Parashat Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

“Come, therefore, I will send you to Pharoah and you shall free my people, the Israelites, from Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10) Parashat Sh’mot opens the book of Exodus (which also is called Sh’mot in Hebrew) with the Israelite’s descent into slavery and misery. It also punctures the myth of the “Great Man” theory of history (in […]

6 Second Hebrew: Party, Beach, Snow


Fun and practical words for winter in this month’s 6 Second Hebrew.

JELI cohorts hit the road


The second cohort of the Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI), run in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary, came together in St. Louis, Mo. for its third of four retreats in mid-November. JELI, or Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute, is an online and in-person program designed to foster “leadership through a Jewish lens” in JCC professionals. […]

JWB director to head national military chaplaincy group


Marla Cohen When Harold Robinson, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council director, becomes chair of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces, he will be the first rabbi to serve as head of the organization. Robinson, a retired rear admiral, will assume the two-year position at NCMAF, an organization that represents more than 220 religious […]

The latest dance craze for JCC professionals


Deborah Grayson Riegel If you were to see me attempting to slow dance, do the “Single Ladies” hand wave, or even the hora at a bar mitzvah or wedding, you would never guess that I have, in fact, taken dancing lessons. My first dance lessons – tap, jazz and ballet – started when I was […]

Kicking off a celebration of TAG


The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education (MCJE) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of TAG: Daily Living through a Jewish Lens™ with a #TAGyoureit challenge. JCCs across the continent are encouraged to do a TAG activity at their JCC, such as in their afterschool program, at teen events, or during a staff […]

Service at the J takes center stage in honor of MLK


Abraham Joshua Heschel said that his “legs were praying,” as he marched arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King, Jr. across the Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. They made history; the photo of the bearded rabbi and the dapper minister has become iconic, just as Heschel’s words celebrate the idea that Judaism and action are […]

Woman of the book


Jewish Book Council director takes her bow By Marla Cohen She won’t select a favorite book. And she’s mum about preferring one author over another. “I’ll never say that,” says Carolyn Starman Hessel, who has steered the Jewish Book Council (JBC) for 21 years and will be retiring in March. “So many of them are […]

Honoring those who serve


The final plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (GA) took place on Veterans Day this year, and JWB Jewish Chaplains Council took center stage. Four JWB chaplains, each representing a branch of the United States armed forces, and one Canadian chaplain, Capt. Bryan Bowley, Royal Canadian Air Force, spoke of their […]

Say niseah tovah


JCC Boarding Pass trips are tailor-made Nyla Harper had never been to Israel. As someone who attends synagogue weekly and volunteers at her JCC in Austin, traveling to the Jewish homeland was something she wanted to do. But she wanted to go and “just be myself,” she says. So when Aliza Orent, director of Jewish […]

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