By Daniel Horowitz & Taali Lester Tollman--With the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on York Region’s Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus set to open, excitement is building up north like never before. For months, community members have been watching with great anticipation as the building was under construction, keeping track of all the special facilities the Centre will offer.
Even though its doors don’t open until June 1st, registration has already soared to 40% above projections with over 2,100 members signed up and ready to go, demonstrating that the need for the programs and services provided by the Schwartz/Reisman Centre is stronger than ever. The Lebovic Campus location of the Jack & Pat Kay Centre Camp has already reached its original target of 250 campers, with sales still going strong. Meanwhile, the Gorman Shore Goodman Childhood Education Centre, which opens in September, is already 75 percent full.
“We knew there was a big need for this type of Jewish community centre in the region,” Sherry Kulman, executive director of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre explained. “UJA Federation had the vision to build in York Region, understanding the Jewish population growth that was and is still taking place. It is a very exciting time to be a resident here. We know that the Schwartz/Reisman Centre will become the premier place for young families, teens, adults and seniors alike to spend their free time, enjoying our state-of-the-art facilities.”
It is difficult not to be awestruck when entering the Centre. The beautifully designed building emerges seamlessly from the ground up, melding perfectly into the landscape. Once inside, members will immediately feel welcome and at home.
The Phil Granovsky Sports & Recreation Pavilion is home to the salt water Brown/Lederman Outdoor Pool and two indoor salt water pools, including the Jacob’sLadder Therapeutic Pool.
Truly an example of one-stop shopping for all your cultural, recreational and health needs, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre offers the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, pre and afterschool programs, prenatal classes, Jewish learning, youth groups, art classes for all ages in partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, dancing, bridge, computer classes, Hebrew lessons and so much more.
“Years in the making, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on the Lebovic Campus is finally getting ready to open its doors – and its arms - to the residents of York Region,” said Ted Sokolsky, President & CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. “Life north of Steeles Avenue will never be the same again, as so many of the services and programs needed to live full, healthy and happy Jewish lives will all be available under one roof. Registration is already higher than we ever anticipated, and the opening is still a week away. UJA Federation leadership dreamed and planned for this moment and great philanthropists made it a reality and now that it’s here, it’s ever better than we could have imagined.”