Effective February 4, 2022, all members, guests, and staff must show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to enter the building. Please email a copy of your vax record to IgotMyShot@theJ.org ahead of the start date to ensure a smooth transition.

Virtual J_Caring Community

Pikuach Nefesh - A Caring Community

Pozez JCC & American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact: Laurie.Albert@theJ.org

The Pozez JCC is hosting several American Red Cross blood drives to help our County replenish its critically low supply. …Read more and Register

Pikuach Nefesh – He who saves one man’s life saves the entire world
The Pozez JCC continues to support and build CommUNITY during this challenging time for so many people in our area. We hope you will join us in standing together to help those in need by supporting the following programs:

FACETS Hypothermia Prevention Program

FACETS Hypothermia Prevention Program
Sunday-Saturday, February 20-27
Working together as one community to prevent people from becoming victims of hypothermia! We invite you to be a part of this incredible community program where between 30-40 guests who are experiencing homelessness will be housed by our friends at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (BLC) and fed warm meals by BLC and the Pozez JCC. Please support this program and protect those in need from the chill of winter.

How can you help?

If you can donate funds to help pay for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks for one or more guests, you will make a difference!

The Cost to Sponsor Meals:

1 Guest / $36
2 Guests / $72
3 Guests / $108
4 Guests / $144
5 Guests / $180
6 Guests / $216
More than 6 Guests (Wow!): $216 plus $36 for each additional Guest sponsored.

How can you help with transportation needs?

Donations are also needed to assist with the purchase of metro and gas cards. Please donate what you are able (the cost is typically $15/card).

How do you make your donation?

To make your donation online, visit www.thej.org (click on donations at the top, click on Community Engagement, note that it's to go to FACETS Hypothermia).

To pay by check: Make your check payable to the Pozez JCC and note on the check that it's for FACETS Hypothermia and mail or drop it off at the J (Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia). Attn: Laurie Albert/FACETS Hypothermia at 8900 Little River Turnpike Fairfax, VA 22031).

It would be helpful to receive all donations before February 14, 2022.
For more information, please email Laurie.Albert@theJ.org, 703.537.3064.

In partnership with FACETS, the Pozez JCC and Bethlehem Lutheran Church

 

Chat Away (Zoom/Chat with Israeli Teens)

“Chat Away” is an opportunity to work with Israeli Teens virtually. Operated by ESRA, a non-profit organization, Chat Away works with all types of schools – orthodox, non-orthodox, and Arab, many of which are in low socio-economic towns and villages. The volunteering involves a 30-40-minute chat, after school hours, with individual Israeli middle-school students on ZOOM.  The tutors should be English native speakers who mainly have no teaching experience. The organization provides tutor guidance in the form of tutorials on ZOOM know-how and, Conversation Strategies; in addition, ESRA supplies pedagogically sound resource materials. 

Volunteers will receive training prior to tutoring in January 2022. The tutoring window is Sunday to Thursday for 30-40 minutes between 3pm-7pm Israel time which is 8am-noon our time (EST).

If you are interested in joining this ever-growing team, please register by Jan 10 here. The orientation session will be held on Jan 19 at 1pm EST. 

*NOTE: In accordance with Israeli law, all volunteers are required to upload their background check. On completion of the form, you will receive specific information about the orientation session. After the orientation session, you will be invited to make a final commitment to volunteer and then receive information about your Israeli school student. 

Please join us in this win-win venture, enjoyed by volunteers and appreciated by school children, their teachers, and their parents.  

For more information on Chat Away, Click Here.

 

Helping Afghan Families

Waves of Afghan families who have been evacuated to our local community are in great need. We have the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah (good deed) of welcoming the stranger by doing what we can to help the incoming refugees. The Pozez JCC is supporting the work of Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area (LSSNCA) to help the families get settled in our area. To that end, we are asking the community to donate gift cards that can be used by the refugees. Please bring your donations to the Guests Services Desk at the Pozez JCC where they will be collected and delivered to LSSNCA.

If you prefer to donate items, due to space constraints, these are the only items being collected:
-Gift cards (Visa, Target, Walmart, Giant, Safeway, Uber, and Lyft)
-Laptops – NEW only
-Smartphones – NEW or refurbished only
-SIM cards (Mint Mobile preferred)

Amazon Wishlist Link

 

Pozez JCC and The American Red Cross Blood Drive

The Pozez JCC is hosting a blood drive to help our County replenish its critically low supply. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Please mark your calendar and register to give blood on the following date and time: 

Friday, March 4, 10am-4pm

The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.

Note: The Red Cross is allowing anyone who has received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (AstraZeneca and Janssen/J&J have a two week waiting period) to donate without a waiting period. It is encouraged that you bring your vaccine card (or a virtual copy of it) to show the nurse but it is not required. All that is required is to know which manufacturer was administered.

Sign up by clicking here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=JCC%20Northern%20VA&cid=siebel&med=email&source=bdc_email&utm_source=siebel&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bdc_email

 

Support Services & Programs

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (BCGW) supports patients, their loved ones and caregivers in the Jewish community. Services are provided free of charge and include hospital pantries, the Bernard Creeger Bikur Cholim House, Lunzer Kosher Food Program, Friendly Visitors, Transportation to medical appointments, medical equipment loan, the Rabbi Samberg SmileMaker (“make a wish style" ) and emergency funds for medical related bills as well as educational programming.

For more information, to volunteer, or to request services contact: info@bikurcholimgw.org, 202.331.4481, or in NoVA contact Heidi Lamar, hmlamar@gmail.com, 703.280.2382.


The Jewish Community Support Line (703-J-CARING)

When you feel overwhelmed or uncertain about your options for support, your Jewish community is here for you.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JSSA, and our network of local human service organizations are proud to introduce 703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line, serving residents of DC, MD, and Northern Virginia.  

With one call to 703-J-CARING (703-522-7464), you can connect with a professional case manager ready to assist you in finding the resources and support that are right for you. All calls are confidential.

Case managers are standing by to support you Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Find resources & support for: Adult/Senior Care Services, Career Services, Early Childhood Services, Emergency Assistance, Health & Wellness, …and much more.

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!

 

Jam the J-Trolley: Personal Care Items and Non-Perishable Food Collection 

Ongoing Collection of Non-Perishable Food and Personal Care Items
Each week during business hours, please bring non-perishable food and personal care items to the Guest Services Desk at the J's entrance to help us Jam the J-Trolley and donate these items to hose in need in Fairfax County.

Suggested non-perishable foods include: Canned chicken, canned chili, canned fruit, rice, spaghetti sauces, and cardboard boxes.

Suggested items include: Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, deodorant and lotions, diapers & baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence underwear, laundry & dish detergent, household cleaners, paper towels & toilet paper. 

Social Action Resources

Listen, Learn, & Act: JCRC's Anti Racism Resources for Our Community
Curated by Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
To help us renew and deepen our commitment to the Black community as well as support Jews of Color; specifically Black Jews, the JCRC of Greater Washington has created a resource list – for learning and self-examination around explicit and implicit racism, and for taking concrete anti-racist action to advance justice and equity in our society. https://jcouncil.org/page/listen-learn-act

Top 10 Important Books to Read on Race Relations

PJ Library's Resources for Talking with Children about Racism
Repairing the world, tikkun olam, starts at home. Right now, even if it feels uncomfortable, it's important for families to talk about race and racism together. PJ Library provides resources that offer starting points for parents, educators, and caregivers about how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. Click here to view their resource page.

 

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8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703.323.0880 • Fax: 703.323.1993

Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. EIN: 54-1145849

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