Going above and beyond

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 […]

Remembering the Four Chaplains: 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester

The Story of the Four Chaplains on the USS Dorchester

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester, a military transport carrying about 900 U.S. Army troops during World War II, and the “Four Chaplains” who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel. The Dorchester Chaplains — Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Rev. John P. Washington, […]

To our friends in France

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The following message was sent to the Jewish community in France on behalf of the entire JCC movement. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly difficult time. To our friends in France, As we start the new week, we do so with heavy hearts in the aftermath of last week’s attack on […]

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest 2015

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest is a weeklong summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 13-17, featuring workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporating community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel. The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest combined with the JCC Maccabi Games […]

Pedaling toward a world of good

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  On the sixth day of Hanukkah, JCCs across the continent can take part in Cycle for Good. This group cycling program, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 21, is in its third year, and this year raises funds for Etgarim, an Israeli organization, founded by former members of the Israel Defense Force, that serves […]

Jerusalem Today

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Earlier today, as Israel was getting ready for a new day, one filled with sunshine after two rainy ones, terrorists attacked again in the most inhuman, cold-blooded way. Two terrorists infiltrated a synagogue in one of Jerusalem’s quietest neighborhoods. The terrorists knew that 7 a.m. is the busiest hour in any synagogue’s day. They knew […]

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