PROLOGUE
1ST DETROIT SERVICE
SHULS
1ST HEBREW DELRAY
AARON ISRAEL [STOLINER]
ADAS YESHURN [TYLER]
ADAT SHALOM
AHAVATH ZION
AMARATH TEMPLE
AVAS ACHIM [DELMAR]
AVAS ACHIM 2
BETH AARON
BETH AARON V ISRAEL
BETH ABRAHAM
BETH ABRAHAM 2
B'NAI DAVID
BETH EL [BONSTELLE]
BETH EL
BETH EMMANUEL [TAYLOR]
BETH ITZCHOCK
BETH MOSES
BETH MOSES 2
BETH MOSES [OWEN]
B'NAI MOSHE
BETH SCHMUEL
BETH TICHVAH [PETOSKEY]
BETH YEHUDA
B'NAI ISRAEL
B'NAI ISRAEL 2
B'NAI JACOB
B'NAI JACOB
B'NAI ZION [HUMPHREY]
DOWNTOWN SYNAGOGUE
EL MOSHE
EZRAS ACHIM TUROVER
HERES ISRAEL
MISHKAN YISROEL
NUSACH HARI
SHAAREY SHOMAYIM [FENKELL]
SHAAREY TORAH
SHAAREY ZEDEK
SHAAREY ZION [PIGGLY WIGGLY]
TEMPLE ISRAEL
INSTITUTIONS
BETH DAVID CEMETERY
BETH EL ELMWOOD CEMETERY
BETH OLEM CEMETERY
BUTZEL BUILDING
FREE BURIAL ASSN
JCC MEYERS
JCC WOODWARD
JEWISH WELFARE FED
MANUEL URBACH
SHAAREY ZEDEK SCHOOL
SINAI HOSPITAL
THE SCHVITZ
TUSHIYAH UHS
UHS DELMAR
YESHIVA BETH YEHUDA & MOGEN AVROM

Jewish Community Center

Woodward at Holbrook

Now
The Considine Recreation Center

 

 

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Shared Memories of Jewish Community Center [Woodward]

I remember the first time I was in the JCC gym. I believe it had just opened, maybe 1955 or 56, I was 11 or 12. I remember the smells. The freshly waxed, shiny wood floor of the basketball court, the new basketballs, and the disinfectant smell of the locker room. The sound of the gym shoes squeaking on the floor and the bouncing basket balls. There was always the anticipatory excitement going from the locker room to the gym. Sneaking into, and being kicked out of, the Health Club was also a favorite activity. I also remember the snack bar, I think it was in the basement but I'm not sure.

This JCC played an important role in my early adolescence. There was the Saturday Night League basketball (my team was the "Tri-Squares," I have no idea where the name came from). Howard Schechter and Howard Golding, both of whom starred at Mumford High basketball also played in that league. The teen clubs, (Joel Schechter was our club leader), softball leagues, winter weekends at Camp Tamarack, and ice hockey on the adjacent playground.

I later belonged to the JCC in Cincinnati. This got me through graduate school, sanity intact. Too bad there's no JCC for my kids in Ventura California. They don't know what they've missed.

NN

I spent a lot of my free time after school (mumford) at the JCC. I was in an AZA chapter called Gershwin and we had a basketball team that played in a league at the JCC. We played there for several years. One year we even tried to get Rocky's Pizza (on 7 Mile Rd.) to sponsor our team and pay for the uniforms, but we were not allowed to have outside sponsors.

Ron

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