May 7, 2020
Our plans for the spring and upcoming summer did not anticipate the coronavirus. The impact of the pandemic it triggered has changed almost everything we do at the JCC. Instead, we are navigating uncharted waters. The health and safety of our members, our families, and our children in the face of this crisis compel us to put off many things we would much rather be doing.
The JCC as well as many businesses in our area have been hit extremely hard. Who could possibly have forecast the closures brought about by what can only be described as an act of God? But the Jewish people is no stranger to crisis, and as we have so many times before, will draw strength from one another.
As we speak, difficult decisions are being discussed about the upcoming summer camping season, with concerns about health and safety, as always, superseding all others. The road ahead will be rough for a while, but we will not lose sight of our mission, to build and strengthen our community.
The economic fallout will compel us to sharpen our focus, but we will not shrink from our responsibility to be a dynamic and powerful Center of Jewish life.
We had so looked forward to celebrating Israel’s Independence Day last Wednesday with you all. Though we cannot do any programs right now in person, we will continue to offer you virtual online opportunities to keep you all connected, entertained and informed.
I look forward to the day when I along with my staff, will welcome you back into our beautiful Friedman JCC.
Chief Executive Officer