Updated May 19, 2020

Dear Members,

Our doors are open and we are thrilled to see members back and using the facility. It is very nice to see cars in the parking lot and we thank all of you who have been in the facility following the protocols and procedures. You have been terrific, and it is very much appreciated. In fact, I wanted to highlight a member quote from Alan Gold that drives home all that The J staff has been doing in working hard to get us reopened:

“What a comforting experience walking into the JCC today. The protocols from entering the building, to working out, to exiting the building are clear throughout. I found all the other members to be very respectful of the rules. The work that the entire J team has done is inspirational. It is wonderful to be back home at The J.”

We look forward to continuing to welcome more members back in the coming days and weeks. With that, please note the following reminders:

  • Please print out this waiver, sign and bring with you the first time you come to the facility or we will also have a copy to sign upon your arrival. Members under 17 must be accompanied by a parent upon the first visit, so parents can sign the waiver.
  • No guests allowed at this point.
  • The lockers rooms are closed. We are taking advantage of the locker rooms being out of commission due to lack of social distancing and have begun the renovation of both areas. This is the first project of our More J on the Way: Capital Campaign and we will keep you updated with the timeline and progress in the near future.
  • All restrooms will be open, including those outside at Aquatics.
  • Currently, during Phase 1 of our reopening there is no towel service.
  • Please bring your own water bottle.
  • To be assured of a spot in a group ex class or reserve a lap lane in the pool you can:
    • Visit our Group Fitness Webpage and follow the instructions to use the MindBody App on desktop or mobile device
    • Call us at 480.481.7090
    • Visit the membership desk in person
  • UPDATED DAILY SANITIZING CLOSURES:
    • Splash Pad Closed: 12-12:30pm
    • Cardio Closed: 2-2:30pm
    • Strength/Weight Closed: 1:30-2pm
  • We have had such success with the J Resources Drive that we will be continuing it. With the facility now open you can drop off goods at the Security Desk, whenever the facility is open. Here is a reminder for the needed items.
  • Please remember we are doing temperature checks. To keep our members, staff, and tenants safe, anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, will not be permitted in the building.
  • Camp is scheduled to begin on time, next Tuesday, May 26. Please remember with groups limited in size, we truly have limited capacity so do not delay, register today. See our camp webpage for further details and to learn about Risk-Free Registration.
  • If you haven’t had a chance to watch our reopening video, I highly recommend spending a few minutes to check it out, please do so today!
  • We are happy to announce milk + honey has reopened as of today! Please stop by next time you are in for great food and drink.

Once again, it is great to see some of you back in action and I look forward to seeing more and more each day. As always, thank you for being a part of our J family.

Thank you for your support and patience while we were closed. I hope you can sense the excitement we have in being reopened and we can’t wait to see every one of you in the facility soon. As always, please continue to visit J at Home for access to our virtual programming. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact me at 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay Jacobs
CEO

 

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Updated May 15, 2020

Dear Members,

WARNING – long email ahead, but we know you are going to love the update!

We are extremely excited to get the doors open and welcome you back this Sunday with modified hours of 8am – 2pm. As always, our top priority is to keep you, your family, and our staff safe and healthy. Some of our J staff will be representing our Blue Shirt Experience team when we reopen. These blue shirts will be easy to notice and dedicated staff will be available to assist you with the new procedures and protocols that are in place.

To that end, I personally thank those of you who have taken the time to watch our reopening video. If you haven’t had a chance, I highly recommend spending a few minutes to check it out!

Here are some key items to note:

  • Please print out this waiver, sign and bring with you the first time you come to the facility or we will also have a copy to sign upon your arrival
  • Beginning Monday, May 18 we will be back to normal hours
  • All group exercise classes will have limited/smaller numbers and reservations can be made for classes or lap lanes in the following manner:
    • On the MINDBODY app, instructions can be found on the website, visit our version of the Genius Bar: the J-enius Bar at membership with any tech questions
    • Calling The J at 480.481.7090
    • In person at the membership desk
      • You can “walk-in,” but there is a chance classes and lap lanes will be full
      • Lap swimming will be limited to 45 minutes unless the next time slot is not reserved and/or no one is waiting
    • Locker Rooms will be closed, but restrooms will be open (including those outside at Aquatics)
    • Initially there will be no towel service, pick-up basketball, pickleball, or racquetball
    • Temperatures will be taken when entering the building and anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to use the facility
    • Please do not use the facility if you are not feeling well, or display any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell and chills
    • Every other piece of cardio equipment will not be in use, please watch for signage
    • The weight room will have a 20-person limit
    • Basketball courts will open on Wednesday, May 20 and there will be a one person/family limit per hoop
    • Please follow all ingress and egress signs
    • Need help? Just look for the blue shirt!
    • Staff will be doing ongoing sanitizing of all areas
    • Masks are recommended for members (we have stock if you are in need) and are mandatory for the majority of our staff
    • The weight room will shut down for sanitizing twice a day for 30 minutes from:
      • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • The Cardio area will be shut down for sanitizing twice a day for 30 minutes from:
      • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
      • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • The splash pad will be shut down for sanitizing twice a day for 30 minutes from:
      • 12:00p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please plan your workouts accordingly.

These are just some of the key items as part of our phase one reopening plan. As we are able to move into additional phases some of the “restrictions” will lighten up. If you have any questions on our protocols and procedures, please contact me.

On another note, we are planning to start all camps as scheduled on May 26th. As a result of current CDC guidelines, groups will be smaller and that means we will be taking less kids. If you are planning to have your children join us for camp, I would highly recommend you register ASAP as camp groups will fill and close. For more information or to register, please visit: https://www.vosjcc.org/shemeshsummer

We cannot thank you enough for your support during this time. Please know how much we appreciate you being a part of our J Family. I look forward to seeing you back at The J soon. And, if you are staying close to home, please continue to visit J at Home! If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact me at 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay Jacobs
CEO

 

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Updated May 13, 2020

Dear Members,

The day we have been looking forward to since mid-March is almost here. I am beyond excited to announce The Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus and Martin Pear JCC will reopen on Sunday, May 17th with modified hours of 8am to 2pm. Since we have been closed, the work has not stopped in ensuring the building is a safe and healthy space for our members. In fact, we request you take a few minutes to watch the following important video that outlines a variety of new safety features that have been brought to the facility to keep everyone healthy.

Normal hours will resume on Monday, May 18th and we will continue to closely monitor the evolution of CDC guidelines, making updates to our protocols as needed. One such change is to lower the temperature needed to enter the facility. While our video stated 100.4 and higher would not be permitted to enter, we are now expanding that requirement to temperatures of 100 and higher, which is even more stringent than CDC guidelines. This is all in an effort to protect our members and staff. Our board, medical task force, and staff have worked very hard in anticipation of our reopening. While we will reopen soon, you can still count on the same great virtual content you have come to expect from J at Home. Please continue to check back as content is released each Monday and Thursday.

I cannot thank you enough for your support and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time. The compassion you have shown the J team as well as our community through our J Resources Drive (to date we have amassed more than 1,000 pounds of donations), the community blood drive, and so much more has been a joy to witness. I look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home on Sunday or, if not the first day, in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

 

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Updated May 12, 2020

Dear Members,

I am sure you have heard by now that Governor Ducey’s guidance from this afternoon’s press briefing included gyms and pools can reopen tomorrow, May 13. While we are extremely excited by this announcement, the Martin Pear JCC and Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus will be taking the next couple days to put a fine point on our reopening, ensuring staff are properly trained and ready to welcome you back to your home away from home. To that end, we will be communicating within the next couple days our planned date for reopening as well as walking you through a variety of new in-building protocols we have put in place to keep you and your family safe.

Please know your health and safety is of the utmost importance to me and the team. We greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you back in the facility soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

 

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Updated May 5, 2020

Dear Members,

This past Sunday a small group of our team came together at The Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus and Martin Pear JCC to film our reopening video. While proper social distancing guidelines were followed, it was great to see some of the staff back in our facility and it shows that we are one step closer to welcoming you back when we reopen. Though, we know the stay-at-home order runs through May 15th, we still do not have an exact date for when we will reopen. However, we look forward to sharing the video with you in the near future to walk through how the in-building experience will change to keep everyone safe and healthy. Until that time, please see below for a handful of ways you can continue to engage with The J: 

SUPPORT THE J TODAY THROUGH #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW! Today, May 5th, is your chance to help change the lives of those in need within our community. Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity. The Martin Pear JCC Immediate Impact Initiative campaign provides for families in need as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider giving today.

CONTINUED BI-WEEKLY UPDATES FOR J AT HOME: We are happy that many of you are enjoying J at Home! Yesterday’s release featured 23 new pieces of content to keep you and your family virtually connected to The J. We hope you continue to check out our virtual platform each Monday and Thursday as new content is released. As we look to reopen, we will still be releasing fantastic virtual content.  

NON-PERSISHABLE FOOD AND SUPPLIES DRIVE: You continue to amaze me! With multiple weeks in a row of completely filling the bin with much needed items, you have allowed us to donate more than 600 pounds of food and supplies. Let’s keep the streak going! Drop off your donations at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus parking lot each Friday from 9-10a. Specific items needed this week include: hand sanitizer, bleach, Clorox wipes, masks, gloves, diapers and baby wipes, children craft activities, and board games.

LIVE EVENT | THURSDAY, MAY 7 AT 11AM – KEEPING CALM IN UNCHARTED WATERS:

Buying & Selling Homes in the COVID Era Join Beth Jo Zeitzer and Ellen Lindzon, of  R.O.I. Properties, as they discuss Phoenix’s residential real estate market before and after COVID-19.

Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsdu2grDssH9PCTqqkMxmo2ZWJjbnE2ROj

Meeting ID: 941 1482 0657

Password: 043461  

CONTRIBUTE A FAMILY RECIPE FOR OUR COMMUNITY COOKBOOK! Do you have a dynamite family recipe you think our community would enjoy? We would love for you to share your family’s favorite recipe and include a story related to the dish, or provide a family picture, for our community to enjoy. All entries will be compiled into a virtual cookbook. Please email your recipe along with story and/or picture to andreaq@vosjcc.org  by Sunday, May 31st.* 

KEEPING COMMUNITY – ZOOM COFFEE CHAT | Tuesdays at 10am: Join Kristina Brown for a break from the news media and share some positive vibes, all while seeing your best buddies from The J. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SHEMESH CAMP AT THE J FAMILIES: Our camp staff is excited to welcome campers this summer as soon as we are able. We expect to start camp as originally planned. However, we anticipate limited capacity to maintain safe social distancing. The J is offering “risk-free registration” for all camp sessions, which means if camp is not held due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund for the week(s) your camper is registered to attend. We will be providing further information on our website in the coming days.

Please continue to check our website, Facebook, and your email for updates from us as we look to reopen as soon as possible based on medical and community guidance. We anticipate reopening based on social distancing guidelines coupled with member usage patterns. Thank you for being a part of our J family. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

*All recipes, stories & photos submitted may be used in future marketing by Martin Pear JCC.

 

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Updated April 28, 2020

Dear Members,

Let me start by thanking each of you for your patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 situation and prepare for our reopening. While we do not have an exact date for when we will be able to welcome you back to your home away from home, please know our team is hard at work developing new protocols to keep you safe and healthy when you come back to The J, preparing for summer camp and continuing to develop engaging, virtual programming for every member of your family on J at Home. Please see some exciting updates below: 

NEW WEEK, NEW MEMBER CHALLENGE: We had a great number of entries for our major league baseball challenge. I hope at least one of you is the winner!  We will find out soon! For this week, our challenge is J at Home related. Since we introduced our virtual programming through the end of April, how many total pieces of content have we placed on J at Home? Remember we have been completing bi-weekly content releases on Mondays and Thursdays. Send your guess to me via jayj@vosjcc.org by end of day, Friday May 1st. The member(s) to guess the exact amount correctly will each receive $50 JBucks for use when we reopen!

CONTRIBUTE A FAMILY RECIPE FOR OUR COMMUNITY COOKBOOK! We would love for you to share your family’s favorite recipe and include a story related to the dish, or provide a family picture, for our community to enjoy. All entries will be compiled into a virtual cookbook. Please email your recipe along with story and/or picture to by Sunday, May 31st.*

RESOURCE DRIVE: Week after week, I have been blown away by the generosity of our community. Each Friday, we are filling the bin with non-perishable food and much needed personal protective equipment. Let’s do it again this week. Drop off your donations at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus parking lot each Friday from 9-10a. Specific items needed this week include: hand sanitizer, bleach, Clorox wipes, masks, gloves, diapers and baby wipes, children craft activities, and board games.

CELEBRATE #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW ON MAY 5TH! During this new global day of giving and unity, you can support our Immediate Impact Initiative. This campaign provides for families in need and is offered as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. 

KEEPING COMMUNITY – ZOOM COFFEE CHAT | Tuesday May 5th at 10am: Join Kristina Brown (and me) for a break from the news media and share some positive vibes, all while seeing your best buddies from The J. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. I’ll be answering some frequently asked questions during next week’s coffee chat. 

CALLING ALL TWEENS! Join Skyler in the virtual Tween Lounge, twice a week for activities and visiting friends. Games on Wednesdays, Hangouts on Fridays or 1 on 1 Sessions with Skyler!

This week’s activities include:
Wednesday, April 29 | 4-5pm – Music Trivia and Friday, May 1 | 4-5pm – Mitzvah May

To request the zoom links or schedule a 1 on 1 session, contact Skyler Tuholsky-Froke at skylert@vosjcc.org.

Please continue to check our website, Facebook, and your email for updates from us as we look to reopen as soon as possible based on medical and community guidance. We anticipate reopening based on social distancing guidelines coupled with member usage patterns. More to come on this plan as news continues to unfold from the Governor’s office. Thank you for being a part of our J family. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated April 21, 2020

Dear Members,

As the weather is getting warmer with each passing day, I am optimistic that we are closer to coming together again at The J. While our team continues to develop engaging, virtual programming for every member of your family, we have our eyes on the horizon when we will be in-person with you very soon. In fact, we are actively preparing for Shemesh Camp at The J to open as scheduled in late May. On top of that, please see a variety of updates below:

RESOURCE DRIVE: Non-perishable food and much needed personal protective equipment are needed throughout our community. Last Friday, we filled the entire bin! Let’s do it again this week. Drop off your donations at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus parking lot each Friday from 9-10a. Please see additional details here.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: We thank each of the community members who came out to donate much-needed blood yesterday. It is clear that our community answered the call and, due to the demand, we will be exploring adding another date in the future to make sure everyone that is interested is able to donate. Special thanks also goes to Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix for their collaboration.

ENHANCED SAFETY PROTOCOLS: In anticipation of our facility reopening, we are creating additional protocols aimed at augmenting our existing rules to keep you and your family safe and healthy. I expect these protocols to be finalized soon. As soon as they are ready, we will communicate with all members in advance of reopening.

CONTINUED BI-WEEKLY UPDATES FOR J AT HOME: We are excited to share that J at Home now has a fresh, new look! Yesterday, our release featured a new homepage with details regarding the newest content along with a handful of quick links to get you where you want to go even easier! We hope you continue to check out our virtual platform each Monday and Thursday as new content is released.

KEEPING COMMUNITY – ZOOM COFFEE CHAT | Tuesdays at 10am: Join Kristina Brown for a break from the news media and share some positive vibes, all while seeing your best buddies from The J. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ASK AND ANSWER SERIES:  Have you submitted a question for our “Ask and Answer” series with J Board Chair, Adam Brooks? We are currently compiling questions and will kick off the series in the coming weeks. Submit your questions to JatHome@vosjcc.org and they could be answered by Adam in one of our videos.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CHALLENGE: Send me an email by end of day Friday, April 25, 2020 with the date you believe Major League Baseball will play its first game this summer and all correct guesses will receive one month’s free membership. (responses must submit date to be entered into challenge)

HOW IS DEBRA MESSING RELATED TO THE J?? Find out by watching this short video while you also learn about our Immediate Impact Initiative, which supports families in need.

As always, we wish you continued health and strength. Please continue to check our website, Facebook, and your email for updates from us. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. Thank you for being a part of our J family. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated April 6, 2020

Dear Members,

As you know, the Martin Pear JCC on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community. We are equally committed to providing as many areas of connection to our community as possible. In this time of social distancing, it is important to remain focused on each other and the acts of kindness, support, and strength that are taking place daily.

We know that connection is important to our members and hope to welcome you back to the facility as soon as we are able to reopen. Beyond our bi-weekly releases on J at Home, we remain committed to connection and I am pleased to share a few of the ways we are reaching our community:

  • Our Parkinson’s Program Coordinator has reached out to all participants we have contact information for to conduct wellness calls and we are expanding our reach to other participants, where possible, to have uplifting conversations.
  • J Aquatics is connecting with their J Swim Families through bi-weekly emails, workout videos with their instructors and coaches, fun games and activities. J Academy members have been contacted and J Swim Team participants have a fresh, digital experience.
  • Our fantastic Shemesh Camps at The J staff are busy putting together virtual content for families during the closure and prepping for sessions to commence as planned at the end of May.

Additionally, we are continuing to plan events that are sure to keep you connected to our community! Mark your calendars and please know social distancing guidelines will be followed for all in-person events:

  • Monday, April 20th 7:30a-1:30p Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, Social Hall
    • Vitalant Blood Drive in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Jewish Community Relations Council
    • Registration link will be provided in the next update.
  • Every Friday from 9-10a Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, Parking Lot
    • I will be in the parking lot accepting items for local pantries and medical centers:
      • Personal Protective Equipment: hand sanitizer, surgical masks, disposable sanitizing wipes.
      • Non-Perishable food items: No citrus please.
        • Items include: Canned soups, peanut butter, canned corn, dry or canned beans, cereal and boxed prepared meals, such as mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper, and food items not requiring a stove top or can opener for people experiencing homelessness.
      • Miscellaneous items: Pet food (dog and cat) and various toiletries are also needed: toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, deodorant, shampoo, soap, dish soap, and dental hygiene products as well as sunscreen, lip balm, socks, t-shirts, sandals, and basic clothing, and plastic utensils.
  • NEW J AT HOME PROGRAMMING COMING SOON! Our “Ask and Answer” series will kick off in the coming weeks and feature our J Board Chair, Adam Brooks. What questions do you have for Adam to answer? Submit your questions to JatHome@vosjcc.org and they could be answered by Adam in one of our videos.

Lastly, take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit while supporting J Family Aid through April 15th. The J is a recipient of your charitable donations through this credit that allows you to take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit reduction toward your state income tax. You can learn more here.

We wish you health and strength during these challenging times. Each week that passes puts us one week closer to getting through this issue. Please continue to check our website, Facebook, and your email for updates from us. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. With this being a holiday week, we wish you a very Happy Passover and Happy Easter. To that end, we invite you to check out the Passover content we have on J at Home! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 31, 2020

Dear Members,

The Martin Pear JCC on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community. As such, the board and senior staff continue to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We have made the decision to extend the suspension of most agency operations, outside of those deemed essential, through April 30. We will continue to follow guidance from the appropriate federal, state, and local resources to determine next steps and provide you with frequent updates, should circumstances change. At this time, we expect Shemesh Camp at The J to proceed this summer as originally planned.

In the meantime, as recently communicated, we have created a virtual programming platform called J at Home. We are glad to see that many of you are enthusiastically visiting and participating on this platform to stay connected and engaged with your fellow members and JCC staff. J at Home has bi-weekly content releases on Mondays and Thursdays as we continue to develop new virtual content. If you have any recommendations for content you are interested in seeing on J at Home, please email Program Director, Megan Montgomery at meganm@vosjcc.org.

We know that connection is important to our members and hope to welcome you back to the facility as soon as we are able to reopen. Beyond J at Home, we remain committed to connection and are happy to share a few of the ways we are reaching our community:

  • Our membership team, to date, has made 400 calls to active members checking in on their wellbeing. This check-in campaign will continue over the next two weeks.
  • Our development team has also made more than 30 wellness calls and will continue their outreach through the next few weeks.
  • Our ECC teachers are reaching out to parents and kids daily with videos, stories, and projects. At least 2 emails are sent per day and “zoom” meetings with parents are being held to ensure continued growth and learning.
  • Our Club J staff is connecting with members weekly and our youth teams are very active on The J Facebook pages posting TikTok videos, musical and theatre activities, and enrichment trivia. Plus, much more.

We wish you health and strength during these challenging times. Please continue to check our website, Facebook, and your email for updates from us. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will see you on J at Home! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 25, 2020

Dear Members,

Since we made the difficult decision to close our facilities, we have been inspired by your support of us, of one another, and of our community. On behalf of the board and senior leadership, we thank you for allowing us the time to make difficult choices, communicate accurately and efficiently, and build a strong foundation for the future of The Martin Pear JCC. We are grateful for your investment in the JCC, and do not take it for granted, as are we grateful for our incredible staff including teachers, trainers, and professionals in addition to countless others that are the lifeblood of our facility.

During this time of uncertainty, we have promised to pay our staff for as long as possible. As such, your membership dues will be utilized to support and sustain our staff during this time. Because the JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dues, tuition or fees can be considered a tax-deductible donation throughout this time of closure. We exist to help the community build connections that enrich physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Now, is your chance to help us continue living our mission.

As was referenced in my last update, our staff continues to develop creative and engaging virtual programming until we are able to welcome you back to the facility. Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of our virtual programming portal called J at Home. You can access this resource by visiting our website, vosjcc.org, and clicking on the J at Home button, or you can access the resource directly at vosjcc.org/JatHome. Content now includes proprietary fitness videos from some of your favorite instructors, various adult programming, youth activities, and much more. This portal will have bi-weekly programming releases to ensure continuous, fresh content is readily available for our members. If you have any content recommendations for J at Home, please email Program Director, Megan Montgomery at meganm@vosjcc.org.

We appreciate your continued patience while we work to determine when we may be able to reopen. Please know we continue to follow recommendations from local and national health organizations as well as local government officials, and will ensure consistent communication with our members through various channels including email, website, and social media.

We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will see you on J at Home! If you have any questions or concerns, please email membership@vosjcc.org or contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

In service,
Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 20, 2020

Dear Members,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented global situation. While the difficult decision was made to temporarily cease all operations at Martin Pear JCC on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, our staff continues to develop creative and engaging programming for virtual consumption until we are able to welcome you back to the facility.

To support you in continuing to build connections that enrich your physical, mental, and spiritual growth, we are actively working to create an online content repository called J at Home on vosjcc.org full of engaging content from infant through adult. For the time being, regarding fitness, we have been granted access to a library of Les Mills videos. There is something for everyone on this vibrant fitness hub, from high intensity interval training and dance fitness workouts, to martial arts inspired programs and mindfulness practices. Children’s workouts will keep kids from 4 to 16 years active, and there is even a post-partum series. 95 workout options across 8 categories are ready to play right now! If you have any recommendations for content you are interested in seeing on J at Home, please email Program Director, Megan Montgomery at meganm@vosjcc.org.

We recognize there are many questions about dues and fees. Please continue to be patient with us as we will have information on this topic next week along with a better idea of when we may be able to reopen. As promised, additional information and updates will be sent out through our various communication channels including email, website, and social media.

We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will see you online! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org. Have a great weekend.

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 17, 2020

Dear Members,

This afternoon, the board and senior staff have made the difficult decision to temporarily cease all operations at Martin Pear JCC on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus until Friday, March 27th. While we hoped to remain open for individual fitness to allow our members the option to use the facility, we feel it prudent to discontinue all services as of 8pm Wednesday, March 18th. The decision to close the facility was based on recommendations from local and national health organizations as well as local government officials. Please know we have not had any known cases of Coronavirus at The Martin Pear JCC.

Protecting the health and safety of our members, staff, and participants is of the utmost importance. We do not take this decision lightly, as we know the important role that The JCC plays in your lives. To that end, our mission remains the same – building connections to the Jewish community in a setting that enriches physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

In the coming days, we will be working to find creative online and virtual ways to keep connecting with our members to support your physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Please keep an eye out on our website (vosjcc.org) for further details.

We are also working hard to take care of The Martin Pear JCC staff in this challenging time. We will do all we can to provide them with support, and make it possible for them to be back in their positions as soon as possible. We greatly appreciate you as part of our family and never take it for granted. As we determine next steps beyond March 27th, we will continue to stay in touch and keep you informed.

Additional information or changes will be sent out through our various communication channels including email, website, and social media.

Please continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 orjayj@vosjcc.org

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 14, 2020

Dear Members,

The health and safety of our staff, members, and participants remains our single highest priority. As such, we continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and have not had any known cases of Coronavirus at The Martin Pear JCC. After consulting with our board and senior staff, The Martin Pear JCC will remain open for all individual activities as we continue to provide a place for our members to be active and thrive. In line with the CDC recommendation and social distancing protocol, effective immediately, we will discontinue all group activities including fitness, sports leagues, and lessons through March 27, 2020. Our group exercise classes will not be held starting March 16, and will be reevaluated on a weekly basis and communicated.

As the Coronavirus situation is fluid and everchanging, the board and senior staff will consistently reevaluate our path forward and communicate any changes to our services as soon as possible. We encourage community members to consider their own personal health, and those who fall into high risk groups, to limit your time in public places.

In order to reduce the risk and spread of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, we ask that you take the following actions to maintain good sanitary conditions:

  1. Wash hands frequently.
  2. If you experience symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, fever, headache, chills, etc.) please do not come to the facility and consult your physician.

Our staff will be working continuously to clean and disinfect our facilities as previously communicated.

Please take all necessary precautions, but in the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you to the facility and appreciate you being a part of the family. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: 480.481.7007 orjayj@vosjcc.org

In service,

Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 12, 2020  

Dear Members,

While we are closely monitoring ongoing issues with the Coronavirus, the Martin Pear JCC and Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus will operate on normal hours and continue to provide the majority, if not all, of our current services. Moving forward, we will be sending out multiple emails per week advising you of any program changes and/or postponements as well as any changes in services or service hours. We are committed to meeting your needs, but most importantly to your safety and well-being. To that end, please note the details from our last communication:

The following are the specific steps that we are taking in our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of illness within MPJCC:

  • NEW – We have secured the latest technology to counteract the Coronavirus. The Protexus sprayer or “fogger” attacks microbes and decontaminates facilities more efficiently and effectively than ever before. It provides touchless disinfection and sanitizing capabilities for infection control and reaches 3x more space than with a spray bottle and rag.  It is safe; leaving no residue and killing germs for up to 5 days.
  • Cleaning personnelhave transitioned to the use of high-level antiviral cleaning agents to properly disinfect the entire facility on a daily basis.
  • Wehave hired more housekeeping staff to augment the existing team for continual rotation throughout the facility disinfecting “high-touch” areas such as door knobs, railings, equipment, etc.
  • We have reviewed our daily cleaning and sanitation protocol for all program areas, modifying and enhancing daily procedures where necessary and appropriate.
  • We are reinforcing with all staff procedures for sanitizing toys in the ECC classrooms,toys in the babysitting room, equipment in the fitness center, as well as high use surfaces and equipment/supplies throughout the facility.
  • With respect to Group X/the studios, we removed the studio 1 yoga blankets for deep cleaning, and they will be kept out of the studio temporarily. Additionally, all equipment in the studios is being disinfected on a daily basis.
  • We continue to encourage frequent handwashing ofeveryone including our staff and youth participants.

As the staff at MPJCC works hard in the above-mentioned ways, there are steps that I would like to ask you, our valued members and participants, to take to promote and maintain a healthy environment here at The J:

  • If you are not feeling well,and exhibit any symptoms of illness, please refrain from using the MPJCC until all symptoms have subsided. We are encouraging staff to do the same. The CDC states the period of quarantine for Coronavirus is 14 days from the last date of exposure.
  • If your children are enrolled in any of our youth programs, please do not send your children to MPJCC if they are sick. If you are an ECC family, please strictly adhere to our “return to school” guidelines for your children after an illness. Also, if you are called to pick up a sick child from any of our programs, please arrive in as timely a manner as is safely possible.
  • If you are planning to do any personal travel in the coming months(or during the upcoming spring break season), please take a moment to familiarize yourselves with information about the areas where infection rates are high and the chance for disease transmission is heightened. You can find information on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease Travel Page.
  • If you work out in the Fitness Center, please use thesani-wipes provided throughout the Fitness Center to wipe down your equipment before and after each use.
  • Please wash your hands frequently, consider carrying hand sanitizer to use if soap and water is not readily available, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing (if a tissue is not readily available, use the upper part of your arm/sleeve), and properly dispose of tissues and paper towels in appropriate trash receptacles.
  • Please do not leave any MPJCC towels that you have used in public areas, locker rooms, or the Fitness Center. Instead, please make sure to properly place themin designated baskets located in the Fitness Center, at the Sports and Fitness Desk, in the locker rooms, or in the main lobby.

Please see the following links as reference for more information about the Coronavirusfrequently asked questions, or how to mitigate the transmission of the disease.

We will continue to monitor this situation and regularly communicate additional guidelines and updates as they are disseminated from local, state, and national authorities. We will maintain our commitment and diligent efforts to mitigate exposure to and transmission of infectious disease within MPJCC and ask that each of you please do your part in continuing to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at: 480.481.7007 orjayj@vosjcc.org

Thank you for being a part of our MPJCC family. It is appreciated and never taken for granted.

In service,
Jay J. Jacobs
CEO

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Updated March 3, 2020

Dear Members,

The Martin Pear Jewish Community Center (MPJCC) is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our staff, members, and participants. As we monitor news about the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to assure you that the senior leadership team at MPJCC is keeping up to date on the situation, listening to recommendations from appropriate authorities, and taking proactive steps to minimize disease transmission.

The following are the specific steps that we are taking in our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of illness within MPJCC:

  • Cleaning personnel have transitioned to the use of high-level antiviral cleaning agents to properly disinfect the entire facility on a daily basis.
  • In addition, we are hiring more housekeeping staff to augment the existing team for continual rotation throughout the facility disinfecting “high-touch” areas such as door knobs, railings, equipment, etc.
  • We have reviewed our daily cleaning and sanitation protocol for all program areas, modifying and enhancing daily procedures where necessary and appropriate.
  • We are reinforcing with all staff procedures for sanitizing toys in the ECC classrooms, toys in the babysitting room, equipment in the fitness center, as well as high use surfaces and equipment/supplies throughout the facility.
  • We continue to encourage frequent handwashing of everyone including our staff and youth participants.

As the staff at MPJCC works hard in the above-mentioned ways, there are steps that I would like to ask you, our valued members and participants, to take to promote and maintain a healthy environment here at The J:

  • If you are not feeling well, and exhibit any symptoms of illness, please refrain from using the MPJCC until all symptoms have subsided. We are encouraging staff to do the same. The CDC states the period of quarantine for Coronavirus is 14 days from the last date of exposure.
  • If your children are enrolled in any of our youth programs, please do not send your children to MPJCC if they are sick. If you are an ECC family, please strictly adhere to our “return to school” guidelines for your children after an illness. Also, if you are called to pick up a sick child from any of our programs, please arrive in as timely a manner as is safely possible.
  • If you are planning to do any personal travel in the coming months (or during the upcoming spring break season), please take a moment to familiarize yourselves with information about the areas where infection rates are high and the chance for disease transmission is heightened. You can find information on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease Travel Page.
  • If you work out in the Fitness Center, please use the sani-wipes provided throughout the Fitness Center to wipe down your equipment before and after each use.
  • Please wash your hands frequently, consider carrying hand sanitizer to use if soap and water is not readily available, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing (if a tissue is not readily available, use the upper part of your arm/sleeve), and properly dispose of tissues and paper towels in appropriate trash receptacles.
  • Please do not leave any MPJCC towels that you have used in public areas, locker rooms, or the Fitness Center. Instead, please make sure to properly place them in designated baskets located in the Fitness Center, at the Sports and Fitness Desk, in the locker rooms, or in the main lobby.

Please see the following links as reference for more information about the Coronavirus, frequently asked questions, or how to mitigate the transmission of the disease.

We will continue to monitor this situation and regularly communicate additional guidelines and updates as they are disseminated from local, state, and national authorities. We will maintain our commitment and diligent efforts to mitigate exposure to and transmission of infectious disease within MPJCC and ask that each of you please do your part in continuing to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at: 480.481.7007 or jayj@vosjcc.org.

I wish to extend a big ‘thank you’ to The Memphis JCC as portions of the information provided in this communication came from a letter their CEO (Larry Skolnick) sent to their membership.

As always, thank you for being a part of our MPJCC family. It is appreciated and never taken for granted.

In service,
Jay J. Jacobs
CEO