JCC - COVID-19 Membership Announcement

Dear JCC Members,
 
It has been just over a week since we made the decision to close the JCC in the face of presumed cases of COVID-19 in our membership. In that week, the state and national response to this crisis has shifted rapidly including Friday’s statement by Governor Ned Lamont that only essential businesses should remain open. We know this has been a difficult time for everyone, and our top priority during this time is the well-being of our community and staff.
 
Yesterday the JCC and Federation Board met virtually and confirmed that the JCC building will stay closed until permitted to reopen. While it is difficult that we cannot provide in-person services to our community, we are committed to contributing to our community’s well-being by providing services online and reaching out to members.
 
 
Current services for you
The JCC staff has been hard at work creating ways to keep us all connected. I hope you take time to participate in some of our ongoing activities.  A few examples of the content currently available includes:

Live streaming fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and total body conditioning from instructors you know such as Alan, Nicole, and Terri
A virtual meeting for PJ Library’s “Babies and Bagels” and storytime with Stacey Battat
Workshop on topics such as better sleep
A special story created by Afterschool’s Sandy Horvath that includes the names of all of our afterschool children
Art projects with local artist and JCC arts teacher Shilo Ratner

 
Check out our website and YouTube channel for more, and look for upcoming cultural arts talks and family activities to be announced.
 
If you have content idea, please email scottc@jccnh.org .  We want the JCC to be the center of your “safe at home” experience.
 
 
Hotline for assistance
If there are ways that we can help you individually during this time, the Jewish Federation and JCC of Greater New Haven have established a telephone hotline for people who are in need of community support. Please reach out and let us know what we can do. Call us at (475) 800-8010, a member of our team will answer during normal business hours.
 
 
What you can do to help
We know that as members you value the JCC and all its services. This unprecedented situation will end and when it does we want to be prepared to serve our members. Our staff is the lifeblood of our programs and facilities and we want to keep as many of them working remotely during this time and have them prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe. To that end, we are asking for your support. There are a number of ways you can help.
 
Membership
We hope you choose to maintain your membership as a monthly donation, this will allow us to retain staff members to maintain our remote operations and prepare to serve you in a changed environment.  We understand that this might not be possible for all of our members, especially those whose own employment circumstances have changed.  Continuing your membership is crucial to the JCC’s future and may qualify you for a charitable deduction as well, consult your financial advisor. Membership inquiries can be directed to lisas@jccnh.org we ask that any changes are made before April 2, 2020.
 
 
Programming
If you enrolled in enrichment classes that had not completed and are not being offered virtually, you can either donate the balance of your sessions or receive a program credit for future use. Please communicate this information to Barbara at barbaraz@jccnh.org.
 
Donations
If you are able and willing to make a donation to support the JCC during this difficult time, thank you.  We appreciate your support.  Please visit our donation page to safely give online
 
Other programs
If you are an Afterschool, Kids Klub, or Beverly Levy family, we will send information pertaining to your specific programming in another email.
 
Thank you
We sincerely appreciate our members and don’t take lightly what we are asking of you. Jewish tradition teaches us that we are all responsible for each other. Please don’t hesitate to reach out through our hotline or directly to staff if there is something that we can do to make this time easier for you.
 
 
We thank you for your consideration and wish you good health and safety. We will see you again soon.
 
 
Best wishes for good health and an end to this period of separation,
 
Jeff Sklarz
JCC President
 
Scott Cohen
JCC Executive Director
Scottc@jccnh.org