Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-2:23)

“Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, yes, by the result of their very schemes against the people.” (Exodus 18:11) Parashat Yitro contains two stories. The first is a family reunion, when Yitro (a Midianite priest and Moses’ father-in-law) joins the Israelites. The second is the revelation at Mt. Sinai. Aviva […]

Kol Ha Kavod. We wish you well.


Allan Finkelstein came to JCC Association more than two decades ago, and he gave us a vision, an unshakeable belief that JCCs — together, as a Movement — play a critical role in shaping Jewish identity. He couldn’t have been more right. Allan has always insisted on service and excellence. During his tenure, JCC Association […]

Grants to fund new Sheva Center


Two years ago, JCC Association identified early childhood education and family engagement as a key priority in service to JCCs. Recent grants from The Crown Family and the Covenant Foundation will go toward creating the Sheva Center to address this. The Sheva Center will be the first of its kind, and will focus on engaging […]

6 Second Hebrew: Heart, Tree, Green


Holiday words you need to know for February festivities!

Become a JCC Association scholarship student


Do you love working at your JCC? Want to build a career in which you can advance, and still work with people to make a difference in their lives? The JCC Association Graduate Scholarship Program provides financial aid for students to use towards a master’s degree that will lead to or enhance professional careers in […]

A meeting of minds


Arts and culture pros gather for a day of learning and inspiration Take one film festival, add a dash of book club and theater performance, and sprinkle with Artists in Residence throughout the year and what do you get? Answer: The cultural essence at the heart of a JCC. And how to nurture and expand […]

Innovation and leadership are key at ELS


As the professional leaders of the JCCs of North America, JCC executive directors are the critical link to implementing a vision to increase Jewish engagement and strengthen Jewish life. To support this objective, 80 JCC executive directors met together for the 2015 Executive Leadership Seminar for four days in Weston, Florida the last week in […]

Where it all comes together


Regional camp hubs provide community for professionals In early February, the 14th Street Y will host a gathering for area camp directors and staff at New York’s Educational Alliance. The get-together is part of JCC Association’s effort in encouraging camps to meet, share information and learn from one another in JCC Camp Regional Hubs. It’s […]

An Israeli take on Tu B’Shvat


Ido Medan David Tu B’Shvat is one of the four new years that are mentioned in the Mishna. Sometimes referred to as Rosh Hashanah ha’ilanot, or the “new year” of the trees, its more common name comes from the day of the Hebrew month, the 15th day of Shvat. This year we celebrated the holiday […]

Remembering the Four Chaplains: 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester

The Story of the Four Chaplains on the USS Dorchester

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester, a military transport carrying about 900 U.S. Army troops during World War II, and the “Four Chaplains” who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel. The Dorchester Chaplains — Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Rev. John P. Washington, […]

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