6 Second Hebrew: Flower, Horse, Guitar

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Words to get you excited for summer!

A whole new JCCA.me

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JCCA.me, JCC Association’s intranet and resource sharing website for JCC professionals, re-launched recently with a brand new design and improved features. The improvements came in three core areas: speed, search and design, and were based on feedback from users. The most notable change to the website is the design. The new design not only was […]

AIRing their views

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest™ Artists in Residence share their takeaway Every year JCC Maccabi ArtsFest teen participants work with professional Artists in Residence (AIRs) in their chosen arts specialty. JCC Association works very closely with each host community to identify and select the right combination of new and returning AIRs to maximize the experience. “Curating the […]

JCC Association Israel Seminar

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Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)

“You shall not render an unfair decision: do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your kinsman fairly.” (Leviticus 19:15) We read two parashot (portions) this week because of how the Jewish calendar is calculated. Months are determined by the moon’s cycle, but the year is determined by the sun’s. Therefore, […]

What’s Going On?

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Where is music when the world is spinning too fast, when the sky is crying, when we have lost our way? Tests of communal will arose this week – all too fast and strong, and almost too big to fathom. Our eyes filled with the sight of friends in Baltimore embroiled in anger and unrest […]

Four streams of Judaism gather for chaplaincy program

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JWB to host Shabbaton and annual training course in Annapolis As the longest-serving endorser of Jewish chaplains for the U.S. military, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will hold its annual training course and Shabbaton on May 1-6 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “Maintaining the Jewish in Our Identity: Authentically Jewish Ministry in […]

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

“The priest shall order two live clean birds, cedar wood, crimson stuff, and hyssop to be brought for him who is to be cleansed.” (Leviticus 14:4) We read two parashot (portions) this week because of the way the Jewish calendar is calculated. Months are determined by the moon’s cycle, but the year is determined by […]

Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror

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Today, Israel and the Jewish world observes Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, and ceremonies nationwide honor the 23,320 servicemen and victims of terror who had fallen since 1860. This year that has elapsed since last Yom Hazikaron has been a very difficult one, beginning with the cruel […]

Parashat Sh’mini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

“And you must teach the Israelites all the laws which the Lord has imparted to them through Moses.” (Leviticus 10:11) Parashat Sh’mini is a bit of a shocker. After seven days of intense spiritual preparation, the kohanim (priests) begin to offer sacrifices on the newly consecrated altar in the mishkan (Tabernacle). When Nadav and Avihu, […]

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