Despite the recent attention, executive director Jack Ross thinks of the campus on Gunn Highway in Citrus Park with special affection.
"We're the best kept secret in Tampa," said Ross of the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation (JCC). Along with executive teammates Dan Sultan, executive director of Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residence, and Pam Cotner, assistant director in charge of Pre-School and Summer Camp, the group seeks to complete the campus' mission to grow and maintain Jewish community and cultural life in Tampa.
Nestled on 21 acres, the main building – currently undergoing an internal renovation – is flanked to the north and east by the pre k/preschool; the campgrounds and trail; recreational facilities and rooms for arts and cultural activities, athletic and fitness programs including tennis, fitness and martial arts; Israeli current events and culture; and a library.
To the south is Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences, which offers all levels of assisted living from traditional independent living through rehabilitation, memory care and extended congregate care – and not just for seniors.
Residence in Weinberg Village includes membership in the JCC, however Ross, Sultan and Cotner are quick to point out that membership in the JCC and/or residence at Weinberg Village is not restricted to Jews only – approximately half of members of the JCC and 25 percent of Weinberg residents are non-Jewish.
The JCC is dedicated to offering a total community and cultural lifestyle experience within a frame work of faith based Jewish culture and traditions, but welcoming cultural and religious diversity and active engagement with all members of the Tampa community. The JCC is funded by a mix of membership dues, user services fee, grants, foundations and charities, including the United Way.
The campus, however, is not open to the public. Nonmembers need to make an appointment for a visit to 13009 Campus Drive (off of Gunn Highway). For information call the office at (813) 264-7260 first giving their name and the purpose of their call, or visit jewishtampa.com.