March 15, 2020

Published Sunday, March 15, 2020
Our Board of Directors and SJCC staff have been discussing issues related to Coronavirus over the last several days. It has become clear that social distancing is the most effective means to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and well-being of our members and our staff, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all programs, including our Early Childhood Education program, and close the entire building to members and guests through Sunday, March 22.
As you might know, the Niskayuna School District has closed its schools for this coming week, March 16 - 20, and, as a result, our after school programs in those buildings are temporarily closed as well.
This was a difficult decision to make but it is one based on reviewing guidance from Schenectady County, New York State, and the Center for Disease Control to limit gatherings of large groups of people where the disease can spread quite easily. As of today, there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus in any individuals who have been in our facilities recently; however, we feel it is important to take proactive safety measures for our community.

We know the important role that the JCC plays in your lives. The JCC is a special place where people gather, connect with one another, and exercise their bodies, minds, and spirit. It is a place where everyone is welcome and takes care of one another. This continues to be our mission and in the coming days, we will be working to find creative ways to keep connecting people with each other, whether that is through distance learning or exercise broadcasts or check-ins with isolated people in our community.

We will continue to communicate with you as we determine our next steps. Your patience is appreciated while we work to prioritize health and safety, vigorously sanitize our facilities and plan for the new realities we will face upon reopening. Please do all you can to keep yourselves and your families safe and healthy. We thank you for all your patience and support during this trying time.
Hill & Markes
Salmon Law Firm
Eastern Heating
M&T Bank
Freihofer Baking Company
Golub Foundation
Nigro Companies
Cool Insurance
The Jewish Federation