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Meet George! This lifetime member comes to the J three or four times a week with one goal in mind: becoming a firefighter. Thanks to his workouts at the J, George passed the Candidate's Physical Ability Test with flying colors, and he is able to maintain his level of fitness as he continues the application process. Read more at JCCindy.org/blog.


Climbing the Stairmaster with 80 lbs of extra weight helps George simulate entering a burning building while carrying heavy equipment


Programs modified to follow CDC guidelines

Youth Sports

There's something for everyone at the J! January's offerings include: Kid Fit with Kylie (fitness activities appropriate for ages 6–11) Mon, Jan 11–Feb 15 | 5:15–5:45 pm | $115 / $75 JCC Members



Youth Pickleball (Combo of tennis/ping pong/badminton) Sun, Jan 17–Feb 21 | 2–3:30 pm | Ages 9–14 $115 / $75 JCC Members

Evan keeping his eye on the ball

 asketball instruction by the National Basketball Academy B Sun, Jan 24–Feb 28 | 9–10 am (Gr K–2), 10:15–11:15 am (Gr 3–5) $125 | Register at tnbapacers.leagueapps.com/leagues Plus returning favorites: • Tennis • Youth Dance • Gymnastics • Kids Yoga • Karate for Kids • Tae Kwon Do • Group Swim Lessons (Visit JCCindy.org/youth-aquatics for swim team, SCUBA, Water Scouts and private or semi-private lessons)

London and Nadiya at swim team

All other details and registration at JCCindy.org/programs.

School's Out Days Spend MLK Day and Presidents' Day at the J! Enjoy games, swimming, crafts, sports and more. The JCC's COVID-19 precautions have been proven safe. Mon, Jan 18 and Feb 15 | 8 am–6 pm | Grades K–5 $85 / $65 JCC Members per day (fee also includes two snacks)

Showing off their science skills

Drop-off (8–9:30 am) and pick-up (5–6 pm) outside the Kraft Youth Wing (enter through Door 5 for temperature check). Pack every day: lunch, swimsuit, towel and water bottle. Please Note: A 2020-21 JCC Afterschool Care health form is required for each participant prior to his/her first day attending the program.

Having fun in the pool

Register at JCCindy.org/school-age. Questions? Contact Caitlyn at 317-715-9254 or cmills@JCCindy.org.

Scholarships available for membership and youth programs! Learn more and apply at JCCindy.org/scholarships.

Early Childhood Education 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. October's value: Bal Taschit (Do Not Destroy) Pre-Kindergarten teacher Ms. Cindy organized a school-wide fundraiser and recycling project: ECE collected 322 lbs of plastic lids (that Pre-Kindergarten classes then washed and sorted) to be sent to a recycling plant to create a toddler-sized bench and picnic table for the playgrounds. At home, families can recycle or repurpose items to take care of the Earth and limit the amount of trash in landfills. Recycling can also be a great tool to incorporate math into your everyday routine. November's value: Tzedakah (Giving/Charity) The North Wing Twos classroom put together a card and gift for a housekeeping staff member to thank them for taking out the trash after lunch, and ECE's littlest learners created tzedakah boxes to collect spare change, which families voted to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Creating tzedakah boxes is a great family project!

Making a tzedakah box

Handprinting a thank-you card

Stay tuned for next month's newsletter to learn more about December's value, Mishpacha (Family)!

BBYO Advisor Erica, Tessa, Cameron and Jordan

Ethan and Tal

Zach and Elyse

Jordan, Cameron and Roni

Indy's Jewish teens enjoyed carving pumpkins in October and look forward to their February Super Bowl party!

Planning the carve

To learn more about or join BBYO, contact Ethan at 937-304-8682 (cell) or ecohen@JCCindy.org.


Arts & Education A cooking demo, bestselling authors and more! • C  ooking demo with Lisa Lillien, author of Hungry Girl Fast and Easy In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium Sun, Jan 17 | 8 pm | $5 ticket only, $30 ticket+book+meet & greet • C  omedian Lewis Black interviewed by 13-year-old Sophie Maurer In partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Thu, Jan 21 | 7:30 pm | $10

Lisa Lillien

• Scott Turow, author of The Last Trial In partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium Wed, Jan 27 | 8 pm | $10 ticket only, $25 ticket+paperback book Stay tuned for more info on Purple (a film screening and moderated discussion about confronting political differences) and BILL GATES!

Lewis Black

All events are online-only. More details and registration at JCCindy.org/events.

Health & Wellness Start 2021 off right! • A  merican Red Cross Blood Drive Wed, Jan 6 | 10 am–3 pm | Laikin Auditorium To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter jccindy. • If your New Year's resolution is to lose the COVID 15, or just to feel better, the J has personal training packages starting as low as $119/month. Visit JCCindy.org/personal-training to meet the J's personal trainers, and contact Tammy at 317-715-9245 or thopkins@JCCindy.org to schedule your first session. Personal training may be done in-person or virtually.

See the back cover for the January Group Ex schedule.

Personal trainer Jim Gould (right) with a client


Todah Rabah (Thank You)! It's safe to say that 2020 was nothing like anyone could have imagined. The impact of COVID-19 could have been far more devastating for our community center if not for our J Funders.

Many of you know that the majority of the J's funding comes from membership and program fees. Without J Funder support, the J would have been out of funding by May 2020. Thanks to our J Funders, the J is still able to act as a vibrant community resource.

Summer Care fun, safely

Members and J Funders have supported the J in so many ways: • M  ore than 70% of our members retained their JCC memberships. In addition, several donated early childhood tuition and program fees for afterschool care, summer camp, tennis, personal training and more.

Outdoor gymnastics — COVID-safe!

• M  embers have participated in the J's virtual programming (and made donations on top of some admission fees) and have masked up and socially distanced when returning to the facility in person to maintain our safe bubble. • C  ontributions quadrupled, with members participating in campaigns like "I Am Your J — COVID-19 Relief," "Hand in Hand" and "End-of-Year Appeal," helping to make up some ground in a year when the J's gap in funding was even larger than normal. • O  rganizations have funded grants for initiatives like the Shinshinim program that welcomed two young Israeli emissaries to Indianapolis, LED lights for the gyms and fitness center that brighten up the spaces and use less energy, and health and safety upgrades including automatic flushing toilets, occupancy sensors and touchless hand dryers and temperature monitor.

Israeli emissaries Enav and Maya

LED lights – before and after

For all of this and more, you have the JCC's endless gratitude.

From the 100+ Members of the JCC Staff Family Tae Kwon Do, COVID-style

6701 Hoover Road Indianapolis IN 46260-4198 317-251-9467 | JCCindy.org




Fri, Jan 1: New Year's Day

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

Building: 9 am–5 pm Admin/ECE/ASC: Closed

Thu, Jan 28: Tu B'Shevat Building: Regular Hours Admin/ECE/ASC: Regular Hours

JANUARY GROUP EXERCISE SCHEDULE • (R) = Reservations required. Sign up at JCCindy.org/schedules. Sign-ups become available 48 hours in advance of each time slot. If there is a time slot that appears to be missing, that time is not yet available. • $ = Fee required. See below or visit JCCindy.org/programs for rates. • Please bring your own yoga mats, towel and water. • Please note that participants of all Group Ex classes must maintain social distancing of at least 10 feet. • For classes requiring equipment, participants MUST wipe down BEFORE AND AFTER use.



(R) $ Aquajoints 9:50-10:45 am Pam Backer Therapy Pool $10/$5M

$ HIIT 6-7 am Javan (Virtual) $120 for Tue/Thu Runs 1/5-2/25

(R) $ Fit Joints Plus 10:45-11:45 am Nikki Therapy Pool $10/$5M

Aqua Jog 7-8 am Sheryl Indoor Lap Pool

$ Zumba 10:45-11:45 am Lindsey Group Ex Runs 1/4-2/22 $50

Aqua Jog 8-9 am Gail Indoor Lap Pool




$ HIIT 6-7 am Javan (Virtual) $120 for Tue/Thu Runs 1/5-2/25

BOQUA 9-10 am Tom Indoor Lap Pool

(R) Jump Rope Express 9-9:30 am Tim Group Ex Studio

(R) $ Aquajoints 9:50-10:45 am Pam Therapy Pool $10/$5M

Aqua Jog 7-8 am Sheryl Indoor Lap Pool

Aqua Jog 1-2 pm Sue Indoor Lap Pool

BOQUA 9:30-10:30 am Tom Indoor Lap Pool

(R) $ Fit Joints Plus 10:45-11:45 am Nikki Therapy Pool $10/$5M

Aqua Jog 8-9 am Gail Indoor Lap Pool

(R) $ Fit Joints Plus 1-2 pm Nikki Therapy Pool $10/$5M

(R) Cycling 8:30-9:30 am Jim Group Ex Studio

Aqua Jog 1-2 pm Sue Indoor Lap Pool

(R) $ Aquajoints 9:45-10:45 am Becky Therapy Pool $10/$5 M

(R) BOQUA Balance 12:15-1 pm Tom Therapy Pool

(R) $ Aquajoints 9:45-10:45 am Becky Therapy Pool $10/$5M

(R) Jump Rope Express 5-5:30 pm Tim Group Ex Studio

(R) $ Fit Joints Plus 10:45-11:45 am Nikki Therapy Pool $10/$5M

Aqua Jog 1-2 pm Sue Indoor Lap Pool

(R) $ Fit Joints Plus 10:45-11:45 am Pam Therapy Pool $10/$5M

$ Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga 6-6:45 pm Kathy Group Ex Studio Runs 1/4-2/22 $80

(R) Silver Sneakers Classic 11-11:45 am Jim Group Ex Studio

$ HIIT 5:15-6 pm Group Ex Kylie 1/6-2/24 $60

$ Yoga for Energy 10:45-11:45 am Ashley Group Ex Runs 1/7-2/25 $80

BOQUA 6-7 pm Tom Indoor Lap Pool

BOQUA 11 am-Noon Tom Indoor Lap Pool

Hi-Low Aqua 6-7 pm Sheryl Indoor Lap Pool

BOQUA 6-7 pm Tom Indoor Lap Pool

(R) Ai Chi 6-7 pm Bonnie Backer Therapy Pool

(R) BOQUA Balance 5:30-6:15 pm Tom Backer Therapy Pool

Schedule subject to change.


*No class 1/1

S U N DAY (R) Ai Chi 8:30-9:30 am Bonnie Therapy Pool (R) Muscle Tuf 9:30-10:30 am Irina Group Ex Studio

ALERTS FOR STUDIO CLASSES Text "@jccGrpX" to "81010". Answer "S" to confirm. AQUATICS ALERTS Text "@jccAqua" to "81010". Answer "S" to the confirmation text.

Register for land programs

JCCindy.org/ schedules $ PU N C H C A R D S Aquajoints/Fitjoints Plus 10 punches: $80/$40 M

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