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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


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ahoy, or just Oy?

Posted by: Stacey Belzer, Director of Family Engagement at The J on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:45:00 am Comments (0)

Here’s a question: what’s Jewish about pirates?  Well, it turns out, quite a bit. 

As early as the 1st century B.C.E., the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus wrote about Jewish pirates on the Mediterranean Sea, who harassed Roman shipping, interrupting supply lines between Egypt and Rome. But these “pirates” probably wouldn’t fit the popular swashbuckling image provided today by Disney and Johnny Depp...

How Do You Talk to Your Children About Inclusion?

Posted by: Janna Rosenthal on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00:00 am Comments (0)

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month

How to celebrate Tu B'Shevat with your family

Posted by: Family Engagement on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:02:00 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.



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.

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

Posted by: Stacey Belzer on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 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!




How to Avoid Catastrophe When Grocery Shopping with Kids

Posted by: Stacey Belzer on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)


Does the thought of grocery shopping with your kids make you feel stressed?

These helpful tips will have everyone smiling their way through the store!




Do you know a high school singer in Kansas City?

Auditions for KC SuperStar are open. Now in our 10th year, KC SuperStar is an American Idol-style competition that awards the most talented high school singer in Kansas City with a  $10,000 prize. 









It's the Jewish Month of Adar! Be Happy!!

Posted by: Jill Maidhof on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Don’t worry, be Happy—it’s ADAR!!

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