Israel at the J, even under duress

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Since the kidnapping in June of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Sha’er and Naftali Fraenkel, JCCs and their camps have been grappling with ways to handle news coming from Israel. As Hamas rockets launched toward Israeli cities increased, and Israel launched a ground war in Gaza, JCCs have come up with a variety of creative ways to […]

Kol Hakavod!

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We’re wishing a well-deserved mazal tov to Steve Becker, JCC Association’s vice president of health and wellness, and Marla Cohen, communications manager, for recent recognition for outstanding work in their respective fields. Steve has received the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations […]

Different Ways to Do Camp

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With the weather warming and the days getting longer camp can only be around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about Ultimate Frisbee, color wars, ceramics and swimming in the lake. But not all campers were made for just one type of camp. And this year we have two new JCC camps – Camp […]

Educating the educators…in Israel

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To deepen the connection between educational professionals in North America and the land of Israel, 23 early childhood educators from 23 JCCs attended JCC Association’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Seminar in Israel from March 9-20. The program was designed to enhance one of the essential core elements of Sheva: JCCs of North America Early Learning […]

A Brand New Siddur for the Troops

This is the full article from our October 2013 eNews story. JWB has developed a new siddur with the cooperation, input and guidance of representatives of all major movements in American Judaism. Not only is this the first new siddur for the U.S. Armed Forces in 28 years, but it is the first time Jewish […]

Show Off Your Pride

This is the full text from our August 2013 eNews story. Tel Aviv is known as the gay capital of the Middle East, and you can join your JCC friends at the Gay Pride parade in Israel next June through the first-ever JCC Association LGBTQ Boarding Pass trip.  As well as visiting classic tourist sites […]

It’s Maccabiah Time

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This post is a continuation from our eNews. A group of JCC Association board members will be enjoying watching world-class Jewish athletes at the Maccabiah Games in Israel this month when they combine a visit to the Jewish State with attendance at the “Jewish Olympics.” Planned through our office in Jerusalem, the trip focuses on […]