Blog of the Barshop JCC
Mark Greenwald, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
It is hard to express how happy and proud I am to sing with the Merchants of Jazz for the JCC Main Event. We have been working hard to put together a super program of classic jazz standards that will have everyone tapping their toes and dancing. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin are the kings of vocal Jazz standards, and we plan to bring their cool adult vibe to liven up the party. Our playbook is heavy with songs and music everybody knows and loves.
Roberta Varela-Hein, Fitness Instructor on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness Comments (0)
“Physical activity is like a tranquilizer…” thoughts passed to me by Dr. Habib Nathan. We were discussing recent information on exercise from the AMA. OH YES! We can all use a little tranquility since stress will occur. Being physically active is great for mental, physical, and emotional health. There are so many opportunities at the J. Just get up, get out, and get going.
Rose Cohen-Brown, Guest Blogger from The Vex on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture Comments (2)
I have participated in numerous theatre productions over the decades, both on stage and behind the scenes. Each is unique and from each there is always something to learn. The Sheldon Vexler Theatre has some of the best community theatre productions I have seen – and I have seen theatre in many parts of the U.S. and performed in Minnesota and New York, as well as San Antonio and its surroundings. For The Trojan Women, I would like to talk about the Chorus.
Samantha Mazuz, Coordinator of Teen & Young Adult Services on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
I like to look back on my upbringing, and when I do, what stands out the most are the Jewish events and celebrations that my family took part in. I completed Hebrew School and Sunday School, I had a Bat Mitzvah that was like a wedding, and I was confirmed during my high school years. My family’s involvement in our Jewish Community was what I would call completely immersed.
Meredith, Body Back® Participant on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness Comments (0)
I completed two sessions of Body Back® and believe it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was an athletic youth and in-shape twenty-something, but pregnancy and babies put me in a place where I did not make time to take care of myself. With my first pregnancy, I gained 70 pounds and with the busy schedule and uncertainty of a first-time mom, I was overwhelmed and depressed.
DJ, Body Back® Participant on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness Comments (0)
Why did I choose The Mama Wants Her “Body Back” program? As a former collegiate athlete and mom of two young children, I knew there were four essential things that I needed in order to be successful with my weight loss efforts/lifestyle changes that the program offered:
Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture Comments (1)
You know your JCC promotes ‘wellness.’ Your membership provides you access to a fitness center full of new equipment, over 40 group exercise classes, a 25-meter 8-lane heated outdoor pool, 7 lighted hard-court tennis courts, 2 full-court gymnasiums, and more!
Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories Comments (0)
When people hear my new title, their reaction tends to follow a pattern. First, a remark about how cool it sounds, quickly followed by a question as to what it means. Director of Jewish Journeys is perhaps an unusual title. I prefer to think of it as engaging and inviting.
Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories Comments (1)
The JCC has always been a shelter for me, both figuratively and literally. Before I moved to San Antonio, I was active at the Dallas JCC, active being an understatement. Actually, I was a staff kid who, after what could be considered a lifetime of camp, sports, theater, and one obligatory preteen summer of roaming the halls, became a staff person myself.
Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Holidays Comments (0)
The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are important. According to tradition, Jews are supposed to spend these ten “Days of Awe” reflecting over the past year and looking to the new one. We apologize to old friends, make amends and do what we can do make sure we are inscribed into the Book of Life for a healthy new year.
Samantha Mazuz, Coordinator of Teen & Young Adult Services on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories Comments (0)
As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am taking a moment to think about all that I have done and accomplished in the previous year. This allows me to begin thinking about the year ahead; I can set my goals, create a bucket list, and think about how I can better myself.
Ken Frazier, Vex Artistic Director on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture Comments (1)
Over the years many people have asked me “When are you going to get on stage?”. These questions have come both from our theatre community of actors and technicians, and from Vex audience members. One of the reasons I wanted to follow through with taking on a role was to remind myself what actors experience when getting a production ready.
Allison Newsom, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Early Childhood Comments (0)
Another Precious Minds, New Connections parenting class is upon us, with the first class of the new school year beginning Tuesday, September 9 at 9:15 AM or 6:30 PM. The JCC offers classes regularly with no financial charge to parents.
Alissa Levey Baugh - Director of Early Childhood on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
Evidence suggests that screen viewing (including TV, smartphones, computers, tablets, etc.) before age 2 has lasting negative effects on children’s language ...
Aliyah Kuchinsky - Director of Arts & Culture on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
JCC Author Series Presents Dan Zevin Tuesday, March 4, 7pm / Holzman Auditorium
Dan Zevin, master of “Seinfeld-ian nothingness” (Time), is trying his best to ...
Jessica Belasco on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
It sounds too good to be true: To get fit more quickly, spend less time working out.
But high-intensity interval training, which alternates short bouts of intense ...
Alissa Levey Baugh, Early Childhood Director on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
This New Month is a resource, developed by the Jewish Community Center Association for family and school celebrations that marks the festival of the New Moon called Rosh ...
Morgan Clyde, Actress on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (1)
Written Three weeks out from the start of the production...
When I first got word that the Vex was doing "Little Shop", I knew I wanted to be involved in any way that I ...
Dylan Ashworth, JCC Teen Director on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
This past weekend San Antonio BBYO hosted their annual Beau Sweetheart Dance, honoring the year’s outgoing Beau and Sweetheart Ben Deschner and Shiri Kboudi. As the ...
Lisa Guerrero, Director of Youth & Camping Services on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
It is almost that time of year, swimsuits and sunscreen, wet towels, and lots of laughter. Yes, I am talking about SUMMER. I know a thing or two about summer, I have directed ...
Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Adult Services on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:32:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
One of the most exciting elements about hosting an author at the JCC is the initial meeting. Long before picking up the author at the San Antonio International Airport, I ...
Rachel Rustin, JCC Director of Youth and Family Services on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
Teens volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank helped build food boxes to be distributed to needy families.
It’s Sunday morning at 8:15am when the first one shows ...
Aliyah Kuchinsky – JCC Director of Adult Services on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:15:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
Very much of a “do it on my own” kind of girl, I have never been a big fan of being coached. I trained for a few half marathons on my own, I skipped out on the ...
Lauren Ross, Vice President/COO on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 5:20:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
As a nice Jewish girl living in Texas for the last 27 years, I often wonder - which came first, Migas or Matzo Brie? (Matzo Brie = scrambled eggs with matzo mixed in.) If I ...
Rachel Rustin, Claire and Gina DiMaio on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:05:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
by Rachel Rustin – The Producer as well as two of our actors Claire and Gina DiMaio
The last time I appeared on stage was in my third grade class’s production of ...
Lauren Ross on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name Comments (0)
We’re Glad You Belong Here™ is a slogan we share with many JCC’s throughout the country, inviting YOU to make our JCC not only your destination for fitness, ...
Lisa Guerrero on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name Comments (1)
We all struggle, at times, with various parenting questions. I am often asked questions by parents that I’m sure others have as well, so with that in mind, we have ...