The Heart of it All

Jewish Community of Louisville, The Trager Family Jewish Community Center

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Louisville, KY | 106,500 SF

The vibrant Jewish community center welcomes all people to live healthy, engaged lives of meaning and purpose.
The Heart of the JCC is a distinctive feature. It’s the connective tissue for everything happening there. Its centrality lets you see many activities at once—swimming, dance practice, kids playing. It’s also a great place to meet friends and build community.

The Trager Family Jewish Community Center (TFJCC) in Louisville holds a unique place within the region’s cultural heritage.  It has been a beacon of integration for successive waves of Jewish immigrants to Louisville; home to countless Jewish families over the past 120 years; a place of unity and cohesion for Louisville’s Jewish community; and a hub of inclusivity and understanding within the broader population. Inherent in the organization’s mission, vision, and core beliefs is a holistic commitment to the fundamental wellness of individuals and their communities.

The Early Learning area featuring the Play Library
Pops of color and pattern greet the community in the new Early Learning area
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For over 130 years, the Jewish Community of Louisville has been a true community center, welcoming our entire community in and turning no one away. Our new campus will provide a modern, open and accessible facility to gather in ways that have never been previously possible.

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- Sara Klein Wagner, JCL president

GBBN is working with the Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL) to create a multi-purpose center to serve future generations of Louisville’s Jewish and Metro communities. The building is organized around the core experiences at the center of the TFJCC’s mission: the Jewish Learning Center; fitness and aquatics; and social programming, such as a theater and cafe. These three components – understood as the Mind, Body, and Soul of the institution – are linked by an airy public space at the core of the building dubbed “The Heart.”

Playroom JCC's playroom overlooks the outside playground

The facility will bring new energy to these vital programs by maximizing connectivity between them and uniting them around common spaces that reinforce a shared sense of purpose and community. The building is designed to be an open and inclusive place, suitable for civic discourse and informal interaction amongst the TFJCC’s diverse and wide-ranging membership (people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds are welcome at the TFJCC). It aims to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history and culture by providing an inviting and comfortable “second home” for people to connect, grow roots in the Louisville community, and create lifelong memories.

JCC pool The souks (bazaars) of Israel informed the concept for The Street at the JCC—a thoroughfare connecting people to people and people to programs.