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Thanksgiving Thoughts from YOUR JCC Fitness Instructors

JCC Group Exercise Instructors on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so there's no reason to let it sabotage everything you have worked hard to achieve. Most people gain at least one pound over Thanksgiving, some more, and then the cycle continues - it's New Year's Eve and you're vowing to amp up your fitness center attendance and to not let it happen again next year. Instead of getting in this never-ending rut once again, here are a few tips from YOUR JCC's Group Exercise instructors to take with you over the holidays!

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The Merchants Jazz Up the Main Event

Mark Greenwald, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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.

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Your Tranquility Begins Here

Roberta Varela-Hein, Fitness Instructor on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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“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.

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CHORUS - The Trojan Women

Rose Cohen-Brown, Guest Blogger from The Vex on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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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.

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My Love for Israel is Complicated

Samantha Mazuz, Coordinator of Teen & Young Adult Services on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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. 

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Body Back® - Meredith's Story

Meredith, Body Back® Participant on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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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.

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Body Back® - DJ's Story

DJ, Body Back® Participant on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Sports & Fitness 
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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: 

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Laughter is Good for the Heart!

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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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!

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Simchat Torah Journeys

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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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.

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Stability As Seen Through Sukkot

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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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.

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The Days of Awe

Rachel Rustin, Director of Jewish Journeys on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Holidays 
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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.

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A New Year in a New City

Samantha Mazuz, Coordinator of Teen & Young Adult Services on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in JCC Stories 
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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.

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When the Director Becomes the Actor

Ken Frazier, Vex Artistic Director on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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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. 

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Why Take Parenting Classes?

Allison Newsom, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Early Childhood 
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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.

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Children and Technology

Alissa Levey Baugh - Director of Early Childhood on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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Evidence suggests that screen viewing (including TV, smartphones, computers, tablets, etc.) before age 2 has lasting negative effects on children’s language ...

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Author Series presents Dan Zevin

Aliyah Kuchinsky - Director of Arts & Culture on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Go strong, not long

Jessica Belasco on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Discover the Jewish Calendar with Your Family

Alissa Levey Baugh, Early Childhood Director on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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I Play a Plant on Stage at The Vex!

Morgan Clyde, Actress on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Reflections on the Beau/Sweetheart Experience

Dylan Ashworth, JCC Teen Director on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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PLAY... Just Do It

Lisa Guerrero, Director of Youth & Camping Services on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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When Javerbaum Comes Marching In

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Adult Services on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:32:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Teens Represent for J-Serve Community Service Project

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 
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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 ...

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OY Vey! I Want a Coach in My Back Pocket Too!

Aliyah Kuchinsky – JCC Director of Adult Services on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:15:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Which came first: Migas or Matzo Brie?

Lauren Ross, Vice President/COO on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 5:20:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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“Before The Scenes” A look at this weekend’s STARZ Production

Rachel Rustin, Claire and Gina DiMaio on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:05:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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Introducing the New JCC San Antonio Blog!

Lauren Ross on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm in Community is our Middle Name 
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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, ...

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Do Children and Chores Mix?

Lisa Guerrero on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in Community is our Middle Name 
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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 ...

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