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related to Covid-19

The David Posnack JCC is temporarily closed. We are currently following the guidelines of the Town of Davie, Broward County and the state of Florida, everything is still being determined based on government resources. We will let you know when the center plans on opening. 


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Email Updates

To receive email updates please email info@dpjcc.org with your name and email. 

April 8 Email

Dear Valued Members,

I hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy. While our doors are shut – our staff is still hard at work creating and providing you with the excellent programming you expect from our JCC. We are here for you.

JCC At Home
We’ve gone digital, launching JCC At Home, providing online resources for fitness, education, culture and fun. We have also created original, exclusive content for our preschool, teens, adults, seniors and those with special needs.
Our maintenance team has been hard at work cleaning and sanitizing the building and making repairs to the facility.

Our dedicated, creative, positive team is the backbone of our J. They continue to work so that the J will be ready to open as soon as it is safe to do so.

Your Membership Dues
We are waiving the April membership dues. Please keep in mind, our operational costs remain. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on those dues, program fees and direct donations to sustain our amazing center, programs and scholarships so that we can reopen our doors.

Many of you have asked how you can help support the JCC and our wonderful employees. Please consider donating all or part of your dues back to the J. Simply click here to make your tax-deductible donation (to the extent allowed by law).

Thank you
Thank you to our wonderful community for all the support we’ve received. When we reopen, we will be stronger than ever. Our community needs us and we need each other.

Be well,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

March 16 Email

Dear DPJCC Community,
I am emailing you today in an effort to ensure that you receive information that is up-to-date, clear, forthright and timely. It is vital that you read the message below in its entirety.   

We have decided to suspend all David Posnack JCC programs and services beginning today, Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. for a duration of 14 days. We want to reassure you that we are not aware of any reports of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the David Posnack JCC. However, the safety of DPJCC members, guests, volunteers, staff and community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate action to limit the spread of coronavirus. This includes a deep cleaning of our building happening tonight, Monday, March 16.

As the situation evolves, we may extend beyond the 14 day closure. We know that this closure has significant implications for our members, but we believe this temporary step is essential to ensure the safety of our community. 

Quick Program Updates:
-Our preschool is going digital. Your child/ren will be hearing from their teacher this week.
-Spring Break Mini Camp and Kids Day Off at the J have been cancelled. 
-If you have reserved a senior lunch for the week of 3/16-3/20, please call Maya at 954.434.0499, ext. 370 to confirm that you will pickup your lunch .
-To see all the other program updatesclick here.

At this very moment, our staff is working diligently to keep our community united. This includes providing digital programming which will be in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Stay tuned on our website and social media channels for ways to stay connected during this unprecedented time. We hope to have additional details about these opportunities soon.

We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Because so much of our work is about bringing people together, this feels like the right time to think outside of the box and serve our community beyond our building. 

To our JCC members and program participants: please know that we take seriously the investment you make in you and your family’s JCC participation. We will communicate directly with you as soon as we are able regarding your membership or missed programs. As our staff is occupied prioritizing health and safety and reorganizing certain operations, your patience is appreciated. 

We hope to have better news in the weeks to come. We are a resilient community and we know we will get through this—together. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay healthy and ensure the health of those around you. 

As we say in our tradition, and we look forward to saying it with you soon: Shevet achim Y’chayom – We lived through that together.

Be well,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC 

March 12 Email

I'm sure that you've each received many coronavirus-related emails and news updates, but I wanted to reach out to you today to let you know the latest on the steps the David Posnack Jewish Community Center is taking. 

First and foremost,  please know that this community, our community, is on my mind and in my heart. We are "in this" with you and are working closely with Broward County and JCC Association of North America, plus following guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to stay informed and relay the most pertinent information to you, our family. 

A few notes: 
The following programs have been postponed:

·Superhero 5k on March 15

·JHoops Youth Basketball on March 15

·Jewish Film Festival showing on March 15

·Cooking with Chef Allen on March 19

·Giborim U Health Celebration on March 29

·Rock & Roll Poker Tournament on April 2

·Bereavement Group & Gilda's On the Go Cancer Support Groups are suspended until further notice

·The fitness center, gymnasium and pool will remain open.

·Our increased cleaning practices are minimizing the transmission of germs in our building. Thank you to everyone for keeping our center clean.

The JCC is more than a building. It is home for many of all ages and stages and we are here for you. We are in the business of welcoming others into our space, so it feels strange to say "stay home." But if you or your child have a fever and/or flu like symptoms, please do remain at home. We are asking the same of our staff.

As Spring Break approaches, we are asking that if you travel out of the country, please quarantine yourself and those that traveled with you when you return for a two-week period. Again, we are asking the same of our staff. We know that this is difficult, but sometimes one small sacrifice does a lot of good. We greatly appreciate your effort to keep our community healthy and strong. 

Please continue to follow standard recommendations to prevent infection spread including:

·         Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizers at home and in the workplace

·         Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands or into a tissue which should immediately be discarded; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

·         Avoid touching public surfaces - credit card machines, gas pumps, hand railings, elevators. Use a tissue or paper towel when touching surfaces

·         Over-the-counter masks are generally not an effective deterrent and are not recommended for the public at this time

·         Evaluate your travel plans as conditions warrant; you should rethink traveling to areas that are already under a travel advisory or areas that are experiencing an outbreak of Coronavirus

Please email us if you have any questions. We will stay in touch as more information becomes available. We are deeply grateful to you for helping during these challenging times. Now is the time to remember that we will get through this. We stay committed to our community--one filled with strength, happiness and hope. 

Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

March 4 Email

Dear Members, Guests and Program Participants,

I hope this email finds you well. 

I am reaching out to reassure you that the David Posnack Jewish Community Center is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). We are taking appropriate and cautionary measures to ensure a safe, clean and healthy center for everyone that comes through our doors. 

We have an increased amount of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations around the center. Our cleaning crew is working around the clock so we can maintain a clean environment. All areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly each day.

·         The Singer Early Childhood Learning Center will continue to assist young children with good hand-washing practices throughout the day

·         Equipment in the XZone® Fitness Center is cleaned several times throughout the day. Please continue to wipe down anything you have used; wipe dispensers are around the Fitness Center

·         All adult services, special needs and after-school areas will also be cleaned several times a day

We will continue to stay up-to-date as the situation develops. In the meantime, we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and guidelines. Here are a few:

·         Practice good hygiene: wash hands thoroughly and often, cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

·         Stay home and keep your children at home if sick; remain at home until fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours


For the complete guide on the virus, its symptoms and what you can do to prevent spreading, click hereWe encourage you to follow these guidelines, as well. Please keep in mind that we have young children and elderly adults that may be more vulnerable.  

If symptoms appear for anyone in your home, please seek immediate medical attention. Please do not send your children to school unless authorized by a medical professional. 

The safety of our members, guests and program participants is our number one priority. At this time, all David Posnack JCC programming and classes will continue as planned. Thank you for working with us to keep our community healthy and safe! 

Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

Event & Program Postponements & Cancellations

What is closed until further notice?:

  • Susan & Saul Singer Early Childhood Learning Center (preschool)
  • ALL enrichment classes (all classes for children, adults, seniors and Giborim U)
  • After-school 
  • Silver Sneakers & Parkinson's classes
  • ALL group fitness classes 
  • Bereavement Group & Gilda's On the Go Cancer Support Groups 

What is postponed?:

  • Maccabi Tzair cancelled: Saturday, March 14
  • Superhero 5K: Sunday, March 15
  • Coffee Talk: Sunday, March 15
  • JHoops Youth Basketball: Sunday, March 15
  • Jewish Film Festival Film-Forgiveness: Sunday, March 15
  • Monday Matinee-Incitement: Monday, March 16
  • Growing Wiser: Tuesday, March 17
  • Kids' Day Off at the J: March 17
  • Opus One Orchestra Rehearsal: March 17 & March 18
  • Cooking with Chef Allen: Thursday, March 19
  • Kids' Day Off at the J: March 20
  • Spring Break Mini Camp: March 23-27 (cancelled)
  • Harlan Coben: Wednesday, March 25
  • Giborim U Health Celebration: Sunday, March 29
  • Author Up Close with Esther Safran Foer: Thursday, April 2
  • Rock & Roll Poker Tournament: Thursday, April 2
  • Community Challah Bake: Thursday, April 30
  • Laugh It Up Lauderdale: Thursday, May 14
  • IJKL Classes on Tuesdays now virtual. Contact Kim Lerner for more information. kim@ijkl.org or 954-249-8290.

    Last updated 3/17/2020

Cleanliness Efforts

The health and safety of our community is always our top priority. We will be deep cleaning our facility during the closure. 

Health Resources

You can stay up-to-date by visiting the following websites or links:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC: Symptom Self-Checker
• Florida Health Department-Broward County
• World Health Organization
• Resources for Caregivers
• Video: How Germs Spread
Video: How to Make Your Own Face Covering


COVID-19 Test Sites in Broward

Four days after the governor announced it would happen, drive-thru testing for COVID-19 has arrived in earnest. But not just everyone can roll up and expect to be tested. Read all the details of the testing sites below before even trying to show up to one.

POMPANO BEACH – Broward Health has set up a drive-thru center at an undisclosed location in Pompano Beach. Patients need to FIRST obtain a prescription from a doctor and THEN call a hotline to be pre-screened. That hotline is 954-320-5730. They will then be given an address.

WESTON – Cleveland Clinic has a site set up in Weston, not far from their hospital. To be tested here, patients must first call their nurse hotline at 954-659-5951 to be pre-screened. If the nurse determines the person meets the criteria, they will be given a confirmation number and given an appointment time.

PEMBROKE PINES – The Florida National Guard and Memorial Healthcare System are working to open a drive-thru test site at CB Smith Park. The expansive operation appears to be able to accommodate a large turnout. Details about who can be tested here have not yet been announced.

Work From Home Resources & Tips

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  • Continue your routine. That means: getting dressed, washing your face, and waking up at your normal work time. If you don’t normally fold ten loads of laundry when you wake up, now’s not the time to start.

  • Pick a spot. Make it your dedicated ‘office’. Keep in mind what kind of calls you might be making and what type of work you’ll be doing. Remember that viral BBC interview? Here are some things to think about when deciding where to sit for the next eight hours:

    • Close the door. If you can, close the door. It signals to your kids, roommates, or whoever, that you’re busy and working. It also helps create a divide between your ‘work’ life and your ‘home’ life even if they’re physically the same place. 

      • PS: Have kids at home? Enter: this resource of at-home learning activities to the rescue.

    • Think about light. Don't sit with the window behind you while video chatting (hello, backlighting). But if you’re a person that thrives off of natural light, plant yourself (yep, along with your plants) as close to the window as possible. 

  • Protect your electronics. If you have one or can order one, use a surge protector. You likely have a lot of electronics (monitors, phones, lamps) you might be needing to plug in. Surge protectors will keep your electronics safe from sudden spikes in your home’s electric system. 

  • Eat like you would at your office. Don’t dive into the microwave popcorn and all your secret chocolate just because you can. Sugar highs and endless snacking will lead to big lows. What you eat will impact your mood and energy levels.

Got it. Act natural. How do I stay mentally healthy?
Staying locked in during a global pandemic does not translate into zen feelings. Here are some options to help you put your best mind forward:

  • Set office hours. Work the same hours you would at an IRL office. Though sleeping in might feel nice, working until midnight because you got those extra zzzzs might not. This will also stop you from working long past a normal work day. 

    • Pro tip: give yourself an evening routine. Make sure you’re clear about ‘logging’ off. Whether that means booking a virtual workout class (think: Daily Yoga or YouTube), shutting your computer, or cooking dinner, make a hard shift mentally after you’ve ‘logged off.’

  • Hygiene. As fun as it is to get out of bed and start working right away, don’t forget to shower. Because before you know it, it’s been a few too many days and you’ve gone from bed to your desk, back to bed again. 

  • Schedule breaks. It’s important to build breaks into your WFH schedule. Especially when you normally take them in your IRL office. 

  • Move. It might be easy to get used to not having a commute. Then all of a sudden it's 8pm and you haven’t walked more than 50 ft around your apartment. Remember to get some exercise in. Because endorphins make you happy. Need help finding a workout you can do at home? Here's a good starter.

  • Socialize. Working alone can be hard. Especially if you’re used to having a lot of people around. Make sure you’re in your co's messaging channels (like Slack) and are talking with your co-workers regularly. This will help prevent feelings of loneliness or disconnect. 

  • Take sick time. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should work if you’re sick. If you’re not well, take the time off (if your company allows it.) Your work will thank you for it. 

But I have kids. Send help.

May we suggest “Frozen 2” on repeat. At least 70,000 schools have closed across the country. The closings have affected more than 30 million public school students. Now, many parents are left to figure out how to work from home while also becoming teachers simultaneously. No big deal. Here are some tips for staying sane...

  • Breathe. You might not have it all together and that’s ok. It’s going to take some time. So cut yourself some slack. 

  • Inform. Let your kids know what’s going on. Talk to them about the changes so they know what they can expect. It’ll help everyone in your house come to terms with their new normal. Here are some ways you can talk to your kids about the outbreak. 

  • Scheduling. If you can, build a schedule for yourself and your kids. Try and group similar activities in both of your schedules together. Ex: you both have to eat lunch. Maybe you need silent time (you for your work, your kids for reading). See if you can schedule similar activities together. It’ll help streamline your work but also let you spend time together. 

    • Blocks. If your kids are young enough to be taking naps, try and make nap times a devoted work block for yourself. If your kids are getting ‘recess’ time outside for an hour, maybe try and schedule your conference call then. 

    • Split duties (if you can). The ultimate blessing. If you’re able, try and schedule hours where you’re on kids duty, and hours where you’re on work duty. 

  • Vocalize. Let your co-workers and managers know what your home situation looks like. Whether that means working different hours, or adjusting a deadline, over communicating will help bridge the gap.

How do I make sure my boss and I are on the same page?

Since you can’t pop over to someone’s desk or chat with them face to face, you have to find a way to make up for that lost 1:1 time. Make sure you’re aligned with your team, about how and when you’ll communicate. When in doubt communicate and do it again. Here are some of our favorite tips… 

  • Video chat when you can. It creates the feeling of being in the office and gives you that valuable, yep, face time. 

  • Punctuation is key. Remember that tone doesn’t always come across in email. Let this be your friendly reminder to be extra positive. Otherwise...your co-workers might start to think you hate them. K?

  • Hone in on your deliverables. Be clear with your manager about expectations. It might feel easy to WFH and not get that much done. Having a clear outline of what deliverables are expected from you will help you make sure you’re being productive and being evaluated fairly.

  • Boundaries. Remind your family or friends that just because you’re not working in your office doesn’t mean you're not working. You’re not avail to FaceTime just because you’re home in sweats. Make it a priority to let everyone in your life know what your WFH life looks like.  

Check and check. What about people who can’t work from home? 

Working from home is a privilege. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 29% of US workers say they have the option to do their jobs from home. Those who can’t are usually people working in service industries, delivery, food and retail, emergency services, etc. 

What about people who can’t go to work because they’re sick?

Federal law only requires employers to pay hourly workers for the time they work. That means most of them aren’t getting PTO or paid sick days. But in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, some major companies have made updates to their policies to lessen the hardship the outbreak is having on hourly workers. Congress is also trying to address the problem as part of an emergency stimulus package.

This is all great, but my office is still open. Any tips if I'm still heading to work this week?

We got you. For those that aren’t able to WFH, here’s your best strategy at staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Social distancing. Try to stay six feet from other people. 

  • Wash your hands. For at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers.

  • Don’t touch your face. That includes rubbing your eyes. If you’re a person whose eyes get irritated from contacts, maybe think about wearing your glasses. Just so you’re not tempted. 

  • Avoid handshakes. It’s an easy way to keep your hands clean. 

  • Sanitize. Between washes or whenever else you feel like it. 

Guide to Discounted or Free Services

 

Click here to view the guide from wirecutter.com 

Zoom Tips

CLICK HERE for tips on navigating virtual calls on Zoom. This guide was put together from our friends at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington.

Passover: April 8-April 16, 2020

Order food with Sterling Kosher Catering. Order by April 1. More details here. 

1. AJWS Haggadah 
2. Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago Resources
3. The Bronfman Fellowship Resources
4. Chabad Resources
5. Education.com (printable templates, activity sheets)
6. Gateways (special needs)
7. Haggadot
8. Jewbelong
9. PJ Library
10. The Great Afikoman Hunt with BBYO, participate now!

What is Passover?

The story of Pesach, known as Passover in English, originates in the Bible as the telling of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The Torah recounts how the Children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt by a Pharaoh who feared them. After many generations of oppression, God speaks to an Israelite man named Moses and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let God’s people go free. Pharaoh refuses, and Moses, acting as God’s messenger, brings down a series of 10 plagues on Egypt.

The last plague was the Slaying of the Firstborn; God went through Egypt and killed each firstborn, but passed over the houses of the Israelites leaving their children unharmed. This plague was so terrible that Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites leave.

Pharaoh then regretted his decision and chased the Children of Israel until they were trapped at the Sea of Reeds. God instructed Moses to stretch his staff over the Sea of Reeds and the waters parted, allowing the Children of Israel to walk through on dry land. The waters then closed, drowning Pharaoh and his soldiers as they pursued the Israelites.

The Torah commands an observance of seven days of Passover. Many Jews in North America and all Jews in Israel follow this injunction. Some Jews outside of Israel celebrate Passover for eight days.

There are several mitzvot (commandments) unique to Passover, which are evident in the customs and rituals of the holiday to this day: matzah (the eating of unleavened bread); maror (the eating of bitter herbs); chametz (abstention from eating leaven); b’iur chametz (removal of leaven from the home); and haggadah (participation in the seder meal and telling the story).

The Seder
On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening for the ritual observance of this holiday that centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning “order”). A seder is an elaborate festive meal that takes place on the first night(s) of the holiday. The Passover seder has 15 separate steps (of prayers, rituals, readings and songs) in its traditional order. These steps are laid out in the Haggadah (meaning “telling”), the book used during the seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

Adapted from www.reformjudaism.com