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Causes: Human Services, Neighborhood Centers

Mission: The st. Louis jewish community center is an interactive multi-generational gathering place which; imparts jewish values, promotes individual physical and spiritual growth, creates a caring responsible community and supports those in need, encourages an appreciation for our jewish identity, history and cultural heritage through effective and innovative education, programming and services, fosters connection, jewish continuity and creates jewish memories in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Programs: Early childhood education - the jcc early childhood center, in partnership with our families, is committed to providing quality care and education that embraces the development of children's mind, body and soul. We stimulate the minds of young children through an innovative and individualized curriculum implemented by a well-trained staff in a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment. Children develop their bodies and are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle habits through a physical education program that utilizes the best of the jcc's resources in fitness, recreation, and aquatics. The soul is nurtured through living jewish values and jewish experiences in an environment that appreciates and respects the diversity of the children and their families participating in our program. In 2014, the early childhood center served over 250 children between both jcc locations. Recognizing that not all families can afford high quality care and education for their children, the jcc provided over $300,000 in financial assistance to our families. Both facilities are accredited by missouri voluntary accreditation and utilize the project construct curriculum.

camp sabra - camp sabra is the premier jewish resident camp in north america building upon our rich traditions which began in 1938. Sabra is a magical community that fosters life-long friendships, jewish identity, and encourages social and physical growth. Sabra accomplishes this by employing highly qualified, well-trained staff who utilize our unique facilities to provide these experiences. Our families continue to tell us through surveys which benchmark our performance against other camps that our programming (outdoor adventure/education, cultural programming, water and land sports) is superior to other camps. In 2014, camp sabra served over 500 children from 18 different states across the country and canada. With the help of jcamp 180, sabra began implementing its strategic plan and embarked on a $6 million capital campaign. To date, we have raised $1. 8 million and are well on our way to achieving our goal. Additionally, a partnership with the foundation for jewish camp allowed camp sabra to allocate over $150,000 in financial assistance to make the sabra experience more accessible to everyone. Camp sabra continues to work with community partners such as the university of missouri and the missouri children's burn camp to provide meaningful experiences not just for summer campers, but for the community at large as well. Camp sambra is accredited by the american camping association and received a perfect score of 100% in its 2014 site visit.

health and wellness - the jcc fitness department serves a population as diverse as st louis itself. We have all ages, religions, ethnicities represented in a common goal of self improvement and fostering a stronger community. Whether participating in the 850 plus group exercise classes that we offer every month, group persoanl training or the privacy of a one-on-one personal training session; the jcc excels at providing a relevant, comfortable, and cutting edge environment. We serve over 16 thousand members, and average over 35 thousand scans per month. While we cater to many clients, we emphasize individuality through our private consultations for every member, our personalized attention we provide through our online tools, and the points we award our members through our jcc member rewards program. We have friendly responsive staff that cares about your experience. We also make sure that our member's kids have a great time in our kid's zone or game zone areas, and even offer a much welcomed opportunity for parents to get out with our saturday night party zone events. We affect so many lives on a daily basis. This can be witnessed daily in the fitness center where you will see young and old, physically challenged and the physical elite, rich and poor, training side by side working towards the common goal of a healthier, happier individual.

all other programs including jewish community life, senior adult services and day camp. The mission of the j day camps is to provide a fun, safe, and inclusive community for all campers and staff. Through innovative programming our expert staff promotes physical and emotional development and imparts universal jewish values. The j day camps' enriching experience allows its participants to develop valuable skills, meaningful friendships and lifelong memories. In 2014, the j day camps served over 1000 children ages 3-15 between both of our facilities in chesterfield and creve coeur. We offer traditional day camps, sports camps, arts camps, preschool camps, stem camps and other specialty camps. Each summer, the jcc (with assistance from the productive living board of st. Louis county) is able to provide shadow counselors at no additional cost to parents so that children with developmental and physical disabilities can participate in our programs. Consistent with the jcc mission, we also allocate over $45,000 in financial assistance to make the day camp experience more accessible to everyone. J day camps are one of a handful of day camps in the st. Louis community accredited by the american camping association.

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