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JCC Going Up in N.J., Right Near Bucks

February 23, 2012
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A new JCC is expected to open near Princeton later this year.

Work is under way on a new, $28 million, 60-acre Jewish community campus not far from Princeton, N.J.

The Matthew and Staci Wilson Jewish Community Campus being built in West Windsor Township, on land that was once a cornfield, is expected to open later this year and will serve families from Bucks County as well. The Delaware River, which divides the Keystone State from the Garden State, sits just a few miles from the site.

The new 80,000-square-foot structure will be home to the Jewish Federation of Princeton, Mercer Bucks; the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center -- the third JCC in New Jersey to bear that name; the Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County; and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer.

According to Lee Rosenfeld, CEO of both the campus and the JCC, the area has been without a JCC since 2006, when the building in Ewing Township, N.J., was sold.

"I anticipate that families from Bucks will take part in the very rich programming at the JCC," said Rosenfeld, who previously has held development positions at Gratz College and Rutgers Hillel.

In a recent communal newsletter, he wrote that "this 'Jewish Downtown' will enable us to leverage incredible communal resources, both on and off the campus."

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