Please follow the parking signs and enter through the back of the building during lobby construction.

COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQS

As you begin to return, there are a few important changes you need to know about.

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Will the business/operating hours of the York JCC be changed?

At this moment, the intent is to maintain the regular business/operating hours of the York JCC. They can be found here.

 

Where do I enter when returning to the main York JCC Campus?

For members (except those coming for Childcare ), entrance to the facility is at the back of the building due to Lobby reconstructions. Signage will point out the correct door(s) to use.

For childcare, entrance to the facility will continue to be via the main doors of the E.C.E. wing. Indicators will mark off the required 6’ distances leading up to the door, and signage will indicate the correct door to use.

 

What will be required of me to enter the York JCC facility?

If you are a member, you will be required to sign and adhere to our WAIVER/CODE of CONDUCT upon your first return to the facility. There will be no screenings or temperature checks for members. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of illness or have recently been in contact with others experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you do not come to our facility and encourage you to seek medical attention.

If you are a participant of childcare, you will be required to go through a screening which will include a temperature check. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness or have recently been in contact with others experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you do not come to our facility and encourage you to seek medical attention. If you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, you will not be allowed access into the facility.

 

What is the mask policy of the York JCC?

Face coverings are required to be worn in all common areas. They are now also expected to be worn in all program areas unless you have an existing medical condition, you’re unable to remove or replace your covering without assistance, you are two years old or younger, or you would be creating an unsafe condition for yourself during an activity.

Please Note: If an individual is not wearing a face-covering, per state order, no proof can nor shall be requested, as it will be assumed that this individual and/or the situation they are in meets one of these conditions.

 

Can I just show up and use the Fitness Center or Pool like I did before?

For the safety of our members and staff, the occupancy space of some areas is limited. Therefore, you will need to reserve time in any of certain areas. You can register via our online system here or you can call our Customer Experience Team at 717.843.0918. If you are still not comfortable returning to the building, take advantage of our digital classes through J-Wired. These are already included in your membership!*

Your patience is appreciated while the customer experience team helps all members. You may also register in-person for future time-slots while keeping 6-foot distance if another member is at the desk. Drop-ins will not be available. Please plan ahead accordingly.  

*J-Wired access requires an active membership (no holds or freezes). Silver Sneakers and Silver&Fit members can upgrade their membership to access J-Wired for $15 per month.

 

What areas of the JCC are restricted at this time?

  • Locker rooms will be available for changing areas only. Please see the below news release for more details.
  • Café Nosh is currently closed, as well as the vending machine located near the fitness area.
  • Water fountains throughout the building should only be used to fill up your own, personal bottles. Please do not drink directly out of the water fountain.

 

How are you controlling the flow of traffic in the building to allow safe distancing for everyone?

When you walk into the JCC, you will see guides along the floor showing you the direction in which you should travel. This will allow ample space for our members. We will also be keeping a head check of all members who enter and exit the facility in order to ensure we prevent overcrowding.

 

Is it safe to come to the JCC?

Our staff is doing everything in their power to make sure our facility is safe, clean, and ready for you to come back. We are limiting the number of people inside classes, programs, and the building to comply with CDC guidelines. We are also wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day and after each use.

9/3/2020

Dear Members of the York JCC Family,

Thanks to good planning, your cooperation, and some divine grace, the York JCC has been able to navigate the ever-changing challenges brought on by COVID-19. As such, we have reached that point where we can begin to safely reopen our locker rooms!

Starting Monday, September 14, locker rooms will be open for CHANGING ONLY. No showers nor lockers will be available for use at this time. However, we will continue to monitor the situation internally and externally to determine when additional amenities in the locker rooms can become available.

In addition to our currently enhanced cleaning efforts throughout the building (including the locker rooms), the following is when each locker room will be off-limits for a thorough disinfecting from floor to ceiling and all places in between:

  • Female Locker Room: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM and after close of business
  • Family Locker Room: 12:00 – 12:30 PM and after close of business
  • Male Locker Room: 12:30 – 1:00 PM and after close of business

Due to the cleaning agents used, no one will be allowed entrance into the locker rooms during their disinfecting. For everyone’s safety, no exceptions will be made to this policy. Therefore, please be aware of when you will need access to a locker room and plan accordingly. Thank you!

Committed to serving and your safety,

Gina Kohr

Membership Director

Dave Kaufman

Facility Director

8/16/2020

PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT UPDATES

If you have any questions, private message us on Facebook or Instagram, email jcc@yorkjcc.org, or call 717.843.0918.

NEW INFORMATION

  • To observe proper physical distancing, occupancy of our pool and fitness studio rooms has been limited through required reservations. If you will be unable to make your reservation, please call 717.843.0918 at least 2 hours in advance of your reserved time-slot. If a reservation is missed once, a York JCC team member will contact you to check-in. If a reservation is missed a second time, in addition to the compassionate outreach, a York JCC team member will inform you that a $15 charge per missed reservation will be enacted on the third no-show and all no-shows thereafter.
  • Reminder: You may only reserve one lap swimming time slot per day so other members may enjoy lap swimming as well. We have now added a waitlist for lap swimming so that we may fill your time slot upon any cancellation.
  • Our massage therapists have open availability. Please call them directly to make an appointment. You can reach Mary Weaver at 717.309.6082 and Kim Lesage-Mercier at 717.817.8596.
  • Our free* J-Wired digital services are getting an upgrade, and they go live tomorrow morning! Visit yorkjcc.org/j-wired/ tomorrow to register for this member-exclusive feature.
    *Excludes Silver Sneakers and Silver&Fit members. Silver memberships may upgrade to include J-Wired for $15 per month.

 

PREVIOUS INFORMATION

  • Face coverings are still required to be worn in all common areas. They are now also expected to be worn in all program areas unless you have an existing medical condition, you’re unable to remove or replace your covering without assistance, you are two years old or younger, or you would be creating an unsafe condition for yourself during an activity.
    Please Note: If an individual is not wearing a face-covering, per state order, no proof can nor shall be requested, as it will be assumed that this individual and/or the situation they are in meets one of these conditions.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled activity to allow time for our employees to clean properly.
  • We are adding outdoor classes to our group fitness schedule. These classes will be held weather-permitting and still require registration.
  • Our rental policy now reflects that indoor gatherings cannot be comprised of more than 25 individuals.
  • All lap lanes are now single-lane use to maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Punch Cards are no longer available for purchase. You may now choose between a one J-Day Pass for $15 or a four J-Day Pass for $45 (four visits for the price of three). A J-Day Pass allows access to the fitness center, specific group fitness classes, and basketball courts. Call 717.843.0918 for more details.
  • Registration is no longer needed for the basketball courts. See our open gym schedule here.
  • All program registration opens three days in advance.
  • Pre-registration is no longer needed to workout in our fitness center. Registration is still required for babysitting, lap lanes, open swim, group fitness classes, and aquatics fitness classes.
  • Call 717.843.0918 to reserve your spot for open swim. 15 spots per session will be available. See the aquatics schedule here.
  • If you have registered for a class or program, and would like to cancel your reservation, please call 717.843.0918.
  • Changing areas are unavailable at this time. Please arrive in apparel appropriate for your activity.
  • Punch cards can now be used for group fitness and the fitness center but exclude aquatics use.
  • Our babysitting room now has a direct line for reservations. Call 717.718.7301 to reserve your child’s spot.
  • Babysitting hours have changed. Click here to see the full schedule.

7/26/2020

GOVERNOR WOLF’S LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT CREATED SOME CHANGES IN OUR PROCEDURES

If you have any questions, private message us on Facebook or Instagram, email jcc@yorkjcc.org, or call 717.843.0918.

NEW INFORMATION

  • Face coverings are still required to be worn in all common areas. They are now also expected to be worn in all program areas unless you have an existing medical condition, you’re unable to remove or replace your covering without assistance, you are two years old or younger, or you would be creating an unsafe condition for yourself during an activity.
    Please Note: If an individual is not wearing a face-covering, per state order, no proof can nor shall be requested, as it will be assumed that this individual and/or the situation they are in meets one of these conditions.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled activity to allow time for our employees to clean properly.
  • We are adding outdoor classes to our group fitness schedule. These classes will be held weather-permitting and still require registration.
  • Our rental policy now reflects that indoor gatherings cannot be comprised of more than 25 individuals.
  • All lap lanes are now single-lane use to maintain six-foot distancing.
  • Punch Cards are no longer available for purchase. You may now choose between a one J-Day Pass for $15 or a four J-Day Pass for $45 (four visits for the price of three). A J-Day Pass allows access to the fitness center, specific group fitness classes, and basketball courts. Call 717.843.0918 for more details.

 

PREVIOUS INFORMATION

  • Registration is no longer needed for the basketball courts. See our open gym schedule here.
  • All program registration opens three days in advance.
  • Pre-registration is no longer needed to workout in our fitness center. Registration is still required for babysitting, lap lanes, open swim, group fitness classes, and aquatics fitness classes.
  • Call 717.843.0918 to reserve your spot for open swim. 15 spots per session will be available. See the aquatics schedule here.
  • If you have registered for a class or program and would like to cancel your reservation, please call 717.843.0918.
  • Changing areas are unavailable at this time. Please arrive in apparel appropriate for your activity.
  • Punch cards can now be used for group fitness and the fitness center but exclude aquatics use.
  • Our babysitting room now has a direct line for reservations. Call 717.718.7301 to reserve your child’s spot.
  • Babysitting hours have changed. Click here to see the full schedule.

7/17/2020

Dearest member of the York JCC family,

In our unwavering dedication to your welfare, I am reaching out today to inform you of how Gov. Wolf’s latest orders (July 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020) have been integrated into our existing vigilant policies and protocols to mitigate the risk posed by the novel coronavirus and to ensure the continued safety of you – our members – along with our staff.

  • Face-Covering Policy: Face-coverings are still required to be worn upon entry into any one of our facilities and must remain on in all common areas (e.g. lobby, hallways, restrooms, etc.), and such face-coverings are expected to be worn in all program areas UNLESS:
    • You have an existing medical condition;
    • You would be unable to remove or replace face-covering without assistance;
    • You are 2 years of age or younger;
    • You would be creating an unsafe condition for yourself during an activity or program (e.g. exercising, swimming, etc.).
      Please note: If an individual is not wearing a face-covering, per state order, no proof can nor shall be requested, as it will be assumed that this individual and/or the situation they are in meets one of the conditions above.
  • Maintaining Safe Indoor Operations while Increasing Outdoor Offerings: The York JCC will continue safe indoor operations by encouraging frequent hand-washing, ensuring enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, limiting occupancy, detailing specific people-flow through building, maintaining the recommended physical distancing, and wearing face-coverings (as stated above). Even so, per state order, we will be increasing our outdoor offerings in the near future. We look forward to informing you about these opportunities in the days and weeks ahead.
  • Facility Rentals: When available, our facilities will continue to be receptive of rentals. However, per state orders, those indoor gatherings must be limited to no more than 25 individuals. If you are interested in how we can work creatively with you or your group to maintain this order while providing a meaningful experience, please be in touch with our Assistant Membership Director, Mandy Sanders, by emailing rentals@yorkjcc.org or call 717.843.0918.

With your continued support and active presence fueling our Community Center, our dedicated and self-sacrificing staff will be able to continually navigate the fulfillment of our meaningful mission during these very fluid times. We thank you for that ongoing activity and support. We are here because of you!

In continued service,
Rabbi Marshal Klaven
Acting CEO/President

7/12/2020

WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU BACK!

In our continual efforts to ensure a safe and healthy experience at our facility, we want to let you know of some protocol updates. Anything italisized is a new protocol of which you’ll need to be aware.

If you have any questions, private message us on Facebook or Instagram or call 717.843.0918.

  • Registration is no longer needed for the basketball courts. See our open gym schedule here.
  • There is now an option to share your lane during lap swim. If you need to rest during lap swim, please stop at the end of the pool opposite to the other person in the lane. *Note: You will be sharing a lane where it reads “2 people per lane.”
  • Members of the same household who would like to swim together must register individually.
  • All program registration opens three days in advance.
  • Pre-registration is no longer needed to workout in our fitness center. Registration is still required for lap lanes, open swim, group fitness classes, and aquatics fitness classes.
  • Call 717.843.0918 to reserve your spot for open swim. 15 spots per session will be available. See the aquatics schedule here.
  • If you have registered for a class or program, and would like to cancel your reservation, please call 717.843.0918.
  • Changing areas are unavailable at this time. Please arrive in apparel appropriate for your activity.
  • Our babysitting room now has a direct line for reservations. Call 717.718.7301 to reserve your child’s spot.
  • Babysitting hours have changed. Click here to see the full schedule.
  • Punch cards can now be used for group fitness and the fitness center but exclude aquatics use.

7/5/2020

WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU BACK!

 

In our continual efforts to ensure a safe and healthy experience at our facility, we want to let you know of some protocol updates. Anything italisized is a new protocol of which you’ll need to be aware.

If you have any questions, private message us on Facebook or Instagram or call 717.843.0918,.

  • Changing areas are unavailable at this time. Please arrive in apparel appropriate for your activity.
  • Pre-registration is no longer needed to workout in our fitness center. Registration is still required for lap lanes, open swim, group fitness classes, basketball hoop use, and aquatics fitness classes.
  • Open swim begins today. Pre-registration is required. Call 717.843.0918 to reserve your spot. 15 spots per session will be available for open swim. See the aquatics schedule here.
  • If you have registered for a class or program, and would like to cancel your reservation, please call 717.843.0918.
  • Our babysitting room now has a direct line for reservations. Call 717.718.7301 to reserve your child’s spot.
  • Babysitting hours have changed. Click here to see the full schedule.
  • Punch cards can now be used for group fitness and the fitness center but exclude aquatics use.

6/21/2020

THANK YOU FOR BEING PATIENT WITH US DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME!

In our continual efforts to ensure a safe and healthy experience at our facility, we want to let you know of some protocol updates.

If you have any questions, private message us on Facebook or Instagram or call 717.843.0918.

  • Pre-registration will no longer be needed to workout in our fitness center. Registration is still required for lap lanes, group fitness classes, basketball hoop use, and aquatics fitness classes.
  • Aquatics fitness classes will begin on June 29. You must pre-register prior to attending class. Registration opens on June 26.
  • If you have registered for a class or program, and would like to cancel your reservation, please call 717.843.0918.
  • Small bags of essentials for your activity will now be permitted within our building.
  • Our babysitting room now has a direct line for reservations. Call 717.718.7301 to reserve your child’s spot.

6/7/2020

Dear Members of the York JCC,

We’re all extremely excited for the anticipated reopening of and your return to the York JCC on the Monday following Governor Wolf’s move of York County into PA’s GREEN Phase (June 15). As always, our top priority is keeping you and your family, as well as our staff, safe and healthy. To that end, we have been diligently preparing our facility – per PA Department of Health and CDC Guidelines – for this anticipated moment and have much to communicate with you to ensure we can fulfill this number one priority together whenever it happens.

Please take your time in going through the content below, clicking on the important links, as they will contain new protocols and policies that must be followed upon our reopening. We wish to thank you ahead of time for your cooperation, as we each play a part in ensuring the health and welfare of others:

  • Automatic membership fee drafts will resume on June 15.
  • If you are experiencing signs of illness, or have recently been around someone displaying signs of illness, we ask you to please refrain from coming to the facility and encourage you to seek medical attention.
  • Please read and have your primary household member digitally sign this WAIVER/CODE OF CONDUCT. This one digital signature will cover the entire household and is required prior to participating in any program/service area of the facility. It is highly encouraged that you digitally sign this document prior to your arrival at the facility, making your entry and the entry of others smoother.
  • Masks will be required to be worn in all common areas: lobby, hallways, bathrooms, etc. In program/service areas, masks will be encouraged but not required. It is expected that members will bring their own mask (if you forget, disposable masks will be available).
  • Personal items will be limited to the following: personal identification, keys, portable electronic device (e.g. cellphone), water bottle, workout gloves, yoga mat, towel, swimming goggles, swim cap, baby-bottle, baby-snacks, and diapers. No gym bags will be allowed. For babysitting: a disposable bag may be used; it will not be returned upon pick-up of child(ren).
  • The flow of foot traffic will be guided via a left-side orientation through most of the facility. Please follow all guiding markers, including specific ingress and egress signage. For a simulated walk-through experience, please check out this video.
  • All Departments will have limited/smaller numbers permitted in their program areas. Reservations are required for all areas and can be made in the following manner:
  1. Following the instructions on our York JCC website
  2. Calling our York JCC Customer Experience Team at 717.843.0918
  3. In-person at our Front Desk; “walk-ins” permitted, but there is a good chance slots will be filled
  • Aquatics time-slots will be limited to 45-minutes and Fitness Center time-slots will be limited to 60-minutes (with exception of the 1:1 personal trainings). To be respectful of our fellow members, we are requesting (a) please adhere to the time limits of your registration, and (b) limit your reservation to one time-slot per day, per program area (i.e. it is okay to reserve 1 time-slot in the Fitness Center and 1 time-slot in the Aquatics Center on the same day but not 2 reservations in the Fitness Center or 2 in the Aquatics Center on the same day). However, if a time-slot is available immediately following yours in that same area and no one is waiting, you can request an extension of your reservation.
  • Initially, only lap swim will be available in the pool; two weeks after reopening, it is anticipated that water-aerobic classes will resume.
  • Please be patient with the process. To stagger those coming in and going out, it would help to plan on arriving 5-10 minutes (but no more) prior to your reserved time-slot.
  • Locker room changing areas and lockers will be off-limits, but bathroom stalls and faucets will be available. Please come dressed for your scheduled activity.
  • Staff will be doing ongoing sanitizing of all areas.

These are just some of the key items as part of our initial phase of reopening (see Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for more). As additional guidance becomes available regarding how business should operate during this challenging time, as well as from the wealth of knowledge gained through experience, we will be making changes to these protocols (God willing, loosening them up). We promise to keep you informed of these changes as they develop and ask for your understanding and patience.

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. We look forward to seeing you back at the York JCC just as soon as it is permissible. If you are staying close to home, please continue to visit our J-Wired programming. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact us at 717.843.0918 or jcc@yorkjcc.org.

With shared excitement,
Rabbi Marshal Klaven
Acting CEO/President

5/21/2020

Dearest Members of the York JCC,

I hope you and those you love are healthy and safe.

As you know, the economic impact of COVID-19 has been devastating on so many individuals and organizations. The York Jewish Community Center is among them. In spite of incredibly creative and compassionate efforts, we still find ourselves needing to make difficult personnel decisions to ensure a future for our center and the return of our impactful mission.

As part of the York JCC Family, we felt it was important to let you know that this has been the toughest week since our closure. A number of our valued team members learned that their positions were no longer tenable within our new economic reality. Of those whose positions remain, most will experience a reduction of salary. These will go into effect on June 30, 2020.

In the short-term, this reality is demanding that we become an increasingly streamlined organization, doing ever-more with less within healthcare guidelines. After being here two and a half years, witnessing the tremendous dedication of our team and their resourcefulness, I can confidently tell you that we are up to this challenge. There are already positive signs:

  • 106 children are slated to return to our #1 ranked Early Childhood Education in June
  • 150 children are signed-up to participate in our Summer Camps
  • In addition to our J-Wired Services, outdoor fitness classes are starting-up

Even with the hope these statistics bear, I am keenly aware I cannot provide you a guarantee that all will be okay. That guarantee, my friends, must come from you and your commitment to return, not if, but WHEN we reopen.

Because, with you, we can truly emerge from this crisis more resilient than ever. We look forward to seeing you, God willing, sooner than later!

Sincerely,
Dani Fessler
President & CEO

4/24/2020

Dearest Member of the York JCC Family,

Shalom! May peace surround you in these challenging times. As you know, it is within the DNA of the York JCC to rise to meet these challenges head-on. To our community’s benefit, we have done so with our J-Compassionate Calls (2500+ households reached thus far) and our J-Wired programs. Now, we stand poised to unveil our latest tool in maintaining our valued relational connection with one another:

 

York JCC Engage Text Messaging

In the coming days and weeks, if you have a cell-number on record with the York JCC, you will receive the following text:  “Text YES to join York JCC Engage Msgs! Msg frequency varies. Msg&data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help, STOP to cancel.”

Please be aware, this text will come from our short-code: 545.39. [Using this code instead of our full number allows the text technology to work optimally.]

What we are asking you to do is please respond to this text by typing in “YES” and hitting send. By doing this simple act, you are opting into a vital service, which will allow us to more responsibly and effectively communicate with you regarding time-limited offers, important reminders, emergency/weather notifications, and more.

For example, instead of updating you on the extended freeze of membership fees in this letter, we could have updated you quickly by text: “Due to the extended stay-at-home order by Gov. Wolf, NO MEMBERSHIP FEES WILL BE PROCESSED FOR MAY. Instead, on May 1, please consider donating your fee to JCC’s Give Local York campaign: https://www.givelocalyork.org/organizations/york-jewish-community-center.”

Challenges, while difficult, always contain great potential for growth. At the York JCC, we are doing our very best to use this time apart as an opportunity to grow in critically important ways that we hope will benefit our community now and well into the future. We wish to thank you for your support in these growing efforts. And, we look forward to receiving your opt-in confirmation to our new text messaging service with a “YES” response to the initial text. God willing, we’ll see each other soon!

If you don’t believe we have your cell-number on record, or if you have any questions regarding this service or any other, please reach out to our York JCC Membership Director Gina Kohr at gkohr@yorkjcc.org or call and leave a voice message at our main number: 717.843.0918. Again, we offer our thanks to you.

With hope and peace,
Rabbi Marshal Klaven
York JCC Special Projects Coordinator

PS – If you do not receive a text message by the end of May, it means that either (a) we have no cell-number on record for you or (b) the cell-number we do have is incorrect. To ensure we have your preferred cell-number, please follow the steps in this video to update your secure profile via our website.

3/30/2020

To our resilient J-Members:

Shalom and may this message greet you with an extra measure of peace. It has been two weeks since the doors of our York JCC closed, as part of the wider response to the COVID-19 outbreak issued by Governor Tom Wolf. Last Friday, the Governor effectively extended this closure with a “stay at home” order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to last until April 6, 2020. Yesterday, our closure was extended even further, as the “stay at home” order now encompasses all of April. It brings no pleasure to say this, but there is reason to believe that this situation might last longer than that. Thus, I am writing to inform you how the dedicated York JCC staff – all of whom will remain employed by this J – will continue to be there for you.

 

J’s CADRE of CALLERS

Starting today, trained York JCC staff will be reaching out to you with a phone call, as a compassionate check-in during these challenging times. Since the JCC campus is closed, they will be calling from personal lines: home or mobile. While the choice is always yours, we wish to encourage you to answer a number that you might not recognize. If not, allow the call to go to voicemail, where one of our kind staff will leave an informative and supportive message. There are over 10,000+ members (5000+ households); so it will take time for everyone to be called. If you need to reach us before we reach you, please call 717.843.0918 to leave a message or visit our staff & contact page for more contact information.

 

J-WIRED

110 years ago – before we owned a building or land – we were a JCC without walls. As the members of our community named the services they needed, we met them wherever they were and provided whatever was asked. We survived because we listened. We thrived because we adapted. We were supported because we delivered. Today is no different. In this time of social-distancing, we are moving our programs and services from our walls to our wires. J-WIRED is available 24/7 and has everything: from group and personal trainings to aquatics lessons, from youth fitness games to bedtime stories and coffee talks. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we want to hear from you. Email jcc@yorkjcc.org with your ideas.

 

We have created three simple ways to access J-WIRED:

  1. Go to yorkjcc.org and click “See More” on the banner on our homepage for online services.
  2. Go to yorkjcc.org and hover over “Join” and then click “J-Wired” from a computer; or, if using a mobile device, click our menu, then “Membership,” then “J-Wired.”
  3. Simply click this link or copy and paste it into your web-browser: yorkjcc.org/join/j-wired/

At the York JCC, we intend to be there for you and your families in every way possible in the weeks and months ahead. We will not abandon you. What we are asking is that you please do not abandon us. We need you and your generosity to keep this community center going. Community is, after all, a partnership and it is more vital now than ever.

Because of this, please consider the following:

  1. Converting your frozen membership fee into a donation or making a separate donation via the “Support” link at the top of our website or by emailing our York JCC Controller at sbiondo@yorkjcc.org.
  2. When encouraged to return to the J or renew your membership when normal operations resume, please do so.

Zei Gezunt (a Yiddish expression, meaning: “Stay healthy!”).

Yours sincerely,
Dani Fessler
President & CEO

3/25/2020

Dear York JCC Members,

First and foremost, let us say that we are constantly amazed at the resilience and kindness throughout the York County community. It is at times like this when we realize just how important the little things are in our lives.

As a non-profit organization that was created to serve the community and – more specifically – members like you, the York JCC is committed to supporting the safety and well-being of everyone in our community. While our building is closed, we are working tirelessly to make sure our facilities and services will be ready to once again meet your needs when ours doors open.

Knowing that the next steps are critical, we are reviewing how the closure of our building affects our members and our staff financially. We are extremely aware, that for many people, this is one of the toughest times. Therefore, membership dues for the month of April are on a freeze until the building reopens, meaning no membership fees will be drafted from any accounts.

Though our building is closed, our normal operating expenses remain. Please consider supporting the employees of the York JCC who are still bringing free content to you through our Facebook page and live webinars. We have created two simple options for you to do so:

Option 1 – You can convert your April membership fees to the York J Sustainability Fund, as a tax-deductible, charitable donation by emailing jcc@yorkjcc.org and letting us know.

Option 2 – You can make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to the J Sustainability Fund in any amount by clicking here.

These donations may be the most important you have made to the York JCC yet, as they will allow us to keep our employees paid and our organization alive. Thank you for supporting the Mission & Vision of our organization and allowing us to continue to serve you in the future.

We truly look forward to serving you in person as soon as we are able. Stay healthy and safe during these new and challenging times. I welcome any questions or comments.

Kind Regards,
Gina Kohr
Membership Director

3/20/2020

Dear JCC Family,

Central to our community are J staff and employees. These are the lifeguards who keep watch while you swim; the teachers who nurture your children and inspire their love of learning; the trainers who work with you to meet fitness goals and help you stay active; the customer experience staff who greet you with a smile; and the Café Nosh employees who serve up conversation alongside your coffee. These are also individuals with financial responsibilities, just like you and me.

The York JCC is committed to doing everything we can to keep our J staff members compensated during our closure. This is easier said than done. The York JCC is a not-for-profit organization, and while we are financially sound during typical times, we do not have the deep cash-reserves to absorb the economic impacts of this once-in-a-lifetime event of COVID-19.

Please help the York JCC keep our staff compensated during this mandated COVID-19 closure. Use the link below to make a tax-deductible contribution to our J Staff Sustainability fund. Your support helps us keep our staff paid and ready to jump back into service as soon as it’s safe to do so. Every dollar makes a difference, and every person can make a difference.

Yours sincerely,
Dani Fessler
President & CEO

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3/16/2020

Dear JCC Community,

The York JCC will close from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30 following Governor Wolf’s instructions from today at 2:00 PM.

Over the past week, we have been communicating with you about our ongoing work to keep the JCC members and our community healthy in the face of the novel coronavirus. We are grateful to all of you in our community who have helped keep others healthy, and we are proud of our staff’s stepped-up cleaning, disinfection, and campus hygiene efforts.

Closing the J is a terribly painful decision. The role of the York JCC has always been to be the one place that people can gather, connect with one another, and exercise their bodies, minds and souls. It is a place where all people are welcome and take care of one another. That continues to be our mission.

In the coming days, we will be working to find creative ways to keep connecting people with each other, whether that is through distance training, exercise broadcasts, or check-ins with isolated people in our community.

The personal training team is excited to announce that we will offer online ZOOM training and outdoor training. If interested, reach out to your trainer for more information. As part of their certifications, our trainers are qualified and coached to use online platforms and visual cues and correct techniques.

If you have never worked with a trainer, we have a program just for you! You can meet with one on ZOOM, and they will create an in-home workout plan so you don’t miss out.

We will also begin to offer online support on Facebook, @jccyork,with Group Fitness and Personal Training. We are thrilled to offer you a link Watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts to access Les Mill classes for free!

For more information, contact Fitness Director Jen Landis at Jlandis@yorkjcc.org.

We will also be doing everything possible to reopen quickly, from deep cleaning to staff training and, of course, staying closely in touch with our public health authorities.

In the meantime, many of our staff will be impacted. You already know the extraordinary dedication of the teachers, trainers, and countless others who are the lifeblood of this organization that many of you refer to as your home-away-from-home. We will be doing everything we can to ensure continuity for them and to make it possible for them to be back in place the moment our doors open.

In an effort to continue to support our staff, we will not issue refunds for March membership. Should our closure extend beyond March, we will not charge membership fees. Please know that we are grateful for your continued investment in the York JCC and do not take it for granted.

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and appreciate your patience during this unprecedented situation. Please understand that we are working as fast as we can to plan for this new reality and to prioritize health and safety.

Additional updates will be posted to yorkjcc.org/covid-19-updates/. Our operating phone hours will be Monday – Friday, from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Wishing you good health and courage and remember to take care of one another.

Yours sincerely,
Dani Fessler
President & CEO

3/13/2020

Dear J Family,

The health and safety of our community and our staff remains our first priority. We know from experts that proactively limiting frequent gatherings of large crowds is an important facet in reducing the spread of illness. To that end, we want to update you on a number of new developments and decisions the J has made relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Large Events
At this time, while we are not aware of any confirmed cases in our J community, we have taken some proactive steps to limit potential exposure and community spread of the virus. These steps include postponing the following programs and events:

  • Tuesday Club activities
  • Food Festival
  • April 16 Open House

Increasing Sanitizing Efforts
In an effort to further increase the daily cleaning and sanitizing of the York JCC, we have instructed our team to enhance cleaning and sanitation during the day at all departments.

Additionally, we have encouraged every staff person to help in this effort by maintaining individual work areas and sanitizing surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes or sprays.

Personal Responsibility
As stated in previous messaging and emails, we are asking all of our members, participants, and staff to follow simple CDC and PA Health Department guidelines for preventing the spread of all viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you have traveled out of the country to an area that is known to have experienced an outbreak of coronavirus, please watch closely for symptoms which include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. A 14-day self-quarantine is being encouraged for those who have traveled overseas.

It is also important that families have an emergency plan in place, such as knowing your emergency contacts, having backup plans for daycare and working from home if needed.

As we move through this unprecedented time, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation and willingness to pull together. Our goal is to be as prepared as possible while continuing to offer our wonderful programs and events to the community as we are able.

We will continue to keep you apprised of any developments as they are made available. If you have questions, thoughts, or concerns, we encourage you to contact Mandy Sanders at msanders@yorkjcc.org so she can pass along your inquiry to the proper department.

With much appreciation for our community, we thank you for your help in combating the spread of the virus to the J family. We will get through this together.

Yours sincerely,
Dani Fessler
President & CEO

Currently Postponed Events

Aquatics Classes | Original Date: Every Day

Group Fitness Classes | Original Date: Every Day

Tuesday Club | Original Date: Every Tuesday

Beginner Bridge | Original Date: Every Wednesday

Laugh Your Tuchas Off | Original Date: March 21

Scholastic Book Fair | Original Date: March 21 – March 26

Having Courageous Conversations | Original Date: March 25

Jewish Food Festival | Original Date: April 5

Open House | Original Date: April 16

Screening of Paper Clips | Original Date: April 19

 

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