Update from JCC Israel Center

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Rosh Hashanah message The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler. Leaves are blowing in the wind and wayward birds fly high above, looking for something, perhaps new beginnings. The Days of Awe surround us; they fill our hearts and souls with prayers, exaltation and hope. Tonight the Jewish world will celebrate the new […]

Parashat Ha-azinu (Deuteronomy 23:1-32:52)

“For the name of the Lord I proclaim; Give glory to our God!” (Deut. 32:3) On each day of Rosh Hashana we recite the phrase, hayom harat olam, today the world is created, three times. Parashat Ha-azinu reminds us this is not only the beginning of history, but also an ongoing, daily and dynamic process. […]

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

“That day, Moses wrote down this poem and taught it to the Israelites.” (Deut. 31:22) We read two parashot (portions) this week because of how the Jewish calendar is calculated. Months are determined by the moon’s cycle, but the year is determined by the sun’s. Therefore, a Jewish year can have from 50-55 weeks. Since […]

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

“This day, Adonai your God, commands you to perform these decrees and the statutes, and you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deut. 26:16) Parashat Ki Tavo continues the description of rituals to be performed once the Israelites make their way into the land of Canaan: the […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat message — of memory and mercy For 11 Israeli families, and for many more in Israel and around the Jewish world, today is a day of sorrow. Forty-two years ago, in 1972, the XX Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany. The atmosphere leading up to the Games was filled with tension as […]

Parashat Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

“When you go out as a troop against your enemies, be on your guard against anything untoward.” (Deut. 23:10) Parashat Ki Teitzei contains laws regarding individuals and their obligations to their families and neighbors around them. One such law is to build a parapet on the roof of a new house to prevent someone falling […]

6 Second Hebrew: Flag, Bus and Fall

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Nine JCCs selected to pilot talent management program

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To assist JCCs in building a larger pool of talent that can best steer their organizations in the future, JCC Association has selected nine Jewish Community Centers to pilot a program aimed at identifying and supporting those professionals. The goal is to help JCCs develop a conscious, deliberate approach to attracting, developing and retaining people […]

From tiny seeds, artistic inspiration

Jerry Hill by the PJCC Mural

Story by Eileen Mitchell. Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo (who is quoted in the article) contemplating the significance of the Grow Justice Mural. Photo credit: Sharon Giordano. The Grow Justice mural was a community endeavor inspired when Kimberly Gordon, Peninsula JCC cultural arts director, was introduced to artist Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen. Upon learning of the […]

Tomatoes and Tikkun Olam

PJCC Garden and Mural

Story by Eileen Mitchell, photos by Sharon Giordano. PJCC preschooler (who has since moved on to kindergarten) Molly Rosenberg in the Justice Garden. Photo credit: Sharon Giordano. Cooking has always been one of Wendy L’s favorite hobbies. But when the already exorbitant rent on her Silicon Valley one-bedroom apartment increased by a 50 percent, preparing […]

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