Message from the President and CEO

Published Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:00 am

A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Resolve and Evolve

By Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO

The New Year is traditionally a time to make resolutions for the year ahead. It’s a time to resolve to improve ourselves, change old habits, and generally put our best foot forward to ensure that the year ahead will be better than the one we just put behind us.

A few months ago I turned 65 and I was commenting to a friend how odd it felt to actually say those words out loud, especially in light of the customary reactions it elicits, “Wow, you’re 65? Are you retiring? Have you signed up for Medicare?”

When I was a teenager, it was fairly common to consider someone who was 65, as old. And certainly, it was not unusual for a 65 year old to be retired. And, to be fair, I did just sign up for Medicare. Today, however, notwithstanding health related issues, the realities of aging have different connotations. Adults are living longer, working longer, and prolonging retirement decisions. And for those who have retired, I have to admit that I admire their aspiration to pursue wants and desires that range from education, recreation, and enrichment opportunities as well as travel and fitness/wellness considerations.

This concept truly resonates with me for any number of reasons. Obviously, I am still actively working, although, with adult children on each coast, travel is certainly more a reality than it used to be.

So, in 2020, I’ve decided to take control and rebel against my own personal inclination to put off until tomorrow what I should be doing today. I plan to reduce stress and get back into shape, travel somewhere other than where family resides, carve out time for reading and arts & culture, and experience something new and challenging. In general, my plan is to resolve to evolve into a healthier and more balanced version of myself. And maybe by starting this process now, I’ll be better prepared for that next stage of life whenever it arrives.

And what better place to get started than right here at the JCC. With over 60 hours of free group exercise, a full service state-of-the-art fitness center, access to personal trainers, an 8 lane (heated) swimming pool, 7 (lighted) tennis courts, and a double size gymnasium, I have a full array of recreation and fitness options to choose from.

In addition, the JCC presents a unique opportunity to take advantage of a full scope of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment activities over the next several months including but not limited to:  two Vexler Theatre performances, the 19th Annual Jewish Film Festival, a free San Antonio Symphony Concert, First-Night Passover Seder, and our Distinguished Author Series.

Admittedly, this is a tough time of year to get motivated. It’s either dark when we wake up, dark when we get home from work, or both; and it’s colder outside and consequently much easier to find an excuse to not venture out and make the commitment to get fit or to explore your social and cultural interests.

But as they say, there’s no time like the present, and the New Year is a perfect time to begin to exercise your mind and stretch your soul. So, if your mind is ready to take control and get your body moving toward a better you, the JCC is here to help you meet your needs, exceed your expectations, and provide you with the high quality services that you deserve and have come to expect. Now is the time to get engaJed.

And since January is a membership special month, if you know of someone who’s interested in joining you on your quest, it’s a great time to invite them to get engaJed right along with you. Our winter membership drive, which runs through the end of January, provides new members an opportunity to save up to $75 when they join, and as an added bonus, don’t forget that with our Member-Get-A-Member program, you can earn a $50 cash reward anytime you refer someone who joins the “J”. If you’d like more details on our Member-Get-A-Member program or the membership special, contact us at 210-302-6820 and ask for our membership office or visit for more information.

So join me, and resolve to evolve into a healthier more balanced version of you, and get engaJed right here right now!

There’s something about this place, and its people just like you!

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Saul F. Levenshus

President & CEO