History

1980 – 1989

Early 1984
A group who would become JCC founders decided that a JCC was vital to our growing Ann Arbor community.

May 29, 1984
Organizational meeting held to outline reasons to start a JCC, propose facilities, and devise an implementation plan.

July 10, 1984
Discussion of 2300 E. Stadium as the location for the JCC.

September 1, 1984
Establishment of founding Board of Directors.

January 13, 1985
Beth Israel Nursery School and Raanana Day Camp became part of the JCC.

June 12, 1985
Programs and activities include: Preschool/Toddler program, Day Camp/ Holiday School, Community Volunteers, Kid’s Peace Corps, Business People’s Club, Book Club/Fair, Seniors Club. Committees include: Public Relations, Fundraising, Membership, Facilities and Operation, Business and Finance, Executive Committee.

July 21, 1985
Four series of events planned to sustain community support (self help, cultural, entertainment, feature series).

January 19, 1986
Decision to have six policy making committees of the board (public relations, membership and fundraising, programs, facilities and operation, business and finance, personnel).

August 13, 1986
Decision to purchase the Clinton School building at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive.

September 7, 1986
Board of Directors expanded to 21 members.

February 1987
Moved into the building at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Began lease arrangements with Hebrew Day School and Jewish Cultural School.

May 1987
Education of community about the new Jewish Center and tours of building.

February 1988
First Colossal Computer Sale.

March 1, 1988
First Executive Director hired.

March 20, 1988
Plans to incorporate Beth Shalom Nursery School into parent-child development center including half day nursery school, full day child care, kaleidoscope programming, and parent child workshops.

May 1, 1988
Dedication of the Jewish Center and presenting of plaques.

June 1988
Raanana became JCC Camp Raanana.

September 1988
Senior Thursday Lunch Bunch begins, First Apples and Honey and Lots, Lots More held. Singles Group became part of JCC.

December 1988
Mezuzah dedication ceremony.

Outing Club formed.

November 1989
Organization of Black/Jewish Coalition.

1990 – 2006

January 1990
Completed The Million Dollar Campaign.

August 1990
Co-hosted opening ceremonies of JCC Maccabi Games with Detroit.

September 1990
Opened Infant/Toddler room. Began lease arrangement with Temple Beth Emeth.

March 1991
First Magical Mystery Meals.

July 1993
Report: Planning Survey.

May 1995
10th Anniversary Celebration. Announcement of Capitol Building Campaign.

May 1997
Ground-breaking of building expansion.

April 1998
Moved into the newly expanded JCC.

March 2000
Nancy Margolis retires, JCC separates Executive function from Federation and hires its own Executive Director.

November 2001
Leslie Bash hired as Executive Director.

May 2002
First Jewish Film Festival.

July 2002
Israeli Scouts come for the first time.

August 2002
Israeli Expo to help Israel’s economy is held at Apples and Honey.

November 2002
Joined Jewish Book Council and doubled the size of the Book Fair.

February 2003
Family Havdalah program is held, the first family program to be sponsored by the Bernard L. Maas Foundation.

April 2003
JCC Gala Auction raises $46,000 for gym renovation.

May 2003
Second Film Festival is held and attendance almost doubles.

July 2003
JCC begins Gym Fundraising campaign.

August 2003
Apples and Honey hosts 500+ attendees.

September 2003
JCC adds University of Michigan Sol Drachler Program intern to the staff.

April 2004
Gym renovation begins.

September 2004
Gym renovation completed and Mezuzah ceremony is held at Apples and Honey.

May 2005
JCC Gala Auction raises $50,000 for renovation of the Maas Lounge and the building of an elementary age appropriate playground.

November 2005
ECC and HDS hold first Family Literacy Night.

May 3, 2006
5th Annual Jewish Film Festival has sell-out screenings at the Michigan Theater.

July – August 2006
Camp Raanana has largest enrollment to date.

September 2006
Apples and Honey hosts 700+ attendees.

2007 – Present

January 2007
Renovation to the Monkey Room completed, funded by the Bernard L. Maas Foundation.

March 2007
JCC Gala Auction raises $55,000 for elementary-age playground campaign.

Spring 2007
ECC begins partnership with High Scope Educational Research Foundation and incorporates their teaching practices into the curriculum.

November 2007
Largest Book Festival to date.

June 2008
JCC Gala Event held to honor Founders Chuck & Sharon Newman and launch JCC Endowment Fund for the Future.

August 2008
New elementary playground installed and Maas Lounge renovated.

September 2008
Center hires first full-time Jewish Cultural Arts and Education Director.

March 2009
JCC Gala Auction raises $34,000 towards roof replacement.

May 2009
Installed new fences around early childhood playground and new school age playground funded by a Homeland Security Grant.

June 2009
Name changed from the Jewish Community of Washtenaw County to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

July 2009
Installed new shatter proof glass in front of building funded by a Homeland Security Grant.

September 2009
New roof installed.

August 2010
JCC completes lounge renovation.

September 2010
JCC By-laws are revised.

March 2011
JCC Gala Auction raised $31,000.

August 2011
ECC Bunny infant/toddler room reconfigured.

January 2012
ECC Duck infant/toddler room reconfigured.

January 2012
New gym floor installed.

June 2012
Second Homeland Security Project completed.

June 2012
Camp Raanana moves to new camp site in Chelsea.

June/July 2012
JCC raises funds to install new PA System.

October 2012
Jeffrey Baden hired as Executive Director.

Summer 2014
Major ECC renovations completed to update Infant/Toddler rooms, hallways, and KidZone afterschool room.