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JCC of Omaha offering free, on-demand classes

Posted at 9:42 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 10:42:37-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — This has been a challenging time for various communities, and the Jewish Community Center of Omaha has had to revamp how they serve their clients.

JCC has 2,400 family units, so with them being closed, it has been a challenge. Their kids and parents have a lot of free time, but they found a way to stay connected.

Welcome to the virtual world of the JCC - they offer live classes 20 times a week.

"When we developed and put this on our website, we decided we would not charge anyone, member or not," said executive director Mark Martin. "We wanted to be a community player, we wanted to share the our expertise at the JCC with our members and the community."

Once a live class has taken place, you can view it later from their on demand platform. Everything from gaga to cooking and fitness boot camps.

Martin says their virtual world has exploded.

"We have gone from just a few hundred visitors on our YouTube channel, to over 8,000 in the last 30 days. We have also created a whole new niche we never we never had before," he said.

So far they have a total of 187 videos that can be watched for free.

No matter what religion you are, Martin says the JCC is inclusive, and they welcome everyone to take advantage of the classes and visit them in person once they open back up.