Message from the Board

A Vision for a Sweet New Year

With the sweetness of apples and honey on our lips, and the energy that comes with a new year and united old and new members, now is the time to recommit ourselves to the difference the DJC can make in

Oy Vey, What a Year!

The High Holy Days are a time for renewal; a time to shake off the bad, to apologize or forgive, and to focus on the year ahead. Remember the solar eclipse experienced in the western hemisphere last week? The sun

Word of the Month: Naches

The Yiddish word naches (נחת \näKHəs\ NAKH-es) can be translated as pleasure, delight, or proud enjoyment. One might be heard saying, “What naches it gave us to see the whole gymnasium of the JCC filled with people of all types,

Many Ways to be Part of Community

One of the things we are proud of at the DJC is all the different ways there are to be part of our community.  In the past month alone we’ve had Shabbat services and an UnService for those more or

Oh, Spring!

“Oh, spring!  I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration.” ~ Emily Carr As our ancestors survived the transition from slavery to freedom, we have made it through the winter (and a week of eating matzah) to

Here’s to Freedom

As we approach Passover this year, the DJC’s role as a force for expression, engagement, freedom, and inclusivity has never felt more crucial. As so much of the world closes its doors, our Social Justice committee has at last welcomed

Following in Their Footsteps

Over the past month, the actions and rhetoric of those in the world who wish to divide, harm, and incite people has felt unbearable.  Yet, as the year rolls toward Purim and Passover, we are reminded of the struggle against

Advice from a Tree

If trees could talk, what would they teach us?  This question comes to mind as we prepare for Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish holiday known as the New Year for Trees.  At the DJC, we observe the holiday with our annual

Reflecting & Looking Forward

We may be up to our knees in snow, but our homes are lit with Chanukah candles and our stomachs are full of potato latkes.  Winter is not so bad! In December, Rabbi Miriam shared with us the historical, national,

Letting the Light In

November was a heavy month for many of our members.  The hours of daylight decreased.  Many felt deep concern over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.  Two powerful DJC events (Last Folio exhibit fundraiser and