There are lots of changes happening at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, at 3800 E. River Road. We caught up with Trish Winter-Hunt, director of communications at “The J” to find out more about the center and what’s new there.
Q. Do you have to be Jewish to be a member of the Tucson Jewish Community Center?
A. The Tucson J is open to the entire Tucson community — anyone and everyone are welcome to join.
Q. What percentage of members aren’t Jewish?
A. 45 percent non-Jewish, 55 percent Jewish.
Q. What parts of town do members come from — do members mostly live nearby?
A. Members come to the J from all parts of town, but a large portion live in or near the Foothills area.
Q. What’s the age of people who go to the JCC?
A. We have something for ages 0-99. Our youngest members are typically part of our Early Childhood Education program and our oldest members participate in wellness activities for both the mind and body.
Q. How much does it cost to join the JCC?
A. Depending on the type of membership selected (individual or family) prices can range from $39-$109 per month.
Q. What’s one thing most people don’t know about the JCC?
A. Our 100,000-square-foot facility features a wide selection of offerings for everyone.
Q. The center recently completed a capital campaign. How much did it raise, and what will it be used for?
A. We raised over $4 million dollars for the capital campaign. It will be used to renovate our Sports and Wellness facility, create a designated space for our special-needs program, build an indoor playground and play space, and enhance our sculpture garden so that it is able to be used year-round.
Q. What kinds of programs and activities does the J offer?
A. For children, we offer early childhood education, after-school care, enrichment classes (ballet, soccer, tennis), summer camp and more.
For adults we offer arts and crafts workshops, a sculpture garden, a rotating exhibit in the art gallery, guest lectures, foreign language classes, dance and games (mah-jongg, bridge, etc.), fitness classes, swim and tennis lessons.
For families, we host several events throughout the year including our Dive N Dine (dinner and a movie by the pool) and several special holiday/event celebrations.
For guests, we have sports leagues, day passes and event rentals, and the art gallery and sculpture garden are open to the public.
Additionally, we have a giant week-long film festival. We will hold our Wellness Expo open to the entire community on Nov. 9. In the spring, we plan on hosting a triathlon as well.