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Membership Update – Jan 2021

An important update from Marty Schneer, JCCNS Executive Director, Jan. 19, 2021:

With gratitude for the past and hope for the future, we invite you to watch this brief but informative message from Marty, including a summary of our 2020 challenges and successes, with a look into the year ahead.

New Years Hours and Capacity Change

Dear JCCNS Members and Community,

Governor Baker has extended the regulations of 25% capacity in gyms, fitness classes, etc. through February 7, 2021. As it stands now, our hope is that we can return to 40% capacity on February 8, 2021. This does have an immediate effect on some of our offerings so we will be making the following adjustments:


  • DancEnergy will be on break through 2/7/21. 


  • Our fitness floor capacity will decrease from 12 to 8 members at a time. These changes have been adjusted on our MotionVibe App, so you can register as usual on the app, but you may notice fewer spots per time slot.
  • Fitness floor participants may preregister for fitness floor time slots FOUR times/week during these weeks.


  • Our lap swim in the indoor pool is not affected by this capacity change. Lap swim will remain at one swimmer per lane, with one lifeguard. However, lap swim times will begin at 7:00am.
  • Our Aqua Aerobics classes will be on break and those open pool times will be replaced with lap swim slots. We hope to resume Aqua Aerobics on 2/8/21. 
  • Family swim, Swim Team and Swim Lessons are not affected.


  • Our Men’s and Women’s Health Centers will be closed during these weeks. We are pleased to offer Health Center members towel service pick-up and drop-off at the Welcome Center.


Our Early Childhood Center and Remote from the J / J Adventure After-school programs are under separate regulations and are not affected by these new regulations.

Online Adult Programs (Osher Marin JCC)

The JCCNS is partnering with the Osher Marin JCC on several music and travel programs:

Osher Marin JCC

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Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures

Three Thursdays, December 3-17 

4-5:30pm (EST) on Zoom

Join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera instructor (and Osher Marin JCC colleague) James Sokol for delightful musical journeys celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish artists whose work has graced many operatic stages; true operatic treasures! Audio & video clips bring the beauty and excitement of opera into the discussion. This is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer and the long-time fan!

Marvelous Marrakech

Four Mondays, December 7-28

2:00-3:15pm (EST) on Zoom

Pour yourself a cup of mint tea and join Trip Leader James Sokol on our virtual trips to this magical North African country, so different from most Arab-dominant countries. Morocco has its own unique, fascinating culture – a blend of indigenous Berber, Arabian, Sub-Saharan African & European (Christian & Jewish) influences. In this first series on Morocco, join our wonderful, local guide – Nabil – for visits around his diverse, vibrant, 1000-year-old city to discover wonders that await!

Join us for the full series or for single visits - whatever works best for you! Save! Purchase "Series" or "Advance” tickets soon!

Our Visits Include:

  • Morocco Overview & Marrakech's Medina (Dec 7)
  • The Gardens of Marrakech (Dec 14)
  • Moroccan-Jewish Life (Dec 21)
  • Koutoubia Mosque & Local Muslim Life (Dec 28)

Songs of Light: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Hanukkah  

Sunday, December 13 

4:00pm-5:30pm (EST) on Zoom

Whether celebrating “the Festival of Lights” or not, join San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “light” along the way.  

Free, made possible by our JCC in partnership with the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA).  


Still Traveling: Sensational Seville

Four Mondays, January 4-25, 2021

2:00-3:15pm (EST) on Zoom

Would you still like to travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let us whisk you away for an "armchair adventure" on an interesting, educational, fun & live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door.

Many tourists to southern Spain race to Grenada to visit the Alhambra, but overlook the capital and largest city of the region of Andalusia – Seville! Join Trip Leader James Sokol and our wonderful, professional, local guide to discover an array of fascinating and stunning facets of this sensational, yet quaint city.

“Tours" Include:

  • Historical Overview & the Alcazar (Jan 4)
  • The Cathedral & Giralda (Jan 11)
  • Barrio Santa Cruz & Jewish Seville (Jan 18)
  • Modern Seville (Jan 25)


Broadway Backstage

Four Thursdays, January 7-28, 2021  

4:00-5:30pm (EST) on Zoom

Let Osher Marin JCC Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience. January guests include:

  • Randy Graff – The Veteran (Jan 7)
  • Kelli Barrett – The One to Watch (Jan 14) 
  • James Moye – The Actor/Director (Jan 21)
  • Carolee Carmello - The "Go to Gal" (Jan 28)

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Songs of Dreams: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of MLK Day 

Monday, January 18, 2021

5:00-6:30pm (EST) on Zoom

“…even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous 1963 speech still resonates today. To celebrate this visionary leader, join James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “dreams.”


Exploring Opera: Sensational Seville

Monday, January 25, 2021

4:30-6:00pm (EST) on Zoom

The glorious capital of Andalusia is the setting of more than 100 operas! Of course, there’s Rossini’s famous The Barber of ________ (can you fill in the blank?) with its sparkling vocal fireworks, but there are works by Bizet, Mozart, Verdi, and others with equally beautiful music. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera appreciation instructor & trip leader James Sokol for an operatic journey though Seville, seeing a few of the works’ sites and basking in performance video clips of some of these musical masterpieces!

JCCNS COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

REMINDER: If you have you visited an area/state designated as “high risk" in the past two weeks, you must provide results from a negative COVID-19 test before registering for any programs or events at the JCCNS.  more details

The JCCNS has the following COVID-19 policies for the safety of our members, community, and staff.

The JCCNS is taking reasonable precautions consistent with the recommendations of the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to control the spread of COVID-19 among members, staff and visitors while using our facility.

The JCCNS also expects members, staff and visitors to comply with the Center’s COVID-19 restrictions while in our facility, or when otherwise engaged in JCCNS-related activities and business, including practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer and regularly cleaning work out equipment or work stations, as applicable.

  1. 1
    All visitors and staff to the JCCNS must fill out a Health Questionnaire on the day they are entering the building or engaging in classes. (See questions below.)
  2. 2
    All members and visitors who are registering for a Class or Time-slot on MotionVibe must ALSO fill out the Health Questionnaire before the app will allow them to register. In most cases, you will complete the questionnaire the day before you arrive, AND on the day you arrive.
  3. 3
    For the health and safety of our members and staff,  MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES on the Fitness Floor and inside the JCCNS Building.
  4. 4
    Guidelines for specific areas of the J are listed below.


Contact Andrew Dalton, Membership Director, at

Health Questionnaire:

(to be answered on MotionVibe before arrival)

Despite the above precautions, the JCCNS cannot (and does not) make representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about whether members, staff or visitors can safely enter or use the facility without the risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.

Those who fall into a category that is at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 (such as, by way of example, those who are 65 or older, those who are immunocompromised and those who suffer from the following conditions: asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, serious heart conditions, chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis, liver disease and/or severe obesity), may not be able to safely enter or use the JCCNS while the COVID-19 crisis is pending and should use extreme caution.

Any members, staff or visitors who choose to enter the JCCNS, to use the resources offered in our facility or to otherwise engage in JCCNS-related activities or business do so at their own risk.

Before coming in to the JCCNS, please make sure you are healthy and have not knowingly been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 within the last 14 days , and read and agree to the JCCNS Covid-19 Policies and Disclaimer above. Please make sure you cannot answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever or chills? (temperature of 100.0 Fahrenheit or above)
  • Do you have a cough? (Not chronic)
  • Do you have shortness of breath? 
  • Do you have a sore throat? 
  • Do you have any loss of smell or taste? 
  • New nasal congestion or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies) 
  • Have you been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone displaying the symptoms described above? Or have you been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19? 
  • In the past two weeks, have you visited an area/state designated as “high risk?” If yes, please provide results from a negative COVID test before registering.

What to do if you are exposed to Covid-19:

If you develop possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, or you test positive, please follow these protocols for quarantine and testing before returning to the JCCNS: 

(right-click to download pdf)

Guidelines by Department / Area:


  • Please limit 2 members in each restroom at a time.
  • Please observe social distancing by using only the stalls and sinks indicated.

Locker Rooms

  • Masks MUST be worn at all times in the locker rooms.
  • 6 feet of Social Distancing must be maintained.
  • 8 people MAXIMUM are allowed per locker room at a time.
  •  A minimal numbers of lockers will be available for day use storage. The remainder of the lockers are closed.
  • Minimal showers have been reopened. Showers will be cleaned regularly and sanitizer will be available.
  • The Steam/Sauna are currently CLOSED.

Men's & Women's Health Centers

Please see signs at Health Centers for more details and guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the locker room.
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times.
  • Personal lockers are available. Please be cognizant of giving other members space to change.
  • Towel service is available

Fitness Floor

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Fitness Floor Rules

Fitness Classes

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Fitness Class Rules

Open Gym

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Open Gym Rules

Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts open for recreational play for JCCNS members only. NO ORGANIZED PLAY SUCH AS LESSONS OR LEAGUES.

  • Only players from the same household allowed on the court.
  • All participants must wear face masks.
  • Players waiting to utilize a court should wait outside the courts gate until the previous players have vacated the court.
  • Players should sanitize hands before and after play. Please do not share equipment. Wipe down and sanitize equipment including racquets, balls, and water bottles.
  •  Minimum 6 foot social distancing required.


Please help keep our playgrounds safe!

  • Children and adults who feel sick or are recovering from an illness may not visit the playground.
  • Users should sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Children over the age of 2 and adults must wear face coverings if unable to socially distance. Adults supervising children should monitor children at all times to ensure children adhere to requirements for face coverings.
  • Minimum 6 foot social distancing required. Adults supervising children should monitor children at all times to ensure children maintain proper distancing.
  • If playground is crowded and social distancing cannot be maintained, please go to another playground.

Rules and guidelines subject to change, following CDC, Massachusetts and Marblehead Board of Health recommendations.

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents:

Five Staged Readings: A Season of Virtual Theatre

Each play runs for 21 days - watch whenever you choose!

Bar Mitzvah Boy

November 5-25, 2020

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Bar Mitzvah Boy by Mark Leiren Young, November 5-25, 2020. A non-observant Jewish grandfather/successful divorce attorney decides he needs to have a Bar Mitzvah ASAP and finds his faith during study with a Rabbi who seems to be losing hers. A heartfelt comedy/drama that explores faith, religion, and what it means to be part of a community.

Enter "Marblehead" as Home JCC

Holiday Shorts

December 10 - December 30

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Holiday Shorts by Hank Kimmel, December 10-23, 2020. In a new series of hilarious Woody-Allen-esque short plays, Atlanta playwright Hank Kimmel delights with a new set of offbeat, comic 10-minute plays featuring themes of the holiday season.

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Exquisite Potential

January 7, 2021 - January 27, 2021

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kaplan, January 7-27, 2021. All parents think their children are brilliant. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year-old son, David, is the Messiah. Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visited their rabbi to verify David’s possible divine nature. Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that dad might have been onto something.

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An Unexpected Life

February 4, 2021 - February 24, 2021

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents An Unexpected Life by Alice Eve Cohen, February 4-24, 2021. In a newly revised version of What I Thought I Knew, Alice Eve Cohen weaves hope, humor and an entertaining cast of characters into her captivating memoir of a high risk, unanticipated pregnancy.

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Beau Jest

March 11, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Beau Jest by James Sherman, March 11-31, 2021. What's a nice Jewish girl to do when her parents expect her to marry a nice Jewish doctor even though she’s already in love with another man? Hiring an actor to play her imaginary beau in front of the family seemed like a good idea until the charade is a little too successful and the “hired” boyfriend begins to capture her heart.

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Everyone's Welcome

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