Message From President and CEO Saul F. Levenshus

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:00 am

By Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO


I want so badly to be able to say something at this very scary and unusual time that would be comforting or reassuring. I want to ask: how are you doing? Mostly, I want to convey how truly sorry I am, during this time of great need, that your JCC is not available to you and your family in the same way you’ve become accustomed to.

So many of you have confided in us and shared your personal stories, which include the frustration of having to juggle work life, in a time when we are sheltered in place with children at home learning from distance. Or senior adults, who are living alone and feeling isolated; and the angst being expressed from those of you who are missing your daily exercise routine. For some, life today is further complicated and stressful due to economic concerns created as a result of this crisis.

Many of you have thoughtfully inquired about our staff and how they are doing. They remain resolute in their efforts to stay connected with you, our members, families, individuals and especially our seniors; and for the most part they are doing so, remotely, from their own homes, just like many of you. Simultaneously, they are hopeful that this crisis will end soon so they can return to their role of serving you and our community on a face to face basis.

Despite these various limitations, which currently prevent us from continuing to serve you in the ways we normally would, the overwhelming majority of you have stepped up and indicated that “You’re glad you belong here” and as a result, you have continued your financial support by contributing all or a part of the fees that normally help sustain our operations and which will certainly ensure a quick turnaround as soon as we are able to resume services.

Saying THANK YOU to each and every one of you is simply not enough, but…THANK YOU! I am buoyed by the sheer generosity and support that has been offered to the JCC from families in our early childhood program to seniors on fixed incomes, virtually ensuring that our most valuable asset, our staff, can remain in place in order to continue to reach out to stay virtually connected and engaged with our community.

As difficult as it is to keep our doors closed in concert with our city’s efforts to slow and reduce the COVID-19 crisis, keeping everyone healthy is obviously a top priority. And yet, I commit to you that reopening our facilities and resuming our programs, so we can serve you in person, remains an equally high priority. Consequently, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and our staff will remain poised to re-engage as soon as it is safe and practical.

Thank you for being a part of our JCC family.

Be safe and we hope to see you soon.

We’re glad you belong here!

Saul F. Levenshus

President & CEO