Stories written by Linda K. Landy

Student Spotlight-Taralee Britton

Student Spotlight-Taralee Britton

The last few years have been hard for incoming Coral Gables High senior Taralee Britton. Her mother lost her job a couple of years ago and they lost their home. “It came out of nowhere. She went to work and she got laid off,” Britton said. “We were in another house that we had bought; […]

Student Spotligh-Shayla Durant

Student Spotligh-Shayla Durant

  When incoming Coral Gables High senior Shayla Durant is not at school, she’s probably on a stage as an actress, singer and dancer. “I want to perform on Broadway when I get older,” she said. “I love musical theater. Acting lets you be another person on stage and gives you the freedom to be […]

Student Spotlight-Natalie Pacheco

Student Spotlight-Natalie Pacheco

Natalie Pacheco, an incoming senior at Coral Gables High, has more than 400 community service hours recorded, most because of her participation on the Gablettes and Co. Dance Team. “We perform at football games, we do performances for AIDS benefits, for middle schools and we do shows,” she said. “We also had a Gablettes review.” […]

Solve life’s problems by talking, meditating at the J

Local and world events of the last month have been interesting to say the least; the Boston Marathon bombings, the nuclear threat from North Korea, the gun control debate, immigration reform, the Marlins, the Dolphins stadium issue and so much more. I have to admit that these issues have me so worked up, that I […]

JCC performances commemorate Yom Ha Shoah, Israel Independence Day

JCC performances commemorate Yom Ha Shoah, Israel Independence Day

I recently switched on the TV in the middle of a joint press conference by President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, honestly, these press conferences usually bore me to death, but before I could change the channel, I witnessed an amusing exchange. NBC’s Chuck Todd had just started the third of […]

JCC Grand Tournament features golf, tennis

JCC Grand Tournament features golf, tennis

Happy 10th anniversary — to me! It occurred to me this morning that I have been writing this column since 2003, and the very first installment was about the Dave and Mary Alper JCC’s Grand Tournament. This is 11th time I am writing about the tournament, now in its 21st year. So much has happened […]

Newly designed JCC fitness center can be a life saver

Newly designed JCC fitness center can be a life saver

I am firmly convinced that the Alper JCC fitness center saved my mother’s life. In 2011 my healthy, active 70-something mother started falling out of bed — not falling while getting out of bed, but landing on the floor while sound asleep. After four falls mom had severely injured her back. She was in constant […]

Follow the yellow brick road to JCC summer camp

Follow the yellow brick road to JCC summer camp

When I was a kid, The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie. Long before the days of VHS and DVD, the Wizard of Oz movie was televised each year only on Thanksgiving. It was a tradition to watch it and I still can’t get through the end without crying. The theme of this year’s […]

Melissa Manchster in concert at the Alper JCC

Melissa Manchster in concert at the Alper JCC

If you are a child of the ’60s like me, get out your calendar. There’s no need to fight the parking downtown or schlep to the Beach or Broward. One concert you won’t want to miss will be right here in our community this month. Melissa Manchester, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, returns to the […]

‘Rashi’s Daughters’ author Maggie Anton to speak at JCC

‘Rashi’s Daughters’ author Maggie Anton to speak at JCC

Maggie Anton, author of the dramatic trilogy Rashi’s Daughters, will speak at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. In her latest novel, she follows Hisdadukh, daughter of the rabbi Hisda and one of the most frequently mentioned women in the Talmud. Her story, set in the household of […]

JCC offers program to combat teen obesity

Teen obesity is not a new phenomenon. In the early 1970s, I had a teenage acquaintance that spent a summer at Duke University on the Rice Diet program. Back then, they called it fat camp. He came back thin. A few years ago, my son had a friend who went away for a summer to […]

JCC textile arts exhibit explores Jewish history and issues

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About 10 years ago my mother introduced the Miriam’s Cup to our Passover Seder. Each year she reads a passage that speaks of the multi-talented Miriam as a dancer, prophetess and stitcher, among others. We have always been a little skeptical about the stitcher claim because my mother is an accomplished needle artist. So, I […]

JCC Jewish Book Festival addresses the power of relationships

The theme of the Alper JCC’s 32nd annual Jewish Book Festival and Women’s Day Luncheon is The Power of Relationships – Personal & Political. Here are this month’s appearances: Monday, Oct. 29 Francesca Segal The Innocents 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am In her slyly humorous debut novel, The Innocents, Segal (daughter of Erich Segal […]

JCC Jewish Book Festival has something for everyone

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Thursday, Oct. 11 Kati Marton Paris A Love Story 1 p.m. – Alper JCC Marton,Peabody Award-winner and former NPR and ABC News correspondent, has written a memoir of love and loss. During college Marton spent time in Paris researching her family’s escape from communist Hungary to France. After the sudden death of her husband, Ambassador […]