December, 2013 Website of the Month – Camp Mountain Chai


JCC Association is pleased to announce that Camp Mountain Chai in San Diego, California is the JCC Website of the Month. Visit their website: Please feel free to e-mail us suggestions regarding any JCC sites that you feel deserve recognition during the upcoming months and we will take their content and design under consideration. […]

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Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)

“And Pharoah removed his ring and placed it on Joseph’s hand…” (Genesis 41:42) Parashat Miketz describes Joseph’s rise from prisoner to Pharoah’s second-in-command.  Pharoah provides Joseph with the trappings of power and also bestows upon him an Egyptian name (Tsaf’nat Panei-ach) and an Egyptian wife (Asnat).  This makes Joseph one of the PEW Report’s 44%:  […]

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

“And when his master saw that the Lord was with him and  that the Lord lent success to everything he undertook. “ (Genesis 39:3) Parashat Vayeshev introduces the story of Joseph and his brothers.  On the surface, it’s a tale of sibling rivalry.  Underneath, it’s a parable about leadership.  It chronicles not only the beginning […]

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First LGBTQ Boarding Pass Trip to Go for 2014 Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade


Travelers can show off their pride at the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on June 13, 2014 with their JCC friends when they register for the first continental LGBTQ Boarding Pass trip to Israel. Sponsored by JCC Association, the continental leadership network for the JCC Movement, in collaboration with the JCC of Austin, this […]

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JWB-Endorsed Navy Chaplain Wins Bible Award


Each year the National Bible Association awards the prestigious Witherspoon Award to one chaplain from each military service branch, recognizing special creativity and achievement in inspiring others to read the Scriptures. This year’s Navy recipient is LT Josh Sherwin. Endorsed by JWB Jewish Chaplains Council in 2009, Chaplain Sherwin has served with the second Marine […]

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Israelis in America or Israeli Americans?

If you approach an Israeli in the street and ask what he feels about Israelis leaving the country to live overseas, his answer will probably demonstrate a negative attitude. This attitude is beginning to change, but not completely. In the early days of the state, for an Israeli to leave the country was considered something […]

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

“Jacob called the name of the place P’niel: ‘for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved’.” (Genesis 32:31) Parashat Vayishlach is filled with suspense.  Jacob is returning home to Canaan from Charan.  Along the way, he encounters an anonymous man who turns out to be an angel.  Jacob wrestles with […]

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Parashat Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

“He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set.  Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.”  (Genesis 28:11)   The repetition of the word hinei, behold, is a clue to the importance of the […]

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Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:8)

“When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp.” (Genesis 25:27) Parashat Toldot repeats the Genesis motif of families in conflict.  Rebecca gives birth to Esau and Jacob, children with very different personalities.  Isaac has his favorite (Esau) and […]

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A Portrait of Jewish Americans Storify


In early October, Pew released “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” which was the first major study of the Jewish population in the United States in over a decade. To many, the results were surprising. One out of five Jews describe themselves as having no religion. You may also view this directly on Storify. [View the […]

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