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Sheva: Modeling the future of early childhood education

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At JCC Association’s Professional Conference in 2013, Mark Horowitz , JCC Association’s vice president of early childhood education and family engagement, introduced the Sheva framework for early childhood education. And at JCC Association’s Executive Leadership Seminar in February, it felt like history was repeating itself–with a twist. Horowitz shared his expanded vision for the future, […]

Making a Case for the Arts at the J

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When Randi Benesch was hired by the JCC of Greater Baltimore in 2012 to serve as director of arts and culture for the JCC and managing director of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, her mission was to revitalize arts programming at the JCC. The 550-seat theater built two decades ago, had started with a […]

Talking ‘bout my generation

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How does a JCC serve teens who have grown up never knowing a world without smartphones, while making sure its baby boomers, who are entering retirement stay connected? And what about those millennials, a vast market that everyone wants to reach? But most of all, what’s the best way to reach all of them? Attendees […]

Gathering in the name of arts & culture

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For the fourth year, JCC Association held its annual Arts & Culture Gathering, bringing together 48 JCC professionals who steer those programs for their JCCs. The daylong event on Jan. 19 focused on the ways JCCs incorporate arts and culture throughout their programming. It also gives the people responsible for infusing arts and culture into […]

6 Second Hebrew: Love, Chicken Soup, Computer

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Picture this!

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Teach your children…mah jongg? What do you get when you bring kids form the Oshman Family JCC afterschool enrichment program together with seniors from the Palo Alto, California Moldaw Residences? A mah jongg match for the ages. Prior to their visit, the youngsters studied and practiced the game better associated with the Catskills and bubbes […]

6 Second Hebrew: Black, Good Night, Sixteen

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Cycle for Good 2015

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Last month, we asked JCCs to share their “sweaty snapshots” from December’s Cycle for Good event. In case you don’t know, Cycle for Good is a movement-wide stationary bike event that raises money for charity. This year, it took place on the first Sunday of Hanukkah, Dec. 13. Participating JCCs run the program for three […]

Worth a thousand words

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One for each night Leaders of the David Posnack JCC in Broward County, Florida, lit candles and rubbed elbows with the First Family as they celebrated the Festival of Lights at the White House’s annual Hanukkah candle lighting. They came as guests of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, honorary co-chair of the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games […]

Creative Ways to Celebrate Tu B’Shvat

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Tu B’Shvat is one of the four new years that are mentioned in the Mishna. Sometimes referred to as Rosh Hashanah ha’ilanot, or the “new year” of the trees, its more common name comes from the day of the Hebrew month, the 15th day of Shvat. There are a lot of different ways to celebrate, […]

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