October 2016


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...


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...

James Ward shredding the waves.

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...