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Ally Weiss with husband Seth Mihlfeld

Meet board members Ally Weiss and Eric Ratner! They co-chaired the J's Hand in Hand fundraising campaign and share their family traditions for celebrating the Jewish High Holidays: Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Read their story at


ELUL 5781 / TISHREI 5782

Volume 26, Issue 9

Eric Ratner with wife Sarah and kids Suzanne, Sam and Stella


Programs modified to follow CDC guidelines

Youth Sports


Beginner Synchronized Swimming with Indy Synchro (Ages 6–13) Combine dance, gymnastics and swimming! Athletes perform choreographed routines set to music that demonstrate their strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and synchronization. Must be an independent swimmer, comfortable in deep water and able to swim front crawl and backstroke. Thu, Sep 9–Oct 14 (5 sessions; no class Sep 16) | 5–5:30 pm $78 / $57 JCC Members

Plus new sessions of: • Tennis • Youth Dance • Gymnastics • Group Swim Lessons Swimming has September and October sessions. Tennis, dance and gymnastics begin in early October.

Details and registration at

Aquatics American Red Cross Courses Along with lifeguard courses, this fall the JCC offers Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Certification and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Participants must also complete three hours of online eLearning prior to the course's beginning. CPR/AED/First Aid: Wed, Sep 1 | 5–7:45 pm $75 | Age 14+ Basic Life Support: Sun, Sep 26 | 10 am–2 pm $90 | Age 17+ Sign up at New Classes: Aqua Mobility and Aqua Zumba NEW! • A  qua Mobility: The postures and principles of yoga, including breathing, mindfulness and balance, adapted to an aquatic environment. • A  qua Zumba: Low impact aerobic pool party! Tone the body with fitness moves and choreography See the back cover for days/times/prices

Come play with Duke!

The last dip in the Eskenazi Water Park goes to the dogs! Sat, Sep 11 | 12:30–1:30 pm small dogs only (<25 lbs) 1:30–3:30 pm all dogs welcome Sun, Sep 12 | 12:45–2:45 pm $15 (+ $10 for each additional dog) per day Advance registration may be done with credit card; day-of registration is cash only.

Register at

Scholarships available for membership and youth programs! Learn more and apply at

School Age

After School Care is in full swing, and it's not too late to join the fun! Mon–Fri, 3–6 pm (2:15 pm on Washington Twp Early Release Thursdays) For students in grades K–5. Whatever your schedule, there's a plan for that:

Noah showing off a clay creation

• 1 day per week: $75/month

Ravi is all smiles at CampJCC

• 3 days per week: $183/month • 5 days per week: $248/month • 5+ days per week (includes all JCC School's Out Days, like Fall Break shown below): $333/month Plus, if your student is coming from one of the following elementary schools, transportation to the J is FREE!

Reading together in the Kraft Youth Wing

• Crooked Creek • Fox Hill

Kotoko at Equestrian Camp 2019

Register at after-school-care

• Greenbriar • Nora • Spring Mill • Willow Lake

Ann and Marianne ready to shoot some hoops

After School Care presents

School’s Out Days Mon, Oct 11

Day at the

Tue, Oct 12

Day at the

Per Day | $85 / $65 JCC Members

Wed, Oct 13

Day at the

Wild Wild West Wedn esday

Thu, Oct 14

Day at the

Fri, Oct 15

Day at the

Jungle Thursday


Mario Par ty Monday Tie Dye Twister Tuesday

Grades K–5 | 8 am–6 pm

Drop-off (8–9:30 am) and pick-up (5–6 pm) outside the Kraft Youth Wing

A 2021-22 ASC Health Form is required of every participant prior to their attending the program Pack every day: lunch, swimsuit, towel, water bottle Register at

Questions? Contact Caitlyn at or Myranda at

Fall Friday

Fall Break


i ece early childhood educaon

Jewish Value of the Month Each month, the J's Early Childhood Education (ECE) program focuses on a different Jewish value to incorporate into classroom lesson plans and share with families.

July's value: Tza'ar Be'alei Chayim (Kindness to Animals) • Infants 1 learned about showing kindness to animals by petting them in a touch-and-feel book. The children learned words like "gentle," "soft" and "nice." August's value: Kavanah (Intention)

June "petting" a dog

• In July, Ms. Abby, Ms. Cristina and Ms. Mollie attended a professional development conference hosted by the Paradigm Project, JCCA's Sheva Center and Ta'am Teva, a nature-based preschool in Chicago.  They spent four days learning alongisde other Jewish educators about how Judaism and nature intertwine and the importance of using nature as a learning tool, then brought those ideas back to the J for August's teacher in-service, where ECE staff were able to reflect and set their intentions for the 2021-22 school year.

Ms. Mollie, Ms. Abby and Ms. Cristina

Thank You! Friends of ECE from near and far have supported the program in several different ways recently: • T he family of William Graff donated a glockenspiel (xylophone) for use on one of ECE's playgrounds, in honor of ECE student William W. The children will have so much fun making music outside! • A  fter neighbor Karri E. donated a Little Free Library to the J in November 2020, a couple JCC board members gave it a remodel! Board chair Steve Harms added doors and windows (and his wife Meg donated some books), and Sandy Gelman Schwarz painted bright colors on the doors and favorite ECE characters on the roof and sides of the structure. Check it out by the ECE entrance across from the Welcome Desk — take a book, leave a book!

The glockenspiel donated in honor of William W.

• J CC members bid on jigsaw puzzles that were completed by the Daled pre-kindergarten class, framed (thanks to Salvation Army for donating the frames) and sold in a silent auction. • E CE will receive 20% of the proceeds from the purchase of a Lilly Lane Flowers three-bouquet subscription, which will go toward an outdoor mud kitchen. Pick-up of the first bouquet is Friday, September 3, 1–5 pm in the J's west lobby. Just in time for the High Holidays!

ECE's Little Free Library

BBYO is for Jewish teens and is the leading pluralistic movement to involve Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Mazel tov to this semester's AZA (boys) and BBG (girls) BBYO chapter board members! Zach Mintz

Sam McGill


Ari Berebitsky

Jacob Wiener

Ethan Katz

President (Godol): Sam McGill Vice President (S'gan): Zach Mintz VP Recruitment (Moreh): Ari Berebitsky VP Judaism (Schaliach): Jacob Wiener VP Communication (Mazkir): Ethan Katz BBG

Abby Batler

Rachel Jacobson

Sydney Carroll and Jordan Mintz

Campbell Kirsh

Elyse Wiener

Madi Fleischer

President (N'siah): Abby Batler Vice President (Siganit): Rachel Jacobson VP Recruitment (Morah): Sydney Carroll VP Judaism (Schlicha): Campbell Kirsh VP Fundraising (Gizborit): Elyse Wiener and Madi Fleischer VP Communication (Mazkirah): Jordan Mintz

To learn more about or join BBYO, contact Ethan at 317-532-5996 or

PROGRAMS Arts & Education Before the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts kicks off at the end of the October (details at, the following events will be presented virtually, in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium: • J ournalist Chris Wallace, author of Countdown Bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice Thu, Sep 23 | 8 pm | $10 ticket only, $36 ticket+book • F ormer government agent Tracy Walder, author of The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists Thu, Oct 7 | 7:30 pm | $10 ticket only, $36 ticket+book • A  rtist and second-generation Holocaust survivor Mindy Weisel, author of memoir After: The Obligation of Beauty In conversation with former U.S. Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat Wed, Oct 13 | 8 pm | $10 ticket only, $31 ticket+book More details and registration at

Health & Wellness Thanks to all those who took the Group Exercise (Group Ex) survey that was sent out to members at the end of July! Your feedback, along with the impact of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the Delta variant, was important in determining next steps: • 10 new classes have been added to the Group Ex schedule, including mat Pilates, power yoga, restorative yoga, a dance exercise class, HIIT & Stretch Lab, Aqua Mobility, Aqua Zumba and additional times for HIIT and Muscle Tuf. Pending instructor availability, more Pilates, cycling, evening and Sunday classes will be added in October. • B  eginning in October, for yoga and mat Pilates, members may pay $40 per month to attend unlimited classes (throughout the pandemic until now, yoga classes have been $80 for eight weeks of one class). Or you can drop in to yoga and mat Pilates classes, for $12 per class. • A  ll other land-based classes are free, and aquatics classes will continue as is (free or punch pass-based, depending on the class). • S eptember will act as a soft lanch to this revamped Group Ex schedule, so all the yoga and Pilates classes that will soon require payment will temporarily be free! Feedback is welcome as final tweaks are made.

See the back cover for the September Group Ex schedule.


Shana Tovah (Happy New Year) The first month of the Jewish calendar, Tishrei, includes several holidays: • Rosh Hashana, which translates to "head of the year," is the Jewish New Year, a time of celebration but also reflection and introspection.

Apples and honey for a sweet new year

"Apples and honey" tableware

"Apples and honey" table decorations

Many symbolic foods are eaten at this time, including apples dipped in honey (for a sweet new year), round challah bread (representing the circle of life) and pomegranates (their numerous seeds correspond to the 613 mitzvot, or commandments in the Torah). • Y  om Kippur is the Day of Atonement, a day of fasting and repentance for any wrongdoings from the past year. It is considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year — fates are said to be written in the Book of Life on Rosh Hashana and sealed on Yom Kippur, so this day is the last chance to tip the scales in one's favor. Traditionally, the day is spent in prayer services at synagogue, followed by a break-the-fast feast after sundown. • S ukkot commemorates the 40 years spent wandering in the desert after the Jews left Egypt, and is also a time to give thanks for the bounty of the earth during the fall harvest. A temporary shelter called a sukkah is built outside for people to eat meals or even sleep in. The roof of the sukkah, called "schach," must be made from an unprocessed plant-based material such as tree branches, with slats spaced close enough to each other that there is more shade than light, but far enough apart that rain can still make its way in. • S hemini Atzeret is the "eighth day of Sukkot" and also begins a period of an additional call for rain, to prepare the ground for planting season in the spring. • S imchat Torah celebrates the completion of one year's cycle of weekly Torah readings and the beginning of another. After the conclusion of the evening's readings, Jews will often lift the Torah scrolls in the air and sing and dance with them around the synagogue.

Yom Kippur break-the-fast spread All photos from Zoe and Ally Weiss

See holiday closing dates on the back cover, and learn about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur family traditions at

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*Learn more about Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret inside or at



Mon, Sep 6 | 9 am–3 pm Labor Day/Erev Rosh Hashana Rosh Hashana Tue, Sep 7 JCC CLOSED Wed, Sep 8 JCC CLOSED Yom Kippur Wed, Sep 15 Close at 3 pm Thu, Sep 16 JCC CLOSED Sukkot Mon, Sep 20 Close at 5 pm Tue, Sep 21 JCC CLOSED Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Mon, Sep 27 Close at 5 pm Tue, Sep 28 JCC CLOSED

Building Mon–Thu: 6 am–8 pm Fri: 6 am–6 pm Sat–Sun: 7 am–6 pm

Admin, Early Childhood

Mon–Fri: 8 am–5 pm

Eskenazi Water Park

(through Sep 6)

J Cafe


TUESDAY Aqua Jog 7-8 am Sheryl Indoor Lap Pool




Pilates 9-10 am Susan Group Ex Studio

Aqua Jog 7-8 am Sheryl Lap Pool

BOQUA 9-10 am Tom Lap Pool

Rivercize 9-10 am Sep 6 only Tom Lazy River

Aqua Jog 8-9 am Gail Indoor Lap Pool

$ Aquajoints 9:50-10:45 am Pam Therapy Pool

Aqua Jog 8-9 am Gail Lap Pool

Aqua Jog 1-2 pm Sue Lap Pool

$ Aquajoints 9:50-10:45 am Pam Therapy Pool

Half N Half Yoga 9-10 am Ashley Group Ex Studio

$ Fit Joints Plus 10:45-11:45 am Nikki Therapy Pool

$ Aquajoints 9:45-10:45 am Becky Therapy Pool

$ Fit Joints Plus 1-2 pm Nikki Therapy Pool

$ Fit Joints Plus $ Aquajoints Power Yoga 10:45-11:45 am 9:45-10:45 am 11:30 am-12:30 pm Nikki Therapy Pool Becky Therapy Pool Ashley Dance Studio Zumba $ Fit Joints Plus Aqua Jog 10:45-11:45 am 10:45-11:45 am 1-2 pm Sue Lindsay Group Ex Pam Therapy Pool Lap Pool Aqua Jog Silver Sneakers HIIT 1-2 pm Sue Classic 11-11:45a 6-7 pm Kristina Lap Pool Jim Group Ex Group Ex Studio $ Aqua Mobility BOQUA Hi-Low Aqua 1:45-3 pm Therapy 11 am-Noon Tom 6-7 pm Sheryl Pool begins Sep 13 Indoor Lap Pool Lap Pool Jump Rope Express 5-5:30 pm Tim Small Gym HIIT 6-7 pm Kristina Group Ex Studio BOQUA 6-7 pm Tom Lap Pool Ai Chi 6-7 pm Bonnie Therapy Pool

$ Fit Joints Plus SATURDAY 10:45-11:45 am Pam Therapy Pool Jump Rope/Shadow Boxing 9-10 am Yoga for Energy Tim Small Gym 10:45-11:45 am BOQUA Ashley Dance Studio 9:30-10:30 am Silver Sneakers Tom Lap Pool Classic 11-11:45 am Jim Group Ex Studio Restorative Yoga 9:30-10:30 am $ Aqua Zumba Cara Group Ex 11-11:45 am Lap Pool beg. Sep 9 HIIT & Stretch Lab 11-11:45 am Muscle Tuf Cara Group Ex 12-1 pm Melanie SUNDAY Group Ex Studio Ai Chi BOQUA 8:30-9:30 am 6-7 pm Tom Bonnie Therapy Pool Lap Pool

Beginning in October, all yoga and Pilates classes will be $12 drop-in per class or $40/month for unlimited. All yoga and Pilates classes are FREE in September! Bring your own yoga mats, towel and water. For classes with equipment, participants MUST WIPE DOWN after use.

ALERTS FOR STUDIO CLASSES See instructor swaps and cancellations at schedules AQUATICS ALERTS Download the JCC mobile app at indy-j-app

$ PU N C H C A R D S

Aqua Mobility, Aquajoints, Fitjoints Plus 10 punches: $80/$40 M Aquatics Drop-in: $10/$5 M

See this schedule

Muscle Tuf 9:30-10:30 am Irina Group Ex

Schedule subject to change.

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JCC eZine - September 2021  

Board members Ally Weiss and Eric Ratner share their family traditions for celebrating the Jewish High Holidays, Doggie Dip and new sessions...

JCC eZine - September 2021  

Board members Ally Weiss and Eric Ratner share their family traditions for celebrating the Jewish High Holidays, Doggie Dip and new sessions...

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