Five Things To Do This Summer

Summer is here! While this may not have been the start to the season that we all expected – it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do! From watching movies to taking part in a reading challenge, there are plenty of activities this Summer that you and your family can enjoy (while also practicing social distancing and safety procedures).


1. Participate in a conversation about race

June 30 – September 15
The recent events in our country have brought to the forefront the issue of inequalities about race in our country. Check out “Connecting Generations: Difficult Conversations About Race.” This three-part virtual series will focuse on meaningful and difficult conversations that bring together the wisdom, experience and perspectives of different generations of the Jewish community to deepen one’s understanding of race and racism.

Prior to each session, participants will be asked to read or listen to a pre-selected article or podcast that will frame the conversation. The first group, held on June 30, will be asked to listen to NPR’s “Code Switch: A Decade Of Watching Black People Die.”

To register for this session or learn more about the additional sessions in August and September, visit this Facebook event page.


2. Take the Reading Challenge

July 1- August 31
The Macks Center for Jewish Education’s (CJE) Summer Reading Program is back! Open to all students –preschoolers through high schoolers, this year, with the coronavirus pandemic making it more difficult to read physical books, the Macks CJE is encouraging readers to participate through their brand new eBook collection.

Books were handpicked carefully by CJE Librarian Jessica Fink and include critically-acclaimed titles, Jewish biographies, historical selections and more. There is something for every age and interest.

Prizes will be offered to those who participate.


3. Learn from best-selling authors

July 15, 22 & 28
Join the JCC, in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop for three fascinating virtual, informal discussions with international best-selling authors. Featuring mystery writer, Daniel Silva with his wife Jamie Gangel of CNN; author and former CEO of Sixth and I, Esther Safron Foer with her journalist/author son Joshua; and cookbook authors Adeena Sussman and Leah Koenig, this series is great for anyone who loves to read and is interested in access to the authors’ writing journey and personal experiences.

Silva and Gangel will discuss his new thriller, The Order, Safron Foer will talk with her son about her memoir, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, and Sussman and Koenig will focus on Israeli food, with a nod to the cookbook, Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen.

All attendees will receive an autographed copy of the books. Curbside delivery is being offered.


4. Volunteer and make a difference

All Summer
From providing meals to those in need to reading children’s books, there are a variety of volunteering opportunities that can double as a family activity. Lead a virtual workshop, donate blood or make friendly virtual calls to clients of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Volunteering as a family is a great way to teach your children the impact of helping your community, of giving back. Jewish Volunteer Connection has a wide variety of opportunities at-home, on-location, virtually or otherwise. Check out their regularly updated list of opportunities.


5. Get together culturally through socially-distanced, innovative programming

The JCC has a host of programs coming up for all ages. From Drive-in Movies at the J to Virtual Master Classes and more. Be sure to keep an eye out on their page for more information.


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