“Adonai will reign for all eternity!” (Exodus 15:18) Parashat B’shalach is all about God’s might and miracles: it describes the parting of the Reed Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh’s army. In awed gratitude, Moses leads the Israelites in Shirat Hayam, the Song of the Sea. But B’shalach is also about personal faith and celebration. […]
“Take even your sheep and even your cattle, as you have spoken, and go—and bless me, as well!” (Exodus 12:32) Parashat Bo is about awesome and majestic power: God sends the last three plagues (locusts, darkness, and the death of the first-born), which finally break Pharaoh’s spirit so he frees the Israelites to worship God. […]
On days where conflict, terror, fear and hatred blacken our sky and cloud our lives, we must appreciate every beam of light that illuminates caring, empathy, humanity and hope. Almost 68 years have passed since the founding of Israel, nearly seven decades of endless, almost near-hopeless attempts to live in peace with four million Palestinians, […]
We lost two warriors of teenage angst and wonder in recent days. And as we return to our New York City offices from a day in Columbus, one of our 2016 JCC Maccabi host communities, thinking about teenage angst and wonder seems just right. While he may have been a genius alien superstar chameleon freak […]
Last month, we asked JCCs to share their “sweaty snapshots” from December’s Cycle for Good event. In case you don’t know, Cycle for Good is a movement-wide stationary bike event that raises money for charity. This year, it took place on the first Sunday of Hanukkah, Dec. 13. Participating JCCs run the program for three […]
One for each night Leaders of the David Posnack JCC in Broward County, Florida, lit candles and rubbed elbows with the First Family as they celebrated the Festival of Lights at the White House’s annual Hanukkah candle lighting. They came as guests of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, honorary co-chair of the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games […]
Ronnel Conn Tu B’Shevat, often called the “birthday of the trees,” is a special time at Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles. More than 600 community members join together each year to celebrate our commitment to nature at our annual Tu B’Shevat Festival. Planned and organized in partnership with our Preschool Parent Network, the […]
The Mandel JCC Playmakers Youth Theatre trip to Israel was four years in the making. The idea was to give young performers the unique opportunity to see theater, music and dance through an Israeli lens in order to inspire a brand new connection to Israel and to Judaism for our Jewish teens who share a love for the performing arts.