Most of the JMM’s staff gathered together last weekend to mark a very special simcha – the bat mitzvah of Rose Alon, daughter of our wonderful Program Director, Ilene Dackman-Alon. It was not surprising, but awesome nonetheless, to see Rose up on the bima, chanting Torah so beautifully – a vision in purple! After a lovely service, (wherein Ilene herself read Torah for the first time!) and a delicious lunch, we all met up Saturday night for Rose’s bat mitzvah party at the Stoneleigh Bowling Alley.
Fortunately, staff at the JMM have fun together at work and at play. Rose’s party was no exception. We feasted on bowling alley pizza, salads, chips and dips, and imbibed in beer, wine and sodas. And many of us bowled! I don’t think I am being overly modest when I say that my colleagues weren’t expecting me to be a decent bowler. In fact, I didn’t really plan to bowl at all. But somehow once at the alley, the urge to play struck me like a ton of bowling balls. I thought Avi would faint when I bowled a strike, a spare, one after the other. It was duckpin bowling but still… One of the great things about doing non-work activities with one’s colleagues is learning about their hidden talents!
All of us at the JMM wish Rose a great big Mazel tov – Black-Eyed Peas style!