Due to the Governor "Stay at Home" extension, we will remain closed for the time being. For COVID-19 updates, find more information under "About York JCC."


As we prepare for your return (date TBD), there are a few important changes you need to know about.



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 Camp or Childcare), entrance to the facility is the Front Lobby. Indicators will mark off the required 6’ distances leading up to the doors and signage will point out the correct door(s) to use.

For campers, entrance to the facility will be through the Adult Lounge on the South side (right side if facing the building) of the York JCC facility. Indicators will mark off the required 6’ distances leading up to the door, and signage will indicate the correct door 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.

For staff, entrance to the facility for all staff will be the back door of the facility, closest to the mechanic’s garage. 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. You can read it here. 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 camper or 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.

If you are a staff member, you will be required to go through a screening, which will include a temperature check, and ensure you are wearing a mask properly. 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 can and can’t I bring into the York JCC?

Allowed items: identification, keys, one personal electronic device (e.g. cellphone), workout gloves, yoga mat, towel, swimming goggles, swimming cap, baby bottle, child(ren) snack for babysitting, and diapers.

Disallowed item: No gym bags (disposable bag for babysitting items allowed; bag will not be returned upon pick-up) and no change of clothing (only bathrooms and faucets will be available at this time)


What is the mask policy of the York JCC?

Masks are required to be worn in all common areas of the facility (lobby, hallways, bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.) with exception to those under age 2 and for those with medical reasons. In program areas, masks are encouraged but not required.


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

Not at this time. For the safety of our members and staff, the occupancy space of these areas is limited. Therefore, you will need to reserve time in any of these areas. They are presently being offered in 45-minute blocks. You can register via our online system here or you can call our Customer Experience Team at 717.843.0918. 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.  


What areas of the JCC are restricted at this time?

  • All of our changing areas are currently unavailable. Only bathrooms and faucets will be in use at this time.
  • 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.

Please refer to our new customer experience video(soon to come) for more details on the proactive steps we are taking in your safety.


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!

Dani Fessler
President & CEO


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.


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.



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.



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


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


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



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


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