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