Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

Learn How To Make Falafel

access_time April 15, 2021 - By Jessica Montour

The York JCC had the honor of hosting community member, Vivian (Viv) Lazar in our kitchen this week to demonstrate how to make falafel in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Viv comes from a line of Chefs throughout the world, and a wealth of knowledge. Check out the recipe and video demonstration below…. read more »

My Hero – Janusz Korczak

access_time July 15, 2020 - By Amber

EAS Blog Post by Deb Smith Children are not future people, because they are people already…Children are people. -Janusz Korczak Do you have someone you look up to? A hero? My hero is Janusz Korczak, and I would like to tell you a little bit about him. First, look at the two Korczak Memorial pictures… read more »

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

access_time July 15, 2020 - By Amber

By Deb Smith Please read the following and consider participating in the final project. Warsaw was the capital of Poland and a major center of Jewish life and culture. The pre-war Jewish population of Warsaw was 350,000 (about 30 percent of the city’s total population). On October 12, 1940, the Warsaw ghetto was established by… read more »

Resilience of the Human Spirit

access_time July 15, 2020 - By Amber

By Deb Smith, Program Director, Bearing Witness: Holocaust Education and Advocacy, York JCC/IDEAS Center. During this time of self-isolation and the unknown, let’s discuss acts of resilience of the human spirit. Have you ever heard of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat archives? Ringelblum was a historian and community figure in the Warsaw Ghetto of… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Kim Soderberg

access_time May 1, 2020 - By Amber

Since my teen years, I’ve had the “travel bug.” World Cultures was my favorite subject in school and I found it fascinating how so many different kinds of people there were in the world. I had many wonderful adventures (mostly in my teens and 20s), but nothing can compare to the experience I had in… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Melissa Plotkin

access_time May 1, 2020 - By Amber

People will say, “You don’t know/understand until you experience it.” That was me. I have been doing diversity and inclusion work for the IDEAS Center/York JCC for over 6 years and I’ve never been to Israel. I’ve had family and friends who have gone, but it wasn’t until I went back in November 2019 that… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Lien Luong

access_time May 1, 2020 - By Amber

Going to Israel was an incredible learning experience. I grew to better understand and appreciate Jewish culture and religion. I knew several cultures and religions call Israel home, but I never knew just how vastly diverse it is. The experience opened my eyes to so many different ethnic groups and cultures within Israel that I… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Michelle Zeller

access_time May 1, 2020 - By Amber

The months lagged as I waited in anticipation for the adventure of going to Israel to come to fruition. I looked at it as an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the Jewish peoples in Israel. What I got was so much more… I had no idea that the trip that included co-workers… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Jen Landis

access_time May 1, 2020 - By Amber

Going to Israel was a blessing. I am lucky to be part of such an amazing facility that would offer this to their employees. Ever since I was a young girl my grandmother wanted to go to Israel. When I was asked to be part of the JCC team that was going, I initially said… read more »

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