Washington Jewish Week published an article about how Jewish Community Centers (particularly our three local JCCs) and Sixth & I are struggling financially under COVID-19. Other Jewish institutions are more supported by philanthropy, according to JCC Association of North America CEO Doron Krakow, but JCCs build up revenue primarily through programming costs. The virtual world isn’t as lucrative.
Still, these organizations continue to put themselves out there. Here are some resources:
- Upcoming Virtual Programming at the Edlavitch DCJCC
- The Bender JCC promotes virtual classes on their Twitter, and started a new hashtag: #BenderJCCatHome
- Virtual Programming Guide from the Pozez JCC
- Sixth & I’s upcoming virtual events appear prominently on their Facebook page, which also includes videos of some recent programming.
Last summer, I took to the National Museum of American History to look for Judaism in the broader DC world. Physical museums may be closed this spring, but you can still find info on artifacts online. In lieu, perhaps, of the Capital Jewish Museum offering in-person programming this year, check out their virtual exhibits! The most all-encompassing one might be Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community. It takes us from 1795, when the first Jews arrived here, to today!
Stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. And thank you to the members of our local Jewish organizations who continue to leave the lights on, however they can. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has started a COVID-19 Response Fund, which you can access here.