Monday, September 24, 2007

Bexley, Ohio. Galloway reports on Jewish Community Center activities

Kriss Galloway, manager of marketing and communications for Jewish Community Center of Columbus was the morning guest with John Manning on WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM, Local Power Radio.

Galloway began by reminding listeners that JCC will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Sukkot, and will reopen on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Sukkot is a thanksgiving holiday, held at the time of the full moon, when the crops have been harvested. It also is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” or booths, and is celebrated for seven-eight days.

Throughout the week, an observant family will eat its meals in a “succah” or booth that is set up outside, roofed with branches (the stars must be visible from inside), and decorated inside with flowers and fruit. The booth is intended to look temporary, as it represents the hastily set-up dwellings Jews used during their 40 years of wandering. Proper greeting is “Have a happy Sukkot.”

Galloway also reported that almost fifty entries were made for the premiere of the JCC Juried Member Art Exhibit.

Columbus artist Hani Hara is the JCC’s Visual Arts Committee chairman. He said about 20 pieces will be selected for the exhibit, which will be in the JCC lobby from Sunday, October 7 through Sunday, November 4.

Galloway also reported on the preparations for the Gallery Players’ production of “Jerry’s Girls,” a musical review based on the songs of composer Jerry Herman.

The show will open in three weeks on Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and will run for two consecutive weekends, closing on Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Jerry Herman is best known for his productions of Hello, Dolly (songs: “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes and “It Only Takes a Moment”), Mame (“It’s Today!” “If He Walked into My Life,” “Open a New Window” and “Bosom Buddies”), and La Cage Aux Folles (“I Am What I Am”), as well as Mack and Mabel and Milk and Honey.

In other activities at the JCC, Galloway reported on some programs for teens that have just begun. One of these is the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). Weekly meetings for this group are scheduled each Tuesday at the JCC beginning on October 2.

BBYO also is sponsoring SAT and ACT preparations at the JCC. The preparations will be conducted by Kaplan, beginning Wednesday, September 26.

Galloway also discussed some activities for seniors. She reminded listeners that JCC provides transportation within a 10 mile radius, and that there is no requirement that seniors be Jewish to participate in the programs.

Opera Columbus performers will help celebrate the seniors who have September birthdays. The opera stars will sing Happy Birthday on Wednesday, September 26 for seniors who have birthdays in September.

JCC also offers Kosher lunches every weekday at noon by Life Care Alliance. Suggested donation is $1.25, and registrations should be made a day prior. Galloway said the menu for today is BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes, spinach, mixed fruit, and since it’s Shabbat, challah bread.

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