Oshman Family JCC Blog

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Why I’m Giving on #GivingTuesday

My favorite activities at the Oshman Family JCC are the lectures, talks and seminars. Mental exercise! I have always loved learning. My first job out of college was at the Brookings Institution, where going to hear dignitaries, academics and researchers was “part of the job.” Like most of us, my...

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What Kids Are Thankful for

This month, kids on campus—whether in Club J, the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool, or Meira Academy—are getting ready for Thanksgiving. We asked them what they were thankful for this year and they treated us to these gems: “I am thankful for shelter.” -Adi S., 7 “My brother.” Naama M., 9 “I...

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Welcome to The Breakfast Club

No matter how you look at it, The Breakfast Club defined a generation. When hearing this phrase, many people think of the classic 1985 John Hughes film about teenagers in high school. They each come from different cliques, standing in for different stereotypes, and must serve a day’s worth of...

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What kind of driver are you?/!

Have you ever been guilty of committing a California rolling stop, also known as a “California roll”? Some driving maneuvers may be very common but are unsafe or even against the law. However, for better or worse, we’re easily influenced by those around us. An article from the academic journal Accident Analysis...

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An Approach to Learning that Puts Kids at the Center

“Each child is unique and the protagonist of his or her own growth.” –Loris Malaguzzi, developer of the Reggio Emilia approach In the world of early childhood education, there are many different philosophies, teaching strategies and beliefs regarding how children learn best. For those of us at the OFJCC Leslie...

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Simchat Torah: A Joyous Celebration

As a child, when the High Holiday season approached, the day I anticipated most was Simchat Torah. What an exciting day! The kids would get flags and dance around the Torahs together with the adults. We would have delicious treats and we even got to watch the adults behave like...

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Three Life Lessons I Learned from Surfing

To be fair, I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up surfing.  The first time a six foot wave slapped my face, it was enough to make me reconsider my commitment to my new hobby.  After all, getting up at the crack of dawn, paddling...

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Celebrating the High Holidays—with Dietary Restrictions

For me, Rosh Hashanah eve is a wonderful celebration of the Jewish New Year which includes friends and family gathering around a delicious and festive meal. The past few years have brought new dietary challenges for us, however. Like many, we have new restrictions in place on what we can bring...

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How a New Ritual Transformed my Rosh Hashanah

I have a favorite ritual at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and it has nothing to do with synagogue, seeing family or even eating special foods. For the last eight years, I’ve participated in Reboot’s 10Q, an online platform for participants to answer one question per day in their...

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Giving Voice to the Female Role

Opera is not kind to its female characters. Most of them suffer until the bitter end. In their suffering, many female roles are decidedly vocal. In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a malicious spirit that possesses the body of a living person until it has accomplished its task. Until recently, S. Ansky’s...