Tidewater Trio Takes on 2015 European Maccabi Games

By Scott Katz More than 2,000 Jewish athletes from 36 countries gathered at the Waldbühne in Berlin for the 2015 Maccabi games last month.  Three of those athletes— Jacob Konikoff, Evan Roesen, and Wayne Simon—represented the Tidewater community. The games, which ran from July 27 to Aug. 5, feature 19 sports disciplines. Evan and Wayne brought…

A Summer to Remember: Camp JCC

Each day of Camp JCC is as individual as the children who attend. Campers bustle with excitement as they enter the Simon Family JCC, talking about the day’s theme, waving to new friends, and asking if it’s time to swim at the water park. Efi Potashski, like many other parents, walks her children to their…

Cardio or Strength? Yes!

Cardio is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of exercise: jogging, swimming, biking and the like. Moving more is the most fundamental goal when people aim to change their weight, their body, their lifestyle, and moving more = cardio. Cardio is also responsible for the lovely rush of endorphins sometimes…

Easy prevention for a too-common cause of death in children

Summer days spent around in and around a swimming pool are fond memories for many Americans. Unfortunately, for too many of us, those happy times can quickly turn to tragedy. According to the CDC, after car accidents, drowning is the most common cause of injury-related death among kids ages 1 – 14. There are basic…

7 Reasons Every Kid Should Go to Summer Camp

by Camp JCC staff With the “unofficial” start of the summer, Memorial Day, now behind us, kids are getting more and more excited (and parents more and more anxious) about the school year coming to a close. We at Camp JCC are here to help both parents and kids! Here are our top seven reasons…

A perfect Sunday afternoon?

Imagine this: You’re walking with your family in the warm afternoon sun of mid-May in Virginia. Your children dance to high-energy pop music from a live band. As you wander past the stage, you smile and pat your shopping bag, so glad you found those earrings in the Art Expo—your mother will love them. In…

JCC to moms: You deserve some ‘me time’!

American women tend to prioritize other people’s needs above their own. When those women are mothers, their needs fall even further down on their own to-do list. With today’s so-called “over-scheduled” kids, and more and more women (and men) finding themselves in the sandwich generation, many women, especially mothers, neglect their own needs. In The…

Camp JCC vs. Summer Learning Loss

Screen-Free Week is right around the corner. It’s timing, toward the end of the school year, can’t help but get us at Camp JCC a little bit passionate. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that the average American child spends seven hours in front of screens every day. For many kids, that number increases dramatically…

The FREE depression treatment Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about

If there were a drug that reduced stress, fought depression, strengthened cardiovascular health, improved the quality of your sleep, and even helped you maintain a healthy weight, would you take it? Sound too good to be true? It’s not; it exists, it’s very safe, and the side effects are minimal. No, it’s not a new…