• Having fun in fitness is key and supporting fitness programs is essential.

  • Sandy and some of her pickleball family.

  • Cassie & Abbie Hunt with their friends and soccer teammates.

Why Donate?

Like Us, Show You Care:
Donate to the JCC

A desire to give back to the JCC motivated several of our employees to donate to the JCC’s 2016 Annual Fund Campaign.  Here’s how Jim Gould, JCC Fitness Instructor, expressed his motivation for giving:

“I am passionate about being both a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the JCC.  People appreciate my age, wisdom and energy. Having fun in fitness is key and supporting fitness programs is essential. I believe in giving back to the JCC and I encourage others to do so – to whatever extent they are able.”

Seeking to help the JCC thrive for generations to come, Sandy Schwarz, JCC Board Member, stated she believes it is important to give back.

For four generations my family has been a part of the JCC family. It has always been our home away from home. My new favorite JCC activity is pickleball and, like everything at the JCC, it enriches my life. My new pickleball family is just one more aspect of the JCC that I hold dear. The JCC has brought so many opportunities to my family and I believe giving back is essential to help the JCC thrive for generations to come.

In looking back over her family’s involvement at the JCC the past nine years, the thing that Jen Hunt, JCC Member, stated that what she loves most is that when they come here, they see people they know and have known for years.

“Our families have grown up together,” she said. “And we’ve made lifelong friends. Our girls have. And (husband) Steve and I have, too. We just love how open and welcoming the JCC is,” Steve says. Jen agrees, “It’s just a great place we love to keep coming back to and that is why we support the JCC and encourage our JCC friends to do the same.”

Our Mission

The mission of the JCC is to enrich the community by perpetuating Jewish tradition and heritage while celebrating diversity of beliefs through arts, education, health and wellness programs. One of the ways we achieve our mission is by practicing the Jewish values of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam.

Tzedakah in Classical Hebrew is a word literally meaning justice or righteousness but commonly used to signify charity. In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to do what is right and just.

Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world: (or “healing the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair, and transform the world.

5 Reasons to Give

  1. JCC philanthropic opportunities are an excellent way to practice Tzedakah and promote Tikkun Olam!
  2. Your gift will provide opportunities to participate in JCC programs for financially challenged individuals and families.
  3. Your gift will help produce a positive impact on the health of approximately 4000 Indianapolis households
  4. Your gift will help Indianapolis attain its goal of becoming one of the Top 10 healthiest communities in the U.S. by 2025.
  5. Your donation is tax deductible.

What Your Donation Will Do

$30 Fund a 1-hour exercise class of for up to 15 kids taught by a certified trainer.
$75 Fund a 1-hour cooking class for seniors.
$100 Enable 1 child to participate in a full season of youth soccer or basketball.
$200 Provide 1 youth player with free admission to a 7-week tennis session.
$500 Provide seeds, plants and raised bed materials for 2 children’s gardens.
$825 Enable 5 children to enjoy a week-long soccer or baseball camp.
$1,200 Enable 15 children to engage in weekly physical activity for an entire school year.
$2,000 Fund 4 months of cooking classes taught by a nutritionist (8 children/class).

Join Jim, Sandy, and Jen by showing you care too.

Here’s how:

  • Give online at JCCindy.org; we’ve made it easy.
  • Call Martha Karatz, Sr. VP Advancement, for more information
    (317) 715-9209 or email her at mkaratz@jccindy.org.
  • Or contact Martha and set up either:
    • a monthly gift direct from your credit, debit or bank account
    • your donation added to your existing payment plan on file.