Children & Youth

Israeli Actress Enjoying Time in Midstate

Gili Nimni is just eleven years old, but already she has achieved success as one of the premier child actresses in Israel.

“I always wanted to be an actress,” she says.

Gili, a Silver Academy student who is living in the area with her family as part of an exchange program with the Army…

March of the Living ’22 Plans To Return to Poland, Israel

By Jenna Rappaport

Am Yisrael Chai...the Jewish people live, is the recurring theme of the March of the Living, an inspiring, exhilarating and memorable journey with Jewish teens from across the globe.  The “March” is a roller coaster of emotions-- from sadness to elation, from de…

A Compassionate Spirit

By Kim Kupfer

Compassion. That is how her mother describes her. Being the youngest of three siblings, she grew up around values of kindness, giving back to the world, sprinkled with strong Jewish traditions. It is no wonder then that Rena Cheskis chose to do a Bat Mitzvah project supporting…

Menorah Finds New Home As Special Bar Mitzvah Gift

By Mary Klaus

An old menorah found in a Virginia attic and nearly thrown away has a new home with a recently Bar Mitzvah.

C.J. Schneier, who became a Bar Mitzvah at Chisuk Emuna in May, received the gift from Matt McGuire, a Catholic man new to the area.

McGuire, who in November moved wit…

The Next Chapter

By Sammy Schwab

Many of my parent's friends who I bump into at the JCC all ask me, “What is next”?

My answer is astoundingly simple, "EVERYTHING!”

Everything is what is next. I may be a senior and graduating from high school, and ultimately the JCC in some respects, however, my shot…