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Dear Friends, 

"Suggestions are always welcome.  However, the deadline for complaints was last week." – Amy Krulik 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to share a suggestion for a new use for the Front Lobby.  Although I am confident that you won't ever be greeted by Elsa's Ice Palace (sorry Frozen fans) or a hot tub when you enter the J, your ideas focused on ways to bring our community together around art, music, fun activities and, of course, food.

I am delighted to share, in no particular order, the ideas from the suggestion box:

  • Smoothie stand
  • Giant game board
  • Coffee shop or stand with lattes, pastries, fresh fruit, smoothies
  • Something quiet, but food related
  • Juice/Smoothie bar
  • Water slide
  • 1980s juke box
  • A Tasty Twister pretzel stand
  • Spray park and video games
  • Foosball, pool table, ping pong table
  • Smoothie, coffee bar – after gym treats
  • More vending machines and frozen yogurt stand
  • Chalkboard wall
  • Bar called Bar Mitzvah or juice bar called Jewce
  • A combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Jamba Juice
  • A nice sunken hot tub
  • Music with food options
  • Mini café and coffee shop
  • Honey bun dispensary
  • Speakeasy
  • New café would be great
  • Elsa’s Ice Palace
  • Coffee bar with pastries and smoothies
  • Pinball machine and old video games like Pacman and Donkey Kong
  • A dunk tank rotating which staff member is getting dunked
  • Coffee and pastry vending machines
  • Coffee shop called Kayla’s Korner
  • Bar
  • Grab and go fridge case with kosher sushi, salads, wraps and pastries.  House of Kosher could deliver and stock the fridge.
  • An art exhibit with a different artist each month. Or start an art class and class artwork can be displayed in the lobby.
  • Hot tub next to a vending machine
  • Art studios
  • If you get a new food concession, get HEALTHY food, not fried!
  • Any hot food option
  • Office for Main Line Aquatics (our instructional swim partner)
  • Co-working space like WeWork
  • Kids' play area
  • Impound lot for cars that park in handicapped only spots
  • Massage chairs
  • Free, free, free vending machines
  • Bubblegum machine
  • Laundromat
  • Pop-up shop that would feature different vendors/artists
  • A new building for the JCC – people will donate for a capital campaign – tear down the old one down and build new – a fresh start for the JCC!

I will admit to being a little in love with the last idea on the list and am excited that one of the strategic priorities identified by our Strategic Planning Committee is to consider opportunities for renovating and/or rebuilding the J.  The strategic plan will help guide the JCC through the next 5 years and beyond, but, I am sure you are thinking, what does this mean for the Front Lobby right now and how much longer do I have to wait for a decent cup of coffee?

The short answer is, not too much longer.  We are refreshing some of the walls (thank you Dave!) and are talking to as many possible vendors, suppliers and retailers as possible.  There is no question that coffee is a top priority.  Although I am not a coffee drinker, I firmly support the consumption of all hot beverages and am committed to getting some kind of hot beverage dispensing system in place in the next few weeks.  And before you start worrying that my lack of coffee drinking means I don’t know anything about coffee, I have only two words to say --  La Colombe.  No promises on the exact brand, but superior coffee and tea are on their way.

Please continue to share your ideas – from the tiny to the outrageous.  The future of our JCC is bright because of your input, creativity and caring.

An early Shabbat Shalom and see you at the J,

P.S. Keep reading for info on how you can win a FREE JCC membership!!


30 in 90 Fitness Challenge
In Celebration of National Heart Month

It takes 90 days to build a habit...do your heart a favor!

Pick up your 30 in 90 Fitness Challenge card between February 10-29, get your card stamped each time you come to the J, complete the challenge and enter to win a one-year membership or a five personal training sessions!

Click here for complete details or pick-up challenge materials in the front lobby.


Show yourself some love this month!
February Membership Special!

February is Healthy Heart Month and membership at the J is a great way to show your heart some love. From NOW - February 29, new members will receive 50% off the first 3 months of their annual membership.  Please share this promotion with family, friends and neighbors. Click here for more information.


Community Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8 | 11am-4pm

Join us once again for one of the largest Purim Carnivals on the Main Line. This event is great for children ages 2-12!

$12 / Child OR $36 / Family
(Children under 2 and Adults are FREE)
Purchase tickets online at www.phillyjcc.com/purim or at the door!


- Fun Inflatables
- Purim Games & Prizes
- Music & Crafts
- Hamantaschen
- Facepainting
- Photobooth

- Children's Theater (1:00pm & 3:00pm)
- Costume Contest (2:00 pm)
- Israeli Scout Performance (2:30pm)

Kosher Lunch Options from Nana's Kitchen

Sensory Friendly room with activities and games available all day.

Visit www.phillyjcc.com/purim for more information!


KidVentures Spring Break P.L.A.Y. Camp
April 6 & 7
Register Online!

We are offering two days of our Spring Break KidVentures P.L.A.Y. Camp! 
Join us on April 6 & 7 for two days of fun for children in Grades K-5!

Schools are closed, so we’re ready to get out there and P.L.A.Y. (playing, learning, active you)! Through exhilarating, challenging and rewarding interactive programs, your kids will spend two days climbing, jumping, running, and throwing! What better way to spend time off from school than with us? On Monday, we stay at the J for Kidventures very own Kidlympics. On Tuesday we head to Wynnewood Valley Park for hiking and a picnic...Join us for two days of P.L.A.Y. this Spring break!


Jobs at the J
We are hiring!

Assistant Preschool Teacher
The Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood is currently seeking a qualified professional assistant teacher dedicated to a career in Early Childhood Education to join our team. We offer a nurturing, child-centered environment. Infants through accredited Kindergarten classes are complemented by gym & music class, Israeli dance, weekly Shabbat celebration and more. The teaching staff honors the uniqueness of each child, celebrating individual potential, and helping children question and discover. Our emergent curriculum permits learning activities that arise from each child’s interests, encouraging feelings of security and confidence in an age-appropriate atmosphere where each child feels free to explore, play, observe, question and make discoveries. Jewish heritage, values and traditions are celebrated, instilling a positive identity in each child. Please forward cover letter and resume to afoster@phillyjcc.com.

Gymnastics Instructor
Are you the Gymnastics Instructor we are looking for? Are you an outgoing, energetic individual? Do you love children, teaching, and gymnastics?
Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!
Click here for more information including hours, and more details!
Please email gymnastics@phillyjcc.com to apply or with any questions.

Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Immediate position openings for part-time Certified Group Fitness Instructors at our Main Line Fitness Center.  Must have current certification from a nationally recognized governing body.  Candidate to have at least 6 months experience & minimum of one additional certification in Group Fitness such as Boot Camp, Body Pump, etc.  Must also have current CPR, AED and First Aid certification.

Are you perfect for this position?  We want to meet you! 
Click here for more information including hours, responsibilities, and more details!
Please forward cover letter and resume to fitness@phillyjcc.com

Personal Trainer
Immediate position openings for part-time Personal Trainers at our Main Line Fitness Center.  Must have current certification from a nationally recognized governing body AND/OR Degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or related major.  (At least 6 months experience & current certification required)  Must also have CPR, AED and First Aid certification.
Responsibilities include one-on-one fitness training to meet specific requirements of clients, as well as overall wellness counseling. Shifts include: Tuesday 10:30A-3:30P, Thursdays 3:30-9:00P and Saturdays 8:00A-12:30P with some flexibility. 
Candidate should demonstrate high energy with excellent people skills, ability to show courtesy and helpful attitude toward all members. Expectation to build revenue generating Personal Training client lists. Established client following preferred.
Please forward cover letter and resume to Fitness@phillyjcc.com.

Swim Lessons in Partnership with Main Line Aquatics

Private & Semi-Private Lessons
Registration Open NOW

Private Lessons: Private swimming lessons are 30 minutes and one-on-one instruction. Customized to the swimmers personal needs, goals and confidence. Our core purpose is to teach water safety and proper swimming techniques.
6 Classes Fee: ($215 Member) ($275 Guest)
9 Classes Fee: ($305 Member) ($395 Guest)

Semi-Private Lessons: Instead of a one-on-one approach, these lessons include two participants and one instructor. This program is great for siblings who work well together, friends or family who wish to develop their stroke and master new forms, or a pair who desire scuba or aquatic training before a vacation. Recommended to be at the same level.
7 Classes Fee: ($350 Member) ($415 Guest)

To schedule private or semi-private lessons: Contact Anne
anneshorr@mainlineaquatics.com or (610) 766-7887

Swim Team
Registration Open NOW

This group is designed for swimmers who have had lessons before but are new to swimming on a formal swim team or have not swam all four strokes. Mechanics for all four strokes will be covered as well as the “circle swimming” format used in team activities. This is a slow paced, hands-on team with absolutely no pressure. It is designed for students to learn at their own pace.

Youth Sports at the J

Gymnastics | 3 Years Old - Fifth Grade+
Click here for more information

Taekwondo | 3 Years Old - Fifth Grade
Click here for more information

Yoga | K - Fifth Grade & Tweens
Click here for more information

Family Yoga | All Ages!
Click here for more information

Youth Basketball | 3 Years Old - First Grade
Click here for more information

Big Games Hoops Basketball Clinic | K - Fifth Grade
Click here for more information 
The JCC Maccabi Experience
Mini & Junior Maccabi | JCC Maccabi Games | ArtsFest
Programs for Jewish Children and Teens Ages 9-16

Mid-Atlantic Mini & Junior Maccabi
Visit www.phillyjcc.com/minijuniorgames for registration / tryout information!

The Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games is a one-day sports competition for Jewish athletes ages 9-12. Athletes from JCCs across the Mid-Atlantic region compete each spring, and this is a great way for kids to experience the JCC Maccabi Games on a smaller scale prior to participating in the “big games”.
Sunday, May 3 | Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ
Competing Sports:
Boys Soccer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Co-Ed Track, Co-Ed Swim, Boys Baseball, and Co-Ed Tennis

JCC Maccabi Games
Visit www.phillyjcc.com/maccabi for registration / tryout information!

The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Today, over 6,000 teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer.
August 2-7 | San Diego, California
Competing Sports: 
Girls Soccer (16U), Boys Soccer (14U & 16U), and Girls Basketball (16U)
August 9-14 | Pace University in Westchester, NY
Competing Sports: 
Boys Basketball (14U &16U), Boys Baseball (16U), Boys Ice Hockey (16U), Co-Ed Tennis (16U), Co-Ed Swim (16U), and Co-Ed Dance (16U)

More Information / Questions
Have you met our new Sports and Wellness Director, Emily Einhorn?

Emily is our Team Philly Maccabi Delegation Head and she would love to chat with you about any questions you may have about our awesome program!
You can contact Emily through email at eeinhorn@phillyjcc.com or by calling her at (610) 896-7770 x125

Box Tops for Education | Help support the Robert J. Wilf Preschool & Kindergarten! Collection boxes can be found in the Preschool Lobby and at the front desk in the main lobby of the JCC.

You can help our school every time you shop for groceries! Clip Box Tops from hundreds of your favorite products. Each Box Top coupon is worth 10¢ for our school, which adds up fast!
Click here for a list of participating products!

Enjoy programs offered by other organizations in our community! Please note, inclusion in the calendar is not an endorsement by the Kaiserman JCC.

AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ and the Dialogue Institute-Journal of Ecumenical Studies

  • Civil Rights Tour of Philadelphia: Exploring Black and Jewish Issues of Justice | February 16 | 9:30am-2pm. AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ and the Dialogue Institute-Journal of Ecumenical Studies invite you to attend a half-day tour and dialogue experience to explore the relationship between religion, race, and civil rights in early Philadelphia history. $60 registration fee includes lunch, tour, and program materials. Click here to register now. Click here for the full flyer.

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El

  • Party Expo 2020 | February 23 | 11am-2pm | FREE Admission. Calling all Brides, Grooms, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Families! Something for every occasion worth celebrating! Entertainers, photographers, videographers, florists, decorators, party planners, caterers, party favors, specialty vendors. Click here for the full flyer!

Keshet Shabbatonim

  • East Coast Shabbatonim | February 28-March 1 | Southern Pennsylvania near Baltimore / Washington DC | For LGBTQ & Ally Jewish Teens in Grades 8-12. Participate in this weekend retreat for Jewish teen and young adults! It is great way for LGBTQ & Ally Jewish Teens in Grades 8-12 to build meaningful friendships, engage in deep Jewish learning, and return home to build a world we can all be proud of. Participants pay a subsidized rate of $54 for the entire program – and need-based scholarships and travel subsidies are also available! Registration for East Coast Shabbaton in Pennsylvania (Feb. 28-Mar. 1) will close February 13. More information is available here.

A Taste of Kosher Philadelphia Cookbook

  • From Our Table to Yours...Contribute Recipes! | Must be Submitted by March 1. Be part of an exciting new designing and dining Jewish Community with a Taste of KOSHER Philadelphia. We Invite You to Contribute Your Favorite Kosher Recipes to the first ever A Taste of KOSHER Philadelphia Cookbook! "A Delightful Collection of Classic to Contemporary Recipes from the Region's Jewish Family's Kitchens." Click here for details.

Peter’s Place and Main Line Reform Temple

  • Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey Screening  | March 1 | 2pm. Peter’s Place and Main Line Reform Temple invite you to attend a screening of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey followed by a panel discussion at Main Line Reform Temple. This documentary shares a fresh perspective on the ways we navigate successfully through grief or companion others along their journey. This event is open to all community members free of charge. Click here for more information.

Kehillah of Lower Merion

  • The 3rd Act: Aging with Grit & Humor | March 22 | Doors Open at 12:30pm, Film Rolls at 1pm | Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS | Tickets $8 in Advanced. Join us for an afternoon of seven short films that explore the themes of humor, love and Jewish traditions. A guided audience discussion and dessert reception will immediately follow the films. Free valet parking is available. Due to increased security, all attendees will be asked to show photo ID. Click here for advanced tickets. This program is presented by the Kehillah of Lower Merion, Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, Golden Slipper Gems and Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. For more information, contact the Kehillah of Lower Merion at (610) 359-8632 or lowermerion@kehillah.jewishphilly.org.

JEVS Career Strategies

  • Searching for a Job? Make the Pros at JEVS Career Strategies Part of Your Winning Team! Services include: one-on-one career counseling, interview preparation, career assessment, networking and skill building, resume / cover letter & online profile writing, career workshops, job search & placement assistance, computer classes. Convenient Locations in Northeast and Center City Philadelphia. Now with Videoconferencing, Consult with Experts from YOUR OWN HOME!  Click here for more information. Contact us! Call: (215) 832-0878 or email:  CS@jevs.org. JEVS Human Services partners with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

BRCA Founder Outreach Study

  • BRCA Testing Saves Lives. The BRCA Founder Outreach Study (BFOR) offers men and women no-cost genetic testing for BRCA mutations that occur in 1 in 40 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.  Individuals who test positive for a BRCA mutation have an increased risk of developing breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers. Identifying a BRCA mutation can lead to increased cancer screening and prevention options for men and women. This information may also be relevant to family members. You are eligible to participate if you are age 25 or older, have at least one grandparent of Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European) ancestry and reside within the metropolitan areas of New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Los Angeles. To learn more: Go to bforstudy.com

Beth Am Israel

  • Mindfulness Practice with Florence Manson | Thursday Mornings at BAI weeklyMindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to pay attention so that we can be more intimate with our lived experience. All are invited to this Jewish mindfulness meditation practice. No experience necessary. Sessions will be streamed online.

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