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An Update from Our CEO

Monday, July 6, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

As you are aware, last week, following the guidance from our Medical Advisory Task Force and recommendations from Harris County leadership, we have chosen to dial back our reopening plan, to play our part in reducing the curve of the pandemic. As a result, we have temporarily closed our Fitness Center, Indoor Tennis Center and Gymnastics facilities. Our goal is to reopen these areas as soon as possible, and we plan on providing you with an update the week of July 13. Meanwhile, we continue to provide our critical programs of Meals on Wheels; childcare at BAS, West Houston and Summer Fun for children of essential professionals; and are allowing our outdoor pool and tennis courts to remain open. 

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Merfish Teen Center to Serve as COVID-19 Testing Site

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Posted by: admin

Merfish Testing Info.The Texas Department of Emergency Management has set up a walk-up COVID-19 testing site at the Merfish Teen Center, 9000 S. Rice, Sunday-Friday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (or while testing supplies last). The self-administered test is free and available to everyone - no appointment necessary.

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Facilities to Return to Phase One Opening

Friday, June 26, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. We wanted to provide you with an important update regarding our facilities and programs. When we reopened on June 1, few could have imagined the magnitude of the health crisis we are now experiencing in Houston.

In accordance with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's reinstated Stay Home Work Safe advisory guidelines issued today, our facilities will be returning to our Phase 1 opening levels effective Saturday, June 27.
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Health & Safety Update

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

We hope that this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. The month of June has created many new and unexpected challenges for us all as we continue to search for ways to navigate our new reality which changes daily. As we have reopened our facilities throughout the month, we have been unsure about what to expect. Our Medical Advisory Group has been evaluating our protocols on a daily basis so that we are able to continue to provide you and your family as safe and healthy of a J experience as possible.

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Writers in the Schools Online Classes

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Writers in the Schools

Writers in the Schools (WITS) offers NEW online classes open to members and the public! Creative Writing Camp Online sessions are taught by professional teachers and writers who have mastered the ability to layer social and emotional support for students through daily online instruction.

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Category: Childrens Programs

Update Regarding Mask Requirement

Monday, June 22, 2020
Posted by: Teri Greenblatt, Ass't. Exec. Director & COVID-19 Coordinator

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

The safety and well-being of our community remains our first priority, and we appreciate our continued partnership with you to ensure a healthy and safe environment. With continued reports of a higher than desired amount of positive COVID-19 cases in Harris County, we must all stay vigilant.  

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Speaking Up and Showing Up for Racial Justice

Friday, June 19, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Holding HandingThese past few weeks, our pandemically traumatized nation was further shaken to its core by the death of George Floyd and the resurfacing of the centuries-old plague of systemic racism. "I can't breathe" wrenched our hearts as protesters took to the streets to demand justice and affirm that black lives matter. Jelani Cobb writes:

"The shock of revelation that attended the video of Floyd's death is itself a kind of inequality, a barometer of the extent to which one group of Americans have moved through life largely free from the burden of such terrible knowledge."

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Family Recreational Swim Set to Begin June 20

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Aquatics Director

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

We are happy to announce that beginning Saturday, June 20, the J will offer weekend family recreational swim times. In order to participate, a reservation must be made ahead of time. Reservations are available beginning Thursday, June 18.

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An Update from the J

Friday, June 12, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

On behalf of the entire J staff and Board of Trustees, I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. We continue to see increased participation at the outdoor pool, tennis and fitness centers and look forward to seeing you soon. This week, for the first time since March 13, children and their parents were on the campus to meet and greet their teachers at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School. Our staff are looking forward to reopening our Early Childhood programs in West Houston and Bertha Alyce, along with gymnastics, tennis and our new Summer Fun at the J program. 

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Facility, Summer Fun & Early Childhood Updates

Monday, June 8, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO and Jeremy Samuels, Board President

Health & Safety Guidelines 
Health Survey 

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we implement our plans to reopen the J. We have had a successful first week of operations in fitness, tennis and aquatics, and we are now prepared to implement our next phase.

We are thrilled to share with you that effective Monday, June 15, we will reopen the Bertha Alyce School, Ellen Boniuk School in West Houston, Summer Fun at the J and Merfish Teen Center, and expand the use of the gymnastics facilities. Specific program details and our health and safety protocols for BAS, West Houston, Gymnastics and Summer Fun will be emailed later this week to all program participants.

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