JCC Maccabi madness!


Open and awesome More than 2,000 of Jewish teens wore their Jewish pride in style Sunday night at the opening ceremonies for the JCC Maccabi Games™. To be on hand celebrating with them as they marched in their individual JCC delegations in Dallas and Milwaukee was thrilling — a way to see our JCCs and […]

Viewing Israel through a prism of arts


Boarding Pass trip offers JCC a unique point of view Jody Hirsh What a trip! Ten days. Thirteen people. New Israeli friends: authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers. curators, journalists, playwrights, gallery owners. And, of course, chefs. What more could you want? In April, we embarked on a one-of-a-kind journey, a tour-seminar-exploration of the arts scene in […]

A camp unlike any other strives to be so


Sunrise Camps celebrate a decade of caring for kids with cancer Carlyce Macintosh has got game. And you’d never know, as she balanced on crutches intent on her volleyball game, that she’s also got cancer. Raring to go, this lithe 11-year-old wasn’t about to let a couple of crutches get in her way. After all, […]

Tucson J gets wet n’ wild with youth triathlon


Tucson local Emily Eichelberger is going to test her mettle on Aug. 16 when she competes in Splash and Dash Youth Aquathon at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The youth sports event combines swimming and running and was created by USA Triathlon to introduce young athletes to the multi-sport event. The Tucson JCC is the […]

Camp is the common denominator


A special Taglit-Birthright Israel trip brings JCC counselors to Israel Last year, JCC Association brought 40 camp staff, representing seven different camps, on the JCC Camp Staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. The success of that trip has led to a second, scheduled for Dec. 23, 2015-Jan. 5, 2016. JCC camp staff age 18-26 are eligible for […]

The hint is in the honey


Last year, Shula Banchik wanted to do something a little different as the Calgary Jewish Community Center prepared for the High Holidays. So the cultural arts and Israeli program manager decided a shofar-blowing contest was in order. Dubbed “From Synagogue to Cyberspace,” the JCC asked people to film themselves blowing the shofar, then submit the […]

Bite-sized tastes of TAG


Elana MacGilpin began using TAG: Daily Living through a Jewish Lens™ at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, Connecticut three years ago. At the time, she hadn’t had any training in using the units, comprising stories and activities to trigger discussions of values in both Jewish and universal contexts. “You don’t need a lot of […]

6 Second Hebrew: Corn, Family, JCC Maccabi


Parashat Va-etchanan (Deut. 3:23-7:11)

“Or what great nation has laws and rules as perfect as all this Torah is set before you this day?” (Deuteronomy 4:8) Parashat Va-etchanan opens with Moses recounting his pleading (Va-etchanan) with God to enter the land of Canaan. God stands firm, but allows Moses to climb up the mountainside to see the land once […]

Parashat D’varim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

“You shall not be partial in judgement: hear out low and high alike…” (Deuteronomy 1:17) “…The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is arguably one of the most famous phrases of 20th century rhetoric (from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address on March 4, 1933). It is recognized instantly by any American […]

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