Eighth Day of Passover (Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17)

“You shall observe the month of springtime and perform the pesach offering to the Lord your God, for it was in the month of Aviv, at night, that the Lord your God freed you from Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 16:1) Because the eighth day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, a special holiday reading interrupts the regular cycle […]

First Day of Pesach (Passover) (Exodus 12:21-51)

“At the end of the four hundred and thirtieth year, to the very day, all the ranks of the Lord departed from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:41) Because the first day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, the regular cycle of parashot (Torah portions) is interrupted by a special holiday reading. Not surprisingly, it focuses […]

A Mighty Nation


Some 14 million Jews worldwide comprise the Jewish nation and will celebrate our nation’s birth tomorrow night, when we sit at the seder table to celebrate the first night of Pesach. Together we will read from the Haggadah: “And there they became a mighty nation”. What defines a nation and more so, what makes a […]

Parashat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

“And the priest shall offer then, one for sin offering and the other for a burn offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord…” (Leviticus 15:15) Parashat Metzora describes what happens when someone has tzara-at (a variety of erupting skin diseases), which is accepted as evidence of moral or spiritual failure. […]

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

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