A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus
For years we have used the tag line “Community is our middle name” to highlight the JCC as “the place to be” for programs and services in our community. Whether we are entertaining or educating, providing recreation or fitness, or simply just being a place where our community comes to meet and spend time with one another while engaging in one of the many activities we feature throughout the year, the JCC and our Jewish Community Campus is the place to be. And, as we begin our 20th year here at the Campus, I am proud of our efforts to accomplish this objective. The JCC proudly serves both the Jewish and the general community with distinction, from our youngest constituents in Early Childhood to the many senior adults who grace our facility and programs each day
In addition to our efforts at the Campus, we are further enriched by the partnerships we enjoy with our sister agencies, local religious institutions, and the many community organizations that support and strengthen the fabric of our Jewish community. An old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but, if you want to go far, go together,” is particularly accurate for a small Jewish Community like ours. Despite our differences in make-up and mission, our collective organizations and agencies share a common goal of service to our community.
As we prepare to kick off our 20th year at the Campus, our Board and staff are cognizant of the importance of maximizing resources and minimizing duplication of services. More than ever we are focused on the need to seek out collaborations that will benefit both our agencies and the community. In the year ahead the JCC and our partner agencies at the Campus will strive to once again reach our constituencies through programs, services, and activities designed to enhance and enrich; and we fully expect to take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate wherever appropriate.
A number of months ago, our Marketing team began employing a new initiative that has spurred some very positive responses to the programs and services offered at the J. #JoinUsAtTheJ is more than a marketing ploy, it is an invitation designed to stimulate your interests and inspire you to check us out.
With the advent of technology and social media, this most recent initiative is a conscious effort to bring the community together for a series of events, programs, and activities that don’t just meet your needs, but also strengthen our collective sense of community.
In the “center” of the September Center Peace, you will find our most recent collaborative effort in a special Jewish Community Insert containing information highlighting the outstanding work of Jewish Family Service, NCJW’s IMPACT Project featuring a Jewish oral history of San Antonio, as well as an announcement of this year’s Jewish Federation Super Sunday initiative which supports so many essential services in our community.
We believe these and other collaborative efforts will continue to strengthen our community through increased engagement; and we look forward to seeing and serving a larger segment of our community more regularly.
Finally, I invite you, once again, to read more about our plans for Campus expansion.
On behalf of our Board and staff, I wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and happy New Year.