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The Klene Family: Understanding Community at the J

Erica, Colton, Bauer, Brooks and Frank Klene at the CampJCC playground

Summer is fast approaching at the JCC, and that doesn’t just mean the Eskenazi Water Park will be opening soon! For families like the Klenes, it means that CampJCC (the J’s summer day camp for kids in grades K-7) is just around the corner. The Klenes at the JCC The Klene family has trusted CampJCC to entertain their energetic older …

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Hello to the Hos!

An Asian family (a man, a woman, two young girls and a young boy) on the deck of the Regenstrief Natatorium

(Published June 1, 2021) Returning to Indy in January 2021 after nearly 12 years abroad, during a pandemic, was almost a blessing in disguise for the Ho family (parents Darren and Steffanie and kids Lauren, Colson and Raegan). “We’re able to take the repatriation at our own pace,” Steffanie said. “Everything’s from home, we’re not thrust back in to mainstream …

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Youth Soccer at the J with Coach Jennie

Jennie Carr (white woman in patterned sweater and maroon leggings) talking to a young girl in a yellow JCC soccer shirt, striped leggings and bright pink shin pads and cleats, as other children in yellow and green JCC soccer shirts take a water break.

(Published Mar 10, 2020) Jennie Carr and her family have been JCC members for almost eight years and throughout that time have come in to the facility at least five days a week. The kids have been involved in several areas of the J — early childhood, afterschool care, camp, basketball, martial arts, dance, gymnastics — but the family has …

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A Week at the J with the Calilis

(Published Feb 4, 2020) Between the five of them (mom Laura, dad Rotem and kids Noa, Rahm and Oren), the Calilis are at the J virtually every day: Laura and Rotem work out with a trainer or on their own, the kids participate in one of the many athletic activities the J offers, or they come in as a family …

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Meet Master Mike

(Published Sep 27, 2018) 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 …

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JCC Tennis Shows Sportsmanship at Sectionals

Photo by Pamela Jackson

(Published Aug 7, 2015) One of the great things about working at the JCC is I get to meet some incredible kids who are not only gifted athletes, but super people as well. I was really excited this summer because two of our Junior Tennis teams—our 12 & Under and 10 & Under—qualified for sectionals. And they played spectacularly. The …

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3 Tips for Children Who Have Never Played Sports

And Another 3 for the Parents Who Coach Them (Published Mar 10, 2015) As Director of Athletics, parents often ask me if it’s okay for their children to play sports if they’ve never played the sport before. Yes! Here are three tips for getting started: Look for an Introductory Program. The JCC’s youth sports programs are designed to teach the basics …

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RECESS is Coming to the JCC

by JCC staff (Published July 29, 2014) Have you noticed that kids get more wiggly and less fit as the school day gets longer and the study load gets more intense? The demands of curriculum and performance standards create challenges in terms of what can fit into a typical student day. Unfortunately, it often means less recess and physical education when cuts need …

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