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The White House and Pirkei Avot

On June 2, the White House’s first-ever Cabinet-level science advisor Eric Lander was sworn in using a volume of Pirkei Avot. Pirkei Avot, sometimes translated as “Ethics of the Fathers,” is a unique section of the Mishna. Unlike the rest of the Mishnah’s legal precepts, Pirkei Avot is a collection...

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Leadership Matters

As we celebrate President’s Day Weekend, I cannot overstate the importance of strong, reliable, trustworthy leadership. As we have battled COVID for the past year, we have oscillated between trusting our leaders and doubting them. From the highest levels of government in our country to our local medical officers charged...

Teacher Debbie donates tomatoes from the Preschool Giving Garden to JFCS.

Sharing the Bounty: Growing Values at the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool Garden

While in the garden at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Leslie Family Preschool, the children experience and get to practice many Jewish values pertaining to nature and the environment. In my book Growing Jewish Values: Cultivating Your Jewish Roots in Your Own Backyard, I have emphasized ten values that can be...

Gideon, 5 (left) and Jonah, 8 (right) dressed up for OFJCC J-Camp Colors Wars Day (pictured with their Savta Ruth)

Escape from New York

This summer, Donna B., her husband and two sons decided to escape their home in Brooklyn for a little bit of the West Coast. They searched for a Hebrew-immersion summer camp option for their boys and were overjoyed to find the Tayasim Hebrew language program with J-Camp at the OFJCC....

Shuli (left) welcomes a visitor to campus at the OFJCC Visitor Welcome Table.

The Torah Portion Asks Us: Blessing or Curse?

Shuli Zilberfarb-Sela from the OFJCC’s Befed Kefet Hebrew Language Afterschool Program shares her personal take on the hardships of this year and how they relate to this week’s Torah portion. This article originally appeared in Hebrew in BAInyanim. This week’s Torah portion, “Re’eh” arrives for me with perfect timing that...

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The Drink That’s Taking the Internet by Storm

Special thanks to Faith Kramer and J. The Jewish News of Northern California for the clever Shavuot inspiration for this recipe. Some will call it “Whipped coffee.” Others say it’s “Dalgona” and it originated in South Korea. But the Greeks will tell you that it’s actually “Frappe” and it was...

Squirrel on Jack’s tiny picnic bench – Photo by Gregory Smith

Nature Gifts? Here’s How

Sometimes, nature needs a helping hand. Though you often hear to leave nature alone, there is no denying that we are tied to the natural world around us. Walking around the backyard of my parents’ house (and my childhood home) just a few days ago, I came across an American...

Cynthia Erivo and Stephen Schwartz perform "When You Believe" from the Prince of Egypt (Saturday Night Seder screenshot)

Saturday Night Seder: My Favorite Moments

As I spoke with my mother over the phone, she shared her plans to watch Saturday Night Seder live on YouTube this past Saturday. Curious, I asked her about it. The event was made up of an all-star cast of Hollywood celebrities, talented writers, editors and sound mixers who decided...