What I learned in New Orleans didn’t stay there

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It’s time to sign up for JCCs of North America Biennial, taking place in Baltimore from May 15-18. Leaders from across the JCC Movement will be on hand to learn with its best and brightest. And how did they come to their positions and learn to lead? Some have been nurtured through the movement, taking […]

Groomed for Success: Focusing on Talent in the JCC Field

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By Joy Brand-Richardson Of the last 14 open executive director positions at Jewish Community Centers, nine were filled by current JCC staff, either an assistant executive director moving up in his or her own organization, or by one moving from another JCC, or an executive in a JCC in one city moving to another. That […]

We stand with Jerusalem

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Twenty years ago I sat in a rec room on the campus of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) in Arad, Israel having just begun a six-month artists-in-residence program. A little beer, some olives and baigele, music and conversation with fascinating new friends from around the world — it was a perfect Saturday night. […]

Free Exercise Meets the Establishment Clause in Military Service

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Responding to Religious Freedom in the US Military by Harold L. Robinson, director, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council A wounded Marine, a Catholic, endures the agony of physical therapy on his burned right hand covered in recent skin grafts. He must fully open his hand despite the pain or never regain its use. The pain has […]

Making Room for Dissent

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There is a reason as Jews that we like to laugh at the old saying, “two Jews, three opinions.” As a people and as individuals, we aren’t exactly timid about voicing our views. Jewish culture thrives on a good argument. Love of dissent and dialogue is what makes Talmudic tradition—built on give and take and back and forth—so strong. It is probably embedded deeply in our DNA.

Stephen Hazan Arnoff named CEO of JCC Association

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Set to succeed Allan Finkelstein in February Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, who successfully expanded programing and grew the 14th Street Y in New York while executive director there before going on to become the first director of the Office of Culture, Community, and Society at Shalem College in Jerusalem, has been chosen to succeed Allan […]

Chaplains star at JFNA’s GA

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When Jewish Federation’s of North America wound up the final plenary of this year’s General Assembly on Veterans Day, they did so by recognizing the work of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and the men and women who carry out its mission. Four JWB chaplains, each representing a branch of the United States armed forces, and […]

Jerusalem Today

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Earlier today, as Israel was getting ready for a new day, one filled with sunshine after two rainy ones, terrorists attacked again in the most inhuman, cold-blooded way. Two terrorists infiltrated a synagogue in one of Jerusalem’s quietest neighborhoods. The terrorists knew that 7 a.m. is the busiest hour in any synagogue’s day. They knew […]

A Reflection of the JCC Movement Solidarity Trip to Israel

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Two weeks ago a group of 15 leaders from our JCC Movement embarked on a special journey in Israel to express solidarity with the people of Israel in the aftermath of the war in Gaza this summer. Our journey took us through Israel’s emotionally scarred south. We met unbelievable people who live their Zionism daily. […]

JWB Jewish Chaplains Council to close GA on Veterans Day

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Jewish Federations of North America to honor Jewish service In a ceremony honoring the Jewish military personnel who have served our country, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will take center stage, opening the final session of Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at […]

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