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Welcome to The J Schmooze!

Hey everybody! We are so excited to announce our brand new blog geared towards J families! The J Schmooze! It’s not the sales-y type of blog but the funny, quirky, informational type of blog so many of you have been asking for. Our plan is to post a few times a month and the blog will be accessible on our website all the time. Keep an eye out for the J Journal, which will have links to the most recent posts.

So, why The J Schmooze? The word schmooze comes from the Yiddish word “shmuesn”, meaning to converse, chat, mingle, mix, or network, which is the exact intention of this blog!

We hope The Schmooze will be a helpful resource for your family and even inspire a few new ideas! We'll include articles on parenting, youth sports and extracurricular activities, Jewish holidays, and a whole lot more. All of the posts here will be written or curated by one of the subject matter experts we have on staff at The J. 

If you have any questions, or suggestions for the types of articles you would like to see here, feel free to email me!

Thanks for being part of our J Family. ❤️

Stacey Belzer
Director of Family Engagement at The J

The Most Recent Schmooze


How to celebrate Tu B'Shevat with your family

Posted by: Jill Maidhof on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

You know Arbor Day—that’s when your child comes home with a sprout that—parent alert—will become a 30-foot tree that threatens your neighbor’s roof. Tu B’Shevat is Arbor Day without the sad story!  Translated as the 15th of the month of Shevat, the day was, in biblical times celebrated as the birthday of the trees. This was important because according to Jewish law, farmers couldn’t start eating the fruit of a tree until it had reached a certain age.



Monday, January 7, 2019

Avoiding the Annual "Quitters' Day"

Posted by: Stacey Belzer on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00:00 pm Comments (0)

It's the New Year, and many resolutions are still in full swing. And we suspect some aren't. Here are some tips for staying healthy and motivated ... well through "Quitters Day" on January 12th.




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter weather have your kids (and you!) going stir crazy?

Posted by: Stacey Belzer on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)

An indoor dance party is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues. Here are a few of our favorite (parent-tested) Spotify playlists to get the party going!




Youth sports is a very prominent part of the lives of many families in our community. While youth sports brings a lot of fun, excitement, and joy, it can sometimes be difficult to balance these activities with the many other important aspects of family life.

While there is no single right way to strike the balance that is best for all families, it is important for families to periodically take a step back and reflect on the question of what is the proper balance and determine if perhaps things have gotten a bit out of balance. Brooke de Lench, the author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sport offers the following introduction to the topic that can also serve as a helpful conversation starter for parents.

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