curiosity. Freddie Kelvin’s photography has always been based on instinct. “I shoot what catches my eyes…what moves me,” he said. He has become particularly attracted to waterscapes and especially reflections. Selected exhibitions in Indianapolis include Butler Arts Center, the Hilbert Circle Theater, Kuaba Gallery and Art on Main Gallery in Carmel. His work has also been shown in Austin, TX and Akko in northern Israel. He is a freelance photographer for Dance Kaleidoscope and other performing arts organizations.

Thomas Mueller, String Shop

Freddie Kelvin, Golden Glow

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

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Helping

Each Other, Hand in Hand Life can change in an instant, and often when you least expect it. The Halston and Jameson families know this firsthand. Thanks to the scholarship program at the J, these two families and others like them are able to hold on to a sense of normalcy as they adjust to their shifting realities.

There are also families like JCC staff member Angie’s, who because of life’s circumstances just need a little extra boost. A scholarship from the J allows these families to breathe easier and focus their energy on more important things.

The Halston Family *

Jen Halston has been a member of the J for 15 years, through many ups and downs. She began working out in the Mordoh Fitness Center when she was single, then continued alongside husband Patrick when they got married. When their son Matt came along, the J became somewhere he could spend time (in afterschool care, at CampJCC, and at the Eskenazi Water Park), and when Jen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the family brought her to the J to work out so she could stay healthy as long as possible. The Halstons’ savings were already depleted from taking care of Jen’s mother when Jen lost her job, and a couple weeks later Patrick was in a bad accident and went on disability, where he has been for the past few months. Suddenly, the family’s income dropped to less than one-eighth of what it was just six months ago. *Names have been changed

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With Patrick unable to work or fully take care of Matt, the responsibility of keeping the family afloat has fallen entirely on Jen’s shoulders. Maintaining a membership at the J is a reassurance that, though other parts of the Halstons’ life have fallen down around them, Matt still has a place to go where he can be active and involved. A JCC scholarship has helped the Halstons keep that consistency while relieving some of their financial pressure. “It’s a safe harbor,” Jen said. “The J has helped us take care of the older generation, ourselves, and the younger generation.”

The Jameson Family * The Jameson family’s 5-year membership at the J has centered around children Haley and Connor’s participation in the ECE program and expanded to include activities like youth soccer, gymnastics and dance. Mom Megan calls the J “a vital part of our lives.” So when dad Wyatt broke his ankle, an injury that required multiple surgeries and rendered him unable to work for a number of months (his job entails climbing ladders and being on rooftops), the Jamesons applied for and received a J scholarship that allowed them to keep their children in the programs they were attending, rather than uproot their lives completely. “It was a tremendous relief financially as well as emotionally due to all the other stresses going on with the situation,” Megan said. The family has made numerous friendships throughout their time at the J, from other kids in their classes to parents and even teachers, so being able to depend on that stability and having one less source of upheaval was much appreciated.

For Megan, the J’s impact has been immeasurable. “We really love the JCC and all that it stands for in the community,” she said. “I feel it has given my children so many wonderful experiences, ranging from educational to social and recreational.”

The JCC Family Angie, a JCC employee, pays hundreds of dollars each month for medication for her boys, who both have ADHD. A CampJCC scholarship both offset some of Angie’s financial burdens and gave her peace of mind in knowing that, after a rough school year, her boys were nearby, safe, having tons of fun and making wonderful friends. Angie noted that even if she didn’t work at the J, she would still be a member because of the environment. “The facility is beautiful, and there is no judgment against me and my family because we live a different lifestyle (gay and not Jewish),” she said. When they’re at the J, Angie, her sons and her fiancée can be the best versions of themselves.

How You Can Help The week of August 19, the J is launching a crowdfunding campaign called Hand in Hand to help grow the scholarship fund. Your gift directly helps families like the Halstons, the Jamesons, Angie’s family, and others who are immigrants, single parents, have experienced homelessness, or are otherwise struggling.

A $60 donation pays for: • One child to attend five group swim lessons • One CampJCC or School’s Out day • One month of membership for a single adult or senior couple All donations up to $30,000 total will be matched, so your gift will be doubled! To make your gift, visit JCCindy.org/hand-in-hand.

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ARTS & EDUCATION Indianapolis Jewish & Israeli Film Festival SUN–THU, AUG 25-29

Sun: The Athenaeum (401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis) Mon–Thu: Hasten Hebrew Academy Cultural Arts Center (6602 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis) $10/film, $15/two-film day pass (Sun, Tue and Wed) $60 Festival Pass good for all eight films + two shorts. AUG 25 Magic Men (5:30 pm), The Sign for Love (8 pm) AUG 26 Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story (short film included with your ticket), Gloomy Sunday (6 pm) AUG 27 Shoelaces (5:30 pm), Rescue Bus 300 (7:45 pm) AUG 28 The Unorthodox (5:30 pm), Muhi: Generally Temporary (8 pm) AUG 29 Dear God (short film included with your ticket), The Invisibles (6 pm) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS

For more information and to buy tickets visit jewishindianapolis.org/film-fest.

PHOTO BY DENIS RYAN KELLY JR.

Jazz in the 21st Century THU, AUG 15 | 7 PM

$15

The new Jazz at the J series kicks off with an audience-interactive jazz program, featuring a seven-piece jazz ensemble led by jazz saxophone master Rob Dixon. The performance takes the audience through the history of jazz using the ensemble, historic jazz film footage, poetic narration and dynamic lighting to fully engage the listener. With rave reviews from audience members and critics alike, this show is sure to please both the novice and the most discerning jazz concertgoer. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

The JCC is a founding member of The Unity Project whose mission is to build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black and Jewish communities, through dialogue and the arts. Partners include the JCC, The Indianapolis Urban League, the Efroymson Family Fund and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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Taste of

Oct 23 - Nov 13 For information and tickets visit JCCindy.org/festival-books-arts

Taste of the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts: Wiesenthal (Nazi Hunter) FEATURING TOM DUGAN

OFF-BROADWAY NATIONAL TOURING PLAY SAT, SEP 21 | 8 PM SUN, SEP 22 | 2 PM $30 Award-winning and internationally acclaimed actor and writer Tom Dugan reprises his tour-de-force Off-Broadway role as Simon Wiesenthal (known throughout the world as “the Jewish James Bond”) in this one-person show. Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal dedicated his life to bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice, including aiding in the capture of Adolph Eichmann. The New York Times calls the show a “must-see” and the Los Angeles Times says it is a “theatrical masterpiece.” “Wiesenthal” has critics and audiences throughout North America raving about the riveting true story of this ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Following the performance, please remain for a Q&A session with Tom Dugan.

SNEAK PREVIEW The 21st Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts will include: Dennis Ross, former ambassador and world-renowned Middle East authority Journalists J.J. Goldberg and Jonathan Tobin on “Left vs. Right: The Battle for Israel’s Soul” Celebrating Curious George Home is Where the Harvest Is: Tiny House Roadshow (learn more on page 21!) A World of Comfortable Elegance with Timothy Corrigan Rabbi Sandy Sasso on “Through the Looking Glass: Writing for Kids About Spiritual Matters”

And much more!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

ARTS & EDUCATION CONTACTS Lev Rothenberg Director of Arts & Education lrothenberg@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9233 JCC Arts & Education programming is made possible in part by the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts Endowment Fund.

Kelsey Eberle Cultural Arts Coordinator keberle@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9240 J MAGAZINE / AUG SEPT 2019

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

FALL HOURS Beginning August 19

MONDAY ˜ WEDNESDAY ˜ FRIDAY 8:30 am–2:30 pm TUESDAY ˜ THURSDAY 8:30 am–2:30 pm AND 4–7 pm SATURDAY ˜ SUNDAY 11 am–6 pm (through Labor Day; closed on weekends after Sep 2)

Pizza Day may only be Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but individual flatbreads are available every day except Saturday (to respect Jewish law on Shabbat)! Choose from Four Cheese, BBQ, Alfredo, Veggie and Pesto.

J CAFÉ CONTACT Sam Moehle J Café Manager smoehle@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9203

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SUPERVISED UNDER THE INDIANAPOLIS ORTHODOX BOARD OF KASHRUS


Les Mills LAUNCH

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rina Gladkova teaches Les Mills BodyPump™, which focuses on low weight loads and high repetition movements in cutting-edge choreography to chart-topping songs. The class helps you burn calories and fat, gain strength, improve endurance and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning through resistance training and light cardio. Irina’s been working at the J for 10 years, ever since BodyPump first launched. She loves connecting with people at the J and how BodyPump brings everyone together. Some classes have included grandparents, parents and kids from the same family (including Irina’s own family – her husband and two daughters take her class on Sunday mornings), and Irina has had some of the same students for all 10 years!

Sunday, Oct 27 BODYPUMP 111 BODYATTACK 106

HEALTH & WELLNESS CONTACTS

Though BodyPump is a group class, you can select which weights to use according to your body’s needs, which makes the workout easy to personalize for any age or fitness level. The upbeat, motivational music and accompanying choreography change frequently, which keeps regulars coming back and brings new people in, because every class is a party. BodyPumpers do 1,000 reps in just under 60 minutes, yet they have so much fun while doing it that they don’t even notice their muscles burning, only the results.

Todd Landwehr General Manager, Fitness & Wellness Services tlandwehr@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9245

Ashley Quarles Assistant Director of Fitness aquarles@JCCindy.org | 317-715-9255 J MAGAZINE / AUG SEP 2019

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YOGA Meditation for Beginners with Anne Ewing Sun, Sep 22 | 10:45 am–12:45 pm Location TBD $35 / $20 M “I want to try meditation, but where do I begin?” “Is there a right or wrong way to meditate?” Get the answers to these questions and more at “Meditation for Beginners,” where meditator and yoga teacher Anne Ewing will lead you through the art and practice of meditation. Learn about the researched benefits of meditation and explore different varieties and tools of meditation including mantra, mala beads and visualization. Deconstruct any misunderstandings you may have about meditation and explore whether meditation is right for you.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

with Kathy O’Brien Allgood and Ashley Zeller NEW! Intensive study program means you graduate in half the time! WED, SEP 4, 2019–JAN 29, 2020 | 5:30–9:30 pm Plus five weekend intensives Early bird special ends on Aug 15 $2,700 / $2,375 M if paid in full After Aug 15 $3,000 / $2,675 M Program includes guest appearances with master Pilates/yoga teacher Susan Holewinski and personal trainer/yoga teacher Cara George. Topics include teaching kids’ yoga, restorative yoga, the chakra system, yoga nidra, pranayama (advanced breathing techniques), the yoga business, and more! Learn more at JCCindy.org/yoga or on Facebook at CommunityYogaSchool.

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Anne Ewing has had a practice and love of yoga for over 15 years. In 2017, she deepened her journey and pursued a yoga teaching certification at the J. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance with an RYT 200 designation. Anne teaches combined hatha with vinyasa in a slowerflow yoga style that incorporates intention, meditation and pranayama. In her own practice, she explores the many forms and styles of yoga as she continues to widen her scope and intimately understand the connection between mind, body and breath. She is based in the Fishers, IN area, is a mother of two and has an eager passion to share her love and the divine benefits of yoga with all of you.

YOGA CONTACT Ashley Zeller Wellness School Manager azeller@JCCindy.org 317-251-9467 ext. 2311


HEALTHY LIVING DAY AT THE J

Have Your Cake and

Eat It Too IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ESKENAZI HEALTH

Wed, Sep 25 8 am “How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Indulging in Indy Decadence” with Gwendolyn Rogers, owner of The Cake Bake Shop in Broad Ripple and Carmel. Gwendolyn has been featured in Oprah’s “O” List 2018, “Best of Indy 2018: All That Glitters,” and voted “Best Bakery” by Indy’s A-List, “Best Apple Pie” by Channel 4’s RTV6, “#1 Cakes in Indianapolis” by Best Rated and “Top Spot to Visit in Indianapolis” by Top Spots! $28 ticket to hear Gwendolyn speak. Includes a hearty and healthful breakfast and a piece of cake from The Cake Bake Shop (flavor subject to availability). $224 Buy a table for nine (bring eight friends!)

FOR INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIP PLEASE CONTACT Hillary McCarley JCC Director of Development hmccarley@JCCindy.org 317-715-9209

Gwendolyn Rogers, owner of The Cake Bake Shop

9:30 am–2 pm “Know Your Numbers.”

Over 20 FREE health screenings and demonstrations for men and women, including: Flu Shots

Mental Health Check

Pop-up Shops

Chair Massages

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

CPR and First Aid

Nutrition Information with Recipes

Intro to Fitness to Go

Stop the Bleed

Ergonomics

Pelvic Floor Exercises

BMI

Pampering Techniques

Financial Health

Skin Cancer Screenings

Restorative Yoga

Mobile SMILE and Eye Screening

Glucose, A1C and Cholesterol

Myofascial Self-Release Class

Buy your tickets and RSVP at JCCindy.org/health-fair J MAGAZINE / AUG SEP 2019

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ADVANCEMENT

Submitted photo by Gary and Nancy Koppel from a trip to Canada

Donor Profile

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ary and Nancy Koppel have been members of the J since 1973, and in those 46 years they have found programs to support them through each new stage of life. Their children were some of the first to take part in the J’s afterschool care program, which gave Nancy the time and space she needed to focus on her career. “I couldn’t have gone to social work school without it,” she said. Now retired, the Koppels come to the J to work out because of the social connections they’ve made and support system they’ve found. “It’s really important at our age to have connections,” Nancy said. “When you don’t work, you don’t have the social connections you did before. You have to find some different ways.” The group Nancy swam with, for example, now gets together to play the card game canasta. “It feels comfortable here,” Nancy said. “It’s more than a gym, this is a community.” Gary found that out firsthand when, after returning to the J’s Mordoh Fitness Center from a two-month vacation in South Carolina, he was told, “You have to let us know when you’re gone for a long time. This is the JCC, it’s family!” When it comes to supporting the J, for Gary and Nancy, “It’s about paying it forward. We like to watch all the young people that grow here. We see how well it’s worked for us and we want to make sure this place stays very active and healthy so we can do that for other young people.” They like the diversity at the J, and for them it’s important that it is a Jewish community center.

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The Koppels have established an after-life giving plan through LIFE & LEGACY, a national program that promotes financial sustainability for Jewish organizations through endowments and planned giving. They are excited to help the Indianapolis Jewish community grow in the nearer future as well. “We know there’s going to be a capital campaign [to renovate the building and campus]. We participated in the last one in the ’90s, when they built the gym, and we look forward to contributing to the upcoming campaign to see what’s going to evolve.”

You may make a secure donation online at JCCindy.org, by phone or stop by the membership desk.


Tiny House Roadshow II Fri–Sun Oct 25–27

Home is Where the Harvest Is

FRI Noon–6 pm SAT–SUN 10 am– 6 pm $12.50 Early Bird Ticket before Oct 11 $15 (one-day entr y)

CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE!

Thu Oct 24

5–9:30 pm | $75 per person $125 couple | $225 for four (the more the merrier!)

Sun Oct 27

2 pm | $15 speaker only $25 includes speaker and one-day Tiny House entry

NEW DATES!

Featuring Melissa Rappaport Schifman, author of Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth and Soul

Featuring Kristyn Ivey (For the Love of Tidy, LLC), Platinum Certified KonMari Consultant & Home Stylist

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRY IT TINY, LLC

TRIBUTE GIFTS / APR 1-JUN 13, 2019 2019 Annual Campaign Fund Karen and Chuck Cohen Melynne and David Klaus Barb Levy Jill and Tom Ristine Teresa and Doug Sherow Robin and Joel Singer Jade St. Pierre Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts Karen and Chuck Cohen Cultural Arts & Education Programs Katz, Sapper and Miller Shelley and Marshall Kahn Appeals Court of Indiana Hoover Hull Turner LLP Katz & Korin, PC Schuckit & Associates, PC Zeff Weiss Family Birdie Abrams Fund Diane and John Abrams In memory of Fred Resnick and Jim Hammon In honor of the recent marriage of Mike and Jody Albohor Aquatics Program Dawn Zimmer and Bill Adams Donald Etra Futures Fund Early Childhood Education Programs Christina Collins and Carissa Cartwright-Collins Joanne Jones

David Kleiman Carrie and Mark LaFay Judy and Kent Newton Jill and Frederick Pinch Abbe and Jared Spaans Kim and Jay Stratton Sara and Adam Walter Jennifer and John Weida Michelle Williams and William Burt Earth Day at the J Apex Realty Group LLC Earth Day at the J 5K Family Sponsorship Robin & Rick Weiss Fitness Programs Sandy Schwarz Robin and Rick Weiss Friends of the Arts Program Rochelle and Michael Cohen Claudette and Larry Einhorn Marilyn and Dan Evans Winnie Goldblatt Judy and Bob Koor Matthew Kramer-Morning Barb Levy Becky Miller and Mike Bernstein Susan and Larry Rockafellow Pam and Lev Rothenberg Adrienne Reiswerg and Rob Young Susan Vinicor Rita and David Woll

Harry and Shirley Morgan Summer Camp Fund Miriam and Richard Morgan In memory of Irv Rheins Cathy Kravitz and Pam Goldman In honor of Barbie Gray’s birthday Lori Katz and Alan Atlas In honor of Barbie Gray’s birthday Kenneth “Kenny” Lambert Camp Scholarship Fund Dona Cohen Sandy Schwarz In memory of Gary Bledsoe and Todd Pearson Pacers’ Jr. Basketball Program Pacers Sports & Entertainment Sixty for Sixty Campaign Jackie and David Barrett 2019 Summer Camp Katie and Tom Askey Children’s Bureau, Inc. Carrie and Melvin Leathers Eileen Vandroff Jennifer and John Weida Youth & Sports Eric Spicklemire

DEVELOPMENT CONTACT Hillary McCarley Director of Development hmccarley@JCCindy.org 317-715-9209 J MAGAZINE / AUG SEP 2019

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MEMBERSHIP Meet Denis Kurmanov! He has been a member of the J on and off since he moved to the U.S. in 1995 and an individual member since 2015. He comes in 4-6 days a week, is a big fan of shoulder workout day, and really enjoys his cardio workouts — he calls that his “me time” and does a lot of thinking on the cycle machine. He loves the J Café, the art exhibits in the gallery, and the Efroymson Garden that’s tucked away in the North Wing.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT The Egyptian Café and Hookah Bar FAVORITE DISH TO COOK Lamb with olives and a roasted veggie platter FAVORITE BOOK The Historian FAVORITE MOVIE Kingdom of Heaven FAVORITE POEM “I Have No Life But This” by Emily Dickinson FAVORITE GENRE Philosophy KEY FOB USAGE 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 East Desk for a new one. There is no charge for the first replacement, $5 thereafter. Tired of carrying your fob? Ask the desk about our JCC app for your smart phone. $50 REFERRALS Tell friends, family members and coworkers 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 $50. It’s that easy. GUEST PASSES Guests are welcome at the JCC! Entry for guests requires the purchase of a valid guest pass. The J reserves the right to restrict guest privileges. NEW MEMBERS New members are entitled to a free personal training session. Just turn in the availability form in your new member packet. NEW TO TOWN? We offer a discount to those who have just moved to the Indianapolis area.

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JCC RECIPROCITY 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. CORPORATE RATES Ask about our corporate rate of 20% off—we’ll check how many people from your company are members and, when you have five or more, you all get 20% off your monthly rate. 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.

JCC AGE POLICIES 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. 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. INSURANCE PLANS The J honors Silver Sneakers, Silver & Fit, Prime, Active & Fit, AARP’s Be Well and Renew Active. Simply apply for a JCC card and swipe every time you’re at the J. 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.


PERSONAL SERVICES J–PLAY BABYSITTING Let us watch your little ones (6 weeks–7 years) while you work out. Pay with Baby Bucks at the East Desk. Bucks expire one year from purchase date. 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 thopkinskramer@JCCindy.org or call 317-715-9228 to schedule your sessions. All new members receive an hour with a personal trainer for free. PILATES REFORMER For an additional fee, the JCC offers Pilates on the Reformer. Discounts are available for multiple-session purchases. Email Tammy at thopkinskramer@ JCCindy.org or call 317-715-9228 to schedule your sessions. PRIVATE YOGA Get the personalized practice you want. 1 HOUR SESSION

$85 / $65 M

To schedule your private lessons, contact Ashley Zeller at azeller@JCCindy.org. 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). LEVELS 1 & 2 TUESDAYS 3 PM WITH KAY FRIDAYS 3 PM WITH KAY

LEVELS 3 & 4 MONDAYS 2:30 PM WITH JO WEDNESDAYS 11:45 AM WITH KAY Class time subject to change. Visit JCCindy.org/group-exercise-schedule for updates. Non-members with Parkinson’s diagnosis may drop in to try it out for $100 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 Ashley Zeller at azeller@JCCindy.org.

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

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

OUR VALUES COMMITMENT (M’sirut) Providing the very best programming and services COMMUNITY (Kehilla) Enriching our neighborhood & Jewish community, making them better CONNECTIONS (K’sharim) Incorporating our Jewish values and ties to Israel INTEGRITY (Yo’sher) Earning trust through excellence & ethical behavior WELCOMING (Kabalat Panim) Engaging our members and guests with warmth & respect WELLNESS (Briyut) Offering healthy choices for improving the mind, body and spirit DIVERSITY & INCLUSION The JCC Indianapolis believes in fairness and recognizes the value of inclusiveness.

Doggie Dip & Drinks SUN, SEP 15 | 1–4 PM The last dip in the Mordoh Zero-Depth pool goes to the dogs! Stay tuned for more details. In partnership with the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

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 Malcolm Kent Newton, Vice President Jason Rich, Vice President Joshua Abrams Benjamin Abraham Jeffrey Adams Rachel Gershman Rachel Modiano Johnson Marshall Kahn Jeffrey Kosc Lynn Levy Erin Mundy Amanda Pitzele Eric Ratner Sandra Schwarz Adrianne Slash Richard Weiss Michael Wipper J MAGAZINE / AUG SEP 2019

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THIS ISSUE IS CURRENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2019.

HOURS BUILDING MON–THU 5:30 am–10 pm FRI 5:30 am–6 pm SAT & SUN 7 am–7 pm ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES MON–FRI 8 am–5 pm EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS MON–FRI 7 am–6 pm

Fiona C. holds a shofar, a ram’s horn, which is blown in synagogue services as a call to attention that the High Holidays are approaching.

EVENTS CALENDAR AUG 15 Jazz in the 21st Century featuring Rob Dixon | 7 pm AUG 18 Hand in Hand Scholarship Crowdfunding SEP 15 Doggie Dip & Drinks | 1–4 pm SEP 21-22 Wiesenthal featuring Tom Dugan | 8 pm, 2 pm SEP 25 Healthy Check-Up Day | 8 am–2 pm Find a full schedule of events at JCCindy.org/events

HOLIDAY HOURS TISH’A B’AV Sun, Aug 11 Regular Hours Regular Hours LABOR DAY Mon, Sep 2 9 am–5 pm Closed EREV ROSH HASHANA Sun, Sep 29 Close at 3 pm Close at 3 pm

ROSH HASHANA 1ST DAY Mon, Sep 30 JCC CLOSED Closed ROSH HASHANA 2ND DAY Tue, Oct 1 JCC CLOSED Closed BUILDING HOURS ADMIN, ECE & ASC

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What Jewish holidays will the J be observing in September and October? ROSH HASHANA The Jewish New Year. A time to look back at the past year and make resolutions for the following year. Also a wake-up call, a time to begin mental preparations for the upcoming day of atonement, Yom Kippur. YOM KIPPUR The Jewish Day of Atonement, a day of fasting and repentance to reconcile with the Creator for mistakes made in the last year.

SUKKOT The “Festival of Booths.” Commemorates the Biblical period of wandering in the desert by building a temporary shelter called a sukkah in the yard and eating meals or even sleeping in it. SHEMINI ATZERET The “eighth day” of Sukkot. Marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel and the year’s first prayer for rain, so that the ground might be prepared for planting when springtime arrives.

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.

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