Message from the Board


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


Embracing the DJC

The last month has been nothing short of extraordinary in the life of the DJC.  It’s been a time when our vibrancy and growth has never been more apparent, and when the warmth and closeness of this community has been


A Sweet New Year

First things first:  Tomorrow is the deadline for advance registration for the High Holy Days! It’s the time of year when everyone in our community comes together again. September has been a special time: nearly 90 children starting in our