ABOUT

Welcome to the new and forever home for Jewish Harrisburg

A safe and nurturing space for all to learn, celebrate, and connect.

Liz Grass Weese and Roger Grass attend the Campus dedication event on June 22, 2022

L'DOR V'DOR

Honoring the generations that came before us, and creating a legacy for the many more yet to come

The Grass Campus is a centralized hub for Jewish life in Harrisburg. Set on a lush 6.4 acre property, the six spacious buildings provide ample space for a multitude of educational, cultural, philanthropic, and wellness programs to thrive, grow, and connect.

The Campus is open and accessible to any and all members of the Harrisburg community who would benefit from the services offered, regardless of age, background, or faith.

Organizations will move in throughout the second half of 2023 and begin to serve the community from the campus. Simultaneously, building improvements, modifications, and additions will be in progress to better support the programming now and into the future.

TIMELINE

Major milestones on the way to building our future

April 2022 - Grass Campus Purchase Finalized by Federation

Purchase made possible through gift of the Alexander Grass Foundation

June 2022 - Grass Campus Dedication

Community members, lay leaders, and elected officials joined alongside Liz Grass Weese and Roger Grass to dedicate the new campus

Fall 2022 - Fitness Center + ELC + Other Construction Begins

Significant construction to the Grass Center to create state-of-the-art fitness center and in Duncan Hall which will house the Brenner Family Early Learning Center

November 2022 - Comprehensive Campaign Begins

Comprehensive Campaign and challenge to community to match $10 million gift of the Alexander Grass Foundation – funds to be used for capital needs, operations, security, and endowment

Fall 2023 - Organizations Begin Move To Campus

The Silver Academy and JFGH administrative office are now open and operating on campus. They will be followed by the Brenner Family Early Learning Center, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Community Foundation, and the new JCC Fitness Center in 2024.

2024 -2026 - Phase Two Construction Begins

Major projects include Sports Complex including basketball and pickleball courts, and swimming pool.

KEY PEOPLE

The names (and hearts) behind the Campus

The development of the Grass Campus has been a true study in partnership throughout our community.

Liz Grass Weese

President of the Alexander Grass Foundation and daughter of Alex Grass

Roger Grass

Director of the Alexander Grass Foundation and son of Alex Grass

Abby Smith

Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and co-chair of the JFGH Comprehensive Campaign

Marty Rogoff

Vice Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and co-chair of the JFGH Comprehensive Campaign

Sandy Cohen

Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and co-chair of the JFGH Comprehensive Campaign

Benedict Dubbs

President, Murray Associates Architects and lead architect for Grass Campus project

FAQ

All of your questions, answered

From parking to pickleball, get the inside scoop on the future plans for the Grass Campus.

2986 N. 2ND STREET, HARRISBURG, PA 17110

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