The St. Louis Jewish Community Center [The J] is more than a place to meet – it’s a place for visitors to swim, work out with personal trainers, go to camp and even participate in local theatre.
The J has served as a multi-generational gathering place for more than 130 years, offering a variety of programs and services. The facility welcomes all people regardless of faith, race or background. It provides cultural, educational and social Jewish identity-building and other recreational programming across its multiple campuses in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield and Lake of the Ozarks.
The J has five core service areas: early childhood education, day and resident camp, culture and education, group social services, and fitness and wellness.
“We’re open to everyone,” Lisa Marucci, director of marketing and communications, said. “Although we definitely serve our Jewish community, we also serve the entire community. You don’t have to be Jewish to participate in our programs.”
The J also encourages members to brave the cold by offering about 200 free exercise classes each week.
“People are currently interested in ‘boutique fitness,’ like heart-rate training, Pilates and cycling,” Lisa said. “The J offers all of those workouts under one membership. People are always pleasantly surprised when they come in for a tour.”
The J is dedicated to serving the community through programs such as Meals on Wheels, and through annual scholarship awards of more than $600,000. The J also has two licensed and accredited early childhood centers and offers programs for all ages.
“We are a really great resource,” Lisa said. “We offer something for everyone in the family.”