Jewish Community Center Turns 125

There’s little doubt that the Jewish Community Center is a place that’s been at the heart of the Louisville community for decades. Swimming, acting, socializing, kickball, seeing Broadway-level performances; the list seems endless when it comes to enumerating things that can be done at the JCC.

Well this year, the JCC is celebrating its 125-year anniversary with a day filled with countless activities that show off just how much there is to do there and why it’s such a gem on the city’s social landscape. That’s why on August 23, the Jewish Community Center will offer 125 fun things to do for the whole family – an activity for each year the center has been open.

The JCC’s 125 Festival will be a free, family-friendly affair, filled with countless activities for all ages and will be take place from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will include (but is not limited to) crafts, pool games, sports, health and wellness demonstrations, food trucks, adult beverages, face painting, snow cones, a beanbag toss, live entertainment, karaoke and so much more. There will be multiple events going on at the same time, so there’s never a chance to be bored.

“I think this will be a great chance to get people with kids and without kids to come and enjoy a day at the JCC and remember why they love the JCC,” explains this year’s co-chair Michelle Tasman. “It’s also a chance for people who don’t know about the JCC to come see all the different things they can do here on a daily basis.” The festival is open to everyone, not just members.

Aside from the fact that the JCC is hosting something fun for all, as always there is a charitable message to spread. In the tradition of the JCC’s 125 years of service, the JCC has teamed up with Yum! Brands Foundation to feed the city’s people in need with a “Food, Glorious Food” drive, named for CenterStage at the JCC’s next musical: “Oliver!” Visitors to the festival are invited to bring nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries.

“We encourage everyone to bring their canned food items to this free event and join us in having a day filled with fun and continue to help feed the needy in our community, ” Tasman presents.

“My vision is to use the whole outside of the JCC,” adds Abby Tasman, fellow co-chair of the event. “We’re going to have something fun for all age groups. There will be something for every member and people who don’t know much about the JCC can come and find something to do.”

She adds: “The JCC has been serving the community for 125 years, and this is our way of saying ‘thank you.’ Wear your bathing suit and tennis shoes because you’ll get a chance to use both!”

In many ways, this event is for anybody who has driven past the JCC and wondered what’s inside. On August 23, Louisvillians will see that there are at least 125 fun-packed things to do that day. VT