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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.

Please 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) 334-6452.

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.”

In addition 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.

The Phil 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 yourself.”

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 weeks.

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.