We have raised $31,104,120
$1,095,487 in endowments towards maintenance, programming, and operations
We are at an exciting and transformative moment; a crossroads of the Omaha JCC’s past, present and future that is rich with opportunity. It is time to make some big changes that will enhance our JCC for the 21st century and allow us to continue impacting our community members’ lives now and in the years to come. This is truly a community-wide effort! Every gift to this project matters and is essential to complete the transformation. Our Future is Now, and we invite you to Be a Part of It!
New Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms, Health Clubs, and Family Changing Area
° Floor to ceiling renovation of the Locker Rooms with new showers, fixtures, tile, carpet, and lockers
° Completely new Health Clubs featuring saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, lounges, coffee bars
° Family Changing Area includes 5 private cabanas each equipped with a toilet, sink, shower, and changing table. There also is a lactation room for nursing mothers.
Late summer is when we will complete the Men’s Locker Room. This will allow all women JCC members a brand new facility to enjoy as work begins on the transforming the current Women’s Locker Room. We also expect to complete the renovation of the Men’s Health Spa in late summer. Once the men are moved in to this space, work will begin on the current Women’s Health Spa.
New Main Entrance and Lobby Area
° More open, light, airy, and welcoming
° Areas for visiting, studying, meeting
° Vibrant and creative art exhibits
Our facility’s “front door” underwent major changes to create a brighter, more inviting entry to our campus. Featuring comfortable seating, colorful artwork, high ceilings, and a new security desk.
The reimagined Kripke Library will better meet the needs of our community while still offering an interesting and diverse curation of books. The Hall of History will become a destination to educate our community on the heritage of Jewish Omaha and the Reception space will serve as a multipurpose venue for classes, meetings, and other gatherings. We expect a Winter 2020/21 completion of this space.
Learning Commons, Hall of History, the Blumkin Family Institute for Holocaust, and Wiesman Family Reception Room
° Total reimagining of the Kripke Library
° Carefully curated displays of library books
° Historical exhibit with important collections from the Riekes Museum, IHE’s Pennie Z. Davis Gallery of local survivors’ portraits, and the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
° Fully modernized space for meetings, receptions, and educational classes
° Co-work space
° Coffee bar
Alan J. Levine Performing Arts Theater including the Linda and Nelson Gordman Family Black Box Theater
° Floor to ceiling renovation of this 326 seat theater
° All new audio/visual technology, acoustics, site lines, lighting, rigging, handicap accessibility, seating, stage floor, curtains, restrooms, dressing rooms, stagecraft area, piano and voice lesson studios.
° Flexibility to stage more intimate productions with the Black Box Theater
° Available for in-house productions as well as partnerships with other arts organizations.
° Corporate rentals also available
° Fully remodeled 5,500 square feet of meeting space with retractable wall to divide into smaller rooms
° Modernized audio/visual, lighting, acoustics and finishes
° Capable of handling a variety of events and programs with adjacent catering prep area