Simon Family JCC Blog

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…

Progress, not Perfection: Lessons from Simchat Torah

by Tracie Guy-Decker My sister’s voice on the other end of the phone line sounded anxious. “What should I do?” she said, “I really don’t want to screw this up.” She was worrying about a session she was organizing for a professional conference, but she could just as easily have been seeking advice about being…

What the Hut? Meditations on Sukkot

One Sukkot while I was in graduate school, the young men and women of the local Chabad chapter built what they called a “sukkah-mobile” (come to think of it, it’s likely they built one every year, though I only encountered it once). It was a simple but solid hut built on a flat-bed trailer. They…

Yom Kippur: What Lyme Disease Taught Me About Fasting

by Tracie Guy-Decker Regular readers of my guest blogs on the Simon Family JCC site will know that I often write about the Jewish holidays as I experience them (again) through my 3-year-old daughter’s eyes. Indeed, my thoughts about Rosh Hashanah last week followed that theme. For Yom Kippur, I am feeling slightly more self-reflective….