Please pardon our dust!
PHASE 2 has begun: This includes retiling the lobby area, the construction of additional restroom space in the hallway of the Bodzin Art Gallery as well as the creation of a new lobby entrance to the Adult Lounge.
It is projected that the lobby area will be ready to be retiled in the coming weeks, during this process, the lobby will be closed. During the days when the J is open, we will be utilizing two alternate entrances to the building. For members and guests needing to enter the building to attend group fitness classes in the auditorium, the service entrance near the preschool will be used. Additional security personnel will be placed at this entrance for signing in and checking ID badges. For everyone needing closer access to the west side of the building, there will be an alternate entrance located through the entrance of the West playground. As with the other entrance, security personnel will be assigned to check ID badges and the signing in process.
Here is the adaptive schedule during the lobby closure (subject to change):
Wed., Oct. 8: Building closes at 5pm for Erev Sukkot. Construction begins when the building is clear of members.
Thurs., Oct. 9: Building closed for Sukkot. Construction continues, but is quiet during evening performance in the auditorium by Trinity School. (Early Childhood entrance to be utilized)
Fri., Oct. 10: Building closed for Sukkot. Construction continues.
Sat., Oct. 11: Building closed. Construction continues, but is quiet during evening performance in the auditorium by Trinity School. (Early Childhood entrance to be utilized). SFA: Pool Rentals Only (West Playground entrance to be utilized.)
Sun., Oct. 12: Building open for SFA only - normal hours (access through West Playground). Construction continues.
Mon., Oct. 13 and Tues., Oct. 14: Building open normal hours; programs run on schedule. ECLC and those using the auditorium for fitness classes should enter through the ECLC entrance doors. The lobby elevator will be accessible. All activities on the "westside" of the building should enter through the West Playground. Construction continues.
Wed., Oct. 15: During the day, follow the instructions above for 10/13 and 10/14. Additionally, the adult trip will depart from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church (next to the firehouse, west of the J). Construction continues.
Thurs., Oct. 16: Building closed. Construction continues.
Fri., Oct. 17: Building closed for Simchat Torah. Construction continues.
Sat., Oct. 18: Building is open normal hours. Entrance/Exit into and from the building is through the main lobby.
As the project progresses and we gain more specific information about timelines and completion or other unforeseen impact to our daily operation, we will keep you updated. Please know that our most important goal throughout this process is to maximize safety and minimize inconvenience for all of our members. We welcome your feedback or questions along the way, and thank you in advance for your patience during this phase of our growth.
We are excited to announce new additions to our mishpacha (family)!
We are very excited to announce that Michael Gribov joined our JCC family as our Development Director (a new position). He will focus on our upcoming Capital Campaign, as well as expand our annual operating support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Michael's background is diverse and fascinating. Here are a few highlights: He was born in Leningrad (former Soviet Union), and his family emigrated to the US in 1989. He holds a BA from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in Marketing and International Business, post-graduate studies at Cambridge (UK), and an MS in Strategic Planning and International Affairs from Georgetown. His professional experience has included various stints in Washington and Jerusalem working for governments and non-profit organizations, the past five years of which have been focused on development. Michael is a dual citizen, USA/Israel, and is fluent in three languages (Russian is #3). Michael and his wife Raquela live in Arlington with their two year old daughter, who also speaks three languages.
Barri DeFrancisci holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Muhlenberg College. Following graduation, she studied and performed with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, under the direction of Rami Be’er. For the past two years, Barri held the position of Director of Dance at Coppermine Fieldhouse in Baltimore, MD, where she taught and managed dance classes for children ages 3 and up. She received her early training under merit scholarships at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, American Ballet Theatre, and the Baltimore Ballet. Barri has performed leading roles in classical works such as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Marius Petipa’s Paquita, as well as works by contemporary choreographers Meredith Rainey, Charles O. Anderson, and Heidi Cruz-Austin.
Barri is also a leader in the Jewish Community, having founded the Baltimore JNFuture Young Leadership chapter, and is a strong advocate for Israel. Barri looks forward to bringing her passions for Dance and the greater Jewish community to the J!
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Renee Eder recently joined our J family. She will work part-time assisting with our digital media (social media, website, etc.) and public relations activities. She brings extensive marketing experience to the position.
Here’s a bit about Renee... She was born and raised in Rockland County, New York and has lived in Northern Virginia for 16 years. She attended Binghamton University, and received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences in 1997. Upon graduation, Renee attended Syracuse University and received her master’s degree in 1998 in Consumer Studies, with a focus in marketing. She has done consulting work in marketing, public relations, branding, and website redesign at George Mason University and at various non-profits and for-profit companies in the D.C. area. Renee enjoys spending time with her husband, Marcus, and her two children, Emma (age 5 1/2) and Max (age 9 1/2). Her hobbies include running and weight training, being a devoted Washington sports fan, writing, and cuddling with her two miniature poodles, Penny and Moose.