The Mission of JCC Greater Buffalo

The vision of your JCC, as enunciated decades ago by our then empowered Board of Trustees, is that we engage in “building communities and enriching lives”. Our mission is stated as: “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”. This vision and mission continues to be fulfilled on a daily basis at two buildings and a camp through the exemplary work performed by more than 300 regular staff members, more than 50 camp staff and dozens of volunteers every month of the year.

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.

The fulfillment of our mission takes place through the good work of every department within the JCC. We fulfill the “mitzvah” or commanded good work that is prescribed for us when we teach children with Autism to swim. It is present when we teach very young children skills that help them succeed in school. Jewish knowledge is supplemented by exposure to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, traditions and cultural arts in our own theater. Mitzvoth happen when seniors socialize, campers learn about nature, sports and Judaism, families are enriched through recreation and culture. Kosher meals are provided at the only source for strict dietary rule observance in Western New York outside the home. Café Europa provides the opportunity for Holocaust survivors to meet monthly in the Nathan Benderson Community Boardroom and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch and presentation speaker or entertainer. This mission-based program, co-sponsored with the Holocaust Research Center, is made possible through a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. Many of our members receive needs-based assistance for every aspect of our agency.

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