12/7/16 – Mel’s Rink finds unlikely new home on baseball field at Jewish community center
ROCKVILLE – In December 2015, Marc Kohn crafted a $40,000 synthetic ice-skating rink on his rural Poolesville property. The landmark, affectionately named, “Mel’s Rink,” was built in honor of Kohn’s late stepdaughter, Melanie, an avid hockey fan. Kohn welcomed friends and total strangers to the rink. He even launched a Facebook Page to spread the news about the free skating hole. But just as momentum was taking hold, the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services ordered Kohn dismantle his pride and joy, citing a myriad of bureaucratic zoning and code violations.
A few months passed and Kohn began a plot to uproot Mel’s Rink to a more suitable property. His initial thought was to focus on local YMCA centers or the Boys and Girls Club, but Kohn ultimately decided to pay an unannounced visit to the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. There he spoke with youth recreational director, Susan Fischer.
“We embraced his enthusiasm for bringing it here,” Fischer told ABC7.
8/12/16 – Local hockey players medal in historic ‘Jewish Olympics’
WASHINGTON — A group of young hockey players received some major encouragement, heading into the biggest tournament of their lives. “Jeff Halpern, who used to play for the Washington Capitals, who also happens to be Jewish, sent us an email wishing us good luck,” said coach Monty Yolles. “I think the kids enjoyed that.” Yolles coached the under-16 hockey team to a bronze medal, representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, based in Rockville, Maryland, during this week’s 2016 Maccabi Games in Stamford, Connecticut. Read more.
5/18/16 – Envisioning the Future: JCC Biennial Celebrates History, Looks Ahead
More than 500 representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world convened in Baltimore this week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. The officials gathered to share their unique successes, discuss their concerns and look at how the continually evolving Jewish community poses challenges and opportunities for JCCs. The event also served as an early kick-off to next year’s centennial celebrations. Read more.
4/12/16 – Camp JCC to Receive Books from PJ Library to Reinforce Importance of Jewish Literacy
Rockville, MD – Phil Liebson, Camp JCC director, has announced that this summer, the camp will receive 25 books from PJ Library, a program within the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). The JCCGW is one of more than 65 JCC camps to receive these books, geared toward campers 4-8 years old. This new partnership between HGF and Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) reinforces the importance of Jewish literacy at a young age through day camp programs. Read more.
2/11/16 – A man describes how his life was saved by an AED at JCCGW
Rockville, MD – Less than six minutes is all you get to save someone after they collapse from sudden cardiac arrest, something Aleksander Macander discovered when, on a rainy Saturday, the 74-year-old went to the gym and hopped onto his favorite elliptical machine. Read more.
8/5/15 – Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Washington, DC – Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Team Up to Provide Specialized Classes. Read more.
7/9/14 – Camp JCC Featured for Safety on NBC 4 News
Rockville, MD – After a storm endangered lives at another camp in Maryland on July 8, NBC 4 reporters visited Camp JCC to investigate safety procedures and best practices. See two feature features here.
3/24/14 – JCCGW Hosts Teens from Canada Israeli Hockey School for 10-Day Visit
Rockville, MD – In March, the JCC of Greater Washington hosted teens from the Canada Israel Hockey School for a 10-day visit to our area. The trip included a game with our JCC Maccabi team, dinner and a game with the Charles E. Smith JDS team, practice skates with NHL and Olympic players, a program with BBYO, visits to the monuments, the White House and the Canadian embassy, a game with NHL alumni and attendance at a Washington Capitals game. Read More
2/10/14 – JCCGW Receives Awards for Excellence from Jewish Community Centers Association of North America
Rockville, MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) is pleased to announce that it has won three awards in the 2014 JCCs of North America Biennial Excellence Awards. Read More
8/1/2013 – JCCGW Receives $6,500 BP Fueling Communities Grant from Empire Petroleum
Gaithersburg, MD – Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, a leading motor fuels distributor and a BP branded distributor servicing BP stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, presented a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $6,500 to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW).
7/12/2013 – JCCGW to Exhibit Photographs by Famous Israeli Photographer Rudi Weissenstein
Rockville, MD – Forty four selected photographs from the exhibition Your Fortunate Eyes will appear in the Center’s Goldman Art Gallery from September 1 through October 13, 2013. This event is free and open to the public. Read More
5/28/2013 – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Book Festival has been Named The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival
Rockville, MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) is pleased to announce that the JCCGW Annual Book Festival will now be known as The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival. Dr. Stuart Lessans has named the book festival is memory of his parents, Sara and Samuel J. Lessans, and in honor of his children, Matthew and Faye. Read More
4/30/2013 – JCCGW’s Coming of Age to Host the 4th Annual Health and Wellness Expo at Leisure World this May
Rockville, MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) Coming of Age (CoA) program is hosting the 4th Annual Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Clubhouse 1 in Leisure World. Read More
4/24/2013 – JCCGW to Host the 2013 Golf and Tennis Tournament to Benefit JCCGW’s Senior Adult Programs and Services
Rockville, MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) is hosting the 2013 Golf and Tennis Tournament on June 10, 2013 at Lakewood Country Club to benefit senior adult programs and services. Read More
4/22/2013 – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Camp Participated in Israel Up Close Seminar in Israel
Rockville, MD – JCCGW Camp Director Fara Gold recently spent a week in Israel as part of JCC Association’s Israel Up Close seminar, designed to enhance Israel programming in JCC day camps. The seminar included educational touring in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and participation in the four-day training led for all of the summer shlichim. Read More
3/29/2013 – The JCCGW is Proud to Present the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio to Play Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy at our Center this May.
Rockville, MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) is pleased to present the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in the final concert of the 2012-2013 Polinger Artists of Excellence concert series on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Read More
February 27, 2013 – Creating Community: Interpreting the Concept of Home Washington Jewish Week Centennial Celebration: Kickoff Birthday Party Coverage:
- Imagine being 100 years old and still relevant? (WTOP Radio)
- Michael Feinstein, CEO & Executive Director, shares the Center’s exciting plans for the Centennial Celebration (WUSA9)
December 15, 2012 – Morris Erger 100th Birthday Coverage:
- WTOP News
- All News 99.1 WNEW CBS DC
Canada Israel Hockey School
In March, the JCC of Greater Washington hosted teens from the Canada Israel Hockey School for a 10-day visit to our area.