A $1 million donation from part-time Tequesta resident Doris Rothman Browning will help build an aquatics complex on the new Mandel Jewish Community Center campus.
The George Rothman Aquatics Center – named for Browning’s father — will feature a pool with a 3-foot-deep “learn to swim” zone for lessons, water exercise classes and water sports, a four-lane lap pool and a spray ground featuring buckets and activities.
Adjacent to the pool will be an outdoor cafe with concessions and space for community barbecues, and a boundless children’s playground that will accommodate all children, including those with special needs.
“We are deeply grateful to Doris Rothman for helping us to create this opportunity for the JCC,” said Michelle Wasch Lobovits, executive director of the JCC of the Palm Beaches. “We’re very much looking forward to seeing our young families come to the aquatic center when the JCC opens. We’re really trying to create a family friendly atmosphere.”
George Rothman, a businessman and philanthropist who died in 2004, swam regularly into his 80s, his daughter said.
He donated to numerous Jewish causes, including Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach, Israel Bonds and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“I am confident that this is what the money should be used to create,” Browning said. “The joyful part will be seeing my father’s name when the building opens this summer. This is not just a pool. It’s going to be a vibrant hub where seniors, children, adults and those with special needs can congregate and have fun splashing, relaxing and socializing together.”
In addition to the George Rothman Aquatics Center, the 56,000-square-foot Mandel JCC also will feature a day camp, gym, sports fields, reception hall, playgrounds, garden and space for fitness classes.
The JCC operates JCC North in temporary facilities in Midtown Plaza on PGA Boulevard, its Leonard and Sophie Davis Camp Shalom at Duncan Middle School and its Early Childhood Learning Center at the Arthur I. Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach. All three programs will remain open until the Mandel JCC opens in August.
For information, call 561-689-7700 or visit www.jcconline.com/mandel.