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 […]

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


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

Cycle for Good

  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


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 […]

One day, many Js, lots of giving

Giving Tuesday Phoneathon

The website says it all: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. And thanks to the 92nd Street Y, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – this year Dec. 2 — has become part of the national lexicon as a national day of giving to launch the holiday season. But it also recognized that it had been thinking about […]

March of the Living


Learning about the darkest hour of Jewish history – the Shoah – and then visiting Israel, to see how we have triumphed over it, is the lesson embedded in the March of the Living. This journey for 11th and 12th graders takes them to Auschwitz and then to the Jewish homeland as they discover their […]

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, […]

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