CATCH is catching


Mandel JCC Palm Beaches spreads the word for signature early childhood program Timothy Wingate Jr. was worrying about his kids. As chief executive officer of Apostolic Child Development Centers, Inc. he worried that they didn’t know how to make good food choices; that they didn’t get enough exercise. He figured they were setting themselves up […]

From reel to real


Telling Israel’s story through film By Einat Kapach Films are among the greatest tools for teaching, primarily because they are so enjoyable. When people sit in a darkened room watching a story unfold, they have come to be entertained. But they often gain something so much deeper because they are connecting with characters, the struggles […]

The Israeli touch


How schlichim bring Israel into the J, every day By Marla Cohen Hosting an Israeli, coached to serve as an emissary, is a powerful tool for engaging your community with Israel. A trained shaliach helps integrate Israel throughout the JCC, infusing programs as diverse as early childhood, sports, adult education, and arts with a taste […]

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

“And Joseph called to his sons and said,’ Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come.’” (Genesis 49:1) Parashat Vayechi is the last parasha (portion) in the book of Genesis. It concludes the story-cycle of Joseph and his brothers. Much of the parasha is taken up with Jacob’s […]

Charitable change


JCCs and camps teach teens philanthropy fundamentals By Samantha Tananbaum Getting teenagers to do anything can be a challenge. Their days are already jam-packed with school, sports and other extracurricular activities, not to mention active social lives. Despite all that, teens across the country are willingly adding to their busy schedules and participating in Jewish […]

The power of community


By Susan Engel A trip to Israel is always a powerful and moving experience, eliciting emotions of awe and amazement at the depth and breadth of civilization and of course, the Jewish people’s triumph over the tragedy of the Holocaust to become, as we say in Hatikvah, “a free people in our own land. Eretz, […]

Losing Big at the J


Each day, JCCs serve their participants in ways that live up to the pillars that define our brand: Jewish, Heart, Standards, and Flexibility. Every JCC finds methods to integrate these fundamentals into the way they work. This story of how one personal trainer at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J. assisted a member in […]

The best job you could ever have


It’s been such an incredible privilege to lead the JCC Movement, to work with hundreds of colleagues across the continent and around the world, to witness our resilience, our impact on Jewish life in North America, and our commitment to excellence in everything that we do. The speed of change continues to accelerate, and to […]

Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

“’Enough!’ said Israel. ‘My son Joseph is still alive! I must go and see him before I die.’” (Genesis 45:28) Parashat Vayigash opens with Judah begging Joseph to take him as a slave instead of Benjamin for stealing Joseph’s silver goblet. Convinced his brothers have indeed done t’shuva, repentence, for selling him into slavery, Joseph […]

Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)

“Pharoah said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharoah; yet without you, no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.’” (Genesis 41:44) Parashat Miketz is the original Saturday-afternoon-matinee-action-thriller with lots of cliffhangers. Joseph rises from the prison to the palace. The famine he predicts drives his brothers down to Egypt to […]

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