A Message in Response to the Events in Charlottesville

As the words of Torah were being chanted in Jewish communities across the country this weekend, white supremacists were chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans as they converged on Charlottesville to “Unite the Right,” a rally that swiftly erupted in violence…

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The Experience

At JCP, experiential education is at the core of our educational philosophy, and the eclipse in just a few short weeks presents an opportunity for experiential education in its purest form. John Dewey, who popularized this philosophy, stressed the importance…

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The Wonder of it All

The moon is one of the earliest points of imagination and metaphor we offer young children. We tuck our children in, bid goodnight to the moon, and tell them that we love them to the moon and back; it becomes…

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JCP Welcomes New Hebrew School Director

JCP Welcomes Erin Beser, our new Hebrew School Director! Erin is a creative educator with extensive experience in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings. Most recently, she served as a teacher and administrator at the Solomon Schechter School of…

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Our Next Chapter

We can’t help but wonder, what was your favorite JCP moment this year? Hearing the Shofar signal the start of the new year on Rosh HaShanah? Kvelling over the Challah cover your child designed for family Shabbat dinner? Dining on…

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From Mount Sinai to the Poconos

On Shavuot, the festival of the giving of the Torah, it is customary to reenact our ancestors’ experience of Mount Sinai by reading the Ten Commandments from the Torah scroll; some people stay up late or all night, imagining that…

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JCP Celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Iyar (celebrated on May 2, 2017 this year), which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of…

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The Magic Word

 What’s the magic word? Sometimes our children think that is “please.” I like to believe that the magic word, words are actually “thank you.” A week an half ago, I visited my nephew’s kindergarten class on his sixth birthday. After…

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