Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

“And the children of Israel set forward, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of Jordan by Jericho.” (Num. 22:1) Everybody loves Parashat Balak. It’s got a bad guy (Balak, the Moabite King), high stakes (Balak hires Balaam, the local soothsayer to curse the Israelites), high drama (God keeps putting different words […]

Biennial in Bal’more!


It seems like only yesterday we were on deck of the USS Midway in San Diego! But now we’re looking ahead: Save the date for the 2016 JCCs of North America Biennial in Baltimore. Join us May 15-18 for a packed few days of learning, networking and sharing. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore […]

Celebrating our northern neighbors


So you’re anticipating barbecues, picnics, fun and fireworks as a rite of July? Well, they got a jump on us north of the 49th parallel, where Canadian JCCs and camps are celebrating Canada Day. Canada Day, or La fête du Canada, is a federal holiday marking the anniversary of the British North American Act of 1867. This united three […]

Don’t wait — the time is now


Not every graduate is so lucky as to hear a commencement address from such an illustrious speaker as their JCC chief executive officer, but the preschoolers at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California, were treated to a special message from CEO Zack Bodner as they – and their parents – prepared to move […]

To support and defend


Rabbinical student Jared Anstandig took the oath, promising to uphold the Constitution of the United States as he was sworn in as a chaplain on June 16. Anstandig, a third-year student at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Rabbi Harold Robinson, director of […]

She knew how to make a match


The late Bessie Pine nurtured careers and never minced words Bessie Pine, who worked for more than four decades at JCC Association helping Jewish professionals hoping to work at Jewish community centers find their niche, died on June 22. She was 96. A native of Toronto, Canada, Pine touched many lives and made a tremendous […]

Join the hashtag


Connecting the dots between the Games, ArtsFest and Israel The JCC Movement inspires Jewish identity in thousands of teens each year, reaching them through the things they love to do: sports, arts, and travel. #WeAreJCCMaccabi is a new social media campaign created to unite the JCC Maccabi™ community, allowing teens to choose how they express […]

Share your JCC story


Celebrating 100 years of the JCC Movement It’s not every day you turn 100, but the JCC Movement is approaching that mark. Our celebrations kick off at the JCCs of North America Biennial in May 2016, and we would love for you to contribute by sharing your JCC stories with us. We are looking for […]

Go4Life asks JCCs and seniors to Go4It in September


Looking for a way to celebrate your JCC’s seniors? Host a Go4Life event in September, when this National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the NIH, sponsors Go4Life month. This month-long focus on healthy living, promotes exercise as the key to aging gracefully. Go4Life, developed by the NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health, offers […]

6 Second Hebrew: Independence, Watermelon, Fireworks

See Israel in a Whole New Way! Visit Israel with the LGBTQ Community! Learn More.