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JCC On Hudson Begins Work On New Center In Tarrytown

JCC on the Hudson broke ground Thursday on a new complex in Tarrytown. Photo Credit: JoAnne Murray
Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new JCC on the Hudson community center. Photo Credit: JoAnne Murray

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The JCC on the Hudson broke ground Thursday on a new 6.6-acre community campus in Tarrytown.

It will be the first time in 40 years that a new Jewish Community Center will be constructed in Westchester County. The new campus will quadruple the organization’s current space, adding two indoor swimming pools, a 6,000 square foot fitness center, a gymnasium, an auditorium and more.

The future JCC will encompass the organization’s current site and the site of the former GM training facility right next door. With all its new facilities, the new JCC offers opportunities for everyone in the Rivertowns.

“We hope to create a community center built on core values that will engage and connect the entire community in a meaningful way,” said Frank Hassid, executive director of the nonsectarian Jewish Community Center.

The festivities were the culmination of a journey beginning 25 years ago with the Yonkers JCC.

“I met my husband Jeff at the JCC in Yonkers when I was 15 years old and belonged to a club called the Slick Chicks,” recalled Carole Siegel, of Hartsdale. “There were many clubs in the 1950s for teenagers, and it was truly a place to socialize and meet new friends. The Yonkers JCC was such a wonderful community.”

As demographics changed and the Jewish community moved north, so did the JCC — becoming JCC on the Hudson, a “J” without walls —implementing programs at local synagogues, churches, public schools, and storefronts.

In 1995, the JCC opened a permanent home in Tarrytown, establishing a nursery school, a preschool day camp, music school, after-school programs, cultural arts, adult programs, special needs programs, and fitness center and programs.

Today, the JCC on the Hudson hosts families with young children and active seniors, including 105-year-old Dr. Gunter Lorenz of Ossining, who said, “I can’t wait for the next 100 years!”

Newcomers are as welcome as multiple generations of the same family.

For more information, call 914-366-7898.

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