Innovation and leadership are key at ELS


As the professional leaders of the JCCs of North America, JCC executive directors are the critical link to implementing a vision to increase Jewish engagement and strengthen Jewish life. To support this objective, 80 JCC executive directors met together for the 2015 Executive Leadership Seminar for four days in Weston, Florida the last week in […]

Where it all comes together


Regional camp hubs provide community for professionals In early February, the 14th Street Y will host a gathering for area camp directors and staff at New York’s Educational Alliance. The get-together is part of JCC Association’s effort in encouraging camps to meet, share information and learn from one another in JCC Camp Regional Hubs. It’s […]

An Israeli take on Tu B’Shvat


Ido Medan David Tu B’Shvat is one of the four new years that are mentioned in the Mishna. Sometimes referred to as Rosh Hashanah ha’ilanot, or the “new year” of the trees, its more common name comes from the day of the Hebrew month, the 15th day of Shvat. This year we celebrated the holiday […]

Remembering the Four Chaplains: 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester

The Story of the Four Chaplains on the USS Dorchester

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester, a military transport carrying about 900 U.S. Army troops during World War II, and the “Four Chaplains” who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel. The Dorchester Chaplains — Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Rev. John P. Washington, […]

Parashat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

“When the fall of dew lifted, there over the surface of the wilderness, lay a fine and flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.” (Exodus 16:114) Parashat B’shalach open with God’s splitting the Reed Sea to deliver the Israelites from slavery to freedom. However, this peak moment of exultation (“The Lord is my […]

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

“Are you not yet aware that Egypt is lost?” Exodus 10:7 At the beginning of Parashat Bo, Pharoah’s advisors beseech him to recognize his defeat and accept the Israelite request to leave Egypt. Pharoah refuses and continues his shortsighted and stubborn ways, refusing to succumb until God sends the tenth plague (the killing of the […]

Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Go and tell Pharoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites depart from his land.’” (Exodus 6:10, 11) Parashat Va’era opens with a crisis. Moses’ initial attempt to liberate the Israelites fails: Pharoah refuses to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, the Israelite slaves are punished with harsher conditions, and they, in […]

A View from Jerusalem – January 2015

Unusual cold winds blow over our Israeli skies, reminding us what real winter really looks like in other countries, France for example. Beautiful Paris, the city of lights is known for its cold white winter setting, where alongside fluffy snowflakes the Eiffel Tower stands tall and bright, symbolizing freedom and democracy. But this January, other […]

To our friends in France

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The following message was sent to the Jewish community in France on behalf of the entire JCC movement. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly difficult time. To our friends in France, As we start the new week, we do so with heavy hearts in the aftermath of last week’s attack on […]

Stephen Hazan Arnoff named CEO of JCC Association


Set to succeed Allan Finkelstein in February Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, who successfully expanded programing and grew the 14th Street Y in New York while executive director there before going on to become the first director of the Office of Culture, Community, and Society at Shalem College in Jerusalem, has been chosen to succeed Allan […]

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