Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

 “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival of the Lord.” (Exodus 13:6) Parashat Bo rachets up the drama of the plagues with locusts, darkness, and Pharoah’s continued intransigence.  Then God informs Moses of the final, awful plague.  But something curious happens: God interrupts the narrative […]

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January, 2014 Website of the Month – JCC Omaha

JCC Omaha Website

JCC Association is pleased to announce that the JCC of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska is the JCC Website of the Month. Visit their website: Please feel free to e-mail us suggestions regarding any JCC sites that you feel deserve recognition during the upcoming months and we will take their content and design under consideration. […]

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Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

“…I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and through extraordinary chastisements.” (Exodus 6:6) Parashat Va’era is better known than most because its contents are recounted each year at the Passover seder.  Moses’ request for and Pharoah’s refusal to let the Israelites worship God in the desert initiates the first seven of the ten plagues […]

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Allan Finkelstein Suggests Necessary Changes


CEO and President Allan Finkelstein expressed his thoughts about the necessary changes in the Jewish community in an article published today in eJewishphilanthropy. Share this with your friends! Tweet

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Parashat Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

“…She called his name Moses, as she said, ‘For I drew him from the water.’” (Exodus 2:10) Parashat Sh’mot opens the book of Exodus (which also is called Sh’mot in Hebrew) with the Israelites’ descent into misery and slavery.  It also introduces one of the Torah’s central characters: Moses.  The classic commentators remark on Moses’ […]

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JCC Association Office in Jerusalem Now JCC Israel Center

After a week of competing and creating, JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest participants toured Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for three days. The two participants pictured above learn about the Jewish Diaspora at Beth Hatefutsoth.

In order to emphasize its service to Jewish Community Centers, JCC Association has named its office in Jerusalem the JCC Israel Center. Previously referred to as the JCC Association Israel Office, the historic Mary and Solomon Litt building located on Moshe Hess Street in the center of Jerusalem had served the Polish Red Cross during […]

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JCC Executives See Israel Beyond the Conflict

Just a few weeks ago, a group of 21 leaders from 12 JCCs embarked on a Jewish journey, which began at David Ben Gurion’s burial place in Israel’s desert and ended in modern Tel Aviv. This journey was part of JCC Association’s Boarding Pass initiative, which encourages JCCs to be the lead organization within their […]

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Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

“Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.”   (Genesis 48:21) Parashat Vayechi is the last parasha (portion) in the book of Genesis and brings to a close three nested story-cycles:  the epic of the patriarchs, the travails […]

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Three More JCCs Get Grant to Fight Childhood Obesity with Discover CATCH


Three Jewish Community Centers have received a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) through its “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” initiative to implement JCC Association’s program Discover: CATCH Early Childhood. The JCCs in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston will now be able to train staff to put into operation the early-childhood nutrition-and-activity […]

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Two JWB Chaplains Offer Hanukkah Blessings at White House Celebration

President Obama celebrated the Festival of Lights twice on the last day of Hanukkah, highlighting the coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah in 2013 at the afternoon celebration. “As the Festival of Lights draws to a close, let’s take one last chance to think about all the miracles we’ve been lucky enough to experience in our […]

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