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What is JCP?
JCP is a Jewish Community Organization in Lower Manhattan that is serving the Jewish educational, social, and cultural needs of downtown individuals and families. JCP offers a preschool, after school classes for elementary aged children, adult education, and Shabbat and Holiday celebrations. JCP is an inclusive, pluralistic, and organic Jewish community serving a diverse spectrum of Jewish backgrounds, ages, and affiliations.

When did JCP begin?
Following 9/11, young Jewish families that were seeking community met for an informal Purim Party and some local leaders began to dream about a neighborhood Jewish community that would bring them together.  Rotating Shabbat dinners began the next year.  JCP was founded in September of 2002, and was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2003.  To anchor the community, the vision of a preschool took root in 2004, and in 2007, JCP moved into a 9,000 square foot facility on Duane Street in Tribeca.

Who does JCP serve?
Over 1500 individuals and families living in Tribeca, Battery Park City, SoHo, the West Village, and the Financial District. Our preschool has over 152 students and over 50 children attend afterschool enrichment classes, more than 100 youth will study in our Hebrew School Project (HSP) afterschool K-8 programs, 85 children will be enrolled in “My Grown Up and Me” classes, and between 400-500 families attend JCP holiday festivals.

How do I get connected?
JCP is a grass roots organization, and we are independent. JCP is not affiliated with a larger religious denomination or cultural movement. We are part of the new Jewish landscape that is attempting to forge a new and unique place in the Jewish Community. As such, we are open to everyone, and warmly welcome families of all backgrounds.  If you are on our mailing list, you are part of JCP.

What is the JCP Leadership structure?
The organization has developed as a partnership between staff and community members. The 30 person board sets the mission for JCP and supports the staff and volunteer base to execute the mission.

Who leads JCP?
Susan Silverstein is the President of the Board, Lori Fineman is the Chair of the Board, Sharon Shorofsky Mack is Director of the Early Childhood Center and the Associate Director of JCP, and Rabbi Jason Klein is Director of the Center for Jewish Life.

Who supports JCP?
Over 90% of our financial support comes directly from the JCP community. JCP relies on your charitable, tax-deductible contributions to meet the needs of the community, thank you.

What is the JCP budget?
In 2003, the budget was less than $40,000. In 2010, our budget was 3.2 Million and in the FY 2016 our projected budget is 5.3 Million.