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

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill.” (Deuteronomy 8:7) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972; one of the leading Jewish philosophers and theologians of the 20th century) is famous for his statement following the 1965 civil rights march […]

The JCC Maccabi Games: We Are The Champions


If you work in or belong to a JCC, there is a good chance that the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest have touched your life in a transformative way. Maybe you participated as an athlete, hosted a young person in your home, coached, organized, donated, or otherwise held up a pole supporting the big, open […]

Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute addresses a gap in leadership as educators learn together


July marked the initial gathering of the first cohort of the Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute. Sponsored by the Covenant Foundation in partnership with the JCC Association, this fellowship serves to connect emerging learners and leaders in Jewish Early Childhood Education, and provides a platform for study, discussion, and relationship building. It will also fill a need […]

JCC Maccabi madness!


Open and awesome More than 2,000 of Jewish teens wore their Jewish pride in style Sunday night at the opening ceremonies for the JCC Maccabi Games™. To be on hand celebrating with them as they marched in their individual JCC delegations in Dallas and Milwaukee was thrilling — a way to see our JCCs and […]

Viewing Israel through a prism of arts


Boarding Pass trip offers JCC a unique point of view Jody Hirsh What a trip! Ten days. Thirteen people. New Israeli friends: authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers. curators, journalists, playwrights, gallery owners. And, of course, chefs. What more could you want? In April, we embarked on a one-of-a-kind journey, a tour-seminar-exploration of the arts scene in […]

A camp unlike any other strives to be so


Sunrise Camps celebrate a decade of caring for kids with cancer Carlyce Macintosh has got game. And you’d never know, as she balanced on crutches intent on her volleyball game, that she’s also got cancer. Raring to go, this lithe 11-year-old wasn’t about to let a couple of crutches get in her way. After all, […]

Tucson J gets wet n’ wild with youth triathlon


Tucson local Emily Eichelberger is going to test her mettle on Aug. 16 when she competes in Splash and Dash Youth Aquathon at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The youth sports event combines swimming and running and was created by USA Triathlon to introduce young athletes to the multi-sport event. The Tucson JCC is the […]

Camp is the common denominator


A special Taglit-Birthright Israel trip brings JCC counselors to Israel Last year, JCC Association brought 40 camp staff, representing seven different camps, on the JCC Camp Staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. The success of that trip has led to a second, scheduled for Dec. 23, 2015-Jan. 5, 2016. JCC camp staff age 18-26 are eligible for […]

The hint is in the honey


Last year, Shula Banchik wanted to do something a little different as the Calgary Jewish Community Center prepared for the High Holidays. So the cultural arts and Israeli program manager decided a shofar-blowing contest was in order. Dubbed “From Synagogue to Cyberspace,” the JCC asked people to film themselves blowing the shofar, then submit the […]

Bite-sized tastes of TAG


Elana MacGilpin began using TAG: Daily Living through a Jewish Lens™ at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, Connecticut three years ago. At the time, she hadn’t had any training in using the units, comprising stories and activities to trigger discussions of values in both Jewish and universal contexts. “You don’t need a lot of […]

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