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COVID-19 Update

As of Monday, June 1 the LJCC is open to members. Members will need to sign up for time slots to workout or go to the pool. Note: the outdoor pool is reserved for J-Elite members only! To sign up to come to the J visit our reopening page. BIRMINGHAM CITY CURFEW Due to the Birmingham city curfew, the LJCC will be open 6:30 AM - 6 PM until the curfew expires.

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Keeping up with the J!

The following areas of the LJCC are currently open with restrictions.

Levite Field

  • The Levite Field is open for LJCC member. No more than 15 people are permitted on the field at one time and social distancing must be in practice.
  • No organized sports may be played on the field.

Tennis Courts

  • The tennis courts are open for single private lessons.
  • The participant must bring their own racquet and the tennis professional will outline more detailed rules as part of the lesson.
  • Those quarantined together may take lessons together.

Trail

  • The trail is open for use by members.
  • Social distancing must be practiced.

Since closing the doors to the public the LJCC has…

  • Provided childcare for essential workers.
  • Served over 1200 (and counting) lunches to those who rely on the school lunch program.
  • Donated over 200 (and counting) food bags to the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.
  • Packed and distributed 300 food boxes to those in need on behalf of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.
  • Hosted 15+ online programs for our members and community.
  • Ran over 100 fitness classes on Zoom and are currently offering 63 classes a week.
  • Distributed 75 food bags to a senior residence.
  • Painted walls and made repairs throughout the building.

Check out our at-home activities page to help keep busy!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the J! We will be sharing workout videos, ways to learn new skills, children’s content from our ECLC teachers and our Athletic Director, and so much more!

Join us for Operation Cares: Child Care. Children of essential workers are welcome to enjoy a day of camp filled with sports, games, crafts, movies and more!

Operation Cares is open exclusively to children of essential workers, as defined by Jefferson County Department of Health. Verification of parent essential employment is required. Essential worker guidelines are available at www.jcdh.org.

Hours

Monday – Friday: 7 AM – 4 PM

Registration

*Space is limited

Ages 6 week – 4 yrs:

Contact Barbara Traweek at

205-510-9011

Ages 5 – 12 yrs:

Register online here.

Contact Kirsten Robinson for questions.

Pricing

Ages 6 week – 4 yrs: $50/day

$238/week

Ages 5 – 12 yrs: $30/day

$140/week

*Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Register for Operation Cares: Camp

Medical Form for Campers

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must not be part of any vulnerable population as defined by the CDC
  • Must provide your own mask
  • Must be willing to have your temperature taken upon arrival.

Donations Needed

In addition to volunteers, donations of food and snacks are needed to keep these programs going. If you are able to donate please follow the links below.

Volunteer to pass out lunch

Volunteer with Farmers to Families

Financial Donations

*Use drop down to select “2020 state of Emergency”

Join us for a live group fitness class on Zoom! All you have to do is open the schedule and click on the class you wish to take.

Group Fitness Schedule

Staying strong and healthy is a great way to keep our immune systems strong and healthy. Therefore we have worked with our partners at Les Mills and are providing LJCC members with an at-home fitness option. These include HIIT, Les Mills favorites like BodyPump, mindfulness exercises, and more!

Les Mills Workouts

*If you are feeling ill or have been diagnosed by a physician it is important to rest. Listen to your body!

Be sure to stay up to date on what’s happening in Birmingham as well as what is happening within the Birmingham Jewish Community.

Thank you to the Birmingham Jewish Federation for providing us with a cohesive schedule of virtual happenings.

The importance of a strong and vibrant Jewish community has never been clearer than it is today. The Birmingham Jewish Federation, in collaboration with Collat Jewish Family Services, Levite Jewish Community Center, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation, and all area synagogues, are proud to play a role in safeguarding the most vulnerable among us, and to help coordinate and communicate the efforts of our community partners.

In response to the current crisis, the BJF have created the Birmingham Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support our agency partners, Israel and the broader Birmingham Community.

Once you follow the link below, you can determine where your funds are donated. 100% of all contributions will directly support those impacted by the pandemic, and/or programs providing critical community services.

Donate here

Access exercises to address common issues and pain such as knee pain, shoulder pain, and tennis exercises.

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COVID-19 Updates

To Our Levite Jewish Community Center Members:

As you likely are aware, Gov. Ivey’s amendments to the “Safer At Home” order has allowed fitness facilities to reopen as of Monday, May 11.

The Levite Jewish Community Center, along with the YMCA through a joint partnership, have decided to reopen our facilities on Monday, June 1, so long as state guidelines do not change before then. The safety and wellbeing of our members and staff are our priority.

 

Reopening on June 1 will allow us to train staff to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and reorganize our operations so that we can effectively serve you in this “new normal.” By delaying reopening, we also have the opportunity to see how COVID-19 continues to affect our community.

Both the LJCC and YMCA are committed to public health. In order for our organizations to maintain that commitment, our staff must be trained appropriately and our operations altered to accommodate new guidelines and recommendations. (To learn more about what this looks like for the LJCC, please reference the infographics below or click here to read more.)

 

Our “Responsible Reopening” plan has been reviewed by a number of epidemiologists and we are continuing to fine tune how the J will be operating as new guidance from public health officials emerges.

We take comfort in the fact that we are not alone in this journey; the YMCA is making the same efforts we are and it is wonderful to have a partner in these very complicated, daunting and difficult times. We also know that other facilities are having to follow the same guidelines we are.

These times can feel isolating and lonely, which makes having a community to rely on even more important. We’ll be ready to see you in-person on June 1 — when our entire facility opens, including the fitness center and indoor & outdoor pools — but we will continue our virtual efforts so you can have that community no matter where you are or if you feel safer staying at home.

We have had significant interest in membership moving into the summer, which is likely due to our wonderful outdoor pool. However, in order to ensure that our current members — who have supported us throughout this process — are able to have access to the facility when we reopen, we are not accepting any new  J-Classic, J-Plus or J-Elite memberships at this time. This is unprecedented for our LJCC and we hope that you can understand why we have made this decision.

 

Please be on the look out in your email for more information on how to sign up for use of the facility.

Stay well and we’ll see you soon!

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Samantha Dubrinsky

LJCC Executive Director

To our Levite Jewish Community Center Members,

As the Jewish community prepares for Passover, my personal favorite holiday, the preparations look a little different this year.

Today, at sundown, many of us will be sitting down to take part in a Seder — the tradition of having a meal and remembering the plight of our people escaping slavery in Egypt — but this year, because of COVID-19, our Seder table may feel a little emptier. Instead of being seated by family and friends, we will be Zooming or FaceTiming with them.

When I first realized that I wouldn’t be joining my family and friends at the Seder table this year, I felt this profound sense of loneliness and sadness. What is Passover without those we love retelling the age-old story with us? It didn’t take me long to realize, however, that not sharing a meal with others is a display of love, solidarity and caring for humanity and public health. What a uniting feeling!

At a very superficial level, the Seder’s purpose is to tell the story of Jews escaping slavery in Egypt, to tell the story of exodus from Egypt. But, the Seder’s deeper purpose can be found in the declaration of “B’chol dor vador,” meaning that in each generation we, as Jews, must see ourselves as if we have escaped Egypt. Jews tell the Passover story so that we can experience it ourselves.

Changing the way we approach this thousands-year-old tradition is momentous. And we’re adapting because that is what we do as Jews.

Just like the Jews of Egypt who survived the unthinkable and persevered, we, too, will come out of this experience changed forever and, best of all, free from our current enslavement. In the mean time, however, we will stay true to our responsibility to help those who need us.

Generally, the Levite Jewish Community Center closes for the first two and last days of Passover because those days are considered the holiest. Our general operations are already closed due to Gov. Kay Ivey’s Stay At Home order, but, having focused the LJCC solely on community services, we grappled with both our responsibility as a Jewish people to honor our traditions and fully close, while also considering our responsibility of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

I reached out to my rabbi — Rabbi Adam Wright of Temple Emanu-El — to seek counsel on providing community services during this time. He said that in the Jewish world saving a life takes precedence over everything. There is no doubt that the work the LJCC is doing right now is saving lives.

As the Talmud (one of the great Jewish texts) says, “He who saves the life of one man saves the entire world.” Even during this holy week for Christians and Jews, the needs of our community remain.

For this reason, the LJCC will be opening its facility tomorrow, April 9, for the Red Cross to host a blood drive, given the dire need for blood due to the COVID-19 crisis. Today, as we pass out meals to those in need, we will be providing educational information on Passover, extra food to tide them over on the days we are not providing food due to the holiday (April 9 & 10) and information on where they can find food on those days.

What a huge and amazing responsibility we have at the LJCC right now. We have been charged — by our mission and our beliefs — to take care of our community. And, as Jews, I feel strongly that it is our responsibility to model the determination and perseverance that we have carried with us for thousands of years.

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you find comfort in the hope and renewal offered during the holiday. And, for those of us who celebrate Passover, chag sameach (happy holiday). To all of us, no matter our beliefs, we are here for you and I believe, with all my heart, that we will come out of this stronger.

 

Thank you,

Samantha Dubrinsky

LJCC Executive Director

Effective Monday, March 16 Cohn ECLC will be closed until further notice. LJCC Staff is working to clean all classrooms and will be working to provide online material for our students and families soon.

Additionally Spring soccer is postponed until March 30 pending future decisions.

The Fitness Floor is closed until further notice. Please check out our online workouts provided by Les Mills.

With much deliberation, and in consultation with infectious disease specialists and our national organization JCC Association of North America, we have made the decision to cancel all group fitness classes as of Sunday, March 15. However, we are going to provide you with opportunities to do at home workouts through our Facebook page. In addition, our programming is canceled until further notice. We will be in touch with our members and community about more opportunities to engage with the LJCC virtually.

For sanitary purposes, we will be suspending the towel service on Sunday. We have also suspended our coffee service for similar reasons. Please bring your own towel if you would like one.

For now, we are still hosting Camp LJCC’s Spring Break camp, youth sports and tennis and will communicate with members as changes happen. Our Cohn Early Childhood Center will continue as well.

We are continuously assessing the implications of delaying, postponing, and/or cancelling various activities at the JCC. These decisions are difficult and complicated. We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather, connect, exchange ideas, learn, and grow together.

As of today, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the Levite Jewish Community Center and our actions now are precautionary. We encourage our members to practice social distancing and limit exposure to vulnerable populations and large groups. We are following the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization’s recommendations because we are committed to being part of the solution and keeping our community, our members, and our staff safe and healthy.

Please alert me if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been at the LJCC in the last week. Please also let me know if you have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been at the LJCC in the last week.

This situation is changing rapidly and we urge you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and we hope to be able to provide our full range of services for a healthy and well community soon.

As the Jewish people have done for thousands of years, we will bond together during this difficult time. We will lift each other up, and be a source of light in the face of darkness. To all those who are ill we wish a refuah shlema, speedy recovery.

Shabbat Shalom,

Samantha Dubrinsky
LJCC Executive Director

To our Levite Jewish Community Center Members:

 

As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of our members, community, and staff. The Levite Jewish Community Center in coordination with the JCC Association of North America and consultation with infectious disease specialists, have continued to monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

We are continuously assessing the implications of delaying, postponing, and/or cancelling various programs and activities at the LJCC. These decisions are difficult and complicated. We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming place to people of all faiths, ages, and backgrounds and, additionally, recognize our role in helping lead the effort to limit the potential spread of this virus.

 

Other communities have shown success in limiting the potential spread of the virus by social distancing, specifically, limiting large gatherings. We are committed to learning from others and doing our part locally.

 

As a result, the LJCC will be canceling the following activities and programs:

 

  • Character Breakfast
  • Theatre LJCC Presents: Charlotte’s Web (both Saturday and Sunday performances)
  • Senior Adult Fitness Classes (until further notice)
  • Color Run 

 

We ask for your patience and understanding as we determine what, if any, additional programs and activities will be cancelled or postponed to a new date.

 

We are hopeful that by taking swift and direct action we can help keep our community healthy and safe. We will continue to evaluate programming daily. As such, decisions can change rapidly, and we urge you to continue checking back with us. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the timeliest updates on program cancellations.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

Sincerely,

Samantha Dubrinsky

LJCC Executive Director

 

To Our Levite Jewish Community Center Community,

 

As events are being canceled and organizations are closing because of the threat of the novel coronavirus, the LJCC, in consultation with Dr. Billy Lapidus (an infectious disease specialist) and the JCC Association of North America (the LJCC’s national organization), has been evaluating our protocols.

 

Dr. Lapidus has spoken with us and reviewed our efforts to keep our membership safe and assured us that, at this moment in time, we are doing the right thing. The LJCC will continue business as usual for the time being and adhere to the measures listed below.

 

We will reevaluate, in coordination with Dr. Lapidus and JCC Association, if there are  confirmed cases in Alabama.

In the meantime, we have taken a number of extra measures to help everyone stay healthy and minimize the spread of transmissible diseases:

 

  • We have asked our janitorial crew to disinfect door knobs, light switches and other surfaces daily.
  • We have further amplified incorporating good hygiene practices into our youth and preschool programs.
  • We are adding additional hand sanitizer stations around the building.
  • We have posters from the CDC reminding our participants to maintain safe hygiene practices.

 

It is very important that we all:

 

  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have experienced a fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  • Throw used tissues into a bin immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Try to avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions should take extra precautions to protect your health.

Again, part of our mission is to create a healthy community. Please help us by following best practices.

Thank you,

To Our Levite Jewish Community Center Community,

We have been closely tracking new developments around COVID-19 and following updates from the State and County departments of public health in addition to private briefings by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are assessing the situation daily, and are prepared to make changes should the situation evolve. In the meantime, we have taken a number of extra measures to help everyone stay healthy and minimize the spread of transmissible diseases:

 

  • We have asked our janitorial crew to disinfect door knobs, light switches and other surfaces daily.
  • We will further amplify incorporating good hygiene practices into our youth and preschool programs.
  • We are adding additional hand sanitizer stations around the building.
  • We have posters from the CDC reminding our participants to maintain safe hygiene practices.

 

As a reminder, it is very important that we all:

 

  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have experienced a fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  • Throw used tissues into a bin immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Try to avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth.

 

The public health department advises against any non-essential travel, and that anyone who has traveled to an area where coronavirus is active, or who has been exposed to anyone with coronavirus, should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Part of our mission is to create a healthy community. Please help us by following best practices.

Thank you,

Samantha Dubrinsky

LJCC Executive Director