Taking on the mantle of leadership

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This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. What does it mean to lead a JCC in the 21st century? Fifty-one participants from 31 JCCs in the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging JCC Leaders Institute spent their time at the Biennial exploring that question—and coming up with their own answers—during […]

A first Birthright trip for JCC young professionals

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With a goal of enriching JCC staff knowledge of the Jewish homeland and enhancing its presence at their community centers, 20 young JCC professionals participated in JCC Association’s first Birthright trip organized specifically for this cohort. The trip was unusual, as participants ranged in age from 22 to 29, somewhat older than typical Birthright participants. […]

Helping Generation ‘J’ connect to the ‘Y’

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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 […]

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Upcoming Israeli Elections

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 84 years ago on January 15, 1929. A towering figure in the history of the American civil rights movement, King has become symbolic of what it means to be a visionary, a leader, and a believer. Exactly one week from today, on January 22, close to five million Israelis […]