Generations Progress Update: Hanukkah Lights the Way to Aquatics and Tennis Opening | Shalom Austin

Generations Progress Update: Hanukkah Lights the Way to Aquatics and Tennis Opening

Campus Improvements, Community News, Generations, The Jewish Outlook

Nov 23, 2021

The brand new Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Pool, part of the Rochelle & Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center, is designed for lap swimmers, campers, lessons, and a variety of other programs. Credit: Dave Hawks.

The Generations project to expand and renovate the Shalom Austin JCC is making progress. Here is the monthly update sent to the community November 23, 2021:

 This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the progress we have made on the Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center and Hurt Family Tennis Center, and for the new memories and connections we will make together in our expanded facilities. 

Generations Kids Activity Pool

The children’s activity pool includes spray features, dumping buckets, water tables and slides. Credit: Dave Hawks.

Generations Tennis Courts New

The Hurt Family Tennis Center includes six lit tennis courts will provide opportunities for a year-round tennis program. Credit: Dave Hawks.

Generations Steel Beams

Concrete floor for the second floor of the new main building is poured and the roof steel is being trimmed out. Credit: Dave Hawks.

As we begin to light the candles for Hanukkah starting Nov. 28, we celebrate the generosity and support of this community to help achieve our goal of modernizing and transforming the J. 

We can’t wait to welcome you when we open early next year! If you are not yet a member and would like to join or learn more, please visit our website at 

Other parts of the Generations project are also underway. Check out our progress, photos and timeline below.


  • Surface of the tennis courts is installed, and lines painted. Nets and wind screens are installed.
  • Children’s activity pool and lap pool plaster is installed and filled with water.
  • Landscaping is installed.
  • Snack bar (made possible by the Families with Young Children Campaign) building stone is complete, the interior is painted and the mechanical systems trimmed out.
  • Concrete floor for the second floor of our new main building was poured and the roof steel is being trimmed out.
  • Drywall in the building that will house locker rooms, family changing rooms and aquatics offices is installed and network/security cabling has started.

Keith Zimmerman, Generations Campaign Chair
Amy Hyman, Shalom Austin Senior Development Director
Janet S. Elam, Shalom Austin Chief Operating Officer
Rabbi Daniel A. Septimus, Shalom Austin Chief Executive Officer

For more information and pictures about the Generations project, visit To discuss ways to support the Generations Campaign, contact ■

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