EVJCC receives accreditation

East Valley Jewish Community Center received a special accreditation in October from Global Biorisk Advisory Council. The GBAC STAR accreditation was granted because of EVJCC’s stringent cleaning protocols and procedures.

“We are excited for the recognition given to the East Valley JCC for providing a clean and safe environment,” said Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC’s CEO, in a press release. “We are the first and only JCC to have achieved this accreditation. It is a testament to our commitment, dedication and excellence in all of our endeavors.”

To receive the accreditation, the EVJCC had to demonstrate compliance with GBAC’s 20 core elements, including use of personal protective equipment, emergency preparedness and risk assessment strategies.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said Patricia Olinger, GBAC’s executive director, in a press release. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, the East Valley JCC has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”

“The Early Childhood Learning Center staff works tirelessly to maintain a clean and safe environment for our children every day,” said Pam Morris, director of the EVJCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center. “We are proud that their diligence and dedication to health and safety is being recognized by this prestigious organization.”

Martin Pear JCC holds ‘non-event’ fundraiser in place of December gala

Martin Pear Jewish Community Center announced its “Standing Strong Together Non-Event” fundraiser to support its mission in providing support to the Jewish community. The unique fundraising initiative will take the place of its annual in-person gala traditionally held in December.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, MPJCC decided to raise funds virtually this year. All gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 by an anonymous donor.

After the pandemic forced a full closure of its facilities in March, then a partial closure, MPJCC a plethora of expenses associated with its reopening totaling $200,000.

“Everything The J does is for the betterment of our community,” said Jay Jacobs, chief executive officer of MPJCC and the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, in a press release. “Our mission is all about building community and even though COVID threw us a significant curveball this year, I have been amazed by how the staff has risen to the occasion and continued to keep our members and the community at the forefront of everything we do. Whether virtual or in-building, we always say ‘You belong here.’ Connection, community and remaining healthy are now more important than ever.”

“During COVID, The J has seen a significant increase in requests for financial assistance related to preschool and camp as our community navigates through this unprecedented time,” said Adam Brooks, MPJCC’s board chairman, in a press release. “It is an honor to be able to assist those in need gain access to programming and services that allow parents to remain at work and kids to build connections at a time that is anything but normal. The Standing Strong Together Non-Event will ensure The J remains a strong and vibrant part of our community for decades to come. I truly appreciate the spirit of generosity I continue to witness.”

Jewish Federation and Martin Pear JCC hold third community blood drive

On Nov. 6, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Martin Pear Jewish Community Center will hold a community blood drive for the third time since the start of the pandemic. The event will take place on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

“Federation is proud to again partner with the Martin Pear JCC and the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus to combat local blood shortages throughout this extended time of crisis,” said Marty Haberer, the Federation’s president and CEO, via email. “Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to do all we can to help those in need. That assistance comes in a variety of ways, two of which are through drives like this one or our COVID Emergency Fund in providing financial support to local agencies lending direct assistance to those facing significant adversity brought on by COVID.”

One hundred people donated in the first two drives in April and June. Space is limited for the third event and social distancing protocols will be set up and followed.

To register, visit: jewishphoenix.org/blooddrive. JN