JACS is the acronym for Jewish Association of Cultural Societies and was set up to fill a perceived need among people who, though retired, were looking for a way of using their still active minds. It was felt that age should equate with maturity of judgement, not the apathy of senility. With this sentiment in mind JACS was set up over 25 years ago and there are now many branches and over 5000 members. Although most branches are in London, there are some in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Brighton and of course Westcliff. The Westcliff branch has over 80 members who go along each Wednesday for intellectual pleasure. Apart from their own activities the Westcliff branch also take part in those that are shared with the whole body of JACS such as holidays at home and away. These include the annual get together in Bournemouth where you can meet many new people and group visits to Israel where they sponsor activities for under privileged youngsters in the Karmiel Children's Village. JACS warmly welcome all new members.
On Wednesday, 23rd March, 2011, Southend and Westcliff
JACS celebrated their 20th Anniversary and Purim. It was also the 95th birthday
of one of our oldest members, Gertie Denenberg, who was presented with a bouquet
of flowers to mark the occasion. Allan Goldstein, our Chairman, welcomed our
guests of honour, National Chairman, Harold Newman and his wife Barbara, along
with all the members of the club who attended the party. The Committee worked
hard to make the afternoon a success and one of our favourite singers, George
James, came along to provide the entertainment. A good time was had by all!
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