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COVID-19 Updates

Memberships

All payments have been suspended, and accounts will not be charged.

JCC Summer Camps Refunds

JCC Summer Camp refunds are being processed. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your refund. We appreciate your patience during this time

July 20

I hope you’re all staying well. As you can see from our recent communications, we have been working hard to design a safe and secure reopening strategy.

Last week we began a modified summer camp program that is serving 120 children and running well. Today we have opened both our swimming pools for member use. Group Fitness Classes will resume on August 4 and we are planning to open our Fitness Centre around August 17. As I’ve communicated previously, we have made some upgrades to the Fitness Centre that will make it worth the wait!

In order to keep social distance within the building, and to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to use our facilities, members will be required to make a reservation online at least 24 hours in advance. Initially, we will have limited hours to ensure that we have the ability to properly clean and disinfect all equipment. We’re taking things month-to-month right now, so the schedule will change in September. We will keep you posted, but please check our website often.

As you know, this has been a difficult time for many people and businesses including the SJCC. Over the course of the four months that our doors have been closed, we have lost significant revenue, most of which comes from memberships. We are looking forward to opening our doors to our community again soon and we hope that when we do, you will plan to come back. Our SJCC is only as strong as our members and we are hopeful that we will in the near future, all be together in our building to learn, celebrate, recreate and socialize as we once did.

Patrice Berdowski, our Membership Director has done a stalwart job in getting us to the point of restarting memberships. Please email pberdowski@jccottawa.com to schedule an appointment to restart your membership. Your patience is greatly appreciated as she is receiving many emails and is scheduling appointments in the order that requests are received.

We need your support to ensure that our JCC is here for our community today and for generations into the future. If you are not ready to return to the Centre, please still consider restarting your membership now as membership dollars are the lifeblood of our JCC. And, whenever you are ready to come back, you will be ready to go.

For those interested in making a donation please send me an email at bsohn@jccottawa.com. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 and more. As a guideline, consider a donation at the level of your lapsed membership of the past four months.

Please reactivate your membership and/or make a donation. We need you now more than ever!

Welcome back and stay healthy!

July 1

Happy Canada Day! I hope everyone is staying well. This is definitely a different Canada Day for all of us. On a personal note, as a dual citizen of the US and Canada I feel very blessed to be here. We are fortunate to live in a country that cares about its citizens in many ways. This is my and my family’s eleventh Canada Day. Much has happened these past eleven years, but nothing could have prepared any of us for the effects of Covid 19. We’ve been closed since March 13 and I am so happy to finally share with you our reopening plan.

We will be reopening in phases, taking baby steps. Our first step will be to reopen July 13 for a modified summer children’s program. This program is described in detail on our website and will run for 6 weeks from 8:30 AM-4 PM for children ages 2-11. Registration is still available. Effective on or around July 20 both the indoor and outdoor pools will be open for lap swim only. There will be limited hours, and you will have to make a reservation to swim for a maximum of 45 minutes. In addition, only active JCC members will have pool access. You must reactivate your membership to reserve lap swim times. A notice will go out next week with a pool schedule, details how to reserve swim times, and how to schedule an appointment to reactivate your membership. We will not be making the facility accessible to non-members in any way. There will be no guest passes or pool passes available.

Pending government guidelines, on or around August 3 we will begin to schedule some group fitness classes with strict limits and utilizing our outdoor space as much as possible. The fitness centre, locker rooms, and locker room facilities (saunas, steam rooms) will remain closed until further notice so please plan accordingly.

This will get us through the end of August. We are hopeful that come September we will be able to add more programs, services, and facilities. We will keep you posted. In the meantime enjoy the holiday and stay healthy!

Barry Sohn
bsohn@jccottawa.com
President, COO

 June 12

JCC Summer Camps Families,

As you know, on June 5 we made the difficult decision to cancel all JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps for 2020. Given the current situation, we are unable to provide the regular summer experience that you expect from Day Camps, Traveling Sports Camp and Specialty Camps, in a manner that is safe for your children and for our staff.

We are reaching out now to let you know about a newly created SJCC Summer Program designed with provincial guidelines in mind to keep your children safe while they enjoy summer at the SJCC. Children will spend the day playing camp games, enjoying the outdoors, swimming in the SJCC pools (we are not able to offer instructional swim lessons this summer), and having fun!

While we are intending to move forward, our plans, at this time, are still contingent on approval from the City of Ottawa.

SJCC Summer Program details:
July 13 – August 21

  • Programs for children ages 2 and 3 (SJCC Members only); and 4-11 year olds (open to all)
  • The program runs from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. No early morning drop-off or after care available
  • Eight campers and two staff members per group

We regret that we are not able to offer programs for all age groups this summer.

Registration & Fees
2 and 3-Year-Olds: SJCC Members only $2,250 (Additional charges for lunch may apply)

Six-week session
To register for this program please fill out the 2/3 Year Old Program Registration Form which will be available on our web site prior to the registration dates and email the completed form to ganon@jccottawa.com. Someone from the Summer Program Team
will be in touch to complete your registration.

4 – 11-Year-Olds: $650 SJCC Members • $750 Non Members

Two-week session
Registration for the 4 – 11 year olds will be available online at jccottawa.com. In order to accommodate as many children as possible, we are limiting registration to one two-week session per child. If space becomes available after our initial round of registration, we will allow families to register for additional sessions.

We will be in touch when all the details of the SJCC Summer Program are available.

Important Dates
Registration for those who were previously registered in JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps 2020 takes place June 22 and 23. Open registration begins on June 24.
Please register early as our smaller group sizes will fill up fast!

SJCC Credit
If you have a credit in your SJCC account, please go ahead and register online as you normally would for camp. You will not be able to access your credit through our online registration system; however, once you are registered and paid, we will send you a cheque to refund the difference.

Health & Safety Measures

  • The SJCC building will remain closed to all members during this time and will be available only for the SJCC Summer Program participants.
  • Each camper and staff member will answer a health questionnaire daily
  • Each camp group will have their own space within the SJCC/Campus and will remain separated from other groups throughout the day. Physical distance protocols will be enforced with the exception of staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid.
  • Staff will remain with the same group the entire week and will not “float” between groups.
  • Parents and guardians will not be permitted into the building for pick up and drop off (weather permitting – more information on procedures coming soon).
  • The SJCC building itself, including high touch areas washrooms and all rooms used by participants, will be deep cleaned on an ongoing basis throughout each day.

We must have a minimum number of children per session, per week to run each group.

If you have questions regarding the SJCC Summer Program please contact, Angela and Reesa – ganon@jccottawa.com

We look forward to welcoming your children back to the SJCC this summer!

 June 12

I hope you’re all staying well. It seems that with this week’s Provincial decision to move to Phase 2, we are inching closer to reopening the JCC. We’re still waiting for guidelines from the City of Ottawa. Until we receive those guidelines we won’t be able to make final decisions.

I can tell you that we see our reopening as a phased process. We’re putting the final touches on a summer program for children that will run for 6 weeks starting July 13. Children who registered for our cancelled camps programs will have the first crack at registering. More information will be posted on our web site soon.

We also plan to make our swimming pools available. There will be limited hours and pending City guidelines, we may only be able to offer lap swim, so likely no recreational swimming. Lap swim will be by reservation only. We are in the process of designing a reservation system. There will be a time limit in order to give as many people as possible an opportunity to swim. Our locker rooms will remain closed so swimmers will need to keep this in mind when using either the indoor or outdoor pool.

Initially, we will not be opening the fitness centre, gymnasium, spinning studio, or offering group fitness classes. We will not be providing towel service or locks. Again pending City guidelines, we see this as part of our next phase sometime later this summer. We are working on modifications to some of our facilities, and other protocols to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We are hopeful to be in a position to reopen in our first phase in early July.

When we do reopen, the JCC will be a member-only facility. We will not be offering guest passes or any services to non-members. All members have had their membership fees frozen since mid-March. Memberships will be unfrozen on or around July 1. We will provide more details regarding our reopening plans and membership payments as more information becomes available to us in the coming weeks.

We are excited to see you again, but we want to make sure that we’re all safe. We will pace the reopening slowly to protect our members and staff. I look forward to seeing you in the very near future! Until then, stay healthy! All the best!

Barry Sohn
President, COO

June 5

JCC Summer Camps Update

We hope you are staying well during this challenging time.

JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programs for 2020.

Given the current situation, we are unable to provide the regular summer experience that you expect from Day Camps, Traveling Sports Camp and Specialty Camps, in a manner that is safe for your children and for our staff.

Redesigned Summer Program
While we will not be offering our traditional summer camp, we are working on redesigning a program with public health measures top of mind. If permitted by government, the alternate program will include the following:

  • Smaller group sizes
  • Programs for children entering grades 1– 6, plus a component for children ages 2-5.
  • Screening protocols for all campers and staff
  • 4 or 5 weeks of programming
  • Half-day programs to accommodate more campers

Please take a minute to fill out this brief survey as we are trying to gauge interest in a redesigned program.

Should we decide to move forward, more details on registration, dates, and fees will be announced soon.

Soloway JCC Credit
We will be issuing credits which will be placed in your account and can be redeemed for future SJCC programs, including JCC Summer Camps 2021.

If you prefer a refund, please provide written notification to pberdowski@jccottawa.com and include:

  • Full name of child
  • Camp they are registered for (Day Camp, Traveling Sports Camp, Specialty Camp)
  • Mailing address

Refunds will be issued via cheque. Please allow four to six weeks for processing.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. We will be in touch soon with more information on our summer plans.

If you have questions please contact bsohn@jccottawa.com.

Barry Sohn
JCC President & COO

May 22

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this fantastic weather! Hopefully we get a little rain for all the plants, flowers, and grass. We’re into week 10 of all this craziness, and to me, it still feels like a bad dream.

I’m in constant contact with colleagues, both locally and throughout North America. From a purely JCC perspective, we are in far better shape than many communities. Many JCC’s and communities are suffering, especially some in the US. I do think our Government has done a commendable job of keeping people and businesses whole.

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO), our biggest funding source, has done an outstanding job of assessing local needs and maintaining positive communications with constituent agencies. The JFO announced this week an Emergency Campaign for Community Resilience. This $2.7M effort will support agencies providing essential services, and, support agencies like the JCC, to stay afloat as we slowly look to restart our business. To offer some perspective, our lost revenue from membership and programs, averages to more than $300,000 monthly. Please consider supporting this Emergency Campaign. Click here to make a donation.

We’re busy working on the protocols necessary to reopen. We’re waiting for standards from Government, but have also formed a Task Force to design our own protocols. I suspect that we will go beyond Government recommendations to help ensure your safety when we reopen. We expect a phased reopening. Although it is hard to speculate at this point what that might look like we do know that we will suspend towel service and keep the locker rooms closed for the short term. We continue to plan for summer camps in the hopes that we will be given the green light soon.

In terms of our wonderful facility, we are prepping the outdoor pool with the notion that we will be able to operate this season. We are currently performing our annual maintenance on the indoor pool so that when we reopen, we won’t have to close this facility in August/September. I know that once we’re able to reopen we will have to enforce protocols and strict limitations on the number of people utilizing facilities. I trust you will be patient as the safety of our members and staff is our primary concern.

As for the fitness centre, spinning studio, and gymnasium, my guess is that these facilities will be part of the last phase of our reopening plan. The fitness centre is getting a bit of a redesign. We’re removing several pieces of equipment to create more space. We’re also replacing all free weights and benches, and installing a new rubberized floor in the cardio section of the facility. We’ve purchased all new spinning bikes. Maximum class size for spinning will be reduced to 13 participants. We will also have limits on other group fitness classes when we’re able to resume programs.

As you can see we’re keeping busy to make sure that when we reopen we can serve you in a safe manner with the quality services and facilities you have grown to expect.

Please contact me if you have any questions bsohn@jccottawa.com

Enjoy the warmth and the sunshine! We hope to see you soon. All the best!

Barry Sohn,
President/COO