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A grandfather remarks to his 5-year-old grandson that it’s dark, gloomy, and raining outside. The 5-year-old responds, “Well if we get on a plane and fly through the clouds, it’s sunny!”
To Our JCC Community,
For all of us struggling with the restrictions and major disruptions to our daily lifestyle, the COVID-19 pandemic is highly personal. And so it was for me, as the conversation above unfolded with my grandson. It took the unbridled optimism of a preschooler to give me the perspective I needed to help me lead and to manage the challenges facing our JCC and our community.
First, the clouds...
Today was a terrible day for the Rosen JCC, as we had to furlough the majority of our staff, leaving only a skeleton staff to oversee basic operations. Due to the COVID-19 virus that has brought our operations to a halt, the economic impact on our Early Childhood program, Fitness Center, and Event Center has proven to be insurmountable.
Our talented and professional staff, including our amazing teachers, did not do anything wrong to deserve this. If anything, they have been heroes during the past two weeks - offering online fitness programs, creating fun and “catch-up” time on Facebook or Zoom, doing creative projects with them, and laughing with their classroom’s children. We are incredibly grateful for their resilience in this stressful and uncertain time. They have “leaned in” on their own because they wanted to, serving as our ambassadors to you.
We understand how difficult it has become to not have a pre-school to send your children, and how challenging it has been to turn your focus away from your normal routine to focus on childcare responsibilities. For it means not being able to look for employment, perhaps after being laid-off, as so many of our neighbors have been let go by the hospitality, tourism and related sectors in Orlando.
The JCC has extended our building closure through April 15th and we will continue to be guided by the government and the Florida Department of Education as to when we can re-open. We will continue to update you as the situation unfolds.
Now, the sun...
Despite the hardship imposed by the furlough of our employees, we will continue to provide health insurance to them, and their families. While the latest Federal economic stimulus package works its way towards implementation - providing more dollars for unemployment, small businesses, and nonprofits - the Rosen JCC is poised and ready to submit a grant, allowing us to bring back our staff with the dollars we need to support their employment and start-up our operations once again. We will miss our staff terribly in the short-run, and we hope that they can return to work as quickly as possible. We need our staff to help us write the next chapter of the JCC.
If you are an ECLC parent and have your child’s clothing or backpack in one of our classrooms, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work out an arrangement for pick-up.
We are hopeful that the crisis will end in time for us to convene our Summer Camp. We will notify you of this opportunity as soon as we know that this is possible. Effective immediately, all “auto-pay” credit card options for school tuition or other programs have been canceled. You will not be billed for services you did not receive.
Most notably, we have seen how a crisis forces a commonality of purpose on one another. We make calls to people in a way we didn’t before. FaceTime truly matters, now that we can’t physically be there. We provide acts of kindness to people we don’t even know because it’s the right thing to do. Crisis teaches us to take the higher path - the path of compassion, courage, understanding, and love. Sometimes these behaviors were just hiding behind the clouds…
The Rosen JCC - like you - will bounce back. Stronger. More resilient. We will get through this together. Stay with us as we write our next chapter, with you as a co-author!
Dr. Reuben Romirowsky
CEO Rosen JCC
March 23, 2020
To Our Membership Community,
The JCC Association has communicated the following message with JCC’s throughout the country, and I would like to take a moment to encourage you to help!
The JCC Association received the following message late last night from the Jewish Federations of North America asking us to amplify the suggestion to contact U.S. Senators as soon as possible in support of amendments that will redound to the benefit of non-profits including JCCs.
The following is a description of where we are in the COVAD-19 legislative process and a suggestion that you communicate with your U.S. Senators this evening or first thing tomorrow morning.
As you may have heard, earlier today the Senate Republican leadership released a second draft of its economic stimulus bill referred to as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Senator Majority Leader McConnell had planned to start debate on the bill at 3 pm today. Due to very significant differences between the parties, negotiations have temporarily broken down. We now have a narrow window of opportunity to again reach out to your Senators and urge improvements that will help safeguard Jewish delivery of social and communal services at this very perilous time. We urge you to reach out to your Senators this evening or tomorrow morning and deliver the following message. Please note that we are anticipating amendments on the floor of the Senate tomorrow and will, at that time, send out broad based alerts to encourage everyone in our community to advocate on key amendments.
Phone message: Thank you, Senator, for everything you have done to lead this country, particularly in this time of crisis. I am calling on behalf of the Jewish community because I am concerned about the viability of the nonprofit sector and the most vulnerable among us. Please pass the stimulus package this week but consider the following changes: 1) Allow all public charities to participate in the Small Business Interruption Loan program -- don’t exclude those agencies that accept Medicaid funds, which eliminates Jewish nursing homes and Jewish family service and workforce development agencies, and group homes for adults with disabilities; 2) Ensure $60 billion of the emergency relief through loans and loan guarantees is directly set aside for the nonprofit sector; and 3) Increase the Nonitemizer Charitable Contribution Deduction as much as possible. Thank you for your time.
Draft Email: Dear Senator, I am involved in our local Jewish community and I want to thank you for your leadership during this time of crisis. As you know, nonprofits across America, such as the Jewish Federations and Jewish human service agencies, provide food, medicine, and other basic needs to hundreds of thousands of people every day, regardless of faith, background or ability to pay. I am writing to ask for your continued support of this vital work, and that you try to improve the stimulus package by incorporating the following changes before it is adopted later this week: 1) Allow all public charities to participate in the Small Business Interruption Loan program -- don’t exclude those agencies that accept Medicaid funds, which eliminates Jewish nursing homes and Jewish family service and workforce development agencies, and group homes for adults with disabilities; 2) Ensure that $60 billion of economic stabilization funds for emergency relief through loans and loan guarantees are specifically set aside for the nonprofit sector; and 3) Increase the Nonitemizer Charitable Contribution Deduction as much as possible. We need you to ensure that our community continues to provide support to those that need it most during this public health crisis and beyond. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dr. Reuben Romirowsky
CEO Rosen JCC
March 17, 2020
To Our Membership Community,
We are actively working to develop a plan that will benefit both our teachers and the entire JCC staff during this unprecedented time. We will fulfill our biweekly payroll commitment for the two weeks we are closed. Please reach out to us directly via email at email@example.com if you need further assistance.
Stay safe and healthy! We will update everyone as soon as information becomes available.
Dr. Reuben Romirowsky, CEO Rosen JCC
March 13, 2020
To Our Membership Community,
As we continue to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 nationally and locally, we learned Friday night that the Florida Dept. Of Education announced that all schools will be closed for the next 2 weeks, opening again on March 30th in Orange County. All the local private schools have subsequently announced that they too will be closing.
In consultation with the JCC Board and the Roth JCC, we have decided to close the Rosen JCC effective Monday, March 16th. The Roth JCC will be doing the same. Our Saturday Night Out program has already been cancelled for Saturday night, March 14th.
On Tuesday, March 17th, the Rosen Event Center lobby will be open from 7 am to 7pm, serving as a polling station for the Florida primary. This is a civic responsibility we embrace, and encourage registered voters to vote. Following the primary voting, the Rosen Event Center lobby will be scrubbed and cleaned.
Our policy has always been to follow the direction of the Orange County Public Schools, as we have in times of potential hurricane disaster preparadness. Accordingly, the Fitness Center, ECLC and the Rosen Event Center will be closed. We will use the closure to do a deep cleaning, and prepare for your return on Monday, March 30th.
Our decision was made out of an abundance of caution and prevention- without any identification of our staff or membership being infected by the COVID-19 virus. We recognize that this decision is disruptive to you and your family, as you are juggling both workplace and childcare- related issues. Health and safety will always be our priority, with you in mind..
Together, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and stay in regular contact with you in the days ahead. If conditions change, we will advise you. We will all get through this- as a community.
Dr. Reuben Romirowsky, CEO Rosen JCC
March 14, 2020
To Our Membership Community,
As we watch this global spread of this novel virus, many people in our community and beyond, are understandably scared and gripped with fear. Fear comes from uncertainty. We fear that which we cannot predict nor control. But it is important to remember that the only certainty in life – is uncertainty. So rather than trying to control the future as a means of feeling secure, we are better off learning how to control what we can and have empathetic regard to our neighbors and friends who might need your assistance during these times. This is what ‘community’ does. We don’t only look out for our self-interests, but rather the interests and needs of others. If you know someone who is old, possibly susceptible due to underlying health conditions, living alone, and without family, please check in on them. Make that call to that someone, where you normally wouldn’t. It’s an act of kindness. It’s the right thing to do.
At the Rosen JCC, we continue to monitor the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and want to communicate our ongoing action plan.
At this time, the CDC is continuing to recommend that we ensure our daily practices minimize the risk of infection. These practices include, but are not limited to: encouraging hand hygiene throughout the building, monitoring absenteeism, and disinfecting surfaces regularly. I want to applaud all of you who have calmly modeled these easy and safe practices. But, we cannot let down on our collective vigilance.
We request that everyone entering the JCC campus immediately go to the sanitizer station located at the front entrance, and then proceed through the doors of the Welcome Center. As you continue to drop off and pick up your children or utilize the Fitness Center, each classroom and fitness room has its own set of sanitizing options as well. There are also sanitizers outside of the bathrooms.
As of now, JCC events have not been canceled or postponed. This is, of course, subject to changes on short notice as circumstances dictate.
We encourage you to regularly check the CDC website and the Florida Department of Health website for updated information.
Our cleaning service uses a cleaner that exceeds the required standards for disinfecting areas of COVID-19; In partnership with our teachers, there is regular and ongoing cleaning of surface areas in the classrooms and public spaces.
Our JCC senior management team remains in daily contact with local, state, and federal safety and health agencies. We are following the strictest public health guidelines, including those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS:
If you or anyone in your family has a fever, are coughing, sneezing, and/or feeling unwell, we ask that you seek medical care and please stay at home or keep your child at home until your symptoms have passed. At this time, it is critical that we all remain vigilant, and your extra diligence is greatly appreciated.
IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED: The Rosen JCC is requiring all students/families/members who traveled in the past 14 days to a location on the CDC Level 3 Health Notice list or who went on a cruise to any destination to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with that information immediately.
IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL BY AIR, please notify me where and when you are going before your child returns to school or after-school, or when you return to our campus. You must do this BEFORE you or your child returns to campus. The JCC will use pertinent health department recommendations to determine when the student or member is cleared to return to the JCC.
As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you all for your collective cooperation.
Reuben Romirowsky, CEO Rosen JCC
Q: When will the RJCC actually reopen?
A: Our tentative date is April 15, but our overriding concern is the health of staff, members and the broader community. We are working to protect all of us by deep cleaning our facility and closely monitoring the recommendations of local, state, and public health officials. Nearly 100 JCC's throughout North America are closed at this time, with tentative reopening dates ranging from late March to mid April. As we approach the end of March, we will reevaluate the situation and determine whether to reopen or whether public health concerns necessitate staying closed for longer.
Q: Will you issue refunds for the days the RJCC is closed in March?
A: We are enormously grateful for your investment in the RJCC and do not take it for granted. We feel similarly about our incredible instructors, attendants, trainers, and countless other staff that are the lifeblood of the RJCC. During this time of enormous uncertainty, we believe that it is of paramount importance to act on our values of community service and support and have made a commitment to continue to pay our staff during this 16-day temporary closure. In order to accomplish this, we will not be issuing refunds of dues or fees for March. (We will make an exception for the Youth Spring Break Mini-Camp that was slated to start on March 13, but we ask that these mini-camp families consider donating their refund.) We hope you will join us by expressing your support for our staff during this unprecedented situation.
Please note that the RJCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Dues, tuition or fees for which no services are rendered can be considered a tax-deductible donation. We will be happy to provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes upon request, specifying the amount you have paid for which no services were received.
If we are required to remain closed longer than currently anticipated, we will be in touch regarding dues and fees for April.
Q: What happens if the closure extends into April?
A: Too much is unknown at this time to provide a firm answer. While we want to present our members with as much information as possible, we also want the opportunity to make decisions based on the most current information. As a result, we will not be able to provide specific information about the provision of programs and services in April until late March.
Q: What if the RJCC reopens in April but I am facing financial hardship due to these challenging times and can no longer afford my membership?
A: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the RJCC offers scholarships and other financial assistance. This is one of the primary purposes of our Annual Campaign. If you are facing financial hardship, please reach out to the RJCC’s CFO, Barbara Chiorazzi, at email@example.com, and we will work with you.
The health and safety of our community is always our top priority. We will be deep cleaning our facility during the closure.
All in-person events and classes are cancelled through April 15, 2020.
The RJCC does not refund memberships based on lack of use. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds due to routine maintenance closures or other closures deemed necessary by the RJCC staff will not be granted.