Cool Ideas for a Hot Summer

tags: JCC, Pool, Summer
Posted by: Judy Loebl on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If winter was any indication of extreme Michigan weather, this could be a scorching season!  Have no fear, the J has “Cool Ideas for a Hot Summer.”    

The pool opens on Thursday, May 24 and summer swim memberships are now available. Check-out our new, easy access entrance on the west side of the building with plenty of parking, an expanded children’s area and an enhanced snack bar.   

Speaking of pools – and we have four of them! – the J will be swimming with programs in and around the water. Shed your coats and put on your flip-flops for cool Jazz at the Pool featuring Shelia Landis (Thursday, May 31). Or bring your bathing suit and light saber for our Star Wars Pool Party (Sunday, June 10.) July 4th wouldn’t be the same without the J’s second annual Independence Day Pool Bash and in August watch for our adult only Cocktails at the Pool party. These pool parties have a nominal fee for non-members and are open to the public.

Looking for free things to do with your family? Come to the J! Rockin’ with Rick! Party and Outdoor Family Concert (Thursday, June 28) will include a petting zoo, Thomas the Train, bounce houses, crafts and so much more with a special performance by one of JCC’s favorite musicians Rick Recht. Enjoy all camp has to offer at Family Fun Day with JCC Day Camps and PJ Library (Sunday, July 15.)

Whether you’re nine or ninety, join us for Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan bringing a message of hope and peace through music and dance (Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.) Or make memories at this year’s Sherrill Berman Shofar Factory (Sunday, August 19.)  

On Sunday mornings from June through August discover nature in our new A Walk in the Woods series, where each week a different themed hike will take you through the 250 beautiful wooded acres of the JCC. Another free outdoors event is Movie on the Green (Thursday, August 23 at dusk.) We aren’t announcing the movie, but it takes place in a distant galaxy and features Mel Brooks and the famous line “may the Schwartz be with you!”

For a summer filled with fun for your children, K’ton Ton Summer Camp at the Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center is accepting children ages 2 ½ - 4 years. For older children, entering kindergarten through 9th grade, JCC Day Camps Powered by Tamarack offers everything from swimming and canoeing to field trips, sports and specialty camps. 

Stay out of the heat at the Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival (May 24-27) or attend the Chicago Jewish Artists Guild exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery (June 3-July 12.)  Learning doesn’t stop over the summer: SAJE in the Summer hosts a three-part series Judaisms of the 21st Century with Rabbi Mitch Parker (Wednesdays July 11-25).  In August, the Detroit Melton School will offer complimentary Melton Moments sample classes (August 22 & 23).    

Leave West Bloomfield and discover other sensational JCC co-sponsored programs around Detroit. We hope to see you on the Detroit Riverfront at the community-wide celebration of Israel at 70 with activities and entertainment for the whole family (Wednesday, June 20). If you have a wee one – age 3 and under – join other parents at Bagels and Babies at a location near you.  As the summer wanes, and the pumpkins appear in our gardens, visit us at Hazon’s third annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival in Eastern Market (August 26).  We will be in Shed 6 at “The J: Creating a Healthier You!”

When we say there is something for everyone at the J we aren’t joking. Open to the entire community, these are just a few of the many programs and activities offered at the J throughout the year.  My advice…go to the JCC Events Calendar to see details on all the “Cool Events for a Hot Summer” and watch for “Hot Events for a Cold Winter” in an upcoming blog.  Stay chilled!


Judy Loebl
Assistant Executive Director




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