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Why We Must Support the Diversity of Jewish Peoplehood in Israel

By Leah Garber Ninety-three years ago this month, the fifth wave of immigration to Israel began. The immigrants, mostly from Asia and Europe, fled their homelands, including Germany, in part, because of the rise of Nazism and persecution of Jews in that country. During the horrors of Nazi rule, some 250,000 Jews fled with their … Continued

10 Tips for Successful Experiences With Shlichim in Your ECE Classroom

By Leah Garber and Sarah Koffler Congratulations on welcoming a shaliach (emissary, ambassador or messenger; literally “one who is sent”) into your early childhood center! Shlichim (plural) are young adults from Israel who spend a year in American Jewish communities, usually just before or right after their army service. In JCCs, day schools, synagogues, and … Continued

Why the JCC Movement Is Putting Talent and Culture at the Fore

By Sue Gelsey and Brian Schreiber We read with great interest the Leading Edge report “The Gender Gap in Jewish Nonprofit Leadership: An Ecosystem View.” Although the narrative indicates that progress has been made in closing the gender gap, it also recognizes that far more action is needed on both the local and continental levels. … Continued

Place Is a Strategy, Not a Mission

From time to time, JCC Association of North America invites leaders from the movement to share their ideas and insights with our constituents. In this week’s Shabbat Shalom message, we are pleased to feature Mark Sokoll’s words of wisdom. By Mark Sokoll Like many Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, we have … Continued

JCC Association Partners With Latin Grammy Award Winner for JFest December Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2021 Media Contact Adam Peck;; 202-531-6408 JCC Association Partners with Latin Grammy Award winner for JFest December Events MISTER G (Ben Gundersheimer), JArts, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to Celebrate Hanukkah with Virtual Arts Festival 170 local JCCs and communities can access unified, high-quality programming and content from … Continued

How JFest Helped Us Move From Crisis to Creativity

By Randy Ellen Lutterman In April of 2020, early in the pandemic, I was invited into a conversation with Harlene Winnick Appelman and the Covenant Foundation that continues to this day. At the time, JCC Association was working in support of the JCC Movement and our JCCs, many of which were closed, having already pivoted … Continued