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Construction on the new outdoor Aquatic Complex is underway! We are excited to move forward with this project in an effort to carry out our mission of building and maintaining a vibrant Jewish community, not only for today, but for generations to come. If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to email us at questions@jccomaha.org.



Frequently Asked Q & A  (10/24/17)
What does this renovation project include?
The main focus of the first phase of JCC renovation plans include the building of a new outdoor Aquatic Complex. Our current, 50 meter, outdoor pool will be replaced with three new outdoor pool areas that include:
  • A six lane, 25 meter, lap pool with gutter circulation system and diving board
  • A lazy river for floating, playing, and water walking
  • A family friendly pool with zero depth entry
  • Kid friendly water features including an aqua zip line, climbing wall, large water slide, and splash pad with water sprayers and play structure
  • Bathhouse with showers, lockers, family changing room
  • Ample pool deck seating with new shaded areas
  • Swim lesson area and lifeguard office
  • Snack shack with covered eating area
  • New parking area with oversized spaces
Beyond the construction of the outdoor Aquatics Complex, there will be additional renovations and improvements to the JCC campus. These renovations will happen gradually, in phases. Current renovation plans include:
  • New glass entryway and updated Member Services desk at the Phil Sokolof Fitness Center
  • New Fit & Sit area by Member Services
  • New indoor locker rooms and family changing area
  • New dedicated fitness rooms: spin studio, yoga studio, pilates studio, and group training area
  • New indoor pool complex
  • Updates and improvements to the existing JCC Theater
  • Expansion of the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center
  • New outdoor signage, lighting, landscaping, and improvements to the north drive

Why are we doing this project?
This project has been in the planning stages for many years, as we carefully considered all of our options and objectives. Some of the main deciding factors were as follows:

• Practicality

Our current outdoor pool is 43-years-old and ailing. The cost and labor demands of maintenance and repair cannot be continued for the long term.

• Member Needs & Feedback
Part of our mission is to provide members with unique opportunities to associate through social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs, activities, and services. In doing so, we recognized there was a need for more functional campus spaces and features that would accommodate all ages and interests.

• Long Term Vision

In 1967 a committee of community leaders came together to examine the current and future needs of the Omaha Jewish Community Center. They had visions for a vibrant future and ultimately decided to move the Omaha JCC from its original location at 20th and Dodge, to where we are located today. The committee believed that this location would fulfill the then current needs of their membership, while also leaving expansion possibilities to accommodate future generations.

Just like our predecessors, we are thinking of the future. These campus renovations will help us carry out our mission of building and maintaining a vibrant Jewish community, not only for today, but for generations to come.

How will this impact Members?

JCC Members have a lot to look forward to. We plan to offer innovative programs for each venue that is remodeled or replaced. This will include new classes, programs, and educational opportunities that we currently cannot provide due to a lack of space or resources.

When will this project be finished?
Assuming there are no construction or material delays, our goal is to have the new outdoor Aquatic Complex open by the summer of 2018. The start of additional phases will subsequently follow.

Will both entrances and the access road around campus be open during construction?
Yes. The plan is to keep both entrances, as well as the access road around campus, open during the renovation. It is possible, however, that access to certain parts of the campus may be impeded during the construction process. Should any temporary closures or restrictions occur, we will do our best to notify members in a timely manner. 

Where will the new outdoor Aquatic Complex be located?
The new outdoor Aquatic Complex will be located on the east side of the Phil Sokolof Fitness Center, in the area that housed the outdoor tennis and basketball courts. In order to complete construction, these outdoor courts will be removed. Soil will then be moved in and leveled. New sewer and drain lines will be installed and then the building of the pools and structures will take place.

Will the platform tennis, outdoor tennis, and basketball courts be replaced?
Currently, our plans call for the relocation of the platform tennis structure. It will be dismantled and rebuilt on the southeast side of our campus (in the area where the outdoor pool is currently located). We do not have plans to replace the outdoor tennis or basketball courts. However, there will be space allowed should that change.

Will access to the outdoor Aquatic Complex be included in JCC Memberships? 
Yes. Access to the new outdoor Aquatic Complex will be included with all JCC Memberships.

Will member dues go up to pay for the addition of the outdoor Aquatic Complex?
The first phase of this project is being funded by three benevolent donors. We extend our sincerest gratitude to Michael Staenberg, Tom Fellman, and Howard Kooper. While JCC Membership dues may undergo the normal, yearly increase for services offered, there are no plans to significantly raise membership dues to pay for the outdoor Aquatics Complex.

How will additional phases of the renovation be funded?

In the next few weeks, a capital campaign will begin to solicit monies for additional phases of the campus renovation. We are excited to provide our members with the opportunity to get involved and make a lasting impact. Together we can enhance the Jewish Community Center - not only for today, but for generations to come.

Project Updates and Contact Information
Ongoing community updates regarding this project will be posted on this page.  Relevant information will also be included in the JFO and JCC e-newsletters. 

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to email us at questions@jccomaha.org.








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New JCC Aquatic Complex to Open in 2018

By: Bruce Friedlander, Jewish Federation of Omaha Board President

(9/28/17) At the June 5th Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Meeting, Tom Fellman announced upcoming renovation plans for our campus. I am excited to announce construction of a new outdoor aquatic complex. Over the next several months, you will see construction vehicles working on redesigning the space. The image above shows a rendering of the outdoor aquatic complex slated to open in 2018.

This is the first part of Phase One of an ongoing campus renovation plan. Additional details will soon be forthcoming. We are grateful for the leadership, commitment and passion of Tom Fellman, Howard Kooper and Michael Staenberg. We are excited to enhance our campus, not only for today, but for generations to come.




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New Fitness Center Equipment Installed
(7/25/17)  The new cardio and weight equipment has been installed in the Fitness Center. There are new treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes, climbmills, strength machines, free weights, and much more! In addition, most cardio machines now have exciting new features that allow for workout tracking, streaming media, & training programs!

If you have any questions on how to use the new equipment, please contact a member of the Fitness Center staff and they will be happy to assist you.


New Equipment Includes...

• 13 Treadmills
Featuring workout tracking, streamingmedia, & embedded TVs with training programs. Spacious walking/running areas and advanced drive/deck systems provide proper cushion & support.

• 2 Climbmills

• New Bike Options
New cycling options including NuSteps,recumbent bikes and upright bikes.

• 12 Elliptical & Adaptive Motion Trainers
Featuring workout tracking and embedded media. Adaptive Motion Trainers (AMT’s) are variable stride ellipticals, with adjustable step height. Ideal for training for running, jogging, stepping, and walking.

• Strength Training Machines

Allows the user to make adjustments once seated. Weight stacks start at 2.5 pounds and advance by 2.5 pounds.

• Free Weights
All new bars, weight plates, dumbbells, benches, and plate loaded machines. Space will allow users to maximize lifts.

• LifeFitness Synrgy360 & Matrix S-drive
Provide a small group experience that will challenge users cardiovascular and muscular systems. When small groups are not in session, members are free to use these to enhance their workouts.