Reclaim Summer with JCC Camps

Close your eyes. Picture yourself when you were a child – playing outside, getting dirty, feeling the sun on your face, and laughing with a friend. This is what summer should feel like, and for generations of kids JCC day and overnight camps have been the place where summer happens. “Last March, we were gearing … Continued

Mask Mitzvah

JCC Families, This message is about facemasks. We wanted to share that at the top so we could all take a deep breath, process whatever debate and anxiety the topic causes, and talk together about what’s next. A few months ago – could you even have imagine that ‘masks’ would be such a visceral, omnipresent subject … Continued

Updates: Water Park, Locker Rooms & more

JCC Members and Families, On the heels of our beloved Milwaukee Brewers announcing the return of Major League Baseball to our city, the eyes of the community turn to the JCC for an update on our ongoing efforts. As we prepare for the July 6 opening of the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park we wanted to … Continued

Update on Spaces & Places

Together, we have navigated this moment in time – and your support has empowered us to serve our community through our ‘Beyond A Building’ efforts. For every challenge we’ve confronted, for every obstacle we’ve overcome – we’ve done it as a community of shared values. Relying on the decision making metrics we shared last week, … Continued

Update: Camp Interlaken JCC Summer 2020

Tuesday, May 19 Earlier today, we shared the extraordinarily hard decision to suspend this summer’s overnight camp sessions at the Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC. This is a heartbreaking moment in time for our camp, which was preparing for its 55th ‘best summer ever’ in the north woods of Wisconsin. More important, … Continued

Nature Scavenger Hunt

JCC Day Camp and Youth Programs challenge you to a Nature Scavenger Hunt. See if you can find the following items and share your results with us in our Facebook Group. Three Types of Birds Round Rock Fallen Branch Bird’s Nest Squirrel Fossil Four Leaf Clover Pinecone Animal Tracks Two Different Flowers Three Different Shaped … Continued

Popsicle Stick Catapults

More family fun from the Day Camp & Youth Program Teams! Items needed: Popsicle sticks Rubber bands Plastic spoon Marshmallows, pom pom balls, cotton balls, or other soft items to launch Paint or markers to decorate Steps: Make a stack of popsicle sticks by stacking them one on top of each other. Strat with 5 … Continued

JCCA Camps Challah Recipe

Submitted by JCC Rainbow Day Camp   Ingredients 1 tbsp dry yeast ½ cup sugar 1 cup water 1/3 cup oil 2 eggs 2 tsp salt 4 cups flour Steps 1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in bowl with water 2. Let stand for 2 minutes 3. Add salt, oil, and eggs, and mix well 4. … Continued

JCC Update: Community Health Next Steps

JCC Families, It has been an unprecedented set of days; since we’ve made the difficult decision to close our buildings, commit wholly and uncompromisingly to community health, and deploy our resources to supporting the community in emerging ways – your support of us, of one another, and of Milwaukee has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Thank … Continued

A Message to Our Community

JCC Members, Neighbors, Leaders & Staff, The Torah tells us “Justice, justice, you shall pursue to live.” Right now, we’re participants in that pursuit, we’re witnessing what happens to a community when justice (tzedek) is withheld, we’re breaking at the reminder that – for too long and with too much regularity – our neighbors throughout the … Continued