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– J-Hawks Basketball –

J-Hawks basketball is Bernard Weinger JCC’s premier basketball program. Develop your skills, build confidence, teamwork, and friendships all while competing in tournament play. This program is for boys ages 8-14.

Upcoming Seasons

J-Hawks Basketball will be back in the Fall. Check back here for dates and registration coming soon.

Jeff Wechsler
Coach Jeff Wechsler

Jeff Wechsler has been coaching at JCC Chicago for 20 years. He started his youth coaching career right out of college in 1985. In addition to basketball, he ran his own summer basketball camps/clinics and has coached baseball and football.  His guiding philosophy is: “If you make it fun, kids will want to stick with basketball for years”. His goal is to develop each child’s skill level and help them grow both as a basketball player and person.


Jeremy Friedman
Coach Jeremy Friedman

Jeremy Friedman grew up in Northbrook and attended Glenbrook North High School. Through his participation in the Sports Broadcasting department at the University of Kansas, Coach Friedman developed a passion for coaching. He was able to attend practices, sit in on team meetings and learn from Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams. Coaching for a total of 17 years, Friedman now enters his 7th season with JHawks Basketball. JCC Chicago is very special to him since both of his sons played in the JHawks program.


David Sachs
Coach David Sachs

David Sachs attended Highland Park High School and was a 4-year varsity player, 3-year varsity starting point guard, 3-year all-conference, 2-year all-state Honorable Mention. Sachs received a scholarship for basketball to D2 Barry University, where he made it to the Elite 8. After transferring to D3 Wisconsin-Whitewater where he graduated with a degree in Special Education and finished off his collegiate basketball career, he signed with an agency in Israel to continue his basketball dreams. Sachs absolutely loves coaching the JHawks and helping his 8th graders become the best players and kids they can be!