With a record-breaking number of days hotter than 100 degrees this year, it appears that temperatures are finally starting to break. Fall might just be around the corner! If you didn’t make it to The J during the summer, we would love to have you come check things out. With staff sanitizing around the clock, plexiglass in between every piece of cardio equipment, touchless water and sanitizer dispensers, temperature checks upon entering the facility, and continued social distancing, we believe you would agree The J is welcoming and safe. If it has been a while since you last stopped in, we would love to show you around. Please remember, you can always keep up to date on our processes and procedures by checking out our Keeping Members Safe webpage.
Now, for the good stuff! We have a lot of exciting announcements today and will start with adults:
GROUP EXERCISE: With cooler temperatures and the existing mask mandate for indoor fitness, which we will continue to enforce, keep an eye out for an expanded outdoor group exercise schedule in the coming days. We will also be launching a handful of new classes that are not to be missed! Also, remember we do have some cardio pieces outside by the racquetball court for members to enjoy.
PERSONAL TRAINING: Though it may be hard to believe, Thanksgiving is not that far away. Let us help you get ahead of those dreaded holiday pounds. Our three (30-minute sessions) for $99 personal training is a great way to get started. Email Lauren Berczynski, J Fitness Director, at email@example.com, to learn more or purchase your sessions.
BOOKFEST: In partnership with a few other J’s, some terrific online Jewish Book Month programs are coming up. Visit the Bookfest webpage for information and program descriptions.
J SOCIAL HOUR IS BACK! Wednesday Social Hour is back at The J! Join us every Wednesday starting October 21 to enjoy live music and a special happy hour menu from Milk + Honey while relaxing with friends by the pool. Space is limited, and social distancing will be enforced. Contact Membership at 480.483.7121 to reserve your table today!
LOCKER ROOM RENOVATIONS: The locker rooms are really starting to take shape! We hope to have them open (within guidelines) in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for opportunities to tour the brand new space in the near future.
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: We are holding our Fall Community Blood Drive in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix on Friday, November 6. If you have been looking for a way to give back to our community, this could be the way! Register today!
And, now for a couple of youth and family announcements:
BRINGING BACK KIDS CLUB: We are pleased to share that we will be bringing back our Kids Club drop-in childcare in the near future. Hours will be daily from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM when we reopen. Watch for additional information on how to reserve space and what to do when you enter the facility with your child(ren). Due to the additional sanitizing and space limitations, there will be a small fee. Packages will be available.
CLUB J, AFTERSCHOOL CARE: As kids settle into school, if you do need afterschool childcare, our Club J program is in full swing. Contact Amanda Watsky, Director of Youth Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to register. Also, please note that due to current guidelines/restrictions, children from Pardes and Sonoran Sky are not allowed to walk over after school and hang out in the facility. Kids must be enrolled in a program. We appreciate your understanding.
FAMILY FUN WEEKEND – SAVE THE DATES: We look forward to welcoming families for our family fun weekend taking place on November 14 and 15. Saturday evening will be a drive-in movie featuring “SING” and Sunday afternoon will be a tailgate to watch the Cardinals and Bills football game. Watch for information on both of these programs within the week. Space will be limited, so make sure to reserve your spots early!
STRONGER TOGETHER AT THE J: We appreciate those members who helped us with collecting videos and pictures conveying what The J means and showing that we are stronger together! In the spirit of connection, I hope you have had a chance to check out our Non-Event Gala materials. Though times may be uncertain, we are not. Please see how we continue to support the community during this time.
Finally, as we begin to bring more programming back to the facility, be assured we will be adhering to all guidelines as your safety remains our top priority. We look forward to seeing you at The J. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact me at 480.481.7007 or email@example.com.
Jay J. Jacobs