Allan Finkelstein steps down after two decades at helm of JCC Association

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Allan Finkelstein, who has spent his entire career working to strengthen Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and the role that they play in American Jewish life, will retire from leading the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, where he has served as president and CEO since 1994. His retirement is effective at the end of […]

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21st Century JCCs: Building Community in a Brave Pew World

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This article by JCC Association President and CEO Allan Finkelstein first appeared in eJewishPhilantrhopy.com on March 18, 2014. The first YMHA opened its doors in 1854 to serve Jewish immigrants arriving in America. It – and those YM and YWHAs that followed – provided a wealth of services helping turn a diverse lot of Jews […]

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Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

“Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and all that was in it, thus consecrating them.”  (Leviticus 8:5) Parashat Tzav adds more details to the instructions for performance of the sacrifices introduced in last week’s parasha (portion).  It concludes with Aaron’s and his sons’ ordination as kohanim (priests). Sacrificial worship is the norm […]

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Adar Going Once, Adar Going Twice

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Just when you thought the winter couldn’t get any bleaker, Purim shows up in the calendar for a little pre-spring mayhem. The holiday starts on 13th day of Adar II, which falls on the evening of March 15. (We add a second Adar this year to get the Hebrew lunar-based calendar back in synch with […]

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Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)

“He shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt offering, that it may be acceptable in his behalf, in expiation for him. ” (Leviticus 1:4) Parashat Vayikra (And he called) opens the third and central book of the Torah (also called Vayikra). It describes the sacrificial rite in great detail: how the animals […]

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Shabbat Unplugged

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Take a techno-break this weekend and engage in a 5,774-year-old tradition! Starting sundown, Friday March 7 through sunset on Saturday March 8, you can experience Shabbat Unplugged, part of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging. JCC Association is once again partnering with Reboot to encourage us to ease up on the frantic pace and hyper-connectivity that […]

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Parashat P’kudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38)

“On the first day of the month you shall set up the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting.”  (Exodus 40:2)  Parashat P’kudei  opens with an accounting of the materials used to build the mishkan (Tabernacle) and describes again the priestly garments, repeating God’s instructions to Moses. Finally, it closes the book of Exodus with Moses […]

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NJY Camps Welcome Jewish Kids of Military Families

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NJ Y Camps have instituted a special subsidy program for Jewish children of military families, and urge Jewish military kids to apply for the summer of 2014. The cost of $150 per week or $500 per session is deeply discounted and is designed to enable Jewish children related to men and women serving in the […]

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Parashat Vayakhel-P’kudei (Exodus 35:1-40:38)

“And all the skilled women spun with their own hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen.” (Exodus 35:25) Parashat Vayakhel triggers a sense of déjà vu because Moses repeats the instructions for constructing the mishkan (Tabernacle) to the entire Israelite people. Big chunks of the […]

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JCC Association Recognizes Senator Carl Levin and Rabbi Harold Robinson as Champions for Jewish Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

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JCC Association proudly announces that it is presenting the Frank L. Weil Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Armed Services Field to U.S. Senator Carl M. Levin, Democratic senator from Michigan and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for his long and devoted service to the country, to its armed forces, and to […]

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