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What does your day at the J look like? Surely each of us can paint a very different picture. For some, their day may be playing a tennis match followed by relaxing at the pool. For others, part of their day could be enjoyed on a calming walk on our nature trail prior to attending a meeting on Campus.
Matzah Pizza, a go-to Passover staple, amateurish maybe. It can easily be prepared in a toaster oven in a dorm room, a microwave at the office, or even prepared cold and uncooked (yes, people do that, ask Rachel!).
What to prepare for dinner?
When you are responsible for feeding other people than yourself, it can be a tricky question. Add Passover into the equation and now the query is even more complicated, especially towards the end of the holiday when your Matzah supply may be low. Passover is certainly a feasting holiday, but one with many restrictions, especially on some of the most easy weeknight meals to prepare for busy families, such as pasta, quesadillas, or even a frozen pizza.
It hardly seems possible that this will be the third year I am honored by being the Rabbi for the JCC’s community Seder.
When I accepted the invitation for my first Seder with y’all (I am still a southern boy at heart), I had no idea what to expect. Would my jokes and offhand remarks be well received?
Cooking for others is even more satisfying than cooking my favorite meal all for myself. Whether it be for my family, friends, co-workers, or the teachers at the Block and Dreeben School for Young Children, I am often in the kitchen, preparing at least one of the three daily meals, sometimes a snack, and most often, a dessert.
Purim is known for costumes and cookies, but there’s a lot more depth to the holiday.
There are actually four mitzvot to Purim, or four things we are supposed to do to celebrate the holiday. Having a feast is indeed one of them, as are listening to the story (The Megillah Esther), giving gifts to friends (mishloach manot), and giving to the poor (matanot la’evyonim).
Living in Israel, traveling throughout the country numerous times, and leading Birthright Israel trips, one would think my connection to all parts of my homeland is strong and meaningful. However, part of having a connection with people, forming real memories on the land, and understanding its importance truly brings you much closer to the place.
I have too many books.
I’ve got bookshelves at home and bookshelves at work. I have books I’ll never look at and books I should have given away long ago.
My family and I moved here from Pennsylvania in August and even before we arrived, we had researched the JCC online. The tour of the facility we took on our very first day in San Antonio included a stop at The Vex, where I chatted with Ken Frazier and Dylan Brainard while my kids played on the set of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Once again, we're upstairs at the "J," in the JCC's Conference Room. There's just enough light coming from the hallway and the flat screen before us that I can make out the faces in profile of the other members of the Film Festival Committee. It's not just seeing two movies a week from the end of June till mid-October that makes me smile—it's the chance to spend time with a group of congenial grown-ups kibbutzing a few minutes before we start the movie of the day, and then, best of all, to join in the lively discussions that follow.