Together we have now raised $6,154,166 from more than 325 community members to support the Our J. Our Community. Our Future. Capital Campaign. Thank you for your support. Every gift makes a difference as we work towards our goal...
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Spotlight on J Staff
Cultural Center Officially Named
New Building Signage
Adult Lounge Hearing Loop
September 25 Campaign Community Event
If you've come to the J recently, you probably have noticed some construction going on at the pool. This renovation will see new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; new lighting; fresh paint; and the installation of a new pool deck. These changes will make huge improvements to the pool environment, air quality, and aesthetic appeal.
For those visiting the J every day, you can see the progress we've already made as we get closer to actualizing our Campaign goals. Coming soon, you'll see even more of these exciting changes taking place - starting right at our front door!
In the next few months, construction will begin on a brand new, weather protective canopy above the J's entrance. No more trying to outrun the rain! We believe this upgrade will be one of many to enhance our building's curb appeal. More importantly, we want to improve the experience of our members and guests as they walk into our building. Along with other improvements, the entrance will host a new, redesigned Walk of Honor.
In addition, make way for a state-of-the-art makeover to the locker rooms. You'll see increased space, more privacy, and upgraded amenities. The current men's and women's locker rooms will switch places, which will provide additional space in the women's locker room for an all-new vanity area, perfect for touch-ups to that post-swim hair. The new locker rooms will have separated wet and dry areas and come with attached saunas! The HVAC system in the locker rooms and the pool deck will be overhauled to improve the air quality.
As our guests are greeted by our new entrance and refreshed locker rooms, they will be reminded of our commitment to providing comfortable and inspiring spaces where they can achieve their goals, enrich their lives, and make lasting connections. All this is made possible by your investment.
Todah rabah (thank you) for being a key part of this transformative initiative. Together it is Our J. Our Community. Our Future.
Those who come to the J or attend our programs throughout the community know that our staff is passionate. Whether they're fostering life skills and confidence in children; entertaining through cultural arts; helping people stay mentally and physically fit; or providing extra support so that those with challenges are included in our programs, our staff treat J members and guests as family.
That's why more than 40 staff members have already contributed more than $105,700 to the Our J. Our Community. Our Future. Capital Campaign. They know that more comfortable and inspiring space will enhance programs in our building and new programming will help even more people feel connected to the J community.
As the Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign, we want to send a special "thank you" to the staff for the excellence they provide to the programs that bring community members together every day and for their investments in the future of the J.
The renovated "White House" will now be called "The Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center."
The Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center will provide sophisticated space for small to mid-sized performances, receptions, and meetings along with a dance studio, rehearsal space and a dairy catering kitchen. Thanks to visionary donors like the Smith-Kogod family, the J will continue to provide the quality programs and services in Northern Virginia for years to come.
Construction begins spring of 2017.
The next time you are here at the J checkout our new wayfinding and room signage! Modern signage helps direct people throughout the building in a clear consistent way with directional signs, room numbers and dedications.
How it works: A hearing loop, also known as an induction or audio loop, provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to the "T-coil" (Telecoil) setting. When a hearing aid user selects the "T-coil" setting; he or she can pick up the sounds spoken into our PA system's microphone instead of the hearing aid's internal microphone. The listener receives a clear signal without any background noise. Neckloops are available for those without hearing aids or telecoils.
On a gorgeous Sunday, on September 25, 2016, the JCCNV launched the community phase of its OUR J. OUR COMMUNITY. OUR FUTURE. Capital Campaign. The air was filled with excitement as more than 75 volunteers helped educate the community about the key elements of the $6.5 million Campaign that will make major investments in Arts, Fitness, and Community Engagement initiatives.
Remarks were given by Scott Brown, JCCNV President; Penny Gross, Mason District Supervisor & Vice Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Steve Rakitt, Chief Executive Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; and Jeff Dannick, JCCNV Executive Director.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony by the Campaign leadership and Shehechiyanu (prayer said to celebrate special occasions), a Campaign Champagne Toast recognizing the campaign's success to date (it has already raised more than $5.5 million towards its $6.5 million goal) and a vibrant and robust future for the J and for the Jewish community in Northern Virginia.
Here are highlight photos from the community event.
Renovations of the JCCNV lobby, upstairs Women and Men's bathrooms, and the Bodzin Art Gallery.
In the community:
The j.family ambassadors program is proactively connecting to families who are choosing to raise their children Jewishly. Click here to read an article describing the program that recently appeared in Washington Jewish Week.
The JCCNV Cultural Center
Are you wondering what the inside of the old JCCNV building - the "white house" - looks like? Here's a quick look!