JCC Update From Mark Shapiro
January 31, 2017
To Our Family of Members,
Earlier today, along with a number of JCCs in the United States, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center received a threatening phone call, and chose to initiate evacuation procedures at 10:25 am. Though the received calls were determined to be not credible, we exercised abundant caution and instituted our emergency protocols.
In partnership with local law enforcement and security experts, our building was successfully cleared at 2:00 pm, and the JCC will fully reopen at 3:00pm. Especially in times of need, we are reminded how blessed we are to live in a community of great expertise, active partnership, and limitless support.
The safety of our members, students, guests, and staff is always our highest priority - and I am abundantly confident in our team's ability to fulfill that responsibility. I say often that I am blessed and proud to be the President and CEO of this JCC, and it has never been more true than today - watching this staff, membership, and community come together in strength and confidence.
Incidents like these are, frankly, disheartening. But rather than lament how one negative voice can fill the air - we focus instead on how one community comes together in peace. We choose to vote with our feet - in visits to the fitness center, happy moments in the classroom, and unique connections throughout our programs. We resolve to provide all guests with the safest possible environment - and to open our building every day as an inclusive destination for wellness, education, and community services to all people, of all backgrounds.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the JCC.
President & Chief Executive Officer