Update from JCC Israel Center

birds in the negev

A Shabbat of peace — and of hope How wonderful it is to write this update now that the 50 days war in Gaza is behind us. A war that took the lives of 71 Israelis, including today’s last casualty, Netanel Maman, who was critically wounded a week ago. When the rocket hit he was […]

A taste of Israel—JCC Style


JCC Association’s first Taglit-Birthright trip aimed specifically at Jewish professionals has been a tremendous success. We brought 40 “professional Jews” to the Jewish homeland with a goal of increasing their connection to and understanding of Israel. The trip featured a whirlwind itinerary – developed by our Israel office and our partners at Amazing Israel – […]

Jewish Service Men and Women Fallen Since 2001


Pontell, Darin Lieutenant JG, Navy, Pentagon 9/11/01 Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia Evnin, Mark A. Corporal, Marines, Vermont 4/3/03 Central Iraq Smith, Eric A. Chief Warrant Officer, Army, New York 4/2/03, Central Iraq Wershow, Jeffery M. Specialist, Army National Guard, Florida 7/6/03 Baghdad, Iraq Bernstein, David R. 1st Lieutenant, Army, Pennsylvania 10/18/03 Taza, Iraq Fletcher, Jacob S. […]

Time to Sign Up for Healthcare Insurance

This is the full text from our October 2013 eNews story. Good health and access to healthcare are important values for organizations such as JCCs, which promote wellness, and are in keeping with the Jewish tradition, which places a high value on good health. On October 1, the first ever open enrollment period for the […]

Parashat T’tzaveh (Exodus 27:30-30:10)

“I shall set my meeting there with the children of Israel and it shall be sanctified with my glory.” (Exodus 29:43) Parashat T’tzaveh concludes the instructions for building the mishkan (Tabernacle), with particular attention to the ner tamid (eternal light).  It also describes in detail the priests’ clothes and describes the ceremony to consecrate Aaron […]

Parashat T’rumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

“Exactly as I show you — the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings —so shall you make it.” (Exodus 25:9) Parashat T’rumah is a structural engineer’s delight. It describes in excruciating detail the building of the mishkan, the desert Tabernacle which is the precursor to the Temple in Jerusalem.  Every […]

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

“Now the presence of the Lord appeared in the sight of the Israelites as a consuming fire on the top of the mountain” (Exodus 24:17)   Pity Parashat Mishpatim.  It has the unenviable task of following the gripping drama of God’s revelation on Mt. Sinai.   And yet, while Mishpatim is mostly a long listing of […]

Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-2:23)

  “And as the voice of the shofar grew stronger; Moses spoke and God’s voice answered.” (Exodus 19:19)   Parashat Yitro is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  The Israelites are gathered around Mt. Sinai, preparing for God’s revelation, the climax of the Torah and the central event in Jewish history.  But then a […]

Parashat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the celestials; who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, working wonders.” (Exodus 15:11) Parashat B’shalach is one of the better known episodes in the Bible, thanks in part  to Cecille B. DeMille and Disney Studios.  Freed from slavery, the Israelites reach the Reed Sea, only to discover […]

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

“This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you.” (Exodus 12:2) Parashat Bo brings the final two plagues, darkness and the slaying of the Egyptian first-born, which lead, finally, to the Israelites’ release from slavery.  The parasha (portion) begins with […]

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