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How the Power of Ritual Made Us Strong

by Annie Keith As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, it became increasingly clear that the Hineni: 4-day JResponder training orientation scheduled for March 23-26 in Houston would be postponed. I had been looking forward to participating in this initiative offered by JResponse®, a signature program of JCC Association of North America, and I was … Continued

In the Face of Inequality and Injustice: What Are JCCs Doing?

by Jane E. Herman Following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis at the end of May, protesters filled America’s streets, demanding racial equality and justice. As the “Jewish town square” in many communities, JCCs have been involved in this civil rights moment. Whether they’re one-time programs or longer, ongoing events, the entries in this round-up from … Continued

Our Commitment to Our Community Never Wavers

By Martin G. Englisher Throughout my four-decade career at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, the neighborhood’s demographics have changed. As the number of Jews in Northern Manhattan decreased, some people suggested we close our doors. We chose a different strategy—to recalibrate the way we serve our community. Our commitment to those … Continued

Normality is in Our DNA, But Not This Summer

By Leah Garber Israeli summers boast an endless holiday atmosphere. Dressed in casual, light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats, people fill the streets—on their way to and from the beach, enjoying alfresco meals under colorful awnings, and racing to finish sweet, melting ice cream treats. A lazy walk carries the scent of sunscreen in the air … Continued

Resilience in the Face of Traumatic Events

by Maggie Feinstein Nearly two years ago, on October 27, 2018, Pittsburgh experienced a never-anticipated event, the result of which we live with every day: the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooting left our community in disbelief, forcing us to join a club of people present in far too many locations around … Continued

Parashat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:32-36:13)

“Moses said to the children of Gad and the children of Reuben, ‘Shall your brothers go out to battle while you settle here?’” (Numbers 32:6) We read two parashot (portions) this week because of how the Jewish calendar is calculated. The moon’s cycle determines the months, but the sun’s cycle determines the year. Therefore, a … Continued

Pivoting in the Pandemic to Support Our Community

by Jane E. Herman At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, JCC Association of North America quickly pivoted to provide useful, meaningful content and resources to JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) across the continent and to the Jewish community at large. With this agility, we remain—even in these challenging times—the town square … Continued

Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

“Only by lot shall the land be divided, according to the names of their fathers shall they receive it as a possession.” (Numbers 26:55) There is a scene in the epic TV series The West Wing, in which Joey Lucas argues with Josh Lyman about the meaning of some polling statistics. She defends her interpretation … Continued

Celebrating Pride in a Pandemic: A Round-Up From the JCC Movement

by Jane E. Herman Recently, in preparing to write this blog post, I asked JCC marketers to “please let me know how COVID-19 has affected your Pride Month events and activities. Tell us about the pivots, the innovations, the partnerships, and the JCC Movement’s ongoing support and allyship of the LGBTQ+ community—despite the pandemic and … Continued

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