The Columbus Jewish Historical Society will present "The Center of It All," an exhibit featuring photographs, relics and memorabilia collected over the past 100 years of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' history through Aug. 31.

The Columbus Jewish Historical Society will present "The Center of It All," an exhibit featuring photographs, relics and memorabilia collected over the past 100 years of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' history through Aug. 31.

The exhibit, on display at the JCC at 1125 College Ave., includes Hebrew school photos, camp T-shirts, swim patches, event invitations, softball trophies and more.

Divided into two major time periods, the Schonthal Center (1913-1949) and the new Jewish Center (1950-present), the exhibit is meant to evoke memories and reinforce the mission of the JCC today, according to Toby Brief, president of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society. While the post-Schonthal era is in many ways an amplification of the early days, Brief said the new Jewish Center, when it opened in 1950, ushered in a special feeling of community and inclusiveness.

The exhibit comes together with the efforts of Brief, members of the CJHS volunteering their time, and two interns from the Ohio State University. During the past 18 months, the group has collected materials and done research in key areas of the JCC and its history, such as sports, camp and cultural arts.

For more information contact Karen Scholl at 614-559-6280 or via email at kscholl@columbusjcc.org.