Reflecting On The Year That Was

September 17, 2020

Dear Rady JCC Friends,

Rosh Hashanah is on our doorstep.

This is a time when many of us pause to look back on the year that was while we look forward to better days ahead. Easier said than done, right?

I’m not alone when I say I am glad this year is about to be behind us. Like everyone, when the pandemic hit, our Rady world flipped upside down in an instant. We were forced to shut our doors to our fitness and aquatics facilities. We had to cancel all programming. Our annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner was called off.

The lifeblood that flowed throughout the Rady JCC stopped pumping. We flatlined.

But then, just as things were looking bleak, something amazing happened. We were revived. And it was you, our members, who revived us. When looking at how you responded to everything both during our closure and when we reopened with proper physical distancing measures in effect, this past year has been nothing short of spectacular.

I remember your words of encouragement and compassion. I remember the ways you stepped up and made donations to help keep us going. I remember the promises you made to be here when we would come back stronger than ever before.

I remember why the Rady exists and how we are so much more than a fitness and aquatics facility.

As I look back on the year that was, I am not discouraged. I am not disheartened. Instead, I am thankful. Thankful for the tireless work of our staff. Thankful for the leadership of our Board of Directors.

And above all, I am proud. I am proud of how our members revived us and kept us alive during a time when many places sadly did not survive.

So, what is my Rosh Hashanah message this year? Simple: be strong; be great; be amazing.

Be you.

Bring on the New Year.

Rob Berkowits
Executive Director
Rady JCC


Rady JCC swimming lessons registration opens for Rady members Tuesday, September 22, while non-member registration opens Thursday, September 24. All registrations should be completed online. The full swimming lesson schedule will be posted online next Monday, September 21.

If you are planning to register your children, you are encouraged to test your log-in credentials ahead of registration opening to ensure they are valid. If you have any issues, please contact us at 204.477.7510.

Please note our facility is closed Saturday and Sunday in observance of Rosh Hashanah and staff will not be available to assist you during this time with any log-in credential troubleshooting.


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