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Gathering Our Stories This Shavuot

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Days of GratitudeWhen I was in elementary school, I was given an assignment to interview one of my grandparents about World War II. I chose to interview my Poppy Joe, who I knew had served in the army during that time, though I knew little else. We sat down in my grandparents’ kitchen and he told me all about how he flew planes over Burma. He had immigrated to the United States from Poland at 7 years old, and he was so proud to have served his country. And I was so proud to hear his story! I knew him as a small business owner who loved swing music and a good joke, and I had no idea about his military history. The interview revealed a completely new side of my grandfather to me, and I still treasure the recording of it to this day.

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Reopening Health and Safety Guidelines

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees

On behalf of the entire J staff and board of trustees, we look forward to reopening the fitness and tennis centers and outdoor pool this Sunday, May 31. So much has changed since we closed on March 16, and it is essential that you take the time to review a number of critically important documents to maximize everyone’s health and safety. 

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Our Reopening Update

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, Chief Executive Officer, and Jeremy Samuels, President, Board of Trustees
We are pleased to provide you with an update regarding the reopening of our recreation facilities and an approximate timeframe to reopen our early childhood schools, Summer Fun at the J program and gymnastics. 
 
Please know that the health and well-being of our members and staff continues to be our first priority. We look forward to bringing our community back together in the safest way possible, understanding that everyone will play a critical role in maintaining a healthy environment. Next week we will email you with specific details including operating hours and safety procedures. 
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Days of Gratitude

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning

Days of GratitudeOver these past few months, it has quickly become a daily ritual in cities around the world to step outside and applaud the essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a small but meaningful way to honor those who are risking their lives for the health, safety and well-being of others. Countless YouTube videos show people cheering, singing, clapping, honking and singing in appreciation, and it is truly beautiful to watch.

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Our Plan to Reopen the J

Monday, May 11, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO & Lauren Kaufman Blachman, Board President

As we plan to reopen the J, the health, safety and well-being of our members and staff continues to be our first priority. Our hearts are guided by our values of caring for those we serve, combined with the need to keep you healthy so we can all connect as a community more quickly.

After reviewing information, data, guidelines and recommendations provided by national, state and local leaders, healthcare providers and scientists, we have developed a plan for reopening in the safest way possible. We also recognize the need to be flexible, as information continues to change daily. We are eager to open again, as we have missed seeing all of you, yet meeting our community’s most critical needs takes priority over any other driving force.

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An Important Camp Update

Friday, May 8, 2020
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO and Michelle Fingeret, Chair, Children and Day Camp Commiittee

Thank you for your patience as we continue to evaluate and plan for the upcoming summer at the J. Our ongoing discussions have focused on how we can provide a meaningful summer experience to fulfill families’ child care needs in a safe and healthy environment. It remains our goal to provide such summer programming, though it will be very different from a typical summer.

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