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 […]

Finding your network


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


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 […]

A High Holiday surprise

Rosh Hashanna at Surprise Lake Camp

What happens when a camp celebrates Rosh Hashanah Ina Muskin and her family aren’t religious. They don’t belong to a synagogue. And past high holidays haven’t seemed to be about themes of the season, but more about fees and membership. Despite that, or maybe because of it, the family of four is going to travel […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat of peace — and of hope How wonderful it is to write this update now that the 50 days war in Gaza is behind us. A war that took the lives of 71 Israelis, including today’s last casualty, Netanel Maman, who was critically wounded a week ago. When the rocket hit he was […]

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 28 The 50th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas brings incessant rocket fire toward Israel’s south and Israel’s center. So far more than 100 rockets have been fired at Israel today, some causing major damage. One of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in Ashkelon while […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 46 Since Hamas renewed firing missiles on Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of rockets have been launched at Israel. Some have made direct hits, including, very sadly, a four-year-old child who was killed. This was only just announced, but today’s missiles from Gaza also hit a synagogue in Ashdod earlier today that injured three, […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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  Operation Protective Edge — Day 44  Unfortunately, and sadly, to our greatest surprise and even greater disappointment, the war, which had taken a few days’ break, is now back, full speed. Since yesterday afternoon, eight hours before the extended cease-fire was to end, Hamas fired rockets into Israel. Since then more than 100 rockets […]

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