Please pardon our dust!
PHASE 1: The initial stage of the project began on August 22nd and consists of two, simultaneous projects. The first project is an update of the preschool restroom facilities on the upper floor. If not completely finished, the restrooms should be functional by September 2.
The other project that began was the initial demolition phase of the JCCNV lobby area. This work includes removal of the sculpture garden and rotunda as well as moving the front desk and security desk in order to replace the flooring tiles in those areas. The demolition work will take place after hours, between 10pm and 6am when the building is closed. There will be a time where the floors of the lobby will be exposed concrete but any and all debris will be removed and cleaned each morning prior to reopening the building.
PHASE 2: Will begin immediately upon completion of the initial phase and is set to begin on or about September 2nd. This phase will be the construction of a new office space at the end of the gymnasium hallway.
PHASE 3: Will include 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 mid October and will need to be closed for approximately a week. The J is already scheduled to be closed during some of this time for Jewish holidays, during those 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 either through the gymnasium or the entrance through the West playground (details still TBD). As with the other entrance, security personnel will be assigned to check ID badges and signing in purposes.
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.