Charitable change

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JCCs and camps teach teens philanthropy fundamentals By Samantha Tananbaum Getting teenagers to do anything can be a challenge. Their days are already jam-packed with school, sports and other extracurricular activities, not to mention active social lives. Despite all that, teens across the country are willingly adding to their busy schedules and participating in Jewish […]

The power of community

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By Susan Engel A trip to Israel is always a powerful and moving experience, eliciting emotions of awe and amazement at the depth and breadth of civilization and of course, the Jewish people’s triumph over the tragedy of the Holocaust to become, as we say in Hatikvah, “a free people in our own land. Eretz, […]

Losing Big at the J

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Each day, JCCs serve their participants in ways that live up to the pillars that define our brand: Jewish, Heart, Standards, and Flexibility. Every JCC finds methods to integrate these fundamentals into the way they work. This story of how one personal trainer at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J. assisted a member in […]

The best job you could ever have

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It’s been such an incredible privilege to lead the JCC Movement, to work with hundreds of colleagues across the continent and around the world, to witness our resilience, our impact on Jewish life in North America, and our commitment to excellence in everything that we do. The speed of change continues to accelerate, and to […]

Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

“’Enough!’ said Israel. ‘My son Joseph is still alive! I must go and see him before I die.’” (Genesis 45:28) Parashat Vayigash opens with Judah begging Joseph to take him as a slave instead of Benjamin for stealing Joseph’s silver goblet. Convinced his brothers have indeed done t’shuva, repentence, for selling him into slavery, Joseph […]

Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)

“Pharoah said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharoah; yet without you, no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.’” (Genesis 41:44) Parashat Miketz is the original Saturday-afternoon-matinee-action-thriller with lots of cliffhangers. Joseph rises from the prison to the palace. The famine he predicts drives his brothers down to Egypt to […]

Hanukkah Message, in light of Israel’s upcoming elections

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  Tonight the Jewish world will light the first candle of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrating the Jewish rebellion against their Greek oppressors. Hanukkah has come to symbolize our everlasting struggle against oppression throughout our shared history. Two weeks ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni of […]

Parashat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

“Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had sojourned, the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 37:1) Why is there is so much bad behavior between relatives in the book of Genesis? Daniel Elazar (1934-1999; a leading political scientist and specialist in the study of the Jewish political tradition) explains: the Torah is a […]

Preparing the leaders

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In November, JCC Association hosted its first alumni seminar for the first and second cohorts of Kivunim, a program for orienting first-time executives to their new roles. This follow-up program offered a chance for executives who have been through the program, and who are now in their second and third years of leading a JCC, […]

Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

“Please accept my present, which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty. And when he urged him, he accepted.” (Genesis 33:11) Parashat Vayishlach is a nail-biter. Jacob returns home to Canaan and encounters his brother Esau. Jacob is nervous, with good reason; he stole Esau’s blessing twenty years […]

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