A taste of Israel—JCC Style

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JCC Association’s first Taglit-Birthright trip aimed specifically at Jewish professionals has been a tremendous success. We brought 40 “professional Jews” to the Jewish homeland with a goal of increasing their connection to and understanding of Israel. The trip featured a whirlwind itinerary – developed by our Israel office and our partners at Amazing Israel – […]

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Kol Hakavod!

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We’re wishing a well-deserved mazal tov to Steve Becker, JCC Association’s vice president of health and wellness, and Marla Cohen, communications manager, for recent recognition for outstanding work in their respective fields. Steve has received the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations […]

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Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

“The Lord bless you and protect you.” (Numbers 6:24) Reading from the Torah is an exacting skill because it must be precise; no errors are permitted. To ensure the reader’s accuracy, two gabbaim (an Aramaic term for community wardens; singular is gabbai) stand on each side of the shulchan, or table, and follow closely. If […]

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Jewish Service Men and Women Fallen Since 2001

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Pontell, Darin Lieutenant JG, Navy, Pentagon 9/11/01 Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia Evnin, Mark A. Corporal, Marines, Vermont 4/3/03 Central Iraq Smith, Eric A. Chief Warrant Officer, Army, New York 4/2/03, Central Iraq Wershow, Jeffery M. Specialist, Army National Guard, Florida 7/6/03 Baghdad, Iraq Bernstein, David R. 1st Lieutenant, Army, Pennsylvania 10/18/03 Taza, Iraq Fletcher, Jacob S. […]

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Welcoming Those Who Serve

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The Jewish community does need to recognize that there are Jewish men and women serving in the U.S. military and that they have families back home who need support. by Rabbi Harold Robinson and Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky Military families in the Jewish community have been invisible for too long. They are uprooted often and can […]

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Parashat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)

“And with you shall be one man from each tribe; a man who is a leader of his father’s household.” (Numbers 1:4) If the first three books of the Torah describe the roots (Genesis), birth (Exodus), and commitment (Leviticus) of the Jewish people, Bamidbar (Numbers) chronicles the transition of the Jewish people. It connects the […]

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This Memorial Day, a new prayer book for Jewish soldiers and sailors

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Jewish soldiers and sailors will read from a new prayer book this Memorial Day, one that aims to satisfy Jews across the spectrum of Jewish practice — a feat its predecessor did not achieve. “We have done some historical research, and there has never been a time that three such disparate synagogues have used the same prayer […]

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Parashat B’chukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

“I will provide peace in the land, and you will lie down with none to frighten you…” (Leviticus 26:6) Parashat B’chukotai includes a list of blessings for following God’s commandments and a much longer list of curses for not following. The final chapter (which many scholars consider a later addition to the text) serves as […]

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Yom HaAtzmaut 2014: State of the Nation

Last week, Israel and the Jewish world celebrated the Jewish state’s 66th anniversary. It’s hard to imagine that such a short time ago Israel was established. At that time, only 650,000 Jews lived in the newly born country. Since that Friday afternoon, on May 14, 1948, when David Ben Gurion declared the new state, Israel […]

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Three Jewish movements, one prayer book

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Manhattan synagogues to use new JWB siddur over Memorial Day weekend This Memorial Day weekend, three Upper East Side synagogues will remember the Jewish men and women who have died defending the United States by using the JWB Jewish military siddur, or prayer book, during Shabbat services. The three synagogues — one each from the […]

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