With the successful completion of its Capital Campaign, surpassing its goal at more than $9.5 million, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) announced its new name: the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

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Pozez JCC Policies

Day Passes

Cardholders are always encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the J! We open our doors to anyone who would like to drop in to enjoy our facilities unaccompanied by a member for those 13 years and older.

Day Pass: $20 for general admission unless accompanied by a J-Journey or J-Pass cardholder ($10).

Membership Upgrades: One-day membership upgrades are available for $10 to J-Journey and J-Pass cardholders.

Passes may be purchased at the Guest Services desk.

Saturday passes must be paid in advance (Shabbat Payment Policy).

Guest IDs: Guests over the age of 16 will be asked to scan a valid driver’s license or other state/federal issued photo identification upon arrival. Temporary guest badges will be given to authorized guests who must enter secured areas of the building.

 

Photo-ID Cards

The safety of our cardholders and guests is our top priority. When joining, each cardholder (age 13+) is issued a Photo-ID that must be swiped at secured access doors in order to gain entry throughout the building. When entering the J, swipe your ID card at a scanning station (located at the Guest Services and Security Desks) each time you enter the building. 

ID cards may be requested for individuals who are authorized to regularly pick up children from the  Pozez JCC Early Childhood Learning Center and School-Age Services programs.

Members over the age of 16 without an ID card from the J will be asked to scan a valid driver's license or other state/federal issued photo identification upon arrival. Temporary guest badges will be given to authorized guests who must enter secured areas of the building.

 

Lost and Damaged ID Cards

Replacement of ID cards is handled at the Guest Services desk or with the Membership Department. A $10 replacement fee is charged for lost/misplaced and damaged cards. Individuals who temporarily misplace their card may enter the facility once by presenting a photo ID to the staff and signing in at the Guest Services desk.

 

Refund Policy

Full cash refunds will be given if the Pozez JCC cancels an activity due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation prior to the first day of the session will incur a $7 handling charge* that is deducted from any refund. No refunds will be processed for one-time programs after the program has begun.

Credit is given for classes if one cancels after the first meeting and before the second. The credit amount is prorated, less a $7 processing fee*. Credits must be presented at the time of use to be valid. Credits cannot be used toward membership, preschool tuition, daycare or camp fees. Other restrictions may apply.

*handling charge/processing fee may vary with each department

 

Kashruth Policy

The Pozez JCC observes kashruth, which requires a strict separation of meat and dairy foods. All food and drink brought into the J must be dairy or parve. For information, please call the Pozez JCC.

 

Kosher for Pesach Policy

When it comes to Passover, Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews have very different food traditions. All Jews, both Sephardic, and Ashkenazi, prohibit the eating of chametz during Passover as directed in the Torah. Chametz items include the following grains: wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt.  These grains are prohibited if they’ve had any contact with water/moisture, which leads to rising or “leavening.” Leavening agents like yeast and sourdough are also considered chametz.

In addition to chametz, Ashkenazi Jews traditionally prohibit the consumption of kitniyot during Passover. These items, known commonly as rice, corn, millet, and legumes, have been banned for centuries by Ashkenazi Jews. The origin of the ban is unclear; it’s thought that perhaps kitniyot was considered too similar to grains. Grains and kitniyot often shared the same storage bags, so it’s possible there was a concern that chametz might accidentally be mixed in with the kitniyot and consumed during Passover. Another theory is that kitniyot expand when immersed in water, which may have been perceived by the early rabbis as a form of rising or leavening. Whatever the reason, most Ashkenazi Jews today stick to the ban on kitniyot, even though it’s not technically prohibited by Torah law.

Sephardic Jews do consume kitniyot during Passover. They are, however, careful about ingredients co-mingling. In the Middle East, it’s not uncommon to see Sephardic women sifting through bags of rice and lentils repeatedly, going through grain by grain to ensure no chametz is mixed in.

Items included in the kitniyot category are rice, corn, millet, dried beans and lentils, peas, green beans, soybeans, peanuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, mustard. Here at the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, we follow the Ashkenazi tradition of avoiding kitniyot during Pesach and will continue to do so, when providing food items such as snacks during childcare hours or other food items shared with our members.  We do, however, recognize and respect that there are other Jewish traditions followed by some of our members that do permit the consumption of kitniyot during Passover.  With this in mind, we are expanding our current Pesach Kashrut policy to include the consumption of kitniyot in personal lunches or snacks.  It is our goal to be inclusive and welcoming to all Jewish traditions at this special time of the year.  As always, please feel free to reach out to us with questions or for menu suggestions during the Passover season.

 

Shabbat Payment Policy

In observance of Shabbat, the Pozez JCC does not handle money or conduct business transactions on Friday night and Saturdays. For the convenience of members and guests who would like to make a payment during Shabbat, forms and money may be deposited in the Shabbat drop box at the front desk. All forms and payment submitted will be processed during regular business hours.

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8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703.323.0880 • Fax: 703.323.1993

Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN: 54-1145849

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