Subject: JCC CenterScene - The Weekly Edition

Labor Day Holiday Hours
Monday, September 1st

The Diamond Family Fitness Center will be open 8 am – 6 pm. 
The outdoor pool will be open 8 am - 5:30 pm. 
Babysitting is available 8:30 am - noon.

Group Exercise Schedule:
Flow Yoga with Heather - 8:30-9:30 am
Spin/Strength Combo with Stacey D. - 9:30-10:30 am
Zumba Party led by 4 instructors 10:35-noon 
Reminder! The indoor pool will be closed for maintenance and repairs beginning today, Thursday, August 28. 

It will reopen on Wednesday, September 17. During the closure the outdoor pool will take over the indoor pool schedule and all classes will be held outside (weather permitting). The outdoor pool will remain open until noon on Sunday, September 28. For more information regarding the JCC pool please contact David at 559-6213.
Beginning September 3rd

Restorative Yoga: Mondays 6-7pm - One hour of poses to help relieve the effects of chronic stress and for adults that need a very gentle practice. Yoga props will be used. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket in addition to your mat. Turbokick: Wednesdays 5:45-6:30 pm - This class combines high intensity kickboxing and dance moves that are choreographed to high energy music for a great cardiovascular workout. For more information contact Carlie at 559-6219.
Beginning September 3rd

Teen Yoga: Mondays 4:45 - 5:35 pm - Build strength, balance, and flexibility through core strengthening poses. Perfect for teen athletes or any teen that wants to improve flexibility and strength. Teen Spin & Core: Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:35 pm - Begin with 30 minutes of Spinning followed by 20 minutes of abs and back strengthening.  Both Classes are FREE to teen members. For more info contact Carlie at 559-6219
Kidz Cardio Kickboxing
Beginning September 4th

45 minutes of fun & strength-building while learning safe cardio kickboxing moves. Kids will have a blast! This class is free to all elementary aged kids. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 5-5:45 pm.  For more information on this and other group fitness classes contact Carlie at 559-6219 or via email at

September 7th - 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Join J-Reach families in the Whetstone Library Meeting room for this one-time class to learn how to create fun and meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur celebrations for your family. A perfect class for parents of Jewish and other religious backgrounds that are raising Jewish children and families, and anyone that just wants to learn more about the upcoming High Holidays. Register by Sept. 2. For more info contact Becca at 559-6215.
Mighty Mites Fall Sports & Dance Classes
Classes Begin September 8th 

Check out these great classes for your 2-5 year old: Tennis, Flag Football, Tae Kwon Do, Tumbling/Gymnastics, Soccer, Yoga, Tap & Ballet and Zumba.  Times and fees vary per class. Click here for class details or contact Chris at 559-6286 or at for more information or to register. 

September 8th - 7 - 8:30 pm

Are you a grandparent looking to nurture the Jewish identities of your interfaith grandchildren? J-Reach is offering this FREE one-time book club style gathering for grandparents of interfaith families to explore ways to nurture Jewish identities of grandchildren while respecting the decisions of your adult children. Meet in the Dublin Library Meeting Room. To RSVP or for more information contact Becca at 559-6215 or
September 14th - 4:30-5:30 pm at JCC New Albany 

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with other families with preschool/early elementary-aged children from the New Albany/Gahanna community! We'll work on art projects, enjoy apples & honey, and celebrate 5775 as a community. Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev will even bring a Shofar with him so we can hear the sound of the ram's horn! Please RSVP with Becca at or 559-6215 by September 10th.

September 15th - 4 - 6:00 pm
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - 1021 Polaris Parkway

Join J-Reach families and friends for a special FREE New Year celebration! Enjoy a late afternoon of family fun including doughnut decorating, coloring activities for the kids and raffle prizes for adults. Plus, sample cinnamon apple-filled doughnuts and apples for the whole family! (
This Krispy Kreme location is recognized Kosher by Buckeye Kosher.) To RSVP for this FREE program, or for more information, contact Becca at 559-6215 or
Bad Jews Promises More than Just Jews Behaving Badly for Gallery Players 66th Season Opener

Purportedly, Joshua Harmon’s 2012 play, B
ad Jews, is about just that: Jews behaving badly. But ask any of the four-member ensemble cast of twenty-something actors if their characters are “bad,” and the unexpected results—much like the play itself.

Each of the players—Daniel Shtivelberg and Jordan Berman as brothers, Liam and Jonah, respectively; Paula Shtein as cousin Daphna; and Kelly Hogan as girlfriend Melody—believe their character, while morally flawed, has good intentions. It is in their straight-faced belief that they are right and the others are wrong that the comedy is borne.

“From each character’s perspective, they all have different, valid reasons for their behavior. When looked at from afar, though, they look selfish and petty, which makes for great comedy,” explained Jared Saltman, Gallery Players Managing and Artistic Director.

Saltman is excited to kick off the lauded theater troupe’s 66th season with an Ohio premiere of an off-Broadway hit that takes the term “dark comedy” to a whole new, uncomfortable level. That’s because “good comedy is often predicated upon being uncomfortable,” he added. “It’s that, ‘Omigosh, I can’t believe she just said that,’ kind of uncomfortable that I think audiences will find entertaining.” Gallery Players will stage the witty play intended for adult audiences beginning September 6 with a three-week run ending September 21.

Through the play’s back and forth sparring over who will keep their recently deceased grandfather’s Chai necklace (which, along with their grandfather, survived the Holocaust), it becomes apparent that behind the comedy is the story of how each of them is figuring out who they are and what kind of Jew they are going to be.  Click here to read the full story.

Want a free ticket to see Bad Jews? Be an Usher! Contact Norma at to volunteer. All shifts needed.
We had a great turnout for this year’s Sports Spectacular and FUNtacular! Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers, and our co-chairs, Lindsay and Joey Schottenstein and Jamie and Matthew Topolosky, who made all the wonderful events—from tennis to basketball to golf—possible!

To view all the pictures of this year’s Sports Spectacular/FUNtacular! Go to and click on JCC Sports Spectacular 2014. 
My Israel Experience, by Zoe Philips

When I signed up almost six months ago for this so called “trip of a lifetime”, I had no idea what I was in for. I knew that it was important for every Jew to go to Israel at some point in their life, so going with all of my best friends from camp seemed like it would be the perfect summer. And I was right.

This past summer was the most adventurous, meaningful, engaging, and most importantly—memorable summer of my whole life. It’s so hard to even begin to describe the way I felt being at the Kotel, walking down the streets of the old city, or even just eating so much falafel until I felt sick. The month I spent in Israel this summer was anything but an ordinary trip. As most know, there is a war going on there. There were rockets being shot while we were there. But with the IDF’s strong “Iron Dome” protecting us, we knew we would be just fine.

Almost everyone that has talked to me about my trip asks if I felt safe. I tell them yes, I have never felt safer in my entire life. The citizens of Israel make it very easy to feel safe there. Every single place we went to there was at least a few people that came up to us, asking us where we were from, how long we were staying, how we’ve liked our trip so far, and so on. I felt like everywhere we went seemed like such a community.

Of course, the whole trip was amazing. But one of the most memorable parts was when our group was on a water hike. We were finishing up the hike with water at our waists, when we see a group of people that we later found out was a Jewish camp from South Africa. We start to talk to them, and then begin to have a country versus country cheer battle. We are doing our cheers for America, while they do their South African cheers. Things get loud and crazy with everyone splashing water, but then everyone gets silent. We all begin to form a circle in the water and sing the Hatikvah. It was absolutely amazing to see the transition of us competing with our individual countries to realizing that we all are here in Israel, as Jewish people coming together. Click here to read Zoe's full story.

The JCC's BBYO's own Zoe Phillips is pictured on the left with Marissa Witt.
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