We loved the Gefilte Fish. It was a great experience. Hands down the swim meets were the most fun of all the swim meets our kids have ever been to. Laid back, low key, all positive reinforcement, everyone happy. It was all I wanted from a swim team this summer, and suited our purposes (and schedules and wallet) perfectly. We will be back next summer.
Recently, my husband and I were talking
with our two boys over dinner about our upcoming summer vacation and the
topic of "memories" came up. Our boys are 7 and 9 years old so to
help illustrate this concept we provided some
examples and asked them to recount some memories of their own - this
conversation diverged into a storytelling account of our earliest
childhood memories. My oldest son who is a Shalom pre-school graduate
recounted what he believed to he his earliest memory
of sitting with his class at Shabbat and witnessing an incident where
someone accidentally knocked one of the lit Shabbat candles off the
table. The pre-school teacher, thinking quickly, caught the candle just
before it hit the floor keeping the candle lit!
I was taken aback first by my son's
detailed description and his observation that the teacher had "saved"
Shabbat by catching the candle; but I also paused at the revelation that
my son will carry this early childhood memory with
him for the rest of his life (along with many more I hope). My husband
and I have reflected upon this several times since our son first shared
this story and we are so grateful that this memory includes a
connection to our son's Jewish heritage and that the
setting of this memory was at the JCC and included the people who had
cared and nurtured him in these early years. It makes us value the JCC
and our community all the more - a special thanks to all.