Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

“But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark; you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Gen 6:18) Noah, famous for building an ark to save humanity, is a tzaddik, a righteous person. We know because the Torah says so (Gen. 6:9). In fact, Noah is […]

What autumn winds cannot blow away

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Israel’s fall brings the first rain and wind, and tries to wash away 50 days of fighting and the memories of the long, painful and frustrating summer war we fought against Hamas. But Mother Nature’s attempts to blow away summer nightmares aren’t very successful. A few days ago we took our family to Shlomo Artzi’s […]

Parshat B’reishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him.’” (Genesis 2:18) On Simchat Torah we read V’zot Habracha, the closing parasha, or portion, of the Torah and then return to B’reishit, the opening parasha, immediately. B’reishit describes the origins of the world: the […]

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot (Intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot) (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

“God said, My presence will go and provide you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) The Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Hamoed describes the aftermath of the episode of the golden calf. It’s a curious selection for a holiday known as z’man simchateinu, the time of our rejoicing. After all, the golden calf represents the Israelites’ ultimate betrayal […]

Ten years through a Jewish lens

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TAG, you’re 10! And the signature JCC Association program of activities designed to explore daily issues through a Jewish lens, is taking that milestone in stride. As it hits the decade mark, TAG: Jewish Values Through JCC Camping®, will celebrate in a variety of ways even as it moves beyond the campground and into programming […]

Finding your network

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by Joy Brand-Richardson If you were to ask me what is the most valuable part of attending JCCs of North America Professional Conference the answer is simple. Nowhere else will your JCC staff be able to learn with, and from, the people who really “get” them, the job they do and the unique challenges and […]

N.J. JCCs come together to learn and grow

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What do you get when you combine Jewish learning, educators who are passionate about their profession and regional connections? You get A Day of Learning on Sept. 2 organized by educators at three New Jersey JCCs: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, JCC of Central N.J. in Scotch Plains, and JCC MetroWest in West […]

6 Second Hebrew: Mother, Police Officer and Soccer

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Learn three new words in less than 30 seconds!

New year, new Torah

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On August 20, a final presentation of one of our small, portable Torahs took place at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County in Irvine, Calif. During the ceremony, Rabbi Harold Robinson, a retired rear admiral and director of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, handed the Torah to Lt. Joshua Sherwin, a chaplain in […]

Tips for a Winning Pic

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Every day, within your doors, on your playing fields, at camp and in the community, the JCC touches lives and inspires us through opportunities to create, learn and connect. But what’s the best way to capture your JCC’s story in pictures? What photos tell your story the best? Since JCC Association is currently running its […]

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