With Multnomah County approved for Phase 1 reopening, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center opened its doors to members on June 19, 2020.
ALL fitness classes (at Home and at the MJCC) are for members only. But virtual arts and culture programs remain open to everyone. Find those events oregonjcc.org/arts-culture/at-home-arts-culture.
“We are very excited to reopen the MJCC to the community and look forward to welcoming back our members when they are ready to come to campus,” MJCC Executive Director Steve Albert says. “We have worked extremely hard to meet or exceed all required and recommended health protocols to ensure a very safe, healthy, comfortable and worry-free workout experience for our members. We recognize that individuals will feel ready to return to campus at different points in time and are pleased to continue offering virtual programming to our members in the coming weeks and months.”
Members MUST register in advance to use the fitness center and/or attend a group exercise class. Reservations open 48 hours prior to class time or desired workout slot: oregonjcc.org or call 503-244-0111.
Assistant Executive Director Jennifer Harrington encourages those who have been enjoying the free virtual classes to join the MJCC to continue the classes at the center or online.
PHOTO: Jewish Community Center Day Camps returned June 22 with stable groups of 10 children and two counselors. MJCC camps will run each week from June 22 through Aug. 7, 9 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday. No before or after care is available.
The J will be open (for members only) 7 am-7 pm, Monday-Friday; and 8 am-4 pm, Sunday. Hours will be reassessed in August. When parking, members are asked to leave an empty space between cars to allow for social distancing. Social distancing continues in the building with everyone staying at least 6 feet apart and following one-way footsteps. Temperatures will be taken and masks are required (available at entry). To maintain a one-way traffic flow, members will exit through the downstairs doors facing the Sportsplex.
Nonmembers are invited to enroll children in the MJCC summer day camps, though due to limited capacity this year, camps are filling up fast.
“Our camp team has been spending the past few months planning a fun-filled summer for school-aged children grades K to 6,” says Jennifer. “Children grades 7 through 10 have the opportunity to join our Counselor in Training program, which provides leadership skills and hands on experience with campers. We are looking forward to giving campers a unique, fun-filled camp experience and giving parents a bit of a break.”
The CIT program is designed to empower teens by offering new responsibilities, challenges and adventures including working with younger campers and team-building. CITs gain real life experiences and skills that teach them how to be positive mentors and leaders.
The following areas remain closed, but will reopen when state and local guidelines allow: pools, locker rooms, Sportsplex, basketball, climbing wall and Cafe at the J (though kosher meals are available for online ordering).
To further combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the building will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected throughout the day; larger areas will be fogged nightly with a Victory Innovations electrostatic disinfectant sprayer. Additional hand-sanitizing stations have been added throughout the building.
See related story on other organizations plans for reopening.