Update on the J – July 17

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (July 17, 2020) — Here we are in mid-July, the point at which we hoped to be able to reopen more portions of our building; specifically the fitness center, racquetball courts and locker rooms. Unfortunately, today King County is still in Phase 2 of the Safe Start Reopening Plan, which means restrictions remain in place on these recreation areas.

Further, on Tuesday Governor Inslee reported that the state of Washington would pause all further reopening until at least July 28. We will of course continue to track the status of that, and adjust our operations accordingly.

On the flip side, this has been one outstanding week at the Stroum Jewish Community Center! J-Cation—our revised summer camp experience—started on Monday. The 80 campers and 20 J-Cation staffers brought back the energy, smiling faces and traditions that make summers at the J so memorable. Together with ECS families and teachers, lap swimmers and small group fitness programs, energy is returning to the J and powering us to think about what lies ahead.

Like you, we are eager to bring people together in safe, friendly and meaningful ways—whether on-site or online. Check out below a list of what we have going at the J, and please stay tuned as we continue to adapt and innovate in this new reality.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. Enjoy the sunshine, stay healthy, mask up and stay in touch!

Amy Lavin
CEO, Stroum Jewish Community Center


Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Starting July 27 — Register Now!

We’re excited to relaunch private and semi-private swim lessons starting July 27.

To maintain physical distancing, instructors may teach from the pool deck, use a flotation device in the water, or they may ask parents to assist their child in the water. Anytime an instructor is working directly with a student they will wear either a face mask or face shield. Additional information you need to know:

  • Lessons are 30 minutes long and will be available:
    • Monday-Thursday, 3-5:30 pm
    • Saturday-Sunday, 10-11:30 am
  • Semi-private lessons are limited to people from the same household.
  • Come dressed in your swimsuit; bring a towel, goggles, and water bottle. There is no towel service, and the locker rooms and water fountains are closed.
  • Only one adult is allowed in the building with a young swimmer.
  • All equipment will be sanitized after each lesson.

You can find pricing, registration information, and a full list of updated safety protocols here >>.


Welcome Back: See What’s Open

As the SJCC building continues to reopen, this page is your go-to spot for the latest policies and procedures for each of our departments, and for the broader SJCC facility.

Remember, the J is not yet open for drop-ins; access to the programs below are by reservation only.

Here’s what you can enjoy at the J right now:

Lap Swim
Monday through Sunday
Reserve a lane for a 45-minute workout.

Family Swim
Saturday & Sunday
Reserve space for your family to cool off in the pool.

Welcome Back to Group FitnessGroup Fitness Classes
Monday-Friday
Snag a spot in our limited in-person fitness classes or stay home and take one of our online #VirtualSJCC fitness classes. Something for everyone!

Personal Training
Monday-Sunday
Book a session with one of our trainers and you’ll have the entire Fitness Center to yourself while you workout. We also have online personal training options!

J Kids
Spots are still available in our new summer camp, J-Cation. The Early Childhood School is open for currently registered families.

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