SIJCC in 2015-16
Highlights of our year:
This year was full of many exciting changes to SIJCC’s campus, and we welcomed numerous new faces to our community. The Klub Gymnastics moved to their new building in frog town in January, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! As our own programs, outside rentals and other offerings for the community on our campus have grown, so has the need to expand our foot print. We are thrilled to be reclaiming our full campus and have fun imagining all of the possibilities that lie ahead.
Countless friends participated in our community brainstorm to imagine what kinds of programs could live in our new space, and 70 friends joined us for Demo Day, when we took the first steps to remodel what we now call our Cultural Wing.
By the summer we opened up a new office annex in the Cultural Wing, putting SIJCC’s program staff closer to the action and now expanding our reach across the campus at both entrances. We remodeled the bathrooms and opened The Box (a 4,000 sq. foot multi-use exhibition and event space), The Workshop (small meeting/co-working/event space), and The Studio (for classes like ballet and yoga).
Friends joined us on campus for our annual Community Seder, movie screenings, JLC and ECE family potlucks, birthday parties, ballet classes, yoga, breath work, choir and soccer. Local entrepreneurs and artists used our space for weekly co-working. We learned how to mix cocktails, make challah and speak spanish. Community members learned a new instrument, perfected their elevator pitches and discovered how to craft the perfect story.
Our whole community came together this year for a number of fun events -- our 2nd annual Cabaret at Mack Sennett and our spring Gala at the Paramour Estate were both hugely successful fundraisers for the Center (and we had a lot of fun!). The Festival of Lights in December welcomed 300+ community members to our campus. We enjoyed face painting, our world-famous bake sale, pupusas, kids’ woodworking, live performances and more.
We grew our outside rentals program this year, too, and are now home to a number of other organizations, including a local church and the LA Chinese Cultural Center. We’re excited for our space to be a home for friends of all backgrounds and faiths.
In the coming year, we’re trying to say "yes" to as much as possible as we look for ways to expand both our own programs and our rentals to other community organizations. If you have ideas for new programs or other ways to use our space, please let us know!
"SIJCC is a true center of community where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can gather to create, share ideas and celebrate the unique gifts that we each bring to the world." - Michael Kass, SIJCC community member
Photo credit: James Crocker, C3 Church