Stroum Jewish Community Center Impact Report – Summer 2022
Reaching more people in more places.
Thanks to you, more is happening across the Puget Sound: growing connections + community.
As we reflect upon the reach and impact of the Stroum Jewish Community Center during the past year, we’re thankful for the support this community has provided. With your partnership, we’ve remained creative and curious, looking for ways to extend our offerings, reach new people, have greater community impact, and also cherish and amplify the assets within.
This report highlights some great examples of that. The swim program is thriving, teaching more kids to swim, strengthening current swimmers, and deepening friendships of those who share the pool in Aquafit. J Camp is offering more summer choices to a broader community of campers with a larger staff than we’ve seen in years. We’ve added pickleball lines to our basketball gym floor. We’ve reached farther geographically with this year’s holiday programs and created new opportunities for volunteering and doing mitzvot (good deeds), benefiting more communities in need. We’ve also found innovative ways to develop our own team.
Whether it was the 14 Hanukkah programs around town in December or the “funnest-ever” Purim scavenger hunts, we found creative ways to engage inside and beyond the walls of the J, reaching a growing set of people around the Greater Seattle area.
More is coming! Stay tuned for adult art classes, hiking, and topical conversations, and MyChai, a new program designed to engage today’s tweens in contemporary ways.
This year has been anything but steady, but when you shift your mindset, a whole lot of amazing can come from what you have right inside. With incredible resilience and the community behind us, it’s been easier to endure the unexpected and overcome some immense hurdles to become even stronger.
Enjoy these stories as you read this Impact Report and thanks to every one of you for contributing your support, smiles, funds, laughter, emails, and ideas.
Mindy Geisser, SJCC Board President + Amy Lavin, SJCC Chief Executive Officer