Stories written by Linda K. Landy

Summer camper reunion planned

Growing up in Miami Josh Rader and his twin brother spent every summer at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as campers, returning to the J as camp staff during their college years. Josh even met his future wife Michelle Applerouth-Rader at the JCC. Their life-long friend Matthew Bittel’s childhood also revolved around […]

JCC photo, poetry exhibit interprets Jewish life cycles


And then there was one. Last month I travelled to Dallas for the funeral of a wonderful woman. She and her sister grew up in a small Texas town with my late mother-in-law. Though technically cousins, the three were closer than most sisters and, as her obituary fondly read, they were “a trio of women […]

Make the most of fall with JCC programs, classes


The big story of the summer of 2012 is the heat wave across the country. I don’t know about you, but South Florida’s combination of unbearable temperatures and extreme humidity put a damper (focus on damp) on everything I do. This week I saw the first signs that the hot summer is coming to an […]

JCC preschool earns top marks


My siblings joke that mother couldn’t make a decision to save her life. After agonizing over the choices for an eternity, she makes a decision. But, wait a minute, maybe she should do this other thing. Of course, option one does have its merits. And, around and around we go. Making an important decision is […]

Grand Tournament features golf, tennis, Mah Jongg


This year marks the 20th anniversary of two significant South Dade events. I’m guessing that the first thing that comes to your mind is Hurricane Andrew, clearly an event that no one wants to see repeated. The other is the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Grand Tournament that raises money for pre-school, after-school and summer […]

Tony Orlando to appear at JCC Special Needs event


It is hard to drive down the street without seeing those familiar awareness ribbons on the back of a car. While the pink ribbon for breast cancer is familiar to most Americans, the most widely recognized is the yellow ribbon which supports American soldiers deployed across the globe. The custom of tying a yellow ribbon […]

JCC fitness center offers Eight Weeks to a Healthier You


By Linda K. Landy…. I have come to the conclusion that I was tragically born without a metabolism. I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for as long as I can remember – sometimes more successfully than others — and have lost and gained about a million pounds. I went on my first […]

Danny Berry Baseball just keeps getting better

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By Linda K. Landy…. It’s a far cry from the two dusty baseball fields accessed by a muddy, unpaved parking lot when my boys helped inaugurate Danny Berry’s JCC Baseball in 1993. As the physical facilities have grown, so has the variety of programs. Coach Berry offers a unique brand of youth baseball through a […]

Neil Sedaka to appear at JCC book festival


By Linda K. Landy…. The Alper JCC is abuzz. The author who will be appearing at the annual Women’s Day Luncheon received rave reviews on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Book Section and was featured in People Magazine. The New York Times reviewer writes, “She (Krauss) gives us her tragic vision pure. […]