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Teacher Debbie: The Jewish Value of Eating in Season

Beloved preschool teacher and Garden Pedagogista Debbie Togliatti shares her wisdom on respecting the land by eating according to the seasons. Even though spring hasn’t arrived yet, I’m already dreaming about what’ll come in summer: juicy tomatoes and stone fruit, especially sweet cherries, crisp cucumbers, more zucchini than I’ll ever be...

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Fabulous Purim Costumes You Can Whip Up in No Time [DIY]

Make the most out of the festive holiday with fun and creative costume ideas. Purim is a time of hidden miracles. For this reason, is it customary to disguise ourselves with masks and creative costumes on the holiday. Purim tells the story of a kingdom in ancient Persia where the newly-appointed queen...

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How Can I Stand with the JCC?

One of the most amazing things about serving as Chief Marketing Officer is that I get to hear so much of the good, the bad, and the just plain weird of all that happens at the OFJCC and in our community. Though the call we received last Monday that forced...

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We’re in This Together

In this week’s Torah portion, Jethro notices his son-in-law Moses dealing with challenges in adjudicating all of the Israelites’ cases by himself. Ever the wise individual, Jethro advises Moses to create a council that will help balance the work for the community. After the council is in place and the society is...

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Mayim Mayim Everywhere!

These long, rainy days have us wondering when it will ever stop. And the moment it does, we run outside to enjoy the brief hours of dry weather before the next onslaught. Certainly we’re grateful for the break from California’s long years of drought. But still, some days it feels...

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Don’t Kids Say the Funniest Things?

Every now and then, children are known to dispense real nuggets of wisdom – and sometimes hilarity. So OFJCC’s own Edgar Ochoa took some time to speak to J-Camp kids to find out the tunes that brighten their day and their favorite fauna, learning something about the flying speed of a falcon along the...

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Lettuce Break Bread Together

A great man once said, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” That man was never part of the Salad Club. Because apparently four chefs working together can make a great salad. Vera, Mila, Raj and Elena prove that together, people can solve the conundrum about what to have for lunch every...

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That Moment When Nature Takes Your Breath Away

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are visiting Rancho San Antonio Nature preserve with my parents and sister. Hearing the rushing sound of the stream, smelling the pungent scent of bay leaves, coming upon a barn owl, seeing a bobcat in the distance, visiting animals at Deer Hollow Farm—all...

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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Consciously or unconsciously, visual art influences our perception of God. Classical images shown to us as children, paintings memorized during art history class to fulfill college requirements, and the occasional visit to an art museum increase our exposure to visual depictions of the divine. For the past 2,000 years or...