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The Bernard And Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center Of Delaware Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Young Mens or Womens Associations

Mission: The bernard and ruth siegel jewish community center (center) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to serve as an instrument of the jewish people and jewish community by providing programs and resources that preserve, enhance and further the heritage and values of judaism. The center provides a common meeting place, for not only jewish people but all races and creeds, in which individuals, families, groups, or organizations can express their interests and have their social, educational, cultural, fitness, and recreational needs met in a wholesome atmosphere.

Programs: Early childhood - various classes & groups, lunches and child care facilities - 238 served

summer and family camps - campers enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, nature, judaics, sports, drama, israeli culture, music, dance and much more. 520 served

fitness center - various fitness activities and classes. 16,513 group fitness class attendances and 5,987 personal training sessions performed.

other programs include various programs and activities for adults and seniors, including a senior center.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Siegel JCC is a great community center! My children attend and have attended the 5 star, NAEYC accredited pre-school, participate in the Kids Place after school and Kids Club programs, attend summer camp, participate in summer and winter swim teams. The coaches are fantastic. My daughter’s favorite camp activity this summer was the high and low ropes courses.

I never have to wait for equipment in the state of the art fitness center and there is always room in the group fitness classes. I’m looking forward to working with a personal trainer this fall. As a family we enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, Sunday Fun Day in the gymnasium, and many social events throughout the year.

The 32 acre family campus has a multiple-purpose 1/2 mile out door track, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, high & low ropes courses, an outdoor amphitheater, out door pool, baseball diamond and sports fields. There is so much to do.

The Siegel JCC offers programming for children, adults and seniors. There are so many great volunteer opportunities as well. Fantastic staff. Fantastic place. But the best thing about this place is that it is truely a community for everyone.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this place! The people are so welcoming and there is always plenty to do for individuals and families. Fitness center and pool are always nice and clean. Pick up sports and special events are a blast. Best Early Childhood center, Afterschool program, and youth programing around! Highly recommend.

jgsteinberg

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has been members since 2008. My youngest daughter calls it "her JCC" - she thinks she owns the place. The staff knows us all by name. It is where I met the majority of my social circle. The Siegel JCC has been and continues to be an important part of my day to day life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My kids attended the ECC and Camp in the past and they have friends for life from that time. The pool is great and there are always people there. I play Tennis on their courts and the new Volleyball courts have the best sand. We had a group playing last week and had a blast. I love this place so much that I serve on the Board.

kimfelzer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The JCC of Wilmington, Delaware has given us a place to come together with our friends, made us feel a part of a strong, loving, Jewish community and it has become our home away from home. My children go to preschool here, I exercise here, we have birthday parties, camp, pool parties, holiday events, and so much more all at our JCC. My family and I just love the JCC of Wilmington, De and would have felt lost when we moved here if not for it!

Kimberly Felzer

Former staff

Rating: 5

The JCC has been central to our family's life in Wilmington for the last 25 years. Both of my sons were cared for, lovingly, in their Early Childhood Center and camps, participating in sports and various activities throughout their childhood and teens. Even now, when they return to Wilmington, the J is one of the first places they head to for pick-up games with old friends. For me the J has been the place where I began my path to physical fitness, taking full advantage of their personal training back in the 90s. Now I thoroughly enjoy the state of the art fitness center, swimming pool and outdoor campus which has the advantage of being adjacent to a state park. Most important to me, however, has been the opportunity the J gave me to grow personally as a volunteer. I developed valuable career skills doing work I wouldn't have been exposed in to my professional career. I also had a chance to observe and actively participate in the JCC's outstanding governance with a group of committed lay leaders. Having served on a number of boards, my observation is that the JCC is among the best - focused, strategic, forward thinking, and very well run. My current role is general member, but I have also been an employee, as well as a volunteer, a board member, and a past president. I've seen it all, and I give them 5 stars.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Siegel JCC continues to serve our community, and continues to improve to serve it even better in the future. Our Early Childhood Center is one of the top rated in the state, and we are expanding its capacity so serve our young parents’ needs even more. We continue to improve our Camp with great programs and challenging facilities like a new ropes course. Our Senior Center engages with diversified programing experiences and road trips. We continue to invest significantly in new exercise equipment and expanded fitness class hours, making our fitness center the place to be to work out, and enjoy a post-workout cool-down schmooze. Our walls welcome members and guests with displays of beautiful art. Our building and grounds host community events, engaging speakers and educational forums, and we host the best attended five mile race in the tri-state area. And if our members want to enjoy our beautiful campus while taking a break from everything going on in our indoor facilities or outdoor pool, they can now stroll or run our brand new J-Loop -- a half-mile paved path circling our athletic fields.

The JCC is the place to be as a community, and we want that to continue and expand. After all, it is the people that make the Siegel JCC something special. We have enthusiastic members from all walks of the community, dedicated volunteers, devoted staff, and generous donors.

Jonathan47

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization gracefully meets the needs of its community. A dedicated and caring staff goes above and beyond in listening to its members requests and the excellent programming and atmosphere is there to prove it. My personal family has found a second family with which to share new experiences. Whenever I have brought out-of-town guests to share our JCC, they have consistently been impressed by the shining community. This truly is a special place!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have sat on multiple Board of Directors for non-profits and I can say with confidence that the balance between social / mission-centric responsibility and fiscal accountability is a breath of fresh air. The Siegel JCC is constantly researching and polling members on ways to improve the center, and is properly prioritizing investments in programming and facilities that deliver the greatest good for both the membership base and the JCC itself. A non-profit that gets that right has staying power and can make a real difference in their community -- and the Siegel JCC definitely does.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Siegel JCC is fabulous. Great staff, great programs, great value. It is a fabulous place for everyone because there is such variety in activities. The Siegel JCC is welcoming to everyone.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Siegel JCC is a wonderful, warm and welcoming organization. It has a state of the art fitness center, top notch aquatics program, senior programming, a top rated Early Childhood Center, and an amazing camp. It's a best kept secret in Wilmington area.

Aaerenson

Volunteer

Rating: 5


The Siegel Jewish Community is the center of our community where Jews and non Jews gather. The JCC has a 5 star, NAEYC Accredited Pre School that has 200 families in it. The JCC offers child care/after care and one of the best Summer Camps in our region. Our state of the art fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool , gymnasium, and racquet ball courts compliment our 32 acre family campus to offer a wide array of outdoor recreational services. The J is in the process of completing a JLOOP, a multiple-purpose 1/2 mile out door track. Also in the works is an expansion of our pre-school. The JCC offers programming for young children and adults and serves hot lunches to our Seniors. The staff are welcoming and always there to help and greet you with a smile. I believe it is the core of our community where everyone comes together for any reason. The JCC has an amazing auditorium that hosts events. Everything from birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to fund raisers like our Blue Jeans Ball. For more information about membership and programming please call Wendi Weingartner at 302-478-5660

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

this community center has a wonderful preschool, workout center, senior center, indoor pool, amazing outdoor pool in the summer. the camp programs are good, and there is a great sense of community. the director and staff are fabulous.