JCC Spaces & Places Expansion April 5

JCC Spaces & Places Expansion April 5

A strong commitment to community health has been the top priority for our agency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment guided our initial building closure over a year ago; it informed the measures taken to adapt our operations in June 2020 when we first reopened to our members, and it inspired our recent partnership with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Hayat Pharmacy to offer equitable access to vaccination for our entire community.

We also recognize that community health has always been about so much more than illness prevention. As we have all seen in the past year, it is just as important to find balance in our lives and continue to monitor our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to best serve our own personal needs and the overall needs of our communities. Every day you choose the JCC as a partner in your wellness, education, and social journey, in ways large and small, you are the most powerful ally in our vision for partnering to build a healthier Milwaukee.

For the past year, JCC staff and lay leadership have relied on our established decision-making matrix to remain diligent in delivering exceptional community and member services, full of our unique spirit, while responding to our changing environment. The CDC and health department have provided a number of updates to best practices in recent weeks that have been analyzed by our newly formed Spaces & Places Expansion Team which will be making recommendations for updates to our policies and procedures in the coming months.

Beginning with the start of our spring session the week of April 5, we are excited to announce the first round of these updates which will provide expanded hours and services for our members. See full details below.

We will also continue to innovate and offer a wide variety of Beyond a Building programs, even as we expand our in-person offerings, with the goal of meeting our members where they are – whether that be in the digital environment or in our Spaces & Places. Thank you for continuing this journey with us and for your ongoing support in ensuring the strength of our JCC community.


Expanded Hours

The Peck Entrance, which provides access to our fitness and aquatics facilities in Whitefish Bay, will be expanding its hours beginning Monday, April 5.

Mondays – Thursday • 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fridays • 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays • 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

On the same date, Gan Ami Early Childhood Education, at both our Mequon and Whitefish Bay campuses, will be expanding their current hours to 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.


Health Screening Updates

The CDC now advises that self-monitoring of symptoms prior to entry is considered the most effective way to contain the spread of COVID-19 in public facilities. In meeting this updated information, JCC staff will no longer be taking temperatures and asking health screening questions at our entrances.

Members and guests will be asked to do a self-check of symptoms prior to arriving at the JCC and to review the posted JCC’s Facility Entrance Policy upon entering our facilities.

All who enter will continue to be expected to wear a mask and adhere to at least six feet of physical distancing at all times while in the facility.


Fitness & Recreation Updates

  • Cardio and strength equipment that is currently located in the Marcus Gym will begin transitioning back to the Habush Fitness Floor in the coming weeks. Machines will continue to be appropriately spaced and cleaned by staff throughout this transition. In addition, members are asked to fully wipe down any machine both before and after their personal use.
  • As equipment is moved from the Marcus Gym, additional slots will become available for member household reservations of basketball “hoop time.”
  • In-person Group Ex classes in our studio spaces will increase to 50% capacity.

To reserve space in a Group Ex class, lap swim, basketball hoop time, or the Family Gym, visit our online reservation system.

The JCC will actively monitor space usage and demonstration of physical distancing and practices. Members are asked to fully support and engage in these behaviors.


Aquatics Update

As hours are expanded on April 5, the Peck Aquatic Center will add a new option to its current reserved lap swim schedule.

Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, two of the lanes in the large pool will now be available for drop-in lap swim by individuals.

Members are asked to limit their use of these lanes to 30 minutes per visit. Guidelines for using open lap lanes and where to wait if a lane is in use will be posted on the pool deck.


Health Center Amenity Update

Steam rooms and saunas in the Men’s & Women’s Health Centers will be reopening on April 5 with a capacity of 1 person at a time. Members are asked to be respectful and limit their time so that all members have an equal opportunity to utilize the space.


Still on the Horizon

We continue to review the guidance coming from our governmental partners and look to add services for our members and community in the weeks and months ahead, as is deemed appropriate and in keeping with our commitment to community health. Further updates likely to be announced in the coming weeks include:

  • Hourly Childcare
  • Adult Recreation
  • Summer Youth Rec programs
  • Marcus Pavilion (West entrance) access
  • Open community spaces
  • Food services

Looking a little further down the road, we are grateful to so many of you who have already committed to reclaiming your summer with us! As a reminder, the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park opens to members on June 11; JCC Rainbow Day Camp programs begin June 14, and Camp Interlaken JCC will begin welcoming campers to the shores of Lake Finley on June 22. And, of course, we hope you have Thursday, May 6 saved on your calendars for KidShare!

B’Shalom,
Mark Shapiro
President & Chief Executive Officer