Message To Members Thursday, May 21, 2020
Dear JCC Members,
I am pleased to announce that the Goldring Woldenberg Sports and Wellness Complex and the Metairie JCC Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 AM.
We are excited to welcome you back to the JCC and have taken every possible precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our members and staff.
It is our goal to make you feel comfortable and safe. Before returning, please take note of what to expect:
- When you enter the building, temperature checks will be performed. On your first visit, you will be asked to sign a waiver. To expedite the check-in process, please complete the waiver at home and bring it with you.
- Our staff will be wearing masks in all common areas, and we ask that members do as well. Members are strongly encouraged to wear masks while exercising but are not required to do so.
- The following areas are available for use at a limited capacity: Cardio and Weight Rooms, Lap Swimming, Personal Training Studio (for personal trainers and their clients), and Reformer Pilates Studio.
- Reservations are required. Watch this short video tutorial to learn how to make a reservation online. If you have not used our online member services portal, create an account using the same email address associated with your JCC membership. Visit nojcc.org/register, if you have difficulty creating your online account.
- Reservations may be made two days in advance, beginning this Sunday, May 24.
- Unfortunately, towel service will not be available at this time. We ask you to come dressed to work out or swim and bring your own towel and water bottle.
- In accordance with the city’s Phase One guidelines, showers, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, lockers, and the basketball courts are not available for use. Restrooms in the locker rooms will remain available.
- Group fitness and senior adult exercise classes will continue to be offered as part of our #VirtualJ. The daily schedule can be found at nojcc.org/VirtualJ, and live classes can be accessed through our JCC Fitness Facebook group.
There are a lot of unknowns, but we do know that we are so happy to bring our community back together again at the JCC and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible. We will continue learning as we go, and will adapt as governmental guidelines direct us. For additional details about our reopening policies and procedures, including the latest updates, visit nojcc.org/reopening
We look forward to seeing you soon.
MESSAGE TO MEMBERS - FRIDAY, MAY 15
Dear JCC Members,
New Orleans is entering a new phase and the JCC is excited to welcome you back to our facilities! Based upon the current guidelines and protocols announced this week by the governor and the mayor, our staff will return to the JCC this Monday to prepare for the reopening of the Goldring Woldenberg Sports and Wellness Complex Uptown and the Goldring-Woldenberg JCC - Metairie fitness center on Tuesday, May 26. If all continues to go well in our community, adult lap swimming will also be available at both locations beginning May 26.
Following governmental guidelines along with the advice of medical professionals, we are currently planning the details of our reopening process. Our hours of operation will remain the same but we will request advance reservations for cardio and strength workouts, as well as personal training and lap swimming, since our total capacity is reduced to 25%. As contact sports and group exercise classes are not allowed in Phase 1, the basketball courts and back fields will remain closed for now, and we will continue to offer a variety of live fitness classes through our JCC Fitness Facebook group
. Additional information and specific details will be emailed to our membership in the next few days.
Our focus, as always, is the health and safety of our members and staff. We appreciate our JCC community and look forward to having you back at the J.
Message to Members - Monday, April 7, 2020
Dear JCC Members,
I hope this email finds you and your family in good health. It is unbelievable how community life can be turned upside down in just three short weeks. I never thought the New Orleans community could witness anything that could rival the hardship and devastation of Hurricane Katrina...and then came COVID-19. Despite the losses, disruptions, and unprecedented changes this has brought onto our lives, I have been so proud of the resilience and bravery of so many including our healthcare workers, first responders, grocery workers and other essential members of our community, so many of whom are members of the J.
The JCC exists for so many reasons but, above all, we exist to serve our community with quality programming now and into the future. I wanted to take a moment to provide an update on how COVID-19 has affected our operations at the JCC.
For the past three weeks, the JCC has proudly compensated our entire staff. Unfortunately, the unprecedented challenges of this pandemic and the extended closure of our facilities have had an insurmountable financial impact to the point that we are now being forced to place many of our staff on temporary furlough. This was a painful decision as our dedicated staff works every day to bring our mission to life and each person plays a critical role in our success.
It has been heartwarming to hear that so many of you are graciously and generously donating your membership dues and tuition so that we can continue to run our virtual nursery school, preserve the health insurance of all staff members, cover fixed facility costs, compensate our remaining staff and sustain our mission for all in the community who depend on the JCC.
I want to remind you that monthly membership dues will be drafted on April 15. For those of you who are in a position to continue to pay your dues, which will be considered a tax-deductible donation, I thank you in advance. For those of you who have not previously contacted us and want to make changes to your membership status, please click the button to complete a brief membership adjustment form BEFORE this Friday, April 10 so that we can process your request prior to the automated draft.
I look forward to the day when this crisis ends so that we can resume the programs and services to our community that make the New Orleans JCC a treasured communal institution.
MESSAGE TO MEMBERS - Monday, March 23, 2020
Dear JCC Members,
I reach out to you today at a time of great uncertainty and concern amid the COVID-19 crisis. As we continue to monitor the evolving realities of this pandemic, it is clear that we will have to extend the closure of our facilities beyond the originally anticipated two weeks. We will continue to follow the guidance from, and in accordance with the CDC and state and local authorities.
While the New Orleans JCC usually represents a vibrant, bustling space for our members to congregate, socialize, learn and play, our buildings feel especially empty during our closure while we practice social distancing. Although we cannot be physically present for you during this time, our board and leadership want you to know that we are quickly adapting and learning new ways to foster community and stay connected. Our staff has done a great job this past week transitioning nursery school lessons to a digital format, fitness classes into live streams, ballet lessons to video, and more. For more information on how we are working to bring our programs directly into your homes, visit nojcc.org/VirtualJ.
At this time, we do not know how long we will need to remain closed, but out of duty to our JCC family and broader community we have continued to pay our employees. Many have continued to work from home, while others remain in contact with us awaiting the day we are able to open our doors again.
With this in mind, we understand that many of our members have questions regarding membership dues, and I want to address them transparently. Because of our continued fixed expenses, including the continued employment of our staff, we ask that those who feel financially comfortable paying their membership dues continue to do so. Your JCC membership has never been more vital than it is now. Any dues or program fees paid during our closure will be considered a tax-deductible contribution to the JCC. If you and your family have concerns about your ability to pay membership dues at this time, we understand and would like to hear from you so that we can discuss arrangements on an individual basis. Please click here for more information and instruction on membership dues and membership freezes.
Our priority at this time is the health and safety of our JCC family and the broader New Orleans population. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this unprecedented time. We remain committed to being a community despite our physical distance and look forward to safely moving past this so that we can continue to serve our members’ needs soon. Until then, stay connected with us virtually at nojcc.org/VirtualJ.
Message to Members - Friday, March 13, 2020
The JCC has been a special part of the community for 165 years and has faced many challenges during that time. We are now facing an unprecedented challenge with an unknown impact.
New Orleans JCC management and Board of Directors unanimously decided Thursday, March 12 to close both Uptown and Metairie campuses, including the JCC Nursery School and Pre-K, on Monday, March 16. This morning we were informed that an individual who visited the Uptown JCC earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19. Upon hearing this news, we notified the Louisiana Department of Health and made the decision to close at 5:00 PM Friday, March 13.
Please know that we did not make this decision without careful research and conversation with trusted medical advisors. Medical experts tell us that the only way to stop the spread of this virus is to distance ourselves from people, and the best way to do this is to close our facilities. At this point, we anticipate a two-week closure. Please understand the situation is fluid and evolving. This timeline may change as more information becomes available from the CDC and local health professionals.
We know that our members rely on the JCC to be open, often when other facilities are closed. After all, our business and mission is community. Please know that our staff continues to work during this closure to ensure that when we are able to reopen, we will be able to do so quickly and safely.
While we may not be able to engage with each other in person, we can maintain the strength of our community in other ways. We are working with our staff to provide opportunities for members to connect remotely, even if it is not possible to be together at the J. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate these difficult and unprecedented times.
Keep Our Community Healthy – It’s a Partnership
We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Your health and safety is our top priority, and we ask that you help reduce the spread of illness by following these guidelines:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Please wipe down your equipment in the fitness center before and after use. Place used towels in the designated baskets.
An estimated 80% of COVID-19 cases may have no or mild symptoms, meaning that even if you don’t think you are sick or if you are not at risk for severe illness, you should still practice these hygiene habits to protect yourself and those around you.
Thank you for supporting our organization during this challenging time.