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JCC Coronavirus Watch

July 1, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Families,

We want to make you aware of this afternoon’s order by the PA Secretary of Health ordering all residents of the Commonwealth over age 2 to wear universal face coverings at all times, both inside and outdoors – excluding personal residence. This order takes effect immediately. All JCC programs will continue to operate as scheduled.

We ask for your cooperation in our child care, camping, fitness and nutrition programs as the JCC makes all efforts to comply with this order. Our priority will continue to be the health and safety of our members, guests, and county residents.

Be well,

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

Resources for up-to-date information:
Allegheny County Health Department Updates

Centers for Disease Control

View JCC REOPEN FAQ’s HERE


June 11, 2020

All YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

When you walk through our doors, the JCC will look and feel a little different than pre-Covid 19, but we know you will welcome these changes as as we work together to make the JCC safe and enjoyable for the community.

We are excited about the Phase 1 Reopening of our Squirrel Hill and South Hills Fitness and Indoor Aquatics Facilities.

On Monday, June 15, we will reopen our buildings to members only for the following activities:

  • Cardio
  • Weight Training
  • Personal Training One-on-One

On Thursday, June 18, we will reopen our buildings to members only for the additional following activity:

  • Indoor Pool- Lap Swim Only
View this informational and virtual tour of your new JCC Fitness and Indoor Aquatics Experience

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

PHASE 1 OVERVIEW

Member Fitness Entrances:

  • Squirrel Hill: Centerfit Entrance through the Forbes Avenue garage.
  • South Hills: Entrance remains the same.

Members only (no guests).

One-time Mandatory Waiver must be signed the first time you enter the building. This will take place on an iPad as part of the screening.

Masks must be worn by members and staff in the building, except when in the pool or using cardio fitness equipment.

Social Distancing is required.

Temperature Check and brief Health Screening upon entry.

Hands-free Hand Sanitizer Stations have been added throughout our facilities.

Disinfecting Stations have been set up throughout the facilities.

Hands-Free Water Bottle Filling Stations: Water fountains have been limited to water filling stations only. Please bring your own water bottles.

Some Fitness areas will remain closed including locker rooms, group exercise studios and spinning rooms.

Reservations through MINDBODY (click HERE for log-in and info) are required for Lap Swim. Swim time reservations for June 18 open on June 16.

Personal Training:

  • Current clients can schedule with their Trainer.
  • New clients – Please contact Laurie Wood (Squirrel Hill) or Bonnie Livingston (South Hills) to get started.

Credit card on file only. No cash transactions.

Please review the full list of the JCC Phase 1 FAQs CLICK HERE

Modified Operating Hours*

To allow for extra cleaning, the JCC will be open:

Monday through Friday: 6 am-6 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8 am-1 pm

*Hours are modified for Phase 1 of Reopening; times may change as we transition between phases.

Our virtual programming will continue actively as we transition into this next phase, bolstered by its growth and your positive feedback and cognizant that a number of you are not yet ready to reenter public environments. See the virtual class schedule at: jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/

The health and safety of our community is the JCC’s top priority. Every decision made regarding our Phase 1 reopening has been through the lens of the health and safety of our members and staff. The JCC has worked closely with long time partner, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, for continued guidance in the reopening plan.

Reopening Phase 1 is the first of a multi-phased plan to resume JCC fitness and wellness services in a safe and modified form in compliance with state, county and local guidelines and CDC recommendations, including mandatory masks, social distancing and sanitation practices, and extensive cleaning protocols.

Please review the full list of the JCC Phase 1 FAQs CLICK HERE

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU !!!

As we move forward in our next phase, we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have continued to navigate through this pandemic.

We are excited to see you back at the JCC!

Thank you,

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair


June 5, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,
We are excited to announce Phase 1 Reopening
of our Squirrel Hill and South Hills Fitness and Indoor Aquatics Facilities!

On Monday, June 15, we will reopen our buildings to members only for the following activities:

  • Cardio
  • Weight Training
  • Personal Training One-on-One

On Thursday, June 18, we will reopen our buildings to members only for the additional following activity:

  • Indoor Pool- Lap Swim Only

The health and safety of our community is the JCC’s top priority. Every decision made regarding our Phase 1 reopening has been through the lens of the health and safety of our members and staff. The JCC has worked closely with long time partner, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, for continued guidance in the reopening plan.

Reopening Phase 1 – is the first of a multi-phased plan to resume JCC fitness and wellness services in a safe and modified form in compliance with state, county and local guidelines and CDC recommendations, including mandatory masks, social distancing and sanitation practices, and extensive cleaning protocols.

Our virtual programming will continue actively as we transition into this next phase, bolstered by its growth and your positive feedback and cognizant that a number of you are not yet ready to reenter public environments. See the class schedule at: jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/

Detailed communication will be shared with you later next week on hours of operation, safety and cleaning protocols, expectations of our members and more.

As we move forward in our next phase – We would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have continued to navigate through this pandemic.

We look to you – the families, community and staff who rely on us- to make this next chapter of  JCC life one of resiliency and accomplishment.

We are excited to see you back at the JCC!

Thank you,

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO
William S. Goodman, Board Chair


June 1, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

Today is a special day at the JCC as we welcome over 130 young children to our early childhood development center in both branches during the “yellow” phase.   These are our first constituents   physically returning to our facilities in 2 ½ months and we have looked forward to this day for some time.

As Allegheny County begins moving to the “green” designation at week’s end, what does it mean for the JCC and you?

In the not too distant future, we will have the opportunity to reopen our fitness facilities and resume additional activities.  We are actively putting a comprehensive plan in place to resuming our fitness and wellness services in a safe and modified form.

We are not yet ready to announce a reopening date, but will continue to communicate with you electronically and through social media as plans unfold.   We are eager to have you back, but must do it carefully and prudently – mindful of social distancing and capacity limitations.   We will build our reopening plan around CDC and local guidelines and regulations – adapting learnings in real time from a number of sister JCC’s around the country that reopened over the past week and others reopening today.

Our virtual programming will continue actively as we transition into this next phase, bolstered by its growth and your positive feedback and cognizant that a number of you are not yet ready to reenter public environments.

Moving Forward, TOGETHER

As we move forward in our next phase – we look to you- the families, community and staff who rely on us- to make this next chapter of JCC life one of resiliency and accomplishment.

Please click on our 55 second video presentation to share our commitment to our community and to you.

Let’s reopen, re-imagine and rebuild community together.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the JCC as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO
William S. Goodman, Board Chair

May 22, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

We hope this letter finds you well and that you have adapted healthy routines during these weeks of limited activity and restrictions.

As Allegheny County has entered its first week in the “yellow,” we are excited to focus our attention on reopening and recovery and serve our community both virtually and in person in a staged and prudent manner.

On June 1, we will be reopening Early Childhood Development Center programs at both our Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations.  This will be done with the utmost of care and attention to current best practices.   Our updated policies and daily protocols are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and supported through the consultancy of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, one of the nation’s first collaboratives organized around safety and quality improvement.

View ECDC Reopening FAQs HERE

While we continue to await further state and local guidance, we are increasingly optimistic that our day camp programs in Squirrel Hill, South Hills, and Monroeville will be permitted to operate this summer.   Again, we will rely on directives from civil authorities, as well as guidance from the CDC and our accrediting body, the American Camp Association.   Details and FAQs for both early childhood and day camps will be updated on JCCPGH.org as new information becomes available.  We are disappointed to share that it is increasingly unlikely that the Monroeville Family Park will be open for member and guest use this summer.

As we patiently await a time to reopen other programs at the JCC when the county enters the “green” phase, we are currently making accommodations to our facilities to support physical distancing for workouts, swimming, and classes.

To keep you engaged and active, we will continue expanding #JCCPGHVirtual, a robust menu of LIVE and recorded classes and programming on JCCPGH.org, that is averaging more than 100 programs each week!

Our life sustaining work continues as it has since the beginning of the pandemic, with ongoing nutrition and wellness checks for seniors and a new series of Vitalant blood drives at our facilities that already have helped more than 1,000 of our friends and neighbors in our area. Sign up today at jccpgh.org

We wish you a special holiday weekend as we pay tribute to those who died in service to our country and looking forward to a healthy restart at the JCC!

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO
William S. Goodman, Board Chair

 

April 13, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

We hope that you had the opportunity over the past week to celebrate the arrival of Passover and, for those of you of the Christian faith, a meaningful Holy Week.

As we enter our fifth week of service interruption,  we remind you of the JCC’s continuing involvement in life sustaining work and how you can continue to connect to JCC programming remotely.

  • Blood Drives: Due to continuing need, donation dates have been extended about both the JCC Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities through the end of the month in controlled and sanitary environmentsReservations are required – no walk ins allowed.  View Information
  • AgeWell at the JCC continues to provide Lunch Meals “To Go” for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program. jccpgh.org/event/agewell-at-the-jcc.  For those who are in need of nutrition services, but were not registered for senior center services prior to March 14th, please call 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319 (Toll-free) so that we can connect you to the appropriate services.
  • We continue to contact hundreds of older adults each week through wellness checks.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact 412-992-5209.
  • The 10.27 Healing Partnership has transferred its services to online formats: 1027healingpartnership.org/

·       Our Virtual Programming to keep you connected is growing by dozens of people each day: The #JCCPGHVirtual initiative on our digital platforms includes opportunities for live classes, meet-ups and activities for all ages. jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/.
Please note that, in commemoration of the 7th day of Passover, the JCC will suspend virtual content on Wednesday, April 15th and resume the following day.

We remind you that the JCC remains committed to serving our community through the good and the bad, as we have done for the past 125 years.

And with your continued support, we will come back!

Here’s how you can help the JCC:

  • Opt-in to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution. Please fill out this FORM.
    OR
  • To make a one-time or recurring donation to the JCC, click donate.jccpgh.org/donate

 

We wish you good health and a joyous conclusion of Passover.

Thank you-

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair


April 6, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

Like many businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the region, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is currently facing unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the mandated closure of its facilities.

Roughly 80% of our agency’s revenue comes through membership and program fees. While hundreds of donations have come our way over the past three weeks of mandated closure, even the generosity of this support cannot match the dramatic and sudden downturn in revenue we face with the suspension of our services and closure of our facilities.

Last week, we were saddened to notify our full and part time employees of furloughs and reduction of hours. The majority of the JCC’s 135 full time employees will stay retained, though many for reduced hours. Senior management staff will see their compensation reduced as well.

The JCC is committed to continuing health care coverage for its benefit eligible employees, including those furloughed, for the next three months – through June 30th. In the midst of a public health crisis, we want to ensure that our employees who have signed up for health care can continue to access it with certainty.

Even in this current economic climate, a number of JCC employees remain directly engaged in life sustaining services, such as:

  • Blood Drives: Due to unprecedented need, additional dates have been scheduled at the JCC. The JCC with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is hosting drives for desperately needed blood donations in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities in controlled and sanitary environmentsReservations are required.  View Information
  • Virtual Programming to keep you connected: The #JCCPGHVirtual initiative on our digital platforms includes opportunities for live classes, meet-ups and activities for all ages. jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/
  • AgeWell at the JCC continues to give Lunch Meals “To Go” for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program. jccpgh.org/event/agewell-at-the-jcc
  • Over 2000 Wellness check-in phone calls to older adults
  • The 10.27 Healing Partnership which is housed at the JCC’s Squirrel Hill building has transferred its services to online formats: 1027healingpartnership.org/

The JCC remains committed to serving our community through the good and the bad, as we have done for the past 125 years. We have come back from difficult times before. We are confident that with the community’s support and patience, we will thrive again and will be in the position to welcome back a community of dedicated employees and our members — our family.

Here’s how you can help the JCC:

  • Opt-in to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution. Please fill out this FORM.
    OR
  • To make a one-time or recurring donation to the JCC, click donate.jccpgh.org/donate

Our need is critical. Please support us so that we can continue supporting you and our community now and for the years to come.Wishing those who celebrate a Happy Passover. And as always, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and be well. We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

Thank you-

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

Resources for up-to-date information: During this time when we all are scrambling to stay informed, here are public health resources for up-to-date information:

Update 3/27/20

The JCC suspended regular operations of all programs and services and all of our buildings have been closed. In keeping with guidance and directives of our local and state health and elected officials, current plans are for the JCC to remain closed until further notice.

Update as of 3/23/20

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we all are doing our best to navigate uncharted waters. We at the JCC – your JCC – are working hard to respond quickly so that we can continue to provide the community with life sustaining services and you with virtual content to stay engaged.

  • Nine Blood Drives are scheduled at the JCC: In keeping with our mission to focus on human services and community need, we are making our facilities available for public health need. We are proud to announce that the JCC with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is hosting nine drives for desperately needed blood donations in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities in controlled and sanitary environments beginning this Wednesday and Friday. View Information
  •  #JCCPGHVirtual launched to keep you connected: The #JCCPGHVirtual initiative on our digital platforms includes opportunities for classes, meet-ups and activities for all ages.
  • Resources for up-to-date information: During this time when we all are scrambling to stay informed, here are public health resources for up-to-date information:
    Allegheny County Health Department Updates
    Centers for Disease Control
  • For clients of the JAA’s [email protected] clinic at the JCC in Squirrel Hill:  JAA continues to schedule and see clients at its outpatient rehabilitation center on JAA’s campus just off Browns Hill Road at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15217. For more information, to schedule or to reschedule an appointment, call 412-421-7400.

For us to continue supporting your community and providing necessary resources, and to ensure the future of the JCC, we need your help.

The JCC is incurring significant expenses while our buildings are closed. Membership dues have been frozen since March 15, and the JCC will not take April payments until there is a plan to reopen.

Here’s how you can support the JCC:

  • Opt-in to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution. Please fill out this FORM.
    OR
  • To make a one-time or recurring donation to the JCC, click donate.jccpgh.org/donate

Our need is critical. Please support us so that we can continue supporting you and our community now and for the years to come.

And as always, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and be well. We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair
Update as of 3/20/20

March 20, 2020
Dear JCC Members and Families,

As we watch the week unfold, we are settling into an uncomfortable and difficult reality as we continue to heed the guidance and directives of our local and state health and elected officials.

Our primary mission is staying focused on public health, human services and community need while working to keep you virtually connected on our website and emerging social media platforms.

While plans are not finalized, we are in contact with Vitalant (formerly known as Central Blood Bank) to host desperately needed blood donations next week in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills in a controlled and sanitary environment.   We will let you know when dates are scheduled as we have heard from so many people who want to be helpful at this time.

We have also reached out to both the UPMC and Allegheny Health Networks to make our facilities available should a more severe public health need arise to necessitate alternative sites for medical services.   We were created 125 years ago to respond to the health needs of the immigrant community at the turn of the century and will continue to stretch ourselves to provide to support our community at this great time of public need.

Good news!  We received permission to adapt our senior meal program as follows: 

AgeWell at the JCC is pleased to offer Lunch Meals to Go for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program.

  • Meals will be freshly prepared and kosher.
  • Meal pickups will be drive-through only, between 11 am and 2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at the Darlington entrance of the JCC Kaufmann Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill, beginning Monday, March 23.
  • On Mondays, we will be providing one hot and one cold meal – covering two days. On Wednesdays, we will be providing one hot and two cold meals – covering three days.
  • Those who are picking up are not to get out of their vehicles
  • Participants may pick up for a registered spouse but not for friends. If a senior is unable to pick up meals, please contact Home Delivered Meals at 412-350-5460 or Senior Line 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319
  • Participants must call into our lunch line at 412-567-1715 by 8 pm the night before the Monday or Wednesday pickup to reserve each week. Please leave your name (and spouse if picking up for them), and if you will be picking up Monday and/or Wednesday.
  • If you have questions, please leave a message on the on the lunch reservation line, 412-567-1715, and we will call you back.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-ins or register new clients at this time. However, registration for the Senior Center can be made through the Senior Line at 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319 (Toll-free)

We know this is an unusual and uneasy time for everyone, which is why we want to stay connected to you and provide as many services as possible. We are fortunate that through our digital platforms, we can offer you many ways to connect.

Some highlights of #JCCPGHVirtual on our website: https://jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/ 

  • Group Ex classes, both live streamed and on video
  • Demos from our personal trainers
  • Information from our health and wellness experts
  • Meet-ups for teens
  • Live events and activities designed to connect and engage all ages, including our early childhood, afterschool and camp communities

We also acknowledge that some of our members have contacted us with questions about membership and program fees.   We have adopted a strategy that many other businesses and sister JCCs have put into place at this time:

  • We are freezing all memberships as of March 15, so there is no need to contact us until we resume services
  • We are not taking April payments until we have a plan to reopen, though we will be offering an opt-in opportunity for you to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution as we continue to incur significant expenses for personnel and facilities while we are closed
  • We will provide automatic JCC credit for fees already paid for programs and classes while our buildings remain closed

We have set up a dedicated email inbox for your inquiries at [email protected].  Please continue to bear with us as we transition our workforce to work remotely and support our membership and business operations. Continue to follow our website at https://jccpgh.org for additional information and updates.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and be well.    We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

Update as of 3/17/20

Dear JCC Members,

We continue to follow the COVID-19 situation closely and monitor guidance and directives from state and local government officials as well as the Allegheny County Health Department.

Allegheny County officials are calling on all nonessential businesses in the county to close for at least 14 days beginning Monday, March 16, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

With this information in hand, the JCC is continuing its SUSPENSION of regular operations of all programs and services and all of our buildings have been closed for a minimum of 14 days until at least March 30.

We want to stay connected to all of you while our facilities are closed and are working towards continuing activities virtually.  We will be sending this information to our community via our social channels and emails.

Additionally, we are finalizing plans with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging to resume our critical meal program in a TO GO format as well as other AgeWell at the JCC resources later this week.

We have set up a dedicated email inbox for your inquiries at [email protected]. Please continue to bear with us as we prepare our workforce to support our membership and business operations remotely.

Please continue to follow our website for additional information and updates.

As this quick moving situation continues to unfold, the JCC will continue to work closely with our local health authorities and government leaders to support our community through this public health crisis as we have proudly done for 125 years.

We are hopeful that you will continue to support the JCC as we work through this and we will do what we can to meet the needs of everyone to serve the entire community for years to come.

Take care of yourself and be well. We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

We thank you for your support and patience at this unprecedented time.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

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