Community Response to COVID-19

 

March, 15, 2020

JCC of Youngstown Closed to the Public

As you know, the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation leadership has been monitoring the unfolding COVID-19 situation closely. At this time, we have made the decision to close the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown to the public. The Early Learning Center at the Jewish Community Center will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. All other programs and classes are canceled effective immediately. 

The professional leadership team of the JCC and the Federation, in consultation with the Federation president, did not make this decision lightly. It is hard to balance this choice with our desire to bring the community together in the greatest moments of need. The unique circumstances of this pandemic, and our specific opportunity to limit any additional spread or further community impact, demand us to do the very opposite – to build more space between our members, programs, and facilities. The strongest service to our members and mission – to the values of Tikkun Olam (because the world needs repairing right now) and Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Ba’Zeh (because we are all responsible for one another) – is to close our doors. We share with all institutions a responsibility to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and visitors while helping to slow the spread of the disease in our extended communities.

Limited visitation continues for Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community and Levy Gardens Assisted Living. This proactive decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our residents and tenants and to minimize any unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 and Influenza.

Jewish Family Services will continue to offer most services.

The Federation and its agencies will still be working to support our members, residents, tenants, students, and clients even in the most trying of times. We have a commitment to not only our community but also our staff who will all feel the impact of our closures and closures throughout our service area. To that end, we are opening an emergency fund. Donations can be made by clicking here or by sending a check made out to "YAJF" and mailed to Lisa Long, Financial Resource Development Director, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44504.

We recognize that this is an incredibly difficult and challenging time for everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones in the next few days and weeks. 

Rick Marlin
Youngstown Area Jewish Federation President

Andrew Lipkin 
Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Executive Vice-President


March 13, 2020

Limited Visitation at Levy Gardens and Heritage Manor

Because the health, well-being, and safety of all members of the local Jewish community, and all members and guests of our agencies (Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Jewish Family Services, Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community, and Levy Gardens Assisted Living), is our top priority, the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone existing programs that include large gatherings. However, the Jewish Community Center building and the Early Learning Center at the Jewish Community Center will remain open. For closure information about specific classes and programs, please contact the JCC at 330.746.3251.

Limited visitation is in immediate effect for Heritage Manor and Levy Gardens. This proactive decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our residents and tenants and to minimize any unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 and Influenza.

Jewish Family Services will continue to offer most services.

We will assess the situation daily, and make adjustments as necessary to maintain a healthy environment for all. For regular updates, visit jewishyoungstown.org/covid19.

Earlier this week, we shared that one person on the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation staff recently attended a conference that was also attended by a few individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This person was tested for the virus, and the results came back negative on Thursday, March 12.

Rick Marlin
President, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Andrew Lipkin
Executive Vice-President, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation


March 10, 2020

Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the local Jewish community, and all members and guests of our agencies: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Jewish Family Services, Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community, and Levy Gardens Assisted Living.

As COVID-19, or the coronavirus, continues to spread throughout the United States, we are regularly reviewing and have already enhanced our cleaning/disinfecting practices to ensure that we continue to maintain a healthy environment for all who visit our agencies. We are following recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, the Mahoning County District Board of Health, the Trumbull County Health Department, and the Columbiana County Health Department.

We have increased the frequency of our daily cleaning/disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces. We will be making hand sanitizers widely available. We are aware that some community members who participate regularly in programs of the Federation and its agencies are part of the vulnerable population. Except for certain situations, such as end-of-life or other emergency scenarios, limited visitation is in immediate effect for Heritage Manor and Levy Gardens. This proactive decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our residents and tenants and to minimize any unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 and Influenza. Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services remain open and most programs are taking place.

We understand the situation is still evolving worldwide and that it can change rapidly. We will continue to follow updates from local, state, and national health departments and the CDC. We will frequently review our practices and make changes to programs and cleaning/disinfecting practices as needed.

One person on the Federation staff recently attended a conference that was also attended by a few individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This staff person is asymptomatic, and was not in direct contact with anyone who has tested positive. A personal doctor, the state board of health, and the county board of health have been consulted. All agree this person’s risk is low. However, in an abundance of caution, this person is staying at home.

The Jewish Federations of North America has many COVID-19 resources available. To read them, click here.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Rick Marlin
President, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Andrew Lipkin
Executive Vice-President, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

 

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