J-CARE FOR CHILDREN 6 WEEKS - 3RD GRADE IS AVAILABLE: Following health & safety guidelines, your child/children will enjoy being at the J with their peers and warm, caring teachers.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES RELATED
TO THE JCC's JULY 8 RE-OPENING

We have the safety and continued good health of our members and staff at the forefront of our preparations for the phased re-opening of our facilities.

We strictly follow all guidelines for physical/social distancing, cleaning, and the number of people allowed in certain spaces. Our recently upgraded HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system allows us to maximize fresh air exchanges and features MERV 13 filters to optimize the air quality inside the building. In addition, we are investing in needlepoint bipolar ionization technology, which has been demonstrated to inactivate 99.4% of COVID particles, killing pathogens in the air 24/7. We are working hard to make the J one of the safest places around.

In addition to incorporating guidance from experts in the field of fitness and wellness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local governments, we have engaged Global Engineering Solutions to advise us on specific preventive measures the J can implement to keep our community safe. Additionally, we have established a health advisory committee comprised of professionals in public health policy here in Fairfax County. We are confident that we are taking the right approach to open a safe and healthy environment where our community will feel comfortable and welcomed.

Please review the following policies and procedures so you are familiar with the expectations of our guests prior to your arrival. It will make for a smooth and seamless admission to the J.

ENTERING THE J:

1. Safe Physical Distancing is a Must: You’ll notice markers spaced 6’ apart as you approach the entrance doors. Please allow the person ahead of you to advance before moving to the next marker.

2. Face Covering Required/No Disposable Gloves: Prior to entering the J, everyone 10 years of age and older must have a face mask covering your nose and mouth. Disposable gloves must be removed. Soap and water and hand sanitizer is readily available for comprehensive hand hygiene practices once inside.

When in the J-FIT HEALTH CLUB workout spaces, face masks are recommended, although not required during heavy exertion or while outdoors.

3. COVID-19 Related Health Screening: As you approach the Guest Services Desk, you will read two questions:
a. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell?
b. Have you been in contact with someone known or presumed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

If you can answer “No” to both questions, you will be allowed to proceed.

If you must answer “Yes” to having symptoms: you will not be admitted to the J that day and may return once you are symptom and fever free and it’s been at least 10 days since the onset of your symptoms.

If you must answer “Yes” to having been in contact with someone known or presumed to have COVID-19: you will not be admitted to the J that day and may return 14 days from your last exposure to that individual.

4. Liability Waiver – the first time you enter the J for in-person programs, you must submit a signed waiver. This can be downloaded from theJ.org (under the Register tab on the top navigation bar), printed and signed to bring with you upon your return. Forms will also be made available at the Guest Services Desk. Once your waiver is submitted, a sticker will be adhered to your Pozez JCC ID so that each time you re-enter the J, you can simply show your ID with the sticker denoting that you have a waiver on file.

5. Body Temperature Checks: Once the above steps are complete, your temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer which is placed a few inches from your forehead.

Temperatures of 100.4 and more – you will not be admitted and may return 24 hours from the time your temperature was taken.

6. Once you have passed the screening, you may proceed to your destination.

ENHANCED CLEANING:

• Throughout the day, J-FIT HEALTH CLUB support staff and our maintenance staff are equipped with disinfectant spray bottles and towels for regular cleaning of all high-touch surfaces with EPA-listed disinfectant.

• Comprehensive deep cleaning and disinfecting processes are being implemented in the J-FIT HEALTH CLUB and throughout the J each evening.

• Additional hand sanitizing and cleaning stations have been installed. These stations provide disinfecting products for members to apply before and after using the equipment.

SAFE PHYSICAL DISTANCING:

• Throughout the facilities, signage has been posted to facilitate increased spacing between members upon entering the main building, throughout the J-FIT HEALTH CLUB including between fitness equipment, and throughout various areas of the buildings.

• You will notice that signs designating particular equipment are not in use have been placed on equipment around the J-FIT HEALTH CLUB. This marks equipment temporarily out of service to adhere to safe distancing requirements or that need disinfecting.

SHOWERS, SAUNAS, AND POOL ARE CLOSED:

Until further notice, the pool, showers, and saunas are not in use. We will continue to evaluate their status based on federal and state guidance, health considerations, and financial impact.

TOWEL SERVICE

With the showers closed, the shower towel service has been discontinued. Members may bring their own workout towel from home, or use one provided by the J.

 

If you have any questions about the phased re-opening, please contact Membership@theJ.org.


 

Connect with Purpose - the Jconnector Program

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has rolled out its pilot version of the new “Jconnector” program, which encourages people across our community to build Mutual Aid Groups. Built on the principles of grassroots organizing, Mutual Aid Groups bring volunteers together to help those most vulnerable in their local communities.

The Jewish Federation and a growing number of partners including all local Jewish community centers, a growing number of synagogues, and social services agencies are banding together to provide opportunities for our community members to do something, right now, from their homes or smartphones. We are looking for community organizers like you, and invite you to become Jconnector. You can join or create a Jconnector Mutual Aid Group and start helping people in your community. It takes moments to set up, and it can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

Gather your friends, neighbors, book groups, work colleagues, or any other connections you may have to help our community members. Our hope is that over time, through a multiplier effect, an increasing number of Mutual Aid Groups will be created and mobilized, thereby bringing support to a growing number of people in need of assistance throughout our community.


How do I form a Jconnector Mutual Aid Group?

  1. Invite local friends, family, and neighbors to join you.  Recommended group size is 5–20 people. If there are more than 20 people interested, consider splitting into multiple groups. It is helpful to have a single “Jconnector organizer” who keeps the group organized.
  2. Decide how you will communicate — email, text messaging, WhatsApp group, or another app that works for your group.
  3. Stay in touch with your group to share information and resources, to mobilize help where it is needed, and to share special skills and areas of interest.
  4. Pick a name for your group and register as a Jconnector Mutual Aid Group. Once the Jconnector organizer registers your group (see link below), you will receive a Jconnector Toolkit with tips on how to find those in need, special volunteer opportunities, as well as vital resources that will support you and your group.
  5. Keep your group updated. As our situation and community needs are rapidly changing, you will receive updated information, resources, and volunteer opportunities to share with your group.

Now you are ready to take the first step! Register your Jconnector Mutual Aid Group and get your Toolkit  by clicking here.

For more information and resources, see our rapidly growing list of partner organizations, updated resources, and information at Federation’s Jconnect.org.

Thank you for Being a Force for Good!

 


Resources:

Here are links for staying on top of accurately reported information:

In Home Repairs: Keeping your Home Safe During COVID-19

2019 CDC Fact Sheet 

Centers for Disease Control

Fairfax County Health Department

COVID-19 Risks and How to Avoid Them

Travel Guidance Issued by the CDC

COVID-19 Traveler Info Card

Click here to read an article published by Medicare Advantage which includes practical tips for adults 65+ to maintain mental health during this crisis.

 


Community Messages

Updated: April 20, 2020

Dear J Family and Friends,

We are writing to our Pozez JCC community to update you on a change in conditions that has caused the J to take swift and significant personnel actions this week. As you recall, on March 13, the J announced it would close the buildings on its Fairfax campus and satellite program at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria due to Fairfax County and state restrictions on educational operations. On March 23 Governor Northam also ordered the closure of nonessential businesses. Despite our closure, and the consequent loss of most of our expected revenue, we made the decision to keep almost all of our 200+ employees on payroll through the end of April. Since then, our staff has been doing great work learning new technology and creating online content to stay connected with our members and the broader community.

On the morning of April 3, the first day that applications were accepted, we applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration. The loan is designed to provide money to retain employees on the payroll for up to 8 weeks. Unfortunately, we learned late last week that we are among the 800,000 small businesses in the United States that did not receive a PPP loan before the funds appropriated by Congress ran out.

Unlike certain other small businesses whose business model allows them to continue providing services outside their places of business, the J’s revenue streams are heavily dependent on person-to-person contact and programs operating inside the building or at other locations that are now shut down. Most of our revenue comes from tuition and fees arising from our Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), before-and-after-school childcare (BASE), the J-FIT Health Center, and Camp Achva—all very hands-on and people-intensive programs that have been suspended during the current health crisis.

Once we learned that we had not received the PPP loan, we realized that to sustain the organization financially through the next months (at least through Governor Northam’s current June 10 deadline), we had no choice but to furlough or layoff the bulk of our staff. They were notified of this decision on Monday morning. We have kept key employees who will ensure the security and integrity of our physical plant and who will maintain our online connection with the J community. Because our staff is like family to each other and to our members, the decision was tough and made with a heavy heart. The temporary restructure of our organization involved a thorough analysis of the operations that can be sustained during our “hibernation.” We very much hope that when we are past these difficulties, most of our staff will be able to return as operations gradually resume.

In thinking through what is possible and safe, and as conditions are fluid—changing day by day—evaluating the possibility of running Camp Achva and our ECLC programs this summer is a priority. We understand our camp and early childhood families would like answers and we hope to provide a decision soon. Please expect further communication from us on this topic in the near future.

Many of you have been very generous in continuing your membership payments and tuition, and in several cases going above and beyond to make additional substantial donations and to accelerate payment of your pledges. Your generosity, along with that of members of our Board and staff, and some welcome assistance from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, enabled us to remain at full employment through the month of April, though it was not sufficient to maintain full employment during an emergency of this magnitude. Federation is aware that despite our best efforts, we were not approved for a Federal loan. They have promised to assist us in this emergency, although they have many demands on their resources from other constituent agencies. We have been assured that our initial application is in the PPP loan queue if Congress appropriates more money.

Where do we go from here? We are proud of the excellence of our programs and the recent improvements to our physical facility and are actively engaged in planning for the time when we will be able to resume our in-person activities. In the meantime, we continue to evaluate programs that may be offered digitally in the short-term.

Nothing in America will look quite the same as we pass through this pandemic. We feel confident that as people re-emerge from homes and engage in activities that were important and enjoyable prior to COVID-19, that the J will be in a strong position to welcome our members, friends, and participants “home.” We hope that you will continue to maintain your membership and tuition payments, if that is possible for you, in order to help the J maintain operations during its hibernation period. Now, more than ever, we need to stay safe, stay strong, and get through this b’yachad (together).

B'shalom,

David Yaffe, President
Jeff Dannick, Executive Director


Updated: March 17, 2020 at 7:12pm

Dear J Family and Friends,

Today is Tuesday, March 17. It seems unthinkable that it was only five days ago, on Friday, March 13, that we announced that we would be closing the building effective Saturday, March 14, and that the ECLC, BASE, and J-FIT HEALTH CLUB, in concert with many school systems, fitness centers, and institutions around the nation, would not be open for a period of weeks beginning on Monday. We acknowledge that these are anxiety-producing times for everyone and that you are seeking answers to questions about membership, tuition, and solutions to your childcare needs during the disruptions of the pandemic.

As we move forward, we are guided above all by our Jewish value of caring for one another. The scientific information provided by local, state, and federal governments and the CDC informs our actions. For example, the CDC is recommending social distancing and avoiding meetings of more than 10 people. The safety and health of our membership is our main consideration.

In this unprecedented national crisis, we ask for your patience as we consult with our peer organizations around the country and evaluate all options relative to the financial sustainability of the J against the backdrop of the impact of this situation on members of our community. We will be convening an online meeting of the Pozez JCC Board of Directors on Monday, March 23, for discussion and decision making about a workable and equitable policy. We will share the results of this decision-making meeting as they become available. 

Until Then,

David Yaffe
President

Jeff Dannick
Executive Director


Updated: March 16, 2020 at 7:05pm

Dear J Family and Friends,

With each passing day, the coronavirus pandemic is having a greater impact on our daily activities. There is so much we don't know about what lies ahead, and we acknowledge that these are anxiety-producing times for everyone. “Business as usual” is now anything but usual. Last Friday, as you probably know, for the safety of our members and participants, senior management and the leadership of the board made the very difficult decision to close the building and cancel or postpone activities that would involve gathering together in small or large groups. To be clear: We are not aware of ANY reports of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at our J. We took these steps because we are listening to guidance from the CDC, WHO and other health experts who say the best way to keep everyone safe and to “flatten the curve,” is to practice social distancing.

As a result of the health safety guidelines being put into place, now, more than ever, many in our community may feel isolated, and the need for connection will be greater than ever. As always, we are committed to our core values and our mission of building community and enriching lives. Our dedicated staff has begun to mobilize, working to create virtual opportunities for us to stay connected in the areas of family engagement, health and wellness, Jewish learning, and arts and ideas. Over the next few weeks, our COVID-19 web page will be providing a list of virtual program offerings throughout this social distancing period. Our plan is to update the links and opportunities often. 

Please know that we take seriously the investment you make in your, and your family's, JCC participation. We are reliant on our key revenue streams and the generosity of our donors to keep our operation afloat and to have the ability to retain our dedicated staff of the industry’s finest professionals. Our focus is not only on the immediate present but on the long-term strength of the organization. At this time, we have promised our staff, security guards, and maintenance team that we will continue to pay their salaries, which includes healthcare for full-time employees, through the end of the month. What happens after that will depend, largely, on the understanding, communal spirit, generosity and commitment of our members, families, donors, and you. We ask for your patience as we manage this fluid situation, and we will communicate our policies regarding membership dues and tuition directly with you as soon as we are able. 

Adhering to our values, in particular, those of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and kol yisrael arevim zeh b’zeh (all of Israel are responsible for one another), caring for, and being responsible for, one another — is how we will move through this unprecedented and uncertain time feeling connected, supported, and protected. At times like this, thinking beyond our individual needs to those of the community around us is how we will more quickly recover when the crisis has passed… and it will pass. When it does, we need to be ready to resume full operations and to provide the essential programs and services on which our J-Family relies.

We have experienced the resiliency of this community and know that we will get through this together. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay healthy and to ensure the health of those around you. 

Yours In Community,

David Yaffe Jeff Dannick
President Executive Director


Updated: March 13, 2020 at 5:00pm

Dear J Family and Friends,

As you are likely aware, there has been a flurry of new information and decisions made in the last few hours regarding COVID-19. First, Governor Northam has ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, Fairfax County Public Schools has made the decision, along with many other local school systems, to close for an extended period beginning Monday, March 16 through spring break which ends on April 10. FCPS will be monitoring the situation closely during this time and reserves the right to make adjustments as needed.

As you have been made aware from previous communications, the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia will follow the lead of Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Health Department and will also close, including all programs and services both on and offsite. This closure will become effective at close of business Friday, March 13   and extend beyond April 10 to include the remainder of the Passover holiday. The Pozez JCC intends to reopen and resume activities on Monday, April 20 but also reserves the right to make changes in scheduling based on real-time information and guidance from the CDC, Fairfax County Health Department and Fairfax County Public Schools. As we all know, this is a very fluid situation and we are monitoring it very closely. We will continue to keep you updated as we have additional information to share.  

The leadership of the Pozez JCC urges everyone in our community to closely follow CDC recommendations regarding behavior and hygiene to assist in our collective efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please bear with us during this challenging time and take the necessary steps to protect yourselves, your families and loved ones, and everyone else in our shared community.  We appreciate the ways in which so many organizations have stepped up in this moment to prioritize the health and well-being of individuals and the community, reminding all of us about how to live our value of kol yisrael arevim zeh b’zeh (all of Israel are responsible for one another) with such care and intention. We have a shared responsibility to support those individuals who both serve and depend on our community. Collectively, we must ensure that we remain strong through this challenging time and that we are able to come out on the other side of this crisis intact and ready for life after COVID-19.

Our community has made it through challenging times before, and together, we will do so again.

L’Shalom and Shabbat Shalom,
Pozez JCC Leadership and Staff


Updated: March 13, 2020 at 8:05 am 

Dear J Family and Friends,

As you may be aware, Fairfax County Public Schools announced just before midnight last night that they were closing schools today due to public pressure and out of an abundance of caution. FCPS is still planning to hold their pre-scheduled staff in-service day on Monday to prepare for distance learning and have not, yet, made any long term plans for closures. This turn of events, and the timing of the announcement, is challenging for us relative to the thoughtful planning and communication we have done thus far based on the decision making by FCPS.

Because FCPS made these decisions based on public pressure and did not reference any increased risk in their decision making, the Pozez JCC decided to operate on normal business hours and will operate ECLC on snow day hours from 9am-5pm. School-Age Services is quickly reaching out to staff in the attempts to offer a vacation day scenario from 9am-5pm as well, and has let families enrolled in that program know that they will inform them as early as possible this morning if this can be available based on their ability to staff on such short notice.

Our current planning includes remaining open on Monday, as scheduled, with regular ECLC hours and School-Age Services offering Vacation Day Programming from 7:30-6pm as previously planned. Senior Management will meet today and Monday to make longer-term decisions based on real-time information and new developments. Those plans will be communicated as they are developed, and as this is a fluid situation, we will be as nimble as possible in any making any necessary changes that might be warranted.

At this time, all other operations are not impacted by the closure of FCPS.

We will do our best to remain thoughtful, deliberate, and informed in our decision making and communication.

B’shalom,
Pozez JCC Leadership and Staff


 
Updated: March 12, 2020 at 11:30 am
 

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 cancelling the following programs and events:

  • Adult Services trips to large venues (eg: The Kennedy Center; miscellaneous dates)
  • Simcha Showcase, Premier Party-Planning Expo (Sunday, March 22 - Being Rescheduled)
  • A Growing Jewish Families Passover (March 29)
  • Community Passover Seder (Thursday, April 2)

We are contemplating whether the J will participate in Good Deeds Day should it move forward (Sunday, April 26) and have taken a wait and see position regarding Israel Fest which takes place in June. We will continue to assess this evolving situation and will be making decisions about whether or not other programs will remain on the schedule or be cancelled and will keep you apprised with any changes in scheduling. 

Contingencies should Major School Systems Close:
Note: The below focuses on our Fairfax ECLC and BASE programs. With regards to our Alexandria satellite preschool, we are working closely with our partners at Beth El Hebrew Congregation regarding potential closures and will communicate directly with those families should they be impacted.

• Should Fairfax County Public Schools close individual schools outside of the Woodson Pyramid and/or Gesher for containment purposes due to localized outbreaks, the J will continue to operate, including ECLC and School-Age Services programs unless directed differently by Health Department Officials.

• Should Fairfax County Public Schools close individual schools within the Woodson Pyramid and/or Gesher for containment purposes due to localized outbreaks, the J will continue to operate as fully as possible, but ECLC and School-Age Services Programs will be closed to reduce the community spread of the virus. The longevity of the closure will be dictated by real-time information, guidance from Fairfax County Health Department and the most updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

• Should Fairfax County Public School System shut down in its entirety either for containment purposes or as preventative measures, the Pozez JCC will close down all operations as a preventative measure. The longevity of the closure will be dictated by real time information, guidance from Fairfax County Health Department and the most updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Increasing Sanitizing Efforts:
In an effort to further increase the daily cleaning and sanitizing of the Pozez JCC, we have arranged with our janitorial vendor, Red Coats, Inc. for additional staffing 7 days/week. 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 Fairfax County 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 Laura.Adler@theJ.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 b’yachad (together).

B’shalom,
Pozez JCC Leadership and Staff

 


Updated: March 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to raise concerns around the globe, and here in our area as 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced in Montgomery County this week, we want to give you an update on precautions we are taking here at the J to keep our members, participants, and visitors safe.

We are monitoring the situation closely and are following enhanced sanitizing and health standards protocols to prevent the spread of flu and other viruses. Our staff is continuing to sanitize all frequently touched surfaces multiple times a day as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Pozez JCC has always provided hand sanitizer at the front entrance and throughout the building (hand washing is preferable). We are adding additional stations throughout the building. Additionally, to limit exposure and spread of the virus, the J is now a “handshake free zone” (see graphic). 

To ensure we are partnering together in this effort, we ask that you follow these preventive measures:

  • 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.

Thank you in advance for working with us to maintain the health and safety of our community.

 

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