Dell Jewish Community Campus plans expansion

Members of Shalom Austin show how much money the organization has raised so far for new facilities at Dell Jewish Community Campus.

Members of Shalom Austin show how much money the organization has raised so far for new facilities at Dell Jewish Community Campus.

Officials at the Dell Jewish Community Campus announced Dec. 6 a massive expansion of its Northwest Austin facilities, including a new swimming pool and welcome center.

The Generations Campaign is the first capital campaign held by the campus at 7300 Hart Lane since it opened in January 2000, according to Shalom Austin, which manages DJCC. Shalom Austin CEO Jay Rubin said the organization has so far raised more than $10 million toward its $25 million goal.

The campaign also received a grant from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, promising to match every dollar raised above $12.5 million, up to $6.25 million, according to a news release.

Since the campus opened, Austin's Jewish population has doubled, Rubin said.

"[The campus] was almost, in many ways, too small right from the get-go," he said.

DJCC also serves the entire Northwest Austin community, not just its Jewish population, Rubin added.

At the Dec. 6 announcement and Chanukah celebration, Keith Zimmerman and Judy Waxman, co-chairs of the Generations Campaign, detailed how the funds would be used. New construction plans include a water park-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a new playscape and an outdoor pavilion. A new campus building will serve as the new main entrance and house a welcome center, lobby space, a kitchen and cafe, a theater, offices, and multipurpose rooms.

Plans are also in the works to expand the existing fitness center to include multiple group exercise studios, personal training space and equipment. The center would also have massage, physical therapy, and nutrition and rehabilitation services.

Officials also plan to renovate the Community Hall and the Early Childhood Program classrooms and locker rooms. An endowment fund will be established to use for building maintenance costs, Rubin said.

The organization plans to waste no time once it reaches its fundraising goal, and Rubin said he hopes to break ground on some of the outdoor facilities by the end of 2016.

"The need is there now," he said. “We feel very well-positioned to be able to grow along with Austin.”

For more information about the Generations Campaign, visit www.shalomaustin.org/generations.


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