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The JCC"s core mission has guided its growth to offer diverse services that touch all age groups in our community.

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The Mission of JCC Greater Buffalo

The mission of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc. (“JCC”) is to build and strengthen the Jewish and Western New York communities by providing recreational, educational, cultural and social programs and services that are consistent with Jewish values. The JCC’s vision is “Building Community and Enriching Lives”.

Our JCC is a GREAT place to be! As a not-for-profit multi-service agency, that is open to everyone, the JCC offers a diverse service delivery system that touches on all age groups in our community. We offer fitness/wellness services, camping, pre-school and school age child care, parent support and education, family recreation programming, youth services, adult program services, services for special needs, and cultural arts programming.

Board of Directors

The JCC Board of Trustees is comprised of members of the JCC who come from a variety of backgrounds. Efforts are made by our Governance Committee to include people with expertise and experience in our various businesses, people with accounting and legal skills and people who are able to contribute and/or cultivate gifts to the JCC. Responsibilities of board members include stewardship of our resources, creativity, professional expertise and a willingness to contribute to the financial and intellectual requirements of the agency.

Members are usually nominated by the Governance Committee and elected by the membership of the agency at its Annual Meeting, following committee or volunteer work, for a one year term. If the fit is right a trustee is invited for a two-year term and can serve as many as seven consecutive years. Our agency has been responsible for the development of dozens of community leaders over the past 60 plus years.

The 2017-2018 board is comprised of the following members and officers:

  • Susan Freed-Oestreicher, President
  • Richard Steinberg, Vice President
  • Joseph Lipsitz, Treasurer
  • Christina Akers-DiCenzo
  • Brett Benderson
  • Mark Criden
  • Irwin Gelman
  • Dale Kadish
  • Rion Kweller
  • Ronald Benderson, Vice President
  • Dale Kadish, Vice President
  • Irwin Gelman, Secretary
  • Jordan Balsom
  • David Bunis
  • Eric Feldstein
  • Les Greenbaum
  • Alon Kupferman
  • Amy Shuman

Annual Report

We’re delighted to present our newest Annual Report, hot off the press. Our 2016 Annual Report includes a review of the year, program and activity highlights by departments as well as key facts and figures. As always, we invite your questions or comments. 

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