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We Have a new logo!

You may have noticed a new logo that is starting to pop up around the campus. This logo is part of the new national branding guidelines that have been set forth by the JCC Association based in New York City. Through their research, focus groups, survey respondents, and feedback, this new logo was born.  Over the coming months, you will begin to see this new logo on all JCC Omaha materials. Rest assured, even though the logo is changing, our quality programming and dedication to member satisfaction will remain our top priority.

So, why just the “J”? The simplicity of the J paradoxically represents its complexity. The J is much more than its building, its grounds, and its facilities - more than a plot of land, a program or a pool. The J is the moms, the dads, the kids, the seniors, the campers, the teens. The J is the adults of all ages who grab a workout, enjoy a social event, or study Hebrew. The J is the donors, the staff, and the volunteers - the devotees and the visitors. The J is the dialogues, the films, the conversations, the dreams, the learning, the journeys. The J is the sum total of a cast of hundreds, if not thousands of individuals. The J has a warmth, and a feeling of  possibility all its own.

Harlem Globetrotter, Pee Wee

Harrison Visits Omaha JCC

Children at the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center had a special visitor on Monday, April 8th when Harlem Globetrotter, Pee Wee Harrison, stopped by to show off some of this basketball tricks and encourage kids to have an active lifestyle. Visit our YouTube page to watch a video of this special day!

Omaha JCC Wins World Challenge

The Expresso Bikes in the JCC Fitness Center are two of the most popular pieces of equipment, and we have the statistics to prove it! Our JCC riders have won the January 2013 Expresso Bike World Challenge! We registered 72 riders for the January competition, and thanks to their hard work, we were named the facility that burned the most calories per bike for the month!

Winning this competition is no easy task. There are 1063 fitness facilities registered for the competition. We compete against branches of YMCA, Gold’s Gym, Anytime Fitness, other JCC’s, and college universities from across the globe. Our closest competition came from a YMCA in Newark, Delaware (110,278 calories/bike), a fitness center in Callian, France (104,618 calories/bike) and a YMCA in Puyallup, WA (103,742 calories/bike). But in the end, we prevailed with an average of 123,011 calories burned per bike.

The Omaha JCC has two Expresso Bikes, which we have had for 5 years. The bike itself is an upright bike that has 30 gears as opposed to the traditional 12 speed. It includes over 40 virtual tours, ranging from easy to extreme. Tours are as varied as mountain paths, city streets, and outer space. Biometric feedback tracks heart rate, calories burned, and power output.

While winning this challenge is exciting, I’m even more excited how this bike is encouraging more people to take up interactive riding as a part of their workout regimen. The Fitness Center staff has also established ongoing monthly challenges to motivate our members. One of our most recent was called “Connecting to Our Past”. Members who rode 180 miles (equaling the mileage from Omaha to the Great Platte River Road Archway in Kearney, NE) by the end of February had their name entered into a prize drawing.

If this is something that you would like to be a part of, all you have to do is create an Expresso account by going to It’s a great way to track your progress, and most importantly challenge yourself. If you’d like, we can even help you register, just stop down to the trainer’s desk and we’ll get you started.

JCC Kids Triathlon Featured on KETV

During the week of July 16th - 20th, the JCC ran their 2nd Annual Tri-Camp for kids ages 6-14. Kids experienced the opportunity to learn many skills from amazing athletes in Omaha. Along with Alan Kohll and Kurt Beisch, certified USA Triathlon directors of Race Omaha, professionals include Sam Holmes, Nebraska's very own upcoming and pro-triathlete, overall winner of the Omaha Triathlon for the last two years and David Struble, swim coach for the JCC and Omaha Swim. Campers learned proper form for the disciplines of swimming, biking and running while also understanding what a triathlon is and how to compete.

On Sunday, July 22, campers and other athletes competed in the 2nd Annual JCC Kids Triathlon. Watch the KETV Channel 7 News feature story.