Hanukkah Message, in light of Israel’s upcoming elections

1st night of Hannukah

  Tonight the Jewish world will light the first candle of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrating the Jewish rebellion against their Greek oppressors. Hanukkah has come to symbolize our everlasting struggle against oppression throughout our shared history. Two weeks ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni of […]

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

“Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had sojourned, the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 37:1) Why is there is so much bad behavior between relatives in the book of Genesis? Daniel Elazar (1934-1999; a leading political scientist and specialist in the study of the Jewish political tradition) explains: the Torah is a […]

Preparing the leaders

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In November, JCC Association hosted its first alumni seminar for the first and second cohorts of Kivunim, a program for orienting first-time executives to their new roles. This follow-up program offered a chance for executives who have been through the program, and who are now in their second and third years of leading a JCC, […]

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

“Please accept my present, which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty. And when he urged him, he accepted.” (Genesis 33:11) Parashat Vayishlach is a nail-biter. Jacob returns home to Canaan and encounters his brother Esau. Jacob is nervous, with good reason; he stole Esau’s blessing twenty years […]

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest 2015


JCC Maccabi ArtsFest is a weeklong summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 13-17, featuring workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporating community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel. The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest combined with the JCC Maccabi Games […]

Chaplains star at JFNA’s GA


When Jewish Federation’s of North America wound up the final plenary of this year’s General Assembly on Veterans Day, they did so by recognizing the work of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and the men and women who carry out its mission. Four JWB chaplains, each representing a branch of the United States armed forces, and […]

Holiday treats for troops

Capt. Irving Elson, a chaplain with I Marine Expeditionary Force, returns the shamash, or "attendant" candle to the menorah after its use aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Dec. 2. The shamash was used to light the other candles as one of the many holiday traditions in Hanukkah.

If you are stationed in Kabul, how do you get Hanukkah gelt? Finding kosher-for-Passover chocolate or matzah ball soup mix is not easy when you are in Japan or aboard a ship for Passover. Having hamentaschen at Purim may not be possible if you are in Kuwait. Yet receiving a holiday care package brings small […]

A trip to bear witness

Marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. — Edmund Burke Twenty-seven years ago, a few people including my father, Gene Greenzweig z”l, had a vision — that Jewish youth from around the […]

Six Second Hebrew: Miracle, Candle, Winter


Help bring light into the world at the darkest part of the year with the Hebrew words for miracle, candle and winter. Six-Second Hebrew can help you get ready for the Hanukkah season!

One for each night


As a Hanukkah gift to you, we wanted to share something you could enjoy, not once, but again and again. So we’ve offered you eight different recipes for the holiday, one for each night, courtesy of foodnetwork.com. Some are fried — as the holiday tradition would have it — and some not. What they all […]

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