Parashat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

“When the fall of dew lifted, there over the surface of the wilderness, lay a fine and flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.” (Exodus 16:114) Parashat B’shalach open with God’s splitting the Reed Sea to deliver the Israelites from slavery to freedom. However, this peak moment of exultation (“The Lord is my […]

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

“Are you not yet aware that Egypt is lost?” Exodus 10:7 At the beginning of Parashat Bo, Pharoah’s advisors beseech him to recognize his defeat and accept the Israelite request to leave Egypt. Pharoah refuses and continues his shortsighted and stubborn ways, refusing to succumb until God sends the tenth plague (the killing of the […]

Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Go and tell Pharoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites depart from his land.’” (Exodus 6:10, 11) Parashat Va’era opens with a crisis. Moses’ initial attempt to liberate the Israelites fails: Pharoah refuses to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, the Israelite slaves are punished with harsher conditions, and they, in […]

A View from Jerusalem – January 2015

Unusual cold winds blow over our Israeli skies, reminding us what real winter really looks like in other countries, France for example. Beautiful Paris, the city of lights is known for its cold white winter setting, where alongside fluffy snowflakes the Eiffel Tower stands tall and bright, symbolizing freedom and democracy. But this January, other […]

To our friends in France

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The following message was sent to the Jewish community in France on behalf of the entire JCC movement. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly difficult time. To our friends in France, As we start the new week, we do so with heavy hearts in the aftermath of last week’s attack on […]

Stephen Hazan Arnoff named CEO of JCC Association


Set to succeed Allan Finkelstein in February Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, who successfully expanded programing and grew the 14th Street Y in New York while executive director there before going on to become the first director of the Office of Culture, Community, and Society at Shalem College in Jerusalem, has been chosen to succeed Allan […]

Parashat Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

“Come, therefore, I will send you to Pharoah and you shall free my people, the Israelites, from Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10) Parashat Sh’mot opens the book of Exodus (which also is called Sh’mot in Hebrew) with the Israelite’s descent into slavery and misery. It also punctures the myth of the “Great Man” theory of history (in […]

6 Second Hebrew: Party, Beach, Snow


Fun and practical words for winter in this month’s 6 Second Hebrew.

JELI cohorts hit the road


The second cohort of the Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI), run in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary, came together in St. Louis, Mo. for its third of four retreats in mid-November. JELI, or Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute, is an online and in-person program designed to foster “leadership through a Jewish lens” in JCC professionals. […]

JWB director to head national military chaplaincy group


Marla Cohen When Harold Robinson, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council director, becomes chair of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces, he will be the first rabbi to serve as head of the organization. Robinson, a retired rear admiral, will assume the two-year position at NCMAF, an organization that represents more than 220 religious […]

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