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Katz JCC Unveils Renovated Family Locker Rooms Made Possible by Donation from Carolyn and Mitchell Davis

The Milton & Betty Katz JCC is proud to formally unveil the newly renovated and designated Family Locker Rooms thanks to a generous donation from Carolyn and Mitchell Davis.  The ribbon cutting will take place Friday, October 2 at 3:00pm at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The locker rooms, located just off the indoor pool area of the community center, received a complete remodel to incorporate over 160 new lockers in both locker areas that our camp program, swim team and swim lesson families will find most accommodating. Along with the additional locker space there are new restroom stalls, beautiful new showers, lighting and epoxy nonslip floors.

“This past early spring, during the darker days of COVID-19, our building was closed and this continued for over two months. The days were made easier to come in while the wonderful renovation was taking place. Carolyn and Mitchell Davis provided us with the hope that brighter days were to follow and our families would be surprised and excited to see this change when they returned,” said Marg Rosenblatt, JCC CEO.

The locker room space will be dedicated to members with children and those children participating in swim team, swim lessons, and camp during specified hours. The family locker rooms will help create a safe and enjoyable environment for young families participating in the JCC’s various programs.

For more information, please call 609-822-1167 or stop by the Welcome Desk in the JCC lobby.

Sweet Week

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with communities from across North America.

Friday, September 11th, @ 10:00 am EST
Biblical Thoughts for Rosh Hashanah with Ari Kahn
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Sunday, September 13th, @ 10:00 am EST
92Y Shababa Rosh Hashanah Program (For kids)
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Sunday, September 13th, @ 7:30 pm EST
A UJA Federation Celebration – A Canadian Rosh Hashanah
Link coming closer to date. WIDER broadcast

Tuesday, September 15th, @ 10:00 am EST
Rosh Hashanah Recipes with Jamie Geller, Food and Lifestyle Expert
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7th Annual Golf Tournament FORE Charity

Harbor Pines Golf Club 
500 St. Andrews Dr., Egg Harbor Township


The Annual Tournament Fore Charity offers a unique partnership between Jewish Family Service (JFS) and the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC). This joint tournament raises funds to benefit essential community services provided by JFS and JCC.

• 2 Foursomes of golfers
• Logo on press release
• Hole signage on Hole 18
• Program Book – Full page ad (back cover)
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites
• 5 social media posts

The Jack R. Linsky Foundation

• 1 Foursome of golfers
• Logo on all tournament golf carts
• Program Book – Full page ad (inside front cover)
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites
• 3 social media posts

• 1 Foursome of golfers
• Logo on beverage golf carts
• Program Book – Full page ad (inside back cover)
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites
• 2 social media posts

• 1 Foursome of golfers
• Logo at sanitizer and food stations 
• Program Book – Full page ad (inside back cover)
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites
• 2 social media posts

• 1 Foursome of golfers
• Logo recognition at sponsored hole
• Program Book – Full page ad
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites
• 1 social media post

• 2 golfers
• Logo recognition at sponsored hole
• Program Book – Full page ad
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites

Monday

  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling

    SCHWINN INDOOR CYCLING (a/k/a “Spinning”) Burn between 400-700 calories as you’re visually guided through hills, flats and any other terrain that a bike can get to. INTENSE CARDIO. Beginners are welcome! Suited for everyone.

• 1 golfer
• Program Book – Half page ad
• Opportunity to include material in gift bags
• Recognition on JFS and JCC websites

• Digital Program Book – Full page ad (5” W x 7.75” H)
• Book available online (distributed via email and social media)

• Name/logo recognition at sponsored hole

• Includes greens fees, cart, food stations


Mission Initiatives

Unable to attend but still want to support?

One in 10 seniors in New Jersey goes hungry. Your donation ensures a homebound senior receives food daily by providing a year’s worth of meals through Kosher Meals-on-Wheels (KMOW). In recognition of your sponsorship, your name or logo will appear on a plaque outside the KMOW distribution area for one year and you will be recognized on the JFS website as a JFS Hunger Hero.

Your donation will help to provide a child with enrollment in Camp by the Sea, giving him/her the opportunity to experience fun activities and trips while creating new friendships and lifelong memories. Your sponsorship can help ensure that no child is denied a camp experience due to a financial hardship. In addition, your company logo or name will be on the Camp By The Sea website and camp t-shirts, you’ll have two dedicated social media posts on social media, and one dedicated email blast.


For more information, contact:

Melissa Vola at 609-822-1167 ext. 159 or mvola@jccatlantic.org
or Kirby Reed 609-822-1108 ext. 144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org

Please note, this event is subject to change based on COVID-19 safety guidelines and/or state executive orders regarding gatherings. Golfers with registered foursomes will be placed two riders per golf cart. Single golfers will be paired with another golfer. Special accommodations are not guaranteed, per Harbor Pines cart policy and additional charges may be added.

Thank you for your support!

Click here for the online auction!

2020 Golf Committee
Committee Co-Chairs

David Schultz (JCC) and Todd Arsenault (JFS)

Committee Members

Alisa Elkis
Brett Balsley
Darren Matik
Helene Hordes
Ilene Daniels
Marvin Greenberg
Robert Lang
Scott Greenbaum
Shellee Milgram
Sherri Anapolle
Susan Lang
Thomas Moller
Wilma Dannenbaum

The Katz JCC’s Mobile App is NOW Available!


View the Group Fitness & Aquatics Schedule, Register for Programs & Classes and receive updates all via the NEW Katz JCC App.

Download the FREE App in iTunes and Google Play stores below or search Katz JCC Margate in your app store today! 

Need help downloading and setting up the mobile app? Please Click Here to view step by step instructions.

The Katz JCC is Excited to Announce FULL DAY Kindergarten & Grade School Enrichment Beginning September.

The Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center is excited to announce a FULL DAY, 5 day per week Kindergarten as well as an enrichment program, entitled J School Enrichment for children in grades 1 – 8 beginning September 8, 2020.

This decision was made to provide support to our families during this uncertain time. For years, the Katz JCC staff have worked together to provide the area’s top Summer Camp, Camp By The Sea and Early Childhood Education Center. Our full day Kindergarten and J School Enrichment are simply a wonderful extension of our current programs established to support your child’s academic and social needs this school year.

The JCC’s Kindergarten curriculum will provide a high quality academic program, exceeding the NJ Core Standards as well as a enhanced education including swim lessons in our indoor pool, planned activities in our full-size gym and expansive outdoor recreation facility, computer classes, and hands-on science classes in our interactive nature and science room.

J School Enrichment is a chance for students to complete their online learning requirements with additional support, and have the chance to be a kid with access to our facilities at the Katz JCC while parents return to work.

Students will stay in small groups with adults who can help support them with their time management and some of the academic questions they may have as they complete their online learning through the public/private school they are enrolled in until their in-person school experience begins.
 
We will be able to provide meaningful “brain breaks” including fun activities that stretch our bodies and minds in our science and nature room, game room, playground, indoor pool and gymnasium all while following CDC and State Guidelines to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

Enrollment is starting NOW and class sizes will be limited to 10 children.

For more information on Kindergarten Click Here

For more information on J School Enrichment Click Here

COVID-19 Facility Guidelines

The following guidelines have been established to help ensure the health and safety of our members.

The health of our members is our number one concern. In light of the current pandemic, the Katz JCC has adopted new health guidelines to ensure the well being of our members and staff when we are permitted by the State Government to reopen.

Current Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday
6:00am – 7:00pm

Friday
6:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday
7:00am – 5:00pm


Members Must Have Swipe Cards:

To access the fitness center all members MUST have their swipe cards. To reduce contamination, the keypad is no longer available.


Health Declaration:

Members and JCC Staff will complete a health declaration before each visit confirming they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around someone who is infected.


Wear A Facemask:

Members and JCC Staff must wear masks when in common areas including hallways and the JCC Main Lobby.


Temperature Check:

Members and JCC Staff will have their body temperatures taken upon entry to the JCC. In accordance with CDC guidelines, those with a temperature greater than 100.4 will not be permitted to enter the JCC for 7 days.


Maintain Social Distancing:

Please maintain a minimum of six feet from other members. Members are asked to respect the floor markings and building signage to ensure social distancing practices are being maintained.


Pool Restrictions:

The indoor pool will be limited to one swimmer per lane and in order to respect the limited time and demand for the pool lap swimming is limited to 30 minutes.


Locker Rooms & Spa:

In accordance with CDC and State Guidelines Locker Rooms are for restroom use only. Lockers and showers are currently closed. The Spa areas are closed.

CEO of Katz JCC Margate, Jack Fox Retires after 35 years of Non-Profit Service throughout the US

The name Jack Fox is nearly synonymous with the JCC movement. He has dedicated 35 years to serving communities in an energetic and selfless manner, working tirelessly to help individuals, the JCCs, the Jewish communities, and the overall communities. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to come into contact with Jack Fox has been better for the experience.  On July 31, Jack will retire from the Katz JCC in Margate after 35 years of service to both the JCC here in Margate, NJ and the community centers where he served as Director earlier in his career.

Jack’s JCC journey began in 1985 when he became associate executive director of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. In 1990, after five years of service to the Columbus community, he moved up to become director of the Harold & Sylvia Kaplan Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, where he served for six years, until 1996. He briefly branched out from the JCC movement for three years to assume the directorship of the Colorado Association of Family Childcare, but in 1999 he returned to his true calling by assuming the position of CEO at a struggling JCC near Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more than 20 years, since 1999, we at the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate City, New Jersey, were lucky enough to have Jack save us from a financial challenge by raising 8 million dollars and reconstructing a brand new JCC.

Jack Fox is known throughout the breath of JCCA of North America’s professional leadership as a consummate professional and a consummate mensch, someone to seek out in a crowd to ask for advice or to share some laughs from days gone by. Over the years, he has been a mentor to many of them including JCC staff throughout the country.  Throughout his service he has proven a true friend to the members of our community here in Atlantic County. “To say ‘Jack will be missed’ is an understatement. Not only our JCC but our entire community is better off because of who he is and what he has accomplished. As sad as we are to see him go, we’re happy that he gets to start a new chapter of his life, one where he finally has time to do for himself what he has done for the rest of us for decades,” said Katz JCC Board President, Eric Share.

Jack Fox is, of course, well known throughout our local community. The Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties presents the Jack I. Fox community leadership award every year, evidence of his impact on the Jewish community. He is well known throughout the overall community and has the respect and the ear of local politicians, community leaders, and clergy of all faiths. He has led the Katz JCC to provide services to the greater community that most would not have had the vision to attempt or the cleverness and management skills to succeed at.

Fox spent two decades helping this entire community grow and shine. Including stepping in to become the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties during its time of need, while simultaneously continuing to lead the JCC as the CEO.

Through a grant, the Katz JCC provides lunches and social programming to seniors at seven of Atlantic County’s ten senior nutrition sites.  By taking over and vastly expanding the Atlantic City Marathon when its then-owner was unable to continue it, the JCC brings about 25,000 visitors (runners and their friends and families) to this community three weekends per year in the off-season, when the local businesses need it the most.

A community sendoff will take place on Friday, July 31 at 3:00pm on Jerome Avenue in front of the JCC.  Those attending may stand on the sidewalk or in their vehicles to clap and wave at Jack as he leaves the building on his last day. Please wear a facemask and maintain social distancing guidelines when participating.

For more information, please contact Jamie Cohen at 609-822-1167 ext. 115 or jcohen@jccatlantic.org

Early Childhood Reopening Update.

Dear Early Childhood Families,

It’s almost summertime! We appreciate your support and patience during these difficult and challenging times.

As we begin the Early Childhood Program under new classroom procedures and processes, we recognize that in order to be successful, a strong partnership with you will make a tremendous difference with the new challenges that face us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teachers look forward to returning to the Katz JCC Early Education Program to teach and care for your children in person. We have missed you all so much!

Below you will find new policies and procedures. Please read through them carefully.

We look forward to seeing all our families soon and to have our hallways and classrooms filled (socially distanced of course) with laughter and love.

Shalom,

Jan Higbee, Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Director Marg Rosenblatt, COO Katz JCC

Pre-screening Staff and Children:

  • Temperature checks, using a no-touch forehead thermometer, will be taken on all children and staff prior to them entering the JCC.
  • Any child or staff member exhibiting fever of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be admitted to the Early Childhood Education Center that day and may not return until fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours. You will be also asked if any fever relief medicine was given before arrival.
  • You will be asked if you have been exposed to COVID-19. 
  • Any child or staff who displays other visible symptoms of illness will not be accepted into school that day. This includes but is not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, rash, and lethargy.
  • We ask that you err on the side of caution and be especially sensitive to all of our families and the possibility of a contagion and COVID-19.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures:

  • Drop off and pick up will take place at the front entrance of the school on Fulton Avenue to limit the number of people entering the building. Parents, visitors and non-Early Childhood Education Center Staff will not be permitted to enter the Early Childhood Education Center during school hours.
  • All parents are asked to wear a face covering during drop off and pick up.
  • Each family will have a specific drop off and pick up time based on the schedule they are registered and we ask that you adhere to those times. If it is necessary for you to drop off or pick up at a different time, we ask that you call in advance and we will meet you outside to pick up or drop off your child.
  • Infant carriers, car seats, and strollers must remain with families after drop off and will not be permitted to be stored at the JCC.

Children Becoming Ill in School:

  • If a child begins to display symptoms of illness, including fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, lethargy, rash, or other symptoms, he or she will be removed from the classroom. We will have a designated staff member remain with them in a separate room until parents are able to pick them up.
  • Parents are required to pick up ill children immediately. We will call emergency contacts if your child is not picked up within 30 minutes. Parents need to call the school upon arrival, remain in your vehicle and we will bring your child out to you.
  • If a child is experiencing COVID-19 or other respiratory symptoms, parents are asked to seek medical attention and notify the school within 24 hours of medical diagnosis. Children may not be permitted to return to the JCC for 10 – 14 days.   

Class Size:

  • Currently, class size is limited to a total of 10 children. Teachers and children are required by the CDC Guidelines to remain together as a ‘cohort’ where teachers will be assigned a single cohort of children.
  • There will be no combining of classes for before care or after care. Classrooms that had more than the maximum number of children prior to the JCC closing will be split to comply with the new guidelines.


Naps/Bedding:

  • During naptime, we will keep cots, mats, and cribs at a minimum of six feet. 
  • Children will nap opposite head to feet position while six feet apart from each other.
  • Bedding must be limited to a crib sheet and small blanket for all children.
  • Bedding will be individually sealed in large plastic bags daily for all children who sleep on cots and mats.
  • If the bedding sent in is too large to seal, it will be sent home daily to be washed and sent back the next day.


Large/Whole School Gatherings:

  • The same high-quality learning and play-based school day will continue for your children. However, there will be NO multi-class or whole school gatherings.
  • Playground time will continue; however, we will limit the playground to one class at a time and will disinfect all playground equipment in between classes.

Cleaning & Disinfecting:

  • The rooms have been thoroughly disinfected and sanitized and we will continue to maintain the new cleaning procedures as set forth by the NJ Department of Health, the CDC Guidelines and our local health department. 
  • These guidelines will be followed by the teacher and teacher assistant using recommended disinfectants approved by OSHA and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

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:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html 

Sincerely,
Jack I. Fox
Chief Executive Officer JIF/jlc