JCC News & Announcements


JCC Announces Expansion

September 14, 2018





The Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester announces the acquisition of 105 additional acres of land adjacent to the existing JCC property at 1200 Edgewood Avenue.

After 40+ years of operating in this location and 2 major building expansions, the Jewish Community Center is thrilled to announce that we are acquiring the adjacent land previously known as the “Farash Homestead.”

Acquisition of this land has been a long-time dream of the JCC and opens up a multitude of exciting opportunities for expansion of offerings, consolidation of programs and development projects with community partners. The 105 acres includes both canal front property and wetlands areas. The JCC will be working closely with local municipalities, community agencies, developers, JCC staff, members and Board of Directors to evaluate possible uses for the land. No specific projects or announcements will be made until agency, community and environmental impacts are explored.

Chief Executive Officer Arnie Sohinki said, “This sends a very important message to the greater Rochester community – the JCC is not done growing. We will be meeting with many key stakeholders and potential partners as we begin a process to identify the best options that will support new facilities and programs for the community.”

Daniel Goldstein, JCC Board of Directors President said, “The Board of Directors has been seeking this opportunity for many years and has done their due diligence in making sure that this was the next step for the JCC as we look to the future of providing services and programs to the community.”

This wonderful opportunity marks the next phase of expansion for the JCC, which recently completed a $17 million renovation and expansion to their fitness and aquatics facilities. The property has the potential to be one of the most significant developments for the JCC since moving to the Edgewood campus over 40 years ago.

The JCC would like to thank everyone involved for making the acquisition of these 105 acres possible. A very special thanks to Lynn Farash for her generous spirit throughout this transaction and for working closely with the JCC to make this happen under favorable terms. Lynn believes that with this action she continues her parents’ tradition of strengthening and enriching Jewish life in Rochester.

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