Campus Shutdown

Message from March 13, 2020

To Our Community:

A visitor to the APJCC who participated in a basketball game in the gymnasium between approximately 3:30 and 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 11th has tested positive for COVID-19. It is our understanding that the guest did not use our restrooms or visit any other spaces at the Levy Family Campus. We have since been in touch with the Santa Clara County Health Department and have received their reassurance that they are directly contacting anyone who may be at risk.

In order to do our part to protect the entire community and with the utmost of caution, we have voluntarily decided to close the Levy Family Campus for a minimum of two weeks. This closure includes the APJCC Preschool, Yavneh Day School, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, the JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

During the next two weeks, we will clean and sanitize the entire campus, and will continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and Santa Clara County. At the end of this period, we will reassess the situation. Please know that in this unprecedented situation, the health and well-being of every person in our community is of paramount importance to us. As soon as we feel that the health risk has been mitigated, we look forward to reopening the campus.

We understand that you may have questions and concerns. We ask that you respect our agency executives and refrain from calling them directly. Please email your questions to: info@apjcc.org. We will closely monitor this email address and will answer all queries as soon as we are able.

Thank you all for your understanding!

Lael Gray, CEO, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
Jyl Jurman, CEO, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
Mindy Berkowitz, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
Zvi Weiss, Head of School, Yavneh Day School


Message from March 5, 2020

Dear JCC Community,

As news of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) here and around the world continues, we want to again take a moment to review what each of us can do to help our community remain healthy at all times.

Take care of yourself – Wash your hands frequently and vigorously with soap, especially after touching public surfaces. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Read more about good handwashing practices.

Take care of others – We are in the business of welcoming people into our space, so it feels strange to say “stay home.” But, if you, or your child, have a fever and flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and see your healthcare provider if appropriate. We are asking the same of our staff. It is good practice to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue or sleeve, and throwing tissues in a bin immediately after use.

If you’re not sick, keep working out – Please remember to wipe down equipment in the fitness areas after using.

Act with Chesed (Kindness) – During stressful times people may incorrectly direct their fear toward others. You can help to counter stigma by learning and sharing facts.

In accordance with health department guidelines, we request that you do not come to the JCC in the following situations:

If you are sick with a fever, cough, or any signs of respiratory illness.

• If you or a family member has been exposed to someone with coronavirus.

Please note that the JCC and the Levy Family Campus have already taken the following steps:

More frequent cleaning of surfaces in all locations on campus.

• Disinfecting equipment daily and at night. The free weights, benches, bars, and all fitness equipment items are being disinfected nightly with a peroxide-based disinfectant.

• All bathrooms are being sprayed nightly with disinfectant.

• The preschool is also being sprayed nightly with disinfectant.

Staff are reminded to frequently wipe down door knobs and countertops.

• We have installed 5 new free-standing hand-sanitizing stations in addition to the ones we already had, and 5 more are on back order.