Shalom Austin’s  Generations Campaign Launches Community-Wide Effort with $18.75 Million Pledged to Date

Shalom Austin’s Generations Campaign Launches Community-Wide Effort with $18.75 Million Pledged to Date

Shalom Austin is proud to announce a new challenge grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for its Generations Campaign, the first capital campaign since the Dell Jewish Community Campus opened in 2000. After raising $12.5 million from over 250 community members, every dollar donated will now be matched thanks to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s generous $6.25 million pledge. The goal is to raise $25 million to create a state of the art campus that meets the needs of the growing Austin community now and for the future.

“In 2000, we opened the JCC [Jewish Community Center] to usher in a new era of connection for the Austin Jewish community. With the Generations Campaign, we look forward to seeing the JCC continue to carry that torch for our families, our friends, and our community,” said Michael Dell.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Dells and more than 250 other families that have helped us reach this point in the campaign, three-quarters of the way to our goal,” said Generations Campaign co-chairs Keith Zimmerman and Judy Waxman. “This expansion and renovation will create a world-class campus that everyone in the Greater Austin area can enjoy, and the match is already beginning to inspire widespread support from people, businesses and foundations throughout Central Texas because every dollar donated makes a bigger impact.”

In the 1990s, Michael and Susan Dell donated the 40 acres in the heart of Northwest Hills which became the Jewish community campus. Since their initial gift, that land has been transformed into a hub for Jewish life in Austin including a community center, two schools, social services, as well as four congregations representing each movement of Judaism.

Shalom Austin has grown exponentially since the Dell Jewish Community Campus opened in January 2000. The facilities now welcome 730,000 individuals annually.

“Our campus has served us well for the past 17 years, and now is the time to meet the challenge of the future. That requires even more services for children, teens, adults, and seniors. In order to meet the needs of this growing and diverse population we need to upgrade our campus with new and improved services and facilities,” said Shalom Austin CEO Daniel Septimus.

Many corporations, including Heritage Title, Frost Bank, Prosperity Bank and Wells Fargo have already pledged their support for the Generations campaign. “I am excited to help give a lead corporate gift for the Generations project because the campus is such a treasure in this community,” Gary Farmer, President of Heritage Title. “The Jewish community has given to so many causes and I believe strongly it will be an even more important asset for years to come.”

The future of the Dell Jewish Community Campus will include new construction and renovations.

This world-class vision includes:

New JCC building, welcome center, lobby gathering space, kitchen and café, offices and additional multipurpose rooms to support expanded enrichment programming for all age groups.

Expanded fitness center with multiple group exercise studios, personal training equipment and space, and massage, physical therapy, nutrition and rehabilitation services.

New family-friendly outdoor facilities including a water park-style swimming pool, tennis courts and a new playscape.

Renovated and updated facilities, including the Community Hall, Early Childhood Program classrooms and locker rooms.

"This campaign will see the original campus vision mature into figurative adulthood. The DJCC is a multigenerational, tri-denominational place where our community can learn, play and grow together," said Susan Epstein, who, along with her husband Bobby, support the Generations Campaign.

Debra and Brett Hurt are also among the early supporters of Generations. "We love going to the many family events around Jewish holidays and seeing so many families we know enjoying the space. Having a center for Jewish activities in Austin keeps us all connected and brings out our mutual love for Judaism and our community," said Brett Hurt.

The Generations Campaign has involved the work of countless volunteers.

"We are so grateful for all of the people who are working hard on the fundraising, building plans, financing, budgets and more, dedicating their time and resources to this important project,” said Dan Kraus, Shalom Austin board chair, and Abby Rapoport, Shalom Austin board chair-elect.

The Dell Jewish Community Campus is managed by Shalom Austin, the Jewish community’s central organization, comprised of four branches: Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Foundation.

To donate or for more information about the Generations Campaign, visit or contact Harriett Kirsh Pozen, Generations Campaign Director, at 512-735-8076 or

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