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May Update from the WJCC Board


As our member congregations begin conducting services and scheduling meetings and events at the Joan S. Beren Wichita Jewish Community Center, we would like to provide several important updates and reminders:

COVID Policy:

  • When we opened the campus earlier this year, the WJCC COVID policy was to follow Sedgwick County requirements (mask mandate, social distancing guidelines, travel guidance and recovery periods). As Federal, State and Local guidance has diverged, we have modified the WJCC COVID policy to integrate our understanding of the best available guidance with practices that we can practically implement.

  • The current WJCC COVID policy is as follows: 1) masks are required to be worn by anyone who has not been vaccinated; 2) social distancing should be observed when multiple people are meeting in a room (the group should establish their distancing parameters); and 3) anyone demonstrating COVID symptoms should not enter the building. The WJCC will NOT specifically verify vaccination cards upon entry to the building. Finally, please note that either member congregation or a meeting host may choose to implement further preventative measures for their scheduled events.

  • The WJCC Board will continue to monitor Federal, State and Local COVID guidance and amend the WJCC COVID policy as warranted.

Parking:

  • The main parking lot is on the east side of the campus. The parking spaces nearest the front door are reserved for disabled parking, staff parking and short-term visitors as described below. Also, according to the WJCC Memorandum of Understanding (the MOU), except for disabled parking, there is not to be parking in front of the building on Shabbat.

  • Currently, a few of the spaces in front of the building are marked with signs to be reserved for staff and disabled parking. We will be adding more signage to accommodate the needs of both congregations, the Jewish Community School, and eventually the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation. The remaining unmarked spaces near the front of the building are available to be used for additional disabled parking, short visits and loading/unloading. Unless you have a specific need to park in front of the building, we kindly ask that anyone visiting the campus for services, meetings or other schedule events would park in the main lot. This is particularly important during holidays and other times when multiple events are scheduled to take place at the same time on the campus.

Scheduling Building Use

  • In our last community letter, we provided an overview of who to contact to schedule events at the Campus. As a reminder, the WJCC formed a Building Use committee comprised of representatives from both congregations and the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation. Rather than create yet another calendar and scheduling process, the WJCC is integrating with the existing community calendar that is maintained by MKJF. Going forward, this community calendar will also include a designated room location for any event that is to take place in the WJCC. An event planner can reserve a room and ensure the event is added to the calendar by calling the main number for Congregation Emanu-El (316-684-5148) or Hebrew Congregation (316-685-1339). Or, the event planner can call Julie Fruhauf MKJF directly to reserve a room (jfruhauf@mkjf.org; 316-686-4741). You may also call Julie if you have any questions about the annual calendar process.

  • The WJCC will soon publish a facility map that includes the appropriate room names or numbers and guidance on room capacity. We will also begin implementing additional security measures, issuing unique building access codes to gain access through the main entrance for scheduled events. This ability to issue a unique access code is a feature of the WJCC security system. We will be communicating about the additional security measures before we begin implementing them.

Next Steps

We have received questions about storage availability in the building for seasonal and long-term needs. The WJCC board and facility planning committee are evaluating storage space alternatives. We believe there are workable solutions to address the needs that have been raised and this is one of many priorities. We will continue to ask for patience, support, and participation from our member congregations as our construction project is completed and we work to get the building settled.

Please contact your congregation president or a member of the WJCC board with any questions.

With Warm Regards, The WJCC Board

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