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Frequently Asked Questions About Membership

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Frequently Asked Questions About Memberships

Will I Receive a Membership Card?

All members will receive a membership card when joining the JCC. You will receive three versions – a credit card size, a small key tag and an adhesive strip. You can also take a picture of your card and/or use the app KeyRing. CARDS MUST BE PRESENTED WHEN ENTERING THE FITNESS AREAS. Replacement tags are $10 each. All individuals 10 years of age and older must have a JCC I.D. card.

Can Children Use the Wellness, Fitness & Sports Facility?

We offer supervised classes for our youth population in our Wellness, Fitness & Sports department. All youngsters 14 years and older may use the health club on their own. Youngsters under age 14 may participate in specialized fitness classes (see our program listings). 10 -13 year olds can join us for TUF-TEENS UNDERSTANDING FITNESS. This one time, two hour class demonstrates proper techniqueand proper procedures for using the JCC's cardio and fitness equipment. Once class is completed, kids receive TUF teens wristband to signify they have passed the course and can use the cardio equipment. Children 10 years and older may use the pool and gymnasium unaccompanied by an adult.

How Do I Know if the JCC is Closed or Closing Early Due to Inclement Weather?

In the event of inclement weather, please visit our website at,  view our facebook or twitter pages or watch for an email.

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What Are My Membership Dues Used Toward?

Your membership dues support the operating budget of the JCC.

Will Other JCCs Honor My Membership?

If you travel outside the Buffalo area, many JCCs will honor your valid JCC membership. Please check with the JCC you would like to visit to inquire about their reciprocity policy. We extend the same courtesy to our out-of-town guests.

Is Membership valid at both facilities?

Absolutely! Many members who live in the suburbs and work in the city utilize both facilities.

Is the entire facility available to me as a member?

Yes! Members enjoy everything we have to offer, including a comprehensive fitness facility and all our fitness classes, with your membership card. One-on-one instruction or services, such as personal training or massage therapy, are available for an additional fee. Camp, Early Childhood Education programs and after school care also have additional charges that vary.

What are membership prices?

Click here to see our special offers. 

Do you offer Babysitting?

Yes! In addition to our year round Early Childhood Program, members can work out, attend a class or lecture or work out without worry as we have on-site babysitting.

Must we be Members to enroll in Preschool or Camp or Afterschool Care?

It isn’t required but we strongly encourage it for a few reasons. First, we discount the rates charged for these programs to members. Second, the JCC is owned by its members and a family atmosphere is encouraged. We think it’s great when a parent has time for an after or before work workout. Cultural Arts programming , special events, meals at our wonderful Myers Family Tel Aviv Café, a swim in our pools and dozens of other programs enrich the experience of families in our youth programs.

Do you offer Military Discounts?

Yes! JCC of Greater Buffalo is pleased to extend discounts to individuals in the Military and their families. 
* 50% off our annual membership plus registration fee for families of currently or soon to be deployed Military or those in the Reserves with military jobs.
* 25% off our annual membership plus no registration fee for families/individuals in the Reserves with full-time non-military jobs, retired and/or disabled Veterans.
* 50% off standard pricing for short term memberships for individuals who've received their deployment papers OR are currently on temporary leave from their tour of duty.  
* We are glad to extend our facilities free of charge to active military personnel who are home for fewer than 3 months.

Can we bring guests?

Click here to learn about guest passes. 

Do you have a snack bar or restaurant?

Yes, click here to learn about the Myers Family Tel Aviv Cafe. 

What if I can’t afford the full membership charges?

Since our inception more than 66 years ago the JCC has provided financial assistance to deserving individuals and families. An anonymous financial aid committee reviews tax documents and other evidence of need and offers assistance to the extent possible. Just ask for an application for assistance at the time you apply for membership. Please click here to obtain a Financial Aid Form from Jodee Fiorella, at For questions, call 716-688-411 x306.

Will I be subjected to constant selling of costly services such as Personal Training?

Our staff is not permitted to use badgering or high-pressure sales techniques at any time. They are, however, encouraged to suggest programs, classes or individualized training for members whom they believe could benefit from such services. We maintain a delicate balance which is respectful of member’s space and comfort without neglecting real needs as we serve our members.

Tell me about your Access Control System?

The access card may be thought of as an electronic "key", that is used by persons to gain access through the doors. Each access card is uniquely encoded.

To enter the building, the user simply scans his/her card across the reader, allowing the card to be "read". The card's identity will be verified electronically and the door will unlock immediately.

We have video cameras at the entrance to both JCC locations so that we can keep an eye on the gated entry areas and is integrated with the gate intercom system and allow the member Services Staff to view who is at the door seeking permission to enter.

To call the elevator to the lobby, scan your JCC card and push the button for your desired floor. Once the elevator has responded to the lobby, the person may enter and travel to any floor served by the elevator.

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