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Raleigh-Cary JCC

2019 Spring/Summer Program Guide

Raleigh-Cary JCC David R. Kahn Community Campus 12804 Norwood Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613 919.676.6170

Welcome Spring has sprung at the Raleigh-Cary JCC! The grass is green, flowers are blooming, and our expansion is in full swing on the David R. Kahn Community Campus. We are eager to invite you out to enjoy our new sports pavilion, opening this summer. This new space will provide us with multi-purpose courts where members can get active playing basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, and more. Celebrating our sports pavilion is just a piece of how you can engage with our 25th anniversary festivities. We have 25th anniversary programs planned for the spring and summer to mark on your calendar today! We will kick off our season of celebration with a day of fun for the whole community at our JCC Spring Fling on April 28th. You’ll also want to join us in May to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut with a screening of the film Heading Home and an Israeli style dinner and the pool opening on Memorial Day. We’re especially excited to see our JCC J-Rays back in the water. Camp JCC is marking its 25th summer of friendship, fun, and adventure, and our staff is working hard to make this summer better than ever. Don’t forget that our JCC programmers have fun and engaging opportunities for all ages! Our Healthy Living, Triangle Newcomers, Silver Sneakers, PJ Library and Adult programs will continue throughout the spring and summer. There truly is something for everyone at the Raleigh-Cary JCC.

Steve Horvitz JCC Advisory Board Chair Beth Richman JCC Director/Camp JCC Director

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The JCC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Message..................... 2 Table of Contents & Staff Bios.................................. 3 Adult Programs................... 4 & 5 Healthy Living...................... 6 & 7 PJ Library & Shalom Baby........ 8 Mah Jongg & More.................... 9 JCC Aquatics.................... 10 & 11 Camp JCC................................... 12 David R. Kahn Community Campus & Community Events...............13


JCC DIRECTOR/CAMP JCC DIRECTOR For thirteen years, Beth has worked to provide programs that enrich the lives of children and adults. She believes that creating connections between people will create a more vibrant and stronger Jewish community. Beth is looking forward to leading the JCC as the David R. Kahn Community Campus continues to grow.


ASSISTANT CAMP JCC DIRECTOR Sari-Rose is a true Camp JCC homegrown. Her Camp JCC story began as a camper when she was 5 years old. Sari-Rose joined the Camp JCC summer staff in 2011 and became the Head of Programming in 2014. She now serves as the Camp JCC Assistant Director.


JCC MEMBERSHIP & ENGAGEMENT MANAGER Leslie Needham moved to the Raleigh area from Virginia over three years ago. She has worked at a JCC for the past 13+ years doing programing and facilities management. She loves being involved in Jewish communal work.


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PROGRAM MANAGER Jamie, a native Texan, has lived in Raleigh with her husband and 3 children for 8 years. She has worked with non-profit and interfaith communities for over 20 years. Jamie is excited about planning JCC programming that engages people of all ages from all backgrounds in the Raleigh-Cary area.


COMMUNITY EVENTS COORDINATOR Tammy was born and raised in Wilmington and graduated from NCSU with a degree in Communications. Along with her husband and two daughters, she has lived in Raleigh for over 20 years. Tammy is incredibly excited to be a part of the JCC, serving the Jewish Community.


Raleigh-Cary JCC David R. Kahn Community Campus 12804 Norwood Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613 919.676.6170

PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM MANAGER Tina has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her career in various capacities, from grant management and auditing to Human Resources. She also has experience with early childhood education, and taught at Temple Beth Or Preschool for four years. She enjoys bringing her love of reading, event planning, and art to families raising young children through her work with PJ Library.

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ADULT PROGRAMS We offer a variety of programs that meet your needs regardless of your age. Whether you are just starting out or celebrating your retirement, the JCC is the place for you!


The JCC Book Club meets on Mondays. Book selections usually have a Jewish connection or reflect a Jewish slant. Tote a non-meat lunch; dessert and beverages provided. Mondays | 12:30–2:00pm | Location: JCC Members: Free | General Community: $3


Join us on our fun filled day trips to lectures and other programs around the Triangle. Locations include UNC Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Duke Center for Jewish Studies just to name a few. Check out our website for upcoming program dates: MAY J TRAVELS—more info coming soon! MAXINE ERSHLER CARR


Maxine moved to Raleigh in 1978 from Woodstock, NY. A former ESL teacher for Wake County Public School System, Maxine started her second career with the Raleigh-Cary JCC over 17 years ago!

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May 13 (off-site location): Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen June 3: White Houses by Amy Bloom Aug. 26: Covered dish lunch to vote on books, bring a non-meat dish for sharing.


The JCC Men’s Munch Meeting is a gathering of men in the area who are looking for a place to socialize, engage in conversation about current events, and enjoy eating lunch together. Thursdays | 12:00–1:00pm Location: JCC Cost: $5 for lunch May 16: Lunch & Conversation with special mystery guest. June 6: Lunch & Liquor Tasting with Mystic Farm & Distillery. July 11: Lunch by the pool & meet our Camp JCC Israeli Shlichim (counselors).

These programs are funded in part with a grant from the BJH Foundation.


Wednesdays | 12:30–2:30pm Location: JCC Members: $5 | General Community: $10 JCC Member Lunch Bunch Pass: $20.00 (Buy 4, Get 1 Free)


HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT ISRAEL presented by Voice4Israel. A panel of Jewish educators and a representative of pro-Israel StandWithUs will discuss how to help your children and grandchildren develop a love for and connection to Israel. Panelists will present ideas appropriate for children pre-school to college-age. Panelists are Rabbi Daniel Greyber of Temple Beth El, Durham, Amy Ripps, Director of Education & Youth Programs, Beth Meyer Synagogue, Raleigh, and a StandWithUs college representative. The moderator is Mike Abramson, Voice4Israel Program Committee Member.


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CHAGALL IN ISRAEL: EXPLORING CHAGALL’S ARTIST & SPIRITUAL LEGACY presented by Vivian R. Jacobson. Lecturer and author on Marc Chagall, Jacobson worked with Chagall during the last eleven years of his life and now speaks internationally about his life in conjunction with the North Carolina Humanities Council Forum.

PROTECT YOURSELF: SCAMS & CYBERSECURITY presented by Seth Cutler, Vice President & Chief Security Officer at Allscripts Healthcare. With over twenty-five years of experience in the software industry, Seth is a frequent speaker on cyber-security and privacy topics. Scams are constantly evolving and the internet has made this easier. Learn about the latest phone and internet scams and how we can protect ourselves.

Chagall’s bond with his Hasidic Jewish heritage was lifelong, as was his connection to the state of Israel. This presentation discusses his multiple artistic pilgrimages to Israel, as illustrated by examples of his stunning artwork. This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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LIVING Our Healthy Living series is intended to give you tools to live a healthier, more natural life. We promote healthy living choices, and options while featuring top opinion/thought leaders in our community. Come join us on this exciting journey...L’Chaim!


BUBBIE’S KITCHEN GOES TO CUBA Sunday, May 5 3:00–4:30pm | Location: JCC Members: $15/adult; $10/child General Community: $20/adult; $15/child

JCC LADIES WHO BRUNCH: THE ART OF SPINNING A CREPE Monday, May 6 | 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Simply Crepes | Lafayette Village 8470 Honeycutt Dr., Ste. 110, Raleigh Members: $15 | General Community: $18

Bubbie’s Kitchen is an experiential global culinary curriculum that celebrates inclusiveness through Jewish cooking and eating traditions. Taught by certified health coach & healthy cooking teacher Rachael Weisman, we will explore the history of Jews of Cuba and Cuban food. Hands-on cooking instructions will be followed by a full meal.

Join us at Simply Crepes as the chefs teach us the Art of Spinning a Crepe. Your meal will consist of a variety of vegetarian crepes and unlimited tea, coffee, or water. Other beverages may be purchased (not included with fee).

Intended for children ages 7-9 + one loving adult per 3 children.



Thursday, June 6 6:30–8:30pm | Location: JCC Members: $30 | General Community: $40 “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” - James Beard. In this series, we’ll discuss the foods, flavors and history of the Jewish diaspora stopping off in a different country each time. We’ll begin with the Dominican Republic - tasting the foods and flavors of this country’s cuisine while exploring the history and culture of the country. Full vegetarian dinner and a cocktail provided. ¡Vamos a DR!

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(Food sensitivities can be accommodated, please indicate them upon registration.)

JUNE cont. SATELLITE RIDE FOR THE LIVIING Sunday, June 23 8:00am: Road bikes begin 9:00am–12:00pm: Stationary ride Location: JCC Ride For The Living is an annual educational and fundraising event with the highlight being a 55-mile bike ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow. As not everyone who would like to participate in the ride is able to go to Poland, a series of satellite events, in partnership with the JCCA of North America, are being held to educate participants on the Jewish revival in Poland and to raise funds for the Jewish community in Krakow. The Raleigh-Cary JCC will be offering multiple Satellite Ride For the Living events that include: • • • •

20-30 mile on-road, unsupported ride (no police escorts or roads blocked off to traffic) 40-50 mile on-road, unsupported ride Stationary bike ride at the JCC. Register for 15 minute time slots. Families welcome! Can’t attend any of the events above but still want to donate to the Krakow JCC? Visit


TAKE-AND-BAKE: RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE CHALLAH Wednesday, July 24 7:00–9:00pm | Location: JCC Members: $20 | General Community: $35 Participants will make a Raspberry Cheesecake Challah in this hands-on baking class taught by registered dietician, Sharon Schwinger. You will leave with your very own creation to pop into your oven.



Thursday, August 15 6:30–8:30pm | Location: JCC Members: $30 | General Community: $40 In this second installment of the Around the World Dinner Series, we will hop over to Cuba! As before, we will discuss, make, and taste some of the foods and flavors of this country’s cuisine (with healthy swaps where appropriate) while exploring the history and culture of the country and it’s part in the Jewish diaspora. Instruction and discussion will conclude with a full vegetarian dinner and a cocktail. ¡Vamos a Cuba! (Food sensitivities can be accommodated, please indicate them upon registration.)



These programs are funded in part with a grant from the BJH Foundation. By registering for any of these classes, you are acknowledging that you have no medical restrictions that would prohibit you from safely participating.

A former software developer, Mindy now gets to combine her two passions at the JCC - helping to build a stronger and more cohesive Jewish community while expanding the understanding of living a healthier, more natural life.

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LIBRARY Whether you are interested in celebrating Shabbat with other families, starting a fresh week with Havdalah, or meetups for casual play dates, PJ Library has something for your family! PJ SIMCHAS FAMILY SHABBAT DINNERS Dates & Locations: TBD | Cost: Free

Join other PJ Library families as we welcome Shabbat, then enjoy a light dinner while schmoozing with friends old and new. PJ LIBRARY PAJAMA HAVDALAH Dates & Locations: TBD | Cost: Free Welcome the week with Havdalah, singing, stories, and crafts. We’ll also enjoy a light dinner or snacks. Don’t forget to come in your pajamas!


PJ GOES TO CAMP FOR SHABBAT Friday, June 28, July 19, & Aug. 2 Time: 2:30pm Location: JCC Sunroom & Covered Court Cost: Free

PJ LIBRARY TOT SHABBATS Friday, July 12, July 26, & Aug. 9 Time: 10:00am Location: JCC Sunroom | Cost: Free Join other families with children up to age four for a Shabbat story and play time. We’ll light candles, and enjoy challah and grape juice. Attending families are welcome to stay and play at the pool afterwards. For more information about these events see the Community Calendar at or email Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @pjlibraryraleighcary, too!

Come sample an afternoon of Shabbat fun with a visit to Camp JCC. Songs and a story time are sure to get your family in that Shabbat spirit!

YOM HA’ATZMAUT DINNER & MOVIE NIGHT Thursday, May 9 | 6:00–9:00pm | Location: JCC

Join us for dinner and the movie Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. An Israeli style dinner will be available for purchase and begins at 6:00pm. The movie, which is free, will begin at 7:00 pm.

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MAH JONGG & MORE You asked for it – Mah Jongg during the day + more! Whether you are a maven or looking to improve your game, we have a table for you!


Mondays, May 13 & 20 | 12:30–3:30pm Location: JCC Members: Free | General Community: $5 Mah Jongg for experienced players (each player brings $3.00 for the weekly game for winning or losing). Please bring your mah jongg set and table cover! To guarantee a seat, you must pre-register.



NEWCOMERS & CREATIVE EVENTS COFFEE CONNECTIONS FOR TRIANGLE NEWCOMERS Thursdays: May 16 | 7:00–9:00 pm June 7 | 10:00am–12:00pm July 25 | 7:00–8:00pm August 23 | 10:00am–12:00pm Location: JCC | Cost: Free May 16: Join us for a wine and cheese gathering on the lakeside deck. We would love to get to know you, introduce you to other new members in our community and help you feel comfortable in your new home! June 7: Join us for coffee, cake and conversation on the pool deck. July 25: Come for a dip in the pool and a drink while meeting other Triangle Newcomers!

Thursdays, May 30, June 20, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 & Aug. 22 6:00–8:30pm | Location: JCC Members: Free | General Community: $5

Aug. 23: Join us for coffee and bagels and get to know other Triangle Newcomers.

Mah Jongg lessons for men and women. You must pre-register for a seat at the table. Only 8 spots available!

LADIES NIGHT OUT: NC STRING ART CRAFT NIGHT Tuesday, July 30 | 6:00–8:00pm Location: JCC Front Deck Members: $25 | General Community: $35

To learn more contact Leslie Needham

RALEIGH TRIBE Raleigh Tribe is a pluralistic community of Jewish young professionals and graduate students in their 20s and 30s in Wake County. Stay tuned for upcoming Tribe events! RaleighRaleigh Cary JCC Cary | Spring/Summer JCC | Summer Program Guide | 9

JCC AQUATICS Whether you are looking for beginner swimming lessons, lap swimming or a competitive swim team, the JCC pool is the place for you.

FUN FOR THE FAMILY Pool Kick Off Party Sunday, May 26 | 12:00 – 2:00pm Cost: Members: Free | Guests of Members: $5.00 Join us for a season opener party at the JCC pool. Food for sale, games for kids and family friendly music. July 4th Pool Party Thursday, July 4 | 12:00 – 2:00pm Cost: Members: Free | Guests of Members: $5.00 Join us for a July 4th celebration at the JCC pool. Food for sale, games for kids and family friendly music.

J-RAYS SUMMER SWIM TEAM Ages 5-18 Be a part of our team participating in the TSA (Tarheel Swim Association) league where our swimmers are all special! Not only do we help swimmers to improve stroke work, starts and endurance, but also emphasize good sportsmanship and teamwork! Registration fee: $150 per swimmer Swim Practices Monday-Thursday | May 20 – July 15 Swim Meets Tuesdays 6:00pm June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, & 16 6 & Under Swimmers (6-under): no distance prerequisite. Junior Swimmers (7-10): must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. Senior Swimmers (11 and up): must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted. For more information: Beth.Richman@ or call 919-676-6170. Per TSA rules, all J-Rays swimmers must be JCC members. Please contact the JCC to learn more about our membership options.

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For a complete listing of summer pool hours, please visit pool-information.

LET’S GET WET (PARENT & CHILD CLASS) Infant to preschool age Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, July 14

(no class on June 9 in observance of Shavuot)

11:00–11:30am Member: $40 | General Community: $55 We want parents and children to feel comfortable in the water. Children play games that use basic water movements such as kicking, arm strokes, and breath control. Parents are in the pool with their children. Swim diapers and swimsuits are required for all children who are not potty trained. Parents are required to wear swimsuits.


The JCC offers a full range of swim lessons and classes for all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the J!


4 & 5 year olds Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, July 14 (no class on June 9 in observance of Shavuot)

10:30–11:00am Member: $70 | General Community: $90 It’s never too early to swim at the JCC! Classes are limited to 5 children. Parents are welcome to watch classes from the pool deck.


First Session: July 22, 24, 29, & 31 Second Session: Aug. 5, 7, 12, & 14 5:00–6:00pm Silver Sneakers: Free Member: Drop-in Rate $10 | 4 Class Pass $36 General Community: Drop-in Rate $15 | 4 Class Pass $45 A fun, shallow water exercise class that uses swim noodles to increase movement and intensity options. Splash is suitable for all skill levels and is safe for non-swimmers. The pool provides many benefits when used for aerobic exercise and resistance training.


Private Lessons: 5 private 30 min. lessons Member: $150 | General Community: $200 Semi-Private Lessons (2 students per class/ cost is per student): 5 semi-private 30 min. lessons Member: $125 | General Community: $175 *participants wil schedule class time with instructor after registration. Raleigh Cary JCC | Spring/Summer Program Guide | 11



Camp JCC is a unique Jewish day-camp experience that is open to children who are rising Kindergarteners through rising 10th graders.


Open to Rising Kindergarten-Rising 10th June 17-August 9 | 9:00am-3:30pm Extended care available for an additional fee. Each one-week session is filled with swimming, sports, cooking, and crafts. Our shilchim (Israel counselors) help our campers build a connection to Israel through dance, games, food, and art. Our camp ends each week with a Shabbat celebration.

AUG. 12–16 | 9:00am–3:30pm Members: $285 | Gen. Community: $350 Extended care is available for an additional fee.

Specialty camps give kids the opportunity to explore new interests or just focus on their favorite activity. Each morning campers will spend three hours in their specialty followed by an afternoon filled with swimming, nature, lakefront and more! Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO® Engineering Camp Adventures in STEM with LEGO® Kindergarten & 1st grade Campers will spend their morning tapping into their imaginations with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! They will build engineerdesigned projects such as trains, helicopters, and treehouses. Little Veterinarian School 2nd-4th grades Campers will role play and explore the exciting world of veterinarians. Using interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, campers will learn how to take care of a pet and use instruments that real vets use. TreeRunner Raleigh Adventure Climbing Camp Rising 5th-Rising 9th grade Campers will receive one-on-one training on all the tricks of Adventure Climbing from the skilled Park Guides. Adventure Climbing takes unique planning as you traverse through the obstacles on the course.

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COMMUNITY CAMPUS Our newly named David R. Kahn Community Campus continues to expand and reflect the richness of Jewish life in the Greater Raleigh area. Our new state-of-the-art covered sports pavilion and our TWO brand new competition-quality athletic fields will soon be ready for action. These amazing new recreational facilities will bring people of all ages together for skills building, fun and competition in games like soccer, basketball, tennis, pickleball and much, much more. This calls for a celebration, so SAVE the DATE! Sunday, September 22, 2019 we will be honoring our new name, recognizing all the people who contributed, and celebrating with food and fun for the entire family. Stay tuned for more details about this momentous event!



TZOFIM: ISRAELI FRIENDSHIP CARAVAN Thursday, Aug. 8 | 6:30pm | Beth Meyer Synagogue The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is celebrating over 40 years of bringing excitement, energy and friendship to North America! Don’t miss out on this amazing performance! This is a free event open to all! FEDERATION FEEDS A fun food-tasting event raising funds for the critical services provided by Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services. Watch your email for more info!


JFS SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR Sunday, Sept 15 | 3:00-5:00pm Location: Temple Beth Or | Cost: Free Save the date for the 4th Annual Senior Resource Fair, an afternoon that could make the difference in your or a loved one’s life! This program includes representatives from community organizations, services and resources for older adults and their families in the area. Learn more at Raleigh Cary JCC | Spring/Summer Program Guide | 13

POLICIES & INFO REFUND POLICY (Not Including Camp JCC): Due to the costs and booking commitments associated with one & two-time programs, we regret that we cannot offer a refund for programs, classes, or events that meet fewer than three times per programming season. Additionally, the JCC cannot be responsible for providing make-ups for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illness, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond our control. If you are unable to attend a program in this category, we encourage you to consider your registration fee a form of support for the JCC, helping us to sustain wonderful programs. A participant requesting to withdraw from a program that meets 3 or more times, must do so in writing. The participant will receive the full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued if the amount is less than $6. No refunds will be issued less than 7 days prior to a program. PHOTO/VIDEO POLICY: The JCC or its agents may record and/or photograph programs and use such images for publicity purposes at their discretion. Your attendance and/or participation is deemed your consent to appear in such programs, photographs, and recordings without compensation or notification. PROGRAM REGISTRATION POLICIES: Please register early. Many programs have limited space, and others depend upon a certain enrollment number to ensure they will run. For these reasons, pre-registration is requested at least one week in advance of each program and will guarantee your place only when accompanied by payment. In order to receive the member discounts on programs, the Raleigh Cary JCC requires that participants be active members at the time of registration. JCC ROOM RENTALS: Looking for space to hold a bris, baby naming, performance, Shabbat dinner, board meeting, conference, or milestone family celebration? Individuals or organizations, regardless of membership status, may rent the JCC’s facilities. Please call 919-676-6170 or email for details. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Are you looking for ways to get involved in our vibrant JCC community? If you have a few hours during the week to help answer phones, help with light administrative work, or assist with a program, please call 919-676-6170 to volunteer.

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MEMBERSHIP Whether you recently moved to the area, are just starting a family or are looking to become more connected to the local Jewish community, the JCC is the perfect place to build meaningful connections with your neighbors.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS & PRICING Individual Membership (19-25 years old) | $60 • Provides a single individual with membership benefits on all JCC programming excluding Camp JCC • Includes summer pool access • Includes 2 pool guest passes and 1 snack bar coupon Individual Membership (25 and over) | $100 • Provides a single individual with membership benefits on all JCC programming excluding Camp JCC. • Includes summer pool access • Includes 2 pool guest passes and 1 snack bar coupon Couple Membership | $200 • Provides a couple with membership benefits on all JCC programming excluding Camp JCC • Includes summer pool access • Includes 2 pool guest passes and 1 snack bar coupon Aquatics Membership (Memorial to Labor Day) | $380 • Provides all members of an immediate family unit a summer pool membership • J-Rays Swim Team eligibility (additional TSA fees apply) • JCC member benefits on all aquatic special events, programs and swim lessons • Includes 2 pool guest passes and 1 snack bar coupon (no Camp JCC or non-aquatic programming discounts)

Family Membership | $499 • Provides all members of an immediate family unit membership benefits on all JCC programming including discounts on Camp JCC • Includes summer pool access • J-Rays Swim Team eligibility (additional TSA fees apply) • 2 pool guest passes and 1 snack bar coupon • 4 family passes to TreeRunner Adventure Park Military, College, +100 Years of Age | FREE • Must show a current Active Military ID, College Student ID or proof of age, and complete a JCC membership form

2019 Rates Individual Membership (19-25)


Individual Membership (over 25)


Couple Membership


Aquatics Membership


Family Membership


Military, College, +100 years of age


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Raleigh-Cary JCC David R. Kahn Community Campus 12804 Norwood Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613 919.676.6170

The JCC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary

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