A Message from the JCC

February 20, 2017

To Our Family of Members,

Earlier today, the JCC received a threatening phone call similar to the one we received on January 31st. Like that initial phone call, and the calls that have been made to JCCs throughout the country over the last four weeks, law enforcement quickly determined the threat to be non-credible. Under an abundance of caution, we instituted our emergency procedures, and safely evacuated our facilities. By 12:00 pm, law enforcement had concluded its onsite review and the JCC fully reopened to the community by 1:00 pm. We thank our partners in the community, the experts we rely on to provide the safest and most inclusive experience, and the members and guests who choose the JCC for their wellness, education, and community services.

Without minimizing the impact or intent of these phone calls – it’s important to remember that the JCC is uniquely prepared to offer a safe and values-driven environment for all those who seek to live a healthy life: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. It is the very nature of who we are, and the great diversity of those we serve, that draws attention to our work and our mission.

We choose to say no to the intent of a phone call and instead say yes to quality early childhood education, yes to inclusive community wellness, and yes to comprehensive social services. We choose to invite everyone to our improved fitness facility and the friends who gather together here every day. We choose to empower the community food pantry on the corner of 29th and Center, choose to support the services for families who live with special needs, and choose to nurture the conversations that come with providing the entire community a forum for open dialogue, culture, and the arts.

We have been blessed to serve all of Milwaukee through universal values for over one hundred years, and we will continue to do so for at least another hundred. We join our colleagues throughout the country in celebrating Jewish life and opening our doors wide for the entire community to participate. We wake up each day committed to ensuring that everyone, of every background, has access to the services we offer.
The JCC depends on the community to choose us for recreational, educational, camping, fitness and cultural programs. We take seriously our responsibility to earning that business, and that trust, every single day. Today is no different, nor tomorrow or the next.

We invite you to join us here, alongside your friends and neighbors at the JCC. Be part of the strength that makes this community unique, resilient, and hopeful. Take a class, enjoy the pool, volunteer your time. In this way, we can live up to the heartfelt promise shared in Psalms: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for people to dwell together in unity.”

B'Shalom,

Chair, JCC Board of Directors           Mark Shapiro

James Miller                                     President & Chief Executive Officer