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“I want to say thank you to the community and JewishColumbus for all the roles they have in the things we do [at the JCC.] We all feel the benefits, as a family and as individuals.” – Shana Beigelman
Community leaders and donors are the lifeblood of everything we accomplish at JewishColumbus. To members of our community who have already graciously contributed to our 2021 Annual Campaign, thank you. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity. To those who have yet to contribute, we hope these stories inspire you to give in a way that fulfills your personal passions. Together, we can continue to create a thriving Jewish community in Columbus.
For Shana Beigelman, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus is a beautiful example of diversity in action.
“Everyone is welcome at the JCC,” she says. “It’s a spectacular example of what a community should be and what it should look like when it works. You will see people who look different who met each other because they come here, and they have a great relationship.”
As a four-year JCC employee leading community engagement, Shana sees firsthand how JewishColumbus and the JCC foster a kind, inclusive community. This began in her first role, programming for vulnerable seniors — those who need assistance with socialization and resource access. But now planning large scale communitywide programming, such as Safety Day, and in her work overseeing Gallery Players and other arts and cultural programming, especially during thee “COVID pivots” she sees it everywhere.
Before the pandemic, Shana and her team partnered with Lifecare Alliance to create a daily senior luncheon program. Five days a week, seniors enjoyed a healthy, kosher meal and educational programming or cultural entertainment. Capital University nursing students socialized with seniors, too. While some seniors were already active at the JCC, the luncheon program was an excellent jumping-off point for others to get involved with fitness programs, Gallery Players, or other opportunities.
“We’re all in it together at the JCC,” Shana says. “There’s so much going on and we’re all working together to provide services, culture, Jewish life and engagement. It’s a lot of fun because there’s so many things that come under those categories.”
Since Shana has worked with variety of different groups – from children to seniors – she sees the impact of JewishColumbus’ fundraising work on all age levels.
“A few weeks ago, the JCC did a drive-by lunch program where we had JewishColumbus staff members helping unpack food. It’s special for people at JewishColumbus to see what they’re working for,” she says. “For them to actually see somebody pull up and get healthy, kosher food they don’t have to pay for, it’s really powerful.”
“A few weeks ago, the JCC did a drive-by lunch program where we had JewishColumbus staff members helping unpack food. It’s special for people at JewishColumbus to be involved. For them to actually see somebody pull up and get healthy, kosher food they don’t have to pay for, it’s really powerful.” – Shana Beigelman
Both Shana and her husband consider themselves “community people” and grew up in families focused on giving back. Whether donating time or money, chairing a committee or volunteering a few hours, Shana says JewishColumbus and the JCC always need the generosity of community members.
“When you participate in something that you helped with or were involved with, and you see people benefitting from that, it’s a very special feeling and it’s really powerful. You’re helping with the betterment of institutions in your city and that’s amazing,” she says. “Once you have a stake in where you are, it all just looks different. People might say, ‘Oh, that’s not for me,’ but everyone has something to contribute.”
“Once you have a stake in where you are, it all just looks different. People might say, ‘Oh, that’s not for me,’ but everyone has something to contribute.” – Shana Beigelman
As Shana and her family grow in the JewishColumbus community, she feels so grateful to be a part of their work and service.
“I want to say thank you to the community and JewishColumbus, for all the roles they have in the things we do [at the JCC],” she says. “We all feel the benefits, as a family and as individuals.”
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To those who have already graciously contributed to the 2021 JewishColumbus Annual Campaign, thank you! We are incredibly grateful for your support.