JCP Blog

Raising Real World Heroes

Each day, in their play, children expose the deepest vulnerabilities and the most extreme powers of the human spirit.

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8 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with JCP

JCP is your Downtown home for Hanukkah! Come together for one of our many holiday services or celebrations to experience the festival of lights with your family and friends. All events are open to the community - and many our…

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Finding Hope in Community

At its best, a strong community offers us a place to feel safe and hopeful, not because we are invulnerable, but because we are together.

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Learning Together

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ~ E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web Children…

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High Holidays 2017/5778 Community Member Speeches

Read inspiring personal stories from JCP community members which were shared during our High Holiday services.

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Getting Ready For Sukkot @ HSP!

Sukkot begins on Wednesday night, but we couldn’t wait to get shakin’ on Monday and Tuesday during HSP. HSP learners participated in a variety of activities, many themed around the story and customs of Sukkot. Kindergarten continued their exploration of…

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Overheard @ HSP

Here are some of the most delicious quotes from the Kindergarten discussion of Creation: What was created on the first day? “Delaware, because its the first state.”  “Can the earth die?” “Before there was sky, what was on top?” What…

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Rosh Hashanah 2017 Speech — Alex Gillette

Rabbi Jason asked me if I would be interested in speaking during the High Holidays about my Jewish journey and my relationship to JCP. I requested to do so at Rosh Hashanah. In the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah…

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Kol Nidre 2017 Speech — Erica Marks

Good evening everyone. Thank you Rabbi Jason, Erin and Evan for asking me to speak to tonight. I must admit, I was more than a bit surprised to be asked to do this, but certainly felt honored. Upon hearing that…

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Yom Kippur 2017 Speech — Margrit Wiesendanger

Dear friends, it is truly an honor to be invited to share my Jewish journey with you. My upbringing was entirely secular, and for a number of years, it seemed I had no need for a faith. It was enough…

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