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Dear JCC Community,

As you know, Mayor de Blasio announced new vaccination requirements in New York City in response to rising COVID-19 rates and the Delta variant. A phase-in period commenced on August 16, and full enforcement begins September 13. While the NYC guidelines relate specifically to indoor fitness, dining, and entertainment, we have decided to make the vaccination requirement a policy for all individuals entering the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and JCC Harlem.
At every turn during the pandemic, the JCC has prioritized the safety and well-being of our staff and community. Our commitment to one another is a core value at the JCC and characterizes good citizenship. 

Vaccination Policy

Beginning Monday, September 13, all individuals over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of full vaccination* each time when entering the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan at 334 Amsterdam Avenue and JCC Harlem at 318 West 118th Street. You may present your New York State Excelsior PassNYC COVID Safe app, or your vaccination card for building and program entry. Parents and caregivers accompanying children to JCC classes must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building, even if the class is a drop-off.

Mask Policy

Masks are required in all shared, public areas of the JCC including the entry, lobby, hallways, elevators, program spaces, and locker rooms
, especially where it’s difficult to maintain social distance, and where children may be present. Please note:

  • In children’s programs, masks are required for all adults, children over 2, instructors, and any support staff present.
  • Certain programs for adults may not require a mask with proof of vaccination. 
  • MMJCCM Health Club, Pool, and Basketball members are not required to wear masks within designated Health Club areas. We ask that you continue to show your vaccination app or card at the Health Club check-in desks for the time being so that we can update your account status.

JCC policies are subject to change based on NYS, NYC, and CDC guidelines, as well as the recommendations of our own health advisors. Any updates will be communicated to you in email and on the MMJCCM website

I’m in awe of the resilience, creativity, and dedication that our JCC staff, members, and broader community have demonstrated throughout the pandemic and I am deeply grateful for your ongoing commitment to the JCC through membership, donations, and program participation.

Thank you for your role in keeping our community safe. We hope that the steps that the city and the JCC are taking to ensure safety in our programs will provide greater peace of mind. It has been a pleasure seeing so many of your faces returning in person to the JCC with confidence, and I’m looking forward to brighter days ahead.


Rabbi Joy Levitt

Chief Executive Officer

*”Fully vaccinated” per CDC guidelines means 2 weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccine or the sole dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized single-dose vaccine.

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