Sheva: Modeling the future of early childhood education


At JCC Association’s Professional Conference in 2013, Mark Horowitz , JCC Association’s vice president of early childhood education and family engagement, introduced the Sheva framework for early childhood education. And at JCC Association’s Executive Leadership Seminar in February, it felt like history was repeating itself–with a twist. Horowitz shared his expanded vision for the future, […]

Making a Case for the Arts at the J


When Randi Benesch was hired by the JCC of Greater Baltimore in 2012 to serve as director of arts and culture for the JCC and managing director of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, her mission was to revitalize arts programming at the JCC. The 550-seat theater built two decades ago, had started with a […]

Talking ‘bout my generation


How does a JCC serve teens who have grown up never knowing a world without smartphones, while making sure its baby boomers, who are entering retirement stay connected? And what about those millennials, a vast market that everyone wants to reach? But most of all, what’s the best way to reach all of them? Attendees […]

Gathering in the name of arts & culture


For the fourth year, JCC Association held its annual Arts & Culture Gathering, bringing together 48 JCC professionals who steer those programs for their JCCs. The daylong event on Jan. 19 focused on the ways JCCs incorporate arts and culture throughout their programming. It also gives the people responsible for infusing arts and culture into […]

6 Second Hebrew: Love, Chicken Soup, Computer


Picture this!


Teach your children…mah jongg? What do you get when you bring kids form the Oshman Family JCC afterschool enrichment program together with seniors from the Palo Alto, California Moldaw Residences? A mah jongg match for the ages. Prior to their visit, the youngsters studied and practiced the game better associated with the Catskills and bubbes […]

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

“Do not oppress a stranger, as you know the soul of a stranger, because you were strangers in the Land of Egypt. “ (Exodus 23:9) Parashat Mishpatim follows the “Big Ten” (commandments, not football colleges) with a list of 52 additional mitzvot, or commandments. Most commentators view this list as a continuation of the revelation […]

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

“Moses came and summoned the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that God had commanded him.” (Exodus 19:7) Parashat Yitro is the peak moment in the Torah: God reveals the Torah to the Israelites, who are camped around the base of Mt. Sinai. This revelation is not only the reason […]

Through the storm


It snowed here this week. You may have heard about it. It snowed so much that many members of our board were unable to come to New York for our annual board meeting—for which we had been preparing for months. But that didn’t stop us, because thanks to clever use of technology, the skill and […]

Parashat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

“Adonai will reign for all eternity!” (Exodus 15:18) Parashat B’shalach is all about God’s might and miracles: it describes the parting of the Reed Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh’s army. In awed gratitude, Moses leads the Israelites in Shirat Hayam, the Song of the Sea. But B’shalach is also about personal faith and celebration. […]

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