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JCA Events and Activities for July
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The Jewish Community Alliance announces the following upcoming programs and activities for July 2011. Unless otherwise noted, all events and programs will be held at the JCA, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32217 (on the corner of San Jose and San Clerc, one traffic light north of Baymeadows Road). For more information on these or other programs at the JCA, please call 904-730-2100 ext. 221.


JCA Summer Camp registration continues

A few openings remain for the Jewish Community Alliance 2011 Summer Camp.


The JCA’s experienced, mature, year-round professionals have more than 50 years of camping experience at the JCA. Their long-term commitment to our quality camping programs is unparalleled!


Upcoming Summer Camp sessions: July 5-15, July 18-29 and Aug. 1-12.


JCA Summer Camp combines fun activities, a fabulous facility and top-notch staff to provide a safe, happy and positive camping experience that will create lifelong memories for the campers.


Activities for children age 2 and up include swimming, arts and crafts, sports, music, dance and theater.


Camp Habonim, a specialty camp for children in grades 3-6, allows campers to concentrate on a specialty in addition to normal camp activities. Specialties offered include flag football, horseback riding, pottery, basketball, cooking, sailing, ice skating, tennis, soccer, golf and baseball.


The JCA also offers post-camp Adventure Days from  Aug. 15 to 19.


For more information on JCA Summer Camp, visit www.jcajax.org or call 730-2100 ext. 252.




Vandroff Art Gallery

The photographs of Christina Block will be on display in the Vandroff Art Gallery through July 20.


Christina has always had a true love and passion in regards to anything creative. She is pursuing her BFA in photography at the University of North Florida. While shooting photography for over 11 years, she continues to take pride in her black and white images. Most of her work is composed of street, nature, portraits and fashions. Christina sees the beauty in the ordinary and captures that moment for others to enjoy. She is a JCA member and former Board member.


The gallery will exhibit the paintings of Emily and Sydney Vandroff from July 22 to Aug. 24.


The Vandroff sisters are talented artists and we are happy to show the work of the next generation of a family that supports the arts at the JCA. Emily attends the University of Florida and Sydney is a student at The Bolles School. The Vandroff family is a charter member of the JCA.




3rd Annual Early Childhood Symposium

“The Whole Child – Fit Mind & Body”

Sept. 20, 2011

Enjoy a stimulating evening of workshops and information sessions from nationally recognized experts in the field of child development. Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool will host this not-to-be-missed event! Call 730- 2100 ext. 259 for more details.


JCA Prepares for the 2011 Maccabi Games

The Jewish Community Alliance is preparing to send a 16-and-under basketball team to Springfield, Mass., to compete in the 2011 Maccabi Games during the week of Aug. 14-19. 


The JCA basketball team consists of six Jewish athletes from Jacksonville and three from the Virginia Beach, Va., Jewish Community Center. This partnership with the Virginia Beach Simon Family JCC allowed the JCA to field enough players to compete which has been a goal for Rio Robinson, JCA Sports and Recreation Director and Coach, since he arrived at the JCA. 


“It has not been easy in past years to recruit enough players to attend the Maccabi Games due to factors such as timing of the games, cost, or the number of athletes required to form a complete team,” Robinson said. “The JCA JAX team is excited for a chance to compete against other JCCs in basketball and hopes to continue this momentum for next year’s games.” 

The Maccabi Games offer Jewish Community Centers and YM/YWHAs in North America the opportunity to reach teens through participation in the JCC Maccabi Games, and in year-round athletic, educational, cultural and social programs. 

The games provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace. 

More than 800 athletes from JCCs all over the U.S. and one delegation from Mexico will compete in basketball, soccer, swimming, golf, and tennis. The Maccabi Games are structured similar to the Olympic Games. On Aug. 14, there will be an opening ceremony at the Mass Mutual Center where all the JCCs will be introduced to an expected crowd of 2,000 spectators. 

The next three days of the games are comprised of round robin basketball competition followed by a tournament to determine the championship of the 16-and-under basketball division. 

Each night, the athletes will interact with other athletes from JCCs around North America at a party at the Basketball Hall of Fame, a trip to Six Flags, entertainment provided by the host family and a closing ceremony at the Springfield JCC. There is also a meaningful volunteer project for each JCC delegation to participate in called a “Day of Caring & Sharing (DOCAS).”  The Jacksonville JCA will be volunteering as helpers at a carnival put on for children and families. 

The JCA’s basketball team is comprised of players Avi Rubin, Jacob Orender, Micah Rubin, Zach Orender, Evan Weiner and Griffin McKean. Head coach is Rio Robinson and he is assisted by delegate head Devon Rubin. If you would like more information on how to get involved with the JCA’s Maccabi team for 2012, please call Rio at (904) 730-2100 ext. 250 or email him at rio.robinson@jcajax.org.


JCA Swim School

The JCA Swim School was developed for participants who seek a fun and safe environment to learn the art of swimming. Our indoor pool is heated to 84 degrees year-round. During the lessons, children will be introduced to breath control, kicking, safe entry into the pool and exit from the pool.


As lessons progress, the focus will be on continued development of the basic swimming strokes and will continue until the child has completed all necessary skills to reach a higher level of swimming proficiency. Children will experience a group lesson structure in small groups, building on skills and learning new techniques. Weekday lessons will provide 30 minutes of structured teaching in a group setting of 2 to 5 children. Sunday lessons will be 45 minutes of structured teaching in a setting of 2 to 5 children.


Children age 6 months to 6 years are eligible. For more information, call 730-2100 ext. 240.

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