Message from the President and CEO

Published Sunday, February 2, 2020 6:00 am

A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

By Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO

Well, February has arrived, and I am already looking forward to spring weather and all the great activities that will take place at the JCC in the coming 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 Swim lessons begin for kids of all ages 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 1. If you play golf or know someone else who does, spread the word and consider joining us for a great day on the links, 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 onto 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, the 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 website to browse the wide range of camp activities and enjoy pictures and memories from last year’s camp. And once you’re registered, the fun really begins. This year’s theme, Got Nature?” promises to deliver great experiences and new memories to last a lifetime. Our Camp Open House will be held on Tuesday, March 24 from 3:30-6:30 pm. Ask about member-exclusive early bird rates and priority registration, which will be in effect through March 30th. Register early while space exists.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. There are several great indoor activities and events coming your way that will keep you entertained and enriched over the next several weeks and months. Our 19th Annual Jewish Film Festival opens at the Quarry Regal Theatres, February 15-17 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 free performance by the San Antonio Symphony on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 pm (see page 5). Reservations are required in advance and can be made online or by phone. And, don’t forget to sign up early for our annual First Night Passover Seder set for Wednesday, April 8. This fun family-oriented holiday celebration is always a big hit and a great way to welcome in the Passover holiday. And on Tuesday, May 12, at 7pm, our JCC Author & Speaker Series will present Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein, who will speak about her book, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.”

Of course, the Vexler Theatre is gearing up for the second half of its 21st season with two fabulous productions. “These Shining Lives” a historical drama by Melanie Marnich will be on stage Feb. 8-Mar. 1. And then the season will conclude with a thoroughly enjoyable and inventive comedy “Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes” May 7-31. It has already been another award-winning season for the Vexler Theatre, and there is still time to get your tickets before our last two productions sell out.

It all adds up to another exciting few months at the J and it’s all right here 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!

Saul F. Levenshus

President & CEO