Three Generations Support Campus Growth
Three generations get together in the gym at the J. Paul Hyman, Lindsay Neuren, Hudson Neuren (age 3.5), Laura Hyman, Marissa Sternberg, Dot Sternberg (8 months), Jordan Neuren, Amy Hyman, Lou Reyelts (age 2), Gerry Reyelts, Abe Sternberg (age 3), Todd Sternberg. Photo credit Elizabeth Hood.
With deep Austin roots, three generations of Hyman family members—Ethyl Rosenblatt, Paul and Laura Hyman, and Amy Hyman, Lindsay Neuren and Marissa Sternberg—have supported the expansion and renovation of Shalom Austin through the Generations Campaign. Three family members, mother Laura Hyman and sisters Amy Hyman and Lindsay Neuren, explained why it is so important to their family to give to Austin's Jewish community.
"The Dell Jewish Community Campus is an integral part of our family life. Not only do we work out here at the fitness center, as a new grandmother, I love coming to Tot Shabbat to spend time with my grandchildren," Laura said.
"It's extra special when I can bring my mother, Ethyl Rosenblatt. It's not often that you see four generations in a room together, and the campus gives all of us a place to spend meaningful time together. So supporting the Generations Campaign is a natural fit for our family," she added.
Amy Hyman, Shalom Austin senior development director, said, "Growing up in Austin, we didn’t have a place to go, a place to call our Jewish home, like we have today. Now, my entire family works out here, our children go to school here, we pray here, and I am fortunate enough to also work here."
She added, "I think about my dad, also a native Austinite, and Jewish life was so different for him back then. We made a Generations gift as a family because we know how much we, and our entire community, will benefit from this investment."
Neuren remembers when the Dell Jewish Community Campus opened when she was in high school. At that time, she and her twin sister Marissa worked at the fitness center at the front desk, gym and babysitting room.
"It's kind of cool that it's come full circle. Our kids are all at the JCC now for the ECP," said Neuren, who has a three-year-old and is expecting a baby.
"It's a huge part of our daily life. Our kids love going to school there. We make a conscious effort to make sure that they are integrated into their Jewish traditions and to people that share the same traditions with them," she said.
Neuren returned to Austin after moving away to find a much larger Austin Jewish community than she remembered, which has served as an important social outlet.
"We wanted to make more Jewish friends. A lot of our friends here are not Jewish from growing up here. So for us, the ECP has been a huge avenue into us meeting other couples and families that we have become really good friends with. I don't think we would have met them if we had gone to a different day care. There's such a sense of community within the ECP. Socially, it's been amazing just to meet other families with kids the same age," she said. ■