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 […]

Three Jewish movements, one prayer book

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Manhattan synagogues to use new JWB siddur over Memorial Day weekend This Memorial Day weekend, three Upper East Side synagogues will remember the Jewish men and women who have died defending the United States by using the JWB Jewish military siddur, or prayer book, during Shabbat services. The three synagogues — one each from the […]

JCCs to train in pilot program serving veterans

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Six Jewish Community Centers have been selected to pilot Project Welcome Home, a JCC Association initiative meant to educate them to better assist U.S. service men and women and their families and to engage with their communities. The project, which will be steered by JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a program of JCC Association, incorporates the […]

Days to remember and to celebrate

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Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. How the date to commemorate the murder of six million Jews was chosen was a fraught and difficult process, one that Rabbi Irving Greenberg detailed in his book, “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays” and excerpted here at MyJewishLearning.com. In Israel, a siren […]

Security enhanced at Jewish centers across the country

Three Killed As Gunman Attacks Jewish Centers In Kansas

Allan Finkelstein’s phone began ringing soon after a gunman killed three people at two Jewish sites in the suburbs of Kansas City on Sunday. Right away, the president and chief executive officer of Jewish Community Centers of North America began hearing from some of the hundreds of community centers the umbrella organization connects. Their leaders […]

National JCC exec to retire at end of year

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In his 40 years of involvement with Jewish community centers, Allan Finkelstein has witnessed wave after wave of changes. “From a day when JCCs were very much social service institutions and settlement houses, we have become focused on three revenue-producing core businesses to support our operation — early childhood, camping, and wellness,” said the Maplewood […]

Down-to-the-wire for Passover

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If you aren’t already up to your elbows in cleaning for Pesach, they you’re probably going to a Pesach-resort this year for the celebration of freedom. Either way, we hope you’ll be joining a seder, the communal meal and story that marks the first nights of the festival, when Passover begins at sundown on Monday, […]

Helping Generation ‘J’ connect to the ‘Y’

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New national chair Steve Seiden to lead JCCs’ rebranding Stephen Seiden first became involved with the JCC movement 39 years ago, when he moved from Tenafly to Livingston and signed up to join the gym at the YM-YWHA of Metropolitan New Jersey on Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Little by little, his engagement grew. “I […]

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