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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Meet Sarah

The JCC values diversity and inclusiveness and welcomes all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, range of abilities or religion. Investing In The Future of our young people means providing them opportunities to create friendships with a diverse group of peers. Need for Support Sarah M. is 12 years old, has been a member of the J her entire …

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Meet the Ellis Family

Investing In The Future of our school age kids is important for families who depend on responsible and reliable afterschool programs. Parents are able to focus on their careers and provide support for their families worry‐free from the stress of how their children will be cared for. It Takes a Village As the saying goes, it takes a village to …

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Meet the Reckamp Family

Meet the Reckamp Family

The JCC is celebrating 60 years in its current location on Hoover Road. At every significant moment in an institution’s history, it’s good to stop and look back, then move forward purposefully in designing a path for the future. The JCC believes that path includes Investing In The Future, and over the next six days we will share six stories …

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