covid-19 updates

St Paul HERO

Your Virtual JCC

We are creating tools and resources to help you stay healthy, connected and engaged during these unprecedented times. Check back often and we are updating every day!


Thursday, March 19

We are working to create tools and resources to help you stay healthy, connected and engaged during these unprecedented times. Over the coming days, we will be adding online and virtual programming including cultural arts programming, sing-alongs for families, early childhood enrichment, remote discussions and more! If you have an idea, please let us know!

We now have over 500 ways to enjoy fitness from home, special workouts and wellness videos for Silver Sneakers participants and classes by your favorite JCC group exercise instructors.

As a member of the St. Paul JCC, you have exclusive access to tools only available through the J and our partner, EXOS. We are a proud partner of EXOS, a global leader in fitness center excellence, recognized for their knowledge, background, credentials and ability to help people with diverse goals and abilities. We want to introduce you to Journey, our digital hub that will offer you guidance and tools available exclusively to you.

Getting started is easy. Please email Anna Golv at for your personal invite code, then simply complete your 15-minute online assessment that is focused on how you think, eat, move and recover. It’s fun, engaging, thoughtful and will capture a snapshot of your current state of being, within the 4 pillars of performance: Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery. Once you have completed your assessment, please reach out to Anna and you will be ready to complete your complimentary virtual consultation with our trainers.

We will be updating content daily! The role of the JCC has always been to be the place that people can gather – where people welcome and take care of one another. That continues to be our mission and we are working hard to keep us all connected!

Sunday, March 15

As we have been tracking the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, we have been making our decisions based on the recommendations of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. While schools in Minnesota are now closing on Wednesday for two weeks, we have made the difficult decision to close the JCC. We are confident this is the right decision on behalf our members, staff and visitors. Please note – there has not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at either JCC. In deciding to close, we are complying with the State’s recommendation and doing our part to reduce the rate of transmission.

This is a terribly painful decision. The role of the JCC has always been to be the place that people can gather, connect with one another, and exercise their bodies, minds and souls. It is a place where people welcome and take care of one another. That continues to be our mission. In the coming days, we will be working to find creative ways to keep connecting people with each other, whether that is through distance learning or exercise broadcasts or check-ins with isolated people in our community.


  • We will reach out to you later this week, to let you know when you can briefly stop by and pick up any personal belongings that you would like to have during the closure; if you do not need to come in, please refrain from doing so
  • We are working on ways to keep you connected during this time and will continue to communicate
  • We know that you will have many questions regarding membership and program fees. We will follow-up within 48 hours with more information

We will also be doing everything possible to reopen quickly, from deep cleaning to staff training and, of course, staying closely in touch with our public health authorities. The JCC will open again when, guided by health experts, our leadership determines it is safe and prudent. In the meantime, many of our staff will be impacted. You already know the extraordinary dedication of the teachers, trainers, presenters, and countless others who are the lifeblood of this place. We will be doing everything we can to ensure continuity for them, and to make it possible for them to be back in place the moment our doors reopen.

Thank you for your support and your understanding—and for taking care of each other at this difficult time. We are proud to serve this community.

Thursday, March 12

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information continues to evolve, I want to provide an update. The St. Paul JCC continues to monitor the situation and stay abreast of updates, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Public Health and local health officials, about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel Coronavirus, as applicable. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.

In addition to our routine maintenance, we have added staff hours to make our routines even more rigorous. This means more time disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, push bars, elevator buttons, Mezzuzot and other such areas. We have increased signage throughout the Fitness Center to remind members to wipe down equipment. In addition, our fitness staff are disinfecting equipment every 30 minutes. Hand sanitizer is easily accessible throughout the building.

We will be regularly reviewing all upcoming events to determine if any changes to programs are required and will provide any updates directly to participants. In an abundance of caution for our most vulnerable participants, we have canceled or postponed select programs based on recommendations limiting large gatherings. Below is a list of  postponed & canceled programs, through April 3.

  • Creative Writing Workshop POSTPONED
  • Women’s Roundtable POSTPONED
  • Men’s Club Roundtable POSTPONED
  • Book Group POSTPONED
  • Lunch for 8 POSTPONED
  • Create and Donate POSTPONED
  • Out on the Town – World War II Posters CANCELED
  • Drop In Mah Jongg POSTPONED
  • Knitting Socks POSTPONED
  • Loft Class CANCELED
  • AARP Smart Driving – 4/2 CANCELED
  • Twin Cities Cultural Arts: Artists’ Lab CANCELED
  • Twin Cities Cultural Arts: TRYmester – 3/22 @ Sabes NEW DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
  • P2G Exhibit + Art Reception – 3/29 @ St. Paul POSTPONED
  • Symphony Family Concert – 4/5 @ St. Paul CANCELED


The St. Paul JCC Fitness Center will remain open during normal business hours. In light of public health recommendations, we will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and will adapt our programming accordingly.

At this point, the Minnesota Department of Health has not recommended school closures. To that end, our Early Childhood Center and Club J will remain open.

If you, or anyone in your household, are planning upcoming travel to countries designated by the CDC as Level 3 for Coronavirus concerns, please inform me. Additional countries could be designated as Level 3 at any time, so please check the CDC’s Travel Health Notices regularly.

In addition, please inform me if you think that you may have been exposed to any person who has been confirmed to have Coronavirus.

A 48-hour building shutdown would occur immediately upon the confirmed coronavirus diagnosis of a JCC visitor or any person who lives in the same house as that visitor. We would look to the Minnesota Department of Health for additional guidance about campus closures for any other types of potential exposure.

Anyone visiting a CDC-designated Level 3 country and anyone residing in their home, as well as anyone diagnosed with coronavirus or residing with a diagnosed individual, will not be permitted to return to the St. Paul JCC until they:

  • complete the CDC-recommended 14-day self-quarantine;
  • present documented clearance from their health care provider; and
  • are free from fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Please know that that this is a rapidly changing situation and this is where we are right now. As information changes and becomes available, we will continue to assess and keep you informed via email and our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at or 651 + 255 4733.

In good health,

Corey Kirshenbaum, COO

Help Us Keep Our Community Healthy

For Vulnerable Populations: Limit Outings

  • Vulnerable populations include people who are:
  • 60 years old and older.
  • People with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems

Keep others healthy

  • Stay home if you, or someone in your household, feels sick especially with fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • If you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have recently been to international locations with widespread, ongoing transmission (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy), please stay home.

Keep yourself healthy

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

Be kind

  • Treat one another with Chesed / loving kindness. During stressful times people may direct their fear or anxiety toward others.