HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF FUND

 

Irma has impacted the entire state of Florida. The enormous storm caused widespread damage and flooding, and left more than 10 million people without power. Though most reports indicate that Floridians may have dodged a worst-case-scenario, residents and communities are just now beginning to return to assess the damage. The Tampa Federation has opened a mailbox to accept donations for relief efforts.   All funds raised will be used for the victims of Hurricane Irma in Tampa and throughout Florida.

 

 

Hurricane Irma

Update: 9.12.2017

 

As you all know, Irma has impacted the entire state of Florida. The enormous storm caused widespread damage and flooding, and left more than 10 million people without power. Though most reports indicate that Floridians may have dodged a worst-case-scenario, residents and communities are just now beginning to return to assess the damage. We are still in the process of gathering information about specific needs. The Tampa Federation has opened a mailbox to accept donations for relief efforts. All funds raised will be used for the victims of Hurricane Irma in Tampa and throughout Florida.

 

The Federation system acts as a lifeline for those in distress and we are here to help those who need it most — to help the Tampa community and others in crisis. In addition to our fundraising efforts, we are partnering with Tampa Jewish Family Services - collecting supplies to bring to the communities that are in need, in addition to our own.

 

As of right now, we are collecting water, non-perishable food and hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, etc.).  These items can be brought to either JCC location between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Wednesday, September 13 – Friday, September 15.

 

Bryan Glazer Family JCC – 522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

JCC on the Cohn Campus – 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 33625

 

As always, thank you for helping us help others!

Update: 9.11.2017

 
Dear Community Members,
 
We hope everyone in Tampa and your families throughout Florida are safe and if they sustained any damage, it is minimal.
 
Our response team has assessed all of our buildings and have made the decision to OPEN the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, JCC on the Cohn Campus and Federation Offices on Tuesday, 9/12 from 7 AM - 7 PM with regular business hours resuming on Wednesday.
 
The JCC Preschools remain closed until Wednesday, 9/13 as many of our staff, although safe, have not been able to return to their homes.
 
Culture Cafe: A Beginner's Guide to Loving Jazz for Tuesday, 9/12 at 7:00 PM at BGFJCC is cancelled and will be rescheduled.
 
All Group Ex classes should be confirmed by calling each JCC location on Tuesday.
 
As a reminder, the Tampa JCCs and Federation has set up a community-wide resource portal to be used in the event of an emergent event or circumstance. We are waiting for news from Miami, Naples, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville and others, after they are able to assess their damages, to see what kind of help we can provide to them.
 
By visiting Jewishtampa.recovers.org you will have the opportunity to:
  • Indicate you are safe or need help.
  • Indicate if you wish to give or volunteer.
  • Receive timely updates on operating hours for all participating community agencies.
  • Access available resources in times of need.
We are here to be a one-stop resource for you and your family.
 
Many of you have been asking about the residents at Weinberg Village, the Tampa JCCs and Federation's Assisted Living Facility. Here's a note that I have adapted from Gary Gould, our organization's CEO that he sent this morning.
 
Dear Friends,
 
I hope you're all safe and the Irma-related challenges you're facing are not too extensive.
 
I just received a status report from Dan Sultan, the Executive Director of Weinberg Village, that outlines the situation at our ALF. Everything there is under control. I visited late in the afternoon yesterday and had the opportunity to joke around with many of the residents as they were preparing for a game of bingo. 
 
Most of them seemed to consider the hurricane as an adventure. They were very grateful for the preparations the WV staff members were taking on their behalf as well the extra attention they were receiving. The only complaint I heard was from one fellow who feigned (at least I think he was feigning) significant dismay that I wasn't going to stay with the group to serve as the bingo caller.
 
Both the Cohn Campus and the BGFJCC seemed to have experienced minimal problems. Also, no one from the community has responded yet to the portal we created for people to reach out if they need our assistance. Alissa Fischel will continue to monitor the site and with the help of the Jewish Federations of North America, we're creating a relief fund. More on that later.
 
I remain exceptionally grateful for all of the people locally and throughout the country who have volunteered to help us if needed. It's at times like these that we always remember the Talmudic injunction Kol Yisrael Aravim Ze La Ze (roughly translated: We are all responsible for one another).
 
Gary
 
Please regularly check your email or our website for any changes to our opening schedule or a listing of our previous daily updates.

Update: 9.9.2017

 

Dear Community Members,

 

We are unable to predict the damage our community will experience from Hurricane Irma, but we have put systems in place to help as soon as it is safe to do so. 

 

Our network of local and national partners are ready to serve Tampa community members in need. Once the full scope of the damage is known, we will begin our efforts to help with relief work in our area. 

 

Your safety and security is our number one priority!   

 

In the event that you need assistance after Irma passes, please visit our resource portal and click “I have a need”.   Our response team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Update: 9.8.2017

 

All facilities will remain closed through Monday, 9/11.

 

Bryan Glazer Family JCC will close early at 7:00 PM tonight. This is to allow our facilities team time to secure the building tonight and avoid the need to come in tomorrow, so they can focus on the safety and preparedness for their families.

 

We will reopen after our Emergency Response Team has determined that our buildings are safe. Please regularly check your email or our website for any changes to our opening schedule or a listing of our previous daily updates.

 

Please stay safe this weekend.

Update: 9.7.2017

 
Each of our JCC locations and Federation offices will remain open for normal business hours on Friday, 9/8
 
For the safety of our staff, members and guests, we will be closed on Saturday, 9/9 and Sunday, 9/10.

Update: 9.6.2017

 

We have a few updates for you regarding the operations of our facilities and programming/events.

 

Each of our JCC locations will remain open at this time. Certain programs are being affected and the information below is to help you plan accordingly:

 

JCC Preschools are CLOSED Thursday, 9/7 & Friday, 9/8

Club J Program is CLOSED Thursday, 9/7 & Friday, 9/8

BGFJCC Men’s Basketball Leagues:

  • 18+ League game scheduled for Thursday, 9/7 is rescheduled to Tuesday, 9/12
  • 40+ League game scheduled for Monday, 9/11 is rescheduled to Monday, 9/18

PJ Library Great Rosh Hashanah Train Ride and the Ribbon Cutting for the Judy Cohn Park and Jack Roth Garden is cancelled for Sunday, 9/10

Information will be sent out when a re-scheduled date is planned.

Robert M. Golding Visual Arts Center – scheduled classes should be confirmed by calling 813-259-1687

ALL Group Ex Classes should be confirmed by calling the location the class is held.

               Bryan Glazer Family JCC:     813-575-5900

               JCC on the Cohn Campus:    813-264-9000

 

We will continue to follow weather reports of Hurricane Irma and its projected path and provide updates about our facilities and any changes to the schedules. 

 

Please regularly check your email or our website for any changes to our opening schedule.

Hurricane Irma

 

Dear Community Member,

 

We are all aware of the recent upgrade of Hurricane Irma to a Category 5 hurricane. Although the path is still uncertain, the Emergency Preparation Team at the Tampa JCCs and Federation is monitoring the storm very closely and putting preparedness plans in place.

 

We will follow the guidance and recommendations of the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County officials to determine if we keep our buildings open or closed. We will communicate via email to inform you if we plan to close the facilities. 

 

We have included a link to the Hurricane Preparedness Guide from FEMA for your use. The safety of our members and families is our number one priority.

 

Please regularly check here or your email for any changes to our opening schedule.