Rosen Jewish Community Center

The Rosen Jewish Community Center, sometimes abridged as Rosen JCC, is a community center serving Southwest Orlando, Florida's community. It was formerly known as the Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Campus during its time as a satellite center operated by the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando.[1]

Rosen Jewish Community Center
Rosen Jewish Community Center
Formation1994; 27 years ago (1994)
PurposeJewish community center
Region
Orlando, Florida

Description and historyEdit

The Rosen Jewish Community Center (Rosen JCC) is a community center serving Southwest Orlando's community. The center's origins trace back to 1994, when the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando (JCCGO) established the Early Childhood Learning Center on property belonging to the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation.[2]

Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando CampusEdit

In August 2009, a "full-service satellite" known as the Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus opened,[3] operating much like YMCA and offering expanded preschool,[4] after-school and summer camp programs, plus a fitness center and sports leagues.[5] Harris Rosen, founder of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and a local resident since the late 1960s,[6][7] pledged $3.5 million for its first phase of construction and named the campus after his parents.[4][8] According to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, this marked the largest gift in the organization's history.[9][10] In addition to Rosen, more than 220 families pledged donations; most contributions were $1,000 or higher, with several exceeding $10,000. In April 2006, JCC's board of directors moved to begin groundbreaking as soon as possible and the Federation's board of directors approved $400,000 for architectural, engineering, and impact fees, plus permit costs.[9]

The 35,000-square-foot center features a gymnasium and aerobics facilities, dance studio, multi-purpose rooms, a space dedicated to its early childhood education program, an outdoor pavilion and concert hall, and playgrounds and sports fields.[8][11] The campus also houses Theatre South at JCC, an arts center with classes for all ages and home of JCC's resident theatre company.[6] Future plans for the 16-acre site on which the center stands included an auditorium, basketball and tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, snack bar, teen and senior centers, and spaces dedicated to an expanded early childhood education program.[8]

Rosen Jewish Community CenterEdit

In 2014, the Harris Rosen Foundation confirmed plans to purchase the campus. Rosen had previously contributed $5.5 million for the project's construction.[3] Effective June 1, 2015, the center began operating independently as the Rosen Jewish Community Center.[5] Later that month, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the second phase of an expansion project, which will include two additional wings.[12] The 4,769-square-foot south wing will expand Rosen JCC's Early Childhood Learning Center by adding four classrooms and a parenting center and resource library. The 17,348-square-foot north wing will feature an auditorium, theater, and youth spaces.[2][12] The auditorium will include an elevated stage, green room, and kitchen. Two private, soundproof music rooms will be added outside the auditorium. The youth area will feature a "Kid Zone" with child care services, three classrooms dedicated to an after school program called "J University", and two staff offices. The Early Childhood Learning Center will include an administrative office, three classrooms, and a parenting center and resource library.[2][12] The original building's youth space will have "retrofitted enhancements" for teen and wellness programs, and the present youth wing will feature massage and physical therapy studios and a "private personal training zone". Rosen JCC also has plans for a room for indoor cycling and a center for teens with a "wellness-oriented" exergaming room.[2][12] The expansion is expected to be completed in February 2016.[12]

People with memberships to JCCGO have privileges to use the Rosen JCC, though the two centers operate as separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.[1][5] Annual events hosted by the center include the food festival "Taste of the J" and a Winter Festival featuring games, rides, sledding, and a snow park.[6] In 2015, Rosen JCC held its inaugural gala and golf tournament at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek.[2][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Roth JCC Maitland and Rosen JCC to become separate entities". Heritage Florida Jewish News. August 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rosen JCC comes of age-ready to grow". Heritage Florida Jewish News. 39 (26). March 6, 2015. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Orlando JCC South Sold to Rosen Foundation". eJewishPhilanthropy. November 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Manuel (August 27, 2009). "Jewish Community Center's new campus to serve southwest Orlando". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. ISSN 0744-6055. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Rosen JCC". The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Jewish Routes" (PDF). Moment. Washington, D.C.: 54–55 January–February 2015. ISSN 0099-0280. OCLC 610402552. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 24, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "50 Most Powerful". Orlando Magazine. July 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Jack & Lee Rosen Jewish Community Campus". HHCP. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Pledge propels Southwest Campus to groundbreaking". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida: GateHouse Media. June 15, 2006. ISSN 0163-0288. OCLC 187953892. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rosen donates $3.5M for Orlando Jewish center". Orlando Business Journal. May 4, 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Facility Rentals". Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e Kerr, Zak (July 9, 2015). "Rosen Jewish Community Center continues addition". West Orange Times & Observer. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Rosen JCC Inaugural Golf Tournament". Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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