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JCC State of Mind – February 23, 2024

In the fast-paced and competitive landscape of today’s workplace, professional development is required for both organizational and personal growth and adaptation. Yet, despite its pivotal role in employee success, many tend to overlook or undervalue the significance of continuous learning and skill enhancement. Some professionals, having reached a certain level of competence in their field, erroneously believe that they have attained all the knowledge and …

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JCC Personal Training Tips

Why Mobility Matters Fabiola Perrone, JCC Personal Trainer While most of us relate being “fit” or “in shape” to being strong, strength doesn’t stand alone. You need good mobility. What is mobility? It is the ability to take a specific muscle through the full range of motion, enabling you to move with control and stability. “It’s being able to own your body,” says Fabiola Perrone, JCC Personal Trainer. “It’s …

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JCC State of Mind – February 16, 2024

Last week I attended the JCCA’s annual Mifgash conference in Denver, Colorado and had the opportunity to gather with more than 140 JCC leaders from across North America to think and learn collaboratively about the unique interests and priorities of our respective JCCs and the broader JCC Movement in today’s world. Having been on the job for a whopping five months, I arrived with the typical conference …

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JCC State of Mind – January 19, 2024

Continuing the Work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Joachim Prinz When the nation's attention turned to the National Mall on August 28th, 1963, moments before the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of what America could be, his ally, Rabbi Joachim Prinz of New Jersey took to the podium. He and King were among the ten leaders of …

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JCC State of Mind – January 12, 2024

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join the JCC’s talented team of lifeguards for a mandatory training session at our South Hills pool. Organized and led by a number of key members of our aquatics staff – Carla Hartley, Sarah Grimm, Anna Rose Watterson, Lex Glickman, Tim Griffith and Emily Lawrence – we discussed general preparedness, proper surveillance and water rescue techniques, teamwork, communication …

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JCC State of Mind – January 5, 2024

In our increasingly multifaceted and complex society, collaboration between government and non-profit organizations is paramount in shaping the present and future of our community. At the heart of a thriving community often lies a dynamic partnership between the public sector and non-profit organizations. This collaboration can be a powerful force that when harnessed effectively, can bring about positive and lasting change. Earlier today, the JCC was …

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Overcoming Fear and Learning to Swim at the JCC!

First Person Perfect: Adult Swim Written by Mia McPherson, Contributing Writer, Mt. Lebanon Magazine | December 20, 2023 Photography by John Schisler Encouraged by JCC assistant aquatics director Sarah Grimm, Mia McPherson performs a freestyle stroke during a recent swimming lesson. Well into adulthood, Mia decided to challenge herself and learn to swim. I’ve always felt a fear of water. When I was a young child, I took a swim class …

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A Dream for a Better Future: Remarks made on October 27, 2023

Remarks made on October 27, 2023 5th Year Community Commemoration of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Rev. Liddy Barlow and Rabbi Ron Symons On this sacred and liminal day, we stand together as spiritual siblings looking back on these past five years, considering our learning, cherishing times of joy, remembering moments of challenge. On this tender and poignant day, we stand together as interfaith bridge builders, representing so many partners …

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Update from JCC Camps – October 2023

Dear JCC Day Camp community, These last few days have been sad and concerning for many of us as we watch the events unfolding in the Middle East.  My thoughts have included our day camp Shlichim, colleagues in Israel and everyone living in our partnership community in Karmiel and Misgav.  As many of you know, we welcomed nine Shlichim (Israeli staff) to our camp community this …

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Our Lives Have Changed Beyond Recognition

Sunday, October 8, 2023 Day 2: Operation Iron Swords I have never experienced the pain, frustration, fear, or sorrow that I feel today—and will continue to feel in the coming days. I am constantly on the brink of tears, which spill over every now and then—when our little grandchildren are not around. After a short, disturbed night's sleep, we woke to the intensity of the disaster, which is …

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