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Swim and Post-Camp Swim. Aquatics supports camp swimming with "Water Day" and water-games. New offerings by JCCT Aquatics often combine more than one athletic activity with water exercise, such as a Tennis and Swim Program and Strikes for Runners and Other Folks. The Tennis and Swim Program was offered during the summer for children to enjoy both sports activities. Strokes for Runners and Other Folks helps community tri-athletes and runners develop and improve swimming skills for endurance and efficiency. Swim Care gives children (ages three to eight) safe enjoyment of water activities during two-hour periods, three nights weekly during the ]CCT's basketball season. Our program provides the chance to swim and play games under the watchful eye of a specially-assigned lifeguard. Continuing JCCT's strong commitment to community service, Norfolk fire-fighters used the indoor pool for refreshing their proficiency in water skills before last summer's season. Our association with three physical therapists has been especially exciting, as they have worked with area physicians and hospitals to use the indoor pool to provide rehabilitation and therapy to patients. JCCT Aquatics Programs are a rewarding component of the Center's activities. Year-round access to water for exercise and enjoyment remains a large draw for membership. CULTURAL ARTS The Cultural Arts department is designed to provide Jewish cultural experiences for the Jewish community, as well as the community at large. The Tidewater Jewish Forum reached "bar mitzvah" age during the 1997-98 season. To celebrate, TIF presented Hal Linden, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Peter and Bethany Yarrow and "Washington Week in Review" with Ken Bode, Gloria Borger and Mike Duffy. In November, the paper sculpture artwork of newly immigrated resident, Galina Lifschutz was exhibited in the JCCT's lobby. The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, held in December, showcased 11 films from six countries. It opened with a commercial release, "The Assignment," a Virginia exclusive premiere with nationally recognjz" ed film stars. Additionally, the Festival was honored to host the Academy Award-nominated German director, Michael Verhoeven, to speak about his film, "My Mother's Courage" at its Virginia Beach premiere. Marcia Jarmel, director of "The Return of Sarah's Daughters," also spoke about her film. After the showing of "O Judeu (the lew)," Ori Soltes, Director/Curator of the National Jewish The Oy Vey Klezmer was part o[ the Israel at 50 Celebration. Museum in Washington, D.C., enthralled the audience with his historical speech on the incidents leading up to and including the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. The department played a major role in the Israel at 50 celebration. For example, on the first night of Chanukah, the celebration began with Robyn Helzner and Mark Stein, a dynamic duo who entertained with hand clapping, toe-tapping music that had little ones on their feet, and grandparents keeping the beat. In a joint venture with the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, the 1998 Academy Award winning film, "The Long Way Home" was presented at the Arts Center on April 19, 1998. Ruth Gruber, foreign correspondent for The New York Tribune, spoke of Holocaust survivors who fought their way to establish the State of Israel. April 22 through May 14, the JCCT'S lobby turned into the eight gates of the Old City with the national touring exhibit, "A Walk Through Jerusalem." This hands-on interactive exhibit allowed children and families to experience the sights, sounds, history and culture of the Old City. Visitors to the exhibit explored a mock archeological dig and the shuk, created a mizrach, and learned about the city's three religions. The Israel at 50 Independence Day Celebration took place April 26, 1998 at Town Point Park. Entertainment throughout the day included international singing star, Ron Eliran, the ODU Ballet, a performance by Second Story, the Hebrew Academy Children's Choir, Young People's Klezmer (Oy Vey Klezmer) and a Cantorial presentation by Cantor Fischman and Rabbi Michael Panitz. And, in partnership with the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival, Israeli-American pop music star, Noa performed at The Harrison Opera House on May 4. The 1998-99 season promises to continue to be filled with high quality national and international films on Jewish subjects, as well as many new programs. Ideas include culinary arts classes, a trip to Washington, D.C., and musical "happy hours" at the JCCT. i! (