It is a hugely exciting development that cultural institutions, including theatres, cinemas, and community centres, will be permitted to open from July 4. JW3 will be opening our Centre in a staggered, careful way so that everyone who visits in person can feel – and be - as safe as possible. JW3 has been far from shut over lockdown and all our online activities will continue over the coming weeks, so JW3 remains accessible to all.

JW3 doesn’t fit neatly into any one category, as we’ve always been determined to offer whatever the community needs. That’s why JW3’s community centre provides a space for cinema, theatre, music and discussion, and also a space for Jewish education, for children and family activities, for mentoring and job support, for health and fitness classes, a food bank, a blood donor centre, the list goes on and on!

Because of the diversity of what we offer, and the different requirements and considerations for each and every activity, we are proceeding slowly and cautiously to re-open our site for public use. We have surveyed our members and everyone who uses our Centre so that we can fully take on board people’s views as we plan ahead. And we are in discussions with our Trustees and lay leadership who continue to advise us on what is best for the community and the wider public who benefit from our services.

At the same time, all the amazing work taking place to deliver food and meals to vulnerable adults and families in these difficult times will carry on. Due to demand we will also be offering Summer Holiday Day Camps for children that will be run at JW3 in partnership with a fantastic, Ofsted-registered childcare provider, following all government guidelines. And we will continue with our online digital summer day camps for those who are not yet ready or able to meet up outside.

A full programme for a September – December season of JW3 activities is in development and in the meantime, JW3 will continue to serve our community, both online and offline, in any way we possibly can. We are incredibly grateful for the fantastic way the community has embraced JW3’s services and programmes since lockdown began, and we can’t wait to see everyone back in our physical site in the near future.

Raymond Simonson