Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center (BGFJCC), opened its doors on December 8, 2016 to serve a broad spectrum of community needs, from health and fitness, recreation, the arts, entertainment, to international business and so much more.
This center is not only the heart of the Tampa Bay Jewish community, it is the heart of the greater community at large. A plaque revealed at the BGFJCC Ribbon Cutting is featured on the exterior wall of the building’s grand entry exemplifying the center’s purpose perfectly as it reads, Gary Gould and David Scher had a dream and a compass and with the help and generosity of many others, they breathed new life into this facility so it could serve and strengthen our community. Our kehillah (community) is extremely grateful for their exceptional efforts. Their vision has taken shape and the BGFJCC is truly a gift to West Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods Tampa-wide.
Located in the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, the building features over 100,000 square feet of community space and has become a gathering place providing a wide range of programs and services for toddlers to active seniors, engaging a large number of individuals to meet the needs of a diverse population.
The promotion of health and wellness is major component of the BGFJCC. The facility boasts a 50,000 square-foot premier fitness center, a 10,000 square-foot gymnasium with indoor track, sports and recreation programming and the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center.
The BGFJCC’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center offers an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment with personal viewing screens, free weights, strength training equipment and over 55 group exercise classes each week including yoga, Pilates Mat®, tai chi, meditation, Zumba®, total body conditioning, group cycling, along with many other stimulating activity offerings. Attending group exercise classes is a great way to stay in shape, reduce your stress and meet new people. If a self-directed or group exercise workout isn’t for you, certified personal training sessions with one-on-one training or small-group personal training are available to help you meet your personal fitness goals.
BGFJCC members and guests may also take advantage of Florida’s yearlong tropical climate and enjoy the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center, with an 8-lane 25-yard competition lap pool; a warm-water, zero-entry therapy pool for aquatic exercise and swim lessons; a family-friendly splash pad and a heated spa. Whatever your goals may be, the BGFJCC offers the means to get you there.
As an added bonus, the facility’s deluxe locker rooms provide for a luxurious experience and include private showers, complimentary amenities and towel service, while spa rooms are available for relaxation and sports massage.
After a fulfilling work-out or enjoying the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center, you may work up an appetite. Guests may treat themselves to a tasty treat at the BGFJCC J Café, a full service café available for food and beverages both poolside and indoors.
Outside of the realm of wellness, the BGFJCC's Premier Event Center is certain to catch your eye. The ballroom and pre-reception area is made up of 11,000 square feet with an array of room configuration offerings perfect for a multitude of memorable gatherings with On-site commercial catering offered by our Executive Chefs. Whether you are hosting a wedding, upscale or a corporate event – this space should be your venue of choice.
The BGFJCC provides for a cultural experience as well! The Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center run by the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department is an artist’s haven. With 7,500 square feet featuring nine indoor kilns, numerous pottery wheels, a glass fusion studio, and a jewelry studio -- their talented staff of professional artists offer a wide range of classes including ceramic sculpture, pottery, oil painting, watercolor, drawing, digital, mixed media, small scale metal sculpture, jewelry, glass fusion, stained glass, fiber arts, and printmaking. There is something for everyone to explore.
To further create a sense of community and belonging, tiered membership programs are available for singles and families. Experience for yourself the benefits of becoming a BGFJCC member today by calling (813) 575-5900 today or stop by the membership desk at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC (522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606). For more information visit BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com.