JCC Reunion Celebrates 100 Years of Friendships & Community

JCC Reunion Celebrates 100 Years of Friendships & Community

Nearly two months ago, tragedy struck our community. The road to recovery has been challenging. We are persevering and growing stronger as a community with the common goal of promoting peace and acceptance. This past Sunday, June 8, we saw over 700 people come to the J to celebrate friendships, new and old, at Maxine Benson’s retirement party and the JCC Linwood & Holmes Reunion.

Maxine has been the Director of the Childhood Development Center at the J for 17 years and has touched the lives of so many families, nurtured hundreds of children and grown the CDC to be Overland Park’s premiere day care and preschool facility. Despite cloudy, cold weather on Sunday, hundreds of Maxine’s friends, co-workers, and current and former CDC families gathered at the outdoor pool to celebrate Maxine’s career.

Shortly after, we welcomed over 300 people for a JCC reunion! Following a program with plenty of reminiscing, guests enjoyed a reception where they reconnected with their old friends. Many attendees have been participants at the J for decades – a few for over 80 years – and enjoyed recalling fond memories of activities at two of the J’s previous locations at 1600 Linwood Blvd and 8201 Holmes Road.

The reunion was covered extensively in local media:

See below for photos from both events.

Latke Auditions for KC SuperStar

On Sunday, Latke auditioned for KC SuperStar by singing “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Here he is pictured during his audition and with the judges. Will he make it to the next round?? Auditions continue this Sunday, April 13 at the JCC.   Now in its fifth year, KC SuperStar is an “American Idol”Continue Reading

CDC Collects 100s of Cans

CDC Collects 100s of Cans

Latke helped celebrate the CDC collecting cans for their food drive. Each classroom has been tasked with collecting 100 cans in honor of the JCC’s 100th birthday and to help out our neighbors at JFS Food Pantry. Below, Latke celebrates with a few classrooms.

Latke and Shane Bertram Baker

Latke and Shane Bertram Baker

Latke stopped by the White Theatre for a photo with KC native Shane Bertram Baker, who stars in his one-man show “The Big Bupkis: A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville.” Looks like Latke and Shane aren’t sure who is the stranger character!

JCC Indoor Triathlon

JCC Indoor Triathlon

We had a record turnout for our 19th Annual JCC Indoor Triathlon with more than 130 participants – and everyone of them did a fantastic job! Thank you to them and ALL of the volunteers that helped make the event such a success. Click here for the Fox 4 news story covering the event, andContinue Reading

A Night of 100 Shabbats

A Night of 100 Shabbats

On Friday, February 21, hundreds of people in the Kansas City area gathered at host family homes, in restaurants or synagogues to celebrate Shabbat together. The evening was sponsored by the JCC in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, HBHA and many local synagogues. Here are a few pictures from the eveningContinue Reading

JCC 100 MORE Challenge Kickoff

JCC 100 MORE Challenge Kickoff

MORE Coverage of the 100 MORE Challenge Kickoff from the Kansas City Star Photos By Susan Pfannmuller        250 people marked the 100th anniversary of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City Sunday, January 19th by taking part in 100 minutes of exercise. Denise Hankin, of Overland Park, (on pink bike) spent 30 of thoseContinue Reading

Happy 100th Birthday JCC!

Happy 100th Birthday JCC!

       On Sunday, January 19th, more than 200 JCC Members joined in celebrating the JCC’s 100th Birthday. Participants completed 100 minutes of exercise then gathered in the Social Hall for cake and a birthday celebration! The JCC 100 MORE mascot, Latke The Lion, made his debut at the event and even helped leadContinue Reading

Mascot Meet-Up at the JCC

Mascot Meet-Up at the JCC

  Latke The Lion, JCC 100 More Mascot, meets Mac, Missouri Mavericks Mascot, in the JCC Vacation Days program on January 20th. We hear they’re now quite good friends!

Happy 100 Days of School!

Happy 100 Days of School!

Our CDC Preschool kids count the first 100 days of the school year. Here’s the kids showing what they’ve counted and how THEY celebrate 100 MORE at the JCC!