Teens connect to Israel, their past, and their future in ARTEL


By Jonathan Fass In May, the first cohort of the ARTEL Teen Fellowship met for a shabbaton. This group of 21 Russian-speaking teens from Marks JCH spent that time exploring the intersection of their Russian and Jewish identities and their connection to the Jewish homeland. Central to the weekend was a hands-on project where teens […]

Travel with your tribe: JCC professionals


JCC Association offers second Birthright trip for young professionals November 8-18th 2015 The JCC Young Professionals Trip is an opportunity to participate in a Taglit-Birthright trip aimed at JCC and Jewish communal professionals who want to experience Israel in a fundamentally different way. Taking place Nov. 8-18, this trip allows you to embark on a […]

Wear with pride


JWB Jewish Chaplains Council has been providing for the religious, educational, and morale needs of Jewish military personnel, their families, and patients in Veterans Affairs hospitals since 1917 — but now we’ve got swag! And for a limited time, for $20, you can purchase a T-shirt bearing JWB Jewish Chaplain Council’s logo and emblazoned with […]

Teen engagement initiative receives start-up funding


JCC Association to partner with the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst What happens when you combine Russian-speaking teens, a focus on arts and technology and the exploration of Jewish identity? You come up with ARTEL, a collaboration between JCC Association and the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst. This innovative, year-long program, which […]

Four streams of Judaism gather for chaplaincy program


JWB to host Shabbaton and annual training course in Annapolis As the longest-serving endorser of Jewish chaplains for the U.S. military, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will hold its annual training course and Shabbaton on May 1-6 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “Maintaining the Jewish in Our Identity: Authentically Jewish Ministry in […]

Going above and beyond


JCCs thrive on the dedication of their volunteers. Without their countless hours, there are programs and projects that simply would never happen. National Volunteer Appreciation Week runs April 12-18, this year, and JCCs can spotlight the people who give their all to the J. Points of Light, which claims to be the world’s largest organization […]

A wall of good will


Camp Chi tackles the R-word with the help of TAG When Camp Chi’s staff was planning the upcoming summer last year, they wanted to take on something big: The R-word. And to do so, they created a camp-wide project that used a unit of TAG: Daily Living Through a Jewish Lens™. M’shaneh Habriyot: Diversity in […]

Leading through learning

Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Stephen Hazan Arnoff assesses the new gig He’s been on the job since mid-February and Stephen Hazan Arnoff, JCC Association’s new CEO and president, is impressed. “It’s exhilarating to be in conversations with executives, staff and lay leaders from all over the country,” he says from his office overlooking Eighth Avenue and 36th Street. “There’s […]

Kol Ha Kavod. We wish you well.


Allan Finkelstein came to JCC Association more than two decades ago, and he gave us a vision, an unshakeable belief that JCCs — together, as a Movement — play a critical role in shaping Jewish identity. He couldn’t have been more right. Allan has always insisted on service and excellence. During his tenure, JCC Association […]

Grants to fund new Sheva Center


Two years ago, JCC Association identified early childhood education and family engagement as a key priority in service to JCCs. Recent grants from The Crown Family and the Covenant Foundation will go toward creating the Sheva Center to address this. The Sheva Center will be the first of its kind, and will focus on engaging […]

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