JCC Newsletter – Behar
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JCC Newsletter – Behar

Lag BaOmer is Lag BaOver, school is wrapping up and even the stock market is showing signs of being well, kind of done. Does that mean the JCC is tanking like your portfolio? Of course not! From upcoming B’nei Mitzvah to birthday kiddushes, Shavuot and even special guest Torah readers the JCC is rocking and...

JCC Newsletter – Emor
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JCC Newsletter – Emor

Mother’s Day. Think we’re a week late? Hardly. Judaism commands us to treat every day as Mother’s Day. What is the source? Exodus 20:12 Honor thy father and thy mother... If you look at the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, you will notice that the first four relate solely to humanity’s relationship with the Divine...

JCC Newsletter – Kedoshim (Not Acharei Mot)
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JCC Newsletter – Kedoshim (Not Acharei Mot)

Kedoshim? Again? You may have noticed that this week’s newsletter subject line seems familiar. Well oddly enough, while last week’s parsha was indeed Kedoshim it was also another parsha called Acharei Mot. How is this possible? The answer depends on whether you were in Israel or the Diaspora. Usually, the weekly parsha/lectionary cycle (SAT word)...

JCC Newsletter – Kedoshim
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JCC Newsletter – Kedoshim

Sefirat haOmer. No, also not an autocorrect or typo. The term references the practice of counting seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. Before you think ugh rabbi, thanks for sharing another esoteric Jewish practice that has no practical significance in my life, know that Sefirah is a mitzvah taken directly from the Torah. Not impressed...

JCC Newsletter – Second Days of Passover
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JCC Newsletter – Second Days of Passover

Eruv Tavshilin. No that is not an autocorrect error or a typo. Eruv Tavshilin is a ritual that, if not obscure, comes up very infrequently. While prohibited on Shabbat, cooking is permitted on Yom Tov/Festivals like Sukkot, Shavuot and of course Passover. Normally, somebody is only allowed to cook those meals necessary for the holiday...

JCC Newsletter – Shabbat Passover First Days
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JCC Newsletter – Shabbat Passover First Days

The tables are set. The kitchen has been turned over. The chametz has been sold. We are in the home stretch of a nearly yearlong process. It began with Dan Turk helping to arrange our Passover order from Streit’s in the middle of a pandemic and supply chain crunch. Several weeks after passing through the...

JCC Newsletter – Metzora/Shabbat haGadol
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JCC Newsletter – Metzora/Shabbat haGadol

Passover is coming. If you haven’t made your seder reservations yet, the deadline is today, Friday 4/8 so please visit our Passover page ASAP. But also…the Mormons are coming? Yes, it’s true. On Sunday, April 24th at 2:30pm nearly 200 LDS’ers, Zionists the whole lot of them, will visit the JCC to learn more about...

JCC Newsletter – Tazria/HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan
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JCC Newsletter – Tazria/HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan

The Presidency. No, not of the United States but the JCC. In our nearly 70-year history, just over a minyan of men have held the title and borne the responsibility of leading our august institution. In the beginning were gentlemen from Harbin and Shanghai of Russian extraction. More recently, the Americans have held court. But...

JCC Newsletter – Shmini
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JCC Newsletter – Shmini

Before we get to Passover, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how amazing Purim was at the JCC. Instead of charging admission fees, we trusted that the community would step up in terms of donating to World Jewish Relief’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal instead and did you ever. We are currently holding at over 150,000...

JCC Newsletter – Parshat Vayikra/Shabbat Zachor
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JCC Newsletter – Parshat Vayikra/Shabbat Zachor

The war in Ukraine continues to be on our minds and in our hearts. Many of our ancestors emigrated from Ukraine relatively recently after centuries of shtetl life. We have partnered with my rabbinical school YCT for a learning session on Monday, March 14th at 9:00am JST focused on the Torah of Ukraine. The event...