Introducing Our New Sports Camp Director, Nate Balk!

img_0313We are so excited to have Nate Balk on board as our Sports Camp lead this summer! Nate comes to us from Willamette University where he played college baseball for the Bearcats. He was also a 4-year lettermen at Cascade High School in Everett. Nate’s primary sport is baseball but enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, and many other games! Nate brings a lot of excitement, experience, and energy to Sports Camp. He looks forward to building a positive culture within Sports Camp focused on character and skill development through sport. We are so excited to be rolling out a Hero of the Week campaign and to go to a Mariner’s game, a Storm Game, Skymania, and many other fun attractions around Seattle! We are looking forward to a great summer of competition and fun under Nate’s leadership!

2017 Field Trips Highlights Include:

  • Mariners vs. Red Sox
  • Storm vs. Sun
  • Lynnwood Pool
  • SkyMania
  • Pump it Up
  • Jefferson Park
  • More to come!

Sign up for 10 weeks of Sports Camp Fun online today! Register Now


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Spring 2017 Registration Now Open

Join us for spring classes at the J! 

And while you’re at it, you can get a jump on your summer plans by registering for SJCC Summer Camp, summer swim lessons or co-rec softball


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Community Meeting Recap

On Thursday, March 9,  we gathered as a community to discuss the bomb threat on February 27 and put it in the context of the broader incidences like it happening nationwide. We were so grateful the partners listed below could join us to discuss our collective and ongoing efforts to keep the SJCC and our broader community safe and free of hate. Thank you to:

  • Mercer Island Police Department Representatives: Chief Holmes, Officer Franklin, Commander Jokinen and Detective Schumacher
  • Representatives from the offices of US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Adam Smith
  • WA State Governor Inslee and State Representative Tana Senn who prepared statements
  • Mercer Island’s Deputy Mayor, Debbie Bertlin, stood in solidarity and read the recent Mercer Island City Council Proclamation
  • Jeff Slotnick and Andrew Chadick, who explained the Secure Community Network and SAFE WA, programs that work to share information, education and intelligence across the Jewish community
  • Representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) who stand together with us

This meeting capped a day full of security trainings and a meeting with US attorneys, King County prosecutors, representatives from the FBI, and a group of local Jewish community leaders. All of these efforts are helping us stay informed and vigilant. As one audience member commented at the meeting, it’s really up to all of us to be eyes and ears for our community. For that reason, we’ve scheduled a training with a representative from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, March 21, from 5:30-7 pm. Please mark your calendars now and more details will follow soon.

Thank you for keeping the dialogue open, supporting our efforts, and most importantly, continuing to live life at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.

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Introducing SJCC Improv Camp Director Yaki Margulies

img_0756Are you a young budding comedy star? Then you have got to try out SJCC’s new Improv Camp, hosted by Yaki Margulies. Yaki will be joining us for the week from LA, where he works with various improv troupes and performs at Upright Citizens Brigade and improv festivals.

Come enjoy the magic of live performance, quick thinking, lots of laughs, and acquire skills that will translate into all aspects of life, for many years to come. In this week long intensive, campers will try their hand at short-form theater games (as seen on The CW’s “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”) and longer scenes, exploring character work and relationships, all while creating everything right on the spot. This camp is designed for 5-8th graders.

Sign up today for SJCC Improv Camp. Spots are limited!


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