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6 Second Hebrew: Crayons, Eat, Book


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What is third place? It’s not the bronze medal, but rather that home-away-from-home that JCCs aspire to be. Several New Jersey JCCs have created a learning hub, and they got together on a Sunday in October at JCC Association’s offices, to brainstorm about just this, with Marc Dunkelman, author of Striving for Third Place.

Thank you for your service


In 2014, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a program of JCC Association, launched Project Welcome Home in six JCCs around the country. The goal was to help JCCs find ways to reach out to U.S. service men and women and their families and to assist them in engaging with their communities. The project incorporates the needs […]

Booze, book clubs and bestsellers: Book fair 2.0?

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Along with cooler weather, November has traditionally brought with it JCC book festivals to coincide with Jewish Book Month just prior to Hanukkah. These events have been expanding and morphing to encompass more of the arts and culture palette, to capitalize on different ways JCC participants consume culture, and to spread the learning, joy and […]

Get registered!


Deadlines and registrations, and you’re going to want to hit them all. Here’s an easy guide to what’s coming up with direct links to get you there. Biennial or bust You are not going to want to miss JCCs of North America Biennial. And to make sure you’re there in Baltimore with the best of […]

Get ready to shine at ArtsFest


Meet, create, perform, dream—it’s all in a week’s fun at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. This creative arts experience for Jewish teens ages 13-17, is held alongside the JCC Maccabi Games, with the JCC of Stamford in Connecticut hosting this year. And registration is now open. It’s one week to express yourself and work with Artists in […]

Picture this!


Merrin-go-round in the Holy Land The ninth cohort of Merrin Teen Fellows visited Tel Dan in northern Israel. The group of 13 spent the second day of their Israel Seminar on a hike that explore the biblical, political, geographic, and modern historical touchstones that make up Israel. The seminar is part of two-year fellowship, established […]

In an ancient city, a spark of the creative


JCC Innovation Lab: Jerusalem first of its kind Twenty-four JCCs will be taking part in JCC Association’s first JCC Innovation Lab: Jerusalem in early November. As they explore “Technology, Talent, Tolerance and Tradition,” and how innovators in Israel are grappling with such issues, they will spend their time reimagining how JCCs can reshape the Jewish communal […]

Shape the Jewish future at Biennial (and get a price break, too!)

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Registration for JCCs of North America Biennial in Baltimore is open! This is where you’ll meet colleagues, network, learn and grow, all in the name of building on the past and shaping the future of the JCC Movement. We will be kicking off the Centennial Celebration of the JCC Movement in Baltimore, Sunday, May 15-Wednesday, […]

Creating community with every RPM

Cycle for Good

Cycle for Good builds on past success When JCC Association rolled out Cycle for Good—a continental fundraiser involving stationary bikes, group riding and a lot of ruach (spirit)—four years ago, Audrey Edwards knew the event would be perfect for the JCCs of Greater Boston. “When we saw the email, we couldn’t have hit ‘yes’ faster,” […]

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