People

Meet Becca

A recent graduate of Butler University with a BS in Arts Administration, Becca based her degree in nonprofit management in hopes of engaging youth. Most of her previous experience has been in bringing social justice leadership skills to youth through interactive activities and artistic expression. She also worked for a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin (OSRUI), incorporating Jewish values and …

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Hosting an Israeli Camp Counselor

In 2017, the Block family (Jeremy, Kelli, Teixler [6] and Hunter [3]) hosted a shlicha, Amit, for the summer. “Shlicha” is an Israeli camp counselor.  “We had a lot of apprehension in the beginning, just because we can be messy and crazy, but she just kind of fit in and the kids both really loved her,” Jeremy said. “[Amit] made …

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Meet Abby

Hi! I am Abby Endebrock (soon to-be Sweeney!) and I have loved every minute of my experience at the JCC. A little background – I am originally from Omaha, NE and went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Science, as well as a double Minor in Education & Psychology. My …

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Confidence-building Swim Lessons

The JCC is the place to be for Horizons at St. Richard’s. Horizons is a transformative six-week summer program that offers high quality learning for children outside of the school year. The mission of Horizons is to close the summer learning gap for Indianapolis kids from low income families through: intensive academic enrichment from pre-K to 8th grade fun learning …

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Welcome Bridey Stangler

If you are familiar with our school-age programs, you have most likely already met our new Director of Camps & Youth Programs. If you haven’t…well, you are missing out. Bridey comes to us with a wealth of experience in JCCs, camps and youth programs. Bridey is thrilled to be joining the Indy JCC! She grew up in the Kansas City Jewish community, …

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Board President Knows What It’s Like to Have No J

“The reason I’m involved with the JCC in Indianapolis goes back to my childhood. I guess you can say that if you want to make an impression upon a person, do it when they’re young. That’s exactly what happened with me,” said Keith Pitzele, newly-elected president of the JCC board (he served as president previously 1991-93). “Growing up in Gary, …

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Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

Below are three case studies of JCC members who work with personal trainer, Javan Odinga. They shared with us why they started using a personal trainer and why they keep coming back. Case Study 1: David C After a 15-year hiatus from working out, David C. met with Javan. Based on David’s goals to lose weight and gain muscle, David …

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Members Do 55-Mile Ride for the Living

JCC members Tom Rose and his 15-year-old son, Udi traveled to Poland to participate in The Ride for the Living on June 3. The 55-mile ride starts in Auschwitz and ends at the Krakow JCC. The event attracts people from all over the world to raise awareness and funds for Krakow’s Jewish community. In 2015, Ride For The Living participants …

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I Love Goooooooould

Meet Jim Gould and Have Fun with Fitness Even though JCC personal trainer Jim Gould doubted himself when he started a pre-retirement career in fitness (he was the oldest in his class by about 30 years!), he’s found his niche. “I bring energy, wisdom and age and I think people have appreciated that,” he said. “Anybody can get back in …

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Our new BBYO City Director

Please join us in welcoming Ariel Movshovich to the JCC as our new BBYO City Director. She recently moved to Indy with her fiancé after living in Israel for five years. She holds a double major in Business Administration and Jewish Studies from Emory University, and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ariel has …

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