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Welcome Alan!


In 2010, Alan Mann retired from JCC Association as executive vice president. He didn’t imagine then that he’d be back. But he is, serving as interim president. “In some ways, it doesn’t seem like I ever left,” says Mann, who was recognized with the Florence G. Heller Professional Award at the JCCs of North America […]

Our “Tell Your JCC Story” contest winner


In 1952, a young veteran decided to give blood at the JCC. A chance meeting there changed his life forever, and gave our “Tell Your JCC Story” contest its first place winner. Becky Ewer, marketing and creative director at the Mittleman JCC in Portland, Oregon, submitted the story because, “The MJCC is a place to […]

Biennial participants to get arty, telling the JCC story


Baltimore artist to help create mural Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen grew up knowing that whatever he did in life, it needed to honor three things: his Jewish heritage, the power of the arts, and to make a difference in the world. And he does so, as an artist who engages communities in participatory workshop experiences to […]

Swimming and life lessons rolled into one


Eric Poniatowski When it comes to taking the plunge, Au-Some Swimmers has given participants on the autism spectrum life lessons that help them do more than just stay afloat. This program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Holland Family Building offers its Western New York participants a program designed to teach critical life […]

5 surefire seder hacks for Passover family fun


Passover, which begins on Friday, April 22 with the first seder, can be a challenge, with a long seder to sit through, all of those dietary restrictions, and boxes and boxes of matzah. Fortunately, thanks to the magic of Pinterest, it’s easy to find fun ways to celebrate that will make the holiday more creative […]

6 Second Hebrew: Swim, Travel, Blossoming


ASAP campaign takes off to reprint JWB siddur


For someone serving in the military or recovering at a VA hospital, it can be difficult to stay connected to Judaism. While many bases and hospitals have chaplains, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council saw the need for service men and women to have access to a prayer book, or siddur, that could go with them wherever […]

Growing a global, 21st century concept of tikkun olam


Caryl M. Stern I’m very excited about speaking at the JCC biennial convention this coming May.  As the U.S. and Canadian JCC Movement celebrates 100 years of helping others—and as JCC leaders “network, share and schmooze” for four days in Baltimore—you will also help shape the future of our communities, particularly for children, both locally […]

The Chinese food heard ‘round the world


Posted by Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance on Monday, February 8, 2016 In early February, the JCC of Greater Baltimore shared a humorous graphic about the Chinese New Year on the marketing listserv that JCC Association hosts. Created by Emily Karsh, the JCC’s graphic designer, the image hit the funny bone with a play on Jews and their […]

And the winners are…


JCC Association recently announced its continental leadership awards, which will be presented at JCCs of North America Biennial. Paula L. Sidman, JCC Association’s organization’s immediate past board chair, and renowned sculptor, Richard Edelman, will each be honored with receiving Frank L. Weil Awards. Two stellar JCC Association professionals will also be honored at the Biennial. […]

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