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Wellness and Recreation Updates
Updated November 23, 2022

Below is a list of facilities that we have confirmed reciprocity with in some way, shape, or form. At all locations, members should be bringing their JCC membership card for entry/verification.

  • Ludlow Boys and Girls Club (certain hours, see details below)
  • Mandell JCC, West Hartford
  • Springfield YMCA (Fitness center ONLY)
  • Scantic Valley YMCA, Wilbraham (Fitness center ONLY)
  • Longmeadow Adult Center (Pickleball ONLY, see details below)
  • HealthTrax (Enfield, West Springfield, East Longmeadow, see details below)
  • Enfield Tennis Club (Pickleball, Sunday November 27, 7:30 – 9:30 AM)

HealthTrax (Enfield, West Springfield, East Longmeadow): Those who are 18 and older can use the facility unaccompanied. Those who are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to use the facility

Ludlow Boys and Girls Club Hours (91 Claudias Way, Ludlow, MA 01056):

Fitness Center

Pool

Monday – Thursday 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Monday – Friday 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fridays 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Mondays + Wednesdays 6:30  – 7:30 PM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesdays + Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

**Please consult the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club website here before visiting which will reflect closures for weather, special events, holidays, and holiday break.**

Longmeadow Adult Center (211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106): Between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays the center is for use by those who are age 55 and older. After 4:00 PM, the age range is 18 and older. On Saturdays the age range is 18 and older. Their outdoor Pickleball courts are free and open to the public. The Adult Center is to be used for Pickleball play ONLY. Please visit their website here to check the schedule prior to going to their facility. 

Sunday, November 20 - Wellness Updates

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Dear Springfield JCC Members,

We are reaching out to provide you with an update regarding neighboring facilities that have graciously offered to accommodate our members while we assess the damage of the fire from Friday evening.

As we work to repair our JCC, the Mandell JCC in West Hartford has offered for our members to use their facilities. They can be found at 335 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117. They have a fitness center, pool, gymnasium, and locker rooms available for use. We are so incredibly grateful that they are welcoming our members with open arms. Visit their website here.

The Enfield Tennis Club has provided us with a few times throughout the week for Pickleball. Those times are Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 27 from 7:30 – 9:30 am. They can be found at 226 Shaker Road, Enfield, CT 06082.

Wherever you decide to visit, plan to bring your JCC membership card to prove JCC membership and authorize usage of that facility.

As we have updates regarding facilities our members can use in this interim period, we will be sending that information out as soon as possible. It is important that you please refrain from reaching out to other local facilities on behalf of the JCC. We are actively looking to grow our partnerships with these organizations and will keep you updated as new opportunities arise.

We are so thankful to be surrounded by such a supportive community who will lift us up during this difficult time.

If you have any questions regarding our facility partnerships, please reach out to Cassidy Audet, Wellness & Recreation Director, at CAudet@SpringfieldJCC.org.

Thank you, beyond measure, for your continued support. We will provide continued updates as we have more information to share with our membership, as we are committed to keeping our entire agency and community apprised of any and all updates.

Sincerely,

Cassidy Audet , Wellness & Recreation Director

Sam Dubrinsky, CEO

Rich Goldstein, Board President

Youth and Family Program Updates

Monday, November 28 - ELC and KidSpace at Alternate Sites through December 23

November 28, 2022

Good afternoon, ELC and KS families/caretakers,

Happy Monday! I hope you all were able to rest over the weekend and perhaps spend some quality time with friends and family for Thanksgiving.  I am writing with some recent updates for our ELC and KS locations and programs.

ELC (Early Learning Center):

We are planning to remain at Educare through at least Friday, December 23, 2022. The work being done at the JCC to get us back to a safe and acceptable early learning center is taking longer than we had hoped.  We have been working alongside the Educare staff and our licensors to make this decision.  Everyone’s support of our children and staff has been remarkable and we are fortunate to now call these folks our friends. Since we will be staying longer than initially expected, there are a few things we need to adjust, so please make note of the following:

  1. You may send in necessary items with your child for the week, and continue to send in items that are needed weekly, at the start of each week.  There is not a lot of storage space at Educare so we will be able to store one week’s worth of items for each of our children.
  2. We met as an administrative leadership team today with Educare to review safety procedures, protocols and expectations, knowing we will be there for a few more weeks. We will need to review these same procedures, protocols and expectations with our staff in-person as well.  Because of this, we will have an early release for our ELC students this Thursday, December 1st, at 3:30 p.m. We realize this is unexpected and may cause a scheduling problem for your family, but the need to gather this week with our staff as well as Educare leadership is essential to operations and safety. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding of this scheduling adjustment.
  3. During our meeting this morning, we learned that our emergency evacuation locations are Brookings Elementary School (primary location; 433 Walnut Street, Springfield) as well as Springfield College lot 3B (secondary location; corner of Hickory Street and Sheffield Street), both located within walking distance of Educare.  I am sharing this with you all so that in the event of an emergency, you have this information ahead of time. Should an emergency happen, you will be notified via phone and email which location we are utilizing.
  4. While dropping off and picking up children at Educare, we ask that you turn off your car and come into the building. Idling is not allowed per Massachusetts state law.
  5. Our PTO Meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Thank you for your patience as we have shifted this meeting and date a few times. See registration link below:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Dec 6, 2022 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuf-mpqT8oHdFh4t6K8EfR2VL-40xSXaXg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

KS (KidSpace):

We will continue to be at Tate Behavioral Learning Center, just across the parking lot from the JCC. We will plan to be there through at least Friday, December 23, 2022 as well. The post-fire clean up impacted our KS rooms and materials more so than the ELC, so the extension of our time at Tate is certainly needed. Their staff (also now friends!) has been equally as amazing as our friends at Educare. We have a meeting with the administration of Tate tomorrow, Tuesday, and will send up updated information regarding pertinent emergency information.

We also know that many of our families/caretakers have reached out to ask about ways in which they can help during this continued time of transition.  Our ELC PTO is mobilizing ideas to support our ELC children and staff and we are working with parent volunteer Nicole Cantorini for some KidSpace support. Again, we are so fortunate to have such devotion from you all, as well as our community partners and JCC Board of Directors. More information will be forthcoming.

Please reach out to Katie Burke for questions related to ELC operations and Maureen Marchacos for KS/CAP operations.  My deep and most sincere gratitude to these two colleagues, for their tireless work on behalf of our agency, children and staff.

Sincerely,

Amy Stec, Sr. Director, Youth and Family Programs

Tuesday, November 22 - ELC Alternate Site Timeline Update

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Good afternoon, ELC families/caretakers,

I have three updates for your timely review. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this email.

1. We need to reschedule tonight’s Zoom PTO meeting, as we need to huddle as an ELC staff to do some necessary logistical processing, brainstorming and planning as we approach the end of this work week, an upcoming Thanksgiving break and then the week ahead. Tonight presents the best night for our staff to gather together. Therefore, we are going to move our PTO meeting to next Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 5:30 PM via Zoom. A new registration link will be provided soon.

2.  The ELC will remain at Educare next week, Monday, November 28 – Friday, December 2, 2022. Our ELC at the J was not damaged as much as other parts of the building for sure, but we need to do some additional cleaning in order to be back up and running safely for all of our staff and our children. The repair work as well as ongoing assessments are underway and we want to afford the vendors uninterrupted time next week to do a completely thorough job prior to our return. And if we need to remain at Educare beyond next week, we have been warmly invited to do so by Nikki and her staff if at all necessary.

3. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and many who want to offer their help. We have been treated by some with coffee, donuts and a pizza and salad lunch today for our staff as well as the Educare staff! I know giving is on the minds of many and I assure you we are thrilled to talk about this at next week’s PTO meeting, as it was an agenda item for tonight!  And in the interim, keep reaching out to the teachers and send them supportive messages and love!

Please stay in touch regarding any questions as they arise. We will continue to update you with any information and decisions as they become available.

Sincerely,

Amy Stec, Sr. Director, Youth and Family Programs

Sunday, November 20 - Alternate Sites for ELC and KidSpace

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Good morning, ELC and KS families,

I am writing to inform you of an update of our plans for caring for our children during this extraordinary time. The ELC and KidSpace spaces here at the JCC will not be operational Monday, November 21, 2022 and possibly Tuesday, November 22, 2022. In preparation for this, we have worked with our community partners to secure alternate care locations for both our ELC and KS children. It is remarkable that we have arrived at this wonderful plan to support our children, families/caretakers and staff in such a short amount of time! My deepest gratitude to our JCC leadership team; our partners at Square One and Head Start in Springfield; Katie Burke and Maureen Marchacos, program directors; and the team at Educare and Tate Behavioral for welcoming us into their learning homes.

Those children who are in our ELC will be cared for by our JCC ELC teachers and staff at Educare Springfield. This is an incredible early learning center with six open classrooms, ready and waiting for us! The Youth and Family Programs team along with the ELC teachers and staff will be at Educare Springfield to help welcome families and children on Monday morning. Additional information for you to know:

  • Educare will be open for us during our regular hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Teachers will be ready to go at 8:00 a.m. sharp.
  • The location of this site is 100 Hickory Street, Springfield, MA 01109.
  • Educare’s phone number is 413-750-9386. You are able and encouraged to call this number during the typical school day should you need to, just like you would the ELC.
  • Families must bring ALL the daily essentials that their children need for a day: diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, changes of clothes, snacks, lunch, etc.
  • The staff will continue to communicate with families/caretakers via Remini, per usual.
  • Katie Burke and Mackenzie Sullivan will be at Educare to support this transition as well.
  • Masks are mandatory for caretakers and staff.

For our KidSpace children, we have been graciously invited to Tate Behavioral Learning Center, our neighbors right across the street from the JCC. We share the parking lot with this Center! We will have the same routine for pick up: the bus will get the children from the three elementary schools in Longmeadow; children from other schools will be dropped off by their parents/caretakers. All children will enter through the front door and be met by Maureen and me, as well as other JCC staff in addition to our regularly scheduled KidSpace staff members. We have two classrooms as well as access to their play structure and the outdoor field to use for after school fun. Some additional points to know:

  • KidSpace will still run until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, per usual.
  • The location of Tate is across from the JCC: 594 Converse Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106
  • Their phone number, should you need to reach us there: (413) 384-2916
  • Please send your child with a nut-free snack and drink for Monday.
  • Please continue to email Maureen Marchacos with any questions/concerns.
  • Maureen Marchacos will be at Tate with the children and staff to support this transition as well.

We realize that this is a big change for all of our staff and children. As grown ups, we can weather change better than the little ones. If you choose not to send your child to the ELC or KS on Monday, kindly let Katie Burke or Maureen Marchacos know ahead of time.

I also would love for you to talk with your children, if applicable, about the need for us to go to a different location while we clean up our JCC. We will all be together, learning and being loved by the staff, just in a different spot for a few days (maybe two). Remind your child what they can look forward to (classmates/friends, familiar teachers, songs, hugs, and more hugs, home-packed snacks!) as well as what will be different. “I wonder what the classroom will look like? I wonder if there is a playscape? I wonder if ….” Let the wondering prompt be an opportunity for us to talk with our children about being flexible, especially during trying times.

We will continue to plan with the teams at Educare and Tate today to finalize logistics. We have also been in touch with our licensor (EEC): We are approved for these alternate locations during this extraordinary situation and have been assured help with anything needed. The local health department is coming Monday morning to inspect our clean up and repair efforts at the JCC as well, specifically in the ELC and KidSpace areas. It’s this agency and our code enforcement (building inspector) who make the final determination regarding opening the building back up to our members. We will send all updates as soon as we get them, as we are committed to providing you the most up to date information as we receive and review it.

Please reach out with any questions and we look forward to seeing you at the Educare and/or Tate on Monday!

Sincerely,

Amy Stec, Sr. Director, Youth and Family Programs

General Membership Updates

Monday, November 28 - General Update: Longer Closure

Dear Springfield JCC Members & Friends,

As we continue to navigate the aftermath of the fire at the JCC, the steps we must take to reopen our facility have become more clear. While we still do not have an exact timeline for reopening, we do know that fire remediation efforts are complex and require cooperation of many parties — vendors, insurance, facility experts — while also addressing the JCC’s needs.

With all that being said, we anticipate the entire JCC building will be closed at least through the end of the 2022 calendar year. We know this is tough news to read and even tougher to process.

Image: Fire remediation efforts as seen in the JCC’s hallway leading from the fitness center to the lobby. 

Our JCC staff remains committed to ensuring you receive the quality, value, and variety of services you are accustomed to receiving as a JCC member or participant. Below is an update on the status of our programs and services.

Health & Wellness

JCC members may use the below facilities, unless otherwise communicated. Please reference the Springfield JCC’s website for specific hours and the most up-to-date information.

  • Ludlow Boys and Girls Club
  • Mandell JCC, West Hartford
  • Springfield YMCA (Fitness center ONLY)
  • Scantic Valley YMCA, Wilbraham (Fitness center ONLY)
  • Longmeadow Adult Center (Pickleball ONLY)
  • HealthTrax (Enfield, West Springfield, East Longmeadow)
  • Some of our group fitness classes (such as cycling) will resume outdoors once equipment has been cleaned, inspected, and is deemed safe for use.

Early Learning Center, KidSpace, & CAP

  • The Early Learning Center will remain at Educare Springfield through the end of the year.
  • KidSpace will remain at Tate Behavioral through the end of the year.
  • CAP will continue at its usual site and has been uninterrupted thus far.

Youth Recreation Programs & Swim Lessons

  • Our goal is to ensure continued youth recreation classes and group swim lessons. We will have an update for you by the end of the week on the status of hosting these programs at alternate sites.

Adult & Cultural Programs

  • Our adult & cultural programs are continuing at Sinai Temple.

Kehillah

  • Music with Rusty & social groups will take place at Tate Behavioral.
  • SensiPlay Friday session will take place at Educare for Early Learning Center students.
  • SensiPlay Wednesday & Thursday sessions will take place at Bay Path University at 1 Denslow Road, Longmeadow 01106. Please reach out to Kehillah Director Dorothy Linder with any questions.

The JCC will continue to look for ways to create our J beyond our facility’s walls. If you have experienced the J at one of our other locations, please share pictures with us by emailing us here! We will share picture submissions on our social media for all to enjoy.

We are humbled by the outpouring of love and support we have received during this challenging time. We have read every email and every social media comment. We have celebrated every outreach and feel stronger because of you.

We value our members tremendously. We recognize that for some of you, our multiple locations may be an inconvenience. We also acknowledge that we may not be able to deliver every service we offered prior to the fire. We hope that you will stand with us and remain loyal to the JCC during this temporary situation.

Out of the ashes comes strength, renewal, growth, and – in our case at the JCC – rebuilding! If there is a silver lining in this tragedy (aside from no one being hurt, for which we are very grateful), it is that we will be renovating impacted areas of the facility. Again, while we do not have a clear timeline, we will continue to keep you – our valued community – apprised of developments.

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding. Please reach out if you have any questions.

With gratitude,

Sam Dubrinsky, CEO

Rich Goldstein, Board President

Monday, November 21 - Reciprocal Health & Wellness Facilities and General Program Updates

Dear Springfield JCC Members:

I am writing to provide you with an update on the situation at our JCC.

Health & Wellness

  • We have established reciprocity with the Mandell JCC (West Hartford, CT); Springfield YMCA (Springfield, MA); Scantic Valley YMCA (Wilbraham, MA); and are continuing to look for more options for members to use while we are closed. The YMCA locations are only available for fitness use.
  • We are grateful for our community partners who have willingly and enthusiastically opened their doors for our members.

Early Learning Center, KidSpace, & Children At Play

  • Our Early Learning Center will be located at Educare for the remainder of this week.
  • KidSpace will be occupying a few classrooms at Tate Behavioral, located across the parking lot from the JCC.
  • Most recent update: Tate Behavioral is unable to accommodate our children beyond 2:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Children must be picked up by 2:30 pm. Our apologies — we just received this information.
  • Children At Play (CAP) continues to operate regularly without issue as it is located off-site at East Longmeadow elementary schools.

Youth Recreation Programs/Swim Lessons/Adult & Cultural Programs

  • At this point, we will not be conducting youth recreation programs or swim lessons for the remainder of the week.
  • We will not be conducting adult education programs this week, and will continue to provide participants with updates about rescheduled classes and events.
  • No programs/services will be lost and the JCC will ensure you are able to receive the programs/services you have paid for OR receive a refund if the program is unable to continue. Please give us a little more time to determine our next steps.

Kehillah

  • Virtual options are being organized for some of our Kehillah groups/
  • SensiPlay is seeking an alternate location.
  • Any changes or additional updates will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kehillah Director Dorothy Linder at dlinder@springfieldjcc.org.

Membership

  • We are working hard to find resources for our members so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of a JCC membership, even while our facility is closed.
  • Please hang in there with us for a little bit longer as we learn more about our timeline for reopening.

Thank you for your support. We will provide continued updates as we have more information to share with our membership. Please know that we are committed to keeping our entire agency and community apprised of any and all updates.

Many of you have asked how you can help. While we are still working to understand our needs and next steps, we know you want to be part of a solution. The Chai Society is an unrestricted fund and we are grateful for contributions. We will communicate other ways to support once we know more about the situation.

Thank you again for your amazing support!

Sam Dubrinsky, CEO

Rich Goldstein, Board President

Saturday, November 19 - Building and Operations Update

November 19, 2022

Dear Springfield JCC Members,

We are reaching out to update you on the current situation. A fire occurred last night in the ceiling above the women’s locker room and pool. Our team responded swiftly and the City of Springfield first responders worked quickly to minimize damage. They are investigating the cause of the fire, and have no reason to believe this was an act of arson motivated by antisemitism.

We are working with our insurance company to facilitate next steps relative to repairing the damage. A media report has prematurely attributed the fire to an electrical issue, but we do not know what the cause was. We are extremely grateful no one was hurt and that the damage is fairly localized to the wellness spaces.

As we continue to work on safely reopening our J, here are some operational updates for the immediate future, as decisions are rightfully fluid in this extraordinary situation.  Should you have any questions, please reach out to Deb Krivoy, Amy Stec or me.

  • The building is currently closed through the weekend. Please do not come to the JCC for any reason today, Saturday, 11/19 or Sunday, 11/20.
  • Security is on-site 24/7 until further notice.
  • We are working diligently to provide childcare at an alternate location for our Early Learning Center and KidSpace children on Monday, should this section of the JCC building not be operational. More information will be coming as soon as possible.
  • Group fitness classes, youth recreation programs, and adult classes are canceled through Monday, Nov. 21.
  • Currently, our Facilities team is working on remediation efforts with insurance and various vendors.
  • Our staff is working with other community centers/fitness centers to provide services for our members.
  • Our leadership team is actively planning for operational adjustments and various communications efforts. Continue to check your email and the JCC’s Facebook page for timely updates.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of kind gestures and outreach from our community. We are truly blessed to be part of this community. At this time, the leadership team will be deferring offers to help until we have more information from our insurance and facilities vendors.

A huge thank you to Tom Hanifan and Mickey Aldrich from our Facilities Department, who have been at the JCC since the onset of this situation.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.

With gratitude,

Sam Dubrinsky, CEO

Friday, November 18 - Statement to Media on the Fire

The Springfield Jewish Community Center has confirmed that a fire broke out at its Dickinson Street facility on Friday night, November 18, 2022. No injuries were sustained. 

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire crews have indicated that arson is not suspected. At this time, the JCC has no reason to believe that the fire was an act of antisemitism.

Shortly after 7:00 PM, police and fire crews from the City of Springfield responded to reports of smoke in the building. The fire, which impacted the women’s locker room and surrounding wellness and recreation areas, was contained and extinguished. Crews remained at the scene for several hours. 

“On behalf of the JCC’s board and staff, I want to express my sincere gratitude and commend all of the first responders who worked so bravely at the scene,” said CEO Samantha Dubrinsky. “We are very thankful that the building was closed to the public at the time of the fire.”  

The JCC is temporarily closed until further notice. JCC members are urged to check email, the organization’s website, and social media accounts for facility updates and program schedules.

For additional information, please contact COO Deb Krivoy at dkrivoy@springfieldjcc.org.