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 […]

With profound gratitude

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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

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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 […]

Finding your network

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by Joy Brand-Richardson If you were to ask me what is the most valuable part of attending JCCs of North America Professional Conference the answer is simple. Nowhere else will your JCC staff be able to learn with, and from, the people who really “get” them, the job they do and the unique challenges and […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Rosh Hashanah message The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler. Leaves are blowing in the wind and wayward birds fly high above, looking for something, perhaps new beginnings. The Days of Awe surround us; they fill our hearts and souls with prayers, exaltation and hope. Tonight the Jewish world will celebrate the new […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat message — of memory and mercy For 11 Israeli families, and for many more in Israel and around the Jewish world, today is a day of sorrow. Forty-two years ago, in 1972, the XX Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany. The atmosphere leading up to the Games was filled with tension as […]

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