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Dear Friends, 

This is big...sharing good news might be the key to happiness!!  According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, sharing good news prolongs the feelings of happiness you get from that news. 

We have a TON of good news to share from the J and it's all news that we would love for you to share with family, friends and colleagues.  So get ready to get happy! 

Additional Pool Hours: (Beginning Monday, July 27)

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30pm
  • Reservations are required. Click here for details and the complete pool schedule.

Additional Fitness Room Hours: (Beginning Tuesday, July 28)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30pm
  • Reservations are required.  Click here for details and the complete fitness room schedule.

We have 2 exciting options for post-camp this summer – Gymnastics Camp and Soccer Camp.  Be sure to scroll down or click here for complete details about Gymnastics Camp or here for info about Soccer Camp.

Have a BOOKtastic August with 3 Exciting Author Events!

Jeff Kinney, international bestselling author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is making curbside deliveries of his newest book AT THE JCC!!! Join us for our region’s first-ever drive-through Awesome Author Adventure! This event is created and hosted by Children’s Book World (the amazing bookstore in Haverford) and focuses on the health and safety of Jeff’s fans. While staying safely in your vehicle, your signed copy of Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure will be handed to you by the equally awesome Jeff Kinney!

To help keep us all safe and keep things moving smoothly, tickets will be sold for four time slots: 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm.  Click here for tickets and more information. 

Did you know that our beloved group fitness instructor Melissa Klapper is also an award-winning author?  When she’s not putting us through our paces at the J, Melissa is Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies at Rowan University.  She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. 

Her most recent book, Ballet Class: An American History​ (Oxford, 2020), charts ballet's rise to prominence among America's most cherished childhood traditions.  Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including children's books, memoirs by professional dancers and choreographers, pedagogy manuals, and dance periodicals, in addition to archival collections and oral histories, this pathbreaking study provides a deeply-researched national perspective on the history and significance of recreational ballet class in the United States and its influence on many facets of children's lives, including gender norms, consumerism, body image, children's literature, extracurricular activities, and popular culture. 

Join us for a compelling and engaging conversation with Melissa via Zoom.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Event Ticket: $12 – benefits the JCC’s Sustainability Fund.  The Fund provides masks and other critical supplies for JCC staff and programs.
Click here to register

We’re excited to be partnering with Lynn Rosen from Open Book Productions to feature the wonderful new novel The Book of V by Anna Solomon, with a virtual visit from the author.  Anna Solomon will talk about her book and her writing process and take questions from the audience.  

The Book of V is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across three centuries as their stories of sex, power, and desire finally converge in the present day. The riveting stories of these three characters overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years. 

Anna Solomon is the author of three novels—The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride—and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, One Story, The Boston Globe, Tablet, and elsewhere. Anna is the recipient of awards from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and The Missouri Review, among others, and her short story “The Lobster Mafia Story” was chosen as Boston’s One City One Story read.

Event Ticket: $12
Event Ticket + a copy of the book: $36
Click here to register

Join me in feeling extra happy today – share this email/JCC info with everyone you know!

Shabbat Shalom and see you online at the J,

Sign up for one or two exciting weeks of gymnastics, swimming (11:30am-12:15pm), and games! Geared to challenge all levels, from beginner to advanced, our experienced instructors look forward to teaching your child the fun and fundamental skills of gymnastics.

(Needed for Registration Form Below)

Week 1 (August 17-21): PEGCAMP1
Week 2 (August 24-28): PEGCAMP2

Weeks 1& 2 (August 17-21): PEGCAMP3


Gymnastics Camp will be run in accordance with all safety guidelines.

Gymnasts will be dropped off at the front door with masks on, temperatures will be taken, health questionnaires and waivers of liability filled out, and hand sanitizer used. Registration will be limited to 12 max. gymnasts each week. Pick up will be at 3:30 outside of the front lobby.

Before registering, make sure you will be able to follow the travel guidelines from the Commonwealth.  If families travel to one of the places on the Commonwealth list, gymnasts will not be permitted in the JCC for 14 days after they return.

Join the JCC and Super Soccer Stars for a week-long soccer camp starting Aug 17th!  During camp kids will focus on skill-based drills focused on individual development and teamwork in a positive, active, and fun environment.  Each group will have an age-specific curriculum and a low child to coach ratio to ensure the best learning environment possible

(Needed for Registration Form Below)


Gymnastics Camp will be run in accordance with all safety guidelines.

Children will be dropped off by the JCC pool with masks on, temperatures will be taken, health questionnaires and waivers of liability filled out, and hand sanitizer used. Registration will be limited.

Before registering, make sure you will be able to follow the travel guidelines from the Commonwealth.  If families travel to one of the places on the Commonwealth list, children will not be permitted in the JCC for 14 days after they return.

*Outdoor classes are subject to cancelation due to weather

Cardio Dance Party with Terrance
Saturday, July 25th | 9:30am

Bring water bottle, sunscreen and a party attitude!

Click here to reserve a spot!

Details about Outdoor Group Fitness Classes

  • Enter the JCC through the Main Entrance to check in.
  • Meet the class in the designated area outside.
  • Social distancing will be strictly observed during each class.
  • You must register in advance for each class.
  • You must bring your own mat or other equipment as designated by the class format.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the class will be cancelled.

Summer Swim: Outdoor Pools at the J
2020 Season Dates: July 11-September 7

Add splash to your summer at the outdoor pools @ the J. Our outdoor pool area is the perfect place to get the most out of summer. We provide the water, you just add splash.

The pools are open with time slots available to reserve on Saturday-Thursday Please see below for details.

 Due to COVID-19 we are not offering Swim Lessons at this time

Summer Swim Membership Prices
2020 Season Dates: July 11-September 7


 Family - 2 Adults & 3 Kids (Under 24) (Same Household) $150
 Additional Children - (Under 24) (Same Household) $5 Each
 Individual Adult - 1 Adult (18+) $80
 Individual Senior - 1 Senior (65+) $50
 Individual Teen - 1 Teen (14-17) $55
 Nanny/Au Pair - (Add-On Membership) $55

 Interested in a Summer Swim Membership?

Kaiserman JCC Members Only:
Reservations must be made


 Details about using the pool

  • Enter the JCC through the Main Entrance; exit through the pool gate into the parking lot.*
  • Lanes/toddler pool MUST be reserved in advance.
  • One lap swimmer per lane - 6 swimmers during each 45 minute period during lap swimming.*
  • One family per lane or swimmer per lane – 6 groups during each 45 minute period during recreational swimming. You may not switch to the toddler pool.
  • One family in toddler pool – 1 family during each 45 minute period during recreational swimming. You may not switch to the main pool.
  • No chairs will be available - you may bring your own.
  • Benches will be available to store personal belongings during your swim period.
  • No showers or locker rooms.  You may use the rest rooms in the main hallway.*
  • No pool noodles, kick boards or barbells will be available.
  • All railings and benches will be sanitized between swim periods.
  • You must wear a face covering when entering the JCC and pool area and when walking around the pool deck.

* During Early Morning Swim: 

Special things to know about the New Early Morning Swim Sessions:

  • Swim times will be at 6:00am and 7:00am. Each swim session is 45 mins.
  • Lap swimming only.
  • Lanes will be shared – no more than 2 swimmers/lane.
  • Reservations are required.  Your reservation will be for a lane slot, but not for a specific lane.
  • If you would like to share a lane with a family member, you must EACH register SEPARATELY for a lane slot.
  • You will enter and exit the pool from the gate to the parking lot.
  • Staff will check your temperature and you will complete the daily healthy questionnaire.
  • The JCC will be closed.  No access to restrooms.

Reserving time for Early Morning Swim is a little different than other pool times:

  • Once you have logged in to our reservation system, select Book Fitness Res (far left, under the big blue “J”)
  • Select Early Morning Swim
  • Select your date and time

Virtual Camp Fox @ the Kaiserman JCC
This virtual camp experience is designed to engage, inform and inspire our campers and give them opportunities to develop deep connections and friendships. From live visits with zoo keepers and a book club to video production and martial arts, Virtual Camp Fox brings the best of camp into your home,

Camp runs from Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, August 14th. You may register your kids for either a full-day or half-day experience and you can sign up week-by-week or for the entire summer. Thanks to generous support from an area family, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Virtual Camp Fox will be FREE to all campers, subject to capacity constraints* for each age group. However, we are requesting a suggested donation to help underwrite our costs… and pay it forward

Visit: for details. 
For more information, contact Maddie at

Live Fitness Classes
Streamed Online - FREE and open to all!

We're regularly updating our LIVE classes and you're sure to find something that meets your interest. Check out the new classes on The J Online: Our Digital Community Center.  All classes are Free and preregistration is required. We archive all classes in our library, so don't worry if you can't make it live!

To receive class login information, please click the purple "Register for This Class" button below the class you wish to take on the schedule. Once you complete the form, you will then receive the next class login information as an email as soon as you hit SUBMIT. Please know that on the day of the class, you will need to "copy and paste" the Zoom link into your browser for the class to launch.


with Irene


with Sandi



Total Body

with Katie

with Debi

with Robbie
2nd & 4th
Sun. Monthly

with Jess




with Roberta


with Irene

with Sarah

with Sarah



The 100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge is back!!

Now, more than ever, it’s critical to stay connected. During these unprecedented times, we need to exercise to help us stay strong and healthy—physically and mentally.  Go head-to-head with JCC participants across the continent in your favorite form of exercise. Whether you’re into strength training, running, group exercise, swimming, or something else, you’ll have a chance to test your mettle.

The #JCCSummerFitChallenge begins on May 31st and ends on Labor Day, September 7. Make sure you’re part of the action.  Anyone 13 years old or older can compete; each participant, however, must have a unique email address.

New family category this year!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Precor and Sal Pellegrino, for the first time,  four JCCs have the chance to win a Spinner Ride as part of the 100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge!  One JCC in each size of center category (metro, large, intermediate, and small) will have the chance to win the bike.  Winners will be selected based upon the number of their participants and total points in top three finishes of the nine different exercise categories.

Click here to register for the challenge!
Click here for the full flyer!
Click here for the rules

Camp Kef 2020:  Camp Kef has begun! The entire campus, including the roadway and fields, are closed for camp Monday-Friday from 7:45am-4pm.  This closure is in effect from June 22-August 14.

Support the JCC with a donation to the JCC Sustainability Fund:
Donations to the Fund will be used to support our staff, develop new protocols for safe operation of the J and secure the supplies and staff we will need to meet new operational guidelines.  Every tax-deductible contribution makes a difference – please donate today.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Covid-19 Community Needs Survey

How are you coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Help us understand the needs of our communities by participating in Jewish Federation’s COVID-19 Community Needs Survey. This 5-minute, anonymous survey is designed to give a snapshot of how COVID-19 has affected those we serve. The results will inform how we and our community partners respond to the ongoing needs within our diverse communities.

Anyone who lives in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region who is 18 years or older can participate.

Take the survey here:

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) |

A 4-Part Virtual Film Series!
Every Monday Night, July 13 - August 3

Post-film discussions with guest speakers to be announced!

$10 General Admission
$36 "Double Chai" Pass (gets you ALL four films) 

Use code sharStor2020CommPart at check-out for $2 off any film!

Today, we live in a rare moment – a moment where transformation is possible and we, as a people, are capable of changing history! As we continue to navigate our differences, share our experiences, ask questions, and educate ourselves, we must remember it is up to us – as citizens of these united states – to be the change we want to see. The staff at GPJFF hopes that SHARED STORIES will inspire dialogue and meaningful conversations, increase empathy and understanding, encourage further learning, and spur one to take action in whatever way feels right to them.

Upon registering, the night of the screening at 6 PM EST, you will receive an email with a private link for the film.

For more information click here.

AJC Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey |

Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) Program: Student Recruitment for 2020-2021

Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT), AJC’s education and advocacy program for teens, empowers young Jews to speak up for Israel and the Jewish people. LFT helps high school students develop a strong Jewish identity and trains them as advocates for Israel, and to be voices against antisemitism. LFT gives students the tools to talk about the issues impacting world Jewry today, and the confidence to stand up for these issues in college and throughout their lives, no matter how difficult the situation.

We are currently recruiting for our third cohort of LFT students and seek your recommendations for rising sophomores and juniors. This program has been an extra-curricular highlight for students, and we look forward to your recommendations for the 2020/2021 cohort.

​For additional information please visit
The application can be accessed by clicking here.
Please s​end recommendations (name, school, contact information) to Marcia Bronstein at

JEVS Career Strategies |

FREE Job Searching Webinars

JEVS Career Strategies offers free webinars to help you look for a job. As a non-profit organization, they are here to help. For more information, contact Wendy Rosenfeldt at 215-832-0878.  Please register at here.

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