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New Beginnings, Then and Now

Friday, January 22, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Two weeks ago an angry mob scaled the walls of the Capitol Building. This week a peaceful transition of power took place at that very same building, reinforcing the bi-partisan, democratic process that has sustained our country for generations. The 2021 inauguration ceremony was like none we’ve ever seen in United States history for many reasons—25,000 National Guard units patrolling the Capitol grounds, 200,000 flags standing in as ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Shabbat Message

Friday, January 8, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Love Your Neighbor The events of this week were extremely disturbing to watch and difficult to comprehend. The Capitol Building, great sanctuary of American democracy, was desecrated and defiled. Windows were smashed, objects were stolen, and lives were lost. Three days ago it was unimaginable that this could occur, and today, we are faced with the reality that it did. We as Jews know what it’s like for a holy place to be defiled; for ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

10 To Start 2021 Workout

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

If one of your goals for the New Year is to start an exercise program or if you are looking to return to the gym after a long layoff, plan to start small. Check out this 10-exercise workout from our Fitness Director, Robin Fortenberry.

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Plan for Success with Your New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

It’s the time of year where so many of us set out with the best intentions on making significant changes in our lives in the form of a New Year’s Resolution. Statistics show that an overwhelming majority of these resolutions are not successful. One of the main reasons for the lack of success is not taking the time to create a plan. Here are some simple tips to help increase your chances for success.

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Gymnastics for Early Childhood

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Posted by: Tim Erwin
Gymnastics is a great activity for early childhood because it builds the mind, body and awareness all while having fun. The skills developed through gymnastics are incredible and aid in the development of: Strength, Balance and Coordination Social and Emotional Skills, Building Self-Esteem Focus, Following Directions, and Organization of Thoughts Sharing and Taking Turns As children learn new gymnastics skills, they are developing cognitive ...
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Category: Early Childhood

Letter to the Editor: Drive-In Movie Nights

Friday, December 11, 2020
Posted by: Amy Rahmani

A letter to the editor of the Jewish-Herald Voice from Gayle Kamen-Weinstein in regards to Resistance, our drive-in movie during the Jewish Book & Arts Festival 2020, and response from our own Arts & Culture Director, Amy Rahmani. 

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Category: Arts and Culture

2021, Here We Come!

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

Most of us are ready to put the year 2020 behind us and move on to a more hopeful 2021. Don't wait for 2021 to make those small changes and most importantly, stay positive and don't get discouraged with set backs.

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Fall Teen Programming in Full Swing at the J

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Posted by: Michelle Fingeret
We are thrilled to let you know about many opportunities for teens to engage in virtual and in-person programming at the J this fall! Many of our award-winning and popular teen programs have been re-imaged with health and safety in mind. Our Houston Connect 68 (HC68) in-person social program for middle schoolers kicked off in September with a “Saturday Night Dive” pool party. In October, we offered an improv comedy program and a ...
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Category: Teens

Member Update for Nov 11, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Posted by: admin

Periodically over the past few months, we have provided updates on the progress of our Capital and Endowment Campaign to renovate our J. I am thrilled to share with you to date we have raised $41.3 million towards our $50 million goal. While we still have an additional $8.7 million to raise, our Board of Trustees is confident of our ability to reach our goal and last month approved moving forward with our very exciting and transformational renovation plans.

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Category: Our New J

Flexibility Is The Key

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

For the purpose of this article, flexibility has nothing to do with yoga, Pilates or gymnastics. It has everything to do with taking a different approach than your normal way of accomplishing goals and overcoming set-backs. The definition of flexibility is "the quality of bending easily without breaking". While this the definition is in the physical sense, I feel that it is relevant with what our society has been dealing with and for what may be to come. We want to bend, change and adapt but not to the point of simply giving up. The real key is to be cognitively flexible in order to improve your ability to create options.

So many changes have come about since this past spring...

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