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Why Going to Uncomfortable Places Enriches Us and Our World

By JCC Association embRACE Group Last week, in honor of Pride Month and Juneteenth, the staff of JCC Association of North America came together to reflect on the concept of community and to explore the multiple facets of such groups, differences among members, hurdles to belonging, and triumphs when communities truly are open and inclusive. … Continued

JCC Camps: Sowing and Harvesting for the Jewish Community

By Dr. Andi Meiseles When I was an overnight camp director, I lived my life in weeks. Sometimes they were announced in a public countdown followed, of course, by the obligatory exclamation point: New, one-week mini session! Four weeks left for early bird registration! Two weeks until opening day! As summer approached, weeks remained the … Continued

Lech L’cha: Going Forth to a New Jewish Home

By Jane E. Herman God said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” —Genesis 12:1 My parents joined Temple Emanu-El in Edison, New Jersey, in 1972. Our family had recently moved back to the Garden State from Maryland, and for a … Continued

Eternal Grief and Abundant Joy: A Country’s Delicate Balance

By Leah Garber As happens every year, writing about Israel’s national holidays—Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day—is difficult for me. My emotions intensify and swell—my great love and pride I have for my home alongside the grief for the toll it takes to call it home. I am overjoyed and incredibly appreciative of … Continued

Why Our Israeli Shlichim Make Me Proud

By Guy Sela Last month all the shlichim who are working at JCCs, synagogues, day schools, and other Jewish settings in the United States met for the annual shlichim and supervisors conference in Stamford, Connecticut. I was thrilled to see the young shlichim and learn what fantastic jobs they are doing to change how people … Continued