Message from the President and CEO

A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus
Published Friday, February 1, 2019
by Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO

February has just arrived and I am already looking forward to warm weather and all the great activities that take place at the JCC in the coming spring and summer months. As the weather begins to heat up, many of our programs will head outside to take advantage of San Antonio’s mild climate. Our Youth Soccer Academy kicks off in mid-March and we anticipate nearly 300 kids will be enrolled ages 4 and up. In April, our select swim lessons begin for kids 7 and up, and then Swim Team dives into action in May. Our Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament will take place at the Silverhorn Golf Club on Friday May 3; if you play golf or know someone else who does, spread the word and consider joining us for a great day of golf, all in support of youth and inclusion services at the JCC. And for our tennis enthusiasts, warmer weather also means it’s time to get back out on the courts. If you haven’t already ventured out to meet our team of tennis professionals, I’d urge you to do so. They’ve put together a full schedule of classes, clinics, and leagues aimed at both adults and juniors.


And, before you know it, summer camp will be here. Our new J-Camp Brochure was just mailed with all the information needed to help you enjoy another summer of fun at the J. Prospective campers will be able to visit our camp website and browse the wide range of activities and enjoy pictures and memories from last year’s camp. And once you’re registered, the fun really begins. This year’s theme, Game On” promises to deliver memories to last a lifetime. Our Camp Open House will be held on Tuesday March 26 from 3:00-6:30pm. Ask about our early bird registration discounts and priority registration which will be in effect through March 29 for all JCC members. Register early while space exists.


But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. There are several great activities and events coming your way indoors that will keep you entertained and enriched over the next several weeks and months. Our 18th Annual Jewish Film Festival opens at the Quarry Regal Theatres, February 16-20 with another great line-up of films; and this year’s event promises to be one of our best. Check out all the details on page 8 or visit our website to purchase your tickets.

In March, our Arts & Entertainment series continues with a performance by the San Antonio Symphony on Wednesday, March 13, at 7pm. On Sunday March 24, at 5pm the JCC, in partnership with Jewish Family Service, presents the final lecture from our Author Series, “Modern Loss." Authors Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will be on hand to present this funny and poignant account that offers a roadmap for navigating grief and resilience through this very challenging period of life. Tickets are available online through our JCC website. And, don’t forget to sign up early for our annual First Night Passover Seder, set for Friday April 19. This fun family oriented holiday celebration is always a big hit and a great way to welcome in the Passover holiday.

Of course, let’s not forget the Vexler Theatre, now in its 20th season. The final 2 productions this season promise to be outstanding with performances of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious comedy, “Leading Ladies” (February 9-March 3), followed by the highly acclaimed Tony and Academy Award winning production of “Caberet”, May 4 – June 2.


Finally, for those of you curious about the proposed Campus expansion project who did not have the opportunity to participate in our first two rounds of focus group meetings held last July and October, we’ll be offering more opportunities the week of February 11-15. I hope you will join me, visit our focus group page for available days and times and to register to participate.

It all adds up to an exciting few months at the J and it’s all right there at your fingertips. Browse this issue for more information on all of the above or visit our website for the most up to date details on the programs of your choosing. We’re glad the JCC is able to bring you such a broad array of special services and programs. We appreciate your on-going support and we’re glad you belong here.

There’s something about this place!

President & CEO

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