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 […]

Allan Finkelstein steps down after two decades at helm of JCC Association

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Allan Finkelstein, who has spent his entire career working to strengthen Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and the role that they play in American Jewish life, will retire from leading the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, where he has served as president and CEO since 1994. His retirement is effective at the end of […]

21st Century JCCs: Building Community in a Brave Pew World

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This article by JCC Association President and CEO Allan Finkelstein first appeared in eJewishPhilantrhopy.com on March 18, 2014. The first YMHA opened its doors in 1854 to serve Jewish immigrants arriving in America. It – and those YM and YWHAs that followed – provided a wealth of services helping turn a diverse lot of Jews […]

Adar Going Once, Adar Going Twice

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Just when you thought the winter couldn’t get any bleaker, Purim shows up in the calendar for a little pre-spring mayhem. The holiday starts on 13th day of Adar II, which falls on the evening of March 15. (We add a second Adar this year to get the Hebrew lunar-based calendar back in synch with […]

Shabbat Unplugged

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Take a techno-break this weekend and engage in a 5,774-year-old tradition! Starting sundown, Friday March 7 through sunset on Saturday March 8, you can experience Shabbat Unplugged, part of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. JCC Association is once again partnering with Reboot to encourage us to ease up on the frantic pace and hyper-connectivity that […]

JCC Association Recognizes Senator Carl Levin and Rabbi Harold Robinson as Champions for Jewish Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

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JCC Association proudly announces that it is presenting the Frank L. Weil Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Armed Services Field to U.S. Senator Carl M. Levin, Democratic senator from Michigan and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for his long and devoted service to the country, to its armed forces, and to […]

JCC Movement Honors Lay and Professional Leaders at JCCs of North America Biennial

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JCC Association is proud to announce the recipients of several distinguished awards, which will be presented at the JCCs of North America Biennial in San Diego in March. J. Victor Samuels of Houston, former president of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and a member of the JCC Association Board of Directors since 1996, will […]

Taglit-Birthright Israel Changes Eligibility and Creates New Options for Travel to Israel

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Taglit-Birthright Israel, which has sponsored free 10-day trips to Israel for young people who had never traveled there with a group, has changed its policy. The free trips are now available to young adults who have visited Israel on a peer-group trip before they were 18. This policy change makes it possible for participants in […]

Jody Hirsh to Receive Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award

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Jody Hirsh, the director of Judaic Education at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been chosen to receive the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award for his lifelong commitment to Jewish education. The Mandel Award is presented by JCC Association, the leadership network of the JCC Movement, […]