JCCs to train in pilot program serving veterans

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Six Jewish Community Centers have been selected to pilot Project Welcome Home, a JCC Association initiative meant to educate them to better assist U.S. service men and women and their families and to engage with their communities. The project, which will be steered by JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a program of JCC Association, incorporates the […]

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Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

“And Moses declared the appointed festivals of Adonai to the Children of Israel.” (Leviticus 23:44) The Book of Leviticus is known generally as Torat Kohanim, the Laws of the Priests, because of its many laws governing the sacrificial rites. Technically, Torat Kohanim refers to the first part of Parashat Emor, specifically, which focusses on issues […]

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Different Ways to Do Camp


With the weather warming and the days getting longer camp can only be around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about Ultimate Frisbee, color wars, ceramics and swimming in the lake. But not all campers were made for just one type of camp. And this year we have two new JCC camps – Camp […]

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Parashat K’doshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27)

“Do not go about betraying your countrymen. Do not profit by the blood of your fellow; I am the Lord.”  (Leviticus 19:16) The book of Leviticus is considered the heart of the Torah because it’s the middle book. Parashat K’doshim is considered the heart of Leviticus and is the parasha (portion) you’ve been waiting for.  Instead […]

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Days to remember and to celebrate

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Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. How the date to commemorate the murder of six million Jews was chosen was a fraught and difficult process, one that Rabbi Irving Greenberg detailed in his book, “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays” and excerpted here at MyJewishLearning.com. In Israel, a siren […]

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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

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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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