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."




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