Subject: JCC Centerscene - May 18, 2017/22 Iyyar, 5777

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the latest edition of CENTERSCENE, featuring programs and events happening at the J in the upcoming days and weeks.  Register for programs online or with our JCC App!

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Don't Miss It! Catch the closing weekend of the Gallery Players’ 68th season, William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice with three final performances. In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theater.

Showtimes: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Saturday, at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Read the review in the Columbus Dispatch! 
Mark Your Calendars! Every year 1200 children participate in our JCC recreation programs. Join the re-imagined Sports Spectacular this summer benefiting JCC Youth Sports, July 14 and 16 including a golf outing, community Shabbat dinner, the Annual Abe Weinrib 5K and Children's fun Run and a "Funtacular" with music, food, inflatables and games. Click here for more information. A Fun Team Tennis Competition kicks of June 12 for ages 15+, with match play through the JCC Open. Contact Jeanna Brownlee for more info at 614-559-6274.
State House Tour June 14 Join the Active Adults Program in a private tour of the State House along with the Holocaust and Liberators Memorial starting at 11:00 am. Cost: $5 for a box lunch. Tour and transportation FREE for members. RSVP by June 8 to Shana Beigelman at 614-559-6214. 
FREE Movie May 24 In Celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Active Adults Program will be showing Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy at 1:00 pm in the Roth/Resler Theater. Admission is FREE. For more info, click here or contact Shana Beigelman at 614-559-6214.  
Challenge Yourself! The JCC's Black Diamond obstacle course was voted second "best training facility or fixed course in the country." Take it on in the Memorial Day Mayhem 5K Obstacle Course 5k Time Trial on May 29 8:00 am packet pickup, first wave at 9:00 am with a new wave every 30 seconds. Runner support available 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. You will get muddy, but you will have a great time doing it! Check out the course map here. Contact Jason Goggins at 614-559-6237 for more information.
May Book Sale! Stop by the JCC lobby and check out bargain prices on new and used books! Questions? Contact Cheryl Dritz at 614-559-6238 
Schools Out Days May 30, June 2
Have a fun day at the J! There will be a wide variety of activities, including swimming! 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Registration required at least one week in advance. For more information, contact Kaley Rosenthal at 614-559-6253. 
Register NOW! Last year's camp sold out! Former Ohio State and current professional player brings his basketball skills and knowledge for half day camp sessions. For more information click here or contact Jeanna Brownlee at 614-559-6274.
Kick off Camp June 5-9 Start summer fun with a different theme every day! 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Register here or contact Kaley Rosenthal for more information on the week-long program at 614-559-6253. 
Jr. Macabbi Day June 11 Join kids ages 9-11 and kids from across Ohio from 12:00 - 3:00 pm for soccer, kickball, gaga, and capture the flag competitions. Cost: $20, includes lunch and ice cream. Contact Jeanna Brownlee for more information at 614-559-6274.
Circus Camp is Back at the JCC Aug. 7 - 11! The only program of its kind in the country, 1st - 9th graders can learn circus arts in a fun-filled experience. Register here. Contact Halle Schwartz for more information at 614-559-6279.  

The 2017 JCC Annual Meeting on May 16 honored members and staff for their work on behalf of the JCC. 

Pictured are this year's award winners. From Left to Right: presenter Jodi Karmia, Jon and Karen Meyer; Bev Sanders and presenter Carol Folkerth;  Andy Senser, presenter Donna Brovender, Reese Senser, and Julie Cohen; Carol Highlfield and presenter Brad Kastan; presenter Rena Vesler and Laurie Alexander; Marc Fishel, presenter Ben Zacks, and Richard Williams; outgoing President Ben Zacks and new President Jennifer Cammeyer. 

TEEN AWARDS NIGHT The JCC recognized outstanding Jewish teens at the Teen Awards Night on May 17. Several awards were presented including the David and Irene Cole Essay Contest Winners, Goldsmith Kavod-Gadol Teen Leadership Award, and the Don Erkis/Lou Berliner High School Jewish Scholar/Athlete Award. 

Alyssa Gurwin and Matthew Berger won the David and Janet W. Goldsmith Kavod-Gadol Teen Leadership Award

Julia Cohn and Joshua Meyer of Bexley High School won the Erkis/Berliner Jewish Scholar Athlete Awards for their accomplishments. Both winners will receive a scholarship for their collegiate pursuits. The evening also included a dedication to the new and permanent location of a wall that honors all past nominees and winners of the Erkis/Berliner Jewish Scholar Athlete Award. The award is given in memory of Don Erkis and Lou Berliner who were both active sportsmen throughout their lives and two very good friends who were community leaders and wanted to pass down the importance of leadership. 
Top Left: Erkis/Berliner Jewish Scholar Athlete Award Nominees. Top Right: Executive Director Carol Folkerth, Sports and Wellness Director Jeann Brownlee, the familes of Don Erkis and Lou Berliner, and Josh Barkan. Bottom Left: Joshua Meyer and Julia Cohn. Center: Gadi Bandler and Lindsay Altschuld. Bottom Right: Alyssa Gurwin and Matthew Berger. 
Alan Clark, the first and only Jewish American League umpire, stopped by the JCC on his way to Columbus Torah Academy's Baseball InvitationalClark is a former professional baseball umpire worked in the American League from 1976 to 1999, and throughout both Major Leagues in 2000 and 2001.