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19 Reasons We're Proud of 2019

Now is definitely a great time to be at the Kaiserman JCC. 2019 was a busy year at the J and we are so excited to share some of our favorite accomplishments of the year.  None of what we have been able to do – not the growth in our programs, not the pool construction and not our strategic planning work -- would be possible without the generous support and unwavering dedication of people like you.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your friendship, partnership, membership and for never losing faith in our potential. 

Wishing you all great things in 2020!

 

In January 2019, we reopened our heated pool for year-round swimming.  Our pool tent is the talk of the town and swimmers are enjoying Florida-like temperatures all winter.  Best of all, the tent comes down in the summer for an exciting outdoor pool club. We have also launched a robust instructional swim program, developmental swim team and aqua fitness program.

 

JCC staff and community members learned what to do during a mass casualty event at a special community training session hosted by the J and led by emergency personnel from Einstein Hospital.

 

Over 450 campers called our Best on the Main Line Camp home - a 15% increase in enrollment over 2018.

 

The Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten is one of the most popular addresses on the Main Line and our super high enrollment this year means a waiting list in nearly every class.

 

The KidsTime After School Program spread its wings and now has students from all Lower Merion Elementary Schools and 2 schools in the Haverford School District.  Enrollment is up 16% this year.

 

Over 50 women from our community traveled to Israel this year thanks to JCC-Aish Chaim sponsored MOMentum trips.

 

Not only did Kaiserman field one of the nation’s largest delegations for the JCC Maccabi Games (for athletes ages 13-16), we hosted over 1,000 athletes and coaches at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic JCC Junior Maccabi Games (for athletes 9-12.)  Special note: Kaiserman founded the Junior Games in 1998.

 

We formed a teen advisory board to help guide the creation of a new esports program at the J.  Look for our first region-wide tournament in early 2020.

 

Over 165 teens rocked the J at the weekend-long BBYO New Member Convention.

 

From the 2019 Festival of Jewish Books, Arts and Culture and Megemeria: Jewelry show featuring the work of Ethiopian Jews to a Philadelphia Council on the Arts funded piano concert and a special art exhibit featuring works by Israeli artists, the J is growing its arts-related offerings.

Our holiday celebrations included a Purim Carnival for 850+ and a Chanukah Party for 250+ featuring a latke bar with over 25 toppings.

 

We are committed to bringing the region’s premiere providers of youth sports programming to the J and are growing our partnerships with Main Line Aquatics, Big Hoops Basketball, Martial Arts specialist Abrielle Fuerst and Philadelphia Studio Ballet.

 

We are one of just 6 JCCs in the country piloting a new model program with Challah for Hunger.  Over 175 people helped fight food insecurity in our community and on college campuses nationwide by making challah.

 

Over 80 Jewish high school basketball players from across the region are suiting up Sunday nights at the J.  JBall is a completely player-run league and the students are gaining important skills in program and fiscal management.

 

We expanded our class offerings to include exciting new opportunities like aqua fitness and lunch-time express workouts.

 

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, we revamped the spin studio in the Conston Fitness Center with all new, state-of-the art bikes and new spin classes.  This donation allowed us to redirect other resources to lease all new treadmills.  We also worked with a fitness consultant from the JCC Association who helped us make significant improvements to the efficiency and use of our fitness center equipment.

 

Good Deeds Day Campus Clean Up, Day of Service with Tired Hands Brewery, New Water Bottle Filling Station

 

We created three new staff positions this year and welcomed a new Youth Programming & Camp Associate Director, a Sports & Wellness Director, and Facilities & Operations Director.

 

One of our most significant projects of the year is the launch of our strategic planning process.  This work is being funded through Preside, a national grant program through which we have received vital leadership training and capacity building support.  We have established a dynamic strategic planning committee that is hard at work establishing a set of strategic priorities that will guide the JCC in its next chapter of service to our community.