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Growing Up at the J

(Published May 23, 2019) 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. …

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The Anti-New Year’s Resolution that Works

(Published Nov 14, 2018) 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 …

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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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Meet Abby

(Published Aug 16, 2018) 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 …

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Meet Aaron

(Published Aug 15, 2018) 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 …

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Meet Sarah

(Published Aug 14, 2018) 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 …

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Meet the Ellis Family

(Published Aug 13, 2018) 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 …

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Meet the Reckamp Family

Meet the Reckamp Family

(Published Aug 12, 2018) 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 …

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JCC Insider: Les and Mark Schaffer

Les and Mark Schaffer

(Published June 11, 2018) As a former ER nurse, Les Schaffer knows firsthand how important it is to take care of your body and has established a well-rounded routine because of it. She does personal training, participates in group exercise classes like Pilates and cycling, and works with Katherine Matutes, Ph.D., the JCC’s staff nutritionist. Her husband, Mark also comes …

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JCC Members Volunteer in Israel

(Published May 29, 2018) If you had the chance to volunteer on an Israeli military base, would you do it? For JCC members Keith and Rita Pitzele, Michael Kleinman and Marcy Ekhaus, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” In late 2017, they and nine other North Americans traveled with Volunteers for Israel (in partnership with the Israeli organization Sar-El) to …

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