Parashat T’rumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

“Note well, and follow the patterns for them that are being shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40) Parashat T’rumah introduces the many detailed instructions for building the mishkan, or Tabernacle. God tells Moses to tell the Israelites, “…Make me a mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham, a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” (Ex. 25:8) The […]

“Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha”, When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy! “

Last week, a group of 20 leaders from 15 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 Israel Enhancement program, an initiative aimed to enhance JCC’s Israel programming and engagement. JCC Association’s commitment and […]

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20) Parashat Mishpatim includes the first set of specific “Torah” laws beyond the general principles of Aseret Hadibrot (The Ten Utterances) and is referred to as Sefer Habrit (the Book of the Covenant). It closes with […]

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.

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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

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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

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Holiday words you need to know for February festivities!

Become a JCC Association scholarship student

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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

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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

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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 […]

Listen. Do you hear what I hear? Something is happening at JCCs -- and it goes like this. Sounding Board