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Program Updates June 14, 2019

Please note: Sunday's Father's Day Pool Party has been canceled due to low registration. The pool will be open normal hours on Sunday.

J Camps Carpool Update
Per the recommendation of our on-campus security team, beginning with the start of J Camps Session 1 on Monday, June 17, cars will not be able to turn left into the J parking lot from Atwell during carpool hours (8:35 AM-9:05 AM and 3:20 PM-3:50 PM).

Please use S. Braeswood or Queensloch to approach the J during these times. Our security personnel will ask cars to go down and turn around to get into the line to enter the parking lot.

Weingarten Carpool Map

The following are additional carpool reminders:

  • Only a right turn will be allowed onto Atwell from the parking lot.
  • Please do not park in the main lot and drive the opposite direction of carpool to exit. Follow the flow of traffic.
  • The S. Braeswood gates by Bertha Alyce School and the Tennis Center will be open for BAMI afternoon carpool.

All of these procedures and more about carpool can be found at erjcchouston.org/parentinfo. We put these procedures in place for our campers’ safety, so please be respectful and drive slowly through the parking lot. 


Power Restored

Wednesday, June 5

11:30 AM - phones and internet are back up. 

9:30 AM - Power has been restored at the main campus; however, phones and internet are still down.

Camp and BAS are open, and you may now drop off your children. Field trips will leave on a delayed timeline but please try to arrive by 10:00 AM if your camper is in Hometown Hoppers or Teen Trek.

We will continue to monitor road and weather conditions. Please keep an eye on your email and our Facebook page for updates. Thank you for your patience this morning.

Power Outage Update

Wednesday, June 5 | 8:30 AM
Attention Members: Power has not yet been restored; however, CenterPoint is on site.

Please do not bring your children to camp or BAS until we have notified you that power is restored and all systems are operational. 
We are also monitoring road and weather and road conditions.

Thank you for your patience. 

Power Outage at the J

Wednesday, June 5 |  7:20 AM
Power is currently out at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. Both camp and Bertha Alyce School will be on a delayed start this morning.

CenterPoint estimates power will be restored by 8:30 AM-9:00 AM.

We will update you via email when the power is on and camp and BAS will begin. 



Notice for Friday, May 17, 2019 

We wanted to bring to your attention that Friday, May 17 will be an exceptionally busy morning here at the J. We expect the parking lot to be at maximum capacity with overflow parking happening at the street level. We will have additional staff available in the parking lot and lobby to help direct traffic and members.  

Shelly Serota Tennis Tournament
At 8:30 AM the Shelly Serota Tennis Tournament will be getting started at the indoor tennis courts. Participants will be able to park towards the rear of the campus nearest the Tennis Center.  

Bertha Alyce School Dropoff
The Bertha Alyce School will have some designated short-term parking for child drop off only. 

VIP Shabbat
We are requesting that parents and VIPs coming for VIP Shabbat park in the front parking lot nearest to Atwell. We will have staff available in the lobby to walk you through to BAS for the VIP breakfast and classroom activities. Shabbat will be happening in the auditorium back in the main lobby nearest the Atwell lot.  

Open Gym and Tot Shabbat
Open Gym and Tot Shabbat will take place at their regularly scheduled times. 

Main Lobby Stairs and Flood Gates
As you enter the main lobby, you may see some activity occurring near the stairs and flood gates. We will have some workers prepping the area to test our newly-installed flood gates, but you will be able to enter/exit through the main lobby until 12:15 PM. At that time, the crews will be shutting down the entry/exit at the stairs to begin a water test of the flood gates. As of 12:15 PM, members and guests will have to enter/exit via the ramp at the Kaplan Theatre. 


Inclement Weather Announcement

Friday, May 10 | 10:45 AM

Due to last night’s weather conditions and the expected weather coming this evening, we’ve altered some hours and program offerings for today.

  • The J and all facilities will close at 5:00 PM today.

  • All paid classes and group exercise classes are cancelled today. If you are registered for a paid class, your program director will be in touch regarding makeup classes. 

  • Gymnastics will have team practices only.

    • Girls: optional, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM & compulsories, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.  

    • Girls Xcel Team practice is cancelled

    • Boys: Level 5-10, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM & Level 4, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.

  • Torah study class scheduled for 12:00 PM today is cancelled.

  • Tot Shabbat and open gym will be held at 11:00 AM.

  • We will also hold Shabbat at 4:00 PM this afternoon in the main lobby with an open gym in the preschool gym starting at 3:00 PM.

  • Laykie’s Gourmet Cafe at the J is open today and will close at 3:00 PM

  • Darsky Outdoor Pool will be open for lap swimming 9:30 AM-2:00 PM.

Please be on the look out for additional emails and follow our Facebook page for additional updates as needed. 

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 7:30 AM

J Fitness and Tennis Centers
The Fitness and Tennis Centers are OPEN regular hours this morning.

Bertha Alyce and Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood Schools
Both Bertha Alyce and Ellen Boniuk (West Houston) Schools will be CLOSED today.

Shelly Serota Tennis Tournament
The Shelly Serota Tennis Tournament has been POSTPONED until next week.

We will provide additional updates later this morning regarding programs for this afternoon. Please be on the look out for additional emails and follow our Facebook page.



Active Shooter Drill March 24

Please be aware that this Sunday, March 24 from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, in coordination with local police, will be conducting a live, active shooter drill. This is only a drill.

The drill is being conducted as a training exercise for a group of staff. As we have learned from recent tragedies, initial response is crucial. We want to ensure the safety of our entire JCC community, and training and drills are an essential piece of our safety and security plan.

While this is only a drill, there will be live demonstrations and training exercises that will involve the firing of blanks, so you may hear what sounds like gunfire in the direct vicinity of the JCC. We want to inform all members and our surrounding community of these drills so that no one mistakes the drills for an actual active shooter situation. We’ve informed local neighborhoods via homeowner associations, Super Neighborhood Councils, social media and traditional media.

In order to perform these drills, WE WILL BE CLOSING ALL FACILITIES PROMPTLY AT 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 24 and ensuring all members have vacated the building prior to the commencement of the drills.


Facility Renovations Starting March 11

We have a number of facility updates and renovations planned for the coming weeks and you'll begin to see some areas impacted beginning tomorrow.

Basketball Gym and General Locker Rooms

The lobby area outside of the basketball courts will be closed off for renovations. The general locker rooms will also unavailable. We expect this work in the lobby area of the basketball gym to take about two weeks.

Basketball Gym Access

To access the basketall gym, you will need to enter through the gymnastic door. We will have a membership scanning station there to scan membership cards.

Locker Room Access

General locker rooms will not be available. We've turned on access for all membership cards to access the Executive Locker Rooms on the third floor.  You can swipe your existing membership card on the door swipes located just outside the Executive Locker Room doors for entry. 


Facility Renovations to Begin w/o March 11
March 7, 2019

Starting the week of March 11 and continuing for the next few months, we will be painting some areas of the J, replacing floors and carpets and updating all of the restrooms. We will keep you informed of areas impacted and timing and will do our best to minimize creating any inconveniences.

Work will take place in the gym corridor, restrooms on the main level and third floor, painting and floor replacement on the third floor and updates in the Board Room and Joe Frank Theatre.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to update your J.


Facilities Updates 
Feb 28, 2019

Men's Executive Locker Room Update Beginning Friday, March 1, 2019
Beginning this Friday morning we will be temporarily closing several of the showers in order to perform necessary repairs. The four showers that are nearest to the small whirlpool in the rear section of the shower area will remain available. All other showers will be undergoing repairs. Contractors will be replacing the grout in the bottom of these showers. It is necessary to close them for several days to allow the grout to cure and seal completely.

In regards to the dry sauna and steam room, we are continuing to gather information in regards to the repairs on the dry sauna. Due to the complexity of the repairs, we will not have specific information available for at least another week. The steam room will be available for use beginning this Friday morning.

Kid Care Location Change  - Starting Sunday, March 3, Kid Care to move to Room 101
NEW extended Sunday hours beginning March 10: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM.

We are relocating our Kid Care room in order to address some of the maintenance issues in the main building that are affecting that room. Starting Sunday, March 3, Kid Care will be located in Room 101 downstairs in the main building. This is the same location we used several weeks ago.

For those of you using Kid Care before 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings, you will need to use the elevator in order to access this room. After 9:00 AM the stairs will also be available. We expect this location change will remain in effect through the end of May. 


Aquatics Update 
Feb 12, 2019

Meyerland Middle School Pool Access Begins Feb 13
Please Note: the school will be closed during Spring Break March 11-15

We are delighted to announce that we will begin using Meyerland Middle School's indoor pool (formerly Johnston M.S.) as of Wednesday, Feb 13. Our schedule at this facility will be Mon–Thurs from 5:00 PM–7:00 PM. For the safety of our members, we will have a J lifeguard on duty. The pool is 3 feet deep in the shallow end and 10 feet in the deep end with a water temperature of 82 degrees.

There will be kickboards, pull buoys, fins and water belts available for your use. There are locker rooms, but please bring your own towel as none will be provided. We will use the pool for our Stroke Development class (5:00 PM–6:00 PM), private lessons (5:00 PM–7:00 PM) and indoor lap swimming (5:00 PM–7:00 PM).

If you would like to use the pool for lap swimming, we will have two lanes open from 5:00 PM–6:00 PM and four lanes open from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM. Due to the limited space available, we strongly encourage everyone to share lanes so members are not waiting on the deck.

If you would like to use the pool for water jogging, we recommend coming from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM when we have four open lanes. Our rental time ends promptly at 7:00 PM, and our staff will ask everyone to leave shortly after so we can lock up the building.

Please review this map as it details where to park and how to get to the pool from the parking lot. If you have any questions, please contact Staci Silva at ssilva@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8165.


Aquatics Update 
Feb 8, 2019

We have successfully made arrangements with Wolfies to use their location for water classes. Beginning this Monday, February 11 classes will be held from 8:00 AM-8:45 AM Monday-Friday. Everyone will be required to sign a waiver for their facility. Please park on the street. In addition to these classes, we will continue to offer a Yoga Stretch class at 7:15 AM Mondays and Fridays in the Group Exercise Studio in the Fitness Center. This will be the schedule until further notice. We hope that the weather will warm early and we can utilize our outdoor pools soon for our classes. 

Merfish Pool Schedule


Aquatics Facilities & Programs Update
Feb 6, 2019

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to create temporary swimming pool options while the indoor pool is closed. We wanted to provide you with the following update.

Meyerland Middle School has agreed to give us access to their indoor pool late afternoon and early evening hours for our swim team, lap swimmers and possibly some private swim lessons. Thank you to their staff for making this possible.

We will continue to use the Merfish pool for lap swimming and now available for water-jogging. Merfish will have extended hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays opening one hour earlier from 5:00 AM-2:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturdays from noon-4:00 PM and Sundays from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. Note that the 5:00 AM opening time will go into effect on Monday, Feb 11.

As a reminder, we will use www.weather.com to check the air temperature using zip code 77096. As long as the weather is 45 degrees or warmer, we will open the Merfish pool. If the temperature is below 45 degrees, the Merfish pool will be closed.

We recognize that some of our members would prefer swimming indoors, and we do have a few options available on a very limited basis if the late afternoon/early evening schedule at Meyerland Middle School is not convenient. We also have an additional outdoor pool option available on a limited basis as well. Please contact Staci Silva in our aquatics office at 713.595.8165 or ssilva@erjcchouston.org for details.

Our plan is to finalize and announce the schedule for Meyerland Middle School soon and share additional information on other offsite options.

It does not appear that we will be able to use other pools for our children's group classes. Our aquatics department will be communicating directly to all families regarding class refunds for these programs.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 


Indoor Pool Update 
January 31, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue to address the repairs to the indoor swimming pool. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an overview and update. 

The main drain lines underneath the pool and in the concrete walls behind the pool have cracked. We believe most of these water lines are original, which means that they have held up for almost 50 years. There are two major questions which I want to answer: how long will the pool be closed and are we making any alternate arrangements available for lap swimming and swim lessons/swim team? 

We do not have a definite timetable, but the nature of the repairs are extensive. Our initial assessment is that the pipes cannot be repaired and must be replaced which will then require new pumps, chemical feeders, drain lines, etc. It is likely that the indoor pool will be closed for 3-4 months. This will not be an easy fix. 

Regarding alternate arrangements for lap swimming, swim classes and lessons, we have reached out to all of the facilities in the area that have an indoor pool to see if they are able and wiling to accommodate our members and programs. We are not able to confirm anything at this point, but will provide you with an update as soon as possible. We will continue to offer lap swimming at the Merfish Teen Center and possibly some other programs. 

We understand that there are questions regarding credits and refunds due to the pool closure. We want to assure you that once alternate arrangements have been finalized, we will communicate to you information regarding credits and refunds for classes, lessons and swim teams. 

As a avid swimmer, I understand the impact of the pool being closed. I also understand that the J has a responsibility to teach children to swim and feel safe in and around water.  I apologize that we are not able to fulfill these important services at this time but am committed to moving forward to address the situation as soon as possible. Feel free to call me at 713-551-7232 or email me at jdinkin@erjcchouston.org if you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance. 

Thank you,

Joel Dinkin 
Chief Executive Officer 


Indoor Pool Maintenance Update
January 30, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue our inspection of the indoor pool. We are currently still running tests to determine the issues involved and complete an initial analysis of the repairs required. The indoor pool will remain closed in the interim.

Merfish Pool Schedule and Weather Policy
Weather permitting, lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the closure. Restrooms and changing rooms are available, and a lifeguard will be on duty during these times.

Merfish Pool Schedule Thursday, Jan 31–Wednesday, Feb 6

  • Thursday, Jan 31 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Friday, Feb 1 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Saturday, Feb 2 | 12:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Sunday, Feb 3 | 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Monday, Feb 4 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Feb 5 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 6 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM

Cold Weather Policy
We will use weather.com to check the air temperature using zip code 77096. As long as the weather is 45 degrees or warmer, we will open the Merfish pool. If the temperature is below 45 degrees, the Merfish pool will be closed.

In the event of a thunderstorm, we will close the pool for 30 minutes for each incidence of thunder and/or lightning that should occur at the pool. In this case everyone will be asked to wait in the parking lot while the pool is closed.

Once we have a timeline on necessary repairs and the status of private lessons, group swim classes and swim team, we will provide additional updates on our Aquatics Facebook page.


January 28, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue our inspection of the indoor pool. We are currently still running tests to determine the issues involved and complete an initial analysis of the repairs required.  The pool will remain closed in the interim, and we will update you on Wednesday or Thursday as we learn more.

Merfish Pool and Weather
Weather permitting, lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the closure.

However, for the safety of members and staff, the cold weather predicted for tomorrow will not allow us to open the Merfish pool Tuesday, Jan 29 or Wednesday, Jan 30.


January 25, 2019

In our last email we shared that the indoor pool would be closed on Friday afternoon for maintenance. After further inspection by the maintenance crews, we’ve discovered that additional work and inspections will be needed. This additional work will require that we drain the indoor pool. Once the pool is drained, the crews will perform the additional inspections.

Due to the time to drain and refill the pool, the indoor pool will remain closed through Monday, January 28. After the inspections are completed and we have a timeline on any necessary repairs, we will provide an additional update.
Lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the indoor pool closure.

There will be no private lessons, group classes or swim team Saturday-Monday.

Merfish Pool Schedule Saturday-Monday
Saturday - Lap Swimming: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Sunday - Lap Swimming: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Monday - Lap Swimming: 6:00 AM-1:00 PM
Monday - Senior Water Fitness: 9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Note that at the Merfish Teen Center there are restrooms and changing rooms available. A lifeguard will be on duty during these times.

We will provide an update on Monday regarding our plans going forward.