Tell Us Your Story!
Posted by Lael Gray on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 9:51:00 am Comments (0)
We've created this blog to give everyone a chance to share something special that they've experienced at the JCC. Let us know what you think makes our JCC community so special, and tell us about you special memories at the JCC. Please email me your story, and I'll post it for you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! - Lael
Camp Ruach Renewed the Spark
Lael Gray on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Once she finished preschool my daughter perceived the popular Shalom Preschool songs about peace as babyish. I tried to explain that the songs are sung by Jews of all ages everywhere, and that they can make us all feel good. She just couldn't get past that association with her younger years.
A couple of years went by, and I put her in Camp Ruach. Imagine how happy I am that she now wants to sing these songs for all of us and teach us the new ones she's learned! I feel so great about what Camp Ruach did for her Jewish identity.
Camp Ruach Parent, 2012
No One Else Builds Spirit the Way the JCC Does!
Honor Moore on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
My daughter had an amazing week at Camp Ruach. She has always loved Camp Ruach and it is for one major reason. The JCC makes her feel like part of the family, part of the team and really builds relationships.
The fact that you all come up with small ways to honor each child’s success is huge in building self esteem. She related each and every day in detail about all the cool things she participated in. From the singing, cooking, horse painting! (Love that!) And water Olympics…she felt secure and happy.
We have experienced many of the top day camps around Asheville. No one else builds spirit the way the JCC does! Way to go!
My Son Loves Working with Other Kids at the J
Pam Hecht on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
This summer, I asked my son Jonah, 10, what kind of volunteering he would like to do. He said it was his “lifelong dream to read books to little kids.” (He is a little dramatic.)
So, off we went to the JCC, where Jonah spent a couple of hours surrounded by two-year-olds, helping out in a classroom at the Shalom Children’s Center. When I came to pick him up, one of the little boys was sitting on his lap and both he and Jonah were smiling widely. Jonah asked if he could come back the rest of the week.
In the car, on the way home, he said, “Something about those kids makes my heart want to go back.”
That is one of our family’s JCC stories. Another one is my daughter, who has had the privilege for two summers to work as an assistant camp counselor at Camp Ruach. This experience has filled her with pride, benefitting her in a myriad of other ways.
We are grateful for these opportunities and more, as we enjoy being a part of the family at the J.
- Pam J. Hecht
Loved the Gefilte Fish Swim Team!
Lael Gray on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 9:50:00 am Comments (0)
We loved the Gefilte Fish. It was a great experience. Hands down the swim meets were the most fun of all the swim meets our kids have ever been to. Laid back, low key, all positive reinforcement, everyone happy. It was all I wanted from a swim team this summer, and suited our purposes (and schedules and wallet) perfectly. We will be back next summer.
Earliest Memory is from Shalom Children's Center Shabbat
Marketing Coordinator on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
Recently, my husband and I were talking
with our two boys over dinner about our upcoming summer vacation and the
topic of "memories" came up. Our boys are 7 and 9 years old so to
help illustrate this concept we provided some
examples and asked them to recount some memories of their own - this
conversation diverged into a storytelling account of our earliest
childhood memories. My oldest son who is a Shalom pre-school graduate
recounted what he believed to he his earliest memory
of sitting with his class at Shabbat and witnessing an incident where
someone accidentally knocked one of the lit Shabbat candles off the
table. The pre-school teacher, thinking quickly, caught the candle just
before it hit the floor keeping the candle lit!
I was taken aback first by my son's
detailed description and his observation that the teacher had "saved"
Shabbat by catching the candle; but I also paused at the revelation that
my son will carry this early childhood memory with
him for the rest of his life (along with many more I hope). My husband
and I have reflected upon this several times since our son first shared
this story and we are so grateful that this memory includes a
connection to our son's Jewish heritage and that the
setting of this memory was at the JCC and included the people who had
cared and nurtured him in these early years. It makes us value the JCC
and our community all the more - a special thanks to all.
Great Job on the Children's Garden Curriculum!
Posted by Lael Gray on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Wonderful! Beautiful! It's
Fabulous. I wish I could be in Ashville -you managed to write so
beautifully I could almost smell the spices and the children are
gorgeous-this curriculum is magnificent-Kudos to the Covenant
Foundation! And they are right, this should be shared and I think this
conference is the perfect place, I read every page- how fortunate the
children are to have this garden to grow in! Every page could be a
workshop session itself- hmmm it will be so hard to choose, but it is
all right here. A most needed and superb resource for the Jewish early
childhood community- and everyone! Please give my best and my highest
praises to your team! I look forward to working with you-on a job you've
already done so brilliantly!
All the best,
Ruth Pinkenson Feldman, EdD
Loves the Pool!
Marketing Coordinator on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I love the pool, managed to get there yesterday, in-between two
neighborhood meeting, for one hour of delicious coolness. The energy at
the pool is healthy, alive, and openly expressive. Feels wonderful, I
made a great investment to join JCC for the Summer,
- Joe Barrett
Enjoyed Pool Party
Posted by Lael Gray on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I wanted to send you a quick note and let
you know HOW MUCH FUN we had at our Pool Party last week! The kids were literally out of their
minds with excitement and had an absolute blast! The parents also enjoyed
the opportunity to get to know one another and meet the children that would be
a part of their child’s life for the next year. I can’t thank you enough for all of
your help and your flexibility with the time/guests/etc. I gave the JCC
“props” every chance that I got…and made sure that everyone
knew that the JCC’s generosity and donation to the March of Dimes made
the pool party possible!
- April S.
Swimming Lessons Turned Out To Be Great Fun for the Kids
Marketing Coordinator on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I wanted to mention to how wonderful
Coordinator is. My kids, on the way to their first swimming lesson,
were not happy. They did not want to go and didn’t understand why we
were making them take lessons. Thanks to Amy, their attitude towards
the lessons and swimming changed. After the first day, not only were
they happy, but they were eager to go to swimming lessons. Amy has a
wonderful way of interacting with kids, and I think that made my kids
happy to swim.
- Eric Levy
The Way Hanukkah is Meant to Be
Marketing Coordinator on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Last week I had the good fortune to be able to volunteer with the JCC
to deliver Hanukkah meals to some folks who were in need. Judy and
Jeremiah were wonderful and made it very easy. The packages were
delivered and a Happy Hanukkah was enabled for the first night. Then on
Sunday the JCC held a most delightful Hanukkah meal and menorah
lighting. What a joy. Many thanks to the other Judy, Natalie, the
Rabbis, the wonderful staff, the caterer and all the attendees who were
joyous and loving. The way Hanukkah is meant to be.
We Love Just Kids!
Marketing Coordinator on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I just wanted to let you know how pleased our family is that we have
become part of the larger Just Kids family. Our son is participating in
the Just Kids Program in the five year old room. His teachers are
excellent. I never worry. I know that he is safe, cared for, and
learning new and wonderful things every single day. The staff are caring
and genuine folks who have the kid's best interests at heart. But beyond
that, they are happy people who are happy doing what they do best. Who
could ask for more? What a wonderful and loving environment you all have
created. We are so lucky to be part of the JCC and Just Kids community,
wish we had found it earlier.
- Eva Chazo
Three-Year-Old Is Excited to Go To School Again
Marketing Coordinator on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I had expressed my appreciation to Sherrill for what she has done for my daughter and wanted to pass this along to you as well.
When my daughter was at her other daycare she learned a ton, academically, and I
was happy with the care. What I did notice increasingly happening,were,
meltdowns as soon as we were in the car. She was a pent up ball of
anxiety, frustration and stress. There were a couple hours of letting
her release all of this, followed by a slow decline in her happiness
overall. Since being at the JCC, she is back to her carefree, light
hearted, fun, happy self. I pick her up, she gets in the car, and we
have the best conversations and all the meltdowns have stopped. She is
excited every morning to get to school. I have seen her transform back
to a positive little 3 year old, with a new interest in exploring and
learning about the world around her.
Thank you ALL so much!!!
Alpine Photography Inc
Learning About Judaism in Just Kids After School Program
Marketing Coordinator on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I want you to know that my child who was christened in the Catholic
church is in love with Judaism. She loves to sing the prayers and
explain to me what she learns about your faith. It makes me happy to
watch her grow in her faith in God.
- April Suttles