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Giving thanks with the Guthrie family—JCC and JWB-style

Happy Thanksgiving from Sounding Board! We have so much to be thankful for in the world of JCCs. JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest have just announced the 109 delegations traveling to Columbus, St. Louis and Stamford this summer. Nineteen are newly re-engaged after taking some time off. Our Sheva Center for Excellence in Early Childhood … Continued

Terror doesn’t discriminate

Evil reached us today—Israelis, American Jewish citizens and an innocent Palestinian, all victims of terror attacks. It began when two Israelis were murdered, stabbed in an attack in southern Tel Aviv just outside a synagogue. The terrorist responsible was in Israel legally, working for a nearby restaurant. And shortly after this attack, another terrorist killed … Continued

Illuminating the darkness

Today we mark the first day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. A month in which we celebrate Hanukkah, the holiday that commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Greeks in a series of battles taking place around the year 165 BC. Hanukah symbolizes our very basic right to celebrate Jewish identity under Jewish … Continued

The keys to Jerusalem—and JCCs

Having completed JCC Association’s first Innovation Lab: Jerusalem last Saturday night, Sounding Board is pleased to share a slightly adapted version of the program’s opening remarks for your reading pleasure. It’s taught that when the first Temple was destroyed, the leaders of the community climbed to the top of the ruins with the keys to … Continued

Saving best for last

What is third place? It’s not the bronze medal, but rather that home-away-from-home that JCCs aspire to be. Several New Jersey JCCs have created a learning hub, and they got together on a Sunday in October at JCC Association’s offices, to brainstorm about just this, with Marc Dunkelman, author of Striving for Third Place.

Thank you for your service

In 2014, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a program of JCC Association, launched Project Welcome Home in six JCCs around the country. The goal was to help JCCs find ways to reach out to U.S. service men and women and their families and to assist them in engaging with their communities. The project incorporates the needs … Continued

Booze, book clubs and bestsellers: Book fair 2.0?

Along with cooler weather, November has traditionally brought with it JCC book festivals to coincide with Jewish Book Month just prior to Hanukkah. These events have been expanding and morphing to encompass more of the arts and culture palette, to capitalize on different ways JCC participants consume culture, and to spread the learning, joy and … Continued

Get registered!

Deadlines and registrations, and you’re going to want to hit them all. Here’s an easy guide to what’s coming up with direct links to get you there. Biennial or bust You are not going to want to miss JCCs of North America Biennial. And to make sure you’re there in Baltimore with the best of … Continued

Get ready to shine at ArtsFest

Meet, create, perform, dream—it’s all in a week’s fun at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. This creative arts experience for Jewish teens ages 13-17, is held alongside the JCC Maccabi Games, with the JCC of Stamford in Connecticut hosting this year. And registration is now open. It’s one week to express yourself and work with Artists in … Continued