Arup Das, Rhonan Kegler and Sam Hollander are seniors at City Honors School in Buffalo and have working out together at the JCC for two years. “I like to be in shape and working out helps me train for sports,” says Arup. “The JCC is good for all of us – close to our school and close to our homes,” says Sam.

“I work as a volunteer grandparent through Catholic Charities, am a Protestant and I’ve been a volunteer at the Jewish Community Center for 9 years, working with the 3 & 4 year olds. I love it here, and I love the amazing things kids say and do at this age. We need to be working with children at this age – it’s an important time in their development.”

“Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voices” B.R.

Here in the early childhood program that is exactly what we do for our young children.

Help people to be better than yesterday through health, fitness and life in general. What helps me enjoy what I do is knowing that I’m helping others help themselves while enjoying it.

I recently graduated from UB. I want to become a bilingual teacher. The reason I came to the JCC was to be able to work with children.

I’ve been in the J family for 10 years now, after moving from my home town of Puerto Rico the “J” became my new family. I work in the Early childhood department for 8 years now. I love to work with the kids.

I am one of the lead teachers at the Holland Building. To paraphrase Neil Gaiman “Make Good Art”.

I am a relatively new member that loves the JCC gym. The classes are great and the private instruction with Al has been rewarding.

I’ve been at the JCC for 19 years as an employess and I enjoy the environment and friendly staff and members.

I come to the JCC every time I am home in my native Buffalo! Mt grandmother Renee Joffe still at 93 takes workout classes twice a week at the JCC, so what would be my excuse for not coming myself!

I have worked at the JCC for 10 years. I enjoy getting to know the families and the strong community feel. It really is a great place with awesome members and staff.

I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA. I am lucky to call the JCC my home for personal training of others, and myself.

My name is Elizabeth and I’m a teacher assistant for the 2 years old. I have been here for almost 2 years. I do like to work with the children. I enjoy and grow with them all the time.

I work at the Kids Place program in the Senior room. Outside of work I teach facilitation and transformative conflict resolution.

I’ve been working at the “J” for a little over a year now. What I love the most about working here are all my great co-workers, the member and all the kids, they really brighten my day!

I am a new JCC employee. I am glad to be working here.

I’ve been a member since moving to Buffalo in 1993. I can’t imagine not having this resource in the city. Great facility, friendly and helpful staff, and convenient to get to. It is great to see regulars here- even if I don’t know them all, they are a major part of my community at the JCC.

Feeling Strong!

Leslie and Jason Rothschild have been members at the JCC for six years and have been training together twice a week with Al Lewis. Al always finds a way to mix things up and keep us motivated and interested. We take full advantage of the wonderful childcare services during our sessions and love the community here.
I’m trying to get in shape as I get older. I am a physician so I know the value of getting in shape and Mike is wonderful in helping make that happen. I can see improvement already.
I’m a 77 year old surgeon, still working part time, who is coming to sports relatively late in life. I should have been doing this long ago but didn’t have the time. Now I’m making time in my life for exercising, fishing and cycling and enjoying it very much and so rue the fact that I never did it in my youth.
I’m an aspiring nursing student who was born and raised in Buffalo and never plan to leave.
“I have been interested in getting back to writing for a long time. Most of the writing I’ve done over the years is technically esoteric. I really wanted to write about some of my relatives including a cousin on my mother’s side who was a portrait artist to the New York City athletes in the 20s and 30s. This is something really for myself. I really enjoy doing it – it’s painful but I really enjoyed doing it.”
“I’ve recently retired and since then, I have enjoyed coming to the JCC because I’m involved in adult education programs – last year I joined the Word Weavers and have been writing a story about my life. It’s called Love Lost and Found, a Fairy Tale.”
“In the Fall of 2016 I created a memoir writing class at the JCC. Dr. Howard R. Wolf was our mentor and we had seven people set for 12 sessions, writing their memoirs. The class was called Word Weavers and Howard published an anthology of our collected stories. This year I created another course, called Travel Loggers and we’ve had eight people. I’m really proud of bringing these people together and the work we’ve created.”

Today I created…

“When I retired the JCC filled a big hole in my life and I’ve met wonderful extremely helpful people.”

“My mother used to say to me, Orson, don’t forget to comb your eyebrows.”

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