Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

“This day, Adonai your God, commands you to perform these decrees and the statutes, and you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deut. 26:16) Parashat Ki Tavo continues the description of rituals to be performed once the Israelites make their way into the land of Canaan: the […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat message — of memory and mercy For 11 Israeli families, and for many more in Israel and around the Jewish world, today is a day of sorrow. Forty-two years ago, in 1972, the XX Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany. The atmosphere leading up to the Games was filled with tension as […]

Parashat Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

“When you go out as a troop against your enemies, be on your guard against anything untoward.” (Deut. 23:10) Parashat Ki Teitzei contains laws regarding individuals and their obligations to their families and neighbors around them. One such law is to build a parapet on the roof of a new house to prevent someone falling […]

6 Second Hebrew: Flag, Bus and Fall

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Nine JCCs selected to pilot talent management program

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To assist JCCs in building a larger pool of talent that can best steer their organizations in the future, JCC Association has selected nine Jewish Community Centers to pilot a program aimed at identifying and supporting those professionals. The goal is to help JCCs develop a conscious, deliberate approach to attracting, developing and retaining people […]

From tiny seeds, artistic inspiration

Jerry Hill by the PJCC Mural

Story by Eileen Mitchell. Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo (who is quoted in the article) contemplating the significance of the Grow Justice Mural. Photo credit: Sharon Giordano. The Grow Justice mural was a community endeavor inspired when Kimberly Gordon, Peninsula JCC cultural arts director, was introduced to artist Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen. Upon learning of the […]

Tomatoes and Tikkun Olam

PJCC Garden and Mural

Story by Eileen Mitchell, photos by Sharon Giordano. PJCC preschooler (who has since moved on to kindergarten) Molly Rosenberg in the Justice Garden. Photo credit: Sharon Giordano. Cooking has always been one of Wendy L’s favorite hobbies. But when the already exorbitant rent on her Silicon Valley one-bedroom apartment increased by a 50 percent, preparing […]

Teens respond to hands-on projects during JCC Cares

JCC Cares in Detroit

Built into each host community’s running of the JCC Maccabi programs is JCC Cares — formerly, Days of Caring and Sharing — in which Games participants engage in social action projects that reach out to the community. And what each of 2014’s hosts — Adolph & Rose Levis JCC in Boca Raton, Florida, Betty & […]

Building on the brand

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It took two years, thousands of survey responses, and input from a 22-member advisory group —representing 19 JCCs and camps — to develop the revitalized JCC brand. But it’s only taken a handful of months since its introduction at the JCC Association Biennial in March to see it take shape as JCCs across the continent […]

How JCC Cares became an ongoing program

JCC Cares in Houston

Houston’s J turned a one-day gig into a two-year project What happens when you bring a bunch of athletic and artsy teens together, mix them with a nationally recognized ballet company and a renowned educational dance program, and shake with a dash of community service? You wind up with a JCC Cares program that continues […]