Sunday, March 18 marks the Grand Reopening of the JCC of Greater New Haven. Since suffering a devastating fire on December 5, 2016, the JCC of Greater New Haven has been hard at work rebuilding its facilities and programs. A new fitness center, rock climbing wall, MakerSpace, co-working business center, art gallery, café, and locker rooms now enhance the building, which also boasts an indoor swimming pool, racquetball courts, double gym, family center and children’s playscape , auditorium and adjacent campsite.
“We are building a promising and exciting new future for the Greater New Haven community,” said Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, “…and we are forever grateful to our community partners, Jewish agencies and synagogues, the town of Woodbridge, and our first responders who have all helped us immensely throughout the past 14 months.” The project came to life through the architect and construction management firms—Svigals & Partners and PAC Group, respectively.
The Grand Reopening celebration will take place on Sunday, March 18, from noon-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Visitors and guests will be able to splash in the pool, let their imagination soar in the new MakerSpace, scale to new heights climbing our new rock wall, relax with a free massage near the new Spa at the J, and joyfully play in the gym. (Check JCC website for precise schedule of activities). Enjoy a nosh and catch up with friends at the new Café 360, proudly brewing Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, and serving a great array of kosher snacks, and great locally-prepared foods.
Included in the Grand Reopening celebration is the dedication of the new Beverly Levy Early Learning Center. The center, formerly known as Yeladim, will be named in memory of the late Beverly Levy, a longtime leader in our community who died at the young age of 63 in March, 2014. Beverly’s husband, Dr. John Levy, said naming the center in his wife’s honor is a reflection of her whole philosophy that “you want to invest in our children. They are our future.”
The Grand Reopening celebration is also the culmination of a community volunteering day, “Mitzvah Day,” which is organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. Mitzvah Day combines fun with fundraising and allows volunteers of all ages the opportunity to participate in meaningful projects that benefit the whole community. These acts of kindness activities will run throughout the day at the JCC, as well as at the Jewish Federation’s Shoreline Office in Guilford and throughout the community.
At the JCC throughout the day, projects include lasagna making, creating activity bags for children currently in hospitals and their families, card making for U.S. and Israeli soldiers, a Mitzvah cycling event in the new Indoor Cycling Studio, crafting no-sew blankets for local pet shelters, as well as creating worry dolls to be sent to our sister city, Afula, Israel. Face painting, juggling, a DJ, and games will accompany a carnival-themed expo from 12-3 p.m., which will showcase the good works of our many area nonprofits.
Dedication of Beverly Levy Early Learning Center: 1 p.m.
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the JCC: 1:30 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is a non-profit organization that aims to lead, build, strengthen, and renew a dynamic local Jewish community and to provide support and caring for Jewish people in our community, Israel and worldwide. We are guided by the traditional Jewish values of Torah (tradition, learning and deeds), Tikkun Olam (improving the condition of our world), Tzedakah (philanthropy and acts of loving kindness), and k’lal Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood).
The JCC of Greater New Haven provides a warm, friendly environment for all. Powered by Jewish values, our mission is to facilitate total wellness through programs that stimulate mind, body and spirit for all.