Evelyn Rubenstein JCC to reinvest and make significant renovations to Meyerland’s Levit Campus
Following an overwhelming majority vote by the the board of trustees of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (JCC), the organization has announced that it will reinvest in and transform the Levit campus, located on South Braeswood in Meyerland.
According to Lauren Kaufman Blachman, board chair of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, the decision to reinvest in the 12-acre campus was the culmination of months of discussion about the future of the facility following its significant flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
Joel Dinkin, CEO, said that an original master planning process involving significant renovations and updates to the Levit campus was interrupted by the 2017 flood, causing the JCC to “push the pause button” and pivot toward recovery, repairs and the assurance of uninterrupted programs and services for both members and the community.
“Now that the last of the achievable repairs and renovations are complete, including the installation of flood gates to protect the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC from future flooding, we are enthusiastically engaging with our leadership team and architects to create a comprehensive master plan, lay the groundwork for a capital campaign, and maximize the reinvestments that we have already made in the campus post-Harvey,” said Dinkin.
He said that visioning and planning for the improved campus will include a number of important priorities including additional protection from future flooding; accessibility improvements; security enhancements; a new indoor pool; and reimagined program spaces with more areas for gathering and socializing.
Dinkin added, “We will also explore offsite programming opportunities that truly take the ‘Community’ element of our name out into the broader Houston community.”
“The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC remains steadfast in our belief and commitment that we exist to serve as the hub of the Jewish and larger Houston community,” said Blachman. “We are very excited to both re-commit to the greater Meyerland area and plan for continued outreach throughout Houston.”
The JCC, which will stay open during renovation, will provide regular renovation updates, timelines, plans, general information and FAQs via its website and blog at www.erjcchouston.org.
The Jewish Federation of Houston, which is currently on the Levit campus, will remain on the campus.