Member Spotlight: Syd Markowitz

Syd Markowitz is an institution here at the Prosserman JCC. He has been a member for over thirty-five years, participating in everything from fitness classes to adult programming, assisting with the stroke group to having brunch with his friends. While Syd has not always lived in Toronto, whenever he has returned he has been an active member at either the Bathurst JCC, the Miles Nadal JCC or at the Prosserman JCC, which he calls his second home.

What has kept Syd and his friends coming back to the Prosserman JCC is the famed “morning group’, where he and roughly fifteen of his closest friends meet for brunch in the lounge at least five times a week. “We’ve been friends forever”, said Syd. “We come for the bagels and stay for the schmoozing and fitness classes”.   Syd and his “morning group” started their longstanding tradition at the Bathurst JCC but had to relocate to other community centres during the renovation. They would have birthday parties there, meet daily for brunch, email each other and use the health club together. “We went to a few other places but came back as soon as soon as the Prosserman JCC was ready. It’s home!”

In addition to the “morning group”, Syd is also an active member in the Prosserman JCC’s fitness centre. He has always been athletic and previously led a running club, bringing members together to run the nine miles from the Myles Nadal JCC to the Bathurst JCC. Syd is now a certified spinning instructor and leads several spinning classes a week as well as volunteers with the MS support and stroke recovery groups.

“Every day here is a new experience, and I am always looking forward to coming here”, said Syd. “I love seeing all the little kids playing outside when you first come in. The Prosserman JCC is truly a multi-generational community centre with programs and functions available for members of all ages and interests. Everyone here is so warm and friendly, and it really feels like family”.


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