Oshman Family JCC Blog

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Chocolate Lady

What makes you happy? For Jo Kadis, it’s bringing joy to others with food. “I never wanted to retire from catering,” says Jo, a vibrant 82. She found her post-career calling by serving food at the popular Community Tuesdays lunch and concert series and being an escort for day trips. Jo...

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Bacon with Bodner?

While we won’t be hosting Bacon with Bodner at the OFJCC any time soon, we did host a successful Bourbon with Bodner this month, bringing together more than fifty people for booze and schmooze. And this week, we are celebrating Hanukkah here at the OFJCC and out in our community as...

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My Jewish Library: Book Ideas for Hanukkah

Raised in a deeply Jewish home, I knew the basics of Jewish practice.  However, as with many boomers, during my college years, my Jewish practice faded to Hanukkah latke parties and not much else. Post college, my observance continued to lapse… until I became pregnant. That life change made me...

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One Man’s Trash…

For the past two weeks, an unusual sculpture has graced the lobby of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex at the Oshman Family JCC. It is bright blue and green and is made of…what is that? Kat Korhonen, OFJCC Customer Service Desk Representative says, “People are asking what the sculpture is in...

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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...