Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center

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Edlavitch DCJCC

Dear Community Members,

Like all of you, we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington, DC through alerts from the CDC and the DC Department of Health.

In addition to the Fitness member who we informed you about earlier this week, we have been made aware of some additional visitors to the EDCJCC who, over the past few weeks, had been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. None of these community members have tested positive themselves and all remain asymptomatic.

In an abundance of caution, and in anticipation of additional visitors like those mentioned above, we have elected to hire an independent cleaning company who, starting this week, will conduct regular deep cleanings of the EDCJCC during hours when the building is closed and empty. We do not anticipate that this will disrupt our scheduled programming. 

This is in addition to the already established cleaning and disinfectant procedures (as recommended by the CDC), including using hospital-grade disinfectants to clean the locker room, studio, equipment, handrails, and common areas throughout the Center, such as Goldman Theater, Cafritz Hall, and the Preschool. Alcohol-based sanitizers are easily accessible to all visitors.

If you have displayed symptoms and have been to the EDCJCC recently, we request that you inform us. To do so, please email Emily Jillson, Director of Marketing and Development, at

Prevention is our priority at this time. Common coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to a common cold, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and feeling unwell. The symptoms that are currently being seen with the current coronavirus infection are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If you or anyone you know are displaying any of these symptoms, or if you or anyone you know have traveled to any of the most at-risk countries, please consider postponing your visit to the EDCJCC.

Learn more about the steps being taken at the EDCJCC specifically, and find a list of resources at Additionally, the DC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Toolkit, which includes helpful resources for identifying symptoms and what to do if you think you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive, can be found here.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

With gratitude,
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Jill Granader
Board President
Carole Zawatsky
Chief Executive Officer


The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities. We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.

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