Simon Family JCC Blog

JCC: A Home Away From Home

Moving to a different community can be tough. Welcoming a new baby has its challenges. Finding the perfect childcare provider for first-time parents who just moved—now that’s a stressful endeavor. But that’s exactly where Jasmine Amitay and her husband Yaniv found themselves nearly six years ago. They moved to Virginia Beach and promptly welcomed their…

Something for Everyone at the JCC

Nona Lipsey is a bit of a Mah Jong enthusiast. When she moved to the Virginia Beach area to live closer to family in 2010, she joined the Simon Family JCC after hearing about the regular Monday games. During a few Mah Jong games, Nona heard about water exercise programs offered during the week. Gradually,…

Goodbyes are Not Forever

Military families experience a lot of moves, and a lot of goodbyes. The Trest family is no stranger to packing up and changing duty stations, but after becoming part of the Simon Family JCC’s close-knit community, they’re moving to a different duty station at the end of the summer. Rachel is a full-time military mother….

Finding that Work-Life-Family Balance

I am a busy mother of three teenage boys, and I also work as a paralegal. The best way for me to manage stress and stay in shape is to work out—the Simon Family JCC provides me that opportunity. With my hectic schedule, I have a small a window to work out during lunch. Even during…

Supermom’s Secret: The JCC

By Rebecca Zimmerman The Simon Family JCC is like a second home to me. In fact, I often feel like I live there. My children attend the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, located on campus, as well as Camp JCC during the summer. It’s convenient to go to the gym or stop by the Cardo Café…

Israel’s Solution to a Water-Starved World

By Seth M. Siegel About three years ago, I learned that the world was on the cusp of a global water crisis. As a frequent visitor to Israel, I began wondering what impact this would have on a country that is 60 percent desert and a dry place everywhere else. You can only imagine my…