Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:8)

“When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.” (Genesis 25:24) Parashat Toldot tells a familiar tale of familial conflict. Rebecca gives birth to Esau and Jacob, boys with very different personalities. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca prefers Jacob. The sibling rivalry comes to a climax when Jacob, at Rebecca’s […]

Jerusalem Today

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Earlier today, as Israel was getting ready for a new day, one filled with sunshine after two rainy ones, terrorists attacked again in the most inhuman, cold-blooded way. Two terrorists infiltrated a synagogue in one of Jerusalem’s quietest neighborhoods. The terrorists knew that 7 a.m. is the busiest hour in any synagogue’s day. They knew […]

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

“And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.” (Genesis 25:5) Parashat Chayei Sarah declares “And Abraham was old, and come into days, and God blessed Abraham bakol, in all.” (Gen. 24:1) It’s a little surprising to read because the first Jewish family is a mess: Isaac and Abraham have not spoken since returning from […]

A Reflection of the JCC Movement Solidarity Trip to Israel

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Two weeks ago a group of 15 leaders from our JCC Movement embarked on a special journey in Israel to express solidarity with the people of Israel in the aftermath of the war in Gaza this summer. Our journey took us through Israel’s emotionally scarred south. We met unbelievable people who live their Zionism daily. […]

Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-24)

“…Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Genesis 18:25) Parashat Vayera tells the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and introduces an important concept in Jewish thought: z’chut, or merit. Abraham distinguishes himself from Noah by challenging God’s plan and holding God accountable to a moral code. Abraham advocates for […]

JWB Jewish Chaplains Council to close GA on Veterans Day

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Jewish Federations of North America to honor Jewish service In a ceremony honoring the Jewish military personnel who have served our country, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will take center stage, opening the final session of Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at […]

A visit from the top

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It’s not just any day when the head-of-state drops in on a JCC, but last week that’s exactly what happened when Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced tax cuts that would benefit families. He made the announcement on a visit to Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, Ontario. He and his wife, […]

One day, many Js, lots of giving

Giving Tuesday Phoneathon

The website says it all: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. And thanks to the 92nd Street Y, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – this year Dec. 2 — has become part of the national lexicon as a national day of giving to launch the holiday season. But it also recognized that it had been thinking about […]

Repairing the world, one JCC at a time

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When an elderly New York Holocaust survivor died as a result of a fire in his apartment the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, where he had been a member, took action. The fire was thought to be a result of his sleeve catching fire when he was making himself a cup of tea. He […]

JCCs Can Strengthen the Shrinking Jewish Middle (and not just in the gym!)

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This month’s guest writer is Steven M. Cohen, the research professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. He addressed the role JCCs can play in shaping American Jewish life at the 2012 JCCs of North America Biennial. American Jewry is facing a significant, impending […]

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