Home » Blog

Blog

Donna Segal, Volunteer Extraordinaire

Donna Segal and her family have been members of the J for more than 50 years. From her daughters attending and later working at summer camp and as lifeguards at the pool to her and her husband using the Mordoh Fitness Center to “rebuild their strength and soul” after they each had life-threatening surgery, Donna has an appreciation for all …

Read More »

Ms. Kate’s Recipe for the High Holidays

For ECE teacher Kate O. and her daughter Miriam, the High Holidays mean a solid month of everything being sticky, thanks to Miriam’s love of dipping apples in honey, a Rosh Hashana custom. But even more than that, Kate and Miriam love the communal aspects of celebrating the High Holidays, whether that’s hearing the shofar (ram’s horn) blown at school …

Read More »

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.   The Halston Family* Jen Halston has …

Read More »

Growing Up at the J

Meet Alex, James and Katie All have been friends since they were babies, and they have the J to thank for it. They grew up together in ECE classrooms, and though elementary school sent James to a different school than Alex and Katie, they maintain their friendship through the J’s afterschool care program and especially CampJCC. Having someone to do …

Read More »

Bruce Sklare, Earth Day Champion

Bruce Sklare, the volunteer spearheading Earth Day at the J, gives generously of his time and resources. He said his volunteerism at the J has always been based on his interest in creating partnerships and opportunities for people to improve both the quality of their lives and of the larger community. He lives and works the core Jewish value of …

Read More »

Physicality and Philosophy with Master Jean-Pierre

Master Jean-Pierre Decaudin has been teaching Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido for about 37 years, 35 of which have been at the J. With students who range in age from children through seniors, Master Jean-Pierre has accumulated a lot of wisdom over his martial arts instructor tenure and is more than willing to share it. How You Get to Carnegie …

Read More »

The Anti-New Year’s Resolution that Works

With the advent of a new year, many people set New Year’s resolutions to “lose weight” or “get healthy.” Unfortunately, most of these well-intended declarations quickly become abandoned as people get caught up in their busy lives. But there are success stories, like Laura and Andy Gzibovskis. Andy says that the secret to a successful New Year’s resolution is that …

Read More »

Meet Master Mike

Master Mike Marienthal has taught Karate for Kids at the JCC for 39 years and started coming to the J for preschool two decades before that, so this place really is his home away from home. Here’s some of what this JCC Indy institution had to say during a recent interview. On lessons karate teaches outside the dojo: The really …

Read More »

Meet Abby

The JCC knows future leaders are developed during the formative teen years. Exposure to leadership opportunities is critical to fostering a well‐rounded individual ready to venture out successfully on their own. Investing In The Future means the JCC gives teens a safe environment to challenge themselves with new projects and opportunities. IU Student is Lifelong JCC Member Abby F. has …

Read More »

Meet Aaron

Investing In The Future is a theme JCC leaders believe in as the organization celebrates 60 years on Hoover Road in 2018. Staff and lay leaders pay it forward every day with programs and services focused on our youth. Parents can feel good their children are getting positive reinforcement while learning and developing life skills. One valuable skill is learning …

Read More »
X