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The JCC Movement Honors MLK’s Legacy

By Jane Herman “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Long devoted to non-violent efforts to end racial segregation in the south in the 1950s and 60s, Martin Luther King Jr. is honored in the United States on the third … Continued

Parashat Vaera: You, Too, Have a Voice

By Mark S. Young King George VI: Listen to me! Listen to me! Lionel Logue: Why would I waste my time listening to you? King George VI: Because I have a voice! King George VI: Because I have a voice! Lionel Logue: Yes you do. Lionel Logue: Yes you do. On New Year’s Eve 10 … Continued

Binnacles and Jewish Lenses: Guiding Forces in the World

By Kathy Pomer When I was a kid, my dad and I sailed often on the Chesapeake Bay in the Serendipity, our beautiful, beloved boat. When he wasn’t at the wheel and we weren’t busy keeping things shipshape, we’d sit on cushions near the binnacle—a huge, bulky container for the ship’s compass whose polished teak … Continued

Community and Leadership ~ שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Community and Leadership Heartbroken. I have been searching for other ways to describe what I was feeling throughout the events of this past Wednesday. How is it possible that such things were playing out in the United States Capitol and literally right before our eyes, before the eyes of the entire world? A breakdown in … Continued

JCC Movement Responds to Events at the U.S. Capitol

JCC Association of North America condemns yesterday’s unprecedented attack on our democracy and on the United States Congress by a mob seeking to disrupt the electoral process and the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of American democracy. The actions of those laying siege to the U.S. Capitol building shook this nation … Continued

Parashat Shemot: Who’s Acting in the Image of Whom?

By Jane E. Herman Several times in this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1), Moses, destined to be among history’s greatest leaders, displays what the Reverend Adam Hamilton, the broadminded senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, described as “a deep and courageous compassion for the marginalized and the … Continued

Vayechi: Moving Forward With Purpose and Pride

By Bob Kimsal When, in the past, I have been asked to prepare a d’var Torah, I’ve always been keen to do it if the parashah is from the Book of Numbers. As a finance guy, that book of the Torah, suits me. This week’s parashah, Vayechi, however, is the last one in the Book … Continued