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BIG NEWS: Gems is moving to the J!


Dear Friends,

I am incredibly excited to announce an amazing new partnership at the JCC. Pending regulatory approval, the Kaiserman JCC will be the new home of Golden Slipper Gems this spring. Gems has been around since 1995, when it began to operate a senior citizen center located in the Pavilion and offered various services to low-income older adults living in that building and in the surrounding area. In 2008, Gems took over operation of the older adult program operated by the Kaiserman JCC and moved the program to Adath Israel on the Main Line. In 2014 they started offering services in Federation Housing as well. Recently they decided to look into opportunities that would strengthen their work and decided to partner with the JCC. We are honored to welcome Gems back to the JCC!

Three new staff members will be joining the JCC staff: Rabbi Moriah SimonHazani, Orit Dolgushev, and Greta Wrigley. Orit and Greta will continue to manage Gems programs for older adults. Rabbi Moriah will be joining the Kaiserman JCC’s leadership team, overseeing, in addition to our adult programs, our teen programs, Jewish arts and cultural programs, and other engagement initiatives. Along with Rabbi Moriah, Orit, and Greta, the JCC is thrilled to welcome three Gems Board Members on to the JCC Board.

Having Gems as part of the JCC will help us to further grow our community, our strategic priorities, and increase the programs that we are able to offer. We believe this relationship helps to strengthen each partner and provides a more comprehensive set of initiatives that are complimentary, and addititive. This union will position us as one of the largest and most impactful institutions serving Jewish older adults in the region.

The Kaiserman JCC and Gems are grateful to Golden Slipper for their years of stewardship. We look forward to working together in the future on many different programs. It is also important to thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for their leadership and encouragement of this strategic alliance. Finally, a very special thank you to our generous supporters and Board members for helping make this all possible.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,