Prosserman Jewish Community Centre names new executive director


Andrew Levy takes the reins as JCC continues to flourish

With every New Year comes change and a new start, so it’s no coincidence that as of January 1, 2011, the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre has a new executive director in place to guide the Prosserman as it continues to evolve into one of the GTA’s preeminent centres of Jewish life.

For the past two decades, the newly named executive director, Andrew Levy, has been part of the JCC movement; demonstrating exceptional leadership, passion and commitment. As the director of the Prosserman JCC’s popular Centre Camp for the past decade, Levy has led the camp in its transition to its present location at Avenue Road and Lawrence while maintaining the quality and spirit of the program that the community has grown to love.

“Being involved in the JCC on a part time and full time basis for over 20 years, I understand – and have witnessed firsthand – the crucial role it plays in the lives of its members,” said the 35-year old Montreal native who credits the JCC with making him feel at home when he first arrived in Toronto as a teenager.  “I met my wife, Ilana Heimlich-Levy, at Centre Camp; my kids Ethan and Maya attend Centre Camp and are both in the Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool. So, not only am I professionally committed to making this facility the preeminent Jewish Community Centre in the GTA, but on a personal basis as well. It has always meant so much to me and to my family.”

As the Prosserman JCC enters its second year, Levy is taking the reins at a time when there are many reasons for optimism, among them:

• Enrollment in Prosserman’s JCC is up from last year.
• The Prosserman remains the largest Jewish daycare in the city with a 10% increase in enrollment.
• The Goldie Fitness Centre continues to improve the lives of its members on a daily basis.

While Levy is excited and optimistic about his role at the Prosserman JCC, he is particularly excited about some specific recent developments.

“We have just installed an outdoor skating rink, and we invite the community to join us for family skating throughout the winter,” said Levy. “Also, I’m excited that BBYO will be moving into the Prosserman in the summer, which will bring an infusion of youth. JCC Chai Sports continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and we currently offer soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball and football youth sports leagues and adult floor hockey and basketball. And, of course, the Prosserman continues to provide families across the GTA with a place to celebrate Jewish holidays. We collaborated with the Miles Nadal JCC and Vaughan’s Schwartz/Reisman Centre on a tremendous tri-campus Chanukah event. That success is a model that we will look to continue in the future for other holidays.”

Levy is confident that, despite the challenges that face all growing organizations, the Prosserman JCC will continue to flourish.

“The foundation of the Prosserman JCC rests upon its ability to develop, grow and sustain new and innovative programs to compliment our current signature programs and strategic partnerships,” explained Levy. “Coupled with life-changing summers at Centre Camp, a significant school and daycare experience and a commitment to healthy lifestyles, the Prosserman JCC can lead the way to a vibrant future which supports Jewish culture through the Koffler Centre of the Arts, community, and education while encouraging and enabling Jews of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the joys of Jewish living.”

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