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Photo of JCC preschoolers making dreidels in December 2018.

Light is especially appreciated after the dark.
     – Hasdai, Ben ha-Melekh ve-ha-Nazir

Dear Friends,

Photo of Steven Sisskind, JCC board president, and Marci Erlebacher, JCC executive director.A lot has happened over the past year. The daily bombardment of news, events, triumphs and tragedies have been staggering. If it feels like we're living in a different world now, well, that's because we are.

Just over one year ago we gathered at the JCC to honor the 11 lives stolen in a murderous rage at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Since then, other heinous acts of hate and antisemitism have peppered our consciousness. Unfortunately, the recent rise in antisemitism is real. According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic incidents have surged nearly 60 percent in 2017 over 2016.

To combat this rise in hate, our community must continue working closely together. We need to remain vigilant in our processes and protocols. We must continue spreading love and light. Because now, more than ever, it is crucial to have our institutions thriving.

The JCC is committed to providing a safe and comfortable place for everyone in our community. We continue to be proactive when it comes to enhancing our security. Through adversity, our mission has been reinforced and made stronger than ever before. Our presence is now even more essential to our community. Because it is not only about the services that we provide, it's about our presence and our need and right to exist. Our light must shine bright for all to see and recognize as representing the strength of our Jewish community. We are the place where everyone belongs.

We have many strengths and we are counted upon by many. We support hundreds of local working families with quality childcare and seniors with our kosher meal program. Hundreds of children each year experience our summer camps—one of the largest and most respected in Onondaga County.

During this time of year, the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is once again seeking your support. We are truly grateful for how our community has stood with us over the past couple of years. But the reality is we can always use the support. Your past contributions have enabled us to meet the needs of our members and neighbors. We once again look to your generosity as we seek to maintain our key place within the community. Please remember that when you give to the JCC you provide a gift that will last throughout the year.

Help us continue our long tradition of serving the diverse needs of our community. Your generous donation will positively impact many lives. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the JCC today. The strength of our institutions and the light that we create is one of the best ways to fight hate.


Marci Erlebacher
Executive Director

Steven Sisskind
Board President

P.S. For your convenience, please download and complete this form (PDF, 344 KB) to submit your tax-deductible JCC contribution today! Questions? Call us at 315-445-2360.