JCC Newsletter – Chukat
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JCC Newsletter – Chukat

***Last Reminder for Friday Night Dinner Reservation by 2:00pm Wednesday 7/6*** The JCC was once described derisively as the ‘American Synagogue in Japan’, a play on the name of the institution which hoovers up an inordinately large percentage of members’ income known as ASIJ. But I think that characterization is a bit unfair. We are...

JCC Newsletter – Korach
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JCC Newsletter – Korach

“For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens…May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the...

JCC Newsletter – Shlach
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JCC Newsletter – Shlach

Since we celebrated Mother’s Day a Shabbat late, it only makes sense that the dads of our community should receive the same honor. Who is the greatest ABBA ever? No, I am not referring to ‘Dancing Queen’ and its eponymous nod to Shulamit, the first century daughter of Israeli King Herod. Greatest Abba means who...

JCC Newsletter – Beha’alotcha
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JCC Newsletter – Beha’alotcha

BLUF*: Sign up for Family Shabbat on 6/24. It’s the last chance for Sunday School students to eat for free! And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Rambam/Maimonides in his Mishneh Torah teaches that the highest level of tzedakah/charity is helping somebody become self-sufficient. Commitment to this lofty ideal may be a reason why...

JCC Newsletter – Naso
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JCC Newsletter – Naso

In case you are wondering why the newsletter is landing in your inbox on a Wednesday morning, the JCC is hosting two exciting events these next few days that you won’t want to miss. In non-chronological order, here we go. Amelia Wilhelm’s Bat Mitzvah will take place this Saturday morning June 11th at 10am in...

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...