Swimming at the J | Shalom Austin


Now Open!

Welcome to the newly designed and expanded aquatic center at the J!

Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center

Welcome to the new state of the art Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center with the Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Pool!
All water facilities are 78-82 degrees year-round.

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Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Pool

The pool is 8 lanes, 25 yards. It is designed for lap swimmers, campers, lessons and a variety of other programs.

Children’s Activity Pool

The children’s activity pool includes spray features, 5 dumping buckets, water tables and 2 youth slides. 

Water Slides

Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy a large 30-foot slide tower with two slides, one enclosed and one open. Must be 48 inches tall to ride.

What You Need to Know

The J is currently open to members only. Please read the information below to ensure a smooth process for your visit to the aquatic center!

Hours and Pool Calendar
Pool Policies

Click here for our pool policies and rules.

What to bring
  • Please bring your own towel(s).

  • Don’t forget sunblock.

  • Please bring a lifejacket for non-swimmers. 

Additional Amenitites


  • Kickboards
  • Pull buoys
  • Lifejackets 

Deck and Seating

  • Pavilion
  • Lounges
  • Concession tables
  • Dining tables
  • Chairs and umbrellas 


We will have a pool side snack bar opening soon.

Locker Rooms

  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms available (no locks needed). Click here for locker instructions.
  • All gender bathrooms and changing stations avaialble
  • Steam and sauna rooms

Free Wifi

Guest Passes

Click here to learn more about our guest passes for JCC members.


Heather Brands Headshot 2021

Heather Brands

Aquatics Director

Heather Brands joined Shalom Austin in 2016 as the aquatics manager and was recently promoted to aquatics director. She has over 18 years of experience in the Aquatics industry. In her role as aquatics director, Brands oversees the aquatics center including aquatics programming, pool operations, special events and department staff. She has been extremely involved in all aspects of planning for the brand-new Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center which houses a lap pool, activity pool, and slides.  Brands joined Shalom Austin from the City of Austin where she served as a recreation program specialist. There, she managed the daily operations of 17 south Austin outdoor swimming pools and more than 300 staff members. She has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science from The University of North Texas. She is a certified lifeguard instructor, lifeguard instructor trainer, and water safety instructor trainer by The American Red Cross. Brands is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Recreation and Park Association as well as a certified Pool Operator by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. 

Marcus Litz

Aquatics Assistant Director

Marcus Litz joined Shalom Austin in 2021. In his role as aquatics assistant director, Litz will oversee the swim lesson coordinator, swim team coach and lifeguards. Born in Round Rock, Litz grew up around water. He started lifeguarding at 15 and his enthusiasm for aquatics has grown ever since. He is passionate about general water safety, swim lessons, and creating a strong aquatic community with the opening of the brand-new Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center. Litz has a background in aquatics management and most recently worked at Kalahari, America’s largest indoor waterpark. 


We are honored to be recognized through the new aquatic center. The new updates transform the space and create a unique, fun and relaxing environment to connect with others. The upgraded pool area is perfect for multi-generational gatherings, and we are excited to see how this center will be utilized by members of all ages in the future.
Shantel and David Ferdman

It’s an honor to contribute to the DJCC expansion project. We’re grateful to be part of the campus revitalization, which we know will be a special and important cornerstone for Austin’s growing community—a place for families to connect, have fun, share experiences, and create wonderful memories for future generations.
Lisa and Sandy Gottesman

Marcus Litz

Marcus Litz

Aquatics Assistant Director