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Recognizing & Receiving


The JCC Association Graduate Scholarship Program has a profound impact on everyone involved. The privilege of finding talent Cheryl Fishbein If I have learned one thing from chairing the scholarship committee at JCC Association, it would be that we have some tremendously talented, dedicated and creative people working in the JCC Movement. And if I’ve […]

The Double Bounce


Tennis for everyone at JCC Indianapolis Marla Cohen In high school, Lucas Strohmenger liked to skateboard and snowboard. All winter long, the Syracuse, New York native could be found on the slopes. A car accident when he was 18 put an end to that. Or so he thought. He moved to Indianapolis to start fresh, […]

Walk the Walk


Partnerships make inclusion work In his work as the national manager of education and training at Keshet, Daniel Bahner has assisted JCCs in finding ways to be more inclusive for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. So this year, he was pleased to be able to lead sessions for the first time at […]

Inclusion in Every Sense


NJY Camps demonstrate what JCC Camps do best Marla Cohen There is really nothing quite like hearing hundreds of children in identical blue shirts singing “Hatikvah.” But when I listened to them at NJY’s Camp Nesher, a Modern Orthodox camp in Pennsylvania that is part of the JCC Movement, the moment was more throat-catching than […]

Meet Stephen


I have already met quite of few of you as I have begun to get acquainted with the vast network of programs JCC Association supports: JCCs, YM-YWHAs, camps, and JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, which provides for the spiritual and cultural needs of Jewish military personnel, their families, and veterans. Representing 350 sites in North America, […]

Better Safe Than Sorry


Creating a culture of safety at JCCs Michael Feinstein began as chief operating officer at the JCC of Greater Washington in April of 2006. It was his first time working at a JCC. He was still transitioning into his new position when less than three months later, the worst thing he could imagine happened. A […]

Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute addresses a gap in leadership as educators learn together


July marked the initial gathering of the first cohort of the Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute. Sponsored by the Covenant Foundation in partnership with the JCC Association, this fellowship serves to connect emerging learners and leaders in Jewish Early Childhood Education, and provides a platform for study, discussion, and relationship building. It will also fill a need […]

JCC Maccabi madness!


Open and awesome More than 2,000 of Jewish teens wore their Jewish pride in style Sunday night at the opening ceremonies for the JCC Maccabi Games™. To be on hand celebrating with them as they marched in their individual JCC delegations in Dallas and Milwaukee was thrilling — a way to see our JCCs and […]

Viewing Israel through a prism of arts


Boarding Pass trip offers JCC a unique point of view Jody Hirsh What a trip! Ten days. Thirteen people. New Israeli friends: authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers. curators, journalists, playwrights, gallery owners. And, of course, chefs. What more could you want? In April, we embarked on a one-of-a-kind journey, a tour-seminar-exploration of the arts scene in […]

A camp unlike any other strives to be so


Sunrise Camps celebrate a decade of caring for kids with cancer Carlyce Macintosh has got game. And you’d never know, as she balanced on crutches intent on her volleyball game, that she’s also got cancer. Raring to go, this lithe 11-year-old wasn’t about to let a couple of crutches get in her way. After all, […]

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