JCC Maccabi participants take talent abroad


Past participants head to Berlin games When the European Maccabi Games get underway in Berlin on July 27, some of its proudest participants will be veterans of the JCC Maccabi Games™. “I can’t wait for the experience,” says Adam Chaskin, executive director of Sidney Albert Albany JCC in upstate New York who will be coaching […]

One cool pop


Mexico City native Fany Gerson, may have graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, but she found her passion creating and writing about the sweets of her native country. Her first cookbook, My Sweet Mexico, focused on an array of delicious and exotic confections such as fritters filled with mescal-flavored […]

6 Second Hebrew: Father, Summer, Candy


All of the important words you need to know for the month of June!

Parashat B’ha-alot’cha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)

“Aaron did so; he mounted the lamps at the front of the menorah, as the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Numbers 8:3) Parashat B’ha-a lot’cha describes the Israelites’ departure from Mt. Sinai to begin their desert trek. As part of the final preparations, God instructs Moses to craft two silver trumpets to signal the people when […]

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

“The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace.” (Numbers 6:26) Yehuda Kurtzer (president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America) likes to say ancient texts are useful for the light they shed on contemporary society. Parashat Naso is a case in point. It includes the ordeal of the sota, the suspected […]

It’s not easy being green


It’s not easy being green. Kermit said it. Van Morrison said it. Even Ray Charles said it. Now JCCs are saying it too, even if it’s not always easy. It’s not that easy being green Having to spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer being red, or […]

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

“Those are the elected of the assembly, the chieftains of their ancestral tribes: they are the heads of the contingents of Israel.” (Numbers 1:16) Parashat Bamidbar opens the fourth book of the Torah (with the same name) and describes the preparations for the Israelites’ 38-year journey through the wilderness to Canaan. The opening verse describes […]

Parashat B’har-B’chukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34)

“I will remember in their favor the covenant with the ancients, whom I freed from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God; I, the Lord.” (Leviticus 26:45) Parashat B’chukotai contains a list of blessings for following the Torah’s commandments and a (much longer) list of curses for failing […]

The Beauty of Jerusalem


The Talmud teaches, “Ten measures of beauty descended on the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem, one by the rest of the world.” Years later, Mark Twain said, “There is no beauty like the beauty of Jerusalem.” Today, the 26th of Iyar marks the 48th anniversary of the Six-Day War when the third day of […]



Of all of the stars of rock and pop, David Bowie is the king of chameleons — voices, faces, names and musical styles morphing station to station. It’s fitting that his signature song is “Changes.” He stutters a refrain like a latter day Moses, another voice of days-to-come, who preached despite what the Bible calls […]

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