Follow-up to Mitzvah: Mask Up

Follow-up to Mitzvah: Mask Up

JCC Families,

This time last week, we shared our commitment to the Mitzvah of mask wearing; we remain proud of our staff and members as they work together in this active demonstration of our shared values. Yesterday’s order from the State of Wisconsin is consistent with our ‘Mitzvah: Mask Up’ approach: wearing a face covering is the strongest, most inclusive step we can take together to build a healthier community.

While the vast majority of our approach is consistent with the Governor’s order, there is one enhancement that goes in effect tomorrow (Saturday) that impacts the JCC member experience: the active wearing of masks in all indoor spaces and activities, including group exercise and self-directed fitness. We will honor this update across all our programs and facilities, and ask that our members do the same.

Due to the quick nature of the mandate, and to empower our team to explore all options in serving our members, this weekend’s group fitness schedule will be modified to provide additional outdoor classes:

  • Saturday 8/1 and Sunday 8/2 8:30 AM BODYPUMP will be rescheduled as Outdoor Boot Camp on the soccer fields, west of the Peck parking lot
  • Saturday 8/1 8:30 AM Yoga will be outside on the group exercise patio directly adjacent to Studios A & B.
  • Sunday 8/2 TBC at 9:15 AM will be hosted on Zoom. Email to register and receive Zoom link.
  • All scheduled group exercise classes will be moved outside, weather permitting, to the group exercise patio. The space is tented, with a capacity of 10 participants per class, where 10 feet of physical distance can be assured.

We appreciate and respect the diversity of opinions on this subject, as well as the fast moving nature of changes and response. We thank you for trusting us to rely on our decision-making matrix, our values, and our commitment to the entire community as we make the best decisions possible in service to our mission.

School Year Support

School districts throughout our service area – long-term partners of the JCC and the families we serve – are actively working to formalize and share their plans for the upcoming school year. We deeply appreciate the effort and care that these leaders are investing to ensure a continuity of quality education while balancing the very real challenges to student, educator, and community health.

As those details become available, and recognizing that there will inevitably be differences between the districts that work with the JCC throughout the school year, our youth program leadership team is working on our own school day support program for parents and families that may have to respond to the realities of a virtual-primary school experience. While we don’t have the details available yet, we are committed to providing our families with an onsite, fully staffed support program that will balance access to virtual education with school day care and additional enrichment opportunities. Much like our traditional Kids Center Before and After School program, member families can expect an experience that continues the education process, in a safe and engaging environment, while providing as many of the uniquely-JCC benefits we have available throughout the day.

Our active Kids Center, Gan Ami, and Youth Summer Program families can expect an update on this program in the coming week. Additional information about availability, program details, and registration will be made available to the entire community soon.

You’re Invited – Annual Meeting

The JCC Annual Meeting is usually the opportunity for us to gather as a community, celebrate our shared successes, and chart a course for our collective future. While we may not be able to do that in person, in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall (with tasty treats!), we are proud to be coming together virtually for this same purpose on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30 PM.

All JCC members are invited and encouraged to attend as we elect our incoming board leaders, celebrate the accomplishments of those leaders whose terms are expiring, and share our vision for the road ahead. Register here

Errors & Omissions

Finally, a note from the editor. Earlier this year, during the stay at home order and suspension of sports, we declared in a member communication that the Milwaukee Bucks should be declared 2020 NBA Champions due to the uncertain future of the league.

This was a mistake, and we apologize.

As our Bucks restart their season tonight against the Boston Celtics, it is clear that they should not be declared champions – they will instead earn that title over the coming weeks. We regret the error and encourage all members and friends to #FearTheDeer.


This remains a journey, with unexpected detours and stops along the way. We remain at our best when we commit to partnership, transparency, and kindness. On behalf of the entire JCC, we thank you for your active support and trust – and wish you a peaceful and meaningful Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nancy Kennedy Barnett, Chair, JCC Board of Directors
Mark Shapiro, President & CEO