Updates on Coronavirus
The SJCC continues to monitor the coronavirus situations. All events will continue as scheduled unless otherwise noted. Please continue to check back here for the latest.
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- CDC Coronavirus
- CDC COVID-19 FAQ
- King County Public Health – March 4 Recommendations
- King County Public Health
- King County COVID-19 FAQ
- City of Mercer Island Proclamation of Emergency
- Washington State Public Health Department coronavirus page is informative and is updated daily
- Public Health – Seattle and King County Coronavirus Information page.
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus update page
- Anti-stigma Resources
- WA State Department of Health Call Center – If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
- For Mercer Island residents: Mercer Island Youth & Family Services (MIYFS) has mental health services available 24 hours a day/5 days a week for families and students while schools are closed.
Update 4/6/2020: This week on SJCC TV and Virtual SJCC, check out Passover programs for the whole family, the latest fitness class lineup, and more. See the week’s lineup >>
Update 4/2/2020 | 7:30 am: Since the SJCC effectively closed the building and all on-site operations the night of Sunday, March 15, the SJCC team has launched digital channels Virtual SJCC and SJCC TV to bring great content and familiar faces right into your homes. While we’re able to maintain some community connection through this effort, the reduction in revenue across the agency has forced the SJCC to make some incredibly challenging decisions. Last Friday, a large portion of our staff was temporarily laid off and the remainder saw a significant reduction in employment, with corresponding reductions in wages.
The generosity of our community is shining brightly through these difficult times. Many people ask us how they can help sustain the J through our closure. You can help by continuing to pay your dues, convert fees already paid to a donation, and contribute to our sustainability fund, Your gift will make it easier for the SJCC to reopen quickly with the warm, familiar smiles we all know and love. Read more >>
Update 3/30/2020 | 6 pm: The SJCC has released updated fee and payment policies regarding J Kids programs and sustaining membership during the COVID-19 closures.
Update 3/30/2020 | 7:30 am: New this week on Virtual SJCC and SJCC TV, check out our new live fitness schedule, video how-tos on baking challah and filling hummingbird feeders, ECS storytime replays and more. See the week’s lineup >>
Update 3/23/2020 | 7:30 am: We’re off and running with Virtual SJCC and SJCC TV. These pages are filled with live events, fitness videos, cooking how-tos, and more to keep your family active, entertained, and connected! We’re constantly adding content to these pages, so check back often for updates. Check out what is coming up on Virtual SJCC and what’s new in SJCC TV this week >>
Update 3/15/2020 | 4:30 pm: As we continue to watch and learn more about the global threat of COVID-19, we have decided to completely close the Stroum Jewish Community Center as of 7:00 pm today, Sunday, March 15, 2020. It’s been an agonizing decision, yet as the situation evolves, it’s increasingly important that we do everything we can to ‘flatten the curve’; which means closing our facility to public use.
At this point, we anticipate this closure to last until April 24, 2020, though we will do our best to open as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so.
We will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020, from 7:30 am – 10:00 am and again from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm for members to come in to collect any personal belongings you may have in our locker rooms that you will need during this time. Read more >>
Update 3/12/2020 | 9:30 pm: With concern for the safety and well-being of our entire SJCC family and clear guidance from government officials and Public Health authorities, the SJCC is taking the following steps immediately:
- SJCC Early Childhood School and Kidstown/Kids City will be closed as of Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, April 24, 2020.
- All SJCC programs will be canceled or adapted until further notice.
- All group fitness classes are canceled until further notice. For now, the Fitness Center and pool will remain open for individual activity only and will follow our updated cleaning protocols.
Starting Monday, March 16, we plan to be open from 6 am-8 pm, through Thursday, March 19, 2020, and from 6 am-7 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020. We will send updates if this changes. Read more >>
Update 3/11/2020 | 7 pm: The J continues to follow official guidance, including Governor Inslee’s proclamation today prohibiting large gatherings of more than 250 people. In addition to previously announced program changes to the Seattle Jewish Film Festival and Noa concert, the J is reimagining the Purim Carnival, which will no longer take place on April 26 (new date TBA). We are also modifying fitness class size limits and are moving a few larger classes to the gym, as well as taking additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. Read more >>
Update 3/10/2020 | 6 pm: The Stroum Jewish Community Center announced today the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020. A few options are available to those who have already purchased tickets or passes to the film festival. Read more >>
Update 3/9/2020 | 9 pm: In consideration of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, SJCC Arts + Ideas and artist Achinoam Nini (Noa) are postponing this Thursday’s concert. Ticket purchasers will automatically receive a ticket credit, good through August 2021. If you purchased tickets to this event the SJCC Arts + Ideas Box Office will be in contact with you. Read more >>
Update 3/9/2020 | 8:30 pm: As we all face this new challenge with COVID-19, we want to communicate temporary changes we’re making in our Fitness & Aquatics programs to better align with official guidance at this time.
Starting this Wednesday, March 11, group fitness classes will be limited to the number of participants listed here, to provide more space between attendees. We will be issuing ‘participant cards’ to manage class numbers, which will be available at the Welcome Desk 15 minutes before each class. The cards will be laminated and cleaned between use.
We are also implementing new sanitizing practices for all equipment used in classes and in the Fitness Center. Please uphold these practices to help protect us all from COVID-19 and all other communicable diseases. Read more >>
Update 3/5/2020 | 20:30: Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health) issued updated recommendations on Thursday, March 5. You can find these recommendations here. We wanted to highlight some of those recommendations as they relate to the J, in terms of event and community gathering considerations and guidance for schools and workplaces. Read more >>
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival’s free screening of ASK DR RUTH on Wednesday, March 25, at Aegis Living of Queen Anne at Rodger’s Park has been cancelled. In consideration for the health of their residents, all public events at Aegis living have been postponed until further notice.
The Holiday Meditation Series for Purim to be held Thursday, March 5 has been cancelled. The next event in the series will be the Passover Holiday Meditation on April 2.
The Cyber Seniors volunteer event for Sunday, March 8 has been postponed and will be moved to a later date. In consideration for the health of their residents, all public events at The Summit are postponed until further notice. Read more >>
Update 3/3/2020 | 10:00: The Stroum Jewish Community Center has decided to move its annual Purim Carnival, originally scheduled for this Sunday, March 8. The event will now take place on Sunday, April 26. “The J’s annual Purim Carnival is a large community event that annually welcomes nearly 1,000 people into our building,” says SJCC Chief Executive Officer Amy Lavin. “The health and wellness of our entire community is our top priority, so we believe moving this event to a later date is the best choice for our community.”
To help families celebrate Purim (which begins at sundown on Monday, March 9, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, March 10), the J will offer take-home Purim2Go kits – complete with fun and tasty items for your family to have a festive celebration at home. Families are welcome to stop by one of the four Blazing Bagels locations on Monday and Tuesday between 8-10 am and 4-6 pm to pick up their Purim2Go kit. Read more >>
Update 3/1/2020 | 21:00: SJCC leadership has been diligently monitoring the worldwide outbreak and spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). National guidance recommends that we track what is happening locally, following local advisories and advisors, which we continue to do.
Because the health and safety of members, staff, and the community is top priority, we want to share with you information, resources, and examples of proactive steps we are taking to help safeguard our community’s health. Read more >>