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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.
Moved into the building at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Began lease arrangements with Hebrew Day School and Jewish Cultural School.
Education of community about the new Jewish Center and tours of building.
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.
Raanana became JCC Camp Raanana.
Senior Thursday Lunch Bunch begins, First Apples and Honey and Lots, Lots More held. Singles Group became part of JCC.
Mezuzah dedication ceremony.
Outing Club formed.
Organization of Black/Jewish Coalition.
Completed The Million Dollar Campaign.
Co-hosted opening ceremonies of JCC Maccabi Games with Detroit.
Opened Infant/Toddler room. Began lease arrangement with Temple Beth Emeth.
First Magical Mystery Meals.
Report: Planning Survey.
10th Anniversary Celebration. Announcement of Capitol Building Campaign.
Ground-breaking of building expansion.
Moved into the newly expanded JCC.
Nancy Margolis retires, JCC separates Executive function from Federation and hires its own Executive Director.
Leslie Bash hired as Executive Director.
First Jewish Film Festival.
Israeli Scouts come for the first time.
Israeli Expo to help Israel’s economy is held at Apples and Honey.
Joined Jewish Book Council and doubled the size of the Book Fair.
Family Havdalah program is held, the first family program to be sponsored by the Bernard L. Maas Foundation.
JCC Gala Auction raises $46,000 for gym renovation.
Second Film Festival is held and attendance almost doubles.
JCC begins Gym Fundraising campaign.
Apples and Honey hosts 500+ attendees.
JCC adds University of Michigan Sol Drachler Program intern to the staff.
Gym renovation begins.
Gym renovation completed and Mezuzah ceremony is held at Apples and Honey.
JCC Gala Auction raises $50,000 for renovation of the Maas Lounge and the building of an elementary age appropriate playground.
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.
Apples and Honey hosts 700+ attendees.
Renovation to the Monkey Room completed, funded by the Bernard L. Maas Foundation.
JCC Gala Auction raises $55,000 for elementary-age playground campaign.
ECC begins partnership with High Scope Educational Research Foundation and incorporates their teaching practices into the curriculum.
Largest Book Festival to date.
JCC holds a gala event to honor founders Chuck & Sharon Newman and launch the JCC endowment, Fund for the Future.
New elementary playground installed and Maas Lounge renovated.
Center hires first full-time Jewish Cultural Arts and Education Director.
Gala Auction raises $34,000 towards roof replacement.
Installed new fences around early childhood playground and new school age playground funded by a Homeland Security Grant.
Name changed from the Jewish Community of Washtenaw County to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.
Installed new shatter proof glass in front of building funded by a Homeland Security Grant.
New roof installed.
Lounge renovations are completed.
By-laws are revised.
Bi-annual auction raises milestone $31,000.
ECC Bunny infant/toddler room reconfigured.
ECC Duck infant/toddler room reconfigured.
New gym floor installed.
Second Homeland Security Project completed.
Camp Raanana moves to a new camp site in Chelsea in partnership with the Michigan United Conservation Club.
The Center raises funds to install a new PA System.
Jeffrey Baden becomes the Executive Director.
Major renovations completed to update Infant/Toddler rooms, hallways, and KidZone rooms.
The J adopts the new national brand revitalization led by the JCCA, anchored by the “love mark” of a white J offset inside a colored square.
David Stone becomes the Executive Director.
The J holds its first annual Golf Outing for Youth Scholarships to offset the over $50,000 in support provided to families to attend our ECC and Camp Raanana programs.