Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach (The Intermediate Shabbat of Passover)(Exodus 33:12-34:26)

“God descended in a cloud and stood with him there, and he called out with God’s name.” (Exodus 34:5) We read a special selection from the Torah on each day of Pesach (Passover). This custom interrupts the weekly cycle of parashot (portions) on Shabbat. The selection is an odd pastiche of topics: Moses’ request for […]

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Security enhanced at Jewish centers across the country

Three Killed As Gunman Attacks Jewish Centers In Kansas

Allan Finkelstein’s phone began ringing soon after a gunman killed three people at two Jewish sites in the suburbs of Kansas City on Sunday. Right away, the president and chief executive officer of Jewish Community Centers of North America began hearing from some of the hundreds of community centers the umbrella organization connects. Their leaders […]

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Getting global recognition as a Jewish State

As Jews around the world sit down at the seder table to celebrate the first night of Passover, or Pesach, we should all remember to rejoice and give thanks, while commemorating Jewish resilience and heroism. Pesach commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Since that time, the holiday […]

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National JCC exec to retire at end of year

Allan Finkelstein

In his 40 years of involvement with Jewish community centers, Allan Finkelstein has witnessed wave after wave of changes. “From a day when JCCs were very much social service institutions and settlement houses, we have become focused on three revenue-producing core businesses to support our operation — early childhood, camping, and wellness,” said the Maplewood […]

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Down-to-the-wire for Passover


If you aren’t already up to your elbows in cleaning for Pesach, they you’re probably going to a Pesach-resort this year for the celebration of freedom. Either way, we hope you’ll be joining a seder, the communal meal and story that marks the first nights of the festival, when Passover begins at sundown on Monday, […]

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Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:27)

“My rules alone shall you observe, and faithfully follow My laws: I, the Lord am your God.” (Leviticus 18:4) Parashat Acharei Mot begins with a lengthy description of the Yom Kippur ritual for purifying the mishkan (Tabernacle) and ends with a list of forbidden sexual relationships. The concept of k’dusha, or sanctity, connects these two […]

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Helping Generation ‘J’ connect to the ‘Y’


New national chair Steve Seiden to lead JCCs’ rebranding Stephen Seiden first became involved with the JCC movement 39 years ago, when he moved from Tenafly to Livingston and signed up to join the gym at the YM-YWHA of Metropolitan New Jersey on Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Little by little, his engagement grew. “I […]

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Parashat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

“And the purifying priest shall set the man to be purified, and those things, before God, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.” (Leviticus 14: 11) Parashat Metzora describes what happens when someone has tzara-at (a variety of erupting skin diseases). The immediate response is to separate the person from the community. This makes sense, […]

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Prayer book for U.S. military a unique collaboration of all Jewish denominations

A unique prayer book commissioned by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council will be first used at Shabbat services on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 during the JCC Association Biennial in San Diego. It is the first time since World War II that a siddur, Hebrew for prayer book, has been created expressly for use by […]

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Educating the educators…in Israel


To deepen the connection between educational professionals in North America and the land of Israel, 23 early childhood educators from 23 JCCs attended JCC Association’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Seminar in Israel from March 9-20. The program was designed to enhance one of the essential core elements of Sheva: JCCs of North America Early Learning […]

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