Updates Continue at the Fitness Center
(8/17/16) As you get ready to upgrade
your fitness routine for the fall, you may notice some new elements
throughout the facility. We’ve recently refreshed the Fitness Center to
include the following items:
- Cushioned four lane walking/running track
- Cushioned free weight area
- LED lighting throughout the Fitness Center
- Ten – 65” high definition televisions
- All new carpeting & all new paint colors, floor to ceiling
- New treadmills, arc trainers, stair climbers, lateral trainers & spin bikes
- New furniture & artwork
We strive to provide our Members with the highest quality fitness facility in Omaha. We thank you for the patience you had as we worked to complete these projects. We hope that you enjoy the refreshed space.
Schedule Your Personal Training online
JCC Members are now able to purchase and schedule Personal Training via our Online Edge member
registration system. We are always happy to assist you during business
hours, but this exciting new enhancement will allow you to initialize a
transaction entirely on your own, 24/7. For a PDF tutorial of how to
schedule your Personal Training click here
remember that all trainers require you give 24-hour notice when
scheduling or canceling an appointment. You cannot cancel a session
online. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Reed at (402)
Enhancing Your JCC Membership Experience
by Jason Epstein, JCC Board President
The Jewish Community Center of
Omaha is currently undergoing both facility and programming upgrades
designed to enhance the membership experience. According to JCC
Executive Director Mark Martin, “To further our mission of providing
Jewish Omaha with a positive environment to gather for a wide range of
activities, the leadership of the JCC has made a commitment to upgrade
the programming being offered along with improvements to the building
and amenities. Our goal is to continue to offer our members the best
experience in Omaha by focusing on a new way of doing business and
outside the box thinking.”
Beginning in December, the Phil Sokolof
Fitness Center received new paint and carpet to refresh and brighten the
facility. Work is currently underway to paint the gymnasium and
lighting for the entire facility is scheduled for replacement with
brighter, more energy efficient fixtures being installed.
Environmental-friendly construction and sustainability are a primary
focus for all work and material selection. New flat screen televisions
are also being added throughout the facility. “All of these improvements
were done with the membership experience in mind,” states Martin. “You
can already sense a new level of energy in the building.”
to the physical improvements, plans and funding are in place to
significantly upgrade the workout equipment. A full census of the
existing equipment is being analyzed by the JCC fitness staff and
outside vendors to ensure new equipment is meeting the needs of members.
“In the coming months, we will see new treadmills, and aerobic and
weight equipment,” says Ed Heller, JCC Director of Health & Fitness.
“One of the most exciting changes will be new spinning bikes for one of
our most popular classes.” Group exercise offerings are also being
updated to include recent fitness trends. One highlight is the new Barre
class being offered twice a week in the dance studio. “We have two
classes filling up a week in advance,” states Heller.
Sokolof Fitness Center upgrades are being generously funded by Omaha
native Michael Staenberg, currently of St. Louis. Michael fondly
remembers his childhood in Omaha, especially time spent at the “old” JCC
on 20th Street. According to Staenberg, “I believe a strong JCC is a
critical component to the viability of Jewish life in any community. I
spent my childhood surrounded by friends at the JCC in Omaha and it was
the first place I looked for a social connection when I moved to St.
Louis as a young adult. I believe it is my responsibility to ensure
current and future generations have the same opportunities to build
their Jewish identity at a first class facility.”
The full summer
camp schedule will be available shortly. According to Youth Director
Megan Berlin, “We have worked hard to listen to our members and plan to
offer new and different experiences for the kids this year in
conjunction with the familiar offerings that have made camp such a
success in the past.” New programs being offered this year include
specialty camps such as Science Surprises, Creative in the Kitchen, and
International Cuisine. In addition, we will offer a Leaders in Training
program for 8th-10th grade. A full list of offerings can be found in the
newly released camp brochure on the JCC website.
Youth sports is offering expanded
programs including Tumble-tastic, Super Hero Training and Girls’
Basketball. “The staff and programming have been outstanding,” says
member Kelly Nogg. “My daughter absolutely loves her weekly sports and
tumbling classes. The added convenience of having her go directly from
the CDC to these classes makes the experience even better.” The JCC
Lions youth basketball program continues to excel with competitive teams
and instruction at all grade levels. In addition, the department is
actively researching new equipment for basketball hoops that will allow
all hoops to be easily raised and lowered to accommodate all ages and
abilities. An expansion of the girls’ athletic programming to include
multiple sports is also on the horizon.
The aquatics department is
also benefitting from renewed energy and ideas. The range of classes and
times for youth swimming lessons has been expanded to better
accommodate members which has led to a steady increase in both demand
and participation. The always popular JCC Sharks Swim Team continues to
grow. The department is also examining ways to increase offerings for
adult classes and exercise programs.
“I believe our new approach
demonstrates the commitment campus leadership has made to ensure the
long term viability and success of Jewish Omaha,” states Martin. “The
JCC will continue to strive to offer our members the best possible
experience. We invite you to join us and experience the changes for
Fitness Center Paint & Carpet Updates Begin
If you haven’t already heard, we want you to know that we have some
exciting new updates that you will be able to enjoy. Our Fitness
Center is going to have a vibrant new look with dynamic colors on the
walls and structures, eye-catching new carpeting, enhanced lighting, and
some brand new cardio machines to enhance your workout experience.
Please accept our
apologies for the inconvenience, but we're making improvements for you!
Starting Monday, November 16, we will begin painting and re-carpeting
the Fitness Center.
To accommodate our Members the best we can, most of
the work will be done between the hours of 8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Due to
the scope of this project, there will be a temporary impact on the
availability of certain parts of the Fitness Center for the next several
Please know, we are doing everything we can to minimize how this will impact your workout. The
easy option would have been to close the Fitness Center while the work
is completed, but we did not want to inconvenience our Members in this
way. Therefore, the weight and cardio machines will be moved frequently
to allow for the painting and carpeting of all areas. There may be some
equipment and televisions unavailable at times.
The paint being
used is water-based with low VOC's. We will also try to control the
odor by operating our air-handling unit 24-7. We will also change the
filters frequently. We very much regret the inconvenience, but we are
certain you will be happy with the changes. Thank you for your
understanding as we work to provide you with the best fitness facility
in the area!
Campus Security Updates
You may have noticed some light renovation work going on at the J. In our ongoing efforts to bring you a top-caliber facility, we have been making some upgrades. One of the biggest undertakings was the installation of a new security and access control system, updated speaker system and surveillance cameras. This upgraded system will make it easier for us to identify those in the building and know that everyone who visits has authorization to be here.
With our new access control system, new check-in security protocol will be put in place. We will announce these updates as needed. In the meantime, all JCC members should continue to bring their current Membership ID card for quick and accurate check-in. If you do not have your Membership ID card, go to the Member Services Desk, where our staff will be able to look you up and check you in. If you are bringing a guest to the JCC, please review the Guest Procedures listed at right. For any additional questions please contact Member Services at (402) 334-6426.