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Passover Seder with the Cohens

(Published March 29, 2022 for April 2022 eZine) This month, the Jewish members at the JCC will celebrate Passover with family and friends. For most, that means celebrating at least one night of the Seder ritual – coming together to eat, laugh and share in the Jewish tradition. For the Cohen family, that is no different. JCC board member Jeff …

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Chanukah Celebrations with the Rubins

(Published Oct 26, 2021) When Mike and Leslie Rubin moved into the Meridian Hills North apartments just down the street from the JCC, they knew what they were getting themselves into. “It was a Jewish community – everyone in our building was Jewish, we had four Jewish mothers in just the little place where we were. Our apartment was like …

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Mrs. Grimm’s High Holidays Honey Cake

(Published Aug 25, 2021) Beth Grimm (aka “Mrs. Grimm”) is part of the fabric of the JCC – she’s been coming to the facility since she was 10 years old and has worked in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program for over 40 years. “It’s always been a sense of community and family,” she said. “Going through life’s journeys, the …

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High Holidays Traditions with Ally Weiss and Eric Ratner

(Published Aug 25, 2021) It’s the High Holidays, do you know where your Jewish friends are? For JCC board members and 2021 Hand in Hand Campaign co-chairs Ally Weiss and Eric Ratner, while their exact locations are different, the ways in which they observe Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are quite similar, …

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Cathy Kravitz, Renaissance Woman

Cathy Kravitz (Jewish white woman with blonde hair in her 60s wearing an ivory sweater and mask) standing in front of a colorful mural

(Published Feb 22, 2021) Having been a member for over 30 years, Cathy Kravitz is something of a JCC celebrity. As a daily lap swimmer who has also participated in dance aerobics and tennis programs, taught art to the kids in the Early Childhood Education program and even exhibited in the JCC’s art gallery, she has a finger in several …

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Meet the Wippers

(Published April 7, 2020) “Passover is a perfect way to introduce Judaism to those who are not Jewish, because there’s so much participation,” said Hannah Wipper, a lifelong JCC member who was raised proudly Jewish by her Jewish father and Catholic mother. Growing Up Multi-Faith  As a child, Hannah was exposed to both Judaism and Catholicism. She attended Hasten Hebrew …

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Ms. Kate’s Recipe for the High Holidays

(Published Sep 17, 2019) For ECE teacher Kate O. and her daughter Miriam, the High Holidays mean a solid month of everything being sticky, thanks to Miriam’s love of dipping apples in honey, a Rosh Hashana custom. But even more than that, Kate and Miriam love the communal aspects of celebrating the High Holidays, whether that’s hearing the shofar (ram’s …

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Celebration and Commemoration

(Published Mar 29, 2018) Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover) to all JCC members and neighbors in our community. Soon we will be commemorating Yom HaShoah (Apr 12) or Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaZikaron (Apr 18) Israel Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. Part of Jewish culture is to acknowledge and learn from the solemn and balance it with celebration. So, …

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The War of Yom Kippur 1973

Written by Lynne, oldest grandchild of Hertzel Tzadok and daughter of JCC Member Shirley Tzadok Alkobi (Mar 21, 2018) During Yom Kippur 1973 when my Grandpa Hertzel Tzadok finished praying and came home, he was summoned to go and fight in a war. When he found out about this he was 22 years old. He was very surprised and no …

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Grandma Teddy’s Passover Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe + A Little History

(Published Apr 1, 2015) This recipe came straight from my grandmother’s kitchen. They’ve been a staple at my family Passover for as long as I can remember. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll need: Next: Cream the sugars and butter together. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined. Add …

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