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Amy & Barney Kaplan Create Endowment Fund for the Katz JCC

 By Stephanie Dworkin, Katz JCC, Cherry Hill Marketing Director Every Friday night, Amy and Barney Kaplan travel two miles from home to celebrate Shabbat with their daughter Sarah, son-in-law Jason and their grandsons, Brandon and Adam.  They enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner featuring what has become lovingly known as “Nana…

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JCC Member Set to Run 60k in a Day...for the J!

Running a marathon is 26.2 miles and is no small feat. Multiply that by 15, and you’re at 393 miles. Barry Susson has run that distance and thousands more miles over his 40-year running career. He’s run marathons in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, and even Berlin, Germany. On…

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Shalom from Amanda

Shalom Katz JCC Family, My name is Amanda Halliwell – Fitness, Wellness and Membership Director at the JCC.  I have had the privilege of working at the JCC for 25 years. Over these years, I have seen many pages turn during my specific journey and the journey of the JCC;…

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Connecting Families, One Day at a Time

Last weekend, we had a fabulous time at our Magical Purim program at the J.  Almost 300 attendees enjoyed time with family and friends as we listed our favorite Purim characters, were amazed by magic with George, saw bubbles of various shapes and sizes and left with delicious hamantashen. One…

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Reflections from Oded

From our Executive DirectorShalom JCC Family, As I reflect on the past week and the challenges we faced due to senseless antisemitism, I am humbled by the outpouring of love and support I saw our community showed for one another.  In difficult moments come strength, collaboration and kindness; all of that…

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Shalom from Lori!

A message from Lori Rubin, Katz JCC Associate Executive Director Shalom Katz JCC Members, As I finish my fifth week at the Katz JCC, I wanted to reach out to introduce myself.  I am incredibly excited to have joined the team here at the J as Associate Executive Director.  If…

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2021 Festival of ABC full of performances, entertainment all week long

By Stephanie Dworkin, Katz JCC, Cherry Hill Marketing Director The Katz JCC’s 32nd annual Festival of Arts, Books and Culture is set to begin on Thursday, November 4, and there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to learn something new through the lens of historical fiction, gain a…

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Family + Fall + Fun = Fall Festival at Camp!

By Sara Sideman, JCC Camps at Medford Director For those of us who work full-time in the world of Camp, there are really only two seasons: camp and not camp.  The concept of living 10 months for 2 really rings true for our JCC Camps at Medford team.  We spend…

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Emmy's Journey to Parkinson's Connection at the JCC

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in Philadelphia on October 1, 2010. It was almost two years after I had noticed worrying symptoms of a left foot that seemed to be slapping the ground as I walked and a very slight tremor in my left leg. First, I spent a…

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The Year Grandma Dora Sent Us Very Memorable Hamentashen for Purim

 By Sharon Konkin Siegel, Director of Life Long Learning and Adult Programming  My paternal grandparents, Sol and Dora Konkin, escaped the frigid New Jersey winter by renting a room in Hotel Sheldon, a modest hotel in sunny, warm Miami Beach. These hotels that used to be filled with the smells of brisket and boiled chicken and sounds of Yiddish-speaking elderly kibitzing on the porch now comprise the very trendy and expensive…

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