Posts by Serena Franks

Healthy Back to School Snacks

by Stephanie Jacovini, NDTR, Katz JCC Certified Nutritionist It’s back to school time! That means school lunches and after school snacks. Many parents ask, how do they keep kids healthy and get out the door each morning? The key is – be prepared! Shop with a purpose and have a list of what you want … Continued

JCC Pro-Am Honorees: A JCC Hole-in-One

By Brian M. Adler, JCC Fundraising Director / JCC Assistant Director Each year, I have the pleasure of coordinating the JCC Pro-Am.  For the past several years, we’ve been holding our Pro-Am at Galloway National Golf Club, a truly beautiful and challenging course with ocean breezes, as it offers stunning views of the bay marshes … Continued

Leave the Driving to Us

By Marcy Weiner-Lahav, Adult/Cultural/Judaic Department Director Is there a Life Long Learning class you would like to attend at the Katz JCC?  Would you like to try our Adult Meal Program or our Chair Aerobics/Yoga/Pilates classes?  Perhaps you have wanted to do all of these things at the J but thought you couldn’t because you … Continued

Six Tips to Help Tackle Vacation Anxiety

by Liz Curran, Katz JCC Wellness Lifestyle Coach Vacation.  Many of us spend all year day-dreaming and planning our next vacation. It’s a time to relax, have fun and disconnect from the daily grind as much as possible. But, what if the thought of a vacation gives you “every day anxiety”?  Is it too hard … Continued

Best Beach Books for Summer

by Sabrina Spector, Katz JCC Adults Assistant Director and Cultural & Judaic Director and Irene Afek, Sanders Memorial Library Librarian At the end of May, I was lucky enough to attend the annual Jewish Book Council conference and hear from over 250 amazing authors in preparation for the Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books … Continued

Oh the Places You’ll Go at the Kids Triathlon

by Gene Bonetti, Fitness Director and organizer of the Kids Triathlon. What is it like when you feel a sense of accomplishment, especially when you’re between the ages of 6-13 years old?  Is it the pride you might feel when you’ve climbed the highest mountain? The joy of getting an A on that impossible math … Continued

Wishing You a Meaningful Passover

By Michele Meyer, Early Childhood Staff Passover is one of my favorite holidays.  Each holiday holds something special to me, but the reason I love Passover so much is because it is filled with traditions.  I collect Seder plates and have them displayed all around my home.  For Passover I always use the same Seder … Continued

Purim is More Than Costumes

by Sabrina Spector, Katz JCC Cultural Director Purim is such a fun holiday filled with laughter, great food, music, costumes and lots of candy.  To the general public, it almost looks as if it is the Jewish version of Halloween.  Halloween is a great holiday according to every kid and dentist across the nation but … Continued

America’s Dad, As You’ve Never Seen Him Before

By Ellen Lowenberger, JCC Big Event Co-Chair Remember back in the 90’s when you’d watch an episode of Full House and Bob Saget’s character, Danny Tanner, would have a heartfelt talk at the end of each episode with one of his daughters? He’d offer sincere advice, tell them he loved them, and each talk would … Continued

Reflecting on MLK Day 2019

by Sara Sideman, JCC Camps at Medford Associate Director I have always found MLK Day to be one of the most meaningful days of the year for volunteer work.  As someone who has spent more than 10 years working with teenagers in JCCs, I have run many days of service and volunteer work.  I have … Continued