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, […]

Ten years through a Jewish lens

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TAG, you’re 10! And the signature JCC Association program of activities designed to explore daily issues through a Jewish lens, is taking that milestone in stride. As it hits the decade mark, TAG: Jewish Values Through JCC Camping®, will celebrate in a variety of ways even as it moves beyond the campground and into programming […]

N.J. JCCs come together to learn and grow

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What do you get when you combine Jewish learning, educators who are passionate about their profession and regional connections? You get A Day of Learning on Sept. 2 organized by educators at three New Jersey JCCs: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, JCC of Central N.J. in Scotch Plains, and JCC MetroWest in West […]

New year, new Torah

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On August 20, a final presentation of one of our small, portable Torahs took place at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County in Irvine, Calif. During the ceremony, Rabbi Harold Robinson, a retired rear admiral and director of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, handed the Torah to Lt. Joshua Sherwin, a chaplain in […]

Nine JCCs selected to pilot talent management program

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To assist JCCs in building a larger pool of talent that can best steer their organizations in the future, JCC Association has selected nine Jewish Community Centers to pilot a program aimed at identifying and supporting those professionals. The goal is to help JCCs develop a conscious, deliberate approach to attracting, developing and retaining people […]

Israeli emissaries at US summer camps wonder how best to serve

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Former members of elite IDF units frustrated by toasting marshmallows while cohort called up to Operation Protective Edge By Howard Blass PALMER, Massachusetts — At Camp Ramah in New England this weekend, Israeli emissary Yakov described feeling very far away from what’s happening in Israel while sitting in the idyllic Massachusetts forest surrounding his Jewish sleep-away summer camp. […]

Putting Israel into JCCs by Sending Young Staff to Visit

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by Joy Brand-Richardson When we were developing JCC Association’s Statement of Principles in 2012, we knew that if we were to help JCCs and their members lead engaged Jewish lives, then Israel needed to be at the heart of what they do. We wanted our JCCs to not only buy into the statement in our […]

Steve Becker honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award

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New York— Steve Becker, JCC Association’s vice president of health and wellness has received the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) 2014 PCFSN Community Leadership Award.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations that improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, […]

Welcoming Those Who Serve

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The Jewish community does need to recognize that there are Jewish men and women serving in the U.S. military and that they have families back home who need support. by Rabbi Harold Robinson and Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky Military families in the Jewish community have been invisible for too long. They are uprooted often and can […]

This Memorial Day, a new prayer book for Jewish soldiers and sailors

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Jewish soldiers and sailors will read from a new prayer book this Memorial Day, one that aims to satisfy Jews across the spectrum of Jewish practice — a feat its predecessor did not achieve. “We have done some historical research, and there has never been a time that three such disparate synagogues have used the same prayer […]

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