JCC more than halfway to target membership

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has been open for about a month, and already nearly 6,000 people have signed up to be JCC community and fitness center members.

“I regularly hear from visitors, ‘What’s not to like?’ ” said Todd Milton, director of fitness and wellness at the OFJCC.

There are two types of memberships at the OFJCC. “Community members” pay an annual fee to enjoy all the perks of joining the JCC, such as discounts on programs and classes, but do not have access to the fitness center. “Center members” pay a monthly fee for use of the fitness center.

Though the OFJCC celebrates its official grand opening Oct. 18, it has been available for members to use since the beginning of September.

Milton estimates that about 40 percent of all members joined with their families. And many previously were members of the JCC when it was known as the Albert L. Schultz JCC and located at Terman Middle School on Middlefield Road.

However, there is also a new breed of member, said Milton: people who have never before been members of a fitness center, but for the first time are incorporating exercise into their lives.

Fitness center members can enjoy this outdoor pool, but the Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex has an indoor heated pool, as well.
photo/courtesy oshman family jcc

The OFJCC has extended its introductory fitness center membership rates through Oct. 18. (Community members are not charged a registration fee.)

The introductory rates reduce the one-time registration cost to $59-$129 to join the fitness center, though the monthly dues are the same ($49-$96, depending on the member’s age).

The JCC’s goal is to have 10,000 community and center members by 2012. “We’re well on our way,” Milton said.

Stacey Palevsky

Stacey Palevsky is a former J. staff writer.