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What is third place? It’s not the bronze medal, but rather that home-away-from-home that JCCs aspire to be. Several New Jersey JCCs have created a learning hub, and they got together on a Sunday in October at JCC Association’s offices, to brainstorm about just this, with Marc Dunkelman, author of Striving for Third Place.

Thank you for your service


In 2014, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a program of JCC Association, launched Project Welcome Home in six JCCs around the country. The goal was to help JCCs find ways to reach out to U.S. service men and women and their families and to assist them in engaging with their communities. The project incorporates the needs […]

Booze, book clubs and bestsellers: Book fair 2.0?

Joseph Telushkin_Marcus JCC

Along with cooler weather, November has traditionally brought with it JCC book festivals to coincide with Jewish Book Month just prior to Hanukkah. These events have been expanding and morphing to encompass more of the arts and culture palette, to capitalize on different ways JCC participants consume culture, and to spread the learning, joy and […]

Get registered!


Deadlines and registrations, and you’re going to want to hit them all. Here’s an easy guide to what’s coming up with direct links to get you there. Biennial or bust You are not going to want to miss JCCs of North America Biennial. And to make sure you’re there in Baltimore with the best of […]

Get ready to shine at ArtsFest


Meet, create, perform, dream—it’s all in a week’s fun at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. This creative arts experience for Jewish teens ages 13-17, is held alongside the JCC Maccabi Games, with the JCC of Stamford in Connecticut hosting this year. And registration is now open. It’s one week to express yourself and work with Artists in […]

Picture this!


Merrin-go-round in the Holy Land The ninth cohort of Merrin Teen Fellows visited Tel Dan in northern Israel. The group of 13 spent the second day of their Israel Seminar on a hike that explore the biblical, political, geographic, and modern historical touchstones that make up Israel. The seminar is part of two-year fellowship, established […]

Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-24)

“He planted an eshel in Beer Sheva and there he proclaimed Adonai’s name, God of the Universe.” (Genesis 21:33) Parashat Vayera includes a series of high-stakes encounters: the three strangers/angels who predict Isaac’s birth (Gen. 18:1-15), the destruction of Sodom and Gemorah (Gen. 19:12-29), and the akeidah, or the binding of Isaac (Gen. 22:1-19). Each […]

We stand with Jerusalem


Twenty years ago I sat in a rec room on the campus of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) in Arad, Israel having just begun a six-month artists-in-residence program. A little beer, some olives and baigele, music and conversation with fascinating new friends from around the world — it was a perfect Saturday night. […]

Parashat Lekh Lekha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)

“As for Me, this is my covenant with you: you shall be a father of a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 17:4) Parashat Lekh Lekha documents the next step in God’s learning how to steward the world (which is now twenty generations old). God’s new strategy is to partner with one family instead of with all […]

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

JCC Association joins with rabbis and leaders of the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements and the Conference of Presidents in declaring this weekend, October 16 – 17 (Parshat Noach), as a special Sabbath of Solidarity with Israel. We encourage JCCs to incorporate Israel into their weekend programming and show support for our brothers and […]

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