In an ancient city, a spark of the creative


JCC Innovation Lab: Jerusalem first of its kind Twenty-four JCCs will be taking part in JCC Association’s first JCC Innovation Lab: Jerusalem in early November. As they explore “Technology, Talent, Tolerance and Tradition,” and how innovators in Israel are grappling with such issues, they will spend their time reimagining how JCCs can reshape the Jewish communal […]

JCC Maccabi: Teens at the Center, Jewish Community at the Core

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by Jonathan Fass When Team Israel entered the arena at opening ceremonies for JCC Maccabi this summer, thousands rose to their feet in celebration. It was a powerful message of what JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest summer program for Jewish teens can accomplish. An intense, weeklong celebration of amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood), JCC Maccabi gathered […]

Recognizing outstanding achievement


Mandel, Weil and Heller award nominations due With JCCs of North America Biennial penciled into your datebook for May 15-18, 2016, it’s now time to start thinking about those who should be recognized during the event for outstanding contributions to the JCCs, Jewish life and the military. Nominations are open for the Morton L. Mandel […]

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 […]

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