The pandemic has challenged us all in ways we never could have imagined. With the support of our amazing members, Board and staff, we have taken actions that have allowed us to open our summer camp, reopen the pool and fitness room and maintain the financial stability of the JCC this summer. But we continue to operate with massive uncertainty and the JCC is not immune to the practical and economic consequences that face so many businesses today.
To help us manage the impact of the pandemic, we will be temporarily closing the fitness room effective August 20. We expect this closure to be a pause in operations and plan to reopen the fitness room in the future.
We know that many of you have been loyal JCC members for 30 years or more and that this news will be a major disappointment. Please know that we have done everything possible to find a path that would allow us to keep the fitness room open. The combination of capacity limitations on gyms and member health concerns about working out inside, have reduced membership revenue to a point where it can no longer cover the operating costs of this part of our facility.
We are sure that you have many questions and we are going to do our best to answer them below.
What's going to happen to my membership?
All JCC memberships, with the exception of summer swim memberships and those who are signed up to use the pool, will be frozen immediately. When the fitness room reopens, you will have the option to restart your membership. Also, we know that some of you pay your annual membership in full and encourage you to keep reading for more details.
Will the pool remain open?
YES! The pool will remain open through Labor Day. We are finalizing expanded pool hours which will begin after the last day of camp. We are also working on a plan that will allow the pool to remain open until at least right before Rosh Hashanah (September 18).
Will the pool be open this winter?
At this time, we do not expect to be able to maintain the heated tent this winter. The heat alone costs $15,000/month and membership revenue, coupled with mandated capacity limits, will not be enough to cover the operating expenses of the heated pool and tent. We will, however, continue to look for solutions that will allow us to keep the pool in year-round operation.
Will Group Fitness classes still be available?
YES! We will continue to offer virtual classes through The J Online: Our Digital Community Center and will be adding to our schedule of outside pop-up classes. The 50% capacity limit for gyms prevents us from having classes in the either the group fitness or spin studios. We are also exploring the possibility of offering classes on the basketball court. Through the end of September, all classes, whether online or outside, will be available at no cost to the community. For the complete Group Fitness class schedule, visit www.phillyjccc.com/thejonline. To register for outside pop-up classes, go to kaisermanjcc.setmore.com.
What's the plan for Personal Training?
Our team of fabulous personal trainers have been offering virtual training sessions and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. We are all committed to helping you meet your fitness goals from the comfort of your home. For more information or to schedule personal training sessions, please call 610-896-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's the plan for youth sports programs like gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do?
We are working with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health and sports-specific associations on a plan for youth sports for this fall. We are very mindful of our responsibility to help promote the health and safety of our community's athletes and our plans will reflect this commitment. We expect to have more information in the next 2 weeks.
What are the JCC's plans for other programs and events?
For nearly 50 years, the JCC has provided critical childcare and program support to families in our community. We will be launching a new educational enrichment program for children who are either learning virtually fulltime or whose school is operating a hybrid model. For more information about this program or ways that we can help your family navigate the challenges of the coming school year, please contact Jordan Bravato at email@example.com.
Our 3 author events this August are also examples of the kind of exciting experiences that you can expect to see from the JCC. We are working on program partnerships with select JCCs and with our colleagues from other organizations in the Philly region. Our commitment is to deliver creative and innovative Jewish-centered experiences – online and in person -- that encourage the exploration of Judaism and Jewish culture and celebrate the rich and diverse voices of our Jewish community.
What if I paid my membership if full?
If you have paid your membership in full, we have a few options for you:
- We will add the remaining months to your membership when we are able to reopen the fitness room.
- We will issue a refund for any remaining months calculated after August 1, 2020.
- We will convert the value of the remaining months into a tax-deductible contribution to the JCC Sustainability for the Future Fund.
To help ensure that we best meet your preference, please complete this very simple form.
How can I continue to support the JCC?
We have been overwhelmed by your caring and support and, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your contributions and words of kindness. Your continued to support of the JCC Sustainability for the Future Fund will impact our community by:
- Funding scholarships to those in our community whose jobs have been recently impacted by this pandemic;
- Helping cover the increase in cleaning costs needed to operate our facility during COVID-19;
- Funding alternative program models—at dedicated offsite locations or virtual—to connect people to our programs and services;
- Maintaining the extensive new safety protocols and health screenings to help keep our facility clean and our staff and community healthy;
- Sustaining the ongoing programs, joyous celebrations and Jewish learning opportunities that are the hallmark of our JCC.
To support the JCC Sustainability for the Future Fund - by continuing to pay your monthly membership dues or with a specific contribution - please complete this simple form.
What if I have questions, need assistance or would like to speak with someone at the JCC?
We are here for you! Please call us at any time at 610-896-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, Amy Krulik, Kaiserman's CEO, is always available. You can reach Amy at email@example.com.
Thank you for being such great partners as we navigate the work of the JCC amidst unprecedented uncertainty. Together, we will ensure a healthy JCC into the future.
With warmest regards,
Amy and Cindy
Amy Krulik, CEO Cindy Smukler, Board President