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Edith Reisz's New JCC Journey

By JCC Milwaukee June 21, 2023

Edith Reisz’s New JCC Journey
After 35 years as a beloved employee of the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, Edith Reisz retired from her position in the Accounting Department. Her husband had been suggesting it for years, but Edith was not ready to leave. “The J is my second family,” she explained during a conversation at Hannah’s Kitchen

Whenever one spends time with Edith, it’s clear how large of a family she has at the JCC. She seems to know everyone, and everyone seems to know her! Interacting with people is important to Edith. That is why after she officially retired at the end of 2022, she wanted to ensure that she found other ways to continue those connections. “Members and employees [at the JCC] are so kind and friendly,” Edith said. 

Soon after her retirement, Edith quickly became involved in the J’s Senior Adult Programs. With a strong love of art, music, and theater, she also enjoys attending Tapestry programs. Edith participated in a Tapestry field trip to the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend and tries to attend many KOACH programs, like the one featuring The Ukuladies (which includes a former JCC employee!).

Edith also learned how to play Mah Jongg and is a regular fixture at the J’s Monday Mah Jongg sessions. “It’s good for your brain,” she offered, “and I’ve made new friends!” One of those new friends is her neighbor. They had never met before; now, they walk together in the neighborhood and play Mah Jongg on their own. Edith also walks on the indoor track at the J and even signed up to work with a personal trainer.

When asked why Senior Adult Programs are so important, Edith said, “Older people need a nice place to come swim and exercise. Here [at the JCC] they can participate in social activities and make new friends while doing so.” She pointed out a table of people enjoying lunch together and shared, “They met in Mah Jongg, too, and became good friends. They meet every Monday in the cafe for lunch before Mah Jongg now.” And with that, Edith walked towards the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall where, with a big smile, she began to greet her friends.

Click here to read more stories of impact from the 2022-23 Annual Report.