Keep Going. Keep Growing.

October 15, 2021

Good morning Rady Friends,

We here at Rady are a community. We are a home away from home, a gathering place, and a sense of comfort for so many. We exist for you.

As we push forward into October, we continue to make adjustments here at our facility in order to better serve your needs as well as keep you safe and protected from the ongoing pandemic. We also continue to grow, bringing back new and exciting fitness classes, programs, and opportunities for people of all ages.

If you have been to our centre in the past week during the afternoons or evenings, you have no doubt seen the excitement and energy in our pool. Our Fall session of swimming lessons kicked off and many of you have chosen Rady for your children. I want to thank you for this.

In order to ensure we are able to maintain proper social distancing during our swimming lessons, we are temporarily changing our available lap swimming times. Lap swimming will either not be available or available with limited lanes during our scheduled swimming lesson times. If you plan to use our pool to swim, please note our new pool schedule taking effect next Monday, October 18, by clicking here.

On the group fitness front, we continue to add more classes and options for you as well as group sports such as pickleball, basketball, and floor hockey. We also are offering athletic therapy once again. For a full breakdown of our fitness offerings, be sure to check out our bi-weekly Digital Program e-Guide.

In our locker rooms, starting next Monday you will notice hair dryers will once again be available. Rest assured knowing we continue to work with the Asper Campus, maintaining a rigorous and regular cleaning schedule throughout the day, including our locker rooms as well as throughout our entire centre.

We have also added a slate of specialty classes for our active living older adults. Favourites such as Chair Yoga and Minds in Motion are back! I am so happy to say we’ve also relaunched our Parkinson Exercise and Cancer Management programs as well as our Small Group Training for Active Aging  exercise classes designed to improve functional movements, mobility, and healthy aging. These programs are so incredibly important to so many of our Rady family.

Our Tarbut Festival kicks on in less than one month now. Our annual week-long event celebrates the best in Jewish authors, films, and musicians for one week under one roof. It allows us to experience Israeli culture together as a community. It fortifies our Jewish identity, making us all feel connected to something greater. Be sure to register early so you don’t miss out.

We also understand the incredible importance of having opportunities for our youth – our community’s future – to be able to gather once again. Our Teens as Leaders (TAL) program for teens in grades 10 through 12 is revving up to begin and we are busy registering students. Be sure to contact Laura Marjovsky to learn more and if your children are interested.

So yes, as the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, Rady continues to work hard to become the gathering place we once were for you before the pandemic.

And we couldn’t be more excited to have everyone home.

Rob Berkowits
Executive Director
Rady JCC