The Tucson Jewish Community Center is a 110,000-square-feet center built in 1989 and recently renovated in 2015. With more than 2000 families and 5000 members, the Tucson J is open to the Tucson community for all people, all faiths, all identities, all abilities and all walks of life.
We offer a robust schedule of events ranging from Arts & Culture to Sports & Wellness to Children & Family. At the The J we offer something for everyone from 9 to 99!
Our beautiful Foothills location offers the perfect setting for your meeting, wedding, or other special event. Our trained professional will help you with all your rental needs, including catering.
If fitness is your main goal, we offer a brand new renovated fitness facility and up to 120 free weekly classes included in your membership.
We are proud to offer a privately funded, play-based preschool serving more than 300 children ages six weeks to pre-K. Additionally, we offer after-school care for elementary-aged children and provide transportation from over 20 schools daily during the school year
Most importantly, we offer a sense of community and acceptance to the entire Tucson community. We invite you to step inside and feel the energy of the J!
Hours of Operation
Building Hours (see below for Holiday hours)
For questions and closure information, please call 520.299.3000.
|Sunday||7 am–8 pm|
|Monday-Thursday||5:00 am–10 pm|
|Friday||5:00 am–6:00 pm|
|Saturday||7 am–6 pm (Sports & Wellness only)|
PLEASE NOTE: There is no access to Sports & Wellness from the front of the building on Saturdays. Your membership key tag will open the north door to Sports & Wellness. Thank you.
|3/30 Passover begins at sundown||Early Close at 4pm|
|4/5||Early Close at 6pm|
|4/6 Passover (7th Day)||Closed|
|5/19 Erev Shavuot||Early Close at 6pm|
|5/28 Memorial Day||Closed – Gym Only 7am-6pm|
|7/4 Independence Day||Closed – Gym Only 7am-6pm|
|9/3 Labor Day||Closed – Gym Only 7am-6pm|
|9/9 Erev Rosh Hashanah||Close at 6pm|
|9/10 Rosh Hashanah||Closed|
|9/11 Rosh Hashanah (2nd Day)||Closed|
|9/18 Erev Yom Kippur||Close at 4pm|
|9/19 Yom Kippur||Closed|
|10/01 Shimini Atzeret||Closed|
|11/22 Thanksgiving||Closed – Gym Only 7am-2pm|
|12/24 Christmas Eve||Closed – Welcome Desk til 6pm, Gym til 6pm|
|12/25 Christmas Day||Closed – Gym Only 7am-2pm|
During the winter months there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimmers are encouraged to swim with others. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Splash Park Hours (closed during colder months)
|Sunday||7 am–7:30 pm|
|Monday-Thursday||5 am–9:30 pm|
|Friday||5 am–5:30 pm|
|Saturday||7 am–5:30 pm|
J Play Babysitting Hours:
|Monday–Sunday||7:45 am–1 pm|
|Monday & Wednesday Evenings||4:30–6:30pm|
Rates are $5.00 per hour; $2.00 per hour each additional child. Two hour time-limit.
Parent(s) must be on the Jewish Community Campus while using babysitting.
Café @ the J Hours:
|Sunday||10 am–6 pm|
|Monday–Thursday||7 am–6 pm|
|Friday||7 am–4 pm|
Indoor Playspace Hours
|Sunday||7 am–7 pm|
|Monday – Thursday||7–9:30 am, noon-1:30 pm, 5-8 pm|
|Friday||7 –10 am, noon- 5:00 pm|
|Saturday||RSVP/Parties Only 520.299.3000 ext 121 email@example.com|
Address3800 E. River Road Tucson, Arizona 85718
Driving east or west on River, turn south onto Dodge and enter our north parking lot. Driving north on Dodge, stay straight to enter our parking lot. Traveling east or west on Alvernon (where it turns into River) turn north on Dodge to enter our parking lot. You can also enter the northeast lot by turning in from River Road between the Tucson Hebrew Academy Day School and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
Quick Phone Numbers
|Main Number/Front Desk:||520.299.3000|
|Early Childhood Education:||520.615.KIDS|
|Sports & Fitness:||520.615.LIFE|
|Need to send a fax to us?||520.529.0373|
Tucson J MISSION – The mission of the Tucson Jewish Community Center is to cultivate and enrich Jewish identity, ensure Jewish continuity, foster wellness, and broaden communal harmony.
Tucson J VISION – We strive to be an outstanding (perhaps the pre-eminent) Jewish Community center in America as evidenced by:
- A steady increase in Jewish Connections
- A hamish (comfortable, “at home”) atmosphere with respect and a sense of belonging
- Sound financial results
- Strong programs demonstrated by quality, quantity, and fit with our mission
- A state-of-the-art, clean, safe, functional, well-maintained facility
- Present and developing leadership comprised of energized staff, volunteers, and members committed to mission, vision, and high levels of mutual satisfaction
- A place of esteem and respect as viewed by the broader community, including a commitment to expose and share the richness and tradition of Jewish culture with members of the non-Jewish Community
VALUES – We Value:
- Jewish roots, history, tradition, rituals, and culture
- Excellence in services and programs
- Physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being
- Democratic decision-making
- Financial responsibility and accountability
- Life-long learning
Our Service Pledge:
We create community based on Jewish Values by providing the highest quality programs and services in a safe and secure environment for all people of all ages.
Holocaust Memorial at the Tucson JCC
This striking Holocaust memorial features a large concrete tablet, its shape reminiscent of the tablet that once contained the Ten Commandments. We find no commandments carved here, however; instead we read names. Names of death camps, names of concentration camps, names of ghettos…150 names of places where atrocities occurred. The tablet appears to have fallen from the wall above, offering a silent but powerful reminder of the unfathomable scale of death and destruction that was the Holocaust.
A tall concrete column rises from the reflecting pool, a symbol of an advanced civilization. Yet it is shattered at its peak, as was Jewish society throughout Europe. Water weeps from a crack in the side and runs down into the pool. A life-giving force, water rejuvenates and sustains us, and this water flows outward to support Hebrew letters that spell, “There is hope for thy future.”
As these concrete letters appear to float without effort upon the surface of the water, we are reminded that despite the evil of the Nazis, some life and much spirit did survive, and hope remains strong. A memorial flame emerges from the quotation as if to punctuate this thought.
The large, bas-relief concrete wall displays abstract images of train tracks, gears of industry, the Star of David, a menorah, and the Hebrew words zachor (remember) and Y’srael.
This memorial by renowned stained glass artist Ami Shamir, is unique in its approach to Holocaust remembrance, touches the hearts and memories of all who see it. This will forever be one place on Earth where those who perished will be remembered.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to be Jewish to join?
No, the JCC welcomes everyone! A recent membership survey shows that our membership is comprised of 49% Jewish members and 51% non-Jewish members.
What is the length of a membership contract?
We offer different levels of memberships. You can choose our Regular membership at a minimum 12-month commitment, or our new Flex Start membership with minimum commitment of just six months. Both are continuous memberships, but after the initial membership commitment, they may be cancelled with 30-days notice.
Is the entire facility available to me as a member?
Yes! Members enjoy everything we have to offer, including a comprehensive fitness facility and all our fitness classes, with your membership card. One-on-one instruction or services, such as personal training, art classes and other specialty classes are available for an additional fee. Camp, Early Childhood Education programs, and J-Care after school care also have additional charges that vary.
What do you have in the Fitness Center that I might be interested in?
- Spinning Room
- Specialty Fitness and Wellness Classes
- Comprehensive Personal Training program
- Aerobics studios with 120+ free aerobic classes each week, including yoga, TRX, Zumba, and more
- Racquetball, handball & squash courts
- Six outdoor lighted tennis courts with newly installed Classic Clay™ surfaces plus leagues and professional instruction
- Steam, sauna & spa
- Jr. Olympic-sized pool with eight swim lanes
- Basketball leagues for kids and adults
What are membership prices?
We have several options to fit all needs. The price varies depending on the number of users and the length of commitment chosen. To review membership options, please contact our Membership Relations Staff at 520-299-3000. Financial assistance is also available to individuals in need.
May I bring a guest?
Yes! Each member receives five guest passes to use throughout the year. Just bring your guest to the Welcome Desks, and they will provide a guest pass to complete, indicating they are your guest. Additional passes are available for $10 each. If you have out-of-town guests coming for a longer stay, we have affordable short-term rates.
Do you offer special discounts for military, law enforcement or firefighters?
Yes! Active duty military, law enforcement officials and firefighters are eligible to receive 50% off membership fees at the J. Please contact our Membership Relations Staff for details.
Board of Directors
Isaac Rothschild, Chair
Jordan Emerson, Vice Chair
Jill Rosenzweig, Vice Chair
Sarah Singer, Vice Chair
Debbie Yoklic, Vice Chair
LeeAat Dehnert- Secretary
Caron Mitchell, Treasurer
Mary Cochran Wolk, Immediate Past Chair
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sophie Holtzman (youth)
Mary Cochran Wolk
Tucson JCC Non Discrimination Statement
The Tucson Jewish Community Center is open to the entire community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in any of our programs or activities. We are committed to providing an environment where all are welcome.
To view our full Non Discrimination Policy and Title VI Implementation information HERE