6 Second Hebrew: Independence, Watermelon, Fireworks


LGBT trip to Israel — register today!


The Supreme Court says marriage equality is the law of the land… So, come celebrate in the Promised Land with JCC Association’s second LGBT Trip to Israel! Show your pride, and attend Tel Aviv Pride as part of a spectacular 10-day journey that combines your Jewish and LGBT identities. Registration opens today!

Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

“The Israelites then marched on and encamped in the steppes of Moav, across the Jordan from Jericho.” (Numbers 22:1) The ancient Greeks believed hubris is the source of human tragedy. Parashat Chukat shows even Moses, considered the most humble of men, is not immune. Chukat contains the fateful episode of the rock: the Israelites complain […]

Shine a light


A light faded from the world in recent days. Rami Wernik of blessed memory, zichrono l’vracha, was a phenomenal friend, husband and father; a scholar, teacher, mentor and leader; a man of dignity, humor, loyalty, generosity and truth — a light gone elsewhere after a heroic struggle with cancer. Something like a nation of good will has […]

Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32)

“And the Lord said to Aaron…I am your portion and your share among the Israelites.” (Numbers 18:20) An old joke says there are two types of people: those who divide the world into two types of people and those who don’t. Parashat Korach offers a stark contrast between two types. The first word in the […]

Travel with your tribe: JCC professionals


JCC Association offers second Birthright trip for young professionals November 8-18th 2015 The JCC Young Professionals Trip is an opportunity to participate in a Taglit-Birthright trip aimed at JCC and Jewish communal professionals who want to experience Israel in a fundamentally different way. Taking place Nov. 8-18, this trip allows you to embark on a […]

Pluralism, acceptance, love and hope


“As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.” —Steven Spielberg Last Friday was a day filled with sorrow, festivity and nationalism, as three […]

Parashat Sh’lach L’cha (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

“They went up and scouted the land, from the wilderness of Zin to Rechov, at Levo Chamat.” (Numbers 13:21) Sh’lach L’cha is a fateful parasha (portion). God tells Moses, “Sh’lach l’cha anashim, send for yourself men to scout the land of Canaan…” (Num. 13:1). They bring back positive reports but only two of the twelve […]

“No running, no yelling”


“No running, no yelling.” That’s what Bill Graham — the great rock and roll promoter, cultural impresario, and purveyor of songs of love, peace, joy and revolution — used to say before the events he presented. Graham was an orphan of the Shoah — born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca — who came to America and, as […]

Finding your bashert* in the holy land


When Deb Seaman participated in JCC Association’s first LGBTQ Israel Pride trip in 2014, she figured she would come back with some great memories and a handful of mementos. She didn’t think she’d come back with the best souvenir of all — a new relationship. But Seaman, a native New Yorker, has relocated to Austin, […]

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