Something for Everyone at the JCC

By Annette Pinder The JCC is not just a fitness center. It is a vibrant destination, where no one is left out – starting with kids as young as nine months. There are in-person and virtual fitness classes, on-demand videos, and personal training, a wellness and cooking

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She Thought She Wanted to Be a Rabbi: Instead She Became a Farmer

By Tess Moran Missy Singer DuMars never set out to become a farmer. “I grew up as a suburban city-girl, where playing outside was on a golf course and manicured yards — not ponds and forests and fields. Animals were at zoos, not in my backyard. Beyond

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Saving Afghan Evacuees

BUAE Needs Your Help to Meet the Challenge by Todd Geise, Director of Marketing, JFS of Western New York Imagine being uprooted from your homeland, and the only place you’ve ever known. Imagine being thrust into a new culture with minimal understanding of its language and customs,

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Publisher’s Letter: October 2021

Rather than devote an entire section of the magazine to Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, I decided to intersperse the articles to make them harder to bypass. After all, breast cancer continues to touch so many lives. One startling statistic is that 1 in 8 women

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Pre-Winter Perennial Pruning Pointers

Foliage and football might be two things that people instantly associate with fall, but there’s more to this beautiful season than brightly colored leaves and action on the gridiron. While spring is an ideal time to plan and plant flowers and most fruits and vegetables, seasoned growers

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Keep Kids Safe

What to Ask Caregivers and Daycare Centers By Annette Pinder As families with young children settle into “back to school” routines, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) recommends that parents ask their providers some important questions regarding their COVID-19 safety protocols. What is your center’s policy

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Help Your Child Transition Back to School

establishing routines and expectations is important By Claire Rosenecker The return to school and a “new normal” can bring about many uncertainties, emotions, and anxious feelings for your child. As we know, daily schedules have been constantly changing throughout the course of the pandemic, and for your

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Halloween Safety for Unvaccinated Children

Jack-o’-lanterns are lit on front porches, neighborhood streets are blanketed in colorful leaves, mulled apple cider is simmering on the stove, and children are putting the finishing touches on costumes and trick-or-treating routes. But with only a fraction of children vaccinated, families are still looking for safe

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