LBJ Humanitarian Award Celebration Honors the Osherows and Supports Vital JCC Services

LBJ Humanitarian Award Celebration Honors the Osherows and Supports Vital JCC Services

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is looking forward to the LBJ Humanitarian Award Celebration on Sunday, September 25, honoring Vicki and Billy Osherow for all of their dedication and philanthropic activities within the Jewish community and the Austin community as a whole. 

Each year, thousands of children, teens, adults, senior adults and local families are impacted in positive ways by the JCC’s programs, services, events and community gatherings. The JCC receives revenue from membership, tuition and program fees. And, while the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign funds a large portion of the JCC’s philanthropic programs and services, more resources are needed.  

That’s where the LBJ Humanitarian Award Celebration comes in. The money raised supports and enhances the quality of the JCC’s philanthropic programs and services, including youth and teen services, senior adult programs and Jewish educational and cultural events, and provides financial assistance to assist low income individuals and families with the cost of JCC membership, preschool tuition and camp registration. 

The JCC is there for the Jewish community and JCC members at every stage of life. The funds raised provide need-based tuition assistance for young children to begin their Jewish journeys while receiving a first rate pre-school education and enrichment at the JCC’s Early Childhood Program. But when school is out for the summer the funds also helps provide need-based financial aid for youth and teens to attend JCC Summer Camps -- an enriching experience, where the children make lifelong friendships and memories, develop new skills and cultivate their Jewish identities. Funds raised at this event will also provide Austin with a taste of Israeli culture by providing funds for Israeli Schlichim (emissaries) to work as camp staff, creating an opportunity for campers to learn about Israel and connect with young Israelis. This experience serves to strengthen the bonds of the Austin community with Israel. Teens also receive support for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, which brings together all Jewish teens in Austin, regardless of denomination or synagogue membership, to learn, engage and be inspired by their Jewish heritage. 

The LBJ Humanitarian Award Celebration will also benefit older adults. Funding will help senior adults participate in daily, weekly and monthly programs at the JCC to meet the educational, social, spiritual, cultural, and health and wellness needs of Austin’s growing older adult population. In addition, the JCC offers door-to-door, accessible transportation services. 

The JCC is also home to some of our community’s largest cultural celebrations. Community wide celebrations for Purim, Israel Independence Day, Chanukah and other Jewish holidays not only strengthen communal bonds but also a sense of Jewish cultural identity. The JCC also supports educational opportunities through Tapestry of Jewish Learning, a full day of adult enrichment. 

Mark your calendar for September 25 to show your support of these great programs; all while honoring the Osherows and catching up with old and new friends before the High Holidays.

To purchase tickets and sponsorships or find out more information, visit www.shalomaustin.org/lbj or contact Jackie Mintz at 512-735-8014 or jackie.mintz@shalomaustin.org.

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