Monthly Archives: December 2014

Kids Sports & Fitness Festival Sunday, March 15, 2015 Focus on Lifestyle, Health and Activity for Children

for fitness announcmentMARGATE – The focus of the Katz JCC Kids Sports & Fitness Festival on Sunday, March 15 is to provide one day of education, information and activity for children to learn about and experience ways in which to engage and remain healthy and fit.

According to Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer Jack I. Fox, the event is shaping up to be a huge success with its focus on lifestyle, health and activity for children.

The event will feature sports clinics, health screenings and sports-related injury discussions, sport equipment sales and demos, sign-ups for local sports teams, and children’s activities.

“It has the formula for success and we believe it will become the premiere event in South Jersey dedicated to kids sports and physical fitness,” Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox said. “This event falls in line with our mission promoting the health, education and welfare of our members and the community as a whole and we are excited to be able to offer this event to South Jersey.”

Health Screenings will be provided by CHOP Care Network – Harborview of Somers Point, discussions on sports-related injuries and treatments will be hosted by Dr. Ryan Buccafurni of Fox Outpatient Clinic of Northfield, Rothman Institute and the official event “Sports Doc” Dr. Brian Sokalsky of Jersey Shore Sports Medicine of Ocean City.

“The 2015 Kids Sports & Fitness Festival is a one-stop shop for sports enthusiasts. Whether you’re an athlete, a coach or a parent, you’ll find something that resonates for you here, from fitness clinics to nutritional advice, health screenings, sports clinics, sports gear and more. At Jersey Shore Sports Medicine, we look forward to joining the community in this celebration of an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Brian Sokalsky, Jersey Shore Sports Medicine.

Sports Clinics will be held by Jersey Shore Gymnastics, Smiling Dragon Kung Fu, The Running Center, Katz JCC KIDZ Fit Boxing and Zumba, Oceanside Wellness & Sport and Parisi Speed School, Northfield Sports and Recreation Committee (FAN) and more.

There will also be fun activities including a basketball free-throw, rock climbing wall, football toss and more, as well as refreshments for purchase.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Kids Sports & Fitness Festival will be held on Sunday, March 15, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsorship, vendor and clinic opportunities are available.

Sponsorship Solicitation
Sponsorship Tiers for Kids Sports & Fitness Fair

For more information on the Kids Sports & Fitness Festival at the Katz JCC, contact Director of Special Events and Fundraising Julie Fink at 609.822.1167 Ext. 159, or visit

Katz JCC Hosts Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots Toy Drive Now until December 22

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, will once again host Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy collection drive from now until December 22, 2014.

Fitness_Boxx for Tots

According to Katz JCC Personal Trainer Jon Simon, last year the event collected more than 3,500 toys for area children and were distributed to charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, and directly to local families in need.

“Collecting toys through my boxing classes began ten years ago when I saw that the Toys for Tots collection program in my area was not getting the attention it deserved,” Simon said. “So instead of collecting my usual fee for the boxing class that year, I told my participants to bring in a toy for the kids – because every kid needs a new toy.”

According to Simon, the interest in donating has grown each year so he extended the toy collection beyond his special boxing class events and began collecting toys as early as November 28.

Toy donations can be brought to the Katz JCC Front Desk.

Additionally, on December 16 and 18 at 7 p.m. and December 19 at 12 p.m., participants of Simon’s boxing class may bring in a new unwrapped toy and the class fee will be waived.
Kids can also participate in giving this holiday and bring in a toy during the KIDZ fit boxing class on December 15 at 4 p.m.

The event held in the Katz JCC auditorium brought more than 120 boxing enthusiasts together for an “epic event” featuring a live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City and violinist D. Sharpe.

“We are happy once again to support Jon’s efforts in collecting toys for area children and have  given him the necessary tools to do so,” Chief Operating Officer of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “Regardless of race, religion or national origin, the Katz JCC aims to reach the entire community in any way we can. We hope the toys Jon collects and distributes helps put a smile on many children’s faces.”

For more information about the Milton & Betty Katz JCC visit or call 609-822-1167.

Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Will present Tzedakah donations to Pennies for Pups

Tuesday, November 11

Jan Higbee presents check

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center students will be presenting their Tzedakah donations to The Seeing Eye program “Pennies for Puppies” on Tuesday, November 11 at 9:15 a.m., in the school auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

“Tzedakah is the Hebrew word describing the act of giving or charity, every Friday during Shabbat, the children donate money into our Tzedakah box and over the course of a few months decide as a group which charity to donate the money to,” according to Early Childhood Education Center Director Jan Higbee. “On Tuesday, November 11 we will be presenting a check to the “Pennies for Puppies” program in the amount of $300.”

Julia Koch of Margate pets the dog

Representative and Foster “Mom” Katie Salul of the Pennies for Puppies program will be bringing a few of the puppies she and her family are fostering to visit with the children, as well as accepting the check on behalf of the organization.

The “Pennies For Puppies” fundraising campaign of The Seeing Eye organization was founded to help raise awareness, money, medication and food for sick, injured and abandoned dogs in local animal shelters and foster care.

The Seeing Eye organization is a non-profit organization that supports no kill animal shelters.

Kids Pet dogs

For more information on The Seeing Eye program visit

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center visit


The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children and ourselves.