Mandel Jewish Community Center |

26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

216-831-0700 |

What have you learned about transitioning services during COVID-19?

As an organization that values ​​diversity and inclusion, Mandel JCC has always been a welcoming place for people of all abilities. In addition to making our programs accessible to everyone, we partner with many community organizations to provide enriching opportunities, including the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium, Youth Ability, Bellefaire JCB, Naaleh and Rec2Connect.

COVID-19 has presented several challenges to maintaining access to normal in-person programs and services. Although health and safety policies impacted our partnerships and resulted in a temporary pause, we were able to quickly shift the delivery of many of our programs to virtual, including arts and culture classes, Cleveland Jewish Book Festival, the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, youth social programming and fitness classes. This allowed the community to remain intellectually and physically engaged with Mandel JCC.

How can the community help you?

The community can volunteer at the Mandel JCC’s J-Day Camps youth summer camp and after-school Kids Club program, which are open to children with disabilities. J-Day Camps also offers individuals the opportunity to be trained as Inclusion Helpers to provide additional support and accommodations to help children with disabilities participate in the fun of summer camp.

How will your organization be different when COVID-19 ends?

The J has been able to adapt and learn what programs and services are important to its members and community. It has changed the way it delivers programs and embraces virtual offerings. After the pandemic, The J will continue to offer a range of virtual fitness programs for people who prefer to train remotely. Many of The J’s arts and culture programs will have virtual options in addition to

in-person events. The J will continue to adapt its health and safety policies and procedures to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all. It will strive to provide even more robust programs and services for people of all ages and abilities.

Jill E. Washington