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New Cardio Equipment Installation

This fall, we are so excited to help make your workouts easier and more fun with new, state-of-the-art cardio equipment. These machines all feature digital consoles that allow you to track your workout and watch the entertainment of your choice. 

The Fitness Center will be closed for installation of this new equipment from Monday, August 28, through Monday, September 4, and will reopen at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5. The basketball gym will also be closed during this time as we resurface the floor and perform other routine maintenance.

During this time, you still have a variety of workout options at the J:

  • Try one of our 45 group fitness classes – everything from yoga to boot camp – all included with your membership.
  • Work out in the training rooms using kettlebells, rowing machines, TRX, and more.
  • Swim, play racquetball, or run on the indoor track.

We’re also pleased to offer our members a limited number of vouchers for the Mercer Island Community Center. You can collect your voucher from the Welcome Desk (2 vouchers per person; additional vouchers will be available while supplies last). Vouchers are for SJCC members only and are good for certain, pre-specified times, which are listed on the vouchers.

If you have questions, please contact Membership Manager Dalya Will by email or at 206-388-1987. We thank you for your membership and for your patience as we make improvements that will help you continue to meet your fitness goals. 

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Young Adult Rafting Retreat

Getting ready for Shabbat dinner.

Getting ready for Shabbat dinner.

On July 28-30, 16 young Jewish adults came together for the Koach: Finding Your Strength retreat. Participants came from around the Pacific Northwest including Seattle, Oregon, and Idaho to disconnect from their daily lives and reconnect with nature, Shabbat, and themselves. The theme of the retreat was koach (power), and together we discussed personal and communal power, the power of water in Judaism, the ecological history of the Sauk and Skagit rivers, and culminated the trip by white water rafting on the Sauk.

The trip was organized by SJCC Jewish Life and Learning Professional Danniell Nadiv and Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo. Ken’s main objectives for the retreat were to expose participants to an outdoor recreation opportunity that would give them a greater sense of connection to water, and the intrinsic worth of the Sauk and Skagit rivers and the Snoqualmie Mount Baker National Forest. One of the highlights of the retreat was his presentation on the ecological history of the area and legislation that protects it.

Participants gathered from around the Pacific Northwest.

Participants gathered from around the Pacific Northwest.

One of the most meaningful aspects of the retreat for Danniell was candle lighting on Friday evening. Each participant took a quiet moment to set intentions for the weekend and for what they wanted in the week to come. In the middle of sharing their hopes for the weekend someone looked up and noticed a black bear cub running throughout the backyard. IT WAS AMAZING! It also helped set the tone for the weekend – we never knew exactly what to expect and were constantly amazed by the gorgeous natural setting we were in.

Other memorable aspects of the retreat included learning sessions with Aliyah Vinikoor, Assistant Director of MSW Program at the University of Washington School of Social Work, about Rabbi Alan Lew’s book:  “This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared,” which discusses Tisha B’Av, the Days of Awe, and personal strength. A wonderful facilitated conversation was held about personal responsibility and ways to create space for everyone within the community.

rafting-blog1The arc of the experience however, was the day long rafting trip on the Sauk River. Once we began the rafting session and realized how technical the class III rapids were and what was required of us as teammates, everyone became a unified group. All along the river shouts of encouragement were heard and people were working in tandem with each other. After the trip ended, we formed a circle filled with all of the participants and our incredible guides and shared our gratitude for the experience.

In reflecting on the retreat one participant shared, “[The retreat] was one of those weekends that will stick with me for a really long time… it brought so many strangers together but had us leaving as friends… It was truly a perfect mix of Jewish tradition, spirituality, personal reflection, education, and, of course, fun.  It’s weekends like these that remind me that there are so many kind, authentic people out there, and for me personally, it helped me identify a deeper meaning and connection to Judaism which has been an ongoing gap in my life.”

Another participant said: “I am so thankful to have gained you as a friend in less than 48 hours.”

This retreat was made possible due to generous funding by the Moishe House.

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Register Now for Fall Classes

Join us at the J this fall! 

If you have questions about registration, please contact Registrar Beth Rosen via email or 206-388-1995.

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Artists 4 Israel

See Israel through street art 
September 7-15

A week-long celebration of art that’s changing the Israeli landscape with its message of peace. View photographs of the Artists 4 Israel artwork, create your own masterpiece, engage with art and your community. Details to come.

Made possible, in part, with funding from Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Israeli American Council, and the Newman Family Foundation.

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