Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

“Love, therefore, the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His laws, His rules, and His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 11:1) Parashat Eikev offers a front-row seat for the unfolding of a Jewish idea. Moses tells the Israelites to, “…love your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave to him.” (Deut. 11:22) This […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

victims killed during protective edge

Shabbat message— Operation Protective Edge continues So close — but not there yet. We were so close to a return to normalcy, to what an Israeli summer should be:  sun, beach, family time and a sense of freedom. But Hamas had other plans for us, as well as for the people of Gaza. After a full 72 […]

Parashat Va-etchanan (Deut. 3:23-7:11)

“You shall say to your child, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and God took us out of Egypt with a strong hand.’” (Deuteronomy 6:21) Parashat Va-etchanan includes both the Ten Commandments and the Sh’ma (Hear O Israel…), making it the summer “blockbuster” of weekly parashot (plural of parasha, or portion). This presentation of […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Coming home!!!

Operation Protective Edge — Day 29 And hopefully the last day of war and the first of a wonderful, normal summer! Both Israel and Hamas have agreed to the Egyptian initiative, which includes a 72-hour ceasefire. After that period, further discussions will take place in Cairo in an attempt to reach a permanent agreement. As […]

Giving JCCs the tools to “do” Israel

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This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. It started with a kernel of an idea: How can JCCs increase their engagement with Israel, both for the institution and for the people it serves? The result was Israel & Your JCC, an all-in-one guide to finding ways for the […]

Taking on the mantle of leadership


This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. What does it mean to lead a JCC in the 21st century? Fifty-one participants from 31 JCCs in the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging JCC Leaders Institute spent their time at the Biennial exploring that question—and coming up with their own answers—during […]

Sunny, with a 100% chance for inspiration


This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. Beginning on March 28 and running through April 1, the JCCs of North America Biennial convention attracted nearly 700 people from around the globe, including budding leaders in our Esther Leah Ritz Emerging JCC Leaders track, U.S. military chaplains present for […]

Can JCCs find a lesson in hate?


This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. Moving beyond the Kansas City Shooting The afternoon was shaping up to be a busy one for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and its President and CEO Jacob Schreiber. Actors were backstage, preparing for a final performance of […]

Update from JCC Israel Center


Operation Protective Edge — Day 28 Yesterday Israel buried four of her best sons, courageous soldiers, our heroes. They were killed in the Rafah battle on Friday. Among them is 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was declared dead on Saturday after Hamas had claimed to have kidnapped him. Hadar’s death brings the total of Israeli […]

Israel at the J, even under duress


Since the kidnapping in June of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Sha’er and Naftali Fraenkel, JCCs and their camps have been grappling with ways to handle news coming from Israel. As Hamas rockets launched toward Israeli cities increased, and Israel launched a ground war in Gaza, JCCs have come up with a variety of creative ways to […]