About the "J"
2011 Report to the Community
It would be safe to say that the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst is the busiest place in southwestern Brooklyn. Each week, thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds crowd the corridors of the place on Bay Parkway lovingly known as the "J." That's because there's something for everyone here at the Marks JCH.
Since 1927, the Marks JCH has been the hub of activity for millions of people. Throughout the year, programs and services are offered for young and old alike...and we don't forget about everyone in between! Our highly trained professional staff works together to create activities and services designed with you in mind. From fitness programs to preschool and summer camp, to special services for seniors, teens and immigrants, we work hard to provide each and every individual with a high quality and meaningful experience. Our aim is to be responsive to your needs, to help you in every way we can. But most of all, we hope that you will see the Marks JCH as a place to have fun and unwind. People have come to rely on the Marks JCH in many ways. We're proud of that!
But your relationship with us can't be a one-way street! We rely on you too. Membership at the Marks JCH is an 80+ year old tradition that needs to be carried on. We can't do all the good things we do without your support. even though we are fortunate to be generously supported by the UJA-Federation of New York, we look to the community for their fair share of contribution to our daily operations. This support is given when you become a member today!
After you have read about all we have to offer, please stop by or call one of our staff to find out how you can participate in the many programs of the Marks JCH (a 501 c(3) organization). And then, tell a friend. There's room for everyone at the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst!
As a center of a Jewish community life in Brooklyn for over 80 years, the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst provides meaningful, enjoyable programs and services for families and individuals in all stages of life.
We are a communal gathering place where people can derive satisfaction from shared educational, cultural, and recreational experiences.
We treasure Jewish values and traditions and seek to play a significant role in the formulation of Jewish identity.
We seek to strengthen our relationships and connections with Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.
It is our goal to build and sustain Jewish life in our communtiy by providing affiliation opportunities for people of all ages. As part of the larger Jewish community center movement we value our obligation to Jewish continuity and education.
We are an integral partner in the delivery of community-based, accessible social services that meet the present and emergent needs of our constituents.
As part of this partnership, we value the collaboration of other community and citywide organizations to meet our goals.
We respect our constituents and treat them with dignity.
In order to increase the health and well being of our constituents, we design programs and services that meet their expressed needs in a timely and responsive manner.
We play an active role in the community-at-large including the public and private sector.
Our doors are open to the multiple communities we serve and we pledge to a good neighbor, respecting the diversity of our constituents.
It is our goal to leave a lasting impact on the lives of all those families and individuals who join us. The Marks JCH of Bensonhurst is a partner for life.
Carol Goldstein, President
Cary J. Davis, Honorary Chairman of the Board
Jonathan E. Gold, Chairman of the Board
Rachel Epstein, 1st Vice President
David Klafter, 2nd Vice President
David E. Rubinsky, 3rd Vice President
Yale Fergang, Treasurer
Alvin Kuneffsky, Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David P. Berkowitz*
Gerald P. Farber
Eli S. Feldman
Dayle J. Henshel
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Arthur J. Press ז״ל
Dr. Benjamin Sherman ז״ל
Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11214