Monthly Archives: March 2020

Letter From Our CEO

Katz JCC Family and Friends:

This is a moment in history that will be recorded as perhaps the greatest challenge faced in the 21st century. We will, as a country, be judged by how we came together as a community locally, nationally and internationally to help one another through this challenging time.

I’d like to share with you an inspiring excerpt from an article in “Grown and Flown” that I receieved from a colleague in Dallas, TX. It is a wonderful perspective for us to internalize and share with our family and friends.

“When the Apollo 13 oxygen tank failed and the lunar module was in danger of not returning to earth, Gene Kranz, the lead flight director overheard people saying that this could be the worst disaster NASA had ever experienced-to which he is rumored to have responded, “With all due respect, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.” Imagine if we could make our response to this crisis our finest hour. Imagine if a year or two from now we looked back on this and told the stories of how we came together as a team in our community, in our state, in our nation and across the world. Your contribution to the finest hour may seem small, invisible, inconsequential-but every small act of ‘not doing’ what you were going to do, and ‘doing’ an act of kindness or support will add up exponentially. These acts can and will save lives. The Apollo 13 crew made it their finest hour by letting go of the word “I” and embracing the word “we.” And that’s the task required of us. It can only be our finest hour if we work together. You are all on the team. And we need all of you to shine in whatever way you can.”

In a moment of crisis, we really determine who people are.  We are stronger together.  While there is so much uncertainty, we will get through this together.  This is an opportunity to spend time with your family, give your children some extra attention and spend quality time with your significant other.  Reach out to people who are alone, give them a call, and offer to shop for them (dropping the groceries at the front porch) and more.

Many of our JCC members depend on us every day for so many things ranging from preschool to senior activities.  Our senior lunch program which serves 800 meals a week throughout the county is delivering meals to people’s homes.  If you know a senior who is housebound, please email us and we will try to have a meal delivered to them.  We will be organizing virtual classes so we can keep in touch online for fitness and early childhood.

My friends, we will get through this. Let us make this our community’s “FINEST HOUR.”  Let us not take our life benefits for granted; this is an opportunity to be grateful for what we have. 

We look forward to seeing you soon at the JCC!

Jack I. Fox
Chief Executive Officer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Update

Our first and foremost concern is for the health and safety of all of our members and staff. Our JCC Leadership and Board have been working closely with our local and state public health agencies, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the JCC Association as we monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We want you to be aware that both the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have outlined basic measured that you can take to protect your health and the health of others. We are requiring our staff to follow these procedures and requesting the same of our members: 

• Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub. In this regard, dispensers containing hand sanitizers throughout the building have been replenished. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•You should avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or bent elbow if no tissue is available) when you cough or sneeze and dispose of any used tissue immediately.

•If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, we advise that you seek medical attention if needed. 

•Avoid large gatherings and meetings whenever possible.

• If you have personal travel booked to any of the at-risk countries identified by the Center for Disease Control, including, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, we encourage you to exercise judgement on whether to make the trip. If you have visited any of these areas within the past 14 days, please do not come to the JCC.

In addition, we have taken these steps at the JCC to assure your safety:

•We have added 15 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building.

•Our maintenance staff is disinfecting all door handles and surfaces hourly.

•Our early childhood staff is following our standard sanitizing and health standards to prevent the spread of flu, diseases and other viruses.

• Our teachers will continue with our handwashing procedures; (wash with warm water and soap, for 20 seconds upon arrival at school and throughout the day). They also will continue to sanitize all surfaces multiple times a day as recommended by the Office of Child Care and the CDC. At the end of each day all surfaces are sanitized with a bleach mixture.

If you are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, please do not attend the JCC but make certain to notify the CDC. If you have a sick family member at home with Coronavirus you should notify CDC, for guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure. They will notify us of any risk.

The situation regarding this virus is changing rapidly and we are closely monitoring it for possible changes in our policy. 

Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy environment for all of our members and staff. Your cooperation and assistance will be appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.Please see the links below for additional information: 

Jack I. Fox
Chief Executive Officer JIF/jlc