Yesterday our community came together to celebrate 50 years of impact at the Kaiserman JCC. The memorable annual meeting presented an inspiring opportunity to raise a toast — “L’Chaim!” — to our incredible history, vibrant present, and exciting future. For those who were unable to attend, here are some highlights:
- Presentation of proclamations celebrating our record of achievement from U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, Chair of Montgomery County Commissioners Doctor Valerie Arkoosh, Pennsylvania State Senator Amanda Cappelletti, and Pennsylvania State Representative Mary Jo Daley. Check out all of the pictures here.
- A “State of the JCC” speech I presented, that you can read here.
- A celebration of departing Board Members, including our exemplary Immediate Past President Cindy Smukler, and an introduction of new Board Members, and Board Officers.
- Awards for our staff – the heart and soul of the JCC – including recognition of years worked, and those who best embody our new organizational values.
Special thanks to our MC for the evening, and our new Board President, Phil Grinnell.
As I stated in my speech, we gathered at a particular juncture in the Jewish calendar, nearing the holiday of Hanukkah. Many of us learn the story of this commemoration through the game of dreidel, and the Hebrew phrase that anchors the activity, “Nes Gadol Haya Sham.” “A Great Miracle Happened There.” I was thinking about this recently, and the resonance with our JCC anniversary. 50 years ago — in so many capacities, a great miracle happened here.
There will be more opportunities to celebrate our anniversary over the course of the next few months. Learn more, and about how you can engage in this commemoration, here.