Parashat Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

“They took Joseph’s tunic, slaughtered a goatling, and dipped the tunic in the blood.”  (Genesis 37:31) Parashat Vayeishev describes a messy family.  Joseph talks smack about his brothers to their father (Gen. 37:2) who favors him over the other boys (Gen. 37:3, 4).  Conventional wisdom blames the brothers selling Joseph into slavery because of their […]

6 Second Hebrew: Holiday, Candle, Potato


Js score big with Jr. NBA


A new partnership between JCC Association and Jr. NBA aims to raise their game, providing access to resources, training, as well as challenges and tournaments. Not to mention the Jr. NBA name. “This allows JCCs to use the Jr. NBA name with their youth basketball program,” says Steve Becker, JCC Association vice president, health and […]

Share your sweaty snapshots

Cycle For Good 2015

We want to see your effort when Cycle for Good spins into action on Dec. 13, the seventh day of Hanukkah. So don’t forget to take plenty of pics and videos, and be sure to share them with us. You can use the hashtag #JsCycle4Good. We’ll be re-posting our favorites on social media and using […]

Young, Jewish, and “ENGAJed”

ENGAJed surf group

How do you get busy young adults to embrace an active role in the Jewish community? The answer to the question in California’s Silicon Valley is a new type of young adult outreach program called ENGAJ. A collaboration between the Oshman Family JCC and Hillel at Stanford, ENGAJ sparks Jewish young professionals and graduate students […]

I have a little dreidel, I made it out of… marshmallow

Marshmallow Dreidel Recipe

These marshmallow dreidels are an easy, no-bake Hanukkah dessert that’s fun for the whole family. You may get a little messy, but there are plenty of fun ways to get the kids involved—or have some fun yourself, if there aren’t any around—and put your own spin on a Hanukkah treat. Ingredients Wax paper Marshmallows Hershey […]

So what’s new? Innovation Lab: Jerusalem, of course

Innovation Lab: Jerusalem 2015 group photo

Fifty-three JCC executives directors, lay leaders and rising stars from 23 JCCs took part in JCC Association’s first Innovation Lab: Jerusalem, a dynamic platform designed to inspire and inform Jewish Community Centers to take on our most urgent questions: How might we shape a creative, relevant and engaging Jewish future? How might we refresh and […]

Giving thanks with the Guthrie family—JCC and JWB-style


Happy Thanksgiving from Sounding Board! We have so much to be thankful for in the world of JCCs. JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest have just announced the 109 delegations traveling to Columbus, St. Louis and Stamford this summer. Nineteen are newly re-engaged after taking some time off. Our Sheva Center for Excellence in Early Childhood […]

Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

“Esau said, ‘I have plenty. Let what you have remain yours.’” (Genesis 33:9) This week’s perspective on the weekly parasha is dedicated to the memory of Shmuel Benalal, z”l, a Jewish educator instrumental in the establishment of the Mandel Center for Jewish Education, who was killed in the Mali hotel attack. Yehi Zichro Baruch. May […]

Groomed for Success: Focusing on Talent in the JCC Field


By Joy Brand-Richardson Of the last 14 open executive director positions at Jewish Community Centers, nine were filled by current JCC staff, either an assistant executive director moving up in his or her own organization, or by one moving from another JCC, or an executive in a JCC in one city moving to another. That […]

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