A wall of good will


Camp Chi tackles the R-word with the help of TAG When Camp Chi’s staff was planning the upcoming summer last year, they wanted to take on something big: The R-word. And to do so, they created a camp-wide project that used a unit of TAG: Daily Living Through a Jewish Lens™. M’shaneh Habriyot: Diversity in […]

Make a little noise – it’s Purim


Masks. Merrymaking. Costumes. Drinking. Spoofs. Just when you need it most, in the dreariest part of the year comes Purim, one of our most festive holidays. The celebration started last night at sundown, on the Hebrew day of the 13th of Adar, and continues through this evening. Last night and this morning, we read Megillat […]

An Israel awakening


Transforming the JCC-Israel experience Rochelle Reich Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to join 20 other JCC professionals and lay leaders from across North America on a journey through Israel as part of the Israel Enhancement Program. This proved to be a personally and professionally transformative experience. I want to stress that I am not […]

Leading through learning

Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Stephen Hazan Arnoff assesses the new gig He’s been on the job since mid-February and Stephen Hazan Arnoff, JCC Association’s new CEO and president, is impressed. “It’s exhilarating to be in conversations with executives, staff and lay leaders from all over the country,” he says from his office overlooking Eighth Avenue and 36th Street. “There’s […]

Parashat T’tzaveh (Exodus 27:30-30:10)

“And there I will meet with the Israelites, and it shall be sanctified by My Presence.” (Exodus 29:43) Parashat T’tzaveh is the only parasha, or portion, in the Torah that does not include Moses’ name (since his introduction in Exodus 2). Moses’ presence is felt, though, because T’tzaveh opens with three commands directed specifically to […]

Parashat T’rumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

“Note well, and follow the patterns for them that are being shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40) Parashat T’rumah introduces the many detailed instructions for building the mishkan, or Tabernacle. God tells Moses to tell the Israelites, “…Make me a mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham, a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” (Ex. 25:8) The […]

“Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha”, When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy! “

Last week, a group of 20 leaders from 15 JCCs embarked on a Jewish journey, which began at David Ben-Gurion’s burial place in Israel’s desert and ended in modern Tel Aviv. This journey was part of JCC Association’s Israel Enhancement program, an initiative aimed to enhance JCC’s Israel programming and engagement. JCC Association’s commitment and […]

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

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20) Parashat Mishpatim includes the first set of specific “Torah” laws beyond the general principles of Aseret Hadibrot (The Ten Utterances) and is referred to as Sefer Habrit (the Book of the Covenant). It closes with […]

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

“Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, yes, by the result of their very schemes against the people.” (Exodus 18:11) Parashat Yitro contains two stories. The first is a family reunion, when Yitro (a Midianite priest and Moses’ father-in-law) joins the Israelites. The second is the revelation at Mt. Sinai. Aviva […]

Kol Ha Kavod. We wish you well.


Allan Finkelstein came to JCC Association more than two decades ago, and he gave us a vision, an unshakeable belief that JCCs — together, as a Movement — play a critical role in shaping Jewish identity. He couldn’t have been more right. Allan has always insisted on service and excellence. During his tenure, JCC Association […]

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