JCP Blog

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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JCP Welcomes New Early Childhood Director

JCP welcomes Alicia Stoller, our new Early Childhood Director! Alicia began her work in early childhood education as a classroom teacher, and her experience includes senior administrative roles in training, supporting and coaching teachers in curriculum design and overall professional…

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Stopping and Unplugging

Stop! We can become so accustomed to thinking of Shabbat as our day of rest that we do not embrace the original meaning of the word: Shabbat means stop.

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Unity and Community

For so many of us, last night was a long evening of surprises. We awoke aware of the fact that while a difficult, contentious election was over, the country would now need to come together and move forward as a united United…

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