Brand New Issue of JCC Circle Available Now

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The latest issue of JCC Circle, the magazine for the JCC Movement, is out with great stories about the changing food options at JCC camps, the impact of millenial moms on JCCs, and an interview with Brett Loewenstern, the American Idol star who got his start at the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. Plus, there’s a photo […]

JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest in Israel in Photos

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For the very first time, the JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest took place in Israel this summer. Over 1,000 Jewish teens from three continents participated in the two-week event, traveling from northern Israel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In addition to sports competitions and arts performances, the teens took part in a community-service project in Kiryat Shmona, a town near […]

JCC Association Launches First Ever JCCs of North America Fantasy Football Challenge

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The NFL lockout is over, players are headed to training camps, and 47 JCCs are participating in the first ever JCCs of North America Fantasy Football Challenge.  The Fantasy Football Challenge, also referred to as the FFC, aims to create 100 leagues made up of JCC members, their families and friends for an opportunity to […]

Register Today for JCC Fantasy Football Challenge

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Registration is open for the JCCs of North America Fantasy Football Challege, and it looks like there will even be a N.F.L. season. Great prizes are available for the thousand participants who will play for 46 JCCs. If participants, who must be over 18, find that their JCC has not signed up, they can play […]

View Presentation on Jewish Chaplains Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

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Just in time for Memorial Day, the U.S. Senate passed the necessary resolution to place a memorial to fallen Jewish chaplains in Arlington National Cemetery, next to existing memorials to Roman Catholic and Protestant chaplains. A similar resolution passed the House of Representatives earlier in the week. JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a division of JCC […]

We Must Remain Big-Tent Organizations with Room for Diverse Opinions

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Allan Finkelstein, president of JCC Association, reminded readers of JTA that JCCs are the original big-tent organizations, the place where Jews have always gathered to talk, to argue, and sometimes to disagree. Read his full op-ed piece here.

JCC Day Camps Are Enriching Jewish Environments, Study Says, with Potential to Do Much More

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JCC day camps are giving thousands of children and teens rich Jewish experiences, and have the potential to do even more, according to a new study completed by the Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center. Commissioned by the Mandel Center for Jewish Education and supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the groundbreaking study, titled “The […]

The Saga Ends: Brett, You Were Great

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest alum Brett Loewenstern came to the end of his American Idol journey when he was cut from the final 24 singers–12 men, 12 women–who will compete for votes to become the next American Idol. It’s been an amazing journey for the 16 year old from Boca Raton, who first took part in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest […]

It’s Hollywood Week, and Brett Advances!

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® alum Brett Loewenstern sang a soulful version of “Let It Be” in his audition during Hollywood Week on American Idol, and it kept him in the competition.  The Boca Raton teen was first up, and he seemed relaxed and confident, even though he reported he was “shaking in his pants.”  Brett participated in […]

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Alum Makes It to American Idol

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Red-haired Brett Loewenstern charmed the judges at his audition on American Idol and blew them away when he began to sing, but his performance was no surprise to anyone who knew him from JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®. The Boca Raton teen participated in several JCC Association teen arts programs beginning in 2007 and showed off his spectacular […]