News & Events

Friday, August 21, 2020

To our friends, supporters, and community members, What a wonderful week for our community!  Governor Cuomo announced requirements for us to be able to open our fitness center. We pride ourselves on being a community of people who care about people, and we are committed to reopening with this same sense of caring. The dedicated JCC Staff is poring over the requirements to reopen our doors to the fitness center safely. We’re actively sourcing appropriate HVAC filters and other materials, writing new safety and sanitation protocols and evaluating different technologies to create fewer contact points.

While we have not finalized our opening date, it will likely be at the beginning of September. We want to make sure that we have all the details in place so that when you return, the new processes and protocols are easy to navigate and you’ll be off to your safe workout in no time! While we are still finalizing the exact details, during this initial phase you can expect the following:

  • New protocols for health assessments and member agreements prior to entry to ensure we protect our community
  • Access to the JCC Champion Fitness Center, including the upstairs cardio room and the downstairs weight room
  • Utilizing the JCC Fitness app for contactless check-in 
  • Capacities will be capped at 33% in open spaces
  • All machines repositioned to create 6 feet of social distance
  • Masks to be worn by all staff and members in and around the building, all the time
  • Online and expanded outdoor group fitness will continue

We'll be sharing more details about the reopening next week, including the areas and services that we expect to reopen next.

For School Day at the J, a three-day hybrid school model academic and enrichment support program for K–12, work continues as we continue to ready spaces, increase our internet capabilities and create safe foot-traffic flow patterns. Enrollment is open and interest for the small group size classes is strong.

We have a variety of options to help you as you navigate the start of the school year:

  • K–6: three-day hybrid school program with the option to extend the day
  • 7–12: three-day hybrid school programKindergarten, full-day, five days a week with the option to extend the day

More details can be found here.

Another full day, five days a week Kindergarten community option to consider is the Hillel Community Day School, details here.

Thanks for standing next to us and keeping the JCC safe – we’ve appreciated it more than you know and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat and weekend.

Josh Weinstein
JCC CEO