We ♥ Aunt Deb

Deb Kurland

If you’re picturing an absolutely irresistible, hilarious member of the community who you wish was your aunt, you’ve found her in Deb Kurland.

A retired LCSW, Deb and her husband got involved in this JCC in 1984. “My kids went through preschool, summer camp and our daughter became a counselor on board here,” says Deb. She has remained involved, especially with the youngest generation of her family. “I came to volunteer with my grandchild Elizabeth when she was a preschooler here.”

Deb is known for her sociability. “I come here and I work out.  I do more talking than working out because I have friends of many different ages here. My husband jokes that it’s hard sometimes for me to get to the machine.”

She’s also got pearls of wisdom for you:

  • On showing up: “It’s just a great community. We show up for each other. There’s history.”
  • On meeting other people: “It’s always about connection. It’s always about community. It leads to joy.”
  • On making mom friends: “Be the one who organizes the coffee, the brunch for other parents.”

Thank you, Deb for your wisdom, years of volunteering and giving back to the community!

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Andrea Longini

Written by Andrea Longini

Andrea Longini calls herself the Communications Manager at the OFJCC. She also calls her family long distance in Pittsburgh and her in-laws even longer distance in Belgium. She believes part of living fully is staying in touch with people you care about. An example of how this can be done is by sending them links to meaningful blog posts. Now that's what she calls communicating!

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