Annual Report Tucson J 2018 - Page 3

We have developed a number of beneficial partnerships with other nonprofits in the community, including but not limited to: • This year and for years ahead, we will continue to grow our programming for people with disabilities. Diversity and inclusion are at the cornerstone of the Tucson J. • International rescue society • Sonoran Glass School • Community Synagogues • Tucson Museum of Art • Tucson Symphony Orchestra • Jewish Community agencies • The Sarver Tennis Center is experiencing a rebirth. With thanks to a generous leadership gift from the Penny and Robert Sarver Charitable Foundation and Betty Anne Sarver Family, and broad community support, we have been able to renovate the entire tennis center and create a space for gathering. New programs will of course benefit J members, but we have also intentionally designed programs to help teach tennis to underserved youth in our community. The Tucson J is truly a community asset. We also appreciate the continued support from JFSA and JCF. The Tucson J is a wellness center, where wellness is defined more broadly than physical fitness; there are 14 aspects of wellness that inform our programming. The wheel below shows the platform we use to create programming: At the 2018 JCC Association Biennial, a new continental program, J Response, was created. An opportunity for one JCC to help another during times of need. It models the response that IsraAid has, to help in world disasters, and The Tucson J looks forward to helping other JCC’s in times of need. In 2012, the JCC Association adopted a statement of principles and the Tucson J followed suit. Today, when designing programs, we work to ensure these principals are brought to life. They are: • Creating a Jewish identity is a unique and individual life-long process. • Respecting and supporting diverse Jewish opinions, beliefs, and practices are essential for strong and enduring Jewish communities. • Interaction between diverse groups of Jews is critical for the well-being and future of the Jewish people. • Jewish living and learning sit at the heart of the JCC. • Israel is an eternal birthright of the Jewish people, linking us to our past and to Jews around the world today. • Strong Jewish communities benefit, and benefit from, their larger communities. We ask ourselves, how we can be more attractive to the next generation. Together, we have to make an institution seem non- institutional to a generation that does not embrace joining. The J looks to provide intentional programming that benefits not only our membership but also the entire community. • Our Sculpture Garden, which in many ways is the center of our town square, not only enhances the beauty of The J, our desire is for the garden to be part of the public art scene, a part of conversation and an inspiration for our members and all of Tucson. No one department or agency can do this alone; to achieve real success we need to work together within the J, in partnership with the other Jewish agencies and in the broader community. The Tucson J is truly a place for ALL. Generations have inherited the history of The J and reshaped it in their own image. As generations come together, we need to ensure the generation of today does not lose touch with the generation of the past. Our community is at its best when we are working together. When Jewish life transcends differences anything is possible. At The J, we believe anything is possible.