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About The J

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City

Our Mission

To build a strong, vibrant and inclusive community that enhances wellness, meaning, and joy, based on Jewish values, heritage, and culture.


Our Vision

We are a welcoming community that embodies Jewish values in a safe and respectful environment. People of all ages and backgrounds learn and grow at our ‘home away from home.’


Our History

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City ("The J") opened in 1914 in midtown Kansas City, Missouri, and has grown and adapted to serve the changing needs of Greater Kansas City's Jewish and secular communities. We've continuously offered the finest in recreational, social, and educational services as our facilities have transitioned to Overland Park, Kansas.

Our Community Center is expanding! With the generosity of our community and donors, our Capital Campaign was a success and we are thrilled to announce the expansion has begun. Stay tuned as more details unfold.

Learn More About The J Expansion


Discover Everything The J Has to Offer

For the highest quality services based on your needs:

    State-of-the-art fitness center, open 7 days a week, at the hours you want
    100+ no-charge Group Fitness classes, including Les Mills offerings, led by professionals committed to a better you
    CrossFit, hot yoga, cycling, boxing, and more for every fitness level
    Indoor track, free weight area, and 80+ pieces of cardio equipment
    Individualized Personal Training, taught by accredited coaches, with workouts centered around you
    Basketball, softball, tennis, handball, wallyball, pickleball, and racquetball for adults
    Baseball, T-ball, karate, soccer, tennis, basketball, and more for kids
    Dance, Acro + Tumbling, plus music, voice, + art classes for kids
    J Clubhouse for childcare (3 months - 11 years) while you workout
    Indoor pool, water aerobics, Whirlpool, Saunas, and Steam Room
    Outdoor Waterama Family Pool Adventure, plus Olympic-sized pool and lap swimming
    Swim lessons for youth and adults taught by American Red Cross certified instructors
    Broadway style shows and live concerts in the 500-seat White Theatre
    Programs for families with kids of all ages
    Jewish art installations, cultural activities, book clubs, and more
    One of the best summer camps in town with a wide variety of specialty camps
    A gathering place for social, educational, and healthy activities for our Senior (65+) community
    Accredited Child Development Center (1 year-Pre-K), After-School Care, and Vacation Days


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We Live These Values at The J

Welcoming + Inclusive - "Hachnasat Orchim"
   We are welcoming, inclusive and nurturing. We invite all to join us in making connections and lifelong friendships.
Building Community - "Kehilla"
   We believe in the strength of community and we seek to cultivate a sense of belonging in all we do.
Enriching Mind + Body + Soul - "Ha'asharah"
   We help individuals live a physically, intellectually, and emotionally healthy lifestyle.
Passing on Jewish Culture + History - "M'dor L'dor"
   We celebrate and pass on the values, culture, history, and traditions of the Jewish people.
Treat Others As You Wish To Be Treated - "V'ahavta"
   We treat everyone with respect, dignity and loving kindness.


Join The J

If you're interested in joining our welcoming community center to improve your mind, body, and spirit, please contact a Member Representative today to learn more and receive a tour.
Debbie Ball: (913) 327-8008 or Bobby Carrico: (913) 981-8802.

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Donate to The J

We're proud of our impact on families, individuals, and the community. Yet, membership and program fees account for only a portion of the funds required to offer our services. The remainder comes from corporate and foundation support, and very importantly, individual gifts from people just like you.

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