National JCC exec to retire at end of year

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In his 40 years of involvement with Jewish community centers, Allan Finkelstein has witnessed wave after wave of changes. “From a day when JCCs were very much social service institutions and settlement houses, we have become focused on three revenue-producing core businesses to support our operation — early childhood, camping, and wellness,” said the Maplewood […]

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Down-to-the-wire for Passover

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If you aren’t already up to your elbows in cleaning for Pesach, they you’re probably going to a Pesach-resort this year for the celebration of freedom. Either way, we hope you’ll be joining a seder, the communal meal and story that marks the first nights of the festival, when Passover begins at sundown on Monday, […]

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Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:27)

“My rules alone shall you observe, and faithfully follow My laws: I, the Lord am your God.” (Leviticus 18:4) Parashat Acharei Mot begins with a lengthy description of the Yom Kippur ritual for purifying the mishkan (Tabernacle) and ends with a list of forbidden sexual relationships. The concept of k’dusha, or sanctity, connects these two […]

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Helping Generation ‘J’ connect to the ‘Y’

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New national chair Steve Seiden to lead JCCs’ rebranding Stephen Seiden first became involved with the JCC movement 39 years ago, when he moved from Tenafly to Livingston and signed up to join the gym at the YM-YWHA of Metropolitan New Jersey on Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Little by little, his engagement grew. “I […]

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

“And the purifying priest shall set the man to be purified, and those things, before God, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.” (Leviticus 14: 11) Parashat Metzora describes what happens when someone has tzara-at (a variety of erupting skin diseases). The immediate response is to separate the person from the community. This makes sense, […]

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Prayer book for U.S. military a unique collaboration of all Jewish denominations

A unique prayer book commissioned by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will be first used at Shabbat services on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 during the JCC Association Biennial in San Diego. It is the first time since World War II that a siddur, Hebrew for prayer book, has been created expressly for use by […]

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Educating the educators…in Israel

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To deepen the connection between educational professionals in North America and the land of Israel, 23 early childhood educators from 23 JCCs attended JCC Association’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Seminar in Israel from March 9-20. The program was designed to enhance one of the essential core elements of Sheva: JCCs of North America Early Learning […]

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Parashat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

“All the days that the affliction is upon him he shall remain contaminated; he is contaminated. He shall dwell in isolation; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.” (Leviticus 13:46) Parashat Tazria is a tough read for two reasons: the skin diseases it describes sound gross and the idea of someone being either tahor or […]

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Allan Finkelstein steps down after two decades at helm of JCC Association

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Allan Finkelstein, who has spent his entire career working to strengthen Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and the role that they play in American Jewish life, will retire from leading the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, where he has served as president and CEO since 1994. His retirement is effective at the end of […]

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21st Century JCCs: Building Community in a Brave Pew World

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This article by JCC Association President and CEO Allan Finkelstein first appeared in eJewishPhilantrhopy.com on March 18, 2014. The first YMHA opened its doors in 1854 to serve Jewish immigrants arriving in America. It – and those YM and YWHAs that followed – provided a wealth of services helping turn a diverse lot of Jews […]

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