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 […]

A High Holiday surprise

Rosh Hashanna at Surprise Lake Camp

What happens when a camp celebrates Rosh Hashanah Ina Muskin and her family aren’t religious. They don’t belong to a synagogue. And past high holidays haven’t seemed to be about themes of the season, but more about fees and membership. Despite that, or maybe because of it, the family of four is going to travel […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat of peace — and of hope How wonderful it is to write this update now that the 50 days war in Gaza is behind us. A war that took the lives of 71 Israelis, including today’s last casualty, Netanel Maman, who was critically wounded a week ago. When the rocket hit he was […]

Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

And you shall not erect for yourselves a pillar, which the Lord your God hates.” (Deut. 16:22) Parashat Shoftim opens with the command, “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your cities-which God gives to you-for your tribes…” (Deut. 16:18). It turns out this is the most observed of all the Torah’s commandments…but not […]

Shabbat makes for a winning wow at JCC day camp

JCC Camps at Medford

By Aaron Greenberg, Camp Director of JCC Camps at Medford. This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. Jewish Overnight camps have long done a tremendous job defining Shabbat and carving out sacred space to observe it in a variety of ways. But day camps, too, have a role […]

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 28 The 50th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas brings incessant rocket fire toward Israel’s south and Israel’s center. So far more than 100 rockets have been fired at Israel today, some causing major damage. One of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in Ashkelon while […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

Bnaya proposing to Gali in happier days.

Operation Protective Edge — Day 46 Since Hamas renewed firing missiles on Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of rockets have been launched at Israel. Some have made direct hits, including, very sadly, a four-year-old child who was killed. This was only just announced, but today’s missiles from Gaza also hit a synagogue in Ashdod earlier today that injured three, […]

Parashat R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:12)

“Bear in mind that you were slaves in Egypt, and take care to obey these laws.” (Deut. 16:12) Parashat R’eih is the Torah’s response to anyone who says, ”I have no choice.” It opens by declaring, “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse, “(Deut. 11:26) and continues to explain following the […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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  Operation Protective Edge — Day 44  Unfortunately, and sadly, to our greatest surprise and even greater disappointment, the war, which had taken a few days’ break, is now back, full speed. Since yesterday afternoon, eight hours before the extended cease-fire was to end, Hamas fired rockets into Israel. Since then more than 100 rockets […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge — day 39“The days in between” There is a great sense of uncertainty in the air. Yes, the ground operation is behind us, our troops are back on Israeli soil, peace talks are taking place in Cairo and life is almost back to normal — that’s almost. My family and I took advantage of […]