Description & History
The JCC was founded in 1990 by a small group of devoted individuals working in borrowed space.
After years of dedicated, hard work, the Samuel Priest Rose Building opened to the public on January 1, 2002.
Located in the heart of the Upper West Side, on Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, the building stands in the midst of one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
Today, the cornerstone of progressive programming in Manhattan, the JCC serves over 55,000 people annually.
We host over 1,200 programs each season that educate, inspire, and transform participants minds, bodies, and spirits.
Constantly striving to reach out to people of all ages, at all stages of their lives, we offer programs from after-school activities, to fitness, and to volunteer programs.
Since its inception, the JCC in Manhattan has tried to embody the principle that we are all responsible for one another. A community center is built, not only by bricks and mortar, but also by the values and the nurturing of those who fill its halls. As a major community resource, it is the responsibility of the JCC to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhood and our city.
This sentiment is so ingrained in the fabric of the JCC that helping the community is part of our core mission.