The Virtual PJCC is Now Open!
The PJCC ruach (spirit) does not exist solely in a building! Each of us carries it in our hearts—it is our commitment to caring, connected community. No matter what!
So now we are all at home, and we remain connected—we stay engaged with one another through our Virtual PJCC. Each of us can be inspired by the idea that when we change our focus from “i” to “we”, we can change “illness” to “wellness”.
With vibrant wellness our collective goal, every day we offer you and your family new live and on-demand classes and activities to support you to continue learning, connecting, and staying active. Don’t miss our latest and greatest:
The PJCC’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community—we want to keep you well informed about our proactive efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.
Dear PJCC Member & Program Family,
It is hard to imagine that as recently as March 15 – the day before the shelter-in-place order made the Center’s temporary closure mandatory – we had the luxury of taking so many aspects of “normal” life for granted. A quick trip to the grocery store, holding a door open for another, sharing a kickboxing class with fellow members at the PJCC. In a few short weeks, so much has changed for each of us, our communities, and our world. Now the shelter-in-place order has been extended through at least May 3, and we are adjusting to a new reality along with the challenges and opportunities it presents.
This suspension of in-person activities puts the financial position of the PJCC into grave jeopardy. Almost 90% of our budget comes from income generated by our programs like Fitness, Early Childhood Education, and Aquatics. This amounts to a staggering loss of about $1.4 million dollars a month in revenue for our beloved non-profit organization.
In thinking about these challenges and how to move forward, the PJCC senior management team and its Board of Directors have kept the following priorities in mind:
We have had to make some very difficult decisions. It is with heartfelt sadness therefore, that we announce a temporary but indefinite reduction in staffing to reduce our expenses. Effective March 31, approximately 80% of our almost 375 dedicated PJCC staff team will be furloughed. The PJCC staff is like a family and we are committed to supporting our employees as much as possible. Despite the closure, all employees were paid in full in March and we will continue health insurance coverage for benefitted staff for April and for as long as feasible. Fortunately, furloughed staff are eligible for the greatly enhanced unemployment benefits during this crisis. And it is our intention to welcome them back to work at the PJCC as soon as feasible. A portion of our staff will continue working, many at significantly reduced hours, in order to maintain the PJCC’s readiness to reopen and to maintain a connection to the audiences we serve.
For the month of April 1, you will not be charged any membership dues or tuition by the PJCC, unless you have already graciously told us to do so. To freeze your membership, you do not need to do anything.
But we do need your support now! If you want to support staff, including employees on furlough whose health care we are covering, you can click on the links below:
If you have contributed already – hundreds of you already have – you have my deepest gratitude!
Now more than ever, the PJCC community needs your help. I know you care about the people who are the PJCC – from Bob and Karen in security and all the people that serve at the welcome center, to our fitness trainers, group exercise instructors, and swim instructors. Our teachers in Preschool and Treehouse at the J are beloved by the families they serve. Our Cultural Arts and Adult programming, along with Jewish Life programs led by Rabbi Lavey and Jeni, are the Center’s soul.
We will keep serving you! Virtual PJCC programming will continue with daily online fitness classes, weekly Jewish and Youth and Family offerings. We will host our very first Community Seder via Zoom on Thursday, April at 9 at 5:00 pm. Our Beged Kefet Hebrew classes and select adult programming will continue online. Our Get Up and Go elder care transportation continues to drive our beloved seniors to their critical medical appointments and to help them obtain groceries or meals. Additionally, we are in touch with our senior members at least once a week to ensure they are safe, well, and not feeling frightened or depressed in isolation. To maintain online connections, we will retain a teacher for each of our wonderful preschool and Treehouse classrooms. And we’re looking for more opportunities to be there for our community should resources become available.
The PJCC has served the Peninsula for 70 years with heart and gusto. We know you rely on us and we are still doing all we can to be there for you! When this latest crisis recedes, as it surely will, we will be ready to spring back into action, gathering people together of all ages and backgrounds in a joyful renewal. Until then, please generously support our continued community service and we’ll see you online!
Chief Executive Officer
Previous PJCC COVID-19 Emails
March 19 PJCC: What You Can Expect In the Coming Weeks
March 16 PJCC: Closure Update
March 14 PJCC: Precautionary Closure
March 13 PJCC: Important COVID-19 Update
February 28 PJCC: Keeping Our Community Healthy
February 9 PJCC Health & Safety
The local Bay Area situation surrounding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the San Mateo County Department of Health recommends assertive action to mitigate the spread of the virus. At this time, let’s remember to hold tight to our shared values of respect, friendship, and loving-kindness. As a community we are all in this together; we all have our part to play in keeping ourselves, our families, and our community well.
Taking into consideration guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the San Mateo County Department of Public Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and information from the JCC Association of North America about best practices across our movement, the PJCC continues to monitor and assess the situation closely, and we are well prepared should the current situation evolve.
The PJCC is committed to remain an inclusive, diverse community that makes the health and safety of everyone here our highest priority. Our concern and sympathy go out to members of our global community who are affected by this virus. In keeping with our core values of kindness and inclusion, we also want to be mindful of the dangerous stereotypes and xenophobia that are spreading, worldwide, alongside coronavirus. We are in this together, that is what makes our community so wonderful. I thank you for doing your part to help us all remain healthy. If you have any questions, please contact Seth Hazen our Chief Wellness Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Member Services Team at email@example.com.
At this unprecedented time while our community takes measures to protect our health from the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we want to support all our members in the best ways we can. Therefore, you may place your membership on a complimentary, (no cost) two-month freeze for April and May 2020. We will reassess freeze necessity after that, dependent upon the state of public health.
Please fill out this very simple form and submit it digitally. Thank you for staying healthy, strong, and optimistic. And we thank you for being an important member of our PJCC community!
During this unprecedented time when we all have to remain at home, the PJCC wants to continue to support your pursuit of Wellness Your Way™. Choose from 95 youth and adult workouts in 8 categories – we have something for every body!
Previously Scheduled PJCC Programs & Events
We will regularly review all upcoming PJCC events to determine if any changes are required and we’ll provide updates here, as well as directly to registered participants.
You can help keep us safe as well! The most important way to keep COVID-19 risk low is for everyone in our community to take proper precautions. These include:
The CDC and the San Mateo County Public Health Department advise that anyone who has traveled to an area where coronavirus is active, or who has been exposed to anyone with coronavirus, should self-quarantine for 14 days.