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Dear Weinstein JCC Summer Camps Families,
After much deliberation and discussions, it is with great emotion that we have reached the decision that we will not be running any of our camps this summer. As you know, since the pandemic began, we have been in touch with local and federal experts and officials to advise us on health protocols and procedures as they relate to the functioning of our Camps. The reality is that the very necessary guidelines provided would impede our ability to provide the same safe and enriching camp environment that we have for the last 70+ years. Our families have been at the forefront of our minds through this process, and while we firmly believe this is the right decision, we are still filled with sadness for the disappointment that this decision will cause you and our campers.
In light of this news, we want you to know that we are continuing to explore alternative summer programming options that would provide a safe environment for our children, families, and staff while still following the social distancing guidelines set forth by Federal, State, and local authorities. Included in this is the potential for in-person programs at the JCC that will be offered to all 12-month childcare families, and essential workers as well as some options for virtual Specialty Camps for school-aged campers. While these offerings would be no substitute for camp, the programs would provide peer interaction on a smaller scale, and attentive, enthusiastic care provided by our outstanding staff. More information about any alternatives will be forthcoming.
In making this decision, we relied on Jewish values that are at the heart of our organization: Pikuah Nefesh: “Safeguarding Life” is a guiding principle of Jewish law; the preservation of human life supersedes most other obligations or mitzvot in Judaism and Tikkun Olam: “Repairing the World” which is our (and everyone’s) responsibility to take care of the world, and act in ways that benefit humanity. What we do matters, not only in our lives today, but in the lives of all the generations to follow.
In addition to these values, our process included studying Governor Northam’s guidelines on the State’s reopening as well as guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA), along with new regulations from the Va. Department of Social Services (DSS) that effect several of our programs. Although we evaluated several alternative camp scenarios, we reached the conclusion that with the number of unknown variables still present and guided by our Jewish values, the risks of bringing our community together, for a traditional camp season are far too great.
The Registration Office will be cancelling all Summer Camp enrollments in the coming days and all scheduled payments for summer programs are being stopped. Refunds for deposits and payments made towards summer programs will be issued during the first two weeks of June. It is our goal to have all refunds issued by June 15. If you would prefer to convert any deposits and/or payments towards summer camp into a tax deductible donation or hold any such payments as a credit on your Weinstein JCC account, please contact Weinstein JCC Registrar Joey Wood and he can help with your requests.
Looking beyond this summer, we are already hard at work brainstorming ways to create the best-ever camp programs for summer 2021 and are hopeful that we will pick up with even more joy and fervor than where we left off.
We wish you all a safe and fun summer and look forward to seeing you just as soon as we safely can!
The Weinstein JCC Summer Camps Admin Team
(Leslie, Donna, Lily, LaVenus, Zach, Andrea, and Missy)
Registration for all camps is currently closed. Please email Leslie LaBrie, Camp Director, for more information.
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Camp Hilbert Aquatics Director
Head Coach, Winter/Summer Swim Team
Camp Hilbert Director
Camp Ganim Director
Dir. of Inclusion & Support
Specialty Camps Director