Resolution J2018-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Syracuse Jewish Community Center



  • May 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the  Syra-
cuse Jewish Community Center

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to recognize those
organizations within  our  midst,  which  have  demonstrated  consistent
excellence  while  bringing great pride and enjoyment to the citizens of
our great State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to
commemorate the 150th  Anniversary  of  the  Syracuse  Jewish  Community
Center; and
  WHEREAS,  Established  in  1861 by the Young Men's Hebrew Association,
the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse  is  the  second  oldest  Jewish
Community Center in North America; and
  WHEREAS,  The mission of the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is to
enrich Jewish life and the total  Jewish  Community  by  developing  and
implementing programs for the recreational, educational, cultural, phys-
ical, and social needs of the community; and
  WHEREAS, The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse offers membership and
high  quality  programming to the community at large regardless of reli-
gious preferences; and
  WHEREAS, Over the years the Jewish Community Center  of  Syracuse  has
become  an  incredible  community facility, boasting over 2,200 members;
  WHEREAS, The Jewish Community Center provides  programming  for  chil-
dren, teens, adults, and senior citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Early  Childhood Development Program provides childcare
for over 170 children from six weeks to pre-kindergarten; and
  WHEREAS, Youth programs include after school programming for  approxi-
mately  100  children  a day, including kids night outs, vacation camps,
music lessons, homework assistance, and various classes and  activities;
  WHEREAS,  Summer day camps serve over 600 children from age 6 weeks to
fifteen; and
  WHEREAS, The "Syracuse Project 4 Our  Teens"  strives  to  enrich  the
lives of teens by implementing programs of education, recreation, volun-
teerism,  and  entertainment for pre-teens and teens by providing school
programming, special events and school holiday excursions; and
  WHEREAS, Programs for adults and families  include  social,  cultural,
and  educational  classes  such  as  Israeli  dancing, arts and cultural
series, and a Purim Carnival; and
  WHEREAS, Senior adult services include daily  kosher  nutritional  hot
lunch  meals,  senior  fitness  classes,  interests  clubs, a lounge for
activities, along with trips and outings; and
  WHEREAS, Health and physical education programming include the schools
of Gymnastics and  Dance,  Adult  Division  basketball,  badminton,  and
volleyball,  pre-school division of gymnastics and activity classes, and
youth basketball programs; and
  WHEREAS, The facility features the Anne and Hy Miller Family Auditori-
um, the Neulander Family Sports and Fitness Center, the  Schayes  Family
Gymnasium,  an  indoor elevated track, a rock climbing room, group exer-
cise classes, and outdoor heated pools; and
  WHEREAS, In 2012, the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse  opened  the
Joshua  Ian Davis and Scott Bryan Dubnoff Memorial Playground, and later
that same year the Early Childhood Development Program playgrounds; and
  WHEREAS, Located in Dewitt, the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is
landlord to six other agencies including the Syracuse Hebrew Day School,

The Jewish Community Foundation of CNY, The Jewish Federation of Central
New York, The Jewish War Veterans, and The Jewish Observer, as  well  as
the Syracuse International Film Festival; and
  WHEREAS,  The  150th  Celebration  Event and Annual Meeting on June 6,
2013 will pay tribute to all past presidents and  recognize  their  hard
work and dedication; and
  WHEREAS,  In  celebration  of  this  anniversary, the Jewish Community
Center of Syracuse will be formally  renamed  the  Sam  Pomeranz  Jewish
Community Center of Syracuse; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Central New York community is augmented by the Syracuse
Jewish Community Center; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  150th  Anniversary  of  the  Syracuse Jewish Community
Center; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Marci Erlebacher, Executive Director of the Jewish  Community
Center of Syracuse.


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