Boulder JCC to Begin Phase I Re-Opening

Since we closed our physical doors on March 13, our energy has been directed towards creating meaningful virtual experiences, determining how to provide essential functions for Boulder, and working to maintain organizational sustainability. From our early childhood center families to older adults, we are convening virtually with care and compassion. Together, we are finding new opportunities to support and engage with each other.  

On Wednesday, May 13 our Board voted to begin Phase 1 of our reopening plan. All aspects of our reopening are dependent and based on local and state guidelines in partnership with the Boulder County Health Department and State Licensing.

The health and safety of our staff and community members remains our top priority. We are opening in a very limited capacity to ensure that the best practices, policies, and procedures are in place. 

Phase 1 includes:

Connecting and Convening Community during Closure

Our building is now in its 10th week of being closed. During this time, we have strived to create a sense of togetherness while being apart. We are sharing some of the highlights of the last 10 weeks. 

Changes at the JCC 

As with most organizations and businesses, COVID-19 has significantly impacted our ability to provide our core revenue-generating services and offerings, including early childhood programs, rentals, and camps. While we could not fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on our organization or the length of our closure back in March, we made immediate decisions to significantly reduce non-personnel expenses. 

Since then, we have been able to gather people virtually, but our radically decreased revenue has resulted in us having to make painful and difficult decisions about our staffing. These temporary changes include salary reductions, reduced hours, new roles, and for some members of our staff, furloughs as of June 6. To support our staff, our Board has generously established an Emergency Relief Fund for all of our employees and extended health insurance benefits for furloughed employees. 

People are the heart of the work that we do. And our staff are an integral part of that. These staffing changes are not in any way a reflection of the work of these individuals, and we hope to return our staff to the JCC as soon as it is possible. 

Looking Ahead

We look forward to the day when we are all back together in our beautiful building. In the meantime, we are here with you. We are proud of and inspired by you and the millions of people around the world who are taking care of our communities. We are living in a time where so many of us are focused on working together on a single issue. This gives us hope for what is possible in our future.  


Jonathan Lev
Executive Director
Boulder JCC
Lee Strongwater
Board President
Boulder JCC

About Jonathan Lev

Jonathan Lev, MPA, joined the Boulder JCC as Executive Director in 2010. He is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who combines his experience at Jewish summer camp and involvement with the startup of Boulder based Renewable Choice Energy to influence his leadership as a nonprofit executive and Jewish professional. He was certified as high school teacher and Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. For more than six years, Jonathan was a leader in the field of Jewish summer camp where he worked to enhance the level of supervision and mentorship for both campers and staff through innovative summer and year-round trainings. In 2007, Jonathan continued his studies and was selected as a Taub Fellow at New York University in the dual-master’s degree program for a Master in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Master in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Since starting his role in 2010 at the Boulder JCC, Jonathan has led the community's $30M capital campaign to build a new JCC campus, which opened in summer 2016. He speaks regularly about making philanthropy fun and the role that inter-generational giving has on creating a legacy. Outside of work, he and his wife, Lyndsay, and their daughters, Mira and Susanna, can be found hiking, skiing, practicing yoga, listening to music, and planning their next great adventure. Follow him @jonathanlev on twitter.

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