JCC Newsletter – Bo
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JCC Newsletter – Bo

As the JCC gears up to celebrate our 70th anniversary Platinum Jubilee, we reflect on the immense spiritual significance of the number 70 in Judaism. We read in the Torah a few weeks ago that Jacob’s House of 70 went down to Egypt leading to the exile and eventual exodus. The Sanhedrin, Judaism’s original (arguably...

JCC Newsletter – Vaera
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JCC Newsletter – Vaera

In a sign of rapidly warming ties between Japan and Israel, Tel Avivnikim flocked to Dizengoff Center this week for the opening of the Jewish State’s first 7-11. The humble konbini, while unlikely to offer kosher nana-chiki and ikura onigiri, began serving insulin-inducing slurpees and gastronomically precarious roller-heated hot dogs, a long way from the...

JCC Newsletter – Shemot
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JCC Newsletter – Shemot

Welcome Back from Hawaii, the Lower 48, Europe, Israel, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Niseko, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Yuzawa, Okinawa and other areas outside the 23 Wards. For those who stayed closer to home, in a way you are the smart ones for not braving the crowds. If you can vacation at less busy times of the...

JCC Newsletter – Miketz
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JCC Newsletter – Miketz

Jews and Chinese Food: A Love Story Like the perennial springtime media coverage of the Christian-Arab who purchases the entirety of Israel’s chametz, you can set your watch to end-of-year articles and blogposts decoding the Jewish-American fascination with Chop Suey and General Tzo’s Chicken; a tradition that began in the early 20th century when New...

JCC Newsletter – Vayeshev
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JCC Newsletter – Vayeshev

The World Cup semifinals did not leave Jews with a lot of great options. Croatia? Despite the embassy’s geographical proximity to the JCC, they are basically fascist until today. No tears were shed in Israel on their loss to… Argentina? Home of the world’s only kosher McDonald’s outside of Israel to be sure but also...

JCC Newsletter – Vayishlach
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JCC Newsletter – Vayishlach

It is by now common knowledge that many popular Christmas songs you hear being piped through shopping malls the world over were written by Jews. ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ by Johnny Marks, ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ by Mel Torme, ‘White Christmas’ by Irving Berlin represent just a few in the panoply of jingles...

JCC Newsletter – Vayetze
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JCC Newsletter – Vayetze

Freddie Roman (born Fred Kirschenbaum)5697-5783; 1937-2022 As the world mourns the loss of an icon, it behooves us to reflect on the fast-disappearing world that was the Borscht Belt. The current nostalgia driven by the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stems from how much of today’s comedic landscape was inspired by Jewish comedians performing in mid-20th century...

JCC Newsletter – Toldot
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JCC Newsletter – Toldot

Are Jews permitted to celebrate Thanksgiving? While nowadays the question seems anachronistic or even borderline absurd, there was a time in recent memory when the answer was not so simple. For one, Thanksgiving could lead to the dreaded ‘mixed dancing’ threatening millennia of Jewish propriety. But in another, slightly more serious way the concern exists...

JCC Newsletter – Chayei Sarah
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JCC Newsletter – Chayei Sarah

Next week brings no shortage of holidays. Of course, we are blessed to celebrate 勤労感謝の日 on Wednesday followed by American Thanksgiving on Thursday. And just in case you’re in the 3-5% of JCC families with little nexus to Japan or the US, we will also welcome Rosh Chodesh, the new Hebrew month of Kislev when...

JCC Newsletter – Lech Lecha
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JCC Newsletter – Lech Lecha

With tourism to Japan open again, we are happy to announce that the JCC has gotten back to hosting visitors from all over the world for Friday night services and dinner. They love our sanctuary, cuisine, ambience and of course Izaki-san’s famous challah rolls. The one thing missing? Y-O-U! As much as folks from overseas...