Free Exercise Meets the Establishment Clause in Military Service


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

With profound gratitude


October 2014 Dear Mr. Chase, The Jewish military community of Okinawa welcomed a special guest from California for Rosh Hashanah, a recently completed Torah. This Torah, made possible through your kindness and generosity, made our High Holy Day services more complete, and connected us to the Jewish community of Orange County, Calif. It is not […]

Creating True Jewish Community is Not Elusive

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By Allan Finkelstein Many Jewish agencies, be they federations, JCCs or congregations speak of “building Jewish community.” Yet, in more than 40 years of work in the fields of Jewish endeavor, I believe that finding true Jewish community is elusive, and something that all of us in the Jewish communal world have struggled to do, […]

What autumn winds cannot blow away


Israel’s fall brings the first rain and wind, and tries to wash away 50 days of fighting and the memories of the long, painful and frustrating summer war we fought against Hamas. But Mother Nature’s attempts to blow away summer nightmares aren’t very successful. A few days ago we took our family to Shlomo Artzi’s […]

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