Official EDCJCC Communications About COVID-19

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email and we will respond as best and as quickly as possible. In addition, we’ve provided some resources below about COVID-19 which can help you and your family stay prepared and up-to-date as the situation evolves.

Please click here for a lineup of virtual programming at the Edlavitch DCJCC and click here to see the Fitness Center reopening guidelines.

Updated June 24, 2020
We hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.

We know that many of you have questions about the status of the EDCJCC given Mayor Bowser’s decision to enter Phase 2 of her reopening plan. We are writing today with that update.

Since the onset of this pandemic, our top priority has been, and remains, the health and safety of our community. With that in mind, after many thoughtful and thorough discussions, we’ve decided to keep our building closed during the months of July and August, and implement a phased reopening with a goal of welcoming many of our community members back to the building early this fall.

Our goal is to take these summer months to carefully establish the guidelines and procedures, secure materials, and train the staff for a reopening that will undoubtedly ensure the utmost safety of all visitors to the Center. We appreciate that so many of you are eager to return to 16th and Q, and thank you for your patience and understanding as we take the time necessary to provide the safest environment for our community’s return.

We do have plans to open our Fitness Center in July under the guidelines set forth by the DC Department of Health. Fitness members will receive a detailed correspondence about this in the coming days.

To spearhead these critical reopening efforts, the EDCJCC established a Reopening Task Force in May, which is comprised of EDCJCC senior staff and lay leadership; a public health expert; program staff on a case-by-case basis; and other experts in various fields as needed. The role of the Task Force, which meets weekly, is to tackle all questions and issues related to reopening. In this effort, we are guided by the best practices set forth by the CDC and the DC Department of Health.

At this time, the Task Force is pleased to share the following:

Communicating with You: As we make decisions about our timeline, policies, and procedures, we aim to be as transparent and communicative as possible. We want to know what you are thinking and look forward to engaging you in opportunities to provide feedback, such as surveys and town halls, in the coming months.

Keeping Our Community Safe: When we welcome you back into the building this fall, we will ask you to commit, as we have, to being responsible community members in our effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. This will include asking all visitors to wear masks or face coverings; maintain a social distance of six feet; wash your hands frequently; refrain from visiting the Center for fourteen days if you or someone you’ve been in close contact with is ill or symptomatic; and more.

EDCJCC Preschool: After much careful deliberation, we have chosen to keep our preschool closed for July and August. Our target reopening date is September 1. Leading up to that date we will provide additional details related specifically to new guidelines and operations in this space.

We’re encouraged and inspired by the warm, enthusiastic responses we’ve received to the EDCJCC’s Happen at Home programming, some of which is summarized below. If you haven’t already joined us for any of these programs, we invite you and your family to do so! Stay up-to-date on all programs at or by following us on Instagram or Facebook.

  • JxJ’s Virtual Cinema, which presents an online selection of international film screenings each week, along with film club discussions, live streaming concerts, and more.
  • Theater J’s Yiddish Theater Lab readings, which allow patrons to enjoy re-interpreted, nearly forgotten Yiddish Classics from the comfort of their own home.
  • Early Childhood, Youth, and Family programs, providing the support families need in this “new normal” through Virtual Preschool, Summer Camp, Parenting Center, and JFamily Ambassadors.
  • The Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility’s At-Home MitzvahSeries, which provide kits for projects such as preparing toiletry packages for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Virtual engagement with some of our most vulnerable communities, such as a Community Service camp for young adults with disabilities, and the Adas Senior Lunch Program, which provides a daily lunch, wellness checks, and virtual exercise classes for seniors in the District.
  • Ongoing ways to enrich our community’s mind, body, and soul through virtual fitness; adult education classes; social programs for Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s (such as zoom speed dating!); and so more.

During the past few months, we’ve remained true to our mission of being the connector for a vibrant and diverse Jewish community and have found inspiration in their ability to adapt when outside forces create a need to hold onto what we value most. You are the driving force that motivates us to keep creating, adapting, and connecting. We cannot thank you enough.

We appreciate all you are doing to help keep our community safe, and we can’t wait to see you soon – whether it’s virtually or when we’re back in our building!

Stay safe,

Jill Granader, Board President

Messages to Our Community About COVID-19

What COVID-19 Preventive Measures Can You Take?

DC Health continues to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of those common illnesses:

What Preventative Measures and Precautions is the EDCJCC Taking?

In addition to implementing the measures suggested by the CDC and other authorities, the EDCJCC is taking these specific precautions within our building:

  • Working to place hand sanitizers in all public areas and high touch areas, including but not limited to the Preschool and other ECYF spaces, Cafritz Hall, Goldman Theater, the Fitness Center, in restrooms, and throughout the main lobby.
  • Placing signage in all restrooms encouraging visitors to wash their hands according to CDC guidelines.
  • Implementing additional cleaning and disinfectant procedures throughout the building during the day.
  • Encouraging all staff to stay home if they are displaying any of the symptoms listed above.

Additional External Resources About COVID-19